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Scarmiglione'

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Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« on: August 05, 2009, 08:37:11 pm »

Always true,
Always patient,
Always near,
Never forgotten.


Picture goes to gallery of a great doggy life.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2009, 08:57:27 pm by scarmig »
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 08:43:54 pm »

Oh scarmig, I'm so sorry.

Losing Midas must have been especially hard on your children. I remember pictures of them with him when they were just tiny things. To them, he must have seemed like a fixed part of their world. How are they taking it?

He was a beautiful old boy.
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 08:51:35 pm »

Well, the oldest is taking it pretty hard.   She's almost seven so has a grasp of these things, and she just lost her grandfather back in November.  The younger one is sad, then bouncy and happy, and then she finds one of his tennis balls and gets sad again.

My wife let him out side normal time, and when she opened the door to let him back in, he was just laying by the kid's playhouse in the shade.  He was still warm and without rigor when she found him.

At least he died at home and not at the hospital.

it's going to be tough.  He was in our lives longer than our kids, or even our marriage.
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 08:14:30 am »

Thank g-d Midas had such a peaceful death.

But losing a friend who'd been with you longer than your marriage and your children. OMG ...

I have a friend who'll probably be losing her ancient golden retriever within the next year or two. Heartbreaking thought. But at least his death won't break any little kids hearts.

I know for a while you'll be seeing Midas out of the corner of your eye every time you turn around ... in his bed, by his favorite chair, on the porch, next to his favorite toy. You'll be so used to him being there that your mind won't quite believe he isn't.
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 08:21:12 am »

I'm very sorry for your families loss.

If it helps any, all dogs go to heaven.
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 09:37:12 am »

Sorry.

I look at your picture of Midas and then look down here at my aging buddy ..... and you just wish that day wouldn't ever come. When "that friend" comes into your life it is hard to verbalize your appreciation for what they gave to you.
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009, 09:38:53 am »

I'm so sorry.

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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2009, 02:13:30 pm »

I grieve with you, my friend.

Looking through your pictures, I see your friend had a good life, and I'm sure that he's happy in the next world, too.

I bet he and Lady-Dog have found each other, and are seeing who can run faster.  :laugh:

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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2009, 02:48:54 pm »

I'm so, so very sorry for such a great loss (((HUGS))) I agree with SOCALSERF: all dogs do go to Heaven...
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2009, 04:07:00 pm »

Lord Byron raised a monument and wrote a poem for his noble companion. It probably doesn't do justice to Midas.  :hug:

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Newstead Abbey, in Great Britain, is the ancestral home belonging to Lord Byron's family.  In 1808, his beloved Newfoundland, Boatswain, died.  Lord Byron was heartbroken, and had the dog buried there and raised a memorial to him.  Lord Byron wrote the following epitaph in memory of Boatswain.

Marker on Monument at Newstead Abbey
"Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed
beauty without vanity, strength without violence, courage
without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices.
This praise, which would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed
over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the memory
of Boatswain, a dog, who was born in Newfoundland May 1803,
and died in Newstead Nov 18th, 1808"

"When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth,
Unknown to Glory, but upheld by Birth,
The sculptor's art exhausts the pomp of woe,
And storied urns record who rests below:
When all is done, upon the Tomb is seen
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Masters own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonour'd falls, unnotic'd all his worth,
Deny'd in heaven the Soul he held on earth:
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven;
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven,
Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour,
Debas'd by slavery, or corrupt by power,
Who knows thee well, must quit thee with disgust,
Degraded mass of animated dust!
They love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,
Thy tongue hypocrisy, thy heart deceit,
By nature vile, ennobled but by name,
Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame,
Ye!  who behold perchance this simple urn,
Pass on, it honours none you wish to mourn,
To mark a friend's remains these stones arise
I never knew but one - and here he lies."
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2009, 08:50:49 pm »

He's not breathing behind me now, and wasn't at the door when I came home from work.  No matter how much his bones hurt he was always standing at the door.


He was also my medicine buddy, an anchor through the side effects of the cluster headache treatments.

:(


I didn't want a dog back when we adopted him.  My wife did, said we were just going to look.  She picked him out from the rescue shelter.  He had been abused, we think, because every time we raised our arms up he cringed away. 

We didn't really bond until he got himself stuck under the deck of our old house.  He lost his tennis ball under there and dug under the deck to get it, and got stuck.  He was there for hours until I got home to tear up the deck and drag him out.  From that day on he was my golden shadow.

The house is just weird without him.  And inescapable.  Our furniture, carpet, and even paint are all Midas-colored, because he shed all the time.   Decorate the house to match the dog.

Kids seem to be doing okay.  I have to keep busy.
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2009, 10:34:41 pm »

Scarmig, I'm so sorry.  I've looked through your gallery, though, and that was one happy dog.  It's good he could die at home, in peace, at his own time.  Not good for you, of course.  But good for him.

You mentioned he was adopted, so you may not have had him from a puppy.  If I may ask, how long was he with you?
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2009, 06:16:49 am »

He was with us eleven years.

I put his food bowls and toys away this morning.  He's hidden some of them around the house somewhere.  I can't find them all.
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2009, 07:49:14 am »

Oh Scarmig, I'm so sorry. {{{HUGS}}}
He really was a beautiful fellow, and he looks so patient and loving in the pictures.
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Re: Goodbye Old Friend, Midas
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2009, 12:24:33 pm »

I am so sorry ...sending prayers or thoughts or whatever makes you feel any comfort. Dogs/cats are children on 4 legs and fur coats.
He will part of yalls life forever and know you did give him many wonderful years of happiness.
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