RIP Scooter Dog.

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It has been done, she died today at 10:30 AM. She was my best friend for almost 15 years. Fuck I'm so lost and sad. DSC_6378.JPG
 
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Put on your race face and ride it out. Time will heal and within a year you'll have a new dog.

It's a continuum, not an ending.
 
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Sorry for your lost, my dog bullet turned 15 yrs old and he is having a hard time walking around the block so I let him stay around the house he is a mini-pincher and we had him since he was a puppy and he use to like to ride on my Harley.

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I am so sorry. I love the lion mane picture.
Dogs love us more than they love themselves.
We carry their lives, memories and love in our hearts.
please take good care
 
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Ha! What a fucking great pic :)

Hang in there brother. Losing a loved one is always hard. Loss is part and parcel of love. My sister is struggling with having to let go of her beloved Sammy (14 year old Black lab). My son desperately wants to go see him one last time today, but we don't know if Sammy will be able to hold out that long. I love both cats and dogs, but dogs really are the best. No purer love or loyalty than what you get from a dog.

Godspeed Scooter Dog... :missuscool:
 
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A real shame. I'll give mine extra treats when I get home
 
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Sucks........ :mad2:

Offed,,, my last dog,,,, 8 days, ago........ :(

Ain't goin dere again.....

Just live wit, da 3,,,,, cats,,,, frum now on. :red:
 
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I am very sorry for your loss. I will light a candle on Tuesday to help guide her over the bridge.
Being a Great Dane rescuer, I have had a number of losses over the last couple of decades. This something I wrote up on a Dane rescue forum back in 2012:

I would like to share the story of my Phoebe. Of course, that would include some of my story too. I will begin with something I wrote on DOL awhile back:

"I have always had a dog.

When I was young (5) my parents got me an Aussie. From that day until I was 41 I always had a Blue Merle Australian Shepards. In fact for a while I had a breeding couple that produced two litters. I was so inept at it (see hint above - only Blue Merles) that I stopped after two.

In 2000 my male Max passed on. He and I had been together for 14 years and the day he died in my arms was the saddest day of my life. I decided to take a respite from dog ownership as just thinking about it hurt too much.

One day, about six months later, I was scanning the ads in a local paper and came across an ad for Great Dane puppies. Now I had always harbored an interest in Danes, but knew little about them. What really caught my eye was the description of the puppies. There were Harls and Mantles and - WHAT???- MERLES???

I had no idea that there were Merle Great Danes. I had too see them.

Now at the time I lived in San Clemente and the puppies were in Temecula, about 1.5 to 2 hours away and as I stated did not feel that I was ready for another dog. I jumped in the truck and sped away, the whole time telling myself - I'm just looking, I'm just curious.

When I got there this woman led me to a horse corral at the back of her property. She opened the door and I was met by a squirming mass of puppies that reminded me of a rugby scrum.

Off on her own though, was this beautiful little Merle female asleep in the straw. I picked her up and that is when I was possessed.

I took her home and named her Gretchen. She grew to be a stately sweet princess and was every thing that I had imagined, read and was told what a Great Dane should be.

Including fragile.

When she was around two, she started waking up from sleep crying out. Not all the time, but at least a couple times a week. I did all the research and had her examined by my vet, but nothing could be found.

The crying accelerated to screaming. She also started to drag her feet. At the vet for the umpteenth time, he recommended that I take her to a specialist in Costa Mesa. I went to a place called Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital to meet with a Neurologist by the name of Wayne Berry.

Dr. Berry examined her and scheduled an MRI. He believed she had wobblers, and the MRI confirmed it. Two vertebrae had collapsed on her spinal column. And it was too late to do anything. He recommended that I end her suffering.

I was devastated. But, I did not want my Gretch to suffer, so I made the call.

The morning that I was to take her on her last truck ride I was sitting on the coffee table struggling to put on my shoes. Gretch walked up, plopped her butt on the couch (a sight us Dane owners are so used to, but amaze other people), looked at me and gracefully licked my cheek.

I knew from that moment on I would have no other breed of dog."

After Gretchen I got my Cooper (who was related to Gretchen, but that's another story). Cooper was raised with another Aussie - so he was used to being with another dog when I and my ex-wife were away. When my ex and I separated, I moved into a friends home with Cooper. I could tell that Coop was lonely and depressed being separated from his buddy.

After about 6 months, I purchased a home in Norhell, er, Norco. Before I moved in, I had decided I was going to rescue a GD as a companion to both Cooper and I. I did some research and found Rene's IDR. On his adoptable Danes page I found her.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/7886857

She was the most stately looking princess and I had to get her.



