Your “Last Day” – A Goodbye Message To A Great Friend

Your “Last Day”

If I had the chance to relive my last day on earth with you,
I know without a doubt exactly what we’d do.

I’d pack you up and head on down to your favorite place of all
Where we’d spend hours watching you chase your favorite ball

You’d swim until your muscles couldn’t paddle any more,
and then I’d stroke your sandy fur ’til you were ready for some more.

I’d feed you marshmallows while we sat there on the beach,
because I know that most of all they are your favorite treat.

Then side by side we’d sit  in the last moments of the day,
and remember all the good times we had shared along the way.

With tear filled eyes I’d sit there as the Lord took you away,
and look forward to the next time that once again we’d play.

It won’t be soon my friend, I’ve got things here still to do,
but rest assured that today won’t be my last day with you.

Many years from now I know we’ll meet again,
And when we do can we please relive this “Last Day” once again?

A Picture Of My Dog’s ‘Last Day’

UPDATE: My wonderful dog, Bauer died of  ‘BLOAT’  last weekend, a condition I was told could not have been prevented.  While in the hospital after a failed surgurey I was given a book to help me cope, and upon flipping open that book the first exercise asked me to write down a description of how I’d wished I’d spent the last day with my dog.  And as I read that book I realized that if I had to live it all over again, I would have done everything EXACTLY the same.  I had been given the opportunity to spend that perfect ‘Last Day’ with my dog at the beach, his favorite place.

Here’s hoping this tragedy in my life, can help you appreciate the little moments you share with yours.

Sincerely,

Chet

 

 

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  1. Kacy Curran says:

    Oh Chet, my heart goes out to you and your family as you mourn the loss of Bauer. I too lost a dear furry friend, Delilah Rose, about two months ago. She was a special pup and would have been 13years last month. So I iwll keep you in my prayers as you journey through the lost of your “friend” Bauer.

    Sincerely,
    Kacy

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    Chet Reply:

    And mine to you Kacy… they really are the most loyal creatures on this earth. It’s so sad to say goodbye to them.

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    Joe Reply:

    I am sorry for your loss… Loss of a pet is no less than a human loss… The unconditional love they have to offer… Saying that i’ll surely keep you in my prayers and hope you continue showering your love and care to other pets as well… Bauer: i am sure you are in heaven playing around with gods up above…you will be missed for ever by Chet.. Take Care

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    Theresa Tingley Reply:

    Dear Chet and family,
    So terribly sorry to hear of your great loss.My heart aches for you and your family.I lost both my beloved furbabies seven months ago.My prayers are with you. Be asured that Bauer will be the first to greet you when you get called home to heaven. Their physical presence is gone but their love lives forever in our hearts and souls.God Bless you and your family, know that you are loved,and we will all miss Bauer.Didnt know him personaly,but fell in love with his videos.Thanks for sharing “Last Day” with us.
    Hugs,
    Theresa

    Robyn Reply:

    OHH…. my heart goes out to you and your family.. this is devastating to read. Bauer was a gorgeous looking dog and I watched your training video when he was a puppy. I have a five year old Golden and I couldn’t imagine life without him.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Robyn

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    Dyann Reply:

    I know how hard it is to let go of a beloved pet. When my Cleo had to be put down because of cancer I made sure I loved her as hard as I could before the moment arrived. Not having that opportunity really would have been difficult. The poem is beautiful, I hope it brings you comfort. Having another dog in the home when Cleo died was equally hard. He didn’t understand why she was no longer there and became very clingy. Maybe he just knew I needed his comfort. Know that because Bauer has left his footprints on your heart, he will always be with you.
    Dyann

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    Gary Takata Reply:

    Chet,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your tragic loss of Bauer. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I can’t imagine how hard it is for you. May you be blessed with the strength to move on with your life. I know that Bauer loved his short time with you and would not hesitate to do it again if he had the chance.

    My best friend Buddy (chihuahua)and I have been together for about three years now. He is very intelligent and everyone really likes him. He means the world to me, and I to him. When I read of your loss, I couldn’t imagine going through the same. I don’t know what I’ll do when the time comes for us to part. I think of it and the tears start rolling down my face. I think he was watching me and I hugged him tightly for a long time and he wouldn’t stop licking my face until I got up to write this.

    There is nothing like the unconditional love of a doggy! I try my hardest to reciprocate between two souls and best friends.

    Again, my heart goes out to you and your family. Take care.

    Gary Takata

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    Ann Marie Reply:

    I am so sorry for you loss. I have lost my first 2 labs at 14 and 13 respectively the last two years so your hearbreak brought me back to tears. Thanks for all you do and know that Bauer was lucky to have you even for his too short life. p.s. thanks you for teaching us “leave it” my 18 month old lab Geoge …it was the best lesson I taught him. And your news today made me put down my work and head straight out to play with George…he deserved my attention today especially! Thank you again!

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    Monica Henderson Reply:

    Dear Chet,
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family for the untimely loss of your wonderful four legged, furry Family Member and loyal friend, Bauer. Thank you for everything you share with all of us. I will keep you in my prayers.

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    laura Reply:

    Sorry for you lost your pet and I can feel how sad you are from the words between the line. I just realized that even the animal has the soul and feelings and he knows how friendly the human beings are when he is treated on the earth.
    Thanks for your sharing here

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    wendy Reply:

    lots of love and hugs so sad im crying [from south africa ]

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    Tom Reply:

    I’m sorry for your loss. This is the one thing I am not looking forward to. I know the loss of my sweet little girl Grace (Jack Russell) will crush me. She is 4 and I hope she out lives me.

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    Bobbie Newman Reply:

    I am sorry for your loss my friend we all have to say goodbye to our loved ones and our dogs are our family too .One thing we have is memories no one can take them .God bless
    Bobbie fro Australia.

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    Gloria Hopf Reply:

    Hi Chet
    Hi Chet – We empathis with you
    We had the most gorgeous dog. He was a Rottweiler x Shar-Pei. Both breeds have dreadful reputations for aggression and when Chunky started to talk to (growl at) everyone he met, our children urged us to find Chunky another home. We never felt intimidated or threatened and trusted him cautiously especially with children. Eventually Chunky’s vocalised greeting endeared him to everyone. Chunky became our loyal and faithful friend and protector. He was wonderful with our grandchildren and gave us 7 years of joy.
    One day as he waited for his supper, he seemed more excited than usual. As I put his bowl down he started to eat enthusiastically and then uncharacteristically dashed out to relieve himself. As he came back inside I noticed he was dripping blood from his penis but he insisted on finishing his supper while my husband brought the car to the back door. The drips of blood had become spurts. We took him to the nearest veterinary clinic because it was rush hour and our own vet was much further away. As we got Chunky into the surgery he flooded the floor with blood. Because the vet didn’t know us he wanted a large amount of money upfront. Between us we scraped up the amount on our respective credit cards. The vet then tried to catheterise Chunky, but the flow of blood was too fast. He sedated him and operated immediately (after another huge payment request – 4x the first) only to find that Chunky had a bladder tumour which had burst. He told me there was little hope he would survive and the cost of trying was way beyond our means.
    We were both devastated and have taken time to recover. We now have a new dog called Lola – she is six months old and we make sure every day is as much fun for Lola as it can possibly be. Lola is a Boerbul X German Shepherd. She has travelled to the seaside with us and swam in the surf at 8 weeks old. She and my husband play hide and seek in the garden at least twice a day and Lola and I enjoy walks. She’s been to puppy school and graduated with honours.
    We know how hard this has been for you and want you to know how much we feel for you. Take heart in the knowledge that Bauer had the best life he could have had.

    Gloria Hopf

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    Win Campbell Reply:

    Dear Chelllt,
    How hard it is to lose a beloved friend and member of the family. We had a 17 year old King German Shepherd, whose name was Shane. We got him from an Animal Shelter in Toronto at 1 1/2 years old. He was a stray – and boy, how anyone could not look for him I don’t know. He was the most magnificent and such a huge part of our family. Even when he was having a had time walking he wouldn’t mess in the house, but he still loved his food. We went out and got him MacDonald’s – his favorite treat and he gobbled it all up. Our veterinarian was wonderful and gave us his home phone number and told us to call him when it was time no matter the day or time. We did – we wouldn’t let him suffer and he knew it. We cried all the way to the vet’s and stayed with Shane until the end – and he knew it. We still miss him so much. We now have an American Staffordshire Terrier (8 years) who we rescued at 9 months and a Rotteweiler puppy that we rescued from an abusive home at 8 months. Shaq the staffie and Tulley the Rottie will never take Shane’s place but, we love them both so much as well.

    We know we will see Shane again and that he is now out of his pain and is playing with all of his 2 and 4 legged friends in heaven.

    Good luck Chet – and rest assured that your friend is waiting for you and watching over you. He’s an angel now as are all the pets in heaven.

    God bless you!!

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    Daniel Reply:

    My condolences to you and your family Chet. I recently lost my dog missy (black lab) on the 31of july this year. She was 10 yrs old and died of a brain tumor. I had to put her to sleep and held her close as I seen the life come out of her eyes and her last breath was blown on my face, I stayed in the room holding her body for over 30min I just coulnt let her go; she was my heart. Thank you for sharing this poem and I pray the lord helps you and your family heal through this tragedy. I recently got a new puppy Xena a german shepard and started using your techniques with her, I did not want another dog but my sister and mom made alot of sense when they told me, “Daniel you are a dog lover, and you still have tons of love inside to give to a dog. It would be selfish to keep it all in and not ever share it again with another dog that needs it, and is looking for a home.” I thought about it and realized they were right. I’m grateful God blessed me with the moments I spent with Missy as he did with you and Bauer. No one can ever replace them and shouldn’t . However, we still have tons of love inside to give, and looking back now my new dog Xena has helped me heal so much; i’m crazy about her. I will never forget my Missy but I chose to continue loving another dog who needed me as much as I needed her.
    Daniel

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    Dian Turner Reply:

    Chet:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss, and can’t imagine what you are going through. I have two mini chocolate schnauzers, Buster (14 mos.) and Bruno (4 mos.), who are the loves of my life along with my husband Joe. I don’t know what I would do without them, but the letter from the book was truly inspirational.

    Being a dog lover and dog trainer, you will get through this tough time in your life by giving your love to other dogs who need your compassionate care. You truly receive more than you give when dealing with a dog’s love and unconditional devotion.

    Dian

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    Jackie Reply:

    Chet,

    Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us. I’m glad you had time to love a “fur friend” in your life. I’m very sorry for your loss. You must miss him so. I’ve had my heart broken a few times by the loss of beloved pets–but in looking back, I would do it all over again because the love is worth the heartache. Thank you so much for sharing your love and grief with us.

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    Tammy Dougherty Reply:

    Dear Chet; You have no idea how this touched me. I too just lost my best friend and “Service Dog” Sophia only 2 mos. ago. She was a beautiful Plush Coat Shilo Shepherd. She was with me 24/7 for 8 shory years. I lost her also to bloat and I understand the devistation and guilt you feel only to well. I did all I could do for her while I had her but in the end there was just not anything we could do , it was to late, she was gone. She just crawled up in bed with me and laid in my arms and died . Right there. Oh how I miss her. I only wish I had known about Bloat before it struck. She showed very little in the way of symptoms. She threw up once and was lathargic but did not really seem to be in much discomfort. Just an upset tummy , that happens sometimes. Who knew. Well now I do and I am totally Paronoid. Went out and got what is called and anti Bloat Bowl. Suposed to keep your pets from gulping when they eat, and swolowing air. I will keep you in my prayers and tell you pall Bauer to look for my Sophia , I am sure they will have many hours of play together… Tammy

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    correen Reply:

    hi chet sorry to hear about bauer i have
    a 4month old golden retrevier and hes already
    one of our family members we love him so much
    i will keep you in prayer and bauer hopefully
    your having fun in doggie heaven now that your
    free of pain god bless you big guy never forget
    how much you were loved

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    Phyllis Reply:

    May God help you through your sorrow.

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    Mary Ellen Lizzi Reply:

    Chet,

    I too have lost my beloved Great Dane “Honey” to that miserable
    illness “bloat”. She was also 6 yrs. old. They certainly steal our hearts, our precious pet and friends. Thank you for sharing.
    It certainly helps to know i am not alone because that is how you feel at times. I am asked quite frequently why a prefer a pet with such a short life span. I tell them that i make the most of every second of every day. It is the quality of the time spent together not the quantity. Yes, I now am the happy and content owner of LOLA, a Great Dane puppy. How crazy is it that we continually do this to ourselves. Thank you for ALL your knowledge on puppies and dogs. I’m sure you have helped many who would have just given up.
    Please continue to help us train our most prized possessions. What matters most is that you let dog owners know it can be done without laying a hand on their “best friend”.

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    Pam Reply:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost a beloved pet. My dog was Dx with brain cancer that had metastasis to his spine. She suffered a debilitating stroke. She looked so sad. Her eyes said please put me out of this misery. She couldn’t eat or drink and kept walking in a circle. I made the choice to have her put to sleep. I stayed with her until she passed. I will remember the joy she brought me and how she protected me and my daughters after my divorce. Rest in Peace all beloved pets who gave us unconditional love.

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    Lynda Reply:

    I had a hard time reading this, I lost my beloved Toby in May. He was 12 years old and just very suddenly died. We believe it was a stroke. It still hurts when I think about him. We got a new puppy and he has brought back the joy of watching a bouncy baby again and he shows some similar quirks that Toby had. However we also have a 13 year old and I dread the day he leaves us. Pets are such a wonderful part of life, I can’t imagine mine without one.

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    alane Reply:

    i too just lost my dog duncan. he was here giving me joy for 12 years. my little buddy would always make me smile. even when i told him before i left for work that i was going to take him to the doctors to help him, he knew. later that day he past. that day was one of the sadest day of my life this week. thanks for sharing .. and i loved the above..thanks again

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    Krista Reply:

    I never truly understood the bond between a dog and his owner. I had many friends and family members that were devastated when they lost their dog. I also couldn’t understand how people could spend thousands of dollars on a pet that had such a short life span. That was before I got my puppy this past June. Having a pet has opened my eyes and heart to something I have never known before. I would do absolutely anything and everything for the little love of my life, now. Reading your poem made my heart smile, for now I understand………………….

    Anyone that has ever considered getting a dog, shouldn’t wait.

    Chet, I am so sorry for your loss. Your poem is so touching and has made a forever mark in my heart.

    Now if I only could get my little Yorkie potty trained…..hmmmmmmmm………it’s not going so well………

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    Sherri Reply:

    Chet, I’m so sorry for your loss. We finally have our first family dog and although she’s only been with us a year, we would be devastated without her. I hope you find comfort in the many happy memories Bauer brought you!

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    Theresa Reply:

    Dearest Chet,
    So sad to hear your news. My heart goes out to you. Your email was the first I looked at this morning and I couldn’t stop crying when I read it. They are such wonderful creatures and I think Bauer will always be with you.
    Your poem is beautiful.
    Much love,
    Theresa

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    Sondra Reply:

    Dear Chet,
    I’m so deeply sorry for your loss of Baur, I too sat at my computer and cried and cried as I read about your loss, but the great love and short life you two shared together was special and will always be remembered until that time comes that you meet again.
    I to went thru a great-loss last summer when I lost my 15yr. old yellow lab, I mourned her for a year, she was truly my best friend and my velcro. I still miss her Lots, even though I have 2-Choc.lab puppies now, they have been my thearpy. They are not my Sandee dog, but still they are a couple of fun, loving, playful wonderful pups, and now we will make new memories with them. Take time to mourn Baur, time heals.

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    Carmen Reply:

    Time is always too short with our wonderful companions. Sweet memories of each goofy smile and waggy butt – happy dog with a full body wag not just the tail. my heart and prayers are with you and Bauer. i do not believe anyone who says dogs don’t go to heaven – their unconditional love brings a bit of heaven to us, and we all wait for the day we are all reunited. bless you!

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    Jolisa Delaney Reply:

    You and Bauer have touched so many lives, in so many ways. Nauer lives on in our hearts, as he does yours, though no one loved him the way you did. I have been sharing all the lessons you and Bouer taught us with my Lab, Krash. Thank You Bauer..Thank you Chet…God Bless, and YES…you WILL meet again.

    In Sympathy and Gratitude
    Jolisa Delaney

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    Susanne Reply:

    Chet, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m also blown away by all the stories people are sharing. The bottom line is that no matter how long you have, you always want one more day. But it’s worse when something unexpected happens, something that can’t be prevented with good nutrition, exercise, love. I’ll be thinking of you as Mike and I take Buddy and Macy for a walk and a swim.

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    Cindy Reply:

    Chet, I lost my dog Ginger when I was a teenager and havn’t owned another dog until this year. She was hit by a car speeding up my street. She didn’t pass right away but she had a broken body. It was heart wrenching, I still tear up thinking about it.

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    wendy Reply:

    oh my dear how sad i dont have words my dearest weimaraner had it once but the vet did save him,,,he lived till 10,we said goodbye to him two years ago from south africa xxxgo well

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    Robin Reply:

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your amazing companion, Bauer. I lost my most beloved dog, Marleigh, last December and still mourn her loss when I think of her or speak of her. She was my best friend, but I know I’ll see her again one day as you will Bauer.

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  2. Christine says:

    Chet what a lucky dog Baur was to have you as his companion. What a wonderful way to spend his last day. It is so hard to let them go even when they are tired ready to leave.
    Kacy so sorry your Delilah Rose had to leave I do believe they are with us in spirit. My wonderful GSD will be 11 Jan 1st and my Jack/Chihuahua is 8 has used at least 6 lives. Everyday I give thanks that they found thier way to me.

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  3. Marsha Osborn says:

    As I have been a nurse for many years and I was present for many deaths over 30 plus years. We were trained that death is a part of life, each of us are born and thus we all die at some point. But with pets they are part of the family and most of the time they are far more loyal then our human family and friends will ever be. Dogs give us love and understanding with no other ifs in the bargan then that. We can tell them anything and they never tell anyone what was said. Find a human that you can say that about.

    And in my heart I know each dog or cat that crosses the rainbow bridge is met by a big group to show them around and assure them they will see us again.

    My heart goes out to any one who is facing this time and and those who had that experience them selves.

    Every time a I see a rainbow I wonder did someone just cross the bridge.

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    Annie Reply:

    Marsha,

    That was a lovely comment. Yes every time I see a Rainbow I smile and say hi to my departed dog Josie and I know she is always around me.

    A lovely verse from an author Irving Townsend says regarding pet loss:

    We who choose to surround ourselves
    With lives even more
    Temporary than our own
    Live within a fragile circle
    Easily and often breached
    Unable to accept its awful gaps
    We still would live no other way.

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    diane Reply:

    I am also a nurse and 5 yrs ago suddenly lost our beloved gon retriever from metastatic pancrea cancer. One day she was fine and 3 dys later she died in he hospital after having no symptoms except she vomited and had a warm nose. We were told when we brought he in there was no hope but they tried because we were willing to do anything to prevent the loss of our lives. We now have a 5 yr. old golden which resembles our firstand every day we thank God for giving her to us when we needed her . Each day we have her is a blessed day because we know how suddenly they can be taken away. We have had many dogs in our 45 yrs. of marriage but Shyla and Sonya have ben our dearest and most beloved.

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    MJ Wood Reply:

    Marsha,
    We lost our furkid Buddy Franklin last December. We had thirteen wonderful years with him.

    We light a candle everynight for him so he can help all the new souls over the rainbow bridge.

    We know we will be reunited with him someday!

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    Nita Reply:

    Marsha,
    you hit the nail on the head. There are no guarantees in life (human or animal). And animals are definitely far more loyal. I have loved and lost numerous animals in my life and each is near and dear to me. I currently have a small Chesapeake who was born very small (4 oz) and I hand raised her. At 10 months of age I found she suffered from Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia. There is no cure or fix for it and her life is softened by medications to keep her comfortable. However, I knew from day one she was special and have worked hard to make her a good citizen with a safe and loving environment to live in. She does rule the roost but she is sensitive, loyal, loving, protective and SO very funny. She also love to retrieve and swim – which is clearly hard on her, so I am forced to limit her activities that she loves so much – but I do allow her some in moderation. She is now almost 3 1/2 years old and I can tell from her daily progress that she is slowly going down hill. We never know how long “life” will be for any living thing, but I treasure every hour/day with her and try to no think of my life without my little Z in it. Many of my dog friends have admonished me for not letting her go the day she was born – but I have never regretted allowing her to be all that she can be. She even earned a rally novice title! I believe there is a time and a reason for everything that life throws at us – and animals help keep us honest about ourselves. I’m glad to have found this forum and to read the loving and caring thoughts of so many of like mind regarding our beloved animals. I only hope I will be good enough to be granted access to the Rainbow Bridge so I can be surrounded by my animals.

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    Glenda Bucci Reply:

    I cried as I read your account of your dogs passing. Our dog of 15 years passed away
    In June. Unfortunately, on his last day, he was almost ignored. We had traveled to
    Our daughter’s house to take care of her 4 small children, so their parents could go on
    A much needed vacation. My daughter home schools and her husband works hard to make a living plus, is a tremendous help when he gets home at night. On reading your account of your dogs last day, I was so happy for you. The photo is a treasure.
    It says it all! You made me think of what I would have done differently that day.
    Probably nothing. He was with people he loved. The children always put a spring in his step and I bet he sensed that we had our hands full. He lived as long as his breed was expected to live. He was loved and well taken care of, from the day we rescued him at 2 months. He’ll be in our hearts always. He was a lucky dog. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I can’t imagine losing a pet so young and in such a tragic way. I think God knew you needed a perfect last day. I’m anxious to read your book.

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  4. Patty Bishop says:

    Chet, so sorry to read about your buddy. Your poem made me cry. I’m hoping to someday have an English bulldog be my loyal buddy, and I can’t imagine the sorrow I will have to eventually go through in the end of that chapter. I know it will be difficult, but worth the fun and memories we will share.
    I’m glad to see you also have a dog training link. I hope I wont need it, but glad you’re there if I do.

    Patty

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  5. Mary says:

    Chet, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved furbaby I can so relate as I lost my little furbaby Buffie June 12th at 14 years of age. It is so difficult to let them go. They are so much a part of our lives. But My little Buffie saw to it that the space she left in my life would be filled with a little rescue that had such a rough start in life and so in need of a home. Buffie will always be in my heart as Bauer will in yours. They leave such a huge paw print on our hearts no matter what size they were. My sympathy is with you and your family as you mourn the departure of your sweet Bauer.

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  6. Mary says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your dog, your friend. I’ve lost many dogs over the years, and my first cockatiel, Punkin. There will never be another like Punkin. The mold was broken, as I’m sure it was for your dog. Time will help to heal your sorrow, but he will always be in your heart. I hope you got to spend his last day as you wrote in your poem, your tribute to Bauer.
    God bless you, and help you heal from your loss.
    Mary.

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    Chet Reply:

    I really did get to spend my last day just as I wrote in the post, and that picture really is of his last day with me… it was a very special last day.

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  7. Corinne Lendon says:

    CAn you share teh titel and author of the coping with pet loss book please
    Vet Student, Australia

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  8. shaila says:

    i hv tears in my eyes, so cant type further

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  9. Naomi says:

    Oh Chet, reading that just made me well up! So sorry for your loss…I have recently become a puppy-mamma to a black labrador who is now 3 months old. I have found all your tips and videos so useful in giving him the best possible start in life….thank you for that and thank y ou for sharing Bauer’s “Last Day”. RIP Bauer

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  10. Nicola says:

    Wow, I am sobbing at my desk reading your story and poem.
    It was beautiful…
    My heart goes out to you, I know all too well how heart breaking it is to lose your best friend.
    Unfortunately time will never heal, but it will help you cope.
    I wish you all the best.

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  11. Sherr Gordon says:

    My beloved chihuahua Daisy just passed away too. She deveoped dry eye and had to have her eye removed. Then she got dry in in her other eye. Within 2 weeks I had to put her down. I stayed with her when she got the shot to put her down. She too seemed very peaceful and finally without pain. I wish my vet would have had a book to cope woth such a loss. My heart is heavy with this loss. I too believe I will be reunited with all of my doggs who have left this world before me: Belley, Balto, Priscilla, Buddy an now my Daisy. Rest in peace my little loves.

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  12. Fiona says:

    That’s a lovely last day. Bought tears to my eyes. I dread the day that I will have to deal with losing my husky kids and pray that I dont have to make the decision! They are only 5 & 4 so hopefully that won’t be any time soon.

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  13. zoe cartwright says:

    That is very news, so sorry!! Reading your story brought a tear to my eye. Our 6 month old yorkie pup died on friday, he went in for a simple castration opp but never his heart stopped during and they couldn’t restart it again. I had taught him many of your training tips, he was doing so well and was such a happy, playful little fella. We miss him so much we felt the best thing was to fill the massive gap he has left by getting another pup as soon as possible. We now have boris who will never replace sanchez but has so far put a big smile on everyone’s faces and warmed our hearts to ease our pain!! Xxx

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  14. Jackie Matlock says:

    Chet,
    Your experience with Bauer and completing this exercise should be a reminder to all pet owners to do the best they can every day for their trusting loyal four legged best friends.

    Being tired or busy should never take away from the time we take to show them how important they are to us, to take that walk,play ball or groom them.

    Thank you for sharing this with us,
    Jackie

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  15. Maggi MacGregor says:

    Chet, I’m so sorry to hear about Bauer, but heartened that you had a last day with him that you wouldn’t change. what a precious gift to treasure, and it sounds as if you have a lot of memories of him to help you in your loss. I had to have my Deerhound, Fraoch, put to sleep a couple of years ago, and I wouldn’t have changed my last day with him either. He was old, and we spent the day cuddling on the couch, and I held him as he was put to sleep, so his last memory was of loving hands holding him. I still miss him, but I’m lucky to have the companionship of my GSD Solas, who is 5yrs old. take care of yourself and your family. Maggi & Solas.

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  16. Crystal says:

    So sorry for your loss, Chet, I cannot imagine the pain you and your family are in.
    Terrible news 🙁

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  17. June Pound says:

    Chet, I am so sorry to hear about your dog. I have had many friends who have lost their beloved dogs to bloat and I feel for them all. It is never easy losing a much loved pet.
    The photo of your last day was beautiful and all of my dogs would have loved such a day!

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  18. Bill says:

    We lost a black lab named Bear we loved him a lot but it was his time to leave us . I reworked a old gospel tune and played and sang it at the funeral we had for him…..

    Just a black pup that came from the pound

    it was sure nice to have him around

    nobody came in our yard if bear was on gard

    and in heaven he will never grow old

    in heaven he will never grow old

    his coller will be made of pure gold

    oh how we cried the day Bear died

    and in heaven he will never grow old

    someday when i make it to heaven

    my heart will be filled with true joy

    just to see my old friend and tell him again

    that he sure was a good boy

    and in heaven he will never grow old

    his coller will be made of pure gold

    oh how we cried the day Bear died

    and in heaven he will never grow old

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  19. Trish says:

    Chet my heart goes out to your for the passing of Bauer, I am writing this will empathic tears in my eyes and wishing I could give you a hug. God bless you.

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  20. Sherif. T says:

    So sorry for your loss Chet! I also just lost last year my Andrew a beautiful japanese Akita at the age of 14yrs. So I know how it feels to loose a loved one.
    Your letter was beautifully written.
    Bauer coudn’t have a better companion, trainer, friend like yourself.
    Stay strong.
    Sincerely,
    Sherif

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  21. Priti Kumari says:

    Rest in peace Bauer.
    So sorry for the loss Chet.While I was reading your goodbye message,my heart stopped for a second.My prayers are with you and your family.

    Please take care.

    Priti

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  22. David McElwain says:

    Hey Chet, yes, my condolences to you too, it’s a horrible thing.
    We lost Harry, our kelpie / german shepherd cross, early last year. He got a really bad cough and when we took him to the vet we were advised that he had cancer and there was nothing we could do. Then he started losing weight. He was 14 and I’d had him from puppyhood, so the thought of losing him was horrible.
    Anyway, on his last day we took him to the beach, threw his ball into the watrer where he kept retrieving it, then coming out and coughing, then we took him for a hamburger, brought him home, fed him chocolate ( which we never did before,) and the following morning we took him to the vet to be put to sleep. I cry as I write this as we’ll never have another Harry, but I know he’s at peace and had a great life both in Australia and Singapore. We have his ashes at home and we will always love him and hold him in our hearts.
    Chin up, old chap….
    Cheers
    David
    Singapore

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  23. Laura Hunt says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bauer will be with you forever in your heart and you in his. This is a difficult time for you and your family and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Keep him alive through all your memories and happy times with him.

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  24. Kathy says:

    Chet, I can’t believe I’m sitting here crying buckets of tears for a dog I never knew. We lost our beloved german shepherd at Easter this year at 10 years of age. We found him in his bed, as if he were peacefully asleep. Thank you so much for sharing Bauer’s “last day”. I have now created my own for our Spook. Take care Chet.
    Marsha, I loved your rainbow bridge. I’ll use that thought whenever I see a rainbow.

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  25. Dennis Crawford says:

    Chet,

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. About 9 years ago I lost my furry companion of 17 years. It was difficult but it is amazing how quickly you forget about the torn screens, the toys scattered, the fussy eating habits and just focus on the friendship.

    Two years ago I was able to find another Cairn Terrier that I fell in love with. But I still carry the thoughts of “Rags The Dog”.

    I am sure there is a doggie heaven and I wil see him again.

    Dennis

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  26. kaye says:

    Hi just wiping away tears after reading your blogg. I to lost my best friend but in a way no dog should die. My ex husband kicked him to death in front of me. Every day i relive how I should have tried harder to save him. I know we will meet again in heaven and he know’s how much I will always love him.

    Take care
    Kaye
    England

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  27. Carina Luz says:

    Hi Chet, i am sincerely sorry for your loss… it is the hardest feeling the one of loosing our best friend unannounced… you’ll always have the feeling of “if i only knew…i’d spend the last day…”. But i’m sure you guys had a lot of last days that where not the last one, and Bauer is now telling the other fur angels up there “my owner was such a cool guy… he used to take me to the beach and play with my favourite ball…”
    Herby, Thor, Nikita (the house cat) and myself wish you all the best and keep up the good work!
    Carina (Clicker trainer in Dubai)

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  28. Jana says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss! I have a boxer/american bulldog/massive and he is 5 months old and soooo big but just a big baby. Reading your story really touched me because I can’t imagine life without him! He is just like a child to me and even my son calls him his brother. I know they don’t live forever but they really are the most loyal companions you will ever have and I can only imagine how you and your family must feel. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story, I read all your emails I receive and this one had me in tears before I even read “the last day”. I am truly sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Jana

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  29. Ann says:

    Hello Chet
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved friend Bauer.
    I can fully sympathise with you, as I too lost my best friend on Monday 27th August.

    At 07.30am when I went downstairs to make breakfast, Lucy my beautiful border collie was fine, wagging her tail when she saw me, her mummy. At just after 09.00am she was still fine and going out to the back garden, but by 09.45am everything changed and she became ill.

    She struggled to get over to the door and I am told she looked as though she was swaying.. When I got to her she was just awful looking and I knew then that she was dying.
    Lucy was taken immediately to the vet as an emergency, where he said that she had a tumour in her stomach which was leaking into her system,that she was in shock and it would be kinder to let her go. He put her to sleep there and then with my daughter and husband holding her and loving her for one last time.

    To say that I am upset would be the buggest understatement, as I have not stopped crying since then, I miss her beautiful face so much.

    I fully appreciate how you are feeling right now and think that the letter to your Bauer is a wonderful idea, dedicated to your friend,I hope that we meet them again one day.

    .

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  30. Alejandra Gutierrez says:

    I am very sorry for your beloved loss. What I just read brought tears to my eyes, as I can never picture myself without my beloved puppy who means a lot to me. Remain strong and remember your Bauer is in a better place and he might be gone physically, but will forever remain in your heart.

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  31. Rashdi says:

    Oh Chet! I know how you feel. My heart mourns with you as I have experienced the same loss. Your words touched my soul. May Lord give you enough strength to come over this great tragedy. RIP “Bauer”

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  32. Hilary says:

    They are forever in our hearts, and if we only take their message of love, joy, and giving unconditionally, and pass that on, how much then have they given to the world. In the spirit of all the wonderful dogs on our planet!

    Blessings to you!

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  33. Yvonne Kriel says:

    Hi David, so sorry to hear of your loss, you inspired many people with your beautiful letter to Bauer , and Im sure it will help so many people deal with their loss. You are in our thoughts! Regards Yvonne

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  34. sue says:

    I read your message with tears pouring down my face, I also lost my precious dog charlee recently and miss her dearly every single day. I was with her as she was put to sleep and was telling her how much I loved her and the last thing she did was put her paw round my neck like she knew what I was telling her, that moment although it breaks my heart thinking about it will live with me forever. Best of luck, I know exactly how you are feeling

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  35. Liz says:

    Hi Chet

    You are a good man and create enormous abundance of joy to animals and their keepers and because of that love you have, paradoxically the hurt is great too. It is so hard and yet so easy to think of all the fabulous times we have shared with our animals and when we do, great change happens in our hearts. Tears release the hurt and have a rightful place as you acknowledged. The Last Day will bring enormous comfort to so many but right now you have experienced a traumatic and deeply emotional time so take care of you Chet, we and all the dogs value you so very much.

    Om mane padme hum / deep compassion

    Liz x

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  36. rhian says:

    In my life I have loved and lost 2 dogs, Rebel and Spike, although years apart reading about Baur’s sad passing has brought back the memories of the days in which they died, but also more fondly the wonderful experiences I had as a child growing up with a dog (rebel) who thought he was a child (standing in line when my mum would give us a packet of crisps or searching for his present under the christmas tree) and spike whose bark made the person knocking on the door think there was a monster behind the door, when in fact it was one of the sweetest dogs in england who just had a tremendous bark.
    It’s been a long time since they passed so I am able to remember all the fun things, like Rebel eating the yellow pages and turning it over when my dad came downstairs. However each of their passing was absolutely devastating and i still get chocked up when thinking about that part. But in the end in the end dogs are all about love, they are always loyal and after the initial sadness has passed you will feel so fortunate to have been the one to get Baur’s love, and to have loved him.
    he will always be your friend, and yes one one day you’ll certainly meet again but in the mean time dont worry as Rebel and Spike where always running off to play with other dogs, Baur’s in their gang now 🙂

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  37. Robyn Gleeson says:

    I am so saddend to read this.. My heart goes out to you and your family!
    Bauer certainly was a beautiful boy and your last day with him looks like it was full of fun. Bauer certainly looked happy!! Such a sad loss!
    I too, have a Golden Retriever and I can’t imagine life without him!
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Robyn

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  38. Jeanne says:

    Chet, I am so sorry about Bauer. I know you miss him so much. I, too had to put my dog, Digby to sleep, last week. He had heart trouble, then a stroke, and couldn’t eat. He was suffering and I knew it was time. He was 14 and had been a rescue dog, that was badly mistreated. I rehabilitated him and had him 12 years, and he was devoted to me, and I to him. Two days later we were visited by Hurricane Isaac and I had to take my 2 Maltese, Rocky and Jack and evacuate for 5 days. When we came home I started looking for Digby, only to remember he wasn’t here. His ashes are in a Rainbow Bridge urn and I will always have him with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family,and Bauer.

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  39. Jean Rudd says:

    Your Vet is one to be treasured. What a beautiful read,(tears and all). No words seem to soften the deep loss and sorrow; however much they say time heals, it does not fill the gap that was once our treasured companion. What a dreadful thing to happen to your dog, did they give you any reason for the bloating? I only ask as you may be able to enlighten us so others may avoid this experience.

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  40. Deirdre Clum says:

    Oh Chet, I’m so sorry. It just hurts my heart to know how sad you must be. I lost my dad this summer and although people might think it’s not the same if you lose a pet, they’re wrong. In fact it can almost be worse. Your dog loves you without any agenda, without drama, with their whole heart and soul. I don’t know if even parents love that unconditionally. As the joke goes, “Put your wife/husband/parent/child (insert whom ever) into the trunk of your car. Then put your dog in the trunk of another car. Come back an hour later and let them both out. See who’s happier to see you” ….. The answer is aways the same! LOL

    I am really worried about the day when I lose one of my fur babies. I have two cavaliers. Kali (female) is 2 1/2 and Squeak (male) has just turned 1. They are the loves of my life. I do love my children and my husband too, mind you, but my pups are very special. 😉

    You are a wonderful man, Chet. Another dog needs a good family and you will find him or her when the time is right. Bauer will be waiting to play with you again when your turn comes…. I’m sure you’ll have a whole pack meeting you at the pearly gates! Hugs and prayers coming your way.

