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Your story just made me cry at work. I feel for you. Glad you had one last great day with him. Eric Holden
From Temecula, CA
Joined Dec 30, 2010
5 points
Oct 14, 2011
I'm very sorry Sam. Tucker had a great Dad and friend in you and you can be assured he was a happy dog for his few years. Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Joined Apr 9, 2006
1,915 points
Oct 14, 2011
Sam,

I'm at a loss for words -- a very powerful and touching eulogy. Thank you for your words and thank you for being a great companion for Tucker.

-Adam
AJS
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 4, 2008
0 points
Oct 14, 2011
Rock Climbing Photo: Gnarley, doing what he did best.
Gnarley, doing what he did best.

I had to put Gnarley down this summer. He was with us for over 17 years. I feel your loss...
covelocos gruey
Joined Dec 24, 2009
0 points
Oct 14, 2011
thanks for sharing that

i know just how you feel
Cornelius Jefferson
Joined Apr 5, 2006
75 points
Oct 14, 2011
Sorry to hear.

It's nice when there's someone who will be excited to see you no matter what, tail thumping all the furniture and whatnot. Chico recently lodged a sharp bit of turkey bone in his gut and I was thinking about what it would be like if he was gone. He's been with me since I went climbing down in Mexico after college (extra puppies get tossed onto the roadside), so we've had some good adventures. He survived the turkey bone, and is probably sleeping on the couch now.

DannyUncanny
From Vancouver
Joined Aug 27, 2010
5 points
Oct 14, 2011
Sorry man. My prayers are with you and your family. Joseph D'Agostino
Joined Nov 2, 2009
105 points
Oct 14, 2011
I feel for you, hope all goes well for you! Johnny All
Joined Feb 8, 2011
0 points
Oct 14, 2011
Not to undermine any sort of family dog, but I really think there is something different about being young and getting your own dog. I wanted a dog my entire life and my parents always refused, telling me when I got my first house, I could get a dog. The minute I signed the lease for my first house, I went out and got Sam. I was 18, in college, with no money and no experience with dogs.

None of that mattered. That dog taught me more about myself and about what it means to care for something else than I would have learned in a lifetime without him. I would give that dog anything and everything. We've had some epics chasing deer through the woods, him being stolen once (yeah, that's for real), dumpster dives, etc. He's been my hiking partner, my roadtrip buddy, gear protector, my friend, and my companion since the moment I picked him up. Lately, he has been having some serious health issues so the thought that he will some day pass (something you never consider when you have a healthy dog) has been frequent in my mind.

I really appreciate your story and while I can't exactly empathize since I haven't lost my dog, I can truly appreciate the relationship you guys had. Like I said, there is just something different about a dog you get when you're young and on your own for the first time; a indefinable bond. Take solace in the fact you did all you could for him, made it as good as it could have been, and did the right thing. I often wondered what I would do if Samson (a husky) was unable to run, or play in the snow, or do the things he loves to do and honestly, I would make the same choice you did. A life of pain for a dog is no life at all and it would have been selfish to force him to endure it any longer.

I feel for you man and like many others who have read this thread, got tears in my eyes. Stay positive, pet your other dogs, and try to take the sweet with the bitter. You were lucky enough to find each other and enjoy the time you had together. Try to stay focused on the good and look at it from the perspective that you gained so much from knowing him, not how much you'll miss him now that he's gone.
TheBirdman
From Eldorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 4, 2010
0 points
Oct 14, 2011
Rock Climbing Photo: Onyx 1999
Onyx 1999


My best climbing partner ever. Sorry for your loss Sam.
Sorden
From inside the Bubble, Colorado
Joined Sep 25, 2003
15 points
Oct 14, 2011
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...
Josh Brown
Joined Apr 8, 2008
20 points
Oct 14, 2011
It's amazing how deeply it can affect you to lose a dog.
Nero had cancer and we didn't know it until a tumor ruptured while he was having the time of his life at a climbers' party at my house.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nero
Nero
Gregger Man
Joined Aug 15, 2004
496 points
Oct 14, 2011
Long live Tucker!

Hang in there...you were prob a great dad...
coppolillo
Joined Sep 9, 2009
0 points
Oct 14, 2011
Oh my, so VERY Sorry for your loss. Man, how we love our dogs. They are truly family. squiddo
From Mountain View, CA
Joined Jul 28, 2008
5 points
Oct 14, 2011
Sorry, for your loss. I know how you feel having lost 2 great dogs over the last few years. "H" Lampasso
From Manitou Springs
Joined Feb 13, 2006
10 points
Oct 14, 2011
Tears in my eyes, Sam. What a great memory, to have had a friend like that. That's what life is all about. I know I'll lose my mind when I lose my dog, I can't imagine anything worse.