Now Phoebe had been abandoned by her previous owner that went something like this:

PO: I want a dog and aren't those GDs in the cartoons so precious!
- precious puppy turns into a 36" 170 lb monster-
PO's new spouse: Get rid of the dog. I don't like her.
PO: OK

The day after I moved into Norh, hm, Norco, I went to Rene's to see Phoebe. I fell immediately in love with her and adopted her that day (we have adopted twice from Rene and I whole heartily recommend that anybody in our area see him before you consider Robin).

Phoebe came home and became my little girl.

Phoebe's life was not the fairy tale ending though. She blew out both knees early, lost her tail and now, after 6 years with me, has lost a battle with bone cancer.

She has been Cooper's best friend, the surrogate mother to 2 more rescues and my sweetheart.

Tomorrow, I lose my sweetheart.

I will always love you my little girl.

Daddy
 
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Scooter dog, who's real name was Margot, was on her way to the pound when we rescued her.

Then probably six months later the people who we got her from wanted her back. They got a giant fuck no!
 
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...sorry man...this thread is hard for me...I do feel ya, bro...Hapo out...
 
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Damn, MC, there's nothing that can be said to truly ease the pain the heart is feeling. I hate that you're having to go through this part of caring for a 4 legged furry kid.
 
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I have a buddy that has had nothing but Danes. I don't know how he does it. It seem like 6-7 years is a good run for them. Tears his heart out every time. :sad:
 
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I have a buddy that has had nothing but Danes. I don't know how he does it. It seem like 6-7 years is a good run for them. Tears his heart out every time. :sad:
That was a big concern of ours when I bought the English Mastiff puppy at the end of 2017. She's damn big, and not likely to last all that long.
 
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So sorry, MC. My Border Collie is now 16 1/4 yrs, mostly blind, deaf, really winding down. It's really tough watching this. But for now, she still wags that tail, fights with the other dog, and chases that ball....I feel for you and the missus...Margot is giving you "double doggie thumbs up" from doggie heaven...
 
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15 years of love & affection.
What a beautiful thing.
Dogs are pretty special.

I had a monkey once.
Didn't even come close
 
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Sorry man, that is the worst part of having a pet. But I think like others said, you gave your dog a pretty good life and that is the best you can do.
 
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Dogs are here for a good time, not a long time- that knowledge doesn't make losing them any easier, but it sounds like your girl had a great life- sorry for your loss, but I'm glad you had each other.
 
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The one time I met her, Margot was a nice dog. I'm sad she has passed on. :(
Here's hoping you, your wife, and the ducks all get used to her being gone.
 
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Must be that time of year. I lost this little hound on Monday. He was with my wife but still he will be missed. He was a troubled little soul but we did our best to make his last years good ones.

Sorry man, I feel your pain.
 
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I think snail nailed it, it's a continuum not an ending, if I told you the number of dogs that are euthanized in the US every single day by animal control facilities and kill shelters you would not believe me, the numbers are unimaginable.

Go save one.......
 
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Sorry about the dog and your loss. I had to do the same thing a couple years ago. Tough. Cried like a baby. Still haven't gotten another.
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Gotta be rough. Hang in there!

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Sorry MC, so many of us know how it feels.
Hopefully you were there with her when she left.
 
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Sorry MC, so many of us know how it feels.
Hopefully you were there with her when she left.
We were both there crying our eyes out. It was so fast and smooth. Fuck man, I still can't believe I've lost her.:frown:
 
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M/C, 15 years is a good run for any dog, but that doesn't make this terrible day any easier. I'm really sorry about your Scooter Dog. Aqualung, I'm sorry for you as well. It's a helluva thing you have with those Great Danes. I don't think I could do it. Such great dogs and such a short lifespan for so many of them. You're all doing great things giving these dogs a great life when they're coming from such grim circumstances. My little guys are both 14 now. Mostly blind, kind of deaf, slightly incontinent. Pain free at the moment be slowing down a little more every day. We all knew the deal going in. Always do. Still going to do it again until one of them outlasts us. Watched "A Dog's Purpose" the other night with burly. I suggest anyone give it a whirl. Nice movie from a dog's perspective. There's another one out there that needs you as much as you need to see that tail wagging again buddy. Don't wait too long.
 
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Sorry for your loss MC. I lost my dog named Scooter years ago and I still miss her. Dogs are true friends.

"Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest. It's about who came and never left your side".
 
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