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  41. Alwxandra says:

    That was so touching, near to the heart, lovely words. Brought tears to my eyes, thank you for sharing it. I have kept my dogs ashes and when the time comes for me, my dogs, cats and rabbit’s ashes will go together with me. X

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  42. Hi Chet, so sorry to hear about your loss. You were a wonderfull friend to Bauer. Surely God gave him the best. Thank you for the wonderfull work that you do to help others to not only appreciate their dogs but to help them where they have problems. God bless you my brother and heal you from the missing of your friend. And thank you for sharring how you feel.

    Maryka.

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  43. Sandra Adams says:

    Hi Chet I’m so sorry to hear about Bauer, although I did not know him it still upset me as I know just what you are going through. As the rest of the comments left so far we have lost several Dogs mostly Dane’s over the years including losing one with Bloat. We rushed him to the vet’s where the vet put him on a drip but it was too late to save him. Every time we lost one we said that we would never have another one as nothing can take the place of the one you lost. A’las you come into the house and it does not make any difference how many humans are there it is somehow empty and something missing. Every time we eventually got another one, they are all different and have their own characters. We have now got what we know is are last Dane (due to us getting older). Plod is now 2 and has been the hardest one to train, but has got a very big heart and does try he just still thinks he is top dog. I have been recieving your mailings and posts for a while now and have found them extremely helpful, I just wish that I had seen them when he was younger. But we are still working with him to improve and by taking your advise hopefully he will. You and Bauer are very lucky to have had each other in your lives.

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  44. Reg & Gayle Yates says:

    Dear Chet, We are so sorry for your loss of a dearly loved pet. In February, it was discovered that our precious Jack Russell “Tilly” had bowel cancer, and we had to have her put to sleep the next day. So on her last day, we took her to her favourite beach for a last play, and one of her dear human friends joined us and took photos that we just cherish. When we arrived home she stared out at the park across the road that she walked around every day, so we took her for a last little stroll, but I ended up having to carry her home. My husband held her on his lap and I held her face in my hands and told her that we loved her, and “sweet dreams of your beach” as she went to sleep. We buried her in our back yard by the fence where she would go on “possum patrol” each night, and her beach towel is hanging on the fence behind her.Our vet sent a lovely card with the verse “The Rainbow Bridge” printed inside, we bawled my eyes out. Time eases the pain gradually, but we still miss our Tilly dreadfully, but we took a rescue dog to fill our empty hearts and arms.
    All our best wishes to you at this so sad time.
    Reg & Gayle Yates, Australia

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  45. Colleen says:

    Hello Chet and family,

    Your beautiful Last day with Bauer bought tears to my eyes. I remember how it is to lose a wonderful companion, my beautiful Husky, Nanook past away in his sleep in February of this year. He was 13 and had enjoyed a wonderful life, however I still find it hard and miss him so. His sister Keemo had to be put to sleep 6 months before at 15 because she was in so much pain in her poor old joints that I couldn’t take the mournful look in her eyes anymore. I miss them both so much still and like you know I will again spend many more wonderful days with them when we meet again.
    I now have another 2 huskies, Mischka and Teeko, who we rehomed from a kennel. They have brought many new challenges and much love.
    I wish you and your family many fond memories of your wonderful friend.
    Colleen

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  46. Pasqualina says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.
    Having lost my Luca (8 years old) last year to cancer, I know the pain you are feeling.
    Luca too loved the beach, and we made one last trip to the beach whilst he could still walk.
    I miss him every day. And your beautiful words brought him to me again tonight.
    Thank you for sharing.
    I wish you well.
    Pasqualina, and my new pup Layla (12 weeks).

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  47. Dave Meyer says:

    Chet

    Cheers mate, I know how hard it is to lose an animal. If you also read the poem Rainbow Ridge (Google it) and that may also offer you some comfort in your time of loss. We too, just lost our most beloved Trinket in June this year. Her loss about ripped our hearts from our chests, but my wife and I are at least able to accept it more. Also, great friends and family help too. My biggest pain was remembering, at least initially, they way she died (heart failure), but once I realised that it’s all the years that we spent together (memories), I did not have to relive her death over and over again, because it was such a small part of her life. So, please accept our condolences and best wishes always.

    Dave

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  48. colin maine says:

    oh chet so sorry that your lovely dog has gone.i could not stop crying when i looked at your last day with your pup.and all your fans support,sorry your next dog will be a good dog too!! regards col

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  49. Rosalene Bradbury says:

    Hi
    My deepest sympathy. I am a theologian and a few years ago wrote a learned article for a learned journal. As a bit of a joke I tacked on a story I had written for myself called “Do Dogs Go to Heaven?” Well the eidtory pubnlished both. The learned article sunk with out a trce but, unually for a journal, the published a picture of a dog with the article. Apparently it was one of the most popular they ever published. Even boring theologians love dogs. I am not telling yout this because the article was so wonderful, but because the things I spoke of touch a universal cord. It doesn’t matter what our ‘religious’ believes, somewhere in that still small space within us we seem to instinctively sense that IF there is a heaven, certainly our dogs are there – it could not be heaven otherwise.

    Deepest condolences on your very private loss.

    Rosalene Bradbury in New Zealand

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  50. Paula says:

    Really sorry to hear about the death of your beautiful boy. My yorky ‘Toby’ died in February he would have been 15 on Dec 8th 2012. His tummy bloated but the vet we had then didn’t know how to deal with it and our boy was in a terrible state and we decided that we couldn’t put him through any more pain and had him put to sleep. He was in my arms and we had a special moment together but it affected me so badly but I read about ‘Rainbow bridge’ and it helped me so much to think he was with my parents waiting for me. We got a little ‘ Morkie’ called Denzil by accident who was born 3 days after Toby died to keep our other Yorkie Sammy company.
    Denzil has many of Toby’s traits and yet his own personality but I feel Toby is still there sat in his favourite place, walking along side when we walk, lying at the side of me watching tv. They never leave you.
    I wish you well from the UK and all dog lovers wishes are with you.

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  51. Carina Luz says:

    Hi Chet, i am sincerely sorry for your loss… it is the hardest feeling the one of loosing our best friend unannounced… you’ll always have the feeling of “if i only knew…i’d spend the last day…”. But i’m sure you guys had a lot of last days that where not the last one, and Bauer is now telling the other fur angels up there “my owner was such a cool guy… he used to take me to the beach and play with my favourite ball…”
    Herby, Thor, Nikita (the house cat) and myself wish you all the best and keep up the good work!
    Carina Luz (Clicker trainer in Dubai)

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  52. Jinx says:

    My very deepest sympathy to over your loss. You will however hold wonderful memories for years and years to come of the special days with your best friend. I have lost two best friends within the last year and my heart truly goes out to you

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  53. Pat Hughes says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Chet, and others. I was sent this just the other day and posted it on my Facebook wall. I love it and want to share it. Nothing really removes the grief of losing a furbaby, but perhaps this story of the Rainbow Bridge will help to ease it.
    ***************************************

    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… ♥

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  54. Naomi Arimura says:

    I’ve had that pain and with one day have it again I suppose, I dread losing our little ten-year-old who just buried a treat in his toy basket, spent an hour talking to it then digging it up and eating it. I don’t know about bloat, never heard of it before, but I know about loss. I feel for you. That’s all I can say just now. I just feel for you. Take care, Chet. I’m crying too.

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  55. Daniel Garreis says:

    I am so so sorry. I know how close you must have been and loosing such a friend is hard. I lost my 12 yr old mini Schnauzer Dec 2011 to cancer. Had surgery a year prior and spleen taken out knowing she would only live around 6 months. She lived 11 months but we did it all together to the end. Like you she played with me like a young dog until her last day. We always went everywhere together. It took me 4 months of going to petsmarts and so on just to pet a dog before I went to the human society and found another schnauzer. We each deal with this differently and I know how hard it must have been just for you to post this. Bauer had one of the most caring, loveable, knowledgeable owner and friend he could ever have. My thoughts are with you we are all here for you if needed.

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  56. Jan says:

    I lost my cat Squirt today. It hurts so much. I thank you for sharing your loss and how you would spend your last day as it is helping me cope with mine.God Bless,Chet.

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  57. Cheryl Allen says:

    My thoughts are with you Chet. Golden retrievers are such beautiful natured dogs & Bauer was so young. With the passing of time may the tides of the the ocean you & Bauer shared as your favorite place to be companions, was away the grief and leave your heart filled with wonderful memories as you travel life’s pathways.

    Take Care. Cheryl

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  58. LeeAnn says:

    Hi Chet, I am sorry about your dog. My puppy got real sick last week and we almost lost him, but he is doing a lot better now. My prayers goes out to you. Thank you for telling your story.

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  59. Susan says:

    Chet,
    So sorry to hear about your loss.
    Our beloved Jet was hit by the arrival of an unexpected contractor at the end of October in our driveway almost instantly. Our 16 yr old Bearded Collie’s vision and hearing were diminished. The sudden loss of our loving furry friend left the whole family bereft. Within a week we unexpectedly got two puppies that we called Smokey and the Bandit. They are Coton De Tulear breeds. They have been a healing loving prescence brightening a household that would have been filled with perpetual sadness.
    We talk often of Jet and keep his memory alive. I am sure Jet and Bauer are playing ball.
    Your poem was beautiful.
    A prayer to you and your family as you grieve for Bauer.

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  60. Joyce says:

    Chet
    I feel your pain so sorry for your loss

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  61. Donna says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    I am greatful to be on your mailing list and I thank you so much for this post especially at the moment. It has come at a time I really needed.

    A week and a half ago I had to put my 12 year old Milo (maltese cross) down. He had a bad heart with fluid and was struggling to breath and could hardly walk. We tried everything over the last few months and could no longer watch him suffer so we chose to have him put down to stop his suffering.
    I have been devastated and felt like I lost a child. I have sobbed for days. I still feel like we should have perserved a bit longer, so hence I feel guilty and hope he can forgive me for having him put down at the vet instead of letting him go “naturally”. Please forgive me my “old man” I love and miss you so much it hurst. Can’t wait to meet you again in heaven. Love Mum & Dad xxxooo

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  62. Joyce says:

    Chet
    so sorry for your loss

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  63. Kerry says:

    Sorry for your broken heart. I can promise you that time will heal the heart.

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  64. Larry says:

    Dear Chet, so sorry for the loss of your dog whom you will never forget.
    Your last day with Bauer was indeed a lovely day for the both of you and Bauer will remember that when he meets you at the Rainbow Bridge. I certainly know and understand your pain for I lost 3 of my dogs within a 7 month period.First there was my little Reese a long haired Dachshund
    who broke his back as he was playing with my other dogs. He was only 5 and a very loving little boy. Two weeks later my favorite dog(she was my first) Mercedes left me and it definetly broke my heart. Mercedes was my everything and still after almost 2 years I cry because I miss her so much. Mercedes was a Min-Pin of 10 years and plagued with skin rashes and alergies all her life and no amount of money ever seemed to help her for more than 2 weeks at a time. Yet through it all she showed me more love than any man could expect and I did unto her likewise. Then there was Charlie, a 10 year old mix breed who thought he was the toughest dog on the block, but in all reality he was a sweet “pussy cat”. Charlie loved to go for rides in my truck at night and he did so, but I suspect it was because I always bought him a treat for being a good boy. Charlie had a brain anurism and had to be put to sleep. I still have 7 dogs and 2 cats and I hate to think about losing any of them. Keep your faith Chet and go and get another dog, you’ll be happy you did.

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  65. AgatA says:

    I lost my belgian shepherd cross a few months ago to muscle atrothy. She just colapsed and couldn’t get up with our help. I called the vet to get her to “a greener pasture” I watched her fall asleep, slipping into the unconcoius and although she chose my husband as her love I cried desperately.
    You might consider getting a new pup like we did four days after. This one is a pure breed Belgian Shepherd Groenendel (black long silky hair) very different, but stole my heart immediately. I even felt guilty as a traitor. Well we remember Sunny and she’ll always be in our hearts, but we moved on and Kayah is our joy.
    Good luck
    AgatA

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  66. John Hodges says:

    Dear Chet

    There is nothing I can say that will ease the pain of your great loss. I have shared your experience of the “Last Day” more than I can count. I was raised on a farm and we always had dogs to share the days and nights with us.They were all different but they all shared one trait that can not be replaced by any one. They are the GREATEST TEACHERS of love, compassion, and life. They are always glad to see you when you get home and love you as soon as you get there regardless of how long you were gone. I had a Chocolate Lab Coco that always wanted to ride with me for 15 years, and I think she is still riding with me, even though she is now black and called Pepper. They have a way that can sooth your soul when they just walk up and lay their head in your lap and look at you with those big eyes as their head gets heavier and heavier.
    Now its time for you to build new memories and let a new replacement teach you more about a dogs love and to start a “NEW DAY”

    God Bless,

    John Hodges

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  67. I can sympathise with you whole heartedly Chet as a similar thing happened to my best mate Scoota (Ex-racing greyhound).
    That was 3.5 yrs ago and it still upsets me talking about him.
    After Scoota`s passing I took a 2 week holiday in the Kimberley region of Australia, and on my return contacted The Greyhound Adoption Programme of Victoria to offer myself as a fosterer of retired greyhounds as I did not feel able to own another grey at that stage.
    9 greys latter a very special grey came along called James (race name Bondtastic) and my daughter said Poppy if you don`t adopt this one I will. I was still not happy with owning a grey at that stage so she adopted him.
    15 more greys later another very special grey came along to be re-habilitated and re-trained by the name of Aston (race name Aston Lucas).
    At this stage 2.5 yrs after Scoota now was the time to have a permanent grey of my own again and I adopted Aston.
    Aston has been with me just over a year now and he is indeed a very special dog, and in the meantime I am still re-training Greys to be adopted.
    I guess what I am saying is this was my way of coping and it worked for me, and in the meantime nearly 40 ex-racing greys have passed through my hands and onwards to furever homes.
    How about you try an ex racer Chet I am sure you will both enjoy the experience.
    Kind Regards
    Geoff

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  68. Margrith Broger says:

    Dear Chet,
    I feel terribly sorry about the death of Bauer.
    Since I’ve always had dogs, I can still remember each one of them. Right now I have my 15-year old dog, Chita, who is about to leave me. These past two months I’ve tried to spend as much time as possible with her, taking her to friends’ houses in the mountains (we live in the Pyrenees), making special treats for her and fully dedicating myself to her. I’m trying to get up enough courage to let her go, but for the moment her eyes tell me that she wants to continue. Once the time comes, the veterinarian, a very good friend of mine, will come and sacrifice her at home. She’ll “go to sleep” on the bed she has known all her life. At least this is a consolation, but her loss, as well as your loss, will always be with us.
    You have the great advantage that you’re always doing things for other people. This helps a lot. I wish you the very best and encourage you to think about all the good moments you spent with Bauer.
    My very kind regards,
    Margrith

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  69. Ian Tormey says:

    Dear Chet, I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful Bauer, I share your grief as I lost my Cocker Spaniel Toby this year. It is so wonderful to talk to other people like us on the internet that are true dog lovers. I told my Toby how much I loved him everyday from when I got him as a rescue until he slipped away at age 13. I know we will be together again one day, there will be a lot of us. All my dogs passed are still looking over me and I know Bauer will be in your next dog too. I thank God every day for giving us such wonderful gifts to share our lives with. I spend every day as if it were my last as I think life should not be wasted. God bless all our pets and thank you for all your kindness Chet, kind regards, Ian

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  70. Hi Chet
    I was crying as soon as I read the title of your blog and my heart goes out to u.
    I was given just hours to say goodbye to Amie. The tragedy was that this lively weave pole demon Border Collie was just over 2 years old and was heading for greatness in the agility world.The ‘opportunic fungus’ that was riddling her body had already caused the loss of one of her eyes but did not deter her from competing.
    A few months later I took on a rescue Border Collie and 4 years down the line he is still a work in progress. Not a week goes by without me thinking of Amie and I still play that last day over in my my head with “why’s” and “what if’s”.
    Mac so amazes me, my family and my agility friends daily with his progress, that I was asked to record his progress. I have a blog and chapter 6 is devoted to Amie as she was a very real part of the reason for taking on Mac.
    If anyone is interested……..http://macmaltby.blogspot.com/
    Thank u for sharing

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  71. christine says:

    Sorry Chet for your lost, its too sad to lose such a friend. glad you have these beautiful memories of him. I’m sure he was a happy dog. God bless you/ Christine

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  72. teresa says:

    i am so sorry i know how much you loved bauer I could see it in your videos. Seems you spent alot of time and i know how hard it is. i just had to put my old buddy down last month but he was 19yrs old and he was like my son. about 8 months ago i got a siberian husky mix and i havent had him long but i spend 24 hours a day with him and have spent alot of time training and i know if he was to go tomorrow it would just devastate me so i know how hard it was for you and im so sorry. Its really hard when they are so young. i also put down a 6 year old last year she got lukima and that was devastating also. then 3 yrs ago i had a 10 year old lab the got bone cancer so i swore off getting any for a while but this pup i got i just couldnt resist. Iam going to start making my own doggy treats so my dog is eating healthy as i can possibly keep him. That cancer is horrible and i didnt even know dogs got it. I just loved you poem you wrote on your last days and that was so touching. i havent heard alot about bloat but i do know i guess not sure but some get it from eating while laying down am i right not sure but was thinking about making a stand for my dogs food bowl so he has to stand up to eat and drink.
    bauer was a beautiful dog. you and your family are in my prayers and so is bauer. I wished there was a easy way to help with the pain of losing our friends but i guess a lot of praying might be the answer it helped me. What i do do is go to a favorite place where my dogs and i would go and just spend a little time there and in my mind relive some of those memories.

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  73. mandi says:

    They say memories are golden, well maybe that is true.

    I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
    A million times I needed you, a million times I cried.
    If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
    In life I loved you dearly; in death I love you still.
    In my heart you hold a place no one could ever fill.
    If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane,
    I’d walk the path to heaven and bring you back again.
    Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
    But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

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  74. Stephanie says:

    Chet,
    How wonderful that you and Bauer found your way to each other and blessed each others lives. They are truly heaven sent are they not? I do a lot of work with the local rescues here in Phoenix, ( our West side location is one of the largest high kill shelters in the nation) and I’ve seen a lot of injustice towards animals, a lot of deaths for no other reason than being born. The total and complete elation of saving a life, and watching a very lucky dog going home with his/ her “furrever” home is more than enough to keep me going!I’m sorry to hear of Bauer crossing over to Rainbow Bridge. Know that you made his life as full and as happy as he did yours.

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie

    A Prayer for Animals

    Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends, the animals, especially for the animals who are suffering; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death.

    We entreat for them all thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

    Dr. Albert Schweitze

    PLEASE spay and neuter! Foster if you can!

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  75. Carole says:

    So sorry for your loss.
    I love your poem and do believe we will all meet up again one day!
    Take care.
    xx

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  76. Gina Holsead says:

    I”m so sorry for your loss Chet. It’s never easy, but it’s even worse when you don’t see it coming.
    I’m glad you had a chance to say goodbye.

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  77. tanya says:

    so sorry to hear about bauer :'( but i am sure with a owner like you he must have had a wonderful life, i sobbed about ur last day it was so touching!!! :’) my heart goes out to u and ur family

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    tanya Reply:

    hey chet, sorry i should have said relived last day was so touching:( i wish it happend the way u wished it would be, but he will always be in ur heart and dreams and u will see him again oneday 😉

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  78. Les says:

    Hi Chet,

    So sorry, buddy! Try to think of it as a separation and not a loss; be comforted in the knowledge that you and Bauer will walk together again someday.

    Our dogs are so special: They love us unconditionally. They obey us without question. They never judge us. They live for the moment and ask very little in return. We can teach them a few things but they teach us so much more! Bauer chose to walk with you and I know you thank him for that and I know you thank him for the learning, too.

    I lost my two and half year old Rottweiler to histiocytic sarcoma 2 weeks ago. His name was Bear and he was a 110 lbs in his prime. He was gentle, loyal, smart and affectionate. I love him dearly and still shed a tear when I walk past his grave at our home in the hills but they are tears for me and I know he is comfortable now. And I, too, look forward to the day we will walk together again.

    Love and Peace, friend,
    Les

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  79. Diana says:

    Chet, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful. A few months ago I lost my beautiful 5 year old Papillon when he was savaged by another dog, it was so terrible to see, we couldn’t do anything and I still have night mares from seeing my beautiful Toby killed in such a terrible way.

    I now have a new pup, but he will never take the place of Toby

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  80. Denise Chupp says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I really do know how you feel, I lost my beautiful baby Punky three years ago, she was 8 years old & had been having seizures since she was 2 years old, but the vet finally got them under control 4 months before she died. She had a fatty tumor on her side that needed to be removed, she died in surgery. I had a complete breakdown when she died & I am still dealing with depression over her death, I just cant seem to get past this. She was like a special needs child & I lost her. I had 2 babies left, but my youngest one a 5 year old was grieving so much that I went & got 2 more babies. I do love all my babies , they are my world, but I feel that I let my grief interfere with my interactions with them. I have lost both my parents, but when I lost Punky it was much worse. I blame myself for taking her for the surgery, I had a bad feeling before I took her, so I should have listened to my instincts. It was made much worse by the fact that I saw her as they were trying to save her, so I saw how they had cut her & that picture stays in my head all the time, I cant talk about her to anyone because it hurts so much. I will never get over this & I have to accept that fact. But I hope you can get another baby & love it just as much as you did Bauer. I guess I had to finally tell my story… Sorry
    Wishing you the very best with your next baby:)

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  81. Debbie says:

    My deepest condolences. I have been there several times and it is never easy. The tears are still rolling down and my two precious dogs are by my side. I too will relive our days when the time comes. It is never long enough.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  82. Kay says:

    So sorry to hear about Bauer. Dogs don’t have that much time with us on this earth as is, and to be taken from us BEFORE their time is so very tragic and devastating.
    We lost our beloved Australian Shepherd last fall to cancer and miss him dearly but take much comfort in knowing we’ll see him waiting for us over that rainbow bridge.
    Our sympathies & prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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  83. NANCY YOUNG says:

    MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO YOU, CHET. THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN EASE THE LOSS OF YOUR BEST FRIEND, BAUER. ONE MONTH AGO, TODAY, I, TOO, LOST ONE OF MY BEST FURRY FRIENDS – SHE WAS MY PRECIOUS SAINT BERNARD AND I AM STILL MOURNING HER PASSING. THE LOVE OF A DOG IS SO UNCONDITIONAL – NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCE, A DOG IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU. SADLY, I CANNOT SAY THE SAME ABOUT HUMANS. EACH DOG IS SO SPECIAL AND THEY LIVE ON IN OUR HEART AND MIND FOREVER. WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES TO HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SHARING OUR LIVES WITH THEM. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR “LAST DAY WITH BAUER”. SINCERELY, NANCY YOUNG

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  84. Paula says:

    Ohh, sweetie, it’s so hard to lose a friend, especially our furry ones. We loved your last day exercise, A good thing to think of, lightly, every day.

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  85. lisa jones says:

    i really cant stop crying tears for you and your family,it is never easy losing your best friend,but it is soo positive for you to realise how mch love,joy & fun you both brought to eachothers lives,you & Bauer will be in my thoughts. All my love Lisa& Charlie xx

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  86. Carmin says:

    Dear Chet,
    I am sorry for your loss. I understand how it hurts to lose a pet.I had to have my 3 month old Beau put to sleep because he got parvo. It hit him so hard and so fast there was nothing we could do. I sat with him while they put him to sleep. I am such a pet lover that I couldnt bear the thought of him on that cold table alone, but it was like he knew I was there and that everything would be ok. I wouldnt change that, sitting there holding him. It is hard losing a pet no matter how long or how short you have had them . Your story touched me and my prayers are with you.

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  87. John Hogan says:

    Hi Chet

    Very sorry to hear that! Choked up reading your piece above. It’s true for all our loved ones and of course a hard lesson in life and sad that we don’t or can’t always make the most of it. I know how you must be feeling, it’s heart breaking! Poor Bauer too, but what a great life he had with you!

    My condolences! J.

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  88. Anna says:

    Aww, I couldn’t stop crying when I heard the news. It is so sad that we are all going to experience that some point in our life. This will help many people to cope with the loss. Chet, you are my hero. Bauer is going to be remembered as a great dream dog because of you.

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  89. Esther Kim says:

    Chet,
    I’m am glad to hear that someone in your passing helped you cope with your lost. It must have been hard. I know you have loved him with all your heart and still love him, and miss him, so I will not say I am sorry for your lost (even if I am inside). “It is not healthy of you don’t let your love ones good…They can not rest in peace.” That was what someone told me when I lost my only brother almost 5 years ago. You said it, you will see your best friend, Bauer, again! I will have you and your family in thoughts and prayer! Thanks for sharing and always so willing to help others around you.
    Best Regards,
    Esther Kim

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  90. Molly says:

    Chet-Losing a beloved member of the family is never easy. The poem about reliving your pet’s last day was really touching. I suppose it is a reminder for all of us to live each day as if it were our last. Life would be happier for all of us if we did this. You are in my thoughts. Molly

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  91. Rachel Doherty says:

    This makes me weep but it is so lovely too. I lost my 17 y/o retriever one year ago as well. Losing a faithful doggie companion is like losing any human loved one. A book on animal grief has helped me too.

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  92. Jacki Dye says:

    Hi Chet,

    My thoughts are with you! We too lost our lab mix on July 4th from volvulus. We are heart-broken, and lasted only 3 weeks before getting a rescue dog, another lab mix named Teddy. Teddy will never replace Sammy, but there are so many dogs in need of a good home and Teddy has already exceeded our expectations.

    Sammy’s last day was wonderful, although short. He got his walk with his people, lots of treats and even some bacon from the breakfast table. He still “walks with us” in our hearts and always will.

    Please consider a rescue dog. Our Teddy is wonderful!

    Take care,
    Jacki

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  93. Venita says:

    Hi, so sorry to hear about your loss. We lost our gsd four weeks ago. We walked five miles on her last day and had great fun together. We were away in the motorhome at the seaside. She was my best friend. She went to bed as normal and the next morning she had gone. She was thirteen and had been extremely fit and active for her age. I found it really easy to relive that last day as she was so happy being by my side and I feel she did me a huge favour not having to take her to the vets to say goodbye. I will never replace Tammy but we are getting a new ball of fluff (gsd pup) to take away some of the pain. I share your heartbreak,
    Venita

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  94. Linda says:

    So sorry to hear about Bauer, Chet. It’s so tough when you do everything in your power to keep them happy and healthy, then lose them through something beyond your control. I’m sure, though, that Bauer had about as happy a life as a dog can have and I’m so pleased his last day was so much fun. Thanks for all your good advice, too – through it I’m sure many other dogs are happier as the more obedient a dog is, the more likely we are to take her places and let her join in family celebrations etc.

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  95. Jasmin says:

    Chet, I’m really so sorry to hear about Bauer. He was such a loving beauty.

    I lost my Sheltie from kidney failure a couple of years ago, so my heart really goes out to you and the rest of your family.

    I had to blink fiercely while reading your piece. Oh – Chet, that was beautiful.

    Take care and God bless you and Bauer,

    Jasmin.

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  96. Kathie from MA says:

    Oh my goodness. I can remember the feelings of utter helplessness as I watch my wonderful Whizzer pass. I can only say, I am so sorry for you and your family. Bauer had a wonderful life with you and I am sure he felt very loved and one doggie smile says it all.. I hope you find comfort in our messages and soon begin to heal. The Your Last Day is a wonderful tribute to who both of you are. Again so sorry to loose him so young…

    My sympathies.
    Kathie

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  97. Pat says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bauer knew nothing but all the love you gave. Time will help heal the loss you are feeling.
    I too just had to put one of my dogs down on Tuesday September 4, 12. But he lived eo 14 yrs. and had medical issue that could not be stopped. Pic was a rescue and came to our family at the age of 5yrs. Any age is tuff to loose a pet once they have your heart. Not having a book to read I spent the afternoon thinking of all things we had spent with Pic retrieving tennis balls non stop over ground and his love for the water and swimming. I have the peace knowing he will have no pain and discomfort ever again.
    My thought for what you went through with the issue of bloat or tork stomach as I call it( the stomach wikk break away from the wall lining and twisr) is tell of why this can happen and the signs one might learn, that the dog can be taken to the vet as early as possible. I work for a vet and was working kennels the morning when I noticed a dog with the symtems. called for help and rushed to emergency vets. He was saved. Would love to help others of the warring signs and proceedures that might help save their pets.
    Again your heart will heal. Happy thoughts will live on of Bauers best days forever

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    susan Reply:

    Hi Pat what is the warrning signs of a tork stomach? I have never heard of it before. I lost my 3 best friends also one was just a year ago tomorrow. but we have another one which melted our heart also. he just turned a year old he was just7 week old puppy when I got him sure would like to know the warnning signs in case this happens to bear.

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    Daniel Garreis Reply:

    Type Dog Bloat on google. I did after reading this also.

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  98. Sandy says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have been through the loss of a furry family member several times. I wish you peace in knowing that you gave him a wonderful life and a peaceful ending. It’s a hurt that some don’t understand but as a true pet lover I do!
    We have a young, furry, girl and are looking forward to having several new arrivals this November as she has a “date” next week. While bringing the new lives into the world will be amazing it does make me reflect on the others I have lost in the past and each one brings something different to your life.
    They are each a different blessing and as time heals we can look back and enjoy the wonderful memories each one has given us!

    One again, I am so sorry for your loss,
    Sandy

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  99. katie says:

    Oh my god, I have been following you and bauer for only a few weeks now and have learnt so much. I’ve watched bauer as a pup and other training videos. You work so hard and give us great techniques to use. That poem certainly brought a tear to my eye. I am so sorry. K.

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  100. sandra tesoriero says:

    I know how you feel. i lost my 3 best friends last year.
    Mannequine kyto & nikita 3 beautiful huskys. i couldnt talk it hurt so much
    i now have Molly 4mth german shrpherd who I love to pieces. but
    will never forget my other best friends. j

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  101. Lesley Hickman says:

    I’m so very sad to read this it breaks my heart.

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  102. Kim says:

    Dear Chet-

    Thanks for sharing your “Last Day” grieving exercise for Bauer. I wept as I read of the lovely day you wished you could have had with Bauer. It sounded wonderful. I am smiling right now just thinking about all the cute videos you posted teaching Puppy Bauer all sorts of skills to help your audience.

    Thanks for sharing Bauer with all of us! What a great dog!

    God bless you.

    -Kim

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  103. Sabrina says:

    Chet,
    I am sad to hear about your dog. We also lost a dog recently. We missed him so much that we actually got another puppy. What joy he brings us! We found your training website and are using your techniques. Bauer will never be replaced. However, I do recommend another dog. It makes you feel much better!

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  104. Debbie William says:

    Chet , I am so sorry for you loss, I lost both of mine last yr to old age a month apart, Didnt think I could ever love like that agan. took a little time , decided to foster more rescues and here I am 1 yr later with 2 more. In his honor you will love again . It is what he would want.There are so many living in shelters waiting for that love. you do awesome work! and have helped me alot, there is another out there just waiting for YOU>

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  105. Ritam G says:

    You made me cry Chet. I had lost a dog 2 years ago. I know just how it feels. Be strong.

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  106. Rosaleen Holmes says:

    Our old faithful friend Sooty died at the end of May. He was nearly 16. We knew he was failing, that there was no hope and that his life would only become more painful and so we decided that we would have him put to sleep, but in the comfort of his own home and on his favourite window seat and with all the family with him. For his last day we took him first to the river where he used to love to swim in the summer although he declined to get in the water that morning and then we took him to the beach, his favourite place and I baked his favourite cup cakes and my daughters and I gave him the very best day we could . We came home and he had chicken breast for his tea and then a family friend came and put him to sleep in my arms. Sooty was so calm and relaxed, tired after a long busy day for an old gentleman! We buried him in our garden and covered his grave with shells from the beach. As my husband said “A light has gone out in our family tonight”

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  107. Roberto B. Da SIlva says:

    It’s painful! Beautiful…Lots of cries..Broke my heart! I telling keeping God, My Dog never will die….Do you understand me? The image about die it’s terrible! I try to feel just for got the feelings , but i don’t want this happen with no one… OH! GOD ONE DAY WHEN I DIE,I WANT TO SEE MY DOG AND MY PEOPLE THAT I MEET IN THE PLANET! AMEN!

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  108. Anne says:

    Dear Chet, I’m so sorry. I lost a dog 6 years ago. He was a wonderful animal and did alot of charity work. When he died we received so many wonderful cards. Knowing that he made so many children and old folks happy was a consolation to us. We have another dog now that we love just as much, but tears came to my eyes as I read your email. Knowing that your Bauer did wonderful things and made you happy is a consolation. My sympathies, Anne

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  109. Mari Swart says:

    Dearest Chet, i am so sorry that you lost your beloved Bauer!My GSD Lunar was only nine and a half when he was put down on 12 April 2012 (I still cry over him and I miss him terribly!) and we had a quiet morning together before he died. He suffered from hip dysplasia but the ball had a huge amount of arthritis packed to it and it presseed against the socket. Virtually he could not move his left leg anymore! He only started limping 3 days before his death but must have been in pain I think for a long time! Two days before I had him put down the X rays were taken and I was told it’s final but I asked them to give me two days to spend special time with him. That morning I just spent time with him, sitting next to him on the bed and we listened to my most beautiful cello music. He was very calm. When I took him in, they wanted to muzzle him to get him out of the car and I just said NO he’ll be fine. He still hobbled into the surgery and I stayed with him until the end when he slipped away. Chet it takes a long time to get over something like this but THANK YOU for sharing it with us, your admirers. There will always be a special place in your heart or Bauer. I think of you! By the way I started a dairy or Lunar when I brought him home as a puppy. That’s also a wonderful way to remember your most faithful friend!
    Mari

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  110. Jeannie says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. A few years ago I had to put both my dogs to sleep within months of each other. I stayed with them until their last breath. I was so heartbroken I never wanted another pet. But now I have two! They have brought me out of depression and have a very special place in my heart. One is a rescue dog, she is quite a handful but is so lovable you can overlook her adventures. My dogs give me pure pleasure. My peace be with you.

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  111. Christo says:

    Hi Chet

    My heartbreaks for you, it so sad to read about your loss of Bauer. It was so amazing to see how fast he learn to go to his mat at 9 weeks and how he come when you call him when he was in the river, wish my dachsies was at that level yet. I’ve been reading so many sad emails this last 2 weeks of doggies passing away or had to been put to sleep out of love because they where suffering in pain of back and neck injuries. Bauer is now running pain free and his memories will be with you always.

    My Milo went down on 26 July 2012 with IVDD, he is in crate rest 24/7, its heart breaking to see such a lively dog that only can use his front legs and dragging his hind that morning, but he is improving slowly, try to stand up and walk with his hind legs knuckled, still have to help him potty.

    Just a few days after Milo’s episode, Diddels gave birth to 4 cut puppies, that night it was so cold that one past away, so I know how you feel, because this one was my fault because I should have bring them into the home where we could have put a warm water sack that they could stay warm, but I thought they will be hot in the kennels where I have them in the maternity kennels in blankets by their mommy, didn’t thought she will open them and herself.

    If there is anyone out there that have IVDD problems with their dogs also and you are not on http://www.dodgerslist.com, please go there and get the support that they gave.

    Blessings
    Christo and the 19 dachsies.

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  112. Linda says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss…. you have to believe your beloved Bauer is waiting for you at RB. I have to believe they are there waiting for us. I also lost my Katie at six years of age, way to young to leave us. Knowing that one day we will meet again makes understanding her absence easier. My heart goes out to you and your family…. will light a candle for Bauer. Linda

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  113. Jacki Dye says:

    Dear Chet,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our dogs are truly a part of the family, and they give us so much more than we give them!

    Our Sammy lived until 11 1/2 years of age when he too died of volvulus on July 4th, 2012. He is sadly missed! We are glad to report that he did have a very good last day.

    We lasted 3 weeks before adopting a rescue dog. He has far exceeded our expectations, and we highly recommend a rescue dog! There are so many who need a home.

