Lost my best buddy today

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by jrseitz, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Bella Bella

    Bella Bella New Member

    May 8, 2012
    Hampton Roads, Va
    1995 Sea Ray Sundancer 370
    Awww, handsome boy he was. So sorry.
  2. CRUZ'N

    CRUZ'N New Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    2007 60DA
    13' Apex Dinghy 40 hp Merc
    1100 MAN V10 / ZF V- drives,
    21 KW ONAN
    Jim I feel your pain....it's always tough to go through....Hang in there !!
  3. Brian 59

    Brian 59 Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    Lockport New York
    280 Sundancer 2004
    4.3 MPI w/ alpha drives
    I am sorry for your loss, its not easy.
  4. sporters78

    sporters78 Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    Stuart ,FL
    2015 19 SPX
    4.3 merc
    Sorry Chesapeake's are great dog, after my best friend died last year( rottie ) we picked a Chesapeake bay retriever pup, strongest swimming dog we ever had.
  5. efhughes3

    efhughes3 New Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    San Diego
    240 Sundancer 1997
    Mercruiser 5.7
    So sorry to hear, it is tough to go through.
  6. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    2003 Fisher 17 aluminum
    90hp Honda 4 stroke
    Really sorry to hear that. Dogs are great family members.
  7. BritLady

    BritLady Active Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    FL West Coast
    2006 - 340 SeaRay Sundancer, Garmin 840XS GPS & Garmin 7401XS GPS
    2019- Zodiac 300 RIB Dink 10'- 5"
    Inboard 8.1 Horizon Mercruiser & 2015 6HP Tohatsu O/B.
    Been there there done that, worst day ever when we had to put our 16 year old Lhasa Apso Sammy, who came from England with us, to sleep. Condolences and hope the following helps a bit:[TABLE="width: 0"]
    [TD][h=1]The Rainbow Bridge[/h]
    [h=2]inspired by a Norse legend[/h]​
    By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
    Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
    Where the friends of man and woman do run,
    When their time on earth is over and done.
    For here, between this world and the next,
    Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
    On this golden land, they wait and they play,
    Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
    No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
    For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
    Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
    Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
    They romp through the grass, without even a care,
    Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
    All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
    Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
    For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
    Together again, both person and pet.
    So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
    The time of their parting is over at last.
    The sadness they felt while they were apart,
    Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
    They embrace with a love that will last forever,
    And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
    [TD]© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.[/TD]
  8. Bucit

    Bucit New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    St. Petersburg Florida
    2005 280 Sundancer
    2004 SPD-104 Achilles w/ 8hp Yamaha
    Twin 4.3 MPI's with Alpha drives.
    Sorry for your loss Jim. That's one of the toughest things we will ever go through.
  9. Newman

    Newman New Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    1986 Seville
    Mercruiser 170
    Sorry to hear that. I went through that recently and, damn, it's not easy. Someone mentioned doing something familiar and expecting to see their pal right there. I do it all the time. Can't tell you how many times I've had wet legs/pants from a wet lab looking for loving. Cherish the memories. I know I do.
  10. True North

    True North Member

    Sep 11, 2012
    Live: DeWitt, MI,West Michigan (Ludington)
    2005 SR 260DA
    350 MAG MPI
    Bravo 3
    (1) 350 MAG MPI w/Bravo III

    You don't know me personally, and I very rarely respond to messages like this, but this one really resonated with me. Four years ago I lost my 5 year old daughter to pulmonary hypertension. She wasn't sick, but she got a severe case of RSV and died in my arms after 33 days at U of M children's hospital. My Lab Sadie is a 13 year old, double cancer survivor (2 operations at age 3 and 12) who is starting to really show her age. So I went out this week and bought my kids a foo-foo dog to fill that void that I know will be coming shortly. I got Sadie before kids, and was concerned that I wouldn't love my kids as much as my dog considering we were inseperable. She used to tube behind the boat, ride the snowmobile and seadoo with me, and loves to be on the boat, in the truck, or going for a walk. There is no doubt that when that day comes, I will be an utter mess considering what I have already gone through with my child. I have a strong faith and support, but nothing will EVER take away the loss or pain, but you do find ways to go on. I live by one general rule, God will never give you more than you can handle, but he sure as hell will test you and there is truth in "You have to go through hell before you can get to heaven" saying as well. I am teared up thinking about what you and so many of us canine lovers have gone through, and it just breaks my heart that such a loving, loyal and non-judgmental creature has such a short life span with us on this earth. You are definitely in my prayers, and with all the others I'm sure time will heal. Good luck my friend!
  11. tbirdvet

    tbirdvet Active Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Previous boat: 2008 330 Sundancer
    Vetus Bow Thruster
    Kohler Gen.
    Twin 496 MAG, 375HP Bravo III,
    Our dog was just diagnosed with some sort of liver disease and is on antibiotics. We are hoping for the best and share your grief.
  12. spikeitaudi

    spikeitaudi Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Raritan Bay, NJ
    HAD 2006 240 Sundancer
    Merc 5.0L W/ Bravo III
    Sorry to hear about your Pal.
  13. jrseitz

    jrseitz Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    Elkhart, IN
    I want to thank everyone who sent a note. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot. I never had any children and have been single most of my life (I am 55). My dogs are as close to a child as I will ever get. But as much pain as I feel with losing my buddy, I can't begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. Thinking about that makes me feel a little selfish for feeling the way I do about losing Jake.

    For those who have lost their four legged furry buddies, I want to thank you for sharing your stories. I am sure the memories bring a teary eye. I had several moments of blurry vision one when reading the replies.

    For those that have an aging pet and facing some tough decisions, I send my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless,
  14. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    I am saddened to hear about your daughter. That is truly tragic and I can't imagine getting past something like that if god forbid it ever happened to me. It's good that you have your faith to help get you through. My sincere condolences and may god be with you.
    This is Just another reminder to appreciate my family each and every day. Thank you for that.

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    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
  15. True North

    True North Member

    Sep 11, 2012
    Live: DeWitt, MI,West Michigan (Ludington)
    2005 SR 260DA
    350 MAG MPI
    Bravo 3
    (1) 350 MAG MPI w/Bravo III
    I didn't want to take away form Jim, that was not my point. I am facing the hard truth that my "other child" Sadie is nearing the end, and knowing how hard it will be made the decision to "allow" a poof-poof dog into our family to hopefully help ease the pain. The pain will always be there, and losing a dog is not much different than losing a child, but you go through life expecting to lose a dog or two in your lifetime, but as many posts on here report, life is precious and sometimes shorter than deserved, but time does heal, and life sucks sometimes, but you have to keep getting up every morning and tell yourself that your'e gonna be ok and you can choose what kind of day you will have today. I feel for Jim, and I am scared $hitless about the basket case I will be when I lose my Sadie....too sad to think about. Hug and love your pets, your children and your loved ones, because in a blink of an eye, you may be sitting on the other end saying "I woulda, coulda, shouda......." Peace to all going through hardship right now, there seems to be a lot of posts lately of sudden losses......

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