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Lost my best Friend tonight
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EJ-Kisz
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I'm so sorry to hear that, Barry!  That's horrible!!!  Pet's really are great friends and companions!  Be sure to play a song for him every time you pick up your fiddle, that is, when you're ready to.  My condolences.  

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I'm really sorry to hear that Barry. You have my deepest sympathy. Our pets ARE a part of our families. Since I've been married I have lost two dogs. I sat with each one at home when their time came. Words can't express my condolences enough for you and your family.
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First of all, let me just say...I feel for your loss.  I am soooo sorry to hear about Jake, man.  To show my support, let me introduce you to my best friend...Tater, the 1 1/2yr old Rottweiller.  He is my best friend and much like you, more than just an old dog.  Tater is my best and favorite, non-human, member of my family.  And the very idea of anything bad happening to him has already started to bring tears to my eye.  He is more than a pet to me, as I am sure Jake was to you.  I feel you loss and I truly offer my condolenses.  From my heart and from Taters.Tater1.JPGImage Enlarger

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tears with you brother... over the past 40 yrs I've parted with more than I care to remember.

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Sympathies and condolences, Barry.  Wish I could think of more to say, but words don't help much in this situation.  Only time helps.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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cry So sorry to hear about, Jake....Not a very pleasant story to wake to. Twenty years ago I had to have my dog "Bingo",(no joke on the name) put down. I put him in the front seat of my truck, stopped and bought a six-pack and drove the back road's till it was gone, mustering up the courage to have it done, stopped and bought a bottle of wine and through bloodshot and blurry eyes got him to the Vet.

While saying goodbye w/tears running down my cheeks, he jumped up and put his paws on my chest, looked me straight in the eye like he was saying " why are you doing this to me, I didn't do anything wrong except get sick, please take me back home". He was my last, I swore I would never have another to break my heart when  that tiime came.

I'm choked up reading about your loss and remembering mine.

I feel for you and your's, Barry, as do all the other's here.    facepalm

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So sorry for your loss, Barry.

Never let the fear of loss limit your capacity to love.

I have a memorial shadowbox my wife made with pictures and the collar from the first dog I buried in the back yard. I'm not ashamed to admit I wept like a baby when I had to tell him goodbye. Heck, I'm a getting a little teary from the memory now. And, like so many before us, we said "never again" as well.

But love given is never wasted, and love withheld only hardens the heart against all, so we knew we needed to find another friend who needed us as much as we needed him. 

There have been several dogs since then who have come and gone, and the pang of loss truly never gets easier; but each one's memory lives on, is loved - and loves in return in the form of the next who comes into our life.

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So sorry, Barry. Some pets are really exceptional.

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Barry, I just saw this on my way out the door this morning and I had to take a moment to express my deeply heart-felt sorrow for you and your family.

Keith hit it absolutely on the head though..... the love and joy you felt from your relationship with Jake certainly has to outweigh the sorry you're feeling right now brother.

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So sorry to hear about your loss, Barry. As others have said, some very eloquently, pets truly are faithful friends and part of our families. And I second EJ's idea: when you're ready to play again, play one for Jake every time you play. Hopefully that will eventually bring a smile rather than tears.

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Living on a farm I can understand about letting that one animal come close to you. It seems death becomes a natural part of life and we just learn to deal with it. Then comes the one animal who you let in and becomes part of you, part of your being. Talk to people about your dog and the fun you had together. My heart goes out to you.

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This is for you, Barry. I still miss my little fuzzballs (4 ferrets) and they have been gone over a decade.

 

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That's really sad news Barry! So sorry to hear it.
I would rather lose people than pets. There's something about the unspoken love between people and animals that makes it so much more precious and so much harder to lose.
I was devastated to lose my Dad, but at least I told him how I felt.
Only our actions in life show our animals how much we love them!
It's little help to you now, but I share your pain.
Hang in there bro!

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I can only imagine the anguish that you must be experiencing.
I am so sorry to hear this. Hope you feel the strength and love from all the people who care about you and your family and I hope your memories of Jake bring you smiles.

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Dear Barry, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a huge loss it is. I have tears for your pain and I know it is such a sad time for you. Our dogs are truly our best friends, the give and take is so balanced and they expect so little. They give so much. I am always here to listen to stories of your dog or if you need to talk or share some pictures. I know the hole you have in your heart. I can feel it. Bless you and your family during this hard time and each and every day. Love, Toni

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So sorry to hear about Jake. I know your pain man, hang in there.

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I'm so sorry. I would feel terrible if I lost my dear Teddy. frown

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 So sorry about her death...

I remember her, sitting on the bed in one of your videos...

Dear animals, please, stop getting sick and dying!

nah... gonna cry again...

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Now that would have made a great picture, Barry fiddling and Jake with her paws over her ears.  Was she the type of dog that would bring her bowl when she wanted to eat?

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Kevin M. said
Now that would have made a great picture, Barry fiddling and Jake with her paws over her ears.  Was she the type of dog that would bring her bowl when she wanted to eat?

Yeah, it gave me a pretty good laugh when she done that. No she never picked up her bowls but also I made sure they were always full. Thats one of the things hardest to break, I always would check her food & water as I went in the kitchen. Now its kind of like when you move a clock thats been in the same place forever, you look but its not there.

Im slowly adjusting and Im pretty sure they'll be a new friend come my way some day. Thank you to each and everyone of you for your support and understanding thru this tough time.

I plan to play the fiddle tonight, it'll be the first time since she passed. Maybe in her honor I'll play one really bad and see how many ears I can cover,,,LOL.

If anyone was wondering, yes, Jake was female. When we  got her my son Cory 6 at the time (16 now) picked her out and some how from the owner got the impression it was a boy, well we soon discovered the mistake but Jake just seemed to fit so it stuck.

Well as many of you parents know, kids want a dog but sometimes dont want to do the work, so I took over and before you know it we were buds.

It was my honor to have her by my side for these years.

 

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