    My thoughts are with you!
    Jacki Dye

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  114. Cynthia says:

    Dear Chet, So many of us know the pain you are experiencing and it’s truly awful. Our faithful border collie had to be put to sleep last November at 15+. She just fell over and was too tired to get up again. I just prayed to know where she had gone and found myself reading a book by Kat Kerr on her visits to heaven. She said, if you trust Jesus, all your pets are waiting for you in your mansion in heaven. She saw her dog “Molly” chasing an angel who was dressed as a postman running down the street scattering mail for her to grap up (her favourite thing to do). She said there were hundreds of other dogs chasing too (all waiting for their owners to arrive one day) all loving to get the mail. God loves us enough to even look after our pets until we get there. This really helped me – hope it does you.
    Love to you all, especially your little boy.

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  115. Geoff Hicks says:

    I sit here with tears running down my cheeks thinking how this could have been Biggles my miniture poodle who had a near brush with death when he got struck by a Death Adder. luckily it struck his head & did not penatrate the skin . They are such wonderful friends & a great loss when they are gone .
    Geoff

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  116. G’DAY Mate i checked my email on my phone and teared up as soon as i read your post. So i got on the computer here in Australia to say how sad i am to learn of your loss. I lost my lovley Digger (G.S) the day before New Years Day and it still raw. I am going to try and read your post right now! BTW thanks for all your great advice Sarge is 6 months and coming along great! tony (Vet Nam Vet 70-71) and Sarge (G.S., of course)

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  117. Sue says:

    Chet;

    I know exactly how you must feel. Wee was 14 1/2, not bad for a little overweight, blind, partially deaf, diabetic Min Pin. His breathing worsened and we took him into emergency. His trecia had just about collapsed (we knew it was going). After spending 3 nights and $10k, finally only able to survive less than a minute outside an oxygen tent, Wee looked at me and said “Mom”, it’s time.

    We fed him whatever he wanted that day. Cuddled and then I held him while we said our goodbyes. You are right, he looked so peaceful. I have lost pets before, but never have I cried as much as I did when we let him go. He was a fighter. We chose to cremate him and his box sits on my mantel with a plaque that reads “Rocky had nothing on me”. My little fighter.

    We found to Min Pin brother and sister and received them at 8 weeks old. I have forgotten what amount of training takes. Most things are good. Potty training, we are getting there. Have to go find the bell to hang near the door.

    Thanks for sharing your story with us and your insights on training.

    Sue

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  118. Anne Monopoli says:

    So sorry to hear of your dogs passing. We have 2 goldens and they are part of our family. We lost one of ours 2 years ago and still have a hole in our hearts.
    Hope you and your family have a new bundle to love soon. it doesn’t stop the hurt but to love a new baby makes it a little easier.

    Good Luck Anne

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  119. Ruth says:

    Hi Chet,

    You have my deepest sympathy. Last year I took our two dogs to the vet for their annual checkup. I was told that our Harry, 13, had cancer but would live for another 6 to 12 months. He also told me our Sadie, 16 1/2, would have to be put down before the cold weather sets in due to her problems. Well, 10 days later our Harry died in my arms when we went camping. (He was a rescued dog) Our Sadie died 6 weeks later. The grief was unbearable and more than we expected. A couple weeks after Sadie died we were asked to rescue another mini Schnauzer. She has many problems and is a real challenge. I am hoping to use your training to get her to behave. Prayers are with you.

    Ruth

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  120. Linda says:

    You and your family are in my heart and thoughts. I also lost a six year old amazing pup a couple years ago, it truly hurts deep! I have to believe that Bauer, my Katie and all our loved pups are waiting for us at RB. That belief makes her absence easier to understand. Now that would be Heaven! I’m sure you’ve read this beautiful poem but here it is again to help you through this very agonizing time.

    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…

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  121. Jennifer says:

    Dear Chet, I am so sorry to hear about the lose of your dog Bauer…..He must have meant a great deal to you. and you two will meet again, when its time… Right now, however, God has plans for him…I am a believer,that when we di leave this earth, it is because God needs our help. Hhe may need our soul to help another soul, who will be coming soon and maybe wont handle death and the afterlife all that peacefully. This belief gave me reassurance a few years ago when I lost 2 puppies from something to do with otc dewormer, and the mama dog of my house died very fast right after. almost like she had to go help them… I miss them veryuch and thatnk you for the exercise. im going to do it right away…
    God Bless…..

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  122. Brenda says:

    Hey Chet, When I read your last day, I was really moved by it. Me to had just lost my dog Pistol Girl after 10 1/2 years of being together. We she was a year old she got ran over by a car, broke her left front leg into three different places , being the breed that she was Dobi and Rott mix along with the size that she would be as an adult dog, they had to severed the leg.
    The Vet said that she will only live to be at least three maybe four years if I’m lucky.Well she beat the odds and lived six to seven more years.
    It’s been a couple of months now and I’m still having a hard time dealing with it. Every where I look, and wherever I go, I see Pistol there. I miss her soo much every hour, and every minute of the day it hurts in side of me. I think of all the things we to do together, and how happy she was when I come walking through the door, she was such a wonderful friend and a great companion. It was like God personally picked her out just for me, she was certainly a truly God sent.
    I will always miss her.
    Just wanted to share my story about Pistol.
    Good luck Chet !!!!

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  123. Nancy says:

    Condolences on your loss. We lost our Beloved Rammy last fall. I have tears running down my face as I type. There is also a poem called “The Rainbow Bridge” that a friend emailed tome when I reported that we had to put Ram down as he had cancer. I chose to bring him home for one more day & night before we took him back to be peacefully passed over. It was hard but I just needed that one last night with him.
    I know that we will all meet up again with our beloved pets that have gone on before us.
    We now have a new puppy that we ended up getting just couple days after losing our Rammy. He has helped to ease the sorrow of losing Ram.
    Please look up the “Rainbow Bridge” poem. I have sent it on to to many friends in the last year who have lost their pets; one just yesterday. 🙁
    My heart goes out to you & now I must end as cannot see through tears.
    Nancy Kowalski

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  124. Carmel says:

    Hi Chet
    I’m really sorry for the loss of your companion Bauer. I recently had to say goodbye to my beautiful Border Collie Zac 12 1/2 yrs of age. One of the worst days of my life. But I’m sure his spirit has stayed with me. Everywhere I walked after his passing Border Collies crossed my path – and I found another kennel that breeds Border Collies. I am now the proud owner of a beautiful tri-colour 12 week old Border pup – and enjoying life with a pup and all that goes with it. The joy and challenges – I’m starting to have fun again with the best friend that anyone can have.

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  125. Mary Ellen says:

    I just lost my 1 1/2 year old wonderful dog to bloat as well. He was one of those special dogs, one that a breeder I know calls your “soul” dog, who I had rescued and nursed to health when he was 5 weeks old. My vet also said that there was nothing we could have done to prevent it. Thank you for sharing this. Your wonderful, special relationship was obvious in everything I watched you do. The pain will get better, but he will always be in your heart. I would also recommend a book to to you, “A Dog’s Purpose” which may help you realize that you may be reunited with Bauer sooner than you think.

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  126. Nancy says:

    Hi Chet,

    I too am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing such a painful moment with us. I want to thank you also for taking a horrible event and trying to use it to help others who are going through the same situation. I am quite sure that you have made someone feel a little better while they are grieving the loss of their furry family member. I dread the day when my little Sparky has to leave me. It really makes me think that we should enjoy every day like it is our last! I have this hanging on my wall at work and it’s food for thought:

    Live simply, love generously, care deeply and speak kindly.
    Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
    *When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
    *Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride
    *Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure
    ecstasy
    *Take naps, stretch before rising, run, romp and play daily
    *Thrive on attention and let people touch you
    *Avoid biting when a simple growl will do
    *On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass
    *On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree
    *When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body
    *Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
    *Be loyal, never pretend to be something you’re not
    *If what you want lied buried, dig until you find it
    *When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently
    ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
    *

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  127. Vanessa says:

    Hi Chet, so sorry for your loss. I understand fully how you feel. I lost my friend last year and am still trying to get over it. She was 9 years old and had a tumor in her stomach. She traveled with me from The Netherlands to South Africa and knew just how to cheer me up when I was feeling down.

    I have just been given two puppies approx 2 months ago, but still miss her terribly. The puppies are the same breed (Boerboels) and one of them is very simular to her in nature and looks so this sometimes makes me miss her more but at othertimes I still feel she is with me. All I can say is your Bauer will always be in your heart!

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  128. JACK FORD says:

    Chet;
    Life is not always fair, sometimes it is downright cruel, and many times bad things happen to good people.Just take comfort in knowing that for 6 years Bauer had an outstanding life and you provided him with the best care, treatment and love any dog could ever have. We all have seen from your videos that he was a very lucky and happy guy, and through them will always live on as an example of a very happy and well trained dog.

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  129. John says:

    Chet, so sorry to hear about Bauer,I know the feeling as I had to put down my beloved lab back in april due to seizures that could not be controlled with meds. and last year put down my other lab due to cancer in his spleen and liver….both dogs were 14 and 12 yrs. old and I cried all the way to the vet, I made sure that the oldest one had a steak supper the nite before, he sure deserved that for his last meal,and to this day I still get teary eyed thinking of all the good times we had together…..so I do know how it hurts your heart to see them go,but atleast they are not suffering anymore and I hope to one day see them waiting for me on the otherside of the rainbow bridge..way better friends you will never find..
    We now have a new puppy and he is a yellow lab and 15 wks. old and very smart and am using your training methods to train him and he is learning fast.sometimes think he is too smart for his age.but sure is fun to work with him,,,,thanks again for all your info on dog training…also we will keep you in our prayers to help you thru that loss of Bauer….pets sure can get in your heart very quickly and be your best friend thru good times and bad…hang in there time heals all wounds but we never forget the ones that touched our hearts the most.

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  130. Louise-Ann says:

    Chet: I’m sooo sorry for your loss. I know exactly what it feels like to lose a pet that you love so much. Disney my C/Spanial had to be put to sleep last year January and in August last year my other dog Shandy. Luckily for me my son brought me two Spanials a week after Disney died so that definitely helped to ease the pain which would have otherwise stayed with me for a very long tome.

    I’ve read your blog and find it truly comforting. Thanks soo much for sharing.

    I sincerely hope that the pain you are feeling today will pass with every passing day.

    Louise-Ann

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  131. Deborah Symons says:

    Dear Chet: Only dogs know our true hearts. That’s why we cherish them so much. My condolences.

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  132. Susanne Bozman says:

    So sorry about Bauer. Thank God for memories, they will always be with us. With time the memories will turn the tears into smiles, as we remember the love we shared with our departed pets.

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  133. Darrin says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news, Chet. I hope that hearing from all the posts above bring you at least a little comfort while you grieve for Bauer. Even in your time of pain, when you are allowed to be selfish, you find a way to share your situation so that we may also find comfort in dealing with a beloved pets loss. Reading about this sad news has made me stop for a moment to cherish my most loyal friend. It’s important not to take her or anything in life for granted…life is too short. Thank you for that…and know that all our prayers go out to you.

    Darrin

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  134. Sherry says:

    We lost or first lab when she was eight and the second one when she was sixteen. They were terrible days, the loss was felt so deeply. I know that both those dogs knew when it was their time to go. We had some time with the last dog and she was held and fed all the things she loves, chicken and cookies while we waited for the fet to come to the house. It was her hips that gave out instead of being ill which gave us time with her. Today a family member lost their cat which was thirteen years old. All these deaths hurt because they are true members of our family. We grieve with you today over the loss of you dog but I know you’ll get another to fill your days, it will not take the place of Bauer but will help you remember the good times you had with Bauer. They are lucky dogs to have you as their companions.

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  135. Paul says:

    Chet, I lost my dog due to old age he was 16 and that is a long time for a dachshund.He was all cripped i up with his back vertebrae’s sticking up I knew he was in pain and could have given him pills for his severe arthritis.But why be greedy I had 16 wonderful years with him. That was 2 years ago this October. I had him put to sleep and held him, while the lights went out. I cried for over a year because I missed playing ball, hide and go seek and his lessons he taught me in my life.Nicholas taught me to play , eat ,sleep with gusto, never complained and would sit by the stair stoop when I got home and listened quietly and stared into my eyes without a movement or sound as if he knew what I was saying.I talked to him about my day good or bad.He was a very intelligent companion, But I remember and relive the times we had together. I was fortunate to have him so long and never was sick a day in his life except towards the end. One day he looked at me while in bed before we went to sleeep and he told me to let me go it is my time. SO I did. I know have a miniature longhaired dachshund named Dante, although the personalities are so different , she is a sweetie.I can relate to a point with you about your dog. I always remember that dog smile and him running through the back yard playing catch and retrieving his favorite little soccer ball that squeaked. He loved to bite on it for a long time and make it squeak. To all those who have beloved pets.enjoy them as Chet and I did, they are truly a gift from GOD.

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  136. Madonna May says:

    I have lost several dogs because of cancer and the loss never gets any easier. The Scottie shaped holes just don’t go away. How often I have wished for just one more day. You are in my thoughts and prayers and know he is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for you.

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  137. Sheila says:

    Chet,

    Losing my beloved Julie,(half Shitzu half Maltese) broke my heart. She was almost to the day 14 days old. She died of congestive heart failure. I have a great vet but she was old and everything began to deteriorate. I got to spend a wonderful last day with her. I gave her tons of treats and stroked her and talked to her and was able to tell her how much I loved her and enjoyed her company all those years. I have an awesome memory of her last day. As I type I am crying for me for you for a piece of us that we lost and can never have back, except the memories. My family was very supportive and I grieved and was depressed and didn’t know it. My father gave me a 6 week old puppy, Bea and I have a new friend and she requires a lot of my attention. I miss my Julie, but Bea has been my “beauty for ashes”. Thank you for sharing your life with me.

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  138. Sandy says:

    Hi – I had my dog of 14 years put to sleep, tumors, so I cried and cried when I read about Bauer and the many replies you had. How I wish I could redo my last day and it breaks my heart how he didn’t want to go with the vet as I sat there crying. I want him back so bad. I’m so sorry for you lost Bauer so early. Sandy

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  139. Carol Weiner says:

    Chet.
    You seemingly have such a capacity to love. I sooo respect this about you. You def seem the one to understand others tragedies, too,,,as i can see in your previous replies. I had a horse, Sunbar, who died after 20 great years. :**(. Its been 10 years. I still cry. I now have my parrots, which YOU have enabled me to love more with your training videos. So, Baur is one Lucky pup to have spent his life with you. You made him happy, i know. You and your pets rock. And the good memories are yours, dude.

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  140. Chris Griscom says:

    Dear Chet, I work in the field of death and consciousness and one thing I truly know is true, is that our loved ones only leave us when they know that we are somehow ready for such a profound teaching. We never feel ready, but Bauer passed to you and us all a legacy of how to be a Dog’s Best Friend.” He accomplished his mission of teaching us how to listen, trust and be taught by the 4 leggeds/ and how we can teach them to connect into our world. Because of his life and his death, we will come closer to our own companions. What a great gift! I am very grateful for what you and Bauer have taught me. I feel confident that my little Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies will find homes and be model dogs because of the teamwork you and Bauer have shown us. Bauer lives on through all your teachings and videos. May your heart be comforted by this knowing and by the love pouring into you by so very many people you have touched. I send you my support and Great Love, Chris

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  141. Paula says:

    I am crying right now, remembering the last day of my Scottish Terrier, Riley. He died in my arms, he was old so it was nothing abrupt. As I held him in my arms, I remembered some of the best times of his life. Living on a dairy farm, his favorite activity was riding along on the Gator. He was always my copilot where ever I went. Sometimes I took him on a ride just for fun before we went inside for the night. I miss him.

    I feel for you – it is hard and you think your heart will never be the same. Bauer and you were amazing friends. As you know time heals and when that time is right I’m sure you will give your next friend the best life it could ever have!

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  142. Melissa Bean says:

    Im so sad about your dog, we all loved him too. watching him learn to go on his mat made me so happy. Melissa

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  143. Dear Chet,
    You have lost a dear family member and I am so sad for you. The grief is just awful. Try hard to remember only the good times…and know that Bauer loved you will all that he had. I have no doubt his Spirit will stay close to you. hugs, Wainoni

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  144. Sandra says:

    Hi Chet

    i know just how you are feeling we lost our beautiful trusted family member Jordan (corgi) in december, he was 15.5 yrs. to this day i miss him so much, he really was something special. he is still apart of my sons bedtime routine to this day. thoughts are with you and your family.

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  145. Bobbie says:

    Many years ago one of my Malamutes presented with symptoms of bloat at 11 PM and was rushed to the e-vet. I must have grabbed the gold ring in the early morning hours during his surgery because Czar survived. I know all too well what you are experiencing. I breed and show Italian Greyhounds and over the years have lost some seniors to cancer and other devastating diseases along with old age. I horrific loss was a 2 yr old bitch that died after a c-section. Her puppies were born almost a week premature and all 5 did not survive. That day, Sept. 21, 2009 was, without a doubt. the worst day of my life.

    I had a golden who lived to just shy of her 17th birthday. She was a blessing as Bauer has beenn for you. Run free, sweet boy.

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  146. Lilly says:

    What a wonderful tribute to the love you shared with Bauer.
    Very sorry for the sudden loss of such a dear part of your life.

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  147. Sheila Perkins says:

    Chet, I left my pebbles on rainbow bridge Jan 2012 and the pain was almost unbearable.
    I had her for 7 years she was a sweet Bichon and she is still missed.My heart goes out to you
    in your loss. You are right about the cost mixed with the pain maybe a change in charges, that would help if cost was not as painful as the loss. I am going to write how we would have spent our last day maybe just maybe it can bring peace. She was diabetic and I didn’t have a clue until it was to late. Yet I was taking often to the Vet.

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  148. Hi Chet
    It is always that more difficult when they are still young and was crying as soon as I read the title of your blog.
    I was given just hours to say goodbye to Amie. The tragedy was that this lively weave pole demon Border Collie was just over 2 years old and was heading for greatness in the agility world. The ‘opportunistic fungus’ that was riddling her body had already caused the loss of one of her eyes but did not deter her from competing.
    A few months later I took on a rescue Border Collie and 4 years down the line he is still a work in progress. Not a week goes by without me thinking of Amie and I still play that last day over in my head with “why’s” and “what if’s”.
    Mac so amazes me, my family and my agility friends daily with his progress that I was asked to record his progress. I have a blog and chapter 6 is devoted to Amie as she was a very real part of the reason for taking on Mac.
    If anyone is interested……..http://macmaltby.blogspot.com/
    Thank u for sharing

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  149. donna says:

    Oh, my heart breaks for you……DOGS are a joyful gift from God. I would be lost without my Cheeseburger, Isabelle and Halsey. Praying for your peace. d

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  150. Jayne says:

    Chet – So sorry for your loss. That is so touching and brought a tear to my eye. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Can’t imagine my life without my dog. I wish you peace and will assuredly take more precious time to spend with my puppy!

    Take care….

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  151. Kelly of 4 aussies says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss! I was in shock to hear the news. He was a star pupil and a good role model for all of our dogs. My heart has grown times four with our 4 mini aussies, all within 2 years of age, and I do not look forward to the time when they become seniors and the loss we will experience all at once. However, you just never know, so I agree, live everyday like its your last!!! It is unfortunate to have lost Bauer at such a young age and the devastation you and your family are going through must be overwhelming. So glad you were given the book so you could take some comfort in your loss. Thinking of you, your family and your beloved Bauer.

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  152. Marsha Smith says:

    Hi Chet,
    May I add my sympathies in losing Bauer. I too know what it is like to lose a pet…,never is easy. We had to put down our 22 yr, old Cockapoo, Peaches over six yrs, ago, The Rainbow Bridge poem was sent to us at that time and we still think of her every time we see a rainbow….what a great experience even today. We have three dogs now and love each of them dearly. We know the day will come when we will say good bye to them, but enjoy each day to the fullest as they bring us abundant love.
    Take good care.
    Marsha

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  153. Nanette says:

    Chet, What a heartfelt poem for a loving companion. Life’s journey is not an easy one and having our pets to travel it with us makes it so much more enjoyable. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray that you will many many years from now have that Last Day again.
    Comfort and peace to you and your family.
    Nan

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  154. Ruth says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

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  155. Ed says:

    What a beautiful poem. Our family lost our 13 year old black lab in March 2012. My kids were crushed. When I ask them what they remembered most about Dixie they say throwing her ball into the pond to watch her fetch, which she could have done the entire day, and laying with their heads on her while they watched TV or read a book. Dogs can bring such a richness to your life, and we need to appreciate them everyday. I’m sorry for your loss of Bauer. Take comfort in your memories and rest assured that he has met a friend in Dixie as they continue to enjoy their shared passions.

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  156. Sukhvinder says:

    Chet,

    I am speechless. I do not have words to describe our pets. The unconditional love that we cannot find anywhere in this world. After reading your blog my eyes are full of tears. I can understand how difficult it is to bear such a loss.

    We alwasys remember their naughty and cute rowdiness.

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  157. Sadie says:

    Chet —
    SOOOO sorry to hear of your loss. I feel as though I know you and your lovely Golden Bauer – just from your tapes and discussions. Losing a pet is always such a hard time to go through, but we do it – and move on to another companion because we know that no one or nothing else can help heal the pain. I’ve always said, it’s not random that Dog is GOD spelled backwards!! Our animal companions help “get us through” this veil of tears. So, when the time is right for you, good luck with another dog. . he was just too young to have to say good-bye. I think the nicest thing I read is that you would re-live the day exactly as all his other days — honestly, that’s what life SHOULD be!! In my opinion you said that EVERY day was special with him and you knew that and appreciated him — PERFECT! I try to remember that each day, too. Know that you’re surrounded with kindred spirits – two legged and four legged. . .

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  158. Roberta says:

    I am so sorry I cry as I writ this little note

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  159. Nadine says:

    Chet:

    I understand how deeply you feel the loss of your pet bauer. My

    shitsu barney passed in May this year of an incurable kidney disease.

    The vet tried everything he could to save him, even calling on a

    specialist from Toronto for advice.

    He just missed his second birthday .

    Here is what the vet. clinic sent me, in my time of grief.

    ‘The Rainbow Bridge’

    There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the

    Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours. Just this side of the

    RAinbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows,hills and valleys with

    lush green grass.

    When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always

    food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are

    young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all

    day with each other.

    There is only one thing missing: They are not with their special person

    who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the

    day comes when one suddenly looks up! The nose twitches. The ears

    are up. The eyes are searching. And this one suddenly runs from the

    group.

    You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you

    take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again

    and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

    Then you cross the RAinbow Bridge together, never again to be

    separated.

    I still can’t read it without tears but now I have a picture in my

    heart of my Barnie happy and without pain.

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  160. Vicki says:

    Im so sorry for your loss— I try and really live everyday with my doggies as if it’s the last. While that’s impossible to imagine , your letter is inspiring.

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  161. Linda Stateler says:

    I have lost many furry children in my life and each time one dies it is just as hard as the last one but I have always taken another little one into my home to love. I can not imagine being without the love and the kisses and the snuggles of a loyal furry friend.
    I know how you are feeling and I am sorry for your loss but one of the things you said made me very happy. I have always felt that our pets would be waiting for us on the other side despite the feelings of some religious teachers and clergy that say the our pets will not be there because they do not have a sole. They are gods creatures so I too believe they will be there wagging their tails waiting for us when we arrive. I have always said , “If my furry children are not going, neither am I.”
    I hope you find it in your best interest to share the love you had, and still have, for Bauer with another little one to continue to bring love and happiness to you and your home. He or she will be a lucky little one.

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  162. Bobbi England says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Bauer that you have shared with us. My deepest symapathies go to you and your family. They become such an integral part of our lives and learn all of our feelings, thoughts, and prayers.
    We had to put our 11 yo Weimeraner down in March due to a massive stroke. I was crying machine for a week but eventually was able to cope again. I do not remember what we did on Aspen’s last day but I know she got to run around the yard, chase squirrels, lay in the sun and just enjoy life. She always got a special treat added to her dinner from the Mystery Box in the refrigerator…I hope it was something she really liked.
    We now have a new Weimeraner puppy, Eloise and I have elected to utilize your method of training. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and training method with all of us. Rest in knowing that Bauer and all of the other dogs have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and having a blast. One day we will get to see them again when we cross the Rainbow Bridge.

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  163. Krista says:

    Chet,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have lost pets and know how tragic it is. My prayers are with you and your family. During your mourning remember all the good things and good times you had with Bauer. Dogs are such a gift of God with their unconditional love.

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  164. Pat says:

    Chet (and all those who have lost their doggy friends):

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  165. Liz B says:

    Dearest Chet
    It is totally beautiful. Your dog any you are a wonderful gift to all that read your web site and news letters. The world is a better place for you in it. Thank you for all your pearls of wisdom, humor. Wish you all the best for the future.

    Liz B

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  166. Kay says:

    Chet,
    Our heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family for the loss of your dog, Bauer.
    Its so sad that dogs are not with us very long and then to have them taken when young, is extremely tragic.

    We lost our dear beloved Aussie last fall to cancer and I still get teary-eyed talking about him. Dogs fill our lives with their unconditional love, and leave their paw-prints on our hearts when they are gone, not to mention a big hole in our hearts, too.

    But we take comfort that some day we will meet our furry babies again over that rainbow bridge. So sorry to hear of your loss.

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  167. Grace says:

    Chet,

    Words cannot fully express what can only be felt by the heart. Let it be known that yours is a big and loving heart, to not only share your life and love with your family and friends (legs or paws !) but all of us who greatly need and value your experience and guidance. And to share something so personal and sad and difficult only further proves your sincerity to the core. Please know that all of us who read your story experienced heartache not only for you and for Bauer, but for ourselves who at one point or another, in a way not yet known, will suffer the same. Great loss is only a result of great love, and for that,we are fortunate. Know that Bauer is whole and happy in his new heavenly home, and will continue to bless you and your family as you have blessed him…..LOVE NEVER DIES……

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  168. Peggy Triggs says:

    Chet,

    So sorry to hear about Bauer. It is never easy loosing the ones we love. I lost my dog Tulsa back in April who I had for 18 years. I still think about him every day. I just recently just got a puppy not to replace him but because I missed having a dog in my home. When I lost Tulsa someone sent me a poem called Rainbow Bridge. If you haven’t read it you should try to google it. It definitely made me cry but the words are comforting. Bauer was lucky to have an owner who was so loving. Thanks for sharing your relived last day!

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  169. Stella says:

    Chet: So sorry you had to go thru this with such a young dog. We too lost our dear dog a year ago. I held him until he finally looked so peaceful for he died of cancer and I know was in pain. Our dear pets don’t want to burden us at the end and I know he wanted to go and die alone. But we couldn’t let him. We all surrounded him and cried and held on to him. He was with us for 11 and half years and was our soulmate. We do have another dog now who has warmed his way into our hearts but we will never forget our dear Buddy, our best friend.

    “Look up over the Rainbow
    I will be there”

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  170. Chet,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bauer sounds like an amazing dog and he had an amazing life with you. I lost 2 dogs. My first one was the love of my life. I had her from 6 weeks and she was my baby. Smartest dog I’ve ever seen, but I’m bias. She had seizures and could not even walk in her final days. I still weep as I think of her and it’s been 15 years. My other dog had cancer and there was nothing they could do. She was a stray I took in was and the sweetest dog. I feel for you and your family. It’s not easy. Bauer was lucky to have you as well as you lucky to have him. We’ll all be together one day. God Bless you and your family.

    Carol

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  171. Sandy says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dog. I, too, have lost a loved pet recently and can imagine your grieving. He is no longer suffering, it is the ones who are left behind who suffer now but as you stated, someday you will be together again.

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  172. John says:

    Chet, so sorry to hear of your loss. My wife and I have had dog companions most of our lives, so we feel for you deeply. Those of us who love dogs know what a blessing they truely are. They fill our lives with joy and happiness. Sometimes we know the end is near and we try to prepare ourselves for the inevitable and sometimes it comes as a sudden shock, we never know when that “Last Day” will be. I say, treat yourself and you dog as if every day were the last. Love them and cherrish them every single day. God put us together for a reason. Chet, you will always remember and love Bauer, I know. And one day, you and Bauer, and all dog lovers, will meet again at “The Rainbow Bridge”.

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  173. rubaba says:

    This is so sad.I can feel your loss.
    I had lost my 19 yr old cat ‘smokey’ three yrs ago. She was old and getting weak so we had prepared our selves.She had lived a good and full life. But when my other cat 16 yr old ‘Simba’ absolutely healthy died three days later due to the shock of lossing Smokey, it was unbearable. My last day with Simba was very painful. He stopped urinating and started getting fits. All night he just layed in my arms purring and starring straight into my eyes. The loss even three yrs later is very painful though I have two new cats now. Amazingly they have the same personalities of Smokey and Simba. It seems God has given me back my Smokey and Simba in a new body but i do miss my Simba a lot

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  174. Eileen Harvey says:

    Chet,
    First I would like to say sorry for your loss. It is always hard when we loose one of our best friends. I lost mine about 3 months ago, she was only 8,she had gotten cancer. Unfortunately it could have been prevented if the vet had told me that she could get cancer if left un-spayed. I thought she didn’t need spayed because she never went outside our fence, so no fear in having puppies. I learned a valuable lesson when I took her to another vet and they told me that bit of information. So I encourage anyone who is reading this to spay your female friend. It is the right thing to do!

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  175. DUANE PROROK says:

    I am so sorry about your loss! I know just how you feel, I lost my Caesar to a tragic accident about 2 mos ago. He was only 6 yrs old. He fell overboard on my pontoon and went into the prop. After several surgeries and negative prognosis, I couldn’t stand to see him suffer any more so I had him put down. I spent the last moments with him. He was a great pup and companion. I got him just after my wife died. He was her replacement and my constant companion. I have since gotten a rescue dog and am slowly training her.

    She is a good replacement, but I still miss Caesar and it brings tears to my eyes just writing this!

    Duane

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  176. Guy Paxton says:

    My heart goes out to you mate.
    Love your work.
    Regards
    Guy

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  177. Sue says:

    Chet,
    As I sit here at my desk with tears in my eyes, because I know what you are going through, I hope for a speedy peace to you and your family. You will one day, be greeted by Bauer , as you enter heaven because of course that is where he is. Peace to you. Sue

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  178. Rachel says:

    I’m soooo sorry for your loss! I too have a Golden, and he is my heart. What you wrote is absolutely beautiful, and I hope it helps in your healing process.

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  179. Jean says:

    Chet, I’m so sorry for your loss. I cried when I read your last day – I, too have lost dogs that I loved and I feel your pain. Bauer was a lucky dog – not coincidence that dog spelled backward is god – they are one of his greatest gifts to us. Jean

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  180. Lisa Mims says:

    This touched me, Chet, I appreciate you sharing as a reminder to all of us we do not know how long we will have our loved ones and we should definately hang onto all the good they brought into our lives and the memories of them that made us laugh until we can be reunited in heaven. This story definately touched my heart strings, and tears poured because I feel as if Bauer was someone who taught me as you both showed us through this program what success looks like, filling many with Hope! Bauer touched many lives! God Bless you and your family!

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  181. Pat says:

    Chet (and all those who have lost their doggy friends):
    I too am sitting here crying, as I think of my two dogs that we lost last New Year’s Eve. We came hme to find smoke pouring from the eaves of our house. We got the door open, but they didn’t come and we knew they were already dead.Belle and Lu were my service dogs. I had trained them from puppyhood. They were 9 and 8 years old.
    Belle was my retriever. My son had her in 4-H, and she ended up being Ohio State Champion in showmanship. She was a great dog, very trainable, and a wonderful companion.
    We had such a wonderful experience with Belle that we got Lu. She ended up being my support dog, to help me walk straight.Lu was everytihng that Belle ws not. She was a clown, the “notifier” of what was around, the faithful one that was always where I was.
    For six months we lived in a rental while the house was being rebuilt. (No pets) When we could move into the new house, we got another lab/bc mix.So we are going thrugh puppy training with Bonnie, who is full of energy but is slowly learning obedience. There will never be another Belle or Lu, but I am grateful for their memories.I am hoping that Bonnie will fill many of the tasks that they did for rme.
    Our last day was just normal day. I don’t remember what we did, but I remember them the last time I saw them alive as we left the house for that New Year’s Eve dinner at church. They were curled up on the couch,with Zippy the cat in between them. Recently, I was unpacking the storage boxes, and I found a (mostly intact) album that I had made about them. I am extremely grateful that it survived.
    I am sorry that this is so long, but as all ofyou know,it issohard tostop talking about our beloved pets! My condlences again….

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  182. cynthia flynn says:

    Dear Chet and Bauer,
    Your devoted, loving friendship lives on in the wonderful memories that you hold in your heart. We have lost several very special dogs and it is a devestating loss. Thanks for sharing the lovely picture and your beautiful story of Bauer’s Last Day. You and Bauer helped us train our Lab puppy and we are ever grateful.
    Peace and blessings to you and your family.

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  183. Isabelle Pilskaln says:

    Chet, My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family and colleagues. such a loss at just six years, prime of life! Keep sharing you dog training knowledge, so helpful. Isabelle and her two year old shelter dog, (dachshund/terrier) mix. Isabelle

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  184. Carol Kelly says:

    I am crying as I write this, your words bring back the memories as if it were my last day with my dog, they truly make a difference in one’s life as the dogs do that I have now..I had a little abandoned puppy dying on my driveway here in the Baja and so I asked my neighbor if he wouldn’t take him away…he said no he couldn’t right then and then that was the beginning of an incredible relationship I have with this dog, this is not my first and it may be one of my last for I am getting older and have felt the heart pain you do now, thank goodness for the memories. I am glad you had a last day with your beloved Bauer…I live near the beach and that’s my dogs favorite place too! They are gifts if you look at it our way, I live in an area of Baja that doesn’t see these wonderful critters like we do…blessings to you and thank you for sharing your knowledge and your love.

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  185. Lori says:

    Deeply saddened for your loss. Sobbing as I read and as I write. My 6 yr old died Dec 27th after fighting Immune mediated poly arthritis. A horrible disease she (we) fought for several months. I cry for her every day she was my best friend. I have a 3 yr old now who was abandoned with me after pet siting her. I give thanks she came to me so I can save her and give her a wonderful life she may not otherwise have had. Believe in the Rainbow bridge!!!!!

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  186. Susie says:

    Oh Chet i’m SO SO sorry about Bauer I lost a dog about a week ago too. i cried for so long, I couldn’t get to sleep at night because i wasn’t use to not having a little rat terrier by my side when i wanted her. it would of made me the happiest person in the world to relive my last day with her. So i know how much you and your family must be in pain and i will miss all your training videos with Bauer. With many
    Prayers, Susie

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  187. tara says:

    Oh Dear Chet, My heart bleeds for you. Our dear Roxanne a red bone coon hound died 4 years ago with some mysterious gut problem. She was a rescue so her age was somewhere between 7-9 years old. We would hug our dog like a human with Roxy standing on her hind legs and her front legs around our neck. She had been declining for 6 months and we traveled around Florida trying to get a diagnosis for what was happening with her. We got no answers she was in pain, no longer able to jump up on the couch her face graying. On her last evening my husband wanted that wonderful hug with Roxanne once her front legs were on his neck he place his arms around her and she recoiled in obvious pain. She came to me and buried her head between my legs her entire body began to shake. She tried to vomit and go to the bathroom to no avail. She never laid in the grass so when she did we knew she was bad. My husband picked her up and we made the journey which seemed to take forever to the emergency room by the time we got there we could not take her out of the van and the staff had to use a rolling table to carry her in. They examined her and her gums were blue they felt she would never survive the surgery so we decided to put her out of her misery. I was inconsolable my husband stayed with her while she faded sweetly. I regret not having the strength to stay by her side. Your situation brings up the emotions of that day. We never seemed to get over the pain of loosing her. After three years I decided we needed to try to have a dog again because there is no love like a dogs love. I wanted puppies so I could raise them our way. We rescued Roxanne and she came with some challenges. We worked very hard with her and got through the important issues. Even though she was quirky we loved all of her. Everyone that met her loved her. We still love her today as much as we did when she was alive. Oh we got a puppy and his two womb mates. We love them very much in addition to the love for Roxanne. It has been very gratifying to raise and accomplish our goals with the almost one years olds. All with your help. We still have skills to achieve like walking all three on leashes. Right now they get tangled and wrap around our ankles when one of us walk them so it still takes both of us to walk the dogs. We would love to be able to achieve this milestone. Anyway don’t wait as long as we did your pain will ease but you will never replace the love of your beloved Bauer. I agree with Paul Dogs are a gift from God and Bauer would want another dog to enjoy you during its brief time on earth. Wish they lived as long as parrots. 🙂 Thank you for all you do for us dog lovers. I will pray that your pain eases soon.