Mark
markrineer
From Moab, UT
Joined Jun 9, 2010
0 points
Oct 14, 2011
Sam,
I attached this to my facebook page. I've been there. lost my golden in 2007 and haven't the heart to replace her. she was an amazing dog like yours.
kevin fox
From parker
Joined Apr 18, 2003
785 points
Oct 14, 2011
Lucky to be adopted by a climber; dog got outside, chased a few critters! Kirk Miller
From Golden, CO
Joined May 13, 2003
1,335 points
Administrator
Oct 14, 2011
Oh that sucks man! You put the dog 1st the whole time, as you should. You did what you could and I'm proud of you for the way you handled it the whole way through. crap. Hank Caylor
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
180 points
Oct 14, 2011
TheBirdman wrote:
Not to undermine any sort of family dog, but I really think there is something different about being young and getting your own dog. I wanted a dog my entire life and my parents always refused, telling me when I got my first house, I could get a dog. The minute I signed the lease for my first house, I went out and got Sam. I was 18, in college, with no money and no experience with dogs. None of that mattered. That dog taught me more about myself and about what it means to care for something else than I would have learned in a lifetime without him. I would give that dog anything and everything. We've had some epics chasing deer through the woods, him being stolen once (yeah, that's for real), dumpster dives, etc. He's been my hiking partner, my roadtrip buddy, gear protector, my friend, and my companion since the moment I picked him up. Lately, he has been having some serious health issues so the thought that he will some day pass (something you never consider when you have a healthy dog) has been frequent in my mind. I really appreciate your story and while I can't exactly empathize since I haven't lost my dog, I can truly appreciate the relationship you guys had. Like I said, there is just something different about a dog you get when you're young and on your own for the first time; a indefinable bond. Take solace in the fact you did all you could for him, made it as good as it could have been, and did the right thing. I often wondered what I would do if Samson (a husky) was unable to run, or play in the snow, or do the things he loves to do and honestly, I would make the same choice you did. A life of pain for a dog is no life at all and it would have been selfish to force him to endure it any longer. I feel for you man and like many others who have read this thread, got tears in my eyes. Stay positive, pet your other dogs, and try to take the sweet with the bitter. You were lucky enough to find each other and enjoy the time you had together. Try to stay focused on the good and look at it from the perspective that you gained so much from knowing him, not how much you'll miss him now that he's gone.


You put into words what I've been trying to get right recently. I knew there was something special about it being just me and him from the get go, but you nailed it. Thanks.
Sam Stephens
Joined Jan 20, 2010
740 points
Oct 14, 2011
i am so sorry for your loss. My family is on our second lab, the first one had to be put down, he was part of the family for everything, including pacing with my wife all nite while she was in labor with our first child, he was her shadow. The new one wants to be attached to my hip and I find my self at times telling him to go away, after reading your post I called him into the den to hug him, thanks for sharing Mike G
Joined Jan 20, 2011
0 points
Oct 14, 2011
Sorry for your lost, I have been there myself. It was my then 8 year old daughter wondering why I was so distraught that said "all dogs go to heaven" Somehow it made it OK. climbamt
Joined Nov 1, 2006
20 points
Oct 14, 2011
We've been there. (Those of us with tears in our eyes.) Things will improve, but there will ALWAYS be that connection, and it will move you. My mom died, and while the unconditional love was deep, we get it on some intellectual level, and we (and they) get it: life is short. (my dog died and I was devastated) Your connection with your dog was unconditional and somehow, maybe because they depend on you, hits us at some gut level that we can't sort out. You gave the best to a dog who took it at the level that it's all good: time out with us was the best moment of their day/life. They just couldn't say how important it was. (Cry, scream and mourn: you hurt.) Thanks for your mourning, we're all more human for it.
If you have a dog: go for a walk. (You'll all feel better.)
rob bauer
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 2, 2004
2,416 points
Oct 15, 2011
Brutal man... Sorry for your loss... TuRETZ
From Denver, co
Joined Sep 3, 2009
0 points
Oct 15, 2011
So sorry, and no words can really console how you feel. Time does heal ...but it still feels like an empty void. You did the right thing. Tucker can romp and play with my companions in the Elysium fields. Never really believed in the afterlife, until something I love so much departs forever.
Go with God Tucker...
Terry Parker
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined May 11, 2006
0 points


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