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    PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:04 PM    Post subject: Perfection Reply with quote

    I've had a few dogs in my life, but Diesel is the absolute best dog I've ever had. The sweetest, most gentle and friendly demeanor imaginable. Perfect family pet - great with the kids and always happy and ready to go. Or if you prefer, happy to snuggle in bed until it's time to head to the kennel for the night.

    Absolutely obedient to a fault whether voice commands or hand signals. He just doesn't want to let you down. He also doesn't want you to be alone. If you sit in the recliner he comes and sits beside you waiting for some scratching.

    Took to duck hunting right away. No real training by me or anyone else. He just learned in the field. First retrieve was a beautiful golden eye drake. Several shots fired at the drake and the last one was the hit - and poorly. He was off the bank and through the first channel to the second channel about the time the drake hit the water. Despite the drake diving, he pulled him out and came back to the group like he'd been doing it his entire life (he was just over 1).

    He took to the goose pit as well. He'd run like a maniac while we were setting decoys, but as soon as we jumped in the pit, he'd walk over and wait to be lifted down into the pit. Here are a couple of good days in the pit.

    He did like to keep one for himself once we got home.

    I can't begin to describe the love my son, daughter, wife and I have for Diesel. I can't imagine a better dog. Other than Diesel deserved more time with us and we wanted more time with him.

    He was excited when my wife and I came home from work yesterday. Did his normal sprint around the living room, dinning room, and kitchen. Then he collapsed and died in front of us. Would have been 4 years old on August 23rd. I did CPR all the way to the vet hospital knowing it was over before I started.

    Nobody knows what happened but the guess is a massive heart attack. It was over in seconds. I can't describe the devastation the family feels losing him so unexpectedly. I was hoping that writing this would be therapeutic but it certainly doesn't seem to be. It still seems unreal.

    We will miss you Diesel. RIP.

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    True Killa'

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    PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:39 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Awww man, that is heartbreaking and I am so sorry you and especially your wife and kids are going through this.

    A young dog with nothing but potential and who hadn't even hit the prime of his life yet is one heck of a loss.

    He hadn't been training or running around in any long grass with awls by any chance, had he? Or this is the time of year there gets to be blue green algae around in some of our ponds - any exposure recently?

    Remember the great times always.

    You were loved Diesel, no doubt about that.

    Long may you run Diesel, long may you run.
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    Don't trust whitey.
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    PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:36 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    That really sucks! So sorry for you and your family. I think the best thing would be to go out and get another pup. I know it would be hard but good at the same time. Good luck!
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    PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:32 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Thanks guys.

    No running in long grass recently, and no exposure to ticks or algae or really anything environmental. Just completely explainable which makes it so hard.

    Saying good-bye to our dogs in the past has always been a several week process of coming to grips with doing the right thing for them and putting them down. The complete shock of Diesel's death has just left such a big hole day to day that it's been difficult to deal with.

    I'm sure another lab is in our future at some point. No doubt we want that in our lives. We will take some time with this loss first. It is amazing how much these guys impact us when they are both family pets and hunting dogs. They are always there. Both my wife and I have a hard time going home from work right now because he isn't there. Teal season is a month away, and I could care less at this point. Time can't pass fast enough to start fading some of these feelings.

    Sorry for the gloomy posts.

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    PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:48 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Sorry for your great loss of Diesel.
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    PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:40 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Sorry for your loss, they just donít live long enough.
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    PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:03 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    My Bully

    My little Bully passed away, no more to breathe a sound.
    I held him for the last time, then entombed him in the ground.
    Day and night I wept so much, in tears I thought I'd drown.
    I searched my soul for comfort, but no peace therein was found.

    In great despair, I hit my knees and then began to pray.
    "Father will I ever see, my dog again someday?"
    I raised my eyes and saw an angel standing near a gate.
    I sensed an inner peace I'd never felt before that day.

    The angel smiled and said to me, "Oh man of little faith!
    God sees every bird that falls; He knows your Bully's fate.
    I have met your little dog, I saw him pass my way.
    Your precious dog is still alive; he just walked through this gate.

    Paradise is lovelier than you can comprehend.
    No pain or grief, no tears or fears, and life will have no end.
    God gave to man His only Son, to cover all his sins.
    So why would God withhold from you, your pure and loving friend?"

    The angel took me by the hand and said, "Now come with me.
    A glimpse of paradise I'll give, to you so you can see."
    Through the gate and o'er the Rainbow Bridge we did proceed.
    Through green valleys filled with flowers, rolling hills and trees.

    "Wow, so this is paradise!" The place was filled with joy.
    I saw my Bully playing there, with dogs and cats and toys.
    He also had some doggie treats, and food that he enjoyed.
    He'd made a lot of new friends there, including girls and boys.

    Then I saw a child come near, and hug my little mate.
    She said to him, "I love you so," and kissed him on the face.
    The angel said, "The child just crossed the Rainbow Bridge today.
    Now she needs a little friend, to love and help her play.

    God's love for her would be enough, in that make no mistake.
    But in His love, He knew full well, the child would want a mate.
    This is why God called your dog unto this splendid place.
    God's entrusted her with him, `til you pass through the gate."

    I pleaded, "May I hug them both?!" The angel answered, "No!
    You'd violate a sacred site, and now it's time to go."
    He led me back across the Bridge and through the gate to home.
    He left me there with new-found hope and peace within my soul.

    If someone ever asks what happens to a dog that dies,
    Just give a gentle smile of joy and look them in the eye.
    Take their hand and comfort them and tell them not to cry.
    For dogs don't die, they simply cross a bridge to paradise.

    ~ Dan Atcheson ~
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    PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:04 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    So Sorry! You got cheated

    Thoughts and prayers for you and the family.

    Smile through the tears.
    Saving the world from bird flu; one puff of feathers at a time.
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    PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:41 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    I could not imagine the hurt. Let alone right in front of you. Sorry for the loss.
    Im memory of Cherokee Lynn Rexwinkle February 12, 1994 - June 06, 2012
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    PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:32 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    I'm sorry to hear about Diesel. He sounds like a great dog and I'm sure he loved hunting with you. The friendship we form with these dogs is incredible and always too short.
    - It's hard to work when all you can think about is finding shed antlers.

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    PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:01 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Aw, sh*t, Dave.*t. I had to close my office door while reading your post just now because men donít cry, right?
    My 4 1/2 year old wild man, Rocket, is going to wonder why heís getting so many hugs this evening. Iím gonna squeeze that boy tight and long while thinking about you and Diesel.
    Hang tough, Dave.
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