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  188. Luann says:

    Dear Chet,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bauer and you are in my heart and prayers. You helped me train my dog Makita and now you helped me with something else. You helped me open my eyes and I will spend every day like it’s our last day together. Thank you.

    Bauer is with my dog Buddy waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.

    Sincerly,
    Luann Johnson

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  189. Lisa says:

    Bauer was a hero to us all who knew him, as he touched so many lives and filled many of us with hope as he showed us what obedience looked like.

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    Chet Reply:

    That is the fun part… as his videos will continue to help people for years to come, even though he’s no longer with us 🙂

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  190. Angela Codding says:

    Chet ,
    I am so sorry for your loss, your poem is wonderful
    I could not help but tear up, and my heart aches for
    you and Baur.

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  191. Your story made me cry, I am so sad for your loss. However, I am very happy for the time you had with Bauer and happy for Bauer that he was loved and cared for so much.
    God bless you and heal your pain as memories continute to comfort you.
    Respectfully,
    Libby C:

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  192. Betsy Paul says:

    Chet,

    I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our Golden Retriever, Daisy in November to liver cancer, and I still miss her. We had to make the awful decision not to put her through surgery, but to opt for palliative care. She was such a sweetie. She was almost 13. Goldens are the best! Although Bauer was only 6 years old, I am sure that those 6 years were very happy ones for him. The good thing is that you can be sure that Bauer is no longer in pain.

    We recently rescued a 48ish lb. white shepherd mix, and I have used your training tools. Sandy is very responsive to the clicker. The rescue org. vet said that she is 2 years old. Our vet said that she is probably closer to 1 year old. She has some very strong puppy traits that I am working to curb. We decided to rescue a dog instead of going to a breeder this time because there are so many homeless pets from all of the recent natural disasters, etc.

    I hope that you will continue with your web site and dog training business, and that after you have had some time to recover you will find a new best friend.

    All the best.

    – Betsy

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  193. Howard Brian Chennells says:

    Chet, I am sorry for your loss as I too have recently lost my companion. Unfortinately it’s something we all as pet owners have to deal with way too soon. This is why it’s so important to keep on giving all the love that you can to our pets when they are here with us. Remember they give us unconditional love and such memories that last a lifetime which helps us cope with thier passing. I have my babies picture along with her ashes where I can see it everyday and smile, remember the great times and know someday we will get to play again. I also have her picture, which is my favorite on my screen so that when I sit at the computer I always look at her face and think to myself how lucky I was to have something in life so special and that I gave her the best life that she could of had in return. It took several months for me to want to get another dog but I have and although she won’t be the same as everyone tries to compare she will give & I will give in return all the love that one can. Just like the loss of a person, a dog will always have a special place in ones hearts. I am sure that Bauer had a great life and it will take time but, just remember that there is no more pain for either of you and someday you will play again. God Blees

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  194. Melanie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of a family member. I lost Sandy my yellow lab to a tumor on his spine. I spent his last two nights before the vet appointment on the floor with a sleeping bag because it was too painful to move him. The poem made me remember a time we had gone to a lake and 8 hours later had to chase him around to get him out of the water after all day he had been bringing us “treasures” he had found. Mostly rocks but there was also a bumper of some car too. They are awesome loyal companions to us. Thank you for all your hard work.

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  195. Marianne says:

    Dear Chet,

    Words can never adequately cover the loss…only memories give joy, and the hope of meeting one day again.

    Thanks for sharing and helping alleviate our losses…I have a pack waiting for me in the next life….

    Be thankful for the hours you had.

    Marianne

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  196. Della says:

    My heart goes out to you and yours with the loss of Bauer. It is never easy when one loses a beloved pet. Their lives seem so short, but it is because of their people that their lives were full of joy and love. Without someone good, their life would not have been so fulfilling for them as well as their people. One of my phrases is “Their lives are so short, but that’s what makes them special.” If we can give them a happy home and know their love and devotion, then their lives were not in vain. Every time I lose a pet I tell myself it will be a while before I bring another into my life…but then another comes along (usually found dumped or they find me) and while they can’t fill the void, they do keep life worth living and find a place in my heart all their own. That is one reason I think God created these wonderful animals, so people would know joy and devotion.

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  197. Elaine says:

    Dear Chet,
    So very sorry about Bauer. We lost both of our babies within 4 mos. of each other a little over a year ago. One to old age and one to congestive heart failure. We mourned for months and the house was so quiet. Then a month ago we adopted a new puppy, a miniature Aussie. Our hearts are full again. I am sending prayers your way as I sure know the pain you are going through. Loved your poem. Blessings to you.

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  198. don wilczak says:

    Chet
    Would it be possible for you to email me the name/author of the book you mentioned? We lost our toy poodle “Quincy” almost a year ago, and my wife is struggling terribly with the loss.

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  199. Pat Alkins says:

    Dear Chet

    My heart goes out to you.I’m so sorry about your dog Bauer. I sobbed like a baby when we had to put our 17 year old Maddie down. But now I know how lucky we were to have her for all those years. After 3 months I said to my husband we have got to get another dog the house is so empty and I need another furry friend. We went and rescued a 8 month old terrier. She will never replace Maddie but boy is she a blessing to me and my husband. Everyone that has owned a pet and has lost them know exactly how you feel and you will always keep your precious dog in your heart.
    Sincerely Pat Alkins

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  200. Sharon says:

    Dearest Chet,

    I am reading this with tear filled eyes, our animals are a member of are family and sometimes they are the ONLY family we know. They teach us acts of human kindness, and unconditional love. I believe we learn to live and love so much more because of them.

    You are right you will your baby again one day, but as he crosses over that rainbow bridge and after your mourning time has passed, celebrate his life and his memory. He will be watching and waiting for you for those marshmallows 🙂

    Much Love and Blessings to you.

    Shaton

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  201. Sandy says:

    Dear Chet,

    My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your beloved, Bauer. How tragic to have lost him so suddenly with no chance to say good-bye. I am so sorry it had to happen that way! Just know he is flying free with his new wings at the Rainbow Bridge now, healthy once again, awaiting for your special “reunion” day. I, too, lost my American Eskimo, Codee, at the very tender age of 2 years and 9 months. It was not sudden, but a three-month battle of him having “kidney-related” Lyme disease! Me and the doctors tried so hard to bring him around, but unfortunately his kidneys were so damaged there was no reversing the devastating process/toll it took on his young body! On the other hand, I had an American Eskimo named Jake before my Codee who lived to the ripe old age of 16 without a health problem all those years. We are given these special animals for a certain amount of time, and I guess we just never know how long, so we have to cherish everyday with them. Thanks so much for sharing your very touching story!

    RIP, BAUER! Your Daddy misses you so much! Send him down baby “Bauer” kisses when you get a chance.

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  202. Megan says:

    I cried when I heard your dog died. I have seen your videos of him as a puppy and then as an adult. I am only 12 and just got my own puppy, Toby, I would hate to have to see any dog go. 🙁

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  203. Maria says:

    Dear Chet,
    My heart breaks for you . As I was reading your story tears came to my eyes. I will keep you in prayers to help you through the loss of Bauer.

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  204. Just heartbreaking! Bauer was So young which makes it even worse. It takes a long time to heal a broken heart and even now your story brings tears to my eyes for my girl Osa who died at 10 just 5 short years ago. Far Too young to go as was your Bauer. Fortunately the heart can also still love in our time of despair and take comfort in the ones around us by experiencing this love for them and for new life. It took us two years to even consider a new puppy after our beloved Osa passed. But I have to tell you, it doesn’t get easier to think about her and this new girl just reminds me of her all the time. The little things that she does that brings Osa back so clearly in my mind has made me realize that Osa is always there whenever I need her love. This new puppy did not replace her, she is just my guide for making contact with her beautiful soul and experiencing her love every new day. My only regret is that I waited so long to bring this new puppy to our lives. She came with Osa not instead of Osa. Grieve for your Bauer but then open your heart to a new love. Bauer will be there with you to see him again and again in the lfe of a new puppy. It is truley the circle of life that keeps our hearts from breaking apart completely.
    Fran Montgomery.

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  205. Tonya DeLozier says:

    I am so sorry for your great loss. I lost my Spencer at 14 years last December and I still miss him.

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  206. Ron Littlefield says:

    Chet, please accept my condolences. It is heartbreaking when we lose our beloved companions. On August 23rd– just two weeks ago today– we had to let our dear Pepper go. She was a 14 1/2 year old miniature poodle with such a loving heart. Our lives will be forever better because of our time with her. Blessings upon you as you cope with this loss– Bauer is watching over you.

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  207. Dorothy Hayes says:

    Chet,
    Sorry for you loss.
    We lost our Border Collie, Mike three weeks ago. The vet told us it was a ruptured spleen, but it sounds very similar to the bloat you described.
    Thank you for sharing Your “Last Day”.

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  208. Ron Littlefield says:

    Chet, please accept my condolences on your loss of Bauer. I can relate to the loss vividly as my sweet poodle princess– Pepper– passed on two weeks ago today. Dogs are so beautiful in every way and our lives are so enriched by them. Blessings upon you as you cope with your loss.

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  209. Tracy says:

    So very sorry for you loss. What you wrote was so touching. I recently lost my dog she died in my arms suddenly. So reading hoe u would live that last moment helped me. God bless.

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  210. Geri Cwik says:

    Dear Chet and Family

    If my tears could wash away the sadness and heartbreak you are feeling, then it would be done.

    We are blessed to have been able to love and be loved.

    My heartfelt sympathy for your tremendous loss.

    With much love

    Geri

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  211. Annie says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t get through it…it’s absolutely beautiful. I had to euthanize my beloved Peanut Aug. 3, 2011. It was sudden. For some reason, though I was obsessed with taking pictures of him the full last day we were together…I’m so glad we did. I’m crying now, thinking of it. Thank you for sharing. When his ashes came home, I wrote a poem to him, telling him how I felt…similar to what you wrote; about our times together, and how he helped me through surgeries and the passing of my husband, and how it was an honor though painful for me to be with him as he made his transition to Rainbow Bridge.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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  212. Aimee says:

    Hi Chet,

    my heart breaks with the news you shared of Bauers passing! My heart is heavy with grief, and I know that there are no words that I can say that can ease your pain at the moment.

    Last year I lost my two furry kids, ( 14, and 11) within 90 days of one another. I didn’t think I would be able to get through it. I am disabled, and they made my life bearable. Actually happy and wonderful! I did a lot of grief work, and then got another wonderful mixed breed puppy, who is smart as a whip, a cuddler, sweet, and so funny! My Theodore has brought the love back into my life.

    Dogs love us so hard and unconditionally, it is a shame they have such short lives. The pain of their losses is so hard to bear … But we do!

    I wish you my deepest condolences… And Bauer had the best of the best there with u! Take you time to heal, and be open to new love!!

    Theodore and I wish you the best!

    xo Aimee

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  213. Rosemary says:

    Chet, So sorry for your loss, we lost our sweet dog Shadow on April the day before we laid my Dad to rest. We are comforted to know that Dad has his favorite buddy in heaven to keep him company. I remember all the good times Shadow brought me for over 13 years, all wonderful and full of joy. I will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time! Rosemary

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  214. Betty Bishop says:

    Oh, Chet. I cannot even imagine your loss. I know everyone has a story of their loss, too, but right now YOUR loss is the only one that matters. It is amazing how fully our dogs fill up our lives and hearts. We will miss him, too. Your training videos have made Bauer as much of our lives as yours………….

    Thank you for being able to share your “Last Day”…
    Betty

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  215. Martha says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I hope you will find peace thinking of the rainbow bridge. I know it has helped me when I have lost my beloved dogs and cats

    Wishing you peace and fond memories!
    Martha

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  216. Farhana says:

    Chet,
    So sorry for your loss. Reading your “Last Day” message made me cry.

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  217. Kathy Medugno says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.. That was a beautiful story though and a great exercise. It brought tears to my eyes

    .I read somewhere that when A little boy lost his dog , he was asked how he felt about it. he said..
    “Well People have to live a long long time because they need to learn how to be happy and to love everyone..some people it takes a long time to figure it out…But a dog is born happy and is allready full of love..so they dont have to live that long “… 🙂

    God Bless !!

    Kathy

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  218. Stacey D says:

    Chet,
    So sorry for your loss. Tears are streaming down my face now and I am saying some prayers for you and your family.
    God Bless.

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  219. Joyce Pruett says:

    Chet, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am crying as I read about Bauer and all the comments from your fans. Those of us who have ever had a loving pet have experienced loss and can relate to your pain. You know that we have great empathy for anyone who loses a pet. Your Bauer leaves quite a legacy.
    I have 4 rescue dogs and with his help have made TDI therapy dogs of all of them. The children and elderly are the recdipients of their affection.
    His life had meaning. We pass it on.

    Thank you for sharing the “Last Day”.

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  220. Sandi O says:

    Chet- I can so relate to your pain of losing Bauer. With each pet I have had to put down, it seems the hurt is so unbearable…and the only way my husband and I have been able to move past the grief is to bring another ‘fur child’ into our lives. We had to put our beloved lab, Pepper to sleep a year this past December, as her kidneys began shutting down and she quit eating. Our vet had us force feed her small amount of yogurt or cottage cheese, and bring her in for intravenous fluid flushes of her kidneys. After 11 days of my looking into Pepper’s sad eyes as she obediently would let me shove the food down that she didn’t really want, and I would have tears flowing down my face, I told her “We aren’t going to make you do this anymore Pepper.” We took her to the vet for her last visit, and as I lay on the floor with her and held her face telling her over and over what a good dog she had been, and how much I loved her she did something Pepper had never done…she licked my face. Her ‘Good-bye & thank you kiss’ was such a treasure to hold on to, I will NEVER forget it or her! My husband and I sat there for awhile holding her for our last time and wondering why God made our pets to share our lives for such a short time.
    In January of last year, after way too much ’emptiness and quiet’ in our home, and my still leaving the last two bites of my toast (as I did for Pepper) we got a sweet, blonde Golden Retriever, Abbey Rose. She is now 80 pounds, but still thinks she is a lap dog, so I hold her and sing to her which she loves. She is the reason I ordered your Dog Training Program, and she has made some progress, but still has a ways to go. Much, I am sure is because I look at that sweet face and let her get away with things I shouldn’t!
    I will pray you receive much comfort in the days ahead knowing what a wonderful Dad you were to Bauer, and what a help your training of him has been to others.
    Kindly,
    Sandi O

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  221. don wilczak says:

    Chet
    My heart goes out to you for your loss.
    Would it be possible for you to email me the name/author of the book you mentioned? We lost our toy poodle “Quincy” almost a year ago, and my wife is struggling terribly with the loss.

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  222. Nancy J says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss. We too experienced such a great loss of our beloved Gracie Ann just last October. I am glad you were able to write about how you would spend the last day with Bauer. Our dogs are our family. They give us unconditional love. Just think of the wonderful life you gave Bauer and how much he appreciated being your family. What a blessing to share those 6 years together.

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  223. Alan Gilchrist-Bain says:

    Chet,

    Sorry to hear about Bauer. I too have lost 3 dogs in the past (Duschess, Princess and Gypsy), so I know exactly what you are going through. I now has 2 others (Sofie and Sheba) and I cherish them daily. My prayers are with you. I also love you “Last Days”. Have Faith

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  224. Charlee says:

    My condolences to you and your family Chet, on the loss of your dear friend and companion.

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  225. Robin McCloud says:

    Chet,

    My heart broke for you as I read about the loss of your sweet, beloved friend Bauer. I too lost my precious chihuahua, Dixie in February of this year. She was 17 and died peacefully at home and I miss her terribly. Just know that time will heal your broken heart and the memories of Bauer will bring a blessing to your soul. I’m so glad you got to play with Bauer on the beach and the picture that was took was precious. May the Lord bless you and your family.

    Sincerely,

    Robin

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  226. SUE says:

    Chet

    I understand exactly how you are feeling, I lost my dog Charlee in june and I thought my heart would break, she was very poorly as she had liver failure but I wasnt ready for her to go. I had to let her go with dignity as I couldnt bear to watch her suffering, the last thing she did before finally going asleep for the last time was to put her paw round my neck which broke my heart and I have tears pouring down my face typing this, but I am sure she was saying its ok Mum I cant carry on. It does help writing down your feelings and thank you for sharing your “Last Day”

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  227. Mary Ann Snow says:

    In the last 8 years I’ve lost three wonderful furbabies. All Apricot mini or toy poodles. Doogie, died peacefully. He just laid down, went to sleep, and never woke. Molly died of liver cancer, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. And Katie, weeks before her 16th birthday, let me know she was ready to join her sister Molly. She had lived several years with diabetes but the last year of her life she developed Cushings disease and that was just too hard on her. I now have 2 mini poodles and 2 yorkies, PeeWee, Faith, Princess and Pookie. They are all rescues and I love them dearly. They enrich my life everyday with love, laughter, and joy. It’s hard to let go of these beautiful babies – and I am so sorry for your loss. But with that loss comes the chance to save another life. Rescue and your life will be full of the best kind of love.

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  228. Linda Boyd says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Several years ask when I lost my beloved Pom , our vet. Sent me a card that gave me a lot of comfort. It talked about him being in heaven, pain free, romping around with his friends and my familyvwhile he waited for me to crossover. When I do he along with all my pets will be waiting for me. I know yours will be waiting for you too.

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  229. Vern says:

    Chet;

    My sincere condolences in your loss of your best friend, Bauer. I’m sure if you had to do it all over again, you would. It hurts very deeply to loose one so close to your heart. I’m sure God has given us dogs with a short life span to help make our hearts stronger so we can cope with other losses in life. I myself, have lost several ‘Best Friends’ over the years and each one hurts as bad as the last one when the time comes to make a decision. I now have a one year old Golden Retriever named Casper, and he sure soakes up the loving. I’m sure you will be just as lucky with your next best friend.

    Your friend,
    Vern

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  230. Randee Loucks says:

    Dear Chet:
    WE arae so sorry to hear t hat you lost Bauer and so suddenly too. It is a heart-wrenching experience to lose oour beloved pets. LAst summer, our family lost our Pinner (dachshund-JAck Russel cross) aged 16 in June and our English Bull Terrier Lucy at t he end of AUgust, the day before she would have turned 14. Both dogs had been with our family from 7 or 8 weeks old.

    My husband and I are in our 60’s, so we have been through this before, but each time is harder than the last. We think of the wonderful times we’ve had with our girls and imagine meeting up with the others we’ve lost over the years.

    We have been so fortunate to have excellent vetinary care throughout our perts’ lives. Whenever the siyuation allowed, we have stayed with our pets during their last moments. That has made it easier for us, to be able to hold them while they drifted away. this last time, with Lucy, our grandson JAckson (13), also stayed throughout. It was hard for him, but he and Lucy grew up together – literally puippies together.

    All our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bauer will always be in your heart.
    Sincerely.
    Randee

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  231. m-p broadwater says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss. There is a deep empty hole that nothing can fill right now, and quite frankly never will. I have lost several. One I held in my arms as he died. Another and the last to go (so far) I found “asleep” in his crate after I returned home for a short outing…. I couldn’t wake him up.
    They are our constant companions, our constant encouragers, our constant unconditional friends. When they leave all we are left with are their memories and the things that they taught us. …..and if we pay attention, they do teach us something each and every day.
    Be Blessed my friend and we thankful for and comforted by all the blessings that he gave you.

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  232. Carole Finch says:

    Dear Chet,

    So sorry to hear your news and that your beloved dog died so young. We lost our dog after 18 1/2 years and have only just been able to buy another – 10 years later. I spent the last night cuddled up with him on the sofa and the next morning our vet was not open and he seemed in pain, so I took him to the local RSPA and they put him to sleep, but I was not allowed to be with him and it broke my heart to hand him over and collect his body the next day. Whe our cat went through the same procedure 2 years later I was with her and held her whilst she was injected and it made all the difference to be close to her at the end.

    I gathered together all the pictures I could find of him and we spent several hours looking through them and remembering our time with him. It sounds a bit like your last day and it did help so much to celebrate his life. We still remember him often and tell Benji stories.

    I hope your healing continues and the worst of your grief is short-
    lived. God Bless.

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  233. Leo Romero says:

    I Am so sorry For The Loss Of Bauer, I To lost my Chihuahua Chica ,With cancer,I Took Her To The Vet. Chica had Surgery,Next Morning She was Lying On Are bed Dead.To Top That Of 6 Month’s Later My Wife Past.We Had Are Chihuahua For 14 Years, My Wife And I, We Were married For 54 Years.Had Are 54th Year Annivarsary June 27, Took Her To The Hospital june 29th And She died july 21st.I Now Have A 3 Month Old Yorkie Puppy.God Bles You And Give You Strenth.

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  234. Ange says:

    Chet: I mourn with you. I had a beloved peek-a-poo for 18 years before I had to put him down. It was one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever had to do. I now have a 5-mo. old Havanese puppy who is adorable but difficult to train. I don’t feel it’s necessary to say all that’s been said above, but we do feel the loss of our pets as much as we do a beloved human who was so much a part of our lives. My condolences to you and yours on the loss of Bauer. (The poem was beautiful!)

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  235. Cherish Wentroth says:

    My heart bleeds for you as I have not ever recovered from the losses of “my babies” Brittney and Barkley. You spoke it beautifully, and I too am looking forward to playing with them both again, Brittney healthy without diabetes and her eyesight back where she can see me, and Barkley, just as happy as he ever was. Chet, we now have a golden that is 7 months old, your love of animals is shared.

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  236. Suzanne says:

    So sorry to hear about Bauer :..(.. That is so tragic. We lost our Pyr, Strykr, when he was only 3 months old and if I could change his last day I would have checked under my husband’s car before I backed it up then it wouldn’t have been his last day. That was over a year ago and I still can’t think about it without crying. He survived for two days at the vets after the accident before Jesus took him home. I know that one day we will see him again romping around in heaven like the puppy we remember him as.

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  237. Sue says:

    So sorry for your loss. The story is heart warming and I am still crying. I have a new puppy just almost five months old. I really love her and would want to be able to say the same thing you said should something happen to her. That I wouldn’t change a thing. She is a beautiful little toy Apricot Poodle. Thanks for all you do.

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  238. Doug says:

    Chet,
    I have only been receiving your emails for a few months and love every one of them. I have great empathy for your loss. Anyway, keep keeping on brother. You are a great teacher of man for these dogs, and you WILL play with Bauer again. PEACE!!!

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    Chet Reply:

    Thank you Dog, I will.

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  239. Roberta says:

    You and your family are in my heart and prayers. I am so sorry about your loss. Thank you for all the help you have unknowingly given me and our puppy. I am already so in love with him.

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  240. Anne Bremer says:

    Chet, I am so sorry for your loss. It is surely one of the most difficult things of having family. Last year was a tough one for me. I am involved with Saint Bernard rescue. I lost my Fred to bloat while out at work and I was only gone a few hours as I am very part-time. Six months later, I lost my Ceasar. He also died while I was away…celebrating my anniversary…first trip away from home in 24 years. He was 12 years old. And lastly, this past September I lost my Gus at almost 13. I was with him and had a great last day with him before he had to be put down. No one expected him to live as long as he did but when he went it was in my arms. I almost gave up on getting another dog but a new rescue, 3 year old Paulie came into my life. He has helped heal the wounds. We never forget but they sure do expand our capacity to love. Will keep you and yours in our prayers and may your heart open to the opportunity for a new friend.

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    Chet Reply:

    I too look forward to the next bundle of fur bouncing around our feet in the future, and I think you’re right, death gives us a capacity for greater love. It doesn’t make sense until you experience it, but that’s sure what it feels like now. Even just being around my ‘non furry’ kids, Bauer’s loss has helped me appreciate all the small moments with them more too.

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  241. Joe says:

    Chet, my sincere condolences on you tragic loss of your good and faithful friend Bauer.Last year I lost my Visla Duchess and went in to hold her while they put her down as she was very old and sick. That had to be one of my worse days ever. I was told not to go in but I couldn’t let her face this alone.We now have a new pet Ginger but she’s not Duchess. Hopefully we can bond as did Duchess and I.Again Chet my deepest sympathy on you loss.

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  242. Margrith Broger says:

    Dearest Chet,
    I’m terribly sorry about your loss of Bauer. Most of us animal lovers know exactly how you feel.
    This morning (European time) I sent you a message, but I don’t think it reached you.
    I have a 15-year old dog, Chita, who has very little time left with us. For the past two months I’ve dedicated myself completely to her, taking her to friends’ houses in the mountains (we live in the Pyrenees), making her special food and generally attending to her wishes. When the day comes, the veterinarian, an intimate friend of mine, will come home to me and sacrifice her on the bed where she has spent all these years.
    Last October I had to sacrifice another dog (10 years old) who had cancer, was operated twice and did not recover. She also “went to sleep” on her bed. It’s a consolation to think that she left us very peacefully. The following day was my day of mourning. I didn’t go out, but rather thought about all the good moments we had had together.
    Chita’s eyes tell me that she doesn’t want to leave us yet, but I hope that I’ll have the courage to take the step when it’s time, which will be soon.
    Head up, Chet. Eerything you do for everybody will help you to continue. Keep us the good work. All of us are very grateful.
    Margrith

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  243. L. says:

    Words are inadequate to describe the brokenness we feel at the loss of a pet. And some people just cannot understand the depth of the grief. I do, and I hope your heart will heal with time. I wear a silver pendant with a picture of my corgi in it. He died in May from DM. He was my first dog, my only dog. I hope someday I’ll have another dog to fill the emptiness he left behind. I am so sorry for your heartbreak.

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  244. Vicky says:

    Chet,
    Thank you for sharing your loss. We are very sorry you lost Bauer. We have a bloodhound puppy and were told they are very suseptable to bloat so we are keeping an eye on her. The breeder told us that they shouldn’t be rough housing for 15 – 30 minutes after they eat and this would help with keeping them from getting bloat. Dogs are parts of our families and when we lose one it is very sad. Thanks again your blog was beautiful.

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  245. Bob Caswill says:

    Chet: I will add my condolences to those above. It is truly an emotional event in any dog owner’s life, and I share your pain.

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  246. Sandi O says:

    It does not appear my original message went through…sorry.

    Chet- I am so sorry for your loss and know only too well the pain you are going through. Each pet we have had to put down has been one of the most heart wrenching experiences, and only has left my husband and I to wonder why God has made our ‘fur children’ to share our lives for such a short time? In December 2010, we had to put our dear lab, Pepper to sleep as her kidneys had begun shutting down. Our vet had me force feed small amounts of yogurt or cottage cheese down and then bring her in for intravenous fluid flushes for the kidneys. After eleven days of looking into Pepper’s sad eyes as she obediently would allow me to put food down she did not want anyway, I told her “We are not going to do this anymore Pepper.” My husband took her for a last ‘car ride’ to the park, which she loved, and then we went to the vet. I lay on the floor with her as she was injected, and held her face in my hands telling her what a good dog she had been and how very much I loved her, sobbing uncontrollably. Then Pepper did something she NEVER had done…she licked my face. Her ‘Good-bye kiss and thank you” will be treasured forever!
    A year ago January, after just too much quiet and emptiness in our home, we brought home the sweetest blonde Golden Retriever, Abbey Rose. She is the reason I joined your Dog Training program. She is now 80 pounds, but still thinks she is a lap dog…and I oblige by letting her sit on my lap as I sing to her, which she loves! (She probably is just tolerating it!) Having another ‘fur child’ in our home is the best thing we could do to honor having had Pepper ..and two Goldens before her. While Abbey has a ways to go with her training and probably due to my falling for that sweet innocent looking face when she isn’t obeying, I know the information you shared will finally make sense to her.
    Wishing you continued strength and comfort. Kindly, Sandi O

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    Chet Reply:

    What a wonderful moment you describe with the licking of your face & thanks for your kind words.

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  247. Claudia says:

    Chet,

    I am so sorry. I lost my dear Rusty a toy poodle 5 years ago and I still miss him. He was my soul mate and I mourn him just as deeply as if her were a human. Each time we lose a loved one a part of our heart goes with them and there is nothing that will fill that hole, but you can cherish the memories you had with Bauer and relive the joy he gave you. We will see them all again I’m sure.

    If you still love those who are lost, then those you love are not lost.

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  248. Angela Grant says:

    Chet, as the tear flow down my face all I can remember is how fortunate Bauer was to have you as a owner. You did so much for me with Paxton during my unemployment phase. We will see Bauer in peace of this I’m sure. So while he sleeps be comforted and know it is part of the journey. Bauer’s little tail will wag in zealous anticipation as you call his name over the sunlit beach and he will lick you all over your face saying, “Thank you for a wonderful life; your’e the best dad”.

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  249. Chet says:

    I had heard this too, however Bauer ate AFTER we came back from the beach on his last day and as best I can tell got ‘Bloat’ in the condo we were renting.

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    Angela Grant Reply:

    Chet, as the tears flow from my eyes I can only think how fortunate Bauer was to have you as his owner. We will see Bauer again of this I’m sure. So while he sleeps and is absent for a while the day will come when you will hear that familiar bark across the sunlit beach. Bauer’s little tail will be wagging as he runs to reunite with you and say, “Thanks your’e the best dad ever. This is part of the journey but not the end of the story.

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  250. Joe Salvia says:

    Chet, I am sorry for the loss of Bauer your faithful and trusted friend. I also went thru a similar situation and now what you’re feeling. In time we will heal somewhat though not completely without them. My sincere condolences to you and the rest of the family.

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  251. Margaret says:

    I was so sorry to hear that you lost Bauer. Pets are such special treasures.
    I love mine dearly. I hope it won’t be long until you find another special puppy.

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  252. Sam says:

    Dear Chet.
    Sorry for your loss of Bauer. Hope you get through it soonest. Life goes on and takes us all with it.
    Sam

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  253. Chet says:

    I can’t even imagine that… I’m so sorry.

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  254. Analee says:

    Dear Chat,I am so very sorry for you about loosing Bauer.I know he is dancing with the angels.I would like to share my recent heartbraking story with you.My roommate and friend of 36 years battled cancer all last year.My dog Sophie(3 years old) always wanted to sleep on her stomach,which was the area my friends cancer was.Her dog Kacie, I was busy training.After my friend passed away,Sophie was not well,I took her to the Vet,who found a very large tumor pressing on her lungs and heart.It was the kind of tumor,if removed,would grow back within a year.I think Sophie wanted to heal my friends cancer.I held Kacie on my lap,when we had to say good bye to Sophie.Little Kacie,I have left and I consider her my gift from my friend.I have had to let go of several dogs in my life,it is always such a difficult decision to make,but the only one,if we love our animls.Writing this,brings it all back from 3 month ago,but she is with my friend and thats where she needs to be.I feel like I got to know you and Bauer,through the last year or so,hang in there,Chat.Thank you for sharing “The last day”.Hugs Analee.

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  255. Merrillp-Lee West says:

    Dear Chet,
    I lost my Buddy 4 months ago and as I read your blog, tears are still streaming down my face. I didn’t want another dog, but as time past I felt I needed to have another friend. I, too am a dog lover and have alot of love yet to give. I signed up for your program when I thought I was going to get a rescue dog. That fell through and I recently got a 11 week old puppy. She is a wild child and as she won’t replace Buddy she is too cute. Working through your program now.

    My prayers are with you, God Bless.

    Merrill-Lee

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  256. Chet says:

    I was hoping it would be of help to some people… thank you for sharing.

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  257. Joseph Wolak says:

    My thoughts are with you, Chet. One of the most difficult things that I have had to do was to bury an old friend. It’s very emotional.

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  258. Sheila Walsh says:

    So sad to hear of your tragic loss. The pain you feel is a tribute to how much you loved

    “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”
    C. S. Lewis

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  259. Noxolo says:

    I am really sorry for your loss as I can only imagine how you are feeling. This left me wanting rush off home to see if Snoofy is fine. Take Care. Regards Noxolo, Pretoria SA

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  260. Vicki says:

    My condolences to you and your family on your loss.

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  261. Erinne says:

    I also sobbed — for you and your family — for your loss. Then I sat with my two cockepoos and cuddled with them, one in each arm. Sweet memories!

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  262. Carole says:

    It just totally amazes me that the loss of a valued pet can touch us so deeply. I recently lost my 13 year old Sheltie to cancer, and up until two days before we had to put him down, he was still eating and drinking and doing everything pretty much as he did before the cancer. Then one day last week, he just could not eat. He wanted to, but he was is pain. That’s when I decided it was time to send him to God. After his passing, I asked the Vet to show me the inside of his mouth, and the tumor had come through his gums and covered his back teeth. It was horrific, and I felt terrible that he had been suffering and I didn’t know it. I have two additional Shelties, one 7 yrs. and one 18 months, and they have helped me get past Bailey’s loss.
    When my friends tell me that they know what I’m going through, I know it’s true, but it makes me realize how many of us have suffered this pain.
    My sympathies go out to each and every one of us that have lost a pet and hope everyone gets past it, and can love another pet just as much.
    We can never, never, never replace the ones we loose, but there is enought love inside us to share with another companion.

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  263. Chet,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have 3 wonderful dogs; a 7 year old Papillon, a 3 year old Toy Poodle and my most recent companion, a 20 month old Standard Poodle. When I got Luna Belle about a year ago, my first consideration was to get her to the vet and get her spayed. My vet suggested that when she was asleep for the surgery, in addition to getting the microchip, I have her get something called a ‘gastropexy’. My understanding is that it is a procedure to stabilize the stomach to prevent bloat. I got the impression it is a fairly new procedure. I decided the extra cost was certainly worth the investment if there was any chance it would prevent bloat. Of course, I have no way of knowing how effective it is, but I wanted to pass on the information to you and your subscribers.

    My dogs are the closest living beings in my life. I love each of them with all my heart and can’t imagine being without any of them. Dogs are such magical and loving creatures. I hope you continue to be blessed with the many fond memories you have of Bauer. And thank you for sharing your story – as painful as it is, it reminds me to consciously appreciate every minute I have with my fur-kids.

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  264. Barbara says:

    Hello Chet,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and the idea of reliving the last day is helpful. We lost our 13-year old Dane-Lab mix, Foster, last May. We took him with us whenever we could and he died while we were on one last trip with him. We stayed in a hotel his last night and he had a queen size bed all to himself. I still feel him with me.
    Shortly after we went to a friends home and she had a condolence card for us with the Will Rogers quote…”If there are no dogs in heaven then when I die I want to go where they went.”

    We were going to wait awhile to get a new puppy, then one day when we went to Petsmart for “cat” food, we found our new puppy…a Golden-Brittany mix. He’s 15 weeks old now and is the reason I started reading and watching your material.
    His name is “Chet”. We named him after a character in a series of books about Chet and Bernie of the Bernie Little detective agency. It’s just a nice coincidence that this is your name also.

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  265. Chet says:

    I have read it, and it is a ‘tear inducer’ for sure… but thanks for recommending it anyways, maybe it can help someone else… it sounds like lots of us had recently lost a dog and could use that poem’s touching words.

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  266. Donna says:

    Chet, I am so sorry to hear this. We had to put our beloved Mischief to sleep in May. Even though I knew the time was coming — she was 18, after all, and beginning to have more and more problems — and even though I knew it was the right thing to do, it was still hard. Our fur friends live so short, but love so much.

    When you are ready, honor Bauer by findnig another fur friend to love. I’m a big fan of adopting; in fact, I recently adopted a little deaf Border Collie pup, to help fill the hole Mischief left. Dawn is no Mischief, never will be, but she is her own soul, and I love her to pieces. I’m sure Mischief doesn’t mind, either; on her side of the Rainbow Bridge, I’m sure she’s already met up with a number of dogs and other pets I’ve had throughout my life, and who I look forward to seeing again after I pass.

    May all these comments help you feel a little better, and knowing you gave Bauer the best last day a dog could want is a blessing beyond words.

