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Old 01-27-2013, 11:03 AM
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Holli I wanted to say that your family is weighing heavily on my heart. I told Joey and he was also shocked and so very sad. Out of all the dogs decker was his favorite. He was hooked after the videos. He said decker reminder him if Casey.

Thankfully everyone was there with him and he was surrounded by love. He saved you a traumatic, difficult decision that you would have had to make at some point. Casey did the same for us.

Please extend our sympathies to your family and please don't hesitated if there's something I can do for you.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:58 AM
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Like everyone else, I am shocked, totally shocked to read that Decker has passed.

Just unbelieveable that he is no longer with you and us. He will be seriously missed by many, many friends he never even knew.

God help you through the difficult days ahead and hang on to the fact that he is no longer suffering.

Our deepest sympathy,

Judy and Sadie
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:10 PM
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Holli
I'm so sorry to hear your news. He was a very beautiful dog.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:29 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:35 PM
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So sorry to hear this sad news.
Fly free Decker.

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:30 PM
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A big thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and kind words. We've all shed lots of tears, laughed as we remembered the good times and shed more tears. The hole Decker left behind in our hearts will take time to heal.

We were able to take him to the vets last night. He will be cremated. Rebecca asked if we could clip some of his fur to keep. I'd wanted to. My mind was so distracted at the time I'd completely forgotten about it. Was so very happy she asked. She clipped fur from his each of our favorite petting spots.

Last night on the way to the vets we all shared memories and Rebecca put together a poem for Decker. Today we went through some old pictures and she took out several of her favorites and sketched them in her sketch pad in honor of Decker. This afternoon we went to the craft store and bought a bunch of scrap book supplies & a memory box frame. We have his tags, his favorite bone, toys, pictures, and lots of other memories and we wanted to find something positive to do with them.

Find that tears still flow easily... Waking up and not having him here. Not having him come sauntering into the kitchen the moment I take the lid off the pb jar or open the test strip container. Seeing Kinser lay down with his head atop Decker's favorite toys. Riding the spin bike this morning and seeing the hallway where he took his last breath. Being in our tiny kitchen and being able to open the fridge more than a crack because he's not laying in front of it. Seeing John cook dinner and not having to straddle over him to access the oven. Coming in the door and not hearing his bark. Not seeing the spunk in his beautiful eyes greet me as I come in. Having Rebecca ask if there is any way we could have saved him.

As we left to take his body to the vets we went outside to discover a full moon. Our Decker, the boy who loved to howl, how fitting that he left this world during a full moon. Today was a beautiful sunny day. After several days of lake effect snow followed by days of dark sub zero temps, the sun shined all day today. On the way home from our shopping we saw a beautiful sunset. He was smiling down upon us to let us know he was ok. Have told Rebecca that whenever she finds a penny or spare change lying around it's a sign from Decker. Letting her know he is ok and thinking of her.

This forum gave us 14 priceless extra months with him. Without all of the folks here we would not have enjoyed making the memories we did over those months. We had one last Christmas and he looked great. He was surrounded by extended family & lots of forbidden foods. Even on his last day he got a bit of reddi whip & a couple of potato chip snacks.

My heart goes out to all those whose fur babies have gone on before Decker. I know he will be in good hands. My thoughts & prayers also go out to those whose babies are fighting a tough fight. May the time you have be pain free and the memories of the time you have last a lifetime.

Holli, John & Rebecca
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:35 PM
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Thank you Holli,
That Decker...

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:58 PM
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Thank you, Holli, for sharing this with us. Even though I only knew Decker through the forum,stories, pictures and video, it is heartbreaking still. Thinking of you...
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:19 PM
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Holli,
I'm glad that even on his last day he had some enjoyment. Tim was scrolling through his thread last night and came across Decker's stepping stone. So glad you made so many memories along this journey. And your pictures and videos are priceless.

In a way, as Debbie said, he took that painful, difficult decision away from you that may have been looming at some point. Little consolation when you are missing him so much. But perhaps a blessing through it all.

I love the scrapbook and memory box ideas. My pictures have been comforting to me. I took Ali's tags with me hiking this afternoon. It's nice to have those things that remind us of their presence in our lives.

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May the time you have be pain free and the memories of the time you have last a lifetime.
Love this sentiment.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:09 PM
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I have always enjoyed your stories Holli. Although this one is sad it is beautiful still. The way you are helping Rebecca process the grief and the way she will help you.....

Sometimes they say of people that it was a good death. I don't think from a caregivers perspective we can ever look at their passing and think there is anything good about it, but I think that his passing was quick and the decision made for you could be viewed as a blessing. It was certainly a blessing that you were home with him. How terrible it would have been to come home and had him gone.

What brave souls we all are that we gladly give our hearts to these wonderful creatures that we know will cause us unbearable pain when they leave.

I love the memory box and hope you share it with us when it's finished.

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