dealsjumbo size grunting hedgehogs for $5.49 + free…

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I was so sorry to hear about your loss; I wish I had some sort of cheery bon mot that would make the pain go away.

Regarding this particular deal: I'm reminded of my former grand-dog (now romping over green fields in some other dimension) and his stuffed hedgehog, of whom he was exceptionally fond. Very, very fond, and, um, very demonstrative of his fondness. I'd buy one of these for the new grand-dogs, but I fear they'd rip it to shreds in under 90 seconds.

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@magic cave: LOL! I have a visual of your dog being, er, fond of his hedgehog. Now I need to wipe that out of my mind and go to bed.

Thanks for the kind thoughts. I am feeling a bit better, but it was extremely rough for a few days there. Strange, I guess. We were expecting it, and almost hoping for her to go this way as she was obviously not going to be with us much longer. I guess the fact that DH was out of town when it happened made it that much harder. She wasn't much of a chew toy lover, and hated anything with a squeaker in it. I don't know whether she would have liked a grunting hedgehog, either, but I suspect the noise would have been preferable to a squeak.

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@belyndag: For what it's worth, I used to think that I needed mourning time between dogs in my life. Then I discovered I didn't, and that the emptiness of a dogless house was more than I could bear. With the exception of one young pup, all my dogs have lived to 14-16 years of age, and as they've crossed that rainbow bridge I've welcomed new puppies home with three or four weeks.

Did this ever find its way to you?

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my
heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a
piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my
heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."
- Anonymous

Sleep well, my friend.

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We normally keep 2 or 3 dogs, and 2 or 3 cats. The cats are harder to get over, because they live so long. As I write, my 19 year old loving friend sits beside my computer, as she has for nearly all of her 19 years. Right now, we have 2 wonderful Labs, a Black and a Silver, and 3 cats, a part Siamese, a Tortoise, (the 4.1 lb sweetheart who is sitting with me), and a Maine Coon. All are rescue animals. I'm 76, and will probably live another 20 years, because of my animals.

If your mutt will enjoy this, by all means, get it. Our rescue animals deserve all the love and fun that they can get, considering their pasts.

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@magic cave: Oh that's just lovely. I've never seen that one but I will save it. DD immediately suggested that we get another dog, and I think I could do it pretty soon, but DH is urging me to hold out until we know we will not be traveling for a while. We had been trying to stay home more for the past few months since Cuddles wasn't well, although she was well cared for at the vet's when we had to board her when we cruised in December.

"earl wajdyk": For years we had three dogs (only one was a rescue) and an embarrassing number of cats (all rescued and/or fostered for a local rescue organization). We lost one of our border collies to bone cancer a couple of years ago, DD moved out with the rescue pup, and we re-homed most of the cats (except for the ones that Nasty Neighbor trapped and hauled away). All we have now is my rescue kitty, Camry, who alternates between seeming a bit lost without her big friend, and enjoying the life of an "only furbaby."

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I too am sorry to hear of your loss. We just had to put down our old Dane 12 yo!!! That's old for a Dane. He was my constant companion. I/we miss him dearly.

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@thewoodsfamily: Oh, dear. I'm so sorry. Did you know that @moondrake is a Dane lover, too? I love her stories (and videos) of her Simba. They are beautiful dogs, but I'm not sure I could handle quite so MUCH dog.

Since our border collie died last week I have received a lot of things from fellow pet lovers that have comforted me, like the quote that @magic cave posted above. Here's another that you might find comforting.

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@magic_cave, @belyndag, @thewoodsfamily : Making me cry at work is mean, ya'll. Belyndag, I am so sorry for your loss. Magic Cave, I feel the same way. When I lost my harlequin girl Topaz to cancer, I wanted to wait a few months till after my China vacation to get another dog. But after two weeks I realized I couldn't live that long with a Great Dane sized hole in my heart. I'm so glad I came around, because someone else would have adopted Simba, and he's the love of my life. He's seven now and slowing down and it scares the crap out of me to think about his mortality. I've been really lucky with the danes, mine have all lived to be 12-13, but that's about 50 years too short in my books. I'm sure you are all familiar with the Rainbow Bridge poem, but just in case:

And a very special one for people who do rescue (serious hanky alert!):
http://www.hbprr.org/Rescuer'sRainbowBridge.htm

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@belyndag: Well, gosh. Now you've gone and done it: my dogs are velcroed to my ankles, trying to figure out why I'm making snuffly noises and my eyes are leaking.

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@moondrake: Oh, my. I had the original but had never seen the one for rescuers. Immediately shared with DD. As I've mentioned, she's a groomer. She has been volunteering her services to animal control to prepare the pups for pet adoption day. She is also a rescuer.

Now let me go find another box of tissues. This one is empty.

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I now need a happy-moment break, so I'm going to go here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_videos&search_query=eldad+hagar&search_sort=relevance&search_category=0&page= and watch a couple of Eldad Hagar's videos of the dogs he rescues. He's one of my "everyday heroes," and I use his videos when I'm feeling down. I send him a small monthly contribution, which I like to think covers the cost of cheeseburgers (his lure of choice) for one rescue a month.

If you decide to check it out (you'll feel good, I promise) search youtube for Eldad Hagar Fiona, which will take you to a handful of videos of Fiona's rescue, her appearance on Cooper Anderson with Kristin Chenoweth and Eldad, and her new home and family. Have tissues handy.