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  267. Thank for sharing I understand about losing our best friends. The worst thing has happened to me and I have been 6 years searching for my friend Bear. Bear was stolen from my driveway 12/13/06 and the pain of not knowing what has happened to him is like none other. Bear was with me when I lost my husband and he traveled a lot with me for some time. He was always with me by my desk and bedside. I know I should let him go but I can’t. He was my total soul mate. I have lost and whelped many more since but none to replace my beloved Bear. I search daily through all the found dog ads and keep praying that before his lifetime is over we shall be together again. Bear is micro chipped and he is a red headed tri pembroke welsh corgi. We offered a $5,000 reward for him but no one brought him back to us. To know that your animal is gone is one kind of terrible pain but to not know where he has gone is a pain like no other. Sorry to morn but I am going to let him go soon. He was 6 years old when they stole him. I whelped him and had great plans for him but he is gone and a very very old dog. I will keep searching for a few more years as corgis have a very long life span. So sorry to hear your pain as we do live lots longer than our canine friends.
    God bless,
    Grace

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  268. Kim Parga says:

    I can hardly type this, as I am balling my eyes out. I cannot imagine the pain that you felt waiting in the vet’s office and then only to get the worst of all news. Thank you so much for sharing with us. May the Lord keep you close and may He stroke Bauer’s golden fur, until you meet again.

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  269. Chris Barna says:

    Chet, thank you for sharing such a personal journey you’ve endured…so sorry for your loss-it’s obvious to me what a wonderful friend you were to Bauer, and how much love you received in return. I, too, understand how painful this is, 2 1/2 years ago for me….. But just recently adopted our GOLDEN (!), Chevy (my husband loves his Corvettes!) He is presently 11weeks old and looks so much like Bauer. I continue to use YOU as my mentor and wish you a full heart again….so easy to see what a good person you are.
    My best,
    Chris

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  270. Frederic Marais says:

    My 10-year old ‘Boerbull’ bitch(a South African dog breed)died of bloat last year. Despite a rather ferocious appearance and bark she was a kindly soul and was embarrassed by the thought that anyone would consider her fierce. Due to her size she lived outside the house. I was devastated to find her dead in the garden on a Sunday morning when I went out to look for her. That was went I first learnt about ‘Bloat’. My great sadness is that I wasn’t there when she needed me, not that we would have been able to save her either.
    So, I feel for you Chet. It’s a sad and painful way for a dog to die.

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  271. Terri says:

    Chet,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I just started reading your tips and training information and have appreciated your suggestions.

    I had a standard poodle several years ago who had been treated for an infection with some oral medication, causing lesions in her stomach and ultimately internal bleeding. I received a call from my husband describing what was going on about 5:00 PM and I had him call the vet. The vet said that she was too far gone and to make her comfortable.

    I was out of town at a conference and from what I was told; she surely would be gone by the time I got home about four hours later. Her soul would not let go. She was as bonded to me as I was to her and I believe she wanted to say good bye. She could hardly lift her head when I got there. I sat with her in her bed, holding her and talking to her and she was gone within minutes.

    This summer I adopted a 3?? year old dog from our SPCA. She is part boxer and pit and a bunch of other possibilities. But, mostly she is beautiful, wants to please, and already a faithful friend. The circle of life continues and these furry friends deserve the best we can offer.

    The best to you and your family. I loved your story.

    Terri

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  272. Christy says:

    Dear Chet,
    It saddens me to hear of the loss of your beloved Bauer.
    Thank you for sharing your experience. Thinking of you during this very difficult time.

    Sincerly,

    Christy

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  273. Donna says:

    Hey Chet,

    I feel your pain as mine is still fresh after 6 months. I’ll keep you in my prayers. I lost Harley my Amercian Rotti of 13 years. I find myself calling my Yoda 2yr old German rott Harley off and on. Yoda don’t seem to mind to much.It is hard to lose a part of our family.
    Donna

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  274. Chet says:

    They do help me feel better, and yes, another Golden will undoubtedly bless our home again in the future, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing videos of him too.

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  275. Chet says:

    Wow, that’s good.

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  276. Tammy says:

    Dear Chet,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Bauer,I too, lost my Alaskan wolf I rescued from a small pen when he was only 2 1/2 mos.old.I have had hybrids for many yrs and he had nothing in his world, but bad things.He lived his first few weeks of life as a captured animal bought by people with money and then stuck in the pen so they could show their friends THE WOLF. He never saw a vet,had no name, never touched, and for shelter he had a tattered tarp and his feet never knew the feel of grass.He didnt even have a name. It took me awhile to show him it would now be alright and for 6 yrs we had so much love and a bond that can not be described.He was a huge presence in my world,and sadly he too died of Bloat,altho I didnt know it . He wasnt quite right 1 day, the next he didnt eat which was a big signal and altho it had been really hot I knew somethin wasnt right so I had an appt the first thing that next day and he woke me up in the early hrs of the am and as I laid on the floor with him tellin him we would be going to the dr soon I fell asleep with him and when I woke at 4 am he was gone.Huge big paw on my shoulder and head rested peacfully on my hip.Altho my feeling of loss is still deep I have so many beautiful memories of our life and journey together and for our family he was and always will be our hero.He saved my 3 yr old grandson from being killed by a MT lion in 2008 and had he not went out for his nightly boarder run as usual at that specific time (which wasnt the normal time); we wouldnt have had such a happy ending with my grandson.He made it and today he is a happy and healthy 7 yr old who misses his Achak as much as I.I try thru tears to remind him to remember all the fun and good things about him to ease his sadness when he visits and still says “it just isnt the same without my hero here”.I hope you find that to be a comfort too in time to remember all the beautiful things you shared with your beloved dog and what a wonderful last day and life he had with you. My thoughts are with you & your family.Your last day story was so touching and beautiful! Peace be with you and I know he still walks beside you in spirit.

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  277. Tom and Stella Richardson says:

    Chet, we are so sorry for your loss. As I am sure I told you we lost our darling Millie in April, I am still not over it everything we do reminds us of her as we walk on our property. Millie was 14, she got very ill in the middle of the night with a high fever and we had to rush her to Pet Emergency. She had an infection in her uterus and some cancer, we could have had surgery for her, but we just did not want to put her through all of that. I have never cried so hard in all my life, I held her and kissed her darling nose and head held her close and loved her. Then the vet came to get her and all I have now are her ashes and many fond memories. We do have a new puppy. a Border Collie named Misty, she is a live wire, 5 months old now very sweet and very loving, unbounded energy and loves to chase the ball and take long walks. We are having trouble with training her not to jump on people and come when called. So any ideas you have on jumping up on people will be appreciated. I know your dog was very special to you and that you had so many good times together, it will take a while, it has for me. Stella and Tom

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  278. Jan says:

    Dear Chet,

    Your last day with Bauer reflection was beautiful and touching. I know how hard it is to give our babies up but when we love deeply, we grieve deeply. You are right that you will be together again someday, across the Rainbow Bridge. You must know the poem. He is waiting for you too but meanwhile he is playing with his friends. Thanks for sharing Bauer with us. May God bless you as you remember all the good times with him. Best wishes, Jan

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  279. Lois says:

    So sorry Chet for your loss. Our “fur-babies” are family and always hard to lose. My grand dog is 15.5 years old and nearing the end and it is not a pleasant time for our family either. Dread the day we will have to face that with our own now 4 year old fur-baby. Prayers to you and your family.

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  280. We had 2 dogs Mandy and Shred. One night 2 winters ago Mandy (sharpei,stafford shire and Finnish spitz) went missing and we found her in the snow not wanting to move we brought her in noticing she couldn’t walk on her one hind leg. Thought she had just hurt her leg. put her in bed with us thinking I’d take her to the vet in the morning. She then went in to small convulsions and died in our arms. She suffered a stroke. Shred our Blue healer and american bull dog didn’t understand. A few months later we bought 2 female JRT’s so shred would not be alone and to help us when she died. One year later shred had to be put down her muscles atropheed so bad that she couldn’t hardly walk with out falling down and no matter how much she ate she was skinny and sick looking. The 2 Jack russell puppies Kizzy and Twinkie( on Utube) helped us recover from both losses. It is hard when you get that attached to your animals. SO sorry for your loss at such a young age, Mandy was 13 and shred 14. I am told that JRT’s can live for 20 years,

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  281. Trina says:

    So Sorry for your loss, Chet! I could see that Bauer was a wonderful dog and a beloved family member. I cried when I read THE LAST DAY as it reminded me of the little 2 pound pomeranian, Belle, that I put down March 28, 2011. She was 13 1/2 years and I had had her all her life. She slept in the laundry room sink as that was the safest place for a dog so tiny. She was the most adorable little girl with such personality! We loved her so much! I still, every once in a while I think I hear her in the laundry room. Sometimes I forget she is gone and look in the sink to expect to see her curled up in her bed. It takes a while but your heart will heal and you will be able to love another dog just as much. I now have a German Shepherd and pomeranian that keep me extremely busy and I have quickly found a place for them in my heart. My prayers go out to you and your family.

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  282. Aleta says:

    Losing a loved one is never easy. We who get left behind are the ones that suffer, but Bauer is at peace and probably having a fabulous time while he waits patiently for you to come home to your pack.

    I remember them all….Pal, Charlie, Streak, Kitten, Skeezix, Blackie, Gypsy, Dobie, Salah, Piers, Buffy, Dierdra, Molly, Toby, Gnostic, Kwanie, Casey and Punkin.

    There will be more to come, I’m sure, before I get to join them all, but each one has enriched my life immeasurably. I wouldn’t give up one memory of my time with them, nor retract one tear.

    Blessings to you and your family in this time of grief.

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  283. Ralph Stern says:

    Dear Chet,
    My sincere condolences.Your loss has touched me deeply. Because of your videos I feel like I know you and Bauer. I lost my 120 pound GSD Tundra many years ago and never got over him. I remember him every day. I not only think of the fun we had but the unconditional love he had for me and my family. He actually helped raise my kids by watching and protecting them when they went out to play….
    God Bless you and your family.
    I look forward to further instructions from you in the future….
    Ralph Stern…..

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  284. Jan says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You will be together again across the Rainbow Bridge. He is waiting for you but meanwhile he is playing with all his friends. Find comfort in the memories. Best wishes, Jan

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  285. bev says:

    Dear Chet,

    So sorry for your lost of Bauer 🙁 Thank you for sharing that beautiful letter. I know how hard it is to lose a pet…..

    Bauer is now in puppy heaven playing.

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  286. Aurora says:

    my deepest sympathies to you and your family Chet. I lost my girl to a very swift and aggressive cancer in April. She was 14 and in excellent health I thought only a few weeks earlier. I still cry over her loss.

    Bloat is a tragedy! It is also one that can be largely prevented in deep chested breeds by feeding a raw meat diet – meat does not swell in the gut as cereal based diets do! Fill a cup with hot water and a few kibble and see what they look like in an hour or two.
    It is extremely rare that a raw fed dog will bloat and any I have heard of – there was oat or rice added to the diet. I highly recommend the yahoo group RawPaws to learn more. I have been feeding raw diet for decades now and would never consider feeding kibble again.

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  287. Jill M. says:

    Dear Chet,
    That is beautiful, I believe our pets are the first to greet us on the other side and how wonderful it will be to be reunited with all of them. They are here for us to love and care for. I am blessed to have a cat 9, and a chahuahua just 4 months, they are working on being best of friends, I am not looking forward to either of them passing, but I do know I will see them again. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hoping you will fill the space in your heart with another fury friend soon.

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  288. Terry Turbak says:

    Chet,

    We are very sorry for your loss, but you have an amazing following who support you and your family!

    You and Bauer not only had your own relationship, but also a relationship with all of us. Bauer helped so many people who could look to him and watch him grow up with you, and he gave us all hope that with enough patience, we too could have a responsive, well behaved companion to share our lives with. No doubt, a few more shelter dogs were rescued (or at least not returned) because their owners knew what to do once they got them home, thanks to Bauer and you.

    All of us have lost a beloved friend at some time, I have lost 4 in 6 years from old age. We recently got a puppy a couple of months ago and it’s amazing how something so small can FILL a house, isn’t it? Anyone who watches you knows how much you love and respect dogs, and although you can never replace Bauer, you can and no doubt will fill the gap with a new puppy to love and train. Love is the best therapy for loss, no matter how great the loss.

    We look forward to seeing the next generation of training buddy you share with us! Bauer can never be forgotten, but he lived happy with a good and loving owner, and I am sure there is another little soul who will be lucky enough to come into your family and soothe the missing place where Bauer once played. Our deepest condolences and best wishes for the future.

    Gratitude,
    Terry Turbak

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  289. Linda says:

    Chet:
    My sympathy to you and your family. We all have stories about all of our dogs and how they have affected our lives. It’s always very hard to say good bye to our beloved pets. But, when it’s time a new pet can come into your life and fill that lonely spot in your heart.
    Best wishes and prayers to you and your family.
    The greatest faith we can have is knowing we will get to meet all of our pets again as we pass on to heaven.
    Blessings to you and your family,
    Linda

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  290. Skip says:

    Dear Chet,

    thank you so much for sharing your story and the “Last Day”, so sorry that Bauer had to go.. having lost dogs in the past, it meant a lot to me to read it.

    thanks again,
    ~Skip

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  291. Ruth says:

    Hi Chet,
    So sorry to hear of your dog Bauer passing on. Hope that as time goes by you will remember only the good times with Bauer & that will ease the pain of your loss. I lost my 14 y.o. Weimaraner from bloat – unfortunately it happened while I was out at work – I still pray that it happened quickly & that she realised I was not absent deliberately. Furbabies are like family members & their loss is the same. I always hope that Rainbow Bridge is real & that we’ll all be re-united with our furbabies when we get there. Condolences to everyone on here who has lost a beloved furbaby & keep believing in Rainbow Bridge. With best wishes from England.

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  292. melissa widener says:

    Your story is beautiful as are all of the comments you have received. I am so very thankful that so many pets find such loving homes and I hope you all consider those that are unfortunate and do not find such wonderful people and pray for them as well.

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  293. Dana says:

    Chet,

    So very sorry for your loss.
    MY thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  294. Matt Larson says:

    Chet,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Bauer was a great looking dog, I really enjoyed your training videos with him. I know how much this hurts and only time can heal your pain. I’m sure Bauer loved you very much, you gave him a good life filled with love and fun. I had to put my dog down 6 years ago. He was a 12 year old Rottweiler/Sheppard mix and all he wanted was to be loved, which my wife and I did very much. I still can’t talk about him without crying, even now as I write this. I believe you will see Bauer again and the joy of that reunion with be unmatched here on earth.
    My wife and I will keep you in ours prayers that the good Lord will bring peace and comfort to you and you family as you mourn this tragic loss of your beloved friend. You are doing so much good for dogs and their owners I pray that you will continue with your work, we need you.

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  295. Renee Cataneo says:

    Oh Chet, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost a dear little furry friend three years ago and I still miss him each and every day. No dog will ever be just like him, but to me, the only thing that helped to ease the pain of loss was to rescue a little one who might have been put to death just because there was no one to adopt him. I love each little one I have the privilege of bringing into my life. I have three beloved rescue dogs and I deeply love each and every one. Bauer had a wonderful life and knew real love. He took your love with him when he went on to heaven. Hold the good memories close in your grief and as time passes, consider saving the life of a little one who has yet to know the love you have to give.

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  296. Carol says:

    So sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Thanks so much for sharing how painful this has been for you. We sometimes feel that no one else understands the heartbreak we go through when we lose a beloved pet. It’s been 6 months since I lost my dear sweet Rocky and not an hour goes by that I don’t think of him. Just know that Bauer was lucky to have had you in his life.

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  297. janine says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss. What you wrote was beautiful. It is hard to lose a pet, I know I have lost several. My thoughts. and prays goes out to you and your family

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  298. Eilene says:

    So sorry for your loss. We lost our wonderful Papillon, Monet, in Aug., 2011 at age of 11.
    We were away and she was at home with a pet sitter when she passed. After 10 months
    we adopted a puppy. It has been quite an experience having a “baby” around. A lot to get
    used to!

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  299. Jeanette says:

    I have sobbed uncontrolably in my vets arms after he put my beloved pet to sleep even though I knew it was her time. I held another pet before she was also put to sleep after a massive stroke. I sobbed then to as I whispered goodbye to her and told her what a joy she was and that it was ok to leave.

    We know there is nothing we could have done to save our pets when the time comes, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

    Thanks for sharing the book the vet gave to you. I have passed this on to other pet loving friends.

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  300. Donna K says:

    Dear Chet,

    Sorry to hear about Bauer’s passing I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a dear friend. I lost my dog Roxey over 7 years ago but it still makes me sad when I think about her. She was a mutagree and she gave me 18 years of unconditional love. Unlike people all our 4 legged friends need from us is to be fed and protected.and in return you are given years of love and companionship& love. I have since then adopted 2 dogs one little one & 1 big girl. They will not replace my Roxey but they fill up that emptiness & I hope to make new memories with them.

    May you find comfort in yours,
    Donna

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  301. Robert says:

    Dear Chet,

    Over a year ago, my wife and I picked up a brother and sister from a rescue. The sister died in the 6th week we had her. I hadn’t cried in years, but it seemed I made up for lost time when Lucy passed away. We later picked up another dog for the brother, both are happy, well-behaved, healthy loving dogs. I still don’t think a day goes by when I also don’t wonder about how life would be if Lucy was still with us.

    I wrote up a new last day with Lucy, a puppy, less then 5-months old when she left this world. My eyes filled up fresh as though it just happened, but with a new sense of closure. Thank you for sharing and know my heart goes out to you during a tough time.

    Rob

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  302. Kimouya says:

    Chet

    This really touched my heart and this taught me to live each day with my dog like it was the last.

    Thanks 🙂 and please cherish those sweet memories that you had with Bauer. I lost my German Shepard Lassie so unexpectedly too. I just found her sleeping peacefully one morning but when I called her she never woke up, touched her she did not stir. She was very old doctors said it was due to old age, I think of her always.

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  303. Laura says:

    Chet, I am so sorry for your loss, I have lot number of dogs and Iknow the devastating feeling. I
    K now have a corgi mix. She is a love I am up there in age, she is five, I hpe she lives long happy healthy life. My heart goes out to u. I will keep u in my prayers, that God eases yur pain and helps u get through this time. They re very close family, with family time eases the hurt, but like with them u never forget and they are always in your heart. God bless u. Laura

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  304. Callie says:

    Chet, I know the feeling. I am so sorry for your loss. As others have said, no other dog will replace Bauer, but you will always have him in your heart.

    We recently had to put our 15 year old and 5 year old puppies to sleep. Ever since learning they were sick and no cure, I feared each day I would find one or the other. I prayed the LORD would help our family get through it. I loved both puppies, but the 15 year old one, Boomer, (our chiuahuah-pitt bull!) was the only one I could really do much with. Floodster started showing the outward signs first. He bloated like over night. The usual hyper, never still, playful black lab suddenly got so tired. When I mentioned it to the vet receptionist, she said it was the end progressing. Their real owner, my son Arthur, understood he had to make the decision whether to let them continue or to put them to sleep. We all called him “Daddy”, and he took very good care of them. He decided to to do it the day I took my other son to Cardiology to schedule open heart surgery. Having no drivers liscense, he walked the puppies. He was asured they would give them anesthesia first, then the other and they would slip peacefully away.

    Our last evening together, I walked Boomer, petted him a lot, and the family played the “popcorn game” with him! That was his favoriite game Oddly enough, Floodster never learned to catch the popcorn.

    I cried a lot when Arthur called to tell me it was over. But, God had blessed that we did not find them and Boomer showed no outward signs. So special, though we lost our two puppies that day, the Cardiologist did two more test. Two weeks later they said they could not explain it, but open heart surgery was postponed til who knows when!

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  305. Sue says:

    Dear Chet,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t think I can add anything new to all the beautiful comments & prayers sent your way. I know the pain & emptiness you are going through. My wish for you is that with the supoport of your family & friends you will forget the pain and remember the best times.

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  306. Dawn says:

    Chet,
    so sorry to hear about your loss. We have lost four Goldens in the last 18 months,the last being my handsome red man in April this year. The only thing that had kept us going was the thought that we will all be reunited at some point in the future. Reading your last day is just as i would have wished it to be with each of my sweet hearts, thank you for sharing that.

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  307. George Hamilton says:

    Chet,
    I’m sorry for you loss of Bauer. It seems to be one of the prices we pay for our wonderful friends.
    I read “last Day” and was reminded that I was lucky enough to have a very similar last day with my Poppy before she passed.
    Following is a letter to my youngest son telling him of her passing and of our “last days”:

    HAMILTON CONSTRUCTION
    714 Edwards Street, Crockett, California 94525
    Phone: 510 787 3171 Fax: 510 787 6835 Mobile: 510 375 2071

    Dear Pat,

    This is not an easy letter to write but I know that when we talk with you on Sunday you’ll have limited time.

    The Poppy Girl died Tuesday morning.

    I had been awakened at about 3:00AM by the sound of her being sick. I got up, cleaned up and let her out in the backyard in case she also needed to go. When she came in, I made her get up on the bed and I laid there with her talking, rubbing her belly and scratching her for about an half an hour. She kept licking my face like, I think now, she was telling me goodbye. Anyway, your Mom gets up earlier than I do by about an half an hour. Half asleep, I heard her downstairs more than normal. I had left the door open so that Poppy could go out and drink if she wanted. Your Mom told me that Poppy had gotten sick but I guessed that she had had just a little more left in her. I remember reaching down, half asleep, and touching her where she was half under the bed. I felt her get up and leave and I thought she was going up to apologize for the mess. Shortly, I got up, took a shower, got dressed and checked my e-mail. Then I gathered up her collar which I had been in the habit of removing each night so that I could scratch her neck. Went upstairs to find her laying on her bed. Said “Hey Girl we’ve got to put your collar on so you can go for your walk”. She didn’t respond. She looked so normal there on her bed that it took me a while to realize that she was gone. I cried.

    That was the bad part.

    The good part was the previous weekend.

    I had planned to go down to SLO because there was a memorial service for an older Alpha Sigma that I knew pretty well and also to see my shoe guy and Lois George.

    Typically, we didn’t get off until about 12:00, me and Poppy in the Cabriolet.

    When we got past Gilroy the road stops being a freeway and becomes two lanes each way with cross traffic. Figured this was a good place to let her take a leak, drink some water, take a leak myself and let both of us stretch our legs. Pulled down a dead end country road and stopped. When we got going again the steering felt funny. The wheel seemed to turn about half a turn before having any effect when changing direction. Couldn’t figure out what was wrong so we limped about three miles to San Juan Batista. The only shop there had a car on it’s rack with the whole front suspension removed so they couldn’t help us. Limped on another 7-8 miles to Hollister. The first place that showed any indication of being a shop was down a dirt lane between two old warehouses. When it came into view, there were at least a dozen non-running cars in front of the shop. Looked like Mexico. Was like Mexico as there were three generations of the same family running the shop. They found that one of the attaching studs that retains the steering rack had broken off. Originally thought that I’d have AAA tow us home but Mom said we should get it fixed and continue our trip. They couldn’t take a credit/ATM card but directed us to a Bank of America. They also didn’t tell us that it was a 3.5+ mile round trip walk. Poor Poppy nearly couldn’t make it even with a half hour break in the middle. They fixed the car in about 4-1/2 hours and we got to Cayucos at about 10:30.

    Sunday we spent about two hours at the beach and I took some really good pictures of the Girl. Then we went out to Steve Martin’s ranch to see about some shoes that he’s making for me. Poppy got out of the car and Steve took her over to a barn to show her his seven year old pet steer. Next we went to Lois George’s place in See Canyon. She got to mingle with Lois’ dogs, meet her remaining available puppy and get fawned over by Lois. Then we went to the memorial party in the town of Edna. I was late, there were no Alpha Sigmas there and they were cleaning up. We left after I signed the guest book. Called a married couple who I thought would have been there, Glen and Nancy Priddy. They had been and invited us up to their house. I drank beer with Glen and Nancy and Poppy slept. We left early and went back to the Motel in Cayucos. Poppy still wasn’t eating much but we cuddled and talked on the bed. Next day we went back to the beach but it was overcast and colder than Sunday had been. Left Cayucos at about 11:00 and took a leisurely drive back to Crockett. Pretty damn good for a Girl on her next to last day.

    Boy, I miss her!

    I also missed your help when digging her resting place. I’m getting old.

    I’m sorry to be sending such a long letter on such a sad subject but I wanted you to know what her last weekend was like and I also wanted to get this down in words on paper even though I’ve told this to a few people. I want to keep this memory of her last weekend along with the pictures that I took so that I never forget her.

    I love you,

    Dad

    PS pictures were good enough that one is now my desktop.

    pps went back to my breeder friend, Lois, and got that remaining puppy that Poppy had met. Sandy is now about a year and a half old and my new ‘best friend’ but I still miss the Poppy Girl and am crying while I write this.

    Good luck, George

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  308. Hazel says:

    It has been 6 years since I lost my beloved Rory, a long-haired Pointer, and I still mourn him. I do feel for you at this sad time but unfortunately I will not be able to read your “last day” with Bauer yet because to imagine a last day with Rory is still to painfull and upsetting for me. I do hope it helps you overcome your loss. Am still working on mine.

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  309. Janice says:

    Dear Chet,

    My heart goes out to you on the loss of your beloved Bauer. Just last night, we lost our not yet nine year old little, black Poodle, Nicole, from a heart condition, much sooner than expected. I’m sure Bauer was there to greet her at the rainbow…

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  310. ROGER WARD JR. says:

    CHET, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR MOST HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES.
    YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT THRU “YOUR LAST DAY”.
    WE WISH WE COULD HAVE HAD THE BENEFIT OF A CARING
    VETERINARIAN AS YOU DID. THIS WRITING FROM YOU WILL
    PREPARE US FOR THE FUTURE, AS, WE HAVE ENDURED TOO
    MANY HEART BREAKS AS LOVING PET OWNERS.
    GOD BLESS YOU AND BAUER
    ROG & JAN

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  311. Pam Kutscher says:

    Chet, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear friend.
    I know what a helpless feeling it must have been–I went through the sudden loss of a wonderful dog a couple years ago–have lost others but this one was so sudden and so unexpected. Yes, she was getting old but still, it was so sudden. The circumstances left me feeling at fault–did I miss something, was I vigilent enough? I still don’t have the answeres, I still miss her but I am gradually accepting that she is gone–but only to a different place, where sometime we will meet again. I’ve beaten myself up about what I could have done differently and how I could have made her last day “better”–nothing absolves my guilt.
    In the meantime, her place has been filled by another one who wouldn’t otherwise have had a home–not a “replacement” but a “placemarker”. Each time I think I can’t go through this again, I see another little furbody in need of help and I change my mind. It keeps me going.
    Hang in there, Chet–Bauer is not gone, he is just waiting for you in another place.

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  312. Tricia says:

    Chet;
    My heart breaks for you and your family for your loss. I have lost many of my furry children over the years and when I think of them now I still cry. In fact as I sit here writing this email I have tears streaming down my face not just for your loss but in the last year and a half I have lost 3 of my furry chrildren and the pain has not lessened. I don’t know if you have ever heard of a poem called “Rainbow Bridge” but it is a poem that may give you some comfort. I am sure you could find it on the internet. My prayers will be with you and your family.

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  313. Jen says:

    HI Chet,

    I am terribly sorry for your loss of Bauer. The last day memory is beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. I lost my first dog in 1997 to cancer and I currently have a 14 year old Sheltie who is slowing down big time. 🙁

    Having a pet is both so rewarding and happy even though you know the end will come. Yet, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The way they make us laugh, laugh until we cry, the “anger” we have when they chew the wall, or go in the house and the way we cry for them when they leave us. They give us a chance to go from fear of committment to cannot live without them…and will do anything for them.

    A friend of mine recently lost her puppy. I’m going to share this with her, so that perhaps it will bring her some comfort as it has brought you.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Warmest Regards and Deepest Sympathies..

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  314. Marian says:

    Chet, I know your pain. My heart goes out to you.
    On April 7th at 3:15AM, our beloved Merry passed quickly and quietly in her sleep. She was nearly 16 years old and seemingly very well the day before. She was in bed with me and, after one little jerk and one little kick, she went to sleep and didn’t wake up. I later thanked Heavens she was with me, I didn’t have to put her down, and she seemed not to supper any pain. I lay beside her for the next 5 hours until the vets office opened. Her ashes are next to me now in a lovely, little box. I still kiss her good morning everyday.
    No pain in my life has or will be greater than this one. She was the most adorable little white Maltipoo you ever saw, with such a giant personality. I still cry with the great pain that overcomes me daily.
    But, after 4 months, my deeply pained husband came to me and said, “We need another pup in the house to keep Merry’s soul company. I know she is lonely and this house is empty.”
    Today, our new little golden Maltipoo, Madeline, is filling our hearts again. When I saw her on the internet, born the morning my Merry was leaving this life, I knew she was the one. She is smart and wonderful. I am drenched with tears telling you this, but I know we were so lucky to have had our Merry, for so long. God Bless Her. God Bless You. Marian

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  315. Pam says:

    Chet,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I have felt your pain and saddness before. I lost my Miss Molly to cancer(I hate that word). The pain will ease with time and the house will fill back up with energy in time. Miss Molly sent me Mr Peanut after 2yrs. He’s a good pup. But I forgot how much energy the young ones have! Your training videos have help in many ways, ( Peanut appreiciates it). Keep your head high and your memories with you at all times.

    Sincerely, Pam

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  316. Christine says:

    Chet, so sorry for your loss of Bauer. In my lifetime, I have said sad goodbyes to 3 beloved canine friends, 2 lived long, healthy lives (until age 16 & 17) and 1 died too soon at age 6. The compassion of our vet helped us through those difficult times. We are forever blessed with the memories of our dear Sheba, Sasha & Kaylee and we honor all 3 (and Bauer too) by following your training methods with our new puppy Shelby. You and Bauer, through your videos and blog, have provided us with guidance to keep our puppy safe and secure. Take comfort in knowing that Bauer lives on in all the dogs you have touched through your program. Sincerely, Chris – NJ

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  317. Ken McGuff says:

    Chet, I know your sorrow to well. I am in a wheel chair and my little girl was with me every day. I still cry and it has been two years. I am so very sorry for your loss and yes one day you will see your baby again as I will. I now have 4 babies but I will never forget my Stormy. May God Bless you. I will be praying for you. My heart just hurts so bad you, take care, Ken

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  318. Marian says:

    On April 7th at 3:15AM, our beloved Merry passed quickly and quietly in her sleep. She was nearly 16 years old and seemingly very well the day before. She was in bed with me and, after one little jerk and one little kick, she went to sleep and didn’t wake up. I later thanked Heavens she was with me, I didn’t have to put her down, and she seemed not to suffer any pain. I lay beside her for the next 5 hours until the vets office opened. Her ashes are next to me now in a lovely, little box. I still kiss her good morning everyday.
    No pain in my life has or will be greater than this one. She was the most adorable little white Maltipoo you ever saw, with such a giant personality. I still cry with the great pain that overcomes me daily.
    But, after 4 months, my deeply pained husband came to me and said, “We need another pup in the house to keep Merry’s soul company. I know she is lonely and this house is empty.”
    Today, our new little golden Maltipoo, Madeline, is filling our hearts again. She was born the day our Merry was leaving this life. When I saw her on the internet, I knew she was the one. She is smart and wonderful. I am drenched with tears telling you this, but I know we were so lucky to have had our Merry, for so long. God Bless Her. God Bless You. Marian

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  319. Marian says:

    On April 7th at 3:15AM, our beloved Merry passed quickly and quietly in her sleep. She was nearly 16 years old and seemingly very well the day before. She was in bed with me and, after one little jerk and one little kick, she went to sleep and didn’t wake up. I later thanked Heavens she was with me, I didn’t have to put her down, and she seemed not to suffer any pain. I lay beside her for the next 5 hours, kissing and petting her, talking to her, until the vets office opened. Her ashes are next to me now in a lovely, little box. I still kiss her good morning everyday.
    No pain in my life has or will be greater than this one. She was the most adorable little white Maltipoo you ever saw, with such a giant personality. I still cry with the great pain that overcomes me daily.
    But, after 4 months, my deeply pained husband came to me and said, “We need another pup in the house to keep Merry’s soul company. I know she is lonely and this house is empty.”
    Today, our new little golden Maltipoo, Madeline, is filling our hearts again. She was born the day our Merry was leaving this life. When I saw her on the internet, I knew she was the one. She is smart and wonderful. I am drenched with tears telling you this, but I know we were so lucky to have had our Merry, for so long. God Bless Her. God Bless You. Marian

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  320. Marian says:

    Sorry Chet. My post printed 3 times. It didn’t show that it had gone through so I did it several times.
    BLESS YOU AND ALL WHO RESPONDED HERE, AND MAY YOU ALL BE COMFORTED BY KNOWING YOU GAVE SO MUCH LOVE TO SO MANY WONDERFUL BEST FRIENDS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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  321. arlene says:

    Dear Chet my prayers go out to you. I also lost a dog Curious back in 1999 from cancer. The pain still is there. I got another puppy finally after 11 years Which is Molly. I know so well the pain you’re feeling. I will pray for you.

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  322. Patricia says:

    Dear Chet.I am so sorry for this .I imagine how you feel because i’ve lost dear pets myself and it feels horrible.Just focus on how lucky you were in having him and being able to share with him precious moments.Have all my simpathy.God Bless you.Patricia

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  323. Linda says:

    I am so very sorry for this. I know how you feel, as most of us animal owners and animal lovers do. It is crushing and heartbreaking. Take good care of yourself. God Bless.

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  324. MeliPixie says:

    Oh Chet, I’m stricken with grief to hear about your poor Bauer. Too often we are not prepared to say goodbye to our furry friends. My grandparents’ cat of twenty (twenty!) years recently passed, and I was a broken girl. This poem touched my heart and left me in tears. Thank you so much for sharing this exercise, and I will be passing it along to my grandparents, and aunt as well, who loved little Cleo even more than the rest of us. Best wishes.

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  325. Karol Riley says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost my beloved boxer Shasta, unfortunately it happened only hours before I returned home from a short overnight trip. I had her since she was two weeks old and I bottle fed her, until 2 months shy of being 13 yrs. old. She was litterally by baby. Your story touched my heart, and with alot of tears and I know that Shasta and I would have had a wonderful last day together. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  326. Pat says:

    I am so very sorry for the loss of Bauer. At any age it is hard to lose a loving furbaby, but how heart wretching it is to lose a furbaby at a young age. I lost my miniature schnauzer, Cassi, at seven years old. I still cry for her. I hope you find peace in the knowledge that Bauer loved you unconditionally. And Bauer knew that you loved him. This poem to Bauer is beautiful–thank you for sharing it with us. Again my condolences on the loss of your beloved Bauer. Peace and strength…

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  327. Carol Grant says:

    A friend sent me this poem and web site because about a month ago I had to put my wonderful Misty Dog to sleep. She was a Border Collie/Husky mix I had for 12 years. She was a rescue dog so her age was about 14. I had noted her slowing way down the last 6 months and the month before this happened, she just kept getting more and more thin. One day after our morning walk, I left her to run some errands and upon returning she had lost her breakfast. That was not too unusual due to a med she was taking, but then she lay down and slept for 3 hours, not moving at all. When I tried to get her up she struggled hard and looked like she was disoriented. Evetually I got her up and outside, but she had difficulty standing and fell over. The vet came and thought she had vertigo, checking her ears for infection which was there. Inserting some antibiotic gel she recommended I get some motion sickness pills which I did. But she continued to vomit up everything she tried to eat. We then tried prescription motion sickness pills and that stopped, but then she began refusing any food. After three days and continued struggles to get up or walk I eventually saw the end was near. I called the vet again and a close friend who used to dog sit her and though the vet suggested taking her to the office to infuse her with liquids and run some tests, I made the decision. She hated riding in the car, and was anxious. Her temperature was low and her heart rate was 40 beats a minute, less than 1/2 of normal. I just couldn’t let her suffer though she never whined or complained, but her heart just couldn’t support her needs any longer and I had the vet give her the final dose. I lay on the floor beside her and cuddled her and cried as she went to her final sleep. She was such a love and her fur was as soft as a kittens, and even her agression towards other dogs was tolerable as I worked with her over the years to temper her Alpha Dog tendencies. We buried her on my daughter’s property, under the big pine trees where her siblings, my other dogs, are buried. My grandsons dug her grave and helped bury her. I could not be without a dog, and a friend had a little Shih Tzu who wandered on to their property out in the country, covered in matted fur and pine needles in 3 ft of snow. No lost dogs fit her description and she had no chip so they decided to keep her even though they already had two dogs and 4 cats. When she heard about Misty, she enquired if I was going to get another one and when I said yes, Pom Pom came to my house for her forever place to live. I’ve never had a dog as good as she is and I’ve had many. Good traveler, I’ve yet to hear her bark, gets along with other dogs and cats, sweet as can be, doesn’t get into things, or chew things, nor any accidents in the house. Just many, many laughs and much love. I still miss Misty greatly just as I’ve missed the other dogs who died in my care. Tears flowed as I wrote this bit about her last days. But I still have more love to give to Pom Pom and I need her as much as she needs me. I’m hope you find another buddy to fill the hole in your heart where Bauer lived. Thank you for the poem.

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  328. Emily says:

    To Chet, my thoughts are with u, i too uncontrolably sobbed at my dear lassies passing 2 months ago, she was 16, a beautiful lab x collie mix. ur way of dealing with ur sadness is extremely good and people deal with loss in different ways. i still sob and look at her picture everynight, I had lassie just after my dad passed away when i was 10 so to loose her felt like loosing my dad all over again, after he passed away she gave me hope, she gave me a reason to get up everyday, i celebrate her life and her special times we shared but i miss her so much. thought i would share a poem i found the day she went to rainbow bridge…

    PAWPRINTS LEFT BY YOU..

    You no longer greet me,
    as i walk through the door,
    You’re not there to make me smile,
    to make me laugh anymore.
    Life seems so quiet without you,
    you were far more than a pet,
    you were a family member, a friend,
    a loving soul ill never forget.
    It will take time to heal,
    for the silence to go away,
    i still listen for you,
    and miss u everyday.
    You were such a great companion,
    constant, loyal and true,
    My heart will always wear
    THE PAWPRINTS LEFT BY YOU.

    Hope u like it, thinking of all of u that has also lost your pet.
    xxxx

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  329. Linda Block says:

    Dear Chet, With others, I am so very sorry. And knowing the depth of pain you feel at losing Bauer……I know because we recently lost our Monte, a Husky/Lab/Shep, I do know what that feels like. I did not know I could weep over a dog. We had just rescued another one, knowing Monte had cancer, but never dreaming his spleen would rupture a few days later. Shed your tears. I did. and it is ok. My husband wept too. It was hard on both of us. Like you, we lost Monte suddenly. They will live on in our hearts. Our 9 month old Husky/Lab, Gus, gets called “Monte” sometimes, by accident. But I know he understands. We had had Gus only days when Monte died. But 7 month old Gud cried and cried too, when my husband carried Monte’s body out. We have a treasure in Gus. In time, please let yourself love another furry friend. In the meantime……let out the grief. It is ok. I cried as I read all of the above and read of what you are going through. It is your pain and my pain combined today. We care and write to us again and let us know how you are doing. We care. Linda

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  330. Nancy says:

    Hi Chet. I have a chocolate lab who is 9 months old and he is wonderful. I can only IMAGINE how you are feeling after losing Bauer. I pray that you are finding comfort and that each day is getting easier and easier. Peace.

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  331. kirstyann says:

    so sorry for your loss,the pain is so sharp it hurts so bad.all that love we shair has to go on in some other life.we have them such a short time,and they love you so much.have lit a candle for you both,and your family.keep strong .

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  332. Michele says:

    Hi Chet,

    I am so sorry to hear of your sad loss.

    Last November I lost my Jack Russell, Eddie, and miss him today as much as I did the day after his passing. I never wanted a dog, because of this awful hurt when they are gone, but I believe Eddie was sent to me. Such a loyal, funny, clever and loving companion.

    I have a puppy now, another Jack Russell called Baci, and this will sound awful, but I can’t love him … not yet. He reminds me so much of what I have lost. Perhaps it’s too soon, but my other Jack Russell, Buzz, was missing Eddie so much, I just had to get him a playmate, and it’s great to see him happy and playful again.

    I feel Eddie walking with us sometimes, and know that he is still around… he leave signs!!

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  333. Diane Wiles says:

    My heart breaks for you and your family. Our pets become a member of the family and give us unconditional love. They would do anything for us. Now you have beautiful memories to reflect back on. Even though the hole left in your heart will never be filled, you will go on. I have lost many dear pets in the past and each one was devistating to me. I would hear them for days after they departed and know their souls were still close by. No one can put into words what you are feeling but many of us know from experience. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  334. Nancy says:

    Hi Chet. I have a 9 month old choc lab and he is wonderful. I can only IMAGINE how you must feel losing Bauer. I sincerely believe that each day will get easier and easier for you. Peace.

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  335. Cindy C says:

    Dear Chet and family,
    It was a heart wrenching poem to read as it could apply to many of the dogs in my past who have left this world to wait at the rainbow bridge for me. But they were good tears to remember them by.
    I too have much to do here so it will be a while before I see them all again. That will be a wonderful reunion though…
    I can only imagine it…
    thank you for sharing your last day with us,
    it touched my heart
    cindy and the pack

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  336. Sandy says:

    Dear Chet, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss or your wonderful Bauer who blessed you and was blessed by being with you til his untimely end. I was moved to tears when I read you last day. I loved that you could conjure up this day as you must have shared it or mostly shared it with him before. I often think I could do more for my dearest little Belle who always seem appreciative about anything we do except going to a doggy park and I gifted her with the promise I have kept that she doesn’t have to go anymore. Always feel I could find places she would love, I have and we go, but she only deserves the very best, just like Bauer. Bless you and dearest Bauer, RIP.

    The best to you,
    Sandy

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  337. Jeanne says:

    I don’t know if anyone else posted this yet but there is also a poem called the Rainbow Bridge for when you lose a pet. I have lost a many pets and if never is the same afterwards.
    It is so neat to know the many pet lovers out there that care
    deeply about their pets. Thanks for all the words for everybody who has went through pet loss and especially Chet for sharing your loss with us and sharing something that can be carried on in our future with our pets!!!

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  338. Cyndy says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend. Veterans day last year we lost our 13 year old Rott, and though we have other friends at home, we all still miss our box monster. She worked on keeping us safe from all boxes.
    This is a wonderful exercise, and you must have a great vet. When our girl was gone, we got/ heard … nothing.

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  339. Kat Roberts says:

    Dear Chet
    So very sorry to hear about the loss of Bauer.Please accept my condolences and know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Kat Roberts

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  340. Syl says:

    So very sorry to hear about Bauer. I,too, lost my precious Oliver at 6 years old. Oliver was my soul-mate, or as close as a dog can be. We loved each other very much and I still haven’t gotten over losing him so I know how you feel. I got a new puppy who is very sweet (and lively) but nothing or no one can ever replace my sweet Oliver. He was truly one of a kind.

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  341. Scott says:

    I am so touched by your loss. Thank you for sharing. The love I feel from our Golden Doodle Jax is something I cherish everyday. I am going to go hug him 7 play with him while we pray for you together.

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  342. Margie says:

    I lost Lady this Summer; my companion and friend (in the form of a German Shepherd) who lived with me for six years. I also lost Buddy this Summer; a real “doofus” who loved everyone and protected my seven year old great-grandson (who I am raising) with his every breath. Both of these were Shepherds, but even more they were members of my family and my heart still aches with their absence. I know what you felt that last day; and I know what you feel now. I find solace in remembering how much we loved these friends and how much they loved us; the “smiles” they shared when getting their bellies rubbed; the concern in their eyes when one of us was ill; and, most of all, the licking of our faces when they were trying to tell us thanks for making their lives more meaningful – just as they in turn made our lives more secure. Know that your friend is always by your side, still watching over you, and still loving you…only now in Spirit.

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  343. Michelle says:

    Chet,

    Your goodbye message made me cry. I lost my german short haired pointer Rachael last year to hearworm. I have snce gotten a new puppy he is now 7 months old his name is Buck he is Greatdane, GermanShepard, and lab yes he is huge. He has helped fill the hole Rachael left. see i know your pain because when i took my girl to the vet he told me about how bad it was and that she wouldnt be able to recover. I had to make the decision to let her go. I held her so tight as she went tosleep i still have nightmares about it. she was the hardest companion i have had to let go of and i thought my heart would be broke for ever. my husband buried her in the back yard for me so she will always be close and i had headstone made for her. Buck has helped me get on with life due to being such a stubborn dog. He keeps me busy fillng holes and mending things he chews on i do struggle with his chewing but i am hoping hewill stop soon.
    My prayers are with you
    Michelle

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  344. I am soooo sorry for your lost. I cant even imagine the pain you and your family would be going through…the unconditional love that a pet will give you is priceless…he will live long in your thoughts and your heart I am sure…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this painful and difficult time…

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  345. Gene says:

    Dear Chet,
    I am so sorry on the loss of Baurer. I know exactly how you feel. I lost my best friend, Paco, a six year old Maltese last September. He was diagnosed with GME a fatal disease. A lot was done to keep him alive but after almost two years the effects of his medications took their toll. I had to put him down. I never want to go through that again! I’m thankful that he lived as long as he did after the diagnosis. I waited for a few months and finally decided to get another dog. Actually I got two! Two wonderful Maltese puppies-brothers from the same litter. They have certainly filled the gap but I still hold Paco’s memory close to my heart. I’ll never forget him.
    Hold on to the good times that you shared with Baurer. They will bring you much comfort. Maybe some day you will find another friend. I certainly hope so.

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  346. Kathy Anderson says:

    I lost my beloved Golden, Kisha, to cancer last October. I still miss her and that annoying tendency to drop slobbery tennis balls in my lap to throw. Her cancer could have been caught much earlier, however, the vet wanted to just watch it and see her again in six months. She lived only five. I understand your pain.

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  347. Pat says:

    Chet (and all those who have lost their doggy friends):
    I too am sitting here crying, as I think of my two dogs that we lost last New Year’s Eve. We came hme to find smoke pouring from the eaves of our house. We got the door open, but they didn’t come and we knew they were already dead.Belle and Lu were my service dogs. I had trained them from puppyhood. They were 9 and 8 years old.
    Belle was my retriever. My son had her in 4-H, and she ended up being Ohio State Champion in showmanship. She was a great dog, very trainable, and a wonderful companion.
    We had such a wonderful experience with Belle that we got Lulu (she was!). She ended up being my support dog, to help me walk straight.Lu was everything that Belle was not. She was a clown, the “notifier” of what was around, the faithful one that was always where I was.
    For six months we lived in a rental while the house was being rebuilt. (No pets) When we could move into the new house, we got another lab/bc mix.So we are going thrugh puppy training with Bonnie, who is full of energy but is slowly learning obedience. There will never be another Belle or Lu, but I am grateful for their memories.I am hoping that Bonnie will fill many of the tasks that they did for rme.
    Our last day was just normal day. I don’t remember what we did, but I remember them the last time I saw them alive as we left the house for that New Year’s Eve dinner at church. They were curled up on the couch,with Zippy the cat in between them. Recently, I was unpacking the storage boxes, and I found a (mostly intact) album that I had made about them. I am extremely grateful that it survived.
    I am sorry that this is so long, but as all of you know,it is so hard to stop talking about our beloved pets! My condolences again….

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  348. Phyllis Land says:

    What a blessing to have had your Bauer for 7 years, but what a heartbreaking end to that loving relationship. I know the pain of losing a pet as I am 67 years old, and have had pets all my life. When I lost my German Shepherd Dog, Cassie; I thought my heart would break. Again, when I lost my Shih Tzu, Precious.

    Four years ago, I rescued a male Papillon that had been severely abused in a puppy mill. (He’d never been out of a cage and he was 2 1/2 years old.) Well, Jackson and I have had some great times, and, although he still has many issues, he is one great little dog and loves me with all his heart; just like I love him.

    What is so wonderful, is that they teach us far more than we teach them. We learn so much about unconditional love, loyalty, companionship, unadulterated fun, and just plain “being yourself.” There is no putting on a front with a dog or trying to impress anyone. They are who they are, like it or not, and they will love you no matter what. It doesn’t get better than that!

    I pray that as you go through this time of grieving Bauer that you will feel the presence of God near you. Since you are His child, he cares for even the simplest hurts that you or I feel. Anyway, old Bauer is kicking up gold dust on those streets of gold and just waiting for you to arrive so he can greet you with a big “slurpy” kiss. What a day to look forward to!

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  349. Courtney says:

    Chet,

    My heart breaks for you. There really aren’t words when something like this happens. True animal lovers understand your loss. Reading what happened made me cry. You know Bauer went over the “Rainbow Bridge” and is happy watching over You and Your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  350. Vanessa says:

    Chet, thank you for sharing Bauer with all of us. We’ve watched him grow up at your loving hand. He’s helped us train our own beloved dogs, an example of what is that faithful, loyal and obedient friend that our dogs can be in our lives. Losing him must be so painful. As with most people who have posted, I too know that loss and it took me years to bring home another special love. They live in our hearts forever and will always be with us. Thank you again for sharing him. Your last day sounds like it was perfect. He had a wonderful life with you and your family.

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  351. Donna Tindall says:

    Through tears I type to you my heart felt sorrow in your time of loss. My heart aches upon reading his last day. He will wait for you, with God, to hold you to that time together. He lived to be the best companion he could be for you. I’m pretty sure he accomplished his purpose. My love pours out to you. God bless.

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  352. steve says:

    Just over 3 years and 5 months ago I lost my best friend too… that best friend was my wife of 25 years. That was truly, the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my life. I have re-lived the best times we had over and over again and it does help… a lot. About 5 months after my wife passed away I lost my second best friend… our sheperd mix Harley. He was with Nola (my wife) when she passed. ( I was at work). He never got over that… I think he died with a broken heart. I do know that he is with her now and they are enjoying that friendship again. I play those last days over and over in my head and the picture I get when I do, is Harley sitting with his head in Nola’s lap and her petting him… both of them smiling…that is my last day with both of them…SMILING

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  353. Liz Rothero says:

    So sorry about your loss. The words you wrote are truly beautiful. I can’t imagine the pain of losing my dogs ( I have 2)but I guess one day I too will have to cope with it.

    Thanks for all the help you have given to the dog world.

    God bless.

    Liz

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  354. steve says:

    Just over 3 years and 5 months ago I lost my best friend too… that best friend was my wife of 25 years. That was truly, the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my life. I have re-lived the best times we had over and over again and it does help… a lot. About 5 months after my wife passed away I lost my second best friend… our sheperd mix Harley. He was with Nola (my wife) when she passed. ( I was at work). He never got over that… I think he died with a broken heart. I do know that he is with her now and they are enjoying that friendship again. I play those last days over and over in my head and the picture I get when I do, is Harley sitting with his head in Nola’s lap and her petting him… both of them smiling…that is my last day with both of them…SMILING!!!

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  355. Susan says:

    Dear Chet,
    How very generous of you to allow us this forum to share our losses as we comfort you in yours. Bauer & you had such a special relationship. You were a blessing in each others life. Thats how I feel about my pets, each & everyone of them. We share our lives so vulnerably with our fur babies. They are so direct & total in their love & devotion.
    One of the qualities (I think ) to share a relationship with a pet is courage because they are with us such a short time & though we don’t want to think of the loss up front, it happens inevitably. And then, we go & do it again.
    I wouldn’t miss the joy & fun & even the pain, for anything.
    I wish you peace & comfort.
    Susan

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  356. Michele says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, I have walked that road myself and I will walk it again. I love having pups and to me all my pups are like my children even my kids get jealous at times.
    I love what you said and felt and shared with all of us. I know your pup was well loved….

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  357. Michele says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, I have walked that road myself and I will walk it again. I love having pups and to me all my pups are like my children even my kids get jealous at times.
    I love what you said and felt and shared with all of us. I know your pup was well loved….
    Well I hope you have room for a new puppy because you still have lots of love to give!!!!!

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  358. NOREEN says:

    WOW CHET, I KNOW JUST HOW HARD IT IS TO LOOSE OUR FURY FRIEND, I RECENTLY LOST MY LITTLE ONE AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF CARING FOR HER. MY DAYS WERE ALWAYS CENTRED AROUND HER AS SHE REQUIRED CONSTANT MEDICAL ATTENTION. WE HAD A BOND AND UNDERSTANDING THAT MAYBE THE OUTSIDE WORLD WOULD THINK IT WAS TOO MUCH BUT I WOULD NOT TRADE ONE HOUR OF BEING THERE FOR HER. I PREFER TO SPEND MY TIME ON THIS EARTH IN THE COMPANY OF DOGS THEY ARE FAR MORE INTERESTING THAN A VISIT TO LONDON BRIDGE, DISNEYLAND OR ANY OTHER PLACE…….OFF COURSE I CRIED WITH “THE LAST DAY” AS IT WAS ONLY THIS YEAR IN APRIL THAT I LOST MY “MUPPET” AND THE WOUND IS STILL RAW……….BUT NOW I HAVE “SHADOW” AND I LAUGH EVERY DAY AT HER ANTICS…………………HOW VERY LUCKY AM I AND I KNOW FROM DOING YOUR DOG TRAINING COURSE ON LINE THAT YOU HAVE A PUPPY ALSO SO AT LEAST WE CAN MOVE ON AND TREASURE WHAT WE HAD ……NOREEN

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  359. Liz says:

    Hi Chet

    Thanks for all the e-mails you sent with training tips etc. so sorry to hear about your loss.

    It’s hard to imagine as I haven’t experienced it but glad you had a good last day together.

    Liz

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  360. Carolyn says:

    Chet,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. People who don’t have fur babies can understand the pain of losing one. My Pearl was going blind and I knew that I was going to have to make “That” decision soon. I really did not know how old she was because she was a rescue dog. Their best guess was that she was around 7 years old when I adopted her. Her foster mom had passed away around the time my Mama had died. I believe God was saying we needed each other. One day the last part of May Pearl somehow got out of the house while I was gone and wandered away. Searching and calling everyone from her vet to the shelter brought no results. I feel she took the painful choice from me and went off to die. I still miss her terribly, but I have adopted a puppy, Daisy. She is a 16 week-old Jack Russell/Pug. She was just 6 weeks when I brought her home. She is a ball of energy that keeps me shaking my head at the mischief that she gets into.
    Thank you for sharing your story. Again I am very sorry.
    Carolyn

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  361. Dia;ne says:

    Chet: So sorry to hear about the sudden lost of your beloved dog. You are in my prayers. I know how you feel, been there, done that. Diane

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  362. Kim says:

    Dear Chet,

    17 years ago we got 3 Aussie/heeler crosses, a brother and 2 sisters.

    We lost the male, Mickey at age 13 of a ruptured tumor in his liver. The surgery progressed similarly to Bauer’s. We marveled that the day before he died, Mickey had chased a deer a quarter of a mile and came back so happy. I still remember the smile on his face.

    The girls lived to just past their 16th birthdays. Their last six months was a long, sad decline with the expected incontinence and dementia. My husband was agonizing about his sweetheart, Sasha, knowing she should be put down, but unable to do it. By the time she was blind and terrified in her confusion, he agreed to it. He was inconsolable. She had been his truck dog. He was proud to boast the two of them had a million miles under their belts. Sasha died on a Thursday.

    My girl Bonnie lasted until Sunday morning. When I got up, I didn’t have to step over her as I had for 16 years. I found her in the living room on the floor next to my favorite chair. She was unconscious and breathing heavily. It was the end. I lay down beside her and cuddled her like we used to when she was little. I held her until she stopped breathing––about an hour. I whispered my love to her and talked with her about our favorite times together, remembering so many walks and near encounters with skunks and such. I held my hand on her heart and did not regret the moment it stopped. It was the right time. That hour with Bonnie brought me so much peace and joy.

    Bill couldn’t wait the agreed upon two or three months for a new dog. I’d begged for a little recovery time from cleaning floors and buying paper towels from Costco by the bale. He lasted three days.

    He found a deaf Aussie to adopt––Misty, about six months old. After a couple of days we remembered why raising a deaf dog had been easier the last time we did it. There had been other dogs in the household for deaf Mikey to model behavior! The hearing ear dog we found was four month old Bach.

    They grew and we were a happy household. But we still miss our old bunch when I go out to call the dogs in, I can’t stop myself from saying the old call: Mickey, Bonnie, Sasha! Now it should be Misty, Bach, Sheba, Stevie!

    The extra two we adopted when a local breeder called to tell me two of her dogs had been turned into the shelter. They are eerily like Bonnie and Sasha in far too many ways–especially the sibling rivalry. I swear Bonnie struggled to outlive Sasha so she could finally be top bitch!

    Chet, I know you’ll want another dog. Bauer is irreplaceable, but in your future dogs you will see traces of his personality. I have a friend who believes pets reincarnate. While I’m dubious about that theory, I seem to be in the third reincarnation of an orange longhair cat originally named Punkin. You never know. But I’m still holding out for a house in Heaven big enough for all the dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and hamsters––well, maybe I can pass on the hamsters––I have been blessed to love and be loved by.

    Love again and heal, but keep in your heart all your wonderful memories of Bauer.

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  363. Jeanette Green says:

    Chet I am deeply sorry for losing Bauer.
    One January – seven years ago We lost 3 dogs in one month. It was the worst January ever. All 3 dogs were 14 years old. Demie was hit by a vehicle. She was epiliptic since she was 1-1/2 years old. She was kosing her sight & hearing & we believe she had a desth wish. Used to call her Dem Der Dog.
    Kassie was special. Everyone loved Kassie. Our Vet told me that Kassie had liver problems. e He said that she was suffering and it would be best to have him put her down – Sooooooooooooooo Hardddddddddddd. Angel was my significant other’s dog. Angel was our only outdoor dog she kept falling off our deck – Angel had hip displacia – again our Vet told us that she needed to be put down. My heart still hurts but I believe they are in Heaven with my husband Paul and I will see them all again. Paul called Kassie – Kassie Lassie. My significant other also loved Kassie.
    Chet I do have many wonderful memories of each of them as I know you also have of Bauer. Nothing can take them away.

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  364. Jeanette Green says:

    Chet I am deeply sorry for losing Bauer.
    One January – seven years ago We lost 3 dogs in one month. It was the worst January ever. All 3 dogs were 14 years old. Demie was hit by a vehicle. She was epiliptic since she was 1-1/2 years old. She was kosing her sight & hearing & we believe she had a desth wish. Used to call her Dem Der Dog.
    Kassie was special. Everyone loved Kassie. Our Vet told me that Kassie had liver problems. e He said that she was suffering and it would be best to have him put her down – Sooooooooooooooo Hardddddddddddd. Angel was my significant other’s dog. Angel was our only outdoor dog she kept falling off our deck – Angel had hip displacia – again our Vet told us that she needed to be put down. My heart still hurts but I believe they are in Heaven with my husband Paul and I will see them all again. Paul called Kassie – Kassie Lassie. My significant other also loved Kassie.
    Chet I do have many wonderful memories of each of them as I know you also have of Bauer. Nothing can take them away. Bless you deeply Chet.

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  365. Mary says:

    Chet, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of one of your very best friends. As you say, you will be with him again, and in the meantime, he is enjoying your favorite day on a different plane, until the day you two can enjoy it together. God Bless you and your family.

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  366. Debbie says:

    Chet,

    I’m so sorry about Bauer 🙁 I know your pain as I’ve lost two dogs. It doesn’t ever get any easier making the decision to let them go, but we don’t want them to suffer. I had two Shelties, one, Tiffany lived only 7 years. She had a liver disease which caused seizures and one day she had a stroke. I was 9 months pregnant, trying to sell a house, a new house payment, so my life was a little stressed. I had every intention on putting her down, so I took her to the vet and as I laid her on the table, she passed in my arms. Made it a little more bearable that she passed quietly and in my arms. My second Sheltie, Brook lived a long and happy 16 years and eventually had kidney failure, otherwise healthy dog. She just looked at me with those sad eyes and we knew what we had to do. It was the most emotional, heart-wrenching thing I’ve ever had to endure. She saw all of our eyes and she peacefully fell asleep. Days become a little more bearable, but they are never forgotten. I planted a tree in her honor and look out my window everyday and think of her. And I hope to see them again when I pass the rainbow bridge.

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  367. John says:

    Chet, we are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. My wife and I, now in our 60’s, have had dog companions most of our lives. I know you will never forget Bauer and you’ll have wonderful memories for the rest of your life. Perhaps we should spend every day with our loved ones as if it were the last. But rest assured, one day we will all meet again at “The Rainbow Bridge”.

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  368. Donna says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your dog passing away! I had a little Shih-Tsu that was 12 years old! I was holding her when she passed away! I was crying very hard when she took her last breath! We had her male mate still with us! He came to me gave lady a kiss & then started licking my tears away! I was consoled with hi for life!

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  369. Kathy says:

    Chet, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I found you a few months ago when I was looking for advice to train my new golden retriever puppy. Your lessons have been so helpful to me, and my little guy was learning very fast. Just two weeks ago, he was in a tragic accident at only 4 months old. I share your pain. I wish there was any way I could go back in time and make it right. I’m already looking forward to the next dog I can give all of my love to.
    Kathy

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  370. Sue says:

    Chet
    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. We have all lost our pet companions at some time. Two years ago I lost two of my dogs exactly two weeks apart. Yes they were both older and one had cancer so I knew her time was limited, but the other dog’s passing took me by surprise. It was a hard time but I have learned to move on and their passing made room for my current dog. I believe everything happens for a reason sometimes we just don’t understand it at the moment.

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  371. Loren Stone says:

    There will be another star shining in heaven tonight, the one that shines for Bauer. Trully sorry for your loss of his most generous life. Sincerely, Loren.

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  372. Dani says:

    Chet,

    My heart aches for you and your family. I am a huge animal lover and losing your pet is like losing a family member. My Director has 4 dogs all around 10 years old and I know she will need this book once the time comes.

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  373. Ann Marie says:

    I’m so sorry…my heart goes out to you. I’m in tears as I read your blog. When we lost Henry in February this year we were given the poem Rainbow Bridge. I guess everyone was familiar with this but me. It was a huge source of comfort to me at the time. We all have to find our way of dealing with the loss of our 4-legged family members. God Bless. Ann Marie

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  374. Christine Garmon says:

    I am so sorry for your loss…….This past January I lost my dog ‘BETTY’ after 16 years of life travels….I still get very sad when I think about her as the history we shared over the years was special….My son had picked her out so many years ago … and I ended losing my son to a tragic accident……

    . As I have heard many people say that when they lose a pet they will never go through the grief again………and I understand some of that … but here some eight months later I paid a visit to our local shelter… and I have adopted …..a sweet guy whom I named Frank!! Although I will never ever forget my Betty Girl…. Frank is a sweetheart and will be keeping me forever young…… THEY need us…..Once you love a dog it is FOREVER…

    Sending a huge hug during this grieving process…….Life is a circle…. take care
    Christine Garmon

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  375. Helene says:

    As you can see many people have gone thru the lost of a dog . I am no exception . He was just 4 yrs old and suddenly his body started fighting against itself : his white blood cells attacked his red blood cells .He became so severely anemic that within 3 days of blood transfusions and steroids etc.. he succombed . Not that you need to hear my story but yours made me relive it ….the pain is so intense , it’s like my heart was been torned out….it feels good just to be able to talk about it with people that understand….non dog lovers looked at me like I was from a different planet.
    The emptiness left from our beloved furry friend is real and painful.
    I am truely sorry for your loss, Bauer was lucky to have you in his life and you in his.
    Thanks for sharing and permitting most of us to openly , without judgement, to discuss our experiences.

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  376. Len says:

    Thank you for sharing. We had two Goldens that we had to put down later in their lives. I said I wouldn’t have another dog….it was too hard. But last January I got Samson. A beautiful lab. I’ll remember what you shared and live each day with Samson like its our last. My sympahties to you for your loss.

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  377. Alex J says:

    Sorry for your loss. I too sobbed uncontrollably when, Bella, my dog of 8 months, died of an infection that could’ve been prevented. So i know how it feels to lose a beloved pet, especially when they were a part of the family. Miss her very much.!

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  378. Jimmy Torio (Kupuna) says:

    Aloha My Friend:

    I have a dog given to me by our fellow Christian Ohana (family). His name is “Buddy”.
    Buddy is 2 years now and we are inseparable. From hiking the backcountry to sleeping next to me Buddy is my Buddy. As Kupuna or elder, I share in your loss and “Mahalo Nui: (thankyou) for sharing your “Mana’o” (story). Be assured you will meet your friend someday. God Bless.
    Uncle Jimmy

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  379. Carol Wing says:

    Chet,
    Well, I know the pain you must feel. We lost our beloved Lex over a year ago. She was a Soft Coated Wheaten…she was 11. She was the most wonderful dog anyone could have had. Our family thanks God for her. We have a grave in our backyard that says “If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.” She had ACL replacement and then developed a brain tumor or had a degenerative brain disease.Big $”s. She was never the same again. I will always remember the last day with her…so peaceful. Thanks for sharing your sad news with us. Was this dog in the video? I hope we all get to see these dogs again…Now we have a puppy and are trying to start over. It is really hard…you forget about the ‘puppy times”. But he is absolutely adorable, smart, and I think things will be work out with proper training. Thanks for all your advice. Carol Wing

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  380. Rosemarie Felts says:

    I too am very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved dog. I had to put my beloved Shih Tzu, Taja boy to sleep about a month ago. He was 18 years old and had acquired Altzheimer’s. I did not know that dogs can get this disease also. He was born in my house. 18 years is a long time for a dog and for people to love them. You have a lot of friends who sent you their condolences. Some people don’t have that many condolences for their family members. I found the best way to get over the grief is to get another companion dog. There are so many that don’t experience the love you can and would give them. I have two toy poodles now and love them a lot. They unconditionally return that love daily.
    Most sincerely, Rosemarie

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  381. Jody says:

    Chet: So sorry for your loss. I know it is a difficult time for you now. As many of your friends above shared I lost one of my beloved furry friends this past year. It was not my first loss, but since I started working out of my home and all my children are grown this latest dog of 14 years was my daily companion for a long time. I knew I loved and adored her and was very attached, but her passing was devastating for me. The only thing that could stop my crying and console me was getting another little one. I still miss and mourn my last dog, but I have a new fur ball to love and that offers daily unconditional love back.

    I have since come across this anonymous quote that I found comforting:

    It came to me
    that every time
    I lose a dog
    they take a piece
    of my heart with them,
    and every new dog
    who comes into my life
    gifts me with a piece
    of their heart.
    If I live long enough
    all the components
    of my heart will be dog,
    and I will become
    as generous and
    loving as they are.
    ~ANONYMOUS~

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  382. mary mcgowan says:

    CHET, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO LESSEN THE HURT, I LIKE WHAT YOU WROTE ON BAURES LAST DAYS, I LOST MY LITTLE 5 LB. BIT OF FLUFF ON MOTHERS DAY, MY HUSBAND * I ARE IN OUR 80’S, WE RESCUED THIS LITTLE ONE APROX. 14 MONTHS AGO. HE HAD BEEN SO ABUSED. WE NAMED HIM LIL’ BEAR, HE LOVED US SO MUCH, & WAS A WONDERFUL BABY FOR US, HE WAS SO SMART & WELL BEHAVED. WE MOVED TO A SMALLER HOUSE JUST BEFORE MOTHERS DAY, . FRIDAY LIL BEAR DIDNT FEEL GOOD, SATURDAY THE SAME. I WAS GOING TO TAKE HIM TO THE VET MONDAY MORNING, . AT 5A/M MONDAY MORNING HE DIED IN MY ARMS.. YOU KNOW THE GRIEF, THEN THE DEPRESION. THEN ONE DAY I THOUGHT, WHEN I FIRST TOOK LIL BEAR, SOMEONE SAID ” THIS LITTLE DOG WILL CAPTURE YOUR HEART, HE WILL LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING, & YOU WILL LOVE HIM ALSO. …..”BUT, AFTER A YEAR, THIS DOG WILL DIE, YOU WILL BE SO HURT , LIKE NO OTHER ” “DP YOU STILL WANT TO TAKE HIM “? i WOULD HAVE TAKEN HIM ANYWAY. I WOULD NOT HAVE MISSED HIM FOR ANYTHING. I WOULD HAVE DONE LIKE YOU IF I HAD KNOWN, I WOULD HAVE COOKED HIM A LB. OF BACON & TAKEN HIM TO DISNEY WORLD . NOW FOR A BIT OF CAUTION, LIL’ BEAR DIED FROM RAT POISIONING, THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAD PUT IT IN THE GARAGE, WE DIDNT KNOW IT. IF YOU TAKE YOUR PET OR CHILD TO SOMEONES HOME, ASK IF THEY HAVE PUT OUT ANYTHING THAT COULD BE DEADLY. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOU, I KNOW IF YOU HAD BEEN ASK, YOU WOULD HAVE SAID THE SAME THING, YOU WOULDNT HAVE MISSED THE LAST 6 YEARS FOR ANYTHING. YOU HAVE MY PRAYERS……I,M GOING TO FIND ANOTHER LITTLE ONE THAT NEEDS A HOME

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  383. Jennie WANG says:

    Dear Chet,

    It is so touched, and I was nearly cried when I read the articel. I will forward this and share with my older daugher who only 9 years old. That makes me applicate every moment with my dog. Thank you so much for your sharing.

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  384. mary mcgowan says:

    CHET, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO LESSEN THE HURT, I LIKE WHAT YOU WROTE ON BAURES LAST DAYS, I LOST MY LITTLE 5 LB. BIT OF FLUFF ON MOTHERS DAY, MY HUSBAND * I ARE IN OUR 80’S, WE RESCUED THIS LITTLE ONE APROX. 14 MONTHS AGO. HE HAD BEEN SO ABUSED. WE NAMED HIM LIL’ BEAR, HE LOVED US SO MUCH, & WAS A WONDERFUL BABY FOR US, HE WAS SO SMART & WELL BEHAVED. WE MOVED TO A SMALLER HOUSE JUST BEFORE MOTHERS DAY, . FRIDAY LIL BEAR DIDNT FEEL GOOD, SATURDAY THE SAME. I WAS GOING TO TAKE HIM TO THE VET MONDAY MORNING, . AT 5A/M MONDAY MORNING HE DIED IN MY ARMS.. YOU KNOW THE GRIEF, THEN THE DEPRESION. THEN ONE DAY I THOUGHT, WHEN I FIRST TOOK LIL BEAR,IF SOMEONE SAID ” THIS LITTLE DOG WILL CAPTURE YOUR HEART, HE WILL LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING, & YOU WILL LOVE HIM ALSO. …..”BUT, AFTER A YEAR, THIS DOG WILL DIE, YOU WILL BE SO HURT , LIKE NO OTHER ” “DO YOU STILL WANT TO TAKE HIM “? i WOULD HAVE TAKEN HIM ANYWAY. I WOULD NOT HAVE MISSED HIM FOR ANYTHING. I WOULD HAVE DONE LIKE YOU IF I HAD KNOWN, I WOULD HAVE COOKED HIM A LB. OF BACON & TAKEN HIM TO DISNEY WORLD . NOW FOR A BIT OF CAUTION, LIL’ BEAR DIED FROM RAT POISIONING, THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAD PUT IT IN THE GARAGE, WE DIDNT KNOW IT. IF YOU TAKE YOUR PET OR CHILD TO SOMEONES HOME, ASK IF THEY HAVE PUT OUT ANYTHING THAT COULD BE DEADLY. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOU, I KNOW IF YOU HAD BEEN ASK, YOU WOULD HAVE SAID THE SAME THING, YOU WOULDNT HAVE MISSED THE LAST 6 YEARS FOR ANYTHING. YOU HAVE MY PRAYERS……I,M GOING TO FIND ANOTHER LITTLE ONE THAT NEEDS A HOME

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  385. Dawn Robinson says:

    Chet, I am sorry for your loss. I had just started reading your website tring to find help to stop my Bailey (3 yr old mixed rescue dog) from violently attacking Sierra ( 1 1/2yr old Husky Shepard mix rescue dog).They were living together like sisters for about a year Then for no appearant reason Bailey would attack and I would have to pry her mouth open and pull her off Sierra.I know you re not suppose to put your hands in the middle of the fight but I trusted Bailey with all of my heart. I adopted her at 4 months just after I had to put my 15 year old best friend down after his fight with cancer. It has been only two weeks since I put her down after many different types of help were attempted. The Vet was great but the attacks were getting worse and more frequent. The police were called on the last one.
    That sounds like a lovely way to spend the last day together. My heart felt sympathy goes out to you and any one who has taken the chance to love a being that will love you no matter what.
    Dawn

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  386. Chuck says:

    Chet:

    I send my deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved dog. I have lost my third golden to cancer and the loss never gets easier. They are like our children. and there is nothing we would not do for them. When I read your story and as I write to you my eyes are full of tears. I know that God will now take care of Bauer and that he no longer hurts but that his days will be full of warm sunshine and running in golden fields chasing butterflies. Again may God grant you his blessings and ease your pain.

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  387. Larry and Sandy Biermeier says:

    Hi Chet, Sorry to hear of Bauer going his own way too early. I have lost three dogs, by being run over by cars.. That is why I enrolled in your training program. We rescued Leena ( a Corgi – Aussie Sheperd mix.. 5 yrs old ) on July 1, 2012 … and already when I take her on her walks once or twice a day she can do it without her leash attached, and when I tell her to stop, she does, sits, and looks up at my eyes and awaits my praise for her, before she gives me a kiss. … She has learned her form mostly through praise, because we were fighting her weight problem… and now all is fine… Thank you for your guidance,and now I do more praising and no more force training. Thank you, and we wait to hear of your new dog, and I was sort of hoping you will use more praise than marshmellows and hot dogs…

    Thank you for being there for us,

    Larry and Sandy Biermeier
    Little Canada, MN

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  388. Kris Brose says:

    Dear Chet, I cried when I read your email and your last day. My heart goes out to your family. We too lost our dog in December and it was the first Christmas in 15 years that Max was not there to share it with us. He was just a week shy of his 16th birthday. We now have a Jack Russell (8 months) and you have really help us with him. Thank you so much for the help and dogs are truly faithful companions. We will be praying for you and your family.

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  389. Florencia Hernandez says:

    Chet, thank you. I did not cry this time but I smile when I read this…I have cried non stop for so long, but peace finally overcame me…I can enjoy this peace because I have given my “Gilda” so much love while she was alive…I made sure she was showered with kisses and hugs and words of affirmation every single day or her happy life….she passed away on January 12th, 2012…. It was terrible, a sensation I had never experience before. I have adored her…she was my partner in crime and beyond.

    The last day we could not do anything as she woke up without being able to move pretty much, she lost control of herself..she ha cancer……I was with her until the very last second…

    But I can tell you what we did a few days before and pretty much everyday….we went for a ride! SE went for a wim in the lake, I have her treats, I slept with her in her bed, we played in the floor, we chased one another, we loved one another…..I have loved her so by much and still and always will do…she was one of ten babies on a truck that said “puppies for free” back in 2002 when I was living in Texas….I first picked another one that seemed a lil too shy, so I went for Gilda, and playing, she did bite my finger and believe it or not I still have a small scar that I treassure so deeply….I still keep a piece of hair from her, the bows she was wearing from the grooming salon, and videos and pictures of her…wow now I’m crying….but I’m ok, because I know she had such a happy life, I have loved her so much, my baby girl…I miss her….oh so terribly…

    Soon after she passed, my best friend sent me a picture of a street dog waiting for food outside a store in Miami…I wanted nothing to do with dogs for a while, I was too hurt…but I could not stop looking at my cell to this white beautiful dog suffering from what the street do to them…and one day I went to pick here up…well, she is “Maria”, and she is now my new baby girl…I love her deeply…she will never replace Gilda, but she already won my heart…

    Thank you for sharing this Chet, one day we will all meet in heaven with our pups..I know that…..God bless you!!! Flor

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  390. Laura says:

    Chet,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. We had a dog named Vanessa for 14 years who past a few years ago and I finally was able to let myself get another dog from the shelter 2 months ago. I just want you to know that with you and Bauer I have been able to train my new baby Roxie. She has learned so much in such a short time thanks to your training videos. I wanted to share something that helped me keep in perspective how it will be when I’m reunited with my sweet Vanessa again, I hope this brings comfort to you as it has me.

    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…

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  391. Flor Hernandez says:

    Chet, thank you. Thanks for sharing this story with all of us…I did not cry while reading it but actually smiled, because I remember “Gilda” being so happy, so very happy…she passed away on January 12th, 2012 to cancer…I was with her until the very last second…she was everything to me…the day she passed away we could not do anything, she was too sick, she had a stroke and could not move her body ever again….it was terrible, her loss have changed my life forever…she was trully my BEST FRIEND…

    But I can tell you what we did a few days before and pretty much everyday….we went for a ride! She went for a wim in the lake, I have her treats, I slept with her in her bed, we played in the floor, we chased one another, we loved one another…..I have loved her so by much and still and always will do…she was one of ten babies on a truck that said “puppies for free” back in 2002 when I was living in Texas….I first picked another one that seemed a lil too shy, so I went for Gilda, and playing, she did bite my finger and believe it or not I still have a small scar that I treassure so deeply….I still keep a piece of hair from her, the bows she was wearing from the grooming salon, and videos and pictures of her…wow now I’m crying….but I’m ok, because I know she had such a happy life, I have loved her so much, my baby girl…I miss her….oh so terribly…

    Soon after she passed, my best friend sent me a picture of a street dog waiting for food outside a store in Miami…I wanted nothing to do with dogs for a while, I was too hurt…but I could not stop looking at my cell to this white beautiful dog suffering from what the street do to them…and one day I went to pick here up…well, she is “Maria”, and she is now my new baby girl…I love her deeply…she will never replace Gilda, but she already won my heart…

    Thank you for sharing this Chet, one day we will all meet in heaven with our pups..I know that…..God bless you!!! Flor

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  392. Lynda says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of you loving dog. The “diary” of your last day brought tears rolling down my cheeks.

    It made me think about what my last day with BJ would be. The more I thought about, the more I realized that the last day should be every day. As a result of your post, I am promising to make every day a special day for BJ. I’ll let him choose the direction he wants to walk. I’ll let him sniff and pee at every pole for as long as he likes (sometimes within reason). I’ll make sure I play with him and have quality time with him.

    Thank you for your post.

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  393. Mary Haynes says:

    Feeling your heartfelt loss as all the previous posts. As I sit and write this email my very own four legged best friends play around me.I also have first hand felt the loss of a beloved friend,let your wonderful memories with Bauer guide you through this difficult time.God Bless you and your family.

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  394. Ellen says:

    My sincerest and deepest sympathies to you Chet. May Bauer rest in the arms of angels eating all the marshmallows his heart desires. My prayers for your broken heart. You have my deepest gratitude for all you have shared with me. Your love of animals has given me the knowledge to care for and love mine with gentleness. God bless you Chet. You are in my prayers.

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  395. Donna Wichert says:

    Dear Chet,
    Im so sorry to hear about your loss. I have never heard of that before.I remember losing a lab after having her for 11 yrs. from being old and she had arthirtis so bad in her back hips she couldnt get up after she laid down that we had to have her put down…It was the hardest thing I ever had to go through with an animal.I was just watching a video just last night on how you trained your dog to go on his pillow and lay down….I was amazed. We just took in one of my sister’s dog because she is moving out of state to travel…She is a 3 yr.old Yorkie….We live in an apartment so I needed to crate train her so when we leave she would go in and stay without barking ….I did the same thing you did in the video and it really works…Im so grateful….Thank you and once again so sorry for your loss….

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  396. Doug Buffkin says:

    Chet, I am so sorry for you great loss. I read all this with tear filled eyes because I too, am grieving the loss of my fur baby, Phoebe. My little Yorkie crossed the Rainbow Bridge July 2, 2012. The loss was unexpected and has been almost unbearable. The vet said it was probably a brain tumor. I have gotten a new baby, a Chihuahua puppy. We named him Rascal. He is a loving little fellow, and without his help I don’t think I could have gotten through my grief. Try and think of all the good times you had with Bauer and remember he is waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  397. Beth says:

    Chet;
    I know how you feel. On June 9th, I lost my dog, Waver very quickly, he was only 10 years old. The baby of my family. I’m a veterinary tech so I first thought it was his spleen, then maybe it was bloat. Once I got him to my boss, he needed to get to the 24 hr. emerg hosp for a transfusion. On the way there he died. The hospital placed a ultrasound probe on him & he had a Large liver mass that had ruptured. He never shown any signs of distress or pain until his last day, which I guess is a blessing. I never got to have closure with him as I had with all my other pets & I miss him terribly. My house had never been without a dog in over 50 years but I wasn’t ready to get another one. After almost 2 months I got a new puppy, he was born 2 weeks before Waver died. I think that was a sign that I was to get my new “son” which I named “Best Shot.”
    The day after Waver died I went to our favorite place, Allaire State Park, & I went for a long walk in the woods that the 2 of us went every week.I had a talk with him letting him know that I would never forget him & hoped that my next pup would take after him. Waver was a very smart boy & Best Shot is learning very quickly with the help from you.
    Thank you so much for your help with my new boy & hope you will show you love for a new pet as well. Bauer will always be with you.
    Beth

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  398. mia says:

    my name is mia i’m 8 last year my 10 year old dog died. My dad was driving home and he stopped at his friend’s house my dog started chasing a cat in the street and a car ran over him. His name was Ollie. I understand how you feel. Six months later I was at a sleepover and I opened the door…………AND GINGER my new puppy jumped out of the car. I am soooo happy now 🙂 P.S. I named her

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  399. Laura Phipps says:

    After losing both our companions within 2 weeks of one another, I can truly sympathize with you. Our boys were our life and when Toby was diagnosed with heart failure I knew we only had a limited time left with him. We tried everything available, but he died on June 2. His “brother” Titan was crushed. Sadly, he became ill, systems started failing and on June 18, he too died. I will to this day believe he died of a broken heart. The feelings are still very raw and we miss our boys terribly. My hope for them is that they are happy and enjoying the everafter together, waiting for us. May you find peace soon and know that they will forever be in our hearts.

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  400. janice says:

    Chet There no words that I can say at this time…. we have lost puppies that were born in our pressance, one that we spent 5.ooo,oo dollars on and lost but please be SURED , YOU and yours are in my prayers, and one day we will all meet again.

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  401. sally says:

    I have read many of the condolences sent to you on the loss of your beloved pet Bauer and feel that there must be a great consolation in knowing what a wonderful life you gave him. As we all believe, dogs live in the ‘now’ a condition that most human beings have never fully mastered!
    Yes, he was only six years old, but how full those years must have been for him, living every moment as part of a loving and loved family.
    You have fulfilled what we all hope to do when we bring a dog into our lives. I hope that knowing that will be yours and your family’s deepest consolation!

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  402. Jean T says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Every time I here of someone losing their best friend, my heart aches a bit. It has been over 2 years since we put our 14 year old cocker spaniel to sleep. I held him and felt the life go right out of him. It was devastating. Time has gone by and a new puppy has come to live at our house in the last 6 months, but there is always something there. But if you don’t give your heart, you can’t be loved. I am sure that another special one will come into your life soon, and lighten your heart a bit. You are not alone.

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  403. duff says:

    was raised and hunted with golden retrievers from day one…now have a yorkipoo….three words come to mind…..MAN’S BEST FRIEND:))) best wishes!!

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  404. Danuta Trojan says:

    hello Chet i’m so sorry for your dog no let me corect my self from the most loving and direst friend human can have, i have my own weimaraner and sometimes when i think day will come with out him i can’t even imagine he helped me to go true the most difficult part of my life when i lost my mom and 18 months later my father. I get him from poppy store he was so sad and sick, couple weeks before my dad passed away when he fells is something wrong he was so closed to me like a shadow where i moved he was behind me i dont know how i would do with out Simba my dog my friend. English is my second language so sorry if is written in mess, i wish i could send that ” Last day” to my nephew so he could read it two weeks ago he accidentally not to say harshly killed his own dog her name was LALA she run under car he was driving, my nephew could not leave house for the next couple days he kept crying, she couldn’t survive her spine back and front leg was broken they had to put her down. He save her from people who abused her so much and now he fells guilty she is no longer on this world because of him.

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  405. Mary Jo Beniger says:

    You are not alone. On the 9th it will be a year since I lost my Golden Retriever, Carson, he had been a gift for 15 months, given to us by the breader. He had a cataract. When he died, he had cancer and the tumor ruptured. Nothing could be done.
    I now am blessed with Jackson, yes, another Golden and the spunky fella somehow knows to do funny things Carson had done. Tears still flow, but Jackson knows and gives love at those times.
    My thoughts are with you.

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  406. Debbie Clark says:

    Dear Chet, I am so sorry you lost Bauer. I know how awful the pain is. Fur babies are just like our very own children. You love them, take care of their every need, you play with them.
    I feel your pain. I started crying as soon as I started your letter and knew he was gone. The poem “Your Last Day” really touched my heart and made me cry even more. I cried for you and my dogs that I have lost through the years.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. You were blessed with a wonderful dog and you will always carry him in your heart.

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  407. jack says:

    I have the Rainbow Bridge hang’n on my L/R wall,this is also great!

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  408. Diana Fors says:

    i want you to know my heart goes out to you. I recently lost my australian sheppard and soon to be loosing my old collie. And my chihuahua was saved from the brink of death this weekend after three nites and 4 days in the hospital. We have them such a brief time in our lives but hopefully it makes their lives and ours better for what ever time we are given. i believe all of mine are waiting for me at the rainbow bridge and we will all run and laugh and play ball and roll in the grass again. and the love for all will be equal and there will be no jealousy just happiness to share together. No day is complete if it isn’t shared with my dog and pet friends. My prayers are with you and i know how sad you must be. it gets easier but you never forget.

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  409. Verna says:

    I will pray for your comfort, Chet. I too lost a precious pet…a 6lb Havanese to a Rotweiller attack. I saw it all and had to consent to putting her down because of a broken back. It’s truly devastating to lose a pet friend! May God give you comfort and strength!

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  410. Andrea says:

    so many training sessions I have watched with Bauer – tears stream down my face and make me promise to spend even more time with my 9 mo old puppy.

    with heart felt condolences.

    Andrea

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  411. Riley says:

    God bless you Chet. The hardest thing happened to me over the summer, I lost may cat sam. he was 15 years old we had known each other since he was two and i was a newborn. he was one of the closest things i held to my heart. god bless you and i’m realy glad you spent your last day with him like this.

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  412. Steph says:

    Chet,

    I am deeply moved by your posting and greatly saddened by your loss. I too have lost my Daisy of 17 years. Thank you for the exercise as I feel it will help me as it helped you.

    Steph

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  413. Mary says:

    That is very sad. Loosing a pet, who is a member of the family is very difficult to bare. We have aussies and I know the time will come, hopefully not soon, that we will feel your pain all over again. So sorry for you and your family. Just know that all you do for others with your knowhow and caring nature really make a difference for our K9 companions.

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  414. Steve D. says:

    Chet and family,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. I had just viewed the two videos you sent of when Bauer was 11 weeks old learning how to go to his mat and when he was 3 years old, down by the creek. It was sad getting your email that he had died. The story and picture of the last day were very touching. Save that picture. I was researching dog training courses because we just got a new puppy and like hundreds of other people who posted on your blog we just lost our beloved lab Bosley, two months ago. It is apparent to me after reading so many of these replys, that not only have you helped so many people in training their dogs, but you are actually helping them now while there trying to console you. You can feel the love all these people had for their pets and I think it’s important they communicate that. Thank you.

    P.S. I remember my father-in-law, who loved dogs, always reminding people with the question, You know what dog spelled backwards is don’t you?

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  415. Ann Marie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I cried with you and for you. And then I put down my work and went immediately outside with my 18 month old lab George to play with him. He got tons of extra love today! Your “leave it” lesson was our greatest accomplishment. Thanks for all you do. Bauer was lucky to have you even if only for a short time!

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  416. Ann Marie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I cried with you and for you. And then I put down my work and went immediately outside with my 18 month old lab George to play with him. He got tons of extra love today! Your “leave it” lesson was our greatest accomplishment. Thanks for all you do. Bauer was lucky to have you even if only for a short time!

    I have tried to submit my condolences a few times today and have been unsuccessful…I hope this gets through to you.

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  417. Patty says:

    My heart goes out to you!!!! We lost our Ajia to cancer, and it was so bad I cried for 6 months. You just need to remember the good times with Bauer and know that he is watching over you. And you will be together again!!!
    I hold that in my mind every day and talk to Ajia a lot. It helps when you think of them and all the fun things you use to do. He knows that you did everything for him in his last moments and for that he is grateful.
    Just know that when your looking up at the stars that Bauer is THE BIG SHINING STAR in the sky.
    I very sorry for your loss but another dog will come into your life. No dog can ever take the place of Bauer but another dog will find a special place in your heart. Maybe but not soon but it will happen.

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  418. Karen says:

    Chet, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Bauer. I remember seeing him in your videos as a pup and as an adult and he was beautiful. We lost our Sadie last year and it was so hard. The poem you wrote to Bauer is also beautiful. My husband Emails our angel Sadie from time to time and she even answers! We have a new rescue now and Sammie has helped us move on but we will never forget Sadie.

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  419. Luke & Skyy Walker Olah says:

    I am writing this letter to you as I look outside my window and see my 2 most beautiful goldens at serious play with each other my brother Chet thank you so much or sharing your loss I know it must be crazy hard give yourself time to grieve and please for the love of all pets and your awesome way of teaching don’t give up keep going od has a reason or everything and this is just another one.

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  420. Luke & Skyy Walker Olah says:

    I am writing this letter to you as I look outside my window and see my 2 most beautiful goldens at serious play with each other my brother Chet thank you so much or sharing your loss I know it must be crazy hard give yourself time to grieve and please for the love of all pets and your awesome way of teaching don’t give up keep going od has a reason or everything and this is just another one…

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  421. Kay says:

    My heart cries for you and Bauer as tears stream down my face. I have watched your training videos many times and feel as though I, too, have lost a best friend. Thank you for sharing your “Last Day” message. It is a beautiful tribute to your amazing Bauer and the love you shared.

    I can say from experience that the wonderful memories will last forever, but the grief you feel now will eventually subside. One day, when you are ready, another puppy will come into you life. Then, if you are lucky, you will see a little bit of Bauer in your new little guy and the three of you will happily share many perfect days together.

    God Bless.

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    king Gody Reply:

    Hi chet!
    I’ve really got a tongue tied!authentically am so sad.
    I have lost my beloved animals-horses,cows and bad enough and dogs in different angles thus I know what it means such like time! Am sorry for you,may my God encourage you in Jesus name.

    Marpe.
    King.

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  422. mystie says:

    Chet,
    As I wipe away some tears and try to type, I am saying silent prayers of comfort to help you through
    this unbearable pain and true sense of loss. May G_D grant u peace and strength to deal with one of the
    most horrible of Life’s events.
    They all await us to be reunited when our time arrives to speed us off this earthly plane.
    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt poem with everyone. It resonates with all of us that love our furry family members.
    R.I.P. Bauer, you are loved forever.

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  423. My heart is with u brother,lostour Westie of 16 years 6months4 months ago was one of the family gaVE US SO MUCH JOY AND COMPANSHIP .I WAS ABLE TO SPEND THE LAST6 MONTHS WITH HER WE HAD A GREAT BOND . 4 WEEKS AGO A CAR DUMPED A PUP OUT OF A MOVING CAR IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE AND NOW WE HAVE A NEW PUP AND SHE HAS A GREAT HOME A GREAT DAY FOR BOTH OF US.WE WERE THINKING OF GETTING A NEW PUP AND MY WIFE HAD JUST PUT THE COMPUTER AWAY LOOKING AT THE COUNTY SHELTER AN HONEST 10 MIN LATER THIS CAR DUMPED HER SO WE BELIVE WE WERE SUPOSE TO HAVE EACH OTHE IN OUR LIVES WE ARE THANKFUL AND SHE WILL HAVE A GREAT LIFE AND LOTS OF LOVE EVERY DAY.WE WILL LOVE HER AND PLAY WITH HER SO IF THERE IS NO TOMORROW WE WILL NOT HAVE TO LOOK BACK AND WISH WE WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING DIFFERENT.THE KEY IS LOTS F LOVE IT WILL RETURE TO U. YOUR ARTICLE IS A REMINDER TO LOVE EVERY DAY, THANKS AND HANG IN THERE I FEEL YOUR LOSS.

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  424. heidi says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for you. Your dog was beautiful and loving. How blessed you were to have such a good friend.
    I am sending you a link because this is what I am doing with my new rescue dog after losing my dear dog Shadow. I hope it might help you to never go through this again. There are a few suggestions that seem worth doing for smeone you love so very much.
    God bless you and your family.
    Heidi
    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/01/25/gastric-dilatation-volvulus-or-twisted-stomach-in-pet-dogs.aspx

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  425. Pamella McGrath says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. The poem you wrote has me crying as I see every other pet lover out there. I have 9 dogs that are my life. The daddy Otis was diagnosed with cancer 5 months ago and had 2 months to live. With alot of love and aloe vera and castor oil he seems better than when we brought him in. I give them all the attention they want nomatter what i”m doing i stop and give them my time so I’ll never have any regrets. I can’t even go there thinking about when the day comes and knowing it will happen 9 times. They’ve stolen my heart but I know we’ll still be together for eternity thanks to my faith. Thats really the only comfort I can see to get anyone through such a loss. God Bless you and remember he’s waiting for you and Gods taking good care of him!

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  426. Kate B. says:

    Dear Chet,

    My heart goes out to you and your family as you mourn the loss of your furry friend Bauer. I hope you can be comforted by knowing that you gave him a most wonderful and happy life and that you will see him again one day; Today heaven has a new furry golden angel. My sympathies, Kate B.

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  427. Nideesha says:

    I am very sorry that your dog passed away at such middle age.Bauer’s spirit will always be with you.
    Trusted,
    Nideesha

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  428. Lois says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. We all love our pets just like any other family member and when they are gone it does really hurt. I have lost several pets in my life and it doesn’t get any easier. Deepest Sympathies go out to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Lois

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  429. Crystal says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Loosing such a friend is never easy. My 13 yr old had a stroke last November. I had a feeling I needed to go home and I did to find him almost ‘gone’. Because of his love and devotion to us, he pulled himself back long enough for my husband and myself to say goodbye. I will be forever grateful I got that chance. Thanks for your “Last Day” message. I think if we were all able to choose to have that last day we would.

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  430. LOIS says:

    My heart and prayers go out to you.
    Having lost everyone in my family except my sisters . I can truly say that I think losing your pet is so much harder. The animal regardless of species has been your companion,your friend, your confidant (and so much more). You live night and day with them, you have tend to them over the years and in return they give you everything they have to give. Unconditional love!

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  431. Robin Boyce says:

    I am so sorry for your lose. Am feeling your pain…. I understand about about losing your best friend. I had just recently lost my best-friend she was a beautiful well mannered yellow Labrador. She had a well. Lived fun life her name was ( girlfriend ) I had never had such a bond with an animal like I had with her… When she was a pup she had adopted me.. Miss her so much (as my tears fall from my eyes ) i am letting you know I appreciate the last days…. I will be writing that out when I’m done…
    Thank you….
    I will put this out there I know our best- friends know we are feeling our pain & knows they are greatful for the life we had Given them
    Your friend Robin

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  432. Sueann says:

    I am very sorry for your lose. I know that this was something that could not. The lose of a family member is hard for anyone. I to have experience lose and know how it feels. i realy like what you had to say about how you would spend the last day with him.

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  433. Venetia says:

    I am so sorry for you loss, I enjoyed all the articles and videos that included Bauer. Anytime there is tragic loss of pet there are no amount of words that can make you feel better. But the mere fact that so many people reach out to not only you but others during a time like this that you know people do feel your pain and your loss and their hearts go out to you. Prayers for you and your family.

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  434. Maureen Brand says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry about Bauer. I pray he is playing ball with my “Riley” right now. That was Riley’s favorite thing and all the surgery and treatments couldn’t keep the cancer from taking over last year at the age of 7. He was a Golden too and the best dog ever. I will miss him forever as I know you will miss your Bauer. From what I saw, Bauer had a great life with you and wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.

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  435. Pamela Sauer says:

    My sincere condolences for the loss of your Bauer. We had a big, gentle giant Akita pass from his stomach turning while we were on vacation. I too asked what did we do wrong, to no avail. 30+ years later, we moved and have lost our George, our kitty of 11+ years. We’d been in our house 2 months before he was allowed out the front door. Long story short, I had begun to write him a letter and will now follow up with the idea given in your story, to write Georgie a letter about how we would have spent our last day together. Like you I know I will be reunited with our George and the other animals that we’ve been honored to call our own.

    Many hugs to you and much understanding,

    Pamela

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  436. Sarah says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry to have read about Bauer. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I lost my little guy, a toy fox terrier, in January. He had a spinal injury, and we did not know. He showed no signs, until one morning he went completely limp behind his front legs. The vet told us that she could attempt surgery, but with him being almost 12 years old it may put him through more pain than good. I have never had to make such a horrible decision, but me being me I did not want him to go through anymore pain.
    I had many people send me this poem, which I am sure you have seen before:

    Rainbow Bridge

    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…

    Your “Last Day” touched me as much as this poem. I still cry for my little furry best friend, and will never forget him. I know you will do the same for Bauer.

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  437. Donna says:

    I know your pain as I have lost 2 pets,and every day I think of them. May your memories help to ease your broken heart,and know how many are with you as you go through this sad time.

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  438. Marina says:

    I have a 15-year old dog and I am trying to remember every day that this could be her last day with me. I have lost a dog years ago and it was a devastating experience because she had to be put to sleep in the end. I am praying this will not happen again but I know how it feels to loose them. I am very sorry for your loss.

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  439. Julie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I understand exactly what you are feeling. This year we lost our dog Maria to a terrible cancer and our 15 1/2 year old Bailey to old age. I would like to share a special moment we had when we took Maria to the vet on her last day. She was very week and cancer had ravaged her body. Maria was only 8 yrs old and was far to young to die. While we were in the waiting room a woman next to me asked if she could say a prayer for a peiceful passage. We said yes and she got on the floor with her and closed her eyes and said a silent prayer. When she opened her eyes she had tears streaming down her face. Maria instantly relaxed which she hadn’t been able to for weeks. This woman, who we had never met before, looked us in the eyes and said do not be suprised if you get a visit from her one night to let you know she is ok. Several nights later i woke up to wind in my face. It startled me and i couldn’t quite figure it out until my husband pointed out when Maria wagged it would blow things off the table. She created wind with that happy wag. About a week later she came again although this time I could clearly see her beautiful face. I had forgotten what she looked like healthy…she looked healthy and happy and a moment later a black dog came and got her and off they went. I have never had a experience like this before or since. My mom was since diagnosed with terminal brain cancer a month later. She passed away 2 months after that. I wish I could have the same experience I had with Maria but no luck. Hopefully my story about Maria will help you to know that your sweet dog is happy in heaven too!

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  440. Ken DiCarlo says:

    My Heat is Aching for you… I don’t want this this to be about me but want to share my story.. My Mom passed away in November and it was 2 months of reconnecting and shared words of Love. She was a valiant soldier and in the end she gave me a gift that was wrapped with shining paper a huge bow that I will carry for the rest of my life.
    Shortly after my Cairn Terrier Sophie 16 years old became ill suddendly .. A Ruptured eye that had to be removed.. The vet without my consent removed some of her teeth .. Needless to say she never recovered .. She passed in my partners arms.. I could not watch her leave me.. I had a nervous breakdown and NEVER thought I would recover…
    After 9 months we just adopted a rescue from Georgia… Can’t go on about what she endured it is too heartbreaking ..
    She is a real JOY and just wants to please …. she is perfect.. Sleeps tight all night… goes outside to do her duty.. cuddles and trusts us implicitly ..
    We are sending you a bunch of Love …any furry friend would be honored to have you as a parent … You are Loving and gentle and need to like myself wait a bit … then bring a a new furry friend home to cherish and they will cherish you.
    My Heartfelt Sympathies to you and yours.
    Know your truly appreciated.
    Love Ken & Clay

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  441. JoAnn Reed says:

    Hi Chet, I am so sorry for your loss. Bauer was so lucky to have someone like you.I wasw so moved with your letter of your last day together.GOD BLESS YOU JoAnn

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  442. Jack says:

    Chet,I am so so sorry for you and your familys loss of Bauer.They take a chunck of our hearts with them.God Bless

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  443. Ruth says:

    I do feel for you. It is so hard to loose a pet they are part of the family. I lost my 2 yrs ago by poisoning. someone threw some poison to him and I didn’t know what was happening to him. He quit eating but has done that before. I changed his food and then he would eat again. Not this time. By the time I got him to the Vet it was too late. My was only 7. My last day was playing ball in the back yard. He would play all day if someone would play with him. He was special. I still miss him dearly.
    I wish the best to you and your family. It’s hard to love another but they can fill that empty space. I now have a 18mo old assuie. It’s trying. He is different very active.
    but my heart goes out to you and your family

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    Geeta Reddy Reply:

    So sorry to hear about Bauer, i enjoyed seeing you and Bauer in the training videos. We lost our Daschound 12 yr old in December
    2010. Then we got another Daschound who is 16 months old and then for this only i started taking your training lessons which helped me quite a lot. Our hearts go for you and your family.

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  444. Kathy says:

    Chet,
    So sorry for the loss of your dear companion, Chet. It is amazing how much an animal becomes your friend and family in just a short time. I am sure that all of the wonderful memories you have will help you in this time of loss. God Bless.
    Kathy

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  445. Bob Myers says:

    The Price of Love

    When we as humans came into this world, we were called babies. We were vulnerable, dependant, unable to speak, to communicate our needs, our sorrow, our pain. We couldn’t tell anyone what hurt, where it hurt, how much it hurt. Our only outlet was to cry with the hope of finding comfort in the warm embrace of our mothers and fathers.

    Soon we became known as children, learning to speak, to communicate in meaningful ways. Then a teenager when we are mastering our language, learning independence and preparing for our futures. Before you know it, mom and dad are loading up the Honda with Abercrombie clothes and sending us off to college. Later we seek and find a mate and the whole process starts over.

    We become parents. Suddenly we are faced with how do we do this thing that we have become…..parenting. What a frightening word. We are now responsible for another’s life. We rush out, talk to friends, neighbors, people who have done this before, our own parents. We buy books, how to potty train your child, how to raise your child, how to educate your child, how to properly feed your child. We take advice from others who are supposed to know how to do these things. Eventually, all things work themselves out, our children grow, they are ready to leave home, we bid them farewell and hope we have done our job of parenting well.

    When a dog comes into this world we call them puppies. They are vulnerable, dependant, unable to speak, to communicate their needs, their sorrow, their pain. They can’t tell anyone what hurts, where it hurts, how much it hurts. Their only outlet is to cry with the hope of finding comfort in the warm embrace of their pack.

    Soon they become known as dogs. They are learning their environment. They are learning to communicate in meaningful ways, a growl, a bark, the sideways glance, the show of teeth, the up tail, the down tail, the wagging tail, the tucked scared tail, the ears as expressive as any human face. But no matter how smart they are, no matter how old they get, they will always be as dependant on us as babies. They are unable to speak directly to us and tell us their needs, their sorrows, their pain, where it hurts, what hurts, how much it hurts. Their only outlet is to cry and hope we can comfort them because that’s our job.

    You see, we are parents. So we rush out, talk to friends, talk to neighbors, talk to veterinarians, talk to people who are supposed to know how to do this thing…..parenting. We buy books, how to housebreak your dog, how to train your dog, how to feed your dog. Eventually, all things work themselves out, we’ve raised our dogs to the best of our ability, given them the best possible care, yet the time comes when they still must leave. The only thing we can do is bid them farewell and hope we have done our job of parenting well.

    On Wednesday evening, God came and sat next to our first born baby Lucy. He gently took his hand and scratched her head and ears and speaking to Lucy said what a good girl you have been. At times, you have challenged this family but you have also brought this family immeasurable love, joy and happiness. I can see you are getting tired so I have come to take you home.

    We protested. There must be a mistake. Lucy is in perfect health. Lucy has a long life yet to live.

    SHE IS ALREADY HOME, we shouted.

    God continued to sit at Lucy’s side lovingly stroking her fur until
    9:25pm on Friday July 29, 2011 when he saw that we and the doctors could do no more, he gently gathered Lucy in his arms and lovingly pulled her into the warmth and comfort of his embrace. Lucy then looked to me and touched her nose to my face and I knew she was saying I Love You Daddy, Goodbye.
    God then whispered in her ear, come with me Lucy, Sara is waiting for us, and she was gone.

    We are vulnerable, dependant, unable to speak, to communicate our needs, our sorrow, our pain, what hurts, where it hurts, how much it hurts. We are crying but there is no comfort to be found.

    Is this the price that must be paid for the privilege of having loved a dog?

    For Our Dog…. Lucy

    Bob Myers

    I feel your pain Chet. I am so sorry for your loss. I can only hope my tribute to my dog Lucy shows that you are not alone.

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  446. Alesha says:

    Hi Chet,
    My heart goes out to you and your family! I to have had to put to sleep 3 of my beautiful babies over the last 15yrs to illness. The heartbreak I still feel to this day is unbelievable. I miss them with all my heart every day. Im currently training my 4mth old jack russel, with the help of the beautiful Bauer’s training videos. Bauer was a stunning dog,who I fell in love with as soon as I saw him on the computer. Your poem made me cry, you have a fantastic way with words. Here in England, vets are also extortionate!!! I think things should change, its not fair that in desparate times we’re made to make in some cases hard financial decisions regarding another life!!! I really do wish you well. Bauer was a lucky dog to have such a lovely owner.
    All my love and prayers
    Alesha
    xxx

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  447. Katie says:

    So sorry about the loss of your beautiful dog! As you said, it was way to soon.

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  448. Lori Kaveney says:

    So sorry about Bauer,love reading about your adventures. I to lost my Joeboo the Best dog ever. He will always be with me. And we did have a good last day,just alot of love and caring.

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  449. Diane Farrell says:

    Chet,

    I’m so very sorry you lost Bauer; whether a dog is 2 or 17, the pain is still like no other. I’ve had to go through it too many times and each time I say “never again” but after a period of time the void is just too great. You can never replace the dog you’ve lost, but that doesn’t mean you can’t love another.

    My prayers are with you and your family.

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  450. Diane Farrell says:

    Chet,

    I’m so very sorry you lost Bauer; whether a dog is 2 or 17, the pain is still like no other. I’ve had to go through it too many times and each time I say “never again” but after a period of time the void is just too great. You can never replace the dog you’ve lost, but that doesn’t mean you can’t love another.

    My prayers are with you and your family.

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  451. i am so sorry to hear about your dog it has been almost a year that i lost my dog to and i still morn for her but it will get better as the days pass they are are family and you will always have the memories,my regards go out to you and your family,remember it will get better,

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  452. Dana says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain when one day I lose my amazing little chihuahua…. but I too believe that our beloved pets go to heaven & one day we will be walking on the streets of gold together.
    Until then, you are in my prayers.
    God Bless,

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  453. Lisa says:

    Dear Chet,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful dog Bauer. How wonderful the vet gave you a book on dealing with a loss of your pet. Dogs bless us with so much joy in our lives. When one crosses the over to the heavens, it is heartbreaking. On the other hand, there is also another dog waiting to come into your home, bring you joy, and to create memories with. No matter what, always keep the faith that you will see all of your pets that have come into your life again. Thank you for sharing how you would relive your last day. It was written beautifully and brought tears. You are amazing CHet. Thank you for all you do.

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  454. Leeann says:

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your best friend. The tribute about his last day still has me in tears. One of my friends recently lost her 14-year-old dog and commented to me that she would never have another dog because the pain of losing him was too much to bear. I asked her this simple question, “Would you trade the last 14 beautiful years of memories, love and companionship if you could make this pain go away?” She thought about it and shook her head and said “No.” I think that says it all. While another dog will ever take the place of a beloved pet, love always comes back and when you look back on those memories, they will be treasures – perhaps while you’re watching a wobbly little puppy romp across the yard with his sweet tail wagging … and you’ll fondly smile! Praying for you as you begin the healing process. It’s a hard mountain to climb, but there is a “cold nose” somewhere on the other side that will help you heal your heart.

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  455. Mary Dalby says:

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. It is a hole in your heart that will take some time to mend. Our pets are our children and when we loose one it truly is heart breaking. Thank you for your heart felt poem I so understand.As and older person I have had a few dogs in my life and it always hurts so badly when they are gone Hold on to those wonderful memories that you have it will get you through.

    My thought’s and prayers go out to you and your family.

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  456. Theresa says:

    Dear Chet and family,
    so sorry to hear of your great loss. I was heart broken to read the news.Reading your Last Day post,brought back a flood of memories of my own loss.My two furbabies passed seven months ago.The comfort in knowing that when I get called home to heaven that we will again be together to run and play.Their presence may be gone, but they live on in our hearts and souls.They are always with us.My two year old rescue brings me great joy,but I still miss my boys.Time will help heal us,but memories keep us going. God Bless you and your family.Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Theresa

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  457. LQ says:

    Chet, please know that my heart is with you. Bauer was very fortunate to have a owner like you. I know the feeling to lose a best furry friend because I to lost my Suzie Q a few years back. Even though I have two new BFF now, it’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think of Suzie Q. Bauer is above in heaven watching over you counting the days until you all can relive your last days.

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  458. Lesley says:

    Hi Chet As I sit here with tears running down my cheeks remembering the same pain as you no doubt are feeling, I have the most wonderful memories of my beloved German Shepherd Sidge. He left us suddenly almost 2 years ago at the age of 13 years old. I rescued him at 4 weeks old after his young mum rejected him. He was totally another family member and we have grieved for him just as deeply as the loss of any other dearly loved human relative. There is not a day goes by that we do not miss him but as time passes the intense agony softens to a dull ache and as I recall the fun and companionship we had, this far outweighs the bitter memory of the day he passed away. Remember all your good times and the passage of time will make things easier. Much love Lesley

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  459. marion veira says:

    Dear Chet,
    I am so very ,very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved dog,Bauer.I have only had my little dog,Milo for ten months but the bond between us was instant and unconditional.I have always loved dogs but until I had one of my own,I did not appreciate how deep the love and connection could be.
    This passed year has been a very,very tough one for me and my precious little dog has helped me through it without ever knowing what a huge difference he has made to my life.
    I am so sad to hear about your dog,especially as he was still so very young but I hope all your happy memories of your time together will be of comfort.I know now that the saying “a dog is man’s best friend” is 100% true.best wishes Marion and Milo.x

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  460. Debbie says:

    Dear chet, everyone has a story od loosing a lost furry friend, its awful, I truly believe that furry friends and babays give the most unconditional love there is to give.it klled me when i lost mine too, im sure you have read this but for those that haven’t, hope this helps , best of luck , keeping you in my prayers …. RAINBOW BRIDGE……

    THERE IS BRIDGE CONNECTION HEAVEN AND EARTH. IT IS CALLED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE BECAUSE OF ITS MANY COLORS, JUST THIS SIDE OF THE RAINBOW BRIDGE THERES A LAND OF MEADOWS, HILLS AND VALLEYS WITH LUSH GREEN GRASS. WHEN A BELOVED PET DIES THE PET GOES TO THIS PLACE. THERE IS ALWAYS FOOD AND WATER AND WARM SPRING WEATHER. THE OLD AND FRAIL AEW MADE YOUNG AGAIN,THOSE WHO ARE MAIMED ARE MADE WHOLE AGAIN. THEY PLAY ALL DAY WITH EACH OTHER, THERE IS ONLY ONE THING MISSING, THEYB ARE WITH THERE SPECIAL PERSON WHO LOVED THEM ON EARTH. SO EACH DAYB THEY RUN AND PLAY UNTIL THE DAY COMES WHEN ONE SUDDENLY STOPS PLAYING AND LOOKS UP! THE NOSE TWITCHES! THE EYES ARE STARING! AND THIS ONE SUDDENLY RUNS FROM THE GROUP! YOU HAVE BEEN SEEN,AND WHEN YOU NAD YOUR SPECIAL FRIEND MEET YOU TAKE HIM OR HER INTO YOUR ARMS AND EMBRACE, YOUR FACE IS KISSED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND YOU LOOK ONCE MORE INTO THE EYE OF YOUR TRUSTING PET, THEN YOU CROSS THE RAINBOW BRIDGE TOGETHER, NEVER AGAIN TO BE SEPERATED. !!

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  461. Maura says:

    My heart always goes out especially to you, now, as I read your story. Their our best friends. (sometimes better than people – they never dissappoint and they always bring joy)

    Their all my pride and joy and I know their yours. Jesus will make your heart easier!

    Lovings thoughts and prayres – We will all play again

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  462. Frank says:

    Chet,
    My tears started right away when I started to read what happened to Bauer. I am so very sorry for your loss. I actually found you on here to start training my new Golden i got as a puppy in April.
    I had to put my Golden to sleep after 9 years from a ruptured slpeen due to cancer. It happened suddenly and I held him as he passed and stayed with him to say goodbye like you did. They love you like crazy and we love them just as much. It will make a grown man cry and I still do but time heals and the best thing is that memories are always with us. It is very difficult and I will pray for you. God Bless.

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  463. Ann Sander says:

    Oh Chet,
    This hit SO close to home that I, too, wept uncontrollably.

    My sweet Trudie suffered bloat and the stomach almost flipped. My GODSEND of a vet met me at her clinic at 2:30 in the morning in her pajamas and spent about 12 hours pumping her stomach from every conceivable exit, including inserting a tube through her side. My Trudie actually survived that, but it was absolutely heartbreaking to watch and haunts me to this day.

    A couple of months ago, we had to let our sweet Trudie go. (Sobbing again now.) Trudie had been found running down the highway and the director of the shelter where she was taken said she was “untrustworthy, unadoptable, and dangerous” because he thought (solely on her appearance) that she was part WOLF. (She was not. We had her DNA tested.) A now dear friend of the family who works for an animal sanctuary and gets notice of the “red alert” animals who are scheduled for immediate euthanasia fought with the shelter until they finally allowed him to take her. After months of testing her around other animals, children, etc., our dear friend felt confident that Trudie was as loving a companion as they get. We adopted her when my children were 3, 4, and 5 years old. She gave us 7 years of the most unconditional love and joy that any living creature can express. Not only was Trudie completely trustworthy, she turned out to win the hearts of every person and animal she encountered–many of whom were very reluctant to even approach her at first sight. I have pictures of my son sleeping on here when he had 105 temperature and of her licking our rescued kitten as it batted her repeatedly in the face. She protected a baby bird that feel out of a tree once and when anyone in our family was ever crying or upset, she would go get her little stuffed bear (we called it her “baby”) and she would drop it in the lap of whoever was distressed. She was also famous for “smiling” on command. I could go on forever…

    Chet, I too needed a way to mourn and to also honor her. Ultimately, I took every picture I have of her from the first day we got her until our last day with her and put them into a slide show. The end of it shows the “rewind” of her from recent days…back to that first day we got her. It is set to sweet music such as, “The more I’m around some people, the more I like my dog” and “I want you to love me like my dog does” and “My best friend” and others. It is a tribute to our beloved Trudie that my boys can always visit to remember her life with us. Of course I would not expect anyone outside of the family to want to view the entire video since it is long as it was created for my family; but I thought I’d note a few of the particularly sweet moments on the video that non-family members seem to find particularly funny, adorable, heartwarming and something enjoyable to watch. So here are the “start and stop” times within the video that you might fast forward to in order to see the abbreviated version and maybe get a smile.

    I still cry every time I see this. But I do find that between the tears, I am beginning to have some smiles. I believe in time this will be more smiles and fewer tears. It has been extremely healing and makes us feel like we can visit our Trudie and not worry that we will forget how unbelievably precious she was. Here are the “highlights” I recommmend:

    Go to:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIq0OOdgN1Y

    5:44-6:10
    When the song says, “…With a knick knack paddy whack, GIVE A DOG A BONE…” my son feeds the dog a bone

    7:37-7:59
    Trudie’s famous smile in her “Little Red Riding Hood” picture…
    Then when my son had a fever of 105 and fell asleep on her…
    Then a picture of Trudie laying with my precious 17 year old Persian cat, Savannah, as she lay in a coma…literally just hours before she passed.

    10:11-10:56
    THIS IS A FAVORITE FOR EVERYONE!
    This is our “vicious” dog with our then new rescue kitten,Lila Quartermaine-coon.

    19:09-20:45
    Some video clips of the boys wrestling with Trudie and also playing hide and seek. She LOVED to play hide and seek and when she’d find us, we’d jump out and say, “OH YOU FOUND ME!!” and she’d take off running in excitement. She would even do this when we’d tell her to stay in the backyard and then we’d go hide down the street. When we’d call her, she’d come RUNNING til she found us.

    21:37-to the end (about 4 minutes total).
    Wraps it all up.
    Shows how many people loved this sweet dog.
    Shows her growing up with the boys. A few short clips of some of the sweetest moments anyone ever shared with a dog…ever.

    With a shared heavy heart,
    Ann Sander

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  464. Mary M says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I too have lost my beloved, precious dog in April 2012. I feel your loss. God Bless both our dogs. They have given us many years of love and happiness.

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  465. Janice says:

    Chet,

    Yes, this touched my heart. Many years ago my dog went through the exact same scenario…she was a rescue dog and so very sweet. It’s so comforting to know that you had a peaceful, wonderful day with Bauer. I have enjoyed your experiences and training with him. Prayers are with you and your family.

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  466. Vicki R says:

    I am so sorry for the loss Bauer. When I read it I teared up. I know how hard it is, been through it too many times. Just know you gave him a good life. Think about the good times and how lucky he was to have you as an owner 🙂

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  467. Scott says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like I know Bauer as I watched him learn as a puppy in your house & backyard.
    Almost 500 replies is a testimony to how much this dog was loved.
    We will buy some marsh mellos & feed him to our dog, Jax, as we think of Bauer.

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  468. jamie says:

    Oh Chet, my heart goes out to you and your family as you mourn the loss of Bauer!! He was loved by such an amazing family! This poem is just amaazing and has so much love in it! He really lived such a beautiful and happy life. I am so so sorry for you lost! You are truly an amazing guy and had such an amazing love for your best friend, Bauer!!

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  469. Jean says:

    Chet, I lost a dog to cancer a little less than a year ago. I will never forget our last day together. I have many details of her final weeks written in my journal. It is such a blessing to be able to go back and read my thoughts and feelings and how we spent those last moments together. She taught me so much.

    May you find comfort in all those wonderful dog moments that you had with Bauer. He will forever be in your heart.

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  470. Lucie Pouliot says:

    Oh my God… how deep you must suffer!
    I’ve been there once.
    I know that not a word can relieve your pain.
    Only time…

    Be blessed Chet.
    Yes I would like to recieve your poem too, pleass put me on the list.

    Lucie

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  471. Amanda says:

    Chet,
    My heart goes out to you and yours. If only we could have them to love much longer. Time does help, as you know, but you will never forget those special things about him. I have never replaced a single one of my beloved pets, I do get others but never is one replaced. Just loved and enjoyed.
    Our little gal is going to learn about a new treat. I know she will love the marshmallow she will have as we salute Bauer.
    Bless you and thanks for all your help.
    Amanda

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  472. peggy says:

    Oh, my goodness!!!!I am so very sorry for you, your family, and for Bauer. What a beautiful dog he was! He will never know the countless of lives he has touch through your many teaching videos. What a loss. I thank you for sharing yourself, your time, and your wonderful Bauer with us all. What wonderful memories he must have created for you and your family. Hold on to those memories, they will help lessen the hurt.

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  473. Maryanne Abernathy says:

    My thoughts and prayers are out to you Chet.
    It is so hard recovering the loss of a dog. I lost my Sandy (yellow lab) this past February. It was very hard. So, I know what you’re going thru. Take care!

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  474. Angel Dozier says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! Dogs are unconditional love no matter what is going on in our lives. It is so hard without them. Our beloved Sam died last year at the age of 17 even though he out lived his life expectancy it is still so hard to loose of sweet puppies!

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you!

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  475. Gina says:

    Hi Chet.
    I have only found out about your sad news. I am sorry for your loss and hope that you and your family can celebrate his life in the coming weeks. I feel humbled by the replies you have received and I hope the support helps you through this. We know that after all the help you have given us with our little ones, we reach out to give you some help and support back.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Gina

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  476. Sharon says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss!! Losing our furry friends is always so difficult!! They love us unconditionally and are truly members of our family!!
    I really liked the idea of reliving their best day. It makes me appreciate my 2 dogs and cat. And, I too believe we will be united with our pets in heaven!!
    Thank you for sharing your story. Sharon

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  477. Mark says:

    Chet,sorry to here of the loss of Bauer. A Few years ago I also lost a
    dear friend who was my companion for 16 years.Because of an illness we had to put him down. his last days was surrounded by family until his last breath. I don’t think it could have been any better.Everyone got to say their last goodbye and hold him.I still feel a great loss and that is one reason I decided to buy your course to give my new companion the best I can.

    Keep up the great work

    Mark

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  478. Elaine says:

    My heart and prayers go out to you for the loss of Bauer. Our furry friends become our children they give us some much love and ask little in return. We have lost two beautiful poodles and it was heart breaking at the time. We have been lucky enough to find two more dark brown poodles who give us so much pleasure and love.

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  479. Bert says:

    Chet,
    So very sorry about your dog Bauer. We lost our 17 year old golden/shepherd mix one year ago, and it still brings tears to our eyes. It took all this time for us to be able to consider having another dog, but we finally made the decision to rescue one–a yellow lab. Your training letters have helped a great deal with our very sweet, but challenging, new furry friend. Thank you, and know that you are not alone…

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  480. Frances says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss.I know it is hard to lose a dog.I had to put one down back in 1998.She was 16 years and 3months.I still cry when I think of her.I now have an Austrailian cattle dog who is 10 years old.Just got a puppy about 3 months ago,he is 5months now. It took me almost 5 years before I could even think of getting another dog.She was my life-my baby.When she was about 2years old she save my life and my youngest son life from burning in a housefire.Dogs are so precious in a persons life.They help in so many ways in the daily life especially as you get older as I am 65 and I was told by a doctor that dogs do make a person live longer.They give that person something to look forward to everyday and want to live….AGAIN sorry for your loss.

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  481. Brenda says:

    Dear Chet,
    I am so very very sorry to hear that Bauer died of stomach bloat. It is unpreventable and unpredictable for sure. In 1987 my dear old Cleo a Bearded Collie, died of the same thing and I was so shocked that I just bawled my eyes out at the vet (and my ex-husband was there to witness it no kidding). I had to call my mom at work and tell her and she cried too, at work.
    Stomach bloat happens and even if Bauer had made it through the surgery there would have been little guarantee that it would not happen again. I am crying a little again just thinking about it.
    My guess is that you are no stranger to dogs passing away; no matter what from, whether old age or accident or disease, it will not feel any better. I think it was the suddenness of it all that really brought out all those tears and the fact is, he was too young. But I know that you will recover and that the next golden you get won’t have that happen to him or her.
    The future is an unknown so maybe all we can do with our belvoed pets and our beloved people is to remember that and always say I love you, be spontaneous and take them out for ice cream once in a while, and less of the maybe tomorrow, next week, etc and more of the okay I can fit this fun in NOW. And then get back to work.
    Believe me when I tell you that I know exactly how you feel and I know that you will not always feel so sad.

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  482. Fran says:

    Bauer will be remembered by thousands of grateful owners that have learned from you. Bauer has enriched the lives of so many. We are lucky to have had him, if only for such a short time and I mourn the passing of such a sweet dog.
    I have read that so many, like myself, have had the loss of a beloved dog. It took us nearly two years to even consider another puppy but I have to tell you it was the best thing we could have done. Not only did this new girl bring joy to our house again, she constantly brought me treasured memories of our departed girl Osa. It allowed Osa to walk beside us and have her guide us through the delights of puppyhood. She was always there to warm my heart through the eyes of this impy puppy. I could see her clearly and feel her love for us in these simple everyday acts. I am just sorry I waited so long to see her again. It took us too long to understand that the pain of her passing would not go away until I started seeing her life again through the eyes of this new puppy. The pain of her death began to be replaced with the joy of her life memories in little moments that took me by surprise. Grieve for your Bauer but don’t wait too long to let your heart heal by extending it to another and allow Bauer to come back to you through a new life.
    Heartfelt Regards,
    Fran

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  483. Mia says:

    I’m so sorry this happened but now your dog is in a happy place once it’s your turn to fall asleep forever you’ll see your dog again. My eyes are filled with tears I love animals and I would never be able to be as strong about this for you Bauer had a long life a head of him but since I’m cathiolc I belive God did that for a reason if Bauer had lived it would be even worse because he would be in pain. So my point is he fell asleep for a good cause. I hope you fell better about this after all these coments everyone is send! Sorry ;(

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  484. Patricia Teague says:

    So sorry to hear about Bauer, I know how much you loved him and how much he loved you. Thank you for the last day advice, I,m going to take my dogs out more often. They love to go riding and biking and walking, so I will take them more often. Thanks again.

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  485. cathleen miller says:

    So Sorry for your loss. I lost my Bichon to Valley Fever and severe arthritis last year. I have a new one and he’s not the same personality as the other one. Stubborn as gum on a carpet. He has a loud systolic murmur and enlarged heart so I try to do things with him. He is so attached. Yesterday our streets and yards were flooded from the monsoon. No one anywhere except search and rescue helping people. Since it was sheet flooding and 5 am I decided to place a 50ft. rope on Jean-Paul my bichon and let him romp in the streets in the water. I knew he would be a mess as I. I would not trade that morning for anything else. He was truly delighted and happy. It was so much fun and then we looked up and saw the rainbow.

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  486. Manny Shah says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family for the loss of your wonderful Bauer and we all treat them as a family Member and loyal friend because they deserve to be. Thank you for everything you share with all of us. I will pray God to keep his soul relax and happy forever.

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  487. CJ says:

    Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine going through the pain of losing a best friend like that. For us dog lovers the relationship with our dogs is so much deeper than non-dog lovers can even imagine or understand. From one dog trainer to another I think your work is great and really appreciate your “hands off” training approach.

    Keep your head up and keep smiling.
    God Bless,
    CJ Stauffer

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  488. Deborah Todd says:

    Dear Chet,
    My heart breaks with and for you. I know how searing the pain is, having lost 2 Rotties at a young age. What a blessing it is for you to have been able to spend that last perfect day with your most beloved boy. There is a wonderful poem written by Rudyard Kipling called “The Power of the Dog>” If you are not
    familiar with it, I urge you to look it up. Perhaps this quote from Trving
    Townsend will give you a small degree of comfort in the midst of the storm …

    “We who choose to surround ourselves with lives
    even more temporary than our own,
    live within a fragile circle easily and often breached.

    Unable to accept its awful gaps,
    we woulld still live no other way.

    We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
    never fully understanding the necessary plan. ”

    Your sweet Bauer will be patiently waiting for you to throw the next ball
    in a green meadow on the other side of the Raibow Bride.
    Blessings, Deborah

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  489. Deborah Todd says:

    Correction I meant to type Rainbow Bridge :)!

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  490. Raul says:

    Hey Chet,
    Sorry to hear about your dog. I know how that feels. Just rember he is in a better place!!!!

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  491. Jeanine Saperstein says:

    I offer my sympathy and yet know it will take quite awhile to ease the grieving. If you continue to grieve uncontrollably, please go to your local health food store and buy a Homeopathic Remedy named Ignatia. Another help is a Bach Flower remedy called Rescue Remedy, which you can also find at the health food store. These natural remedies had helped us through our parents passing and then our precious cockapoo Wookie dying by tragic means last summer at only 8 years old. My husband and Wookie’s little 4 pound poodle friend, Moxie, were grieving so badly that we got another puppy a week later and then yet another 6 months later because she looked like Wookie. Although she is now a year old, we still call our new Bichon Little Wookie. Your advice has helped me enormously in raising them, so I was heartened to read that you intend to stick around for a long time to come. I so loved your poem and so will my husband when I send it to him. I know you will never forget Bauer but wish the best for you and your next wonderful furry friend.

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  492. josh says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss.hope you find another dog like him

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  493. bill says:

    Hi.Chet,Thanks am so sorry to hear about your loss I know how hard it is to go through and while reading your story the last day the tears and thoughts of my last two dogs came back.After Jack died three years back I said I would never have a other dog but I found one at the dog trust Glasgow back in July this year , she is brill and has made my to day so many times since bring her home .I have learned so much from you about looking after dogs the thing I did wrong with Judy and Jack I hope to put right with Roxy. I wish you and your family all the best and hope in time the hurt will ease. Take care bill …Scotland

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  494. elizabeth weavr says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Bauer. I feel I know you and Bauer personaly from watching the videos.I hope you get comfort from all the fond memories you have of him.You are in my Prayers

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  495. Kady says:

    Awwww when I lost my first dog I wish that I could do that last day thing too. My dog died suddenly from a heart attack

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  496. Colleen Allred says:

    Dear Chet:

    Although the sadness you are feeling is painful, isn’t it wonderful that you have happy memories of Bauer’s last day at the beach and that you would have done everything EXACTLY the same if given the chance. Thank you for sharing this story. This great reminder to all of us to enjoy every moment of every day. I dragged my tired body to the dog park last night after reading your story.

    You now have another guardian angel in heaven looking over you named Bauer. I’ve read that dogs sleep on fluffy clouds, don’t have wings because they are allowed to run as much as they want and eat dog treats that are shaped like ham sandwiches.

    My thoughts are with you.

    Colleen

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  497. Sue says:

    Chet,

    I just read your email now about the tragic passing of Bauer. My heart breaks for you and your family. To lose a four-legged family member is difficult at any time, but when it happens so unexpectedly and to a dog as young as Bauer, it transcends sadness to tragedy. I hope the multitude of memories you have of him will help comfort you and your family and with time, the grief will not feel as sharp.

    As can be seen in the many replies to your poignant post, we can all identify and empathize with you and what you are going through and in some small way, share your pain.

    Comforting thoughts to you

    Sue

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  498. Pat Moller says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dog. I have lost many a dogs during my life time. And it doesn’t,t get any easier. I think of my past pets often and still shed a tear or too.

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  499. Mei says:

    Awwww.. This made me cry. I feel sorry for your loss, Chet. And as for the picture, my heart breaks into pieces just by seeing Bauer in that picture. What a wonderful dog and owner.. Don’t worry he’ll be back! 🙂

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  500. marian says:

    I am so sorry to hear your loss. It is not easy to see our best friend leave us, but knowing he is no longer in pain helps ease our pain.My prayers are with you.

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  501. Sandi says:

    Chet, I’m so, so sorry to hear about Bauer. To lose him at such a young age is devastating and unfair but many times life is unfair. You will never be able to replace him but one day, when he time is right, perhaps you can fill the void. Over the years, I have had to part with a number of “best friends,” dogs, cats, bunnies and most recently one of my beloved horses – she was one of the most loyal and loving friends I’ve ever had. Her death was sudden and painful for both of us. So, my dear friend, it is with a heavy heart and tear-filled eyes, knowing the pain of your loss that I sincerely hope one day we will meet our furry friends waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. May God bless you and your family and be with you during this difficult time. Sandi

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  502. charisse rose says:

    Dear Chet, I am so sorry for the loss of ur family member & friend.
    The last day with Bauer was one in which the two of u will never forget! I believe like u must believe that one day we will be with all our loved one’s, even our 4 legged one’s, they truely give us unconditional love.
    U where all blessed to have each other!
    This lose weighs heavy in ur hearts, but u will always remember & have fond memories, for the day u meet again.
    God Bless, may ur sorrows be filled with laughter.
    Sincerely Charisse

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  503. Robin says:

    Dear Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I recently lost my mini Dashund of 16 yrs. That tore my heart out. Our dogs are one of the best companions that we can have. I had 4 children but they grew up and left. My dog never did that, I love learning from all your information. I know that one day you will be together again but in a much better place! My heart goes out to you and your wife and family. My God be with you in these rough times. Robin

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  504. Karen says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Bauer. I am dealing with an 11 year old blind dog myself. She gets eye-drops 3 times a day. She take Rimadyl daily. I sit her in my lap to feed her. She gets dementia at times. Often she gets me up in the wee early hours (4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.) I go through taking her outside to potty, take her to get a drink, and then bring her back to bed. Sometimes this works, and other times she needs to pace. It is like she is disorientated. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I am not sure about her quality of life, but I know that she enjoys petting and napping. I do not think that she is in pain. I know that she does not have
    glaucoma because she was tested for that. Cataracts gradually grew even though she had eye-drops for three years. I try to keep her on schedule as much as possible. I love her dearly! I cannot imagine not having her around. I know that I want to do the right thing. I do not get good sleep myself, but I am willing to make the sacrifice as long as I have her. Since you just lost Bauer, I know that you are currently dealing with great loss. No one wants to face loss like yours has been. I guess that pet owners wonder when it is time to make decisions. Your situation was an emergency. That makes it such a shocking loss. I am thinking about you and hope that warm memories help you through this rough time. Karen

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  505. Linda says:

    About a year ago, I lost my best friend, Ozzie, a rescued mix golden retriver.

    I found him when he was about 10 months old and we had a great life together for almost 16 years. At the time he came into my life , I didn’t realize that something was missing in my life. I need him as much as he needed me. I often told people I didn’t know who rescued who. I think of him often and still get watery eyes.

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  506. candice says:

    Dear Chet

    I dont’ really know you and I didn’t know Bauer but I feel as though we are old friends – my heart aches for you. Please know that you are in so many’s thoughts and that everything you did to teach us through your experiences with Bauer was another thing that will keep his memory alive.

    I send you warm and healing thoughts in hopes you will feel a little of it and that it might help you during this very tough time.

    All good things to you
    candice

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  507. Terry Nufrio says:

    Chet, I was so saddened when I read your bad news. I feel as though I know Bauer. I know the terrible feeling of loosing a pet. They depend so much on us and give us nothing but love in return. Somewhere I read when I lost my dog that when you have to make the decision to let them go, you can tell that the soul has left their eyes. I believe that is true, and I believe that they try so hard to feel better. I also want to share a saying that I have – it states: Dogs are not your whole life, but they make your life whole. After we lost our Zoie, I made up my mind that I was going to save a dog from being killed. So we adopted Jeter. You can’t replace the one you had, but you can make another home for a needy friend. Good luck, and God bless.

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  508. Lorene says:

    Dear Chet,
    I am so sorry for your loss, the pain can be almost unbearable. Over the years I have lost some truly beautiful friends and I never wanted to feel that pain again but somehow another special soul would find it’s way into my life and I couldn’t help but be grateful to them for sharing their life with me.
    I’m sure Bauer is still by your side, in spirit, watching over you. 🙂
    Animals bring a sincere, heartfelt love into our lives and I can’t imagine my life without my “furrkids”. My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of grieving. Sincerely Lorene

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  509. Sharron says:

    Dear Chet,
    We are so sorry to hear about your beloved dog, Bauer. He was so young to have such big problems. We have lost several dog kids over the years and it never gets easy. We mourn their loss the same. Please know that God cares whatever we go through and He will give you comfort and peace.

    Thnks for sharing the article on the last day with your pet.
    Sincerely, Sarron

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  510. June N says:

    Dear Chet,
    We are so sorry for your loss of Bauer. We loved watching your videos with him as your model. It is wonderful to know that he was loved by you and admired by all of us! Bauer has so many wonderful dogs to play with now, and he can join our dog too(I was bawling reading your story & many of the others as well).

    It will be almost one year since we lost our four legged companion, Toby, and we still think of him daily. Toby was 13 years old (husky/golden mix), when he broke his leg. We took him to the vet thinking that we would have surgery to repair the fracture, but xrays showed that he had a lung condition (possibly lung CA) that we were not aware of. When the vet asked if he had trouble breathing, we didn’t think of anything unusual, as it was summer, it was hot, and he had long hair.

    With surgery out of the question (vet didn’t think he could survive the anesthesia), we could either put him down then, or splint his leg & hope it healed.

    We were in total shock, but chose to splint his leg & hope for the best. He was a real trooper, and didn’t complain, even when he needed help going to the bathroom (he waited to go outside & would NEVER pee/poop in the house).

    We took him to the vet daily when we couldn’t take off from work, and he would be so excited to come home every day!

    Toby chose his own time to head over the rainbow bridge, and he passed away on my dad’s memorial. It was as if my dad escorted him to the other side . . .

    Today, Toby’s toys are being used by our new guy, Riki, and boy, your videos are sure being put to the test!! This little one is doing everything you ask if our dog does…??? Does your dog do this??? yup, does your dog act like this?? yup!!!

    We know that there can be no replacemnt for Bauer, but sharing your story has been a help to many of us, and hope that you are able to move forward soon!

    Aloha! June

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  511. maree schulz says:

    Oh! how I feel for you. I dread the day this happens to our little minpins Diamond 8 years old and Rubee 6 years old. They are our babies. My husband can’t sleep without them by his side, he is fighting a stage 4 cancer and they give him lots of unconditional love. Thanks for sharing. My prayers go out to you. Maree

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  512. Vicky Lheureux says:

    Dear Chet,

    I’m truly sorry for your loss. I am all too familiar with the feeling. Over the past 30 years, I have lost my share of furry friends. Cats, dogs, horses, squirrels, and racoons. Losing my dogs hurt the most. Over the years, I have come to believe that all of my friends have actually been two of the dogs that had been with me when I was younger. They always seem to come back to me, just in a different body. It seems that we still have many more things to experience together. So, keep your chin up and your heart open. You and Bauer still have things to do. When the day comes for him to find you again, you will know it’s him.

    Best wishes,

    Vicky

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  513. Ashlyn says:

    Hi Chet,
    My Heart goes out to you. I feel for you the loss of Bauer. :o(
    I had to put my German Shepherd Neutron to sleep, the hardest thing Ive ever had to do. I still think did I do the right thing, as she couldnt tell me only the advise of Vet.
    anyway have a beautiful little Ebony boy named Conan now 5mths. He is a shitzu/poodle.
    chin up Have a wonderful Day
    Cheers Ashlyn
    See Me! xox

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  514. Lynne Sebring says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. The loss of a “pet” is hard but when that “pet” is family it is even worse. We refer to our “pets” as our fur baby’s. We had to assist our 15 year old Shepherd/Husky/Wolf mix Ricky in passing due to extreme pain from arthritis and a bad hip due to being hit by a car prior to us adopting her from a shelter. Seeing her in such pain and having such difficulty just to get up was too much for her and too much for us. So we did what was best for her and not for us. She had been our sons best friend since childhood and leaving her behind when he joined the Navy was about the hardest thing he ever had to do. It was really hard for him when we told him what we had to do but having the great love for this dog he knew it was best. Nicholas returned home on several occasions and we spoke about what we should do with her ashes, she loved the beach and would run in the water and play for hours, she loved to run thru the creek behind our house and most of all loved to follow her boy wherever he went. for three years we could not remove her from our home, it just didn’t feel right and we had all decided that we would know when it was time, That time came just as Nicholas was leaving for Italy on his next tour of duty, We went to the beach, the whole family, Nicholas and his Sister Angela carried the urn into the water and spread her ashes,it was like losing her all over again, we all cried together, Nicholas could not let all of her go in the ocean he came home and put the ashes around the creek that she would run thru and come home all muddy, but Nicholas was not done, he said mom, Ricky was my best friend and she was always there for me no matter what, I just can’t let her go. He showed me a small metal vial like the ones that someone would put emergency medication in like nitro. He keeps Ricky with him and though he knows that she is always in his heart that having that little bit of her with him gives him the comfort that she provided him throughout his childhood. Some think it is morbid or creepy but to Nicholas it was the only way he could cope with the loss of his best friend.
    Though we can never replace the one we have lost we can move forward knowing that that “pet” knew that it was loved. God Bless you and your family and I hope that you find peace knowing you loved and were loved in return.

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  515. Sue Ith says:

    I am deeply saddened by your loss. Last year I lost my Cocker Spanial, Ralph and my mother in the spring then on June 16th I lost my husband and his Pomeranian, Willie in a tragic motorcycle accident. This would be a good exercise for any loss to death. It never gets better but we can learn ways to cope with the lonliness.

    Yours in Christ,

    -Sue

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  516. Kay says:

    Dear Chet,
    I am so sorry to hear of your lovely dog Bauers passing.
    Sending you love, blessings and healing at this sad time.
    Take good care.
    Kay

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  517. Benny says:

    Dear Chet,

    So sorry for your loss of your friend. We too tragically lost our 2 furry girl friends at the same time recently. God bless you for your love for him and for the wonderful last day you gave him.

    Now that 6 months have passed, we were able to accept a new puppy friend who found his way to us through a sister in law who was at a local shelter when he was brought there by the Miami Dade County pound.

    He has been a blessing and possibly could save my life since he has helped me overcome obesity that would have eventually taken my life as I have never been able to overcome it on my own. After only 2 months I’ve lost over 20 lbs already and the loss motivated me to have broken my addiction of sugar and carbs. You see he is an Australian Shepherd, a breed I always wanted but for whom I never could make the commitment to provide the excercise they need. Now he has helped me overcome my problem. First I started walking with him once, then twice a day. And then when he wanted faster and faster than I could ever go, I switched to a bicylcle and he knew exactlly what to do. Now we ride together twice a day and sometimes walk.

    At the end of the day, if they had not passed when they did, I might not be alive today. Without their passing I would have never found Oliver and survived my conditioin (rather I should say he found me)and because of their passing, I will probably live longer…and who knows…..maybe wihtout their loss I might have not even been writing this note to you today. So I am thankful to my faithful friends and remember them every day.

    Thank God for Oliver and for people like you. Wishing you a peaceful recovery from your loss.

    Benny

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  518. Sarah says:

    Well Chet, i completely understand what it feels when your dog dies.. I’ve lost two dogs which I loved so much, one a big one while the other one didnt stay with me for even a full month(he was just a little puppy then).. Here’s my advice, take another dog and spend with him each moment like you’d like to spend with Bauer, although no dog could ever replace your older one, I think this would be better…

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  519. Ritwika says:

    Hi Chet,

    Sorry, I am late in reacting. It is indeed painful. I was brought up with dogs throughout my childhood and adolescence. I know the pain what it is to lose your dog forever. But the truth is in a long span of man’s life, one dog cannot be a mate… Only dogs can give us unconditional love, pure and innocent. Let Bauer’s soul RIP.

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  520. Esthela says:

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. It never gets easy. Losing a beloved pet is losing a member of the family, because they members of one’s family that we got to choose.

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  521. Deb says:

    Chet,

    First, let me tell you how much I appreciate you as a person. You are sincere, caring and honest, all traits I highly admire. Your love for dogs and your dedication to the humans who care for them is exemplary. You and Bauer have given us so much especially in the death experience. Thank you is not a big enough choice of words. Know that you are loved and appreciated beyond measure and Bauer will always be remembered with love and joy.

    Your techniques for dog training are incredibly helpful, but to tell you the truth, it is your attitude that has made a big impact on how I deal with my black lab, Calvin. Many changes for the better are occurring in our relationship because of your “Sound advice” and your video clips. They and you are priceless.

    In love of dogs,
    Deb

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  522. Raymond says:

    Chet, Sorry to hear of your loss a friend. I was touch by the Relive Your Last Day, Thank You for sharing. R & S in AZ

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  523. Angela says:

    Chet, I am sorry for your loss and know exactly how you feel. We lost our beloved German Shepherd Libby one month ago. Her passing left a HUGE void in our lives as I am sure Bauer has left in yours. Like Bauer she was taken too soon. She lost her battle against cancer.

    I am sure Bauer had a happy and full life with you as Libby had with us. My husband says we need to live our lives like Libby led hers. Enjoying every day…every minute to the fullest right until the end.

    May we all learn a lesson from our four legged companions. Give love unconditionally and enjoy even the simplest of pleasures with joyful abandon!

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  524. Gina says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Bauer. He was an amazing dog! I have had so many friends lose their best friends lately. I will pass this link along to them. Thank you so much for sharing your story. By the way, your sister-in-law Jamie is a childhood friend of my son’s. We saw her and Dave perform at Silverwood the last time they did the magic show. I found your site through them about a year ago. I am so glad I did. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

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  525. Dianne MacGillivray says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved Bauer.
    Many of us (you’re on-line community) have already experience similar grief upon the loss of a loved pet and can truly relate to your loss. I believe that our pets are gifts to us – like little treasures full of love and surprises. For some they help the humans for others the humans help the dog – it’s a fine art of giving and receiving.
    Thank you for always sharing with us. Your work has really changed my dog world.
    Dianne

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  526. Dianne MacGillivray says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved Bauer.
    Many of us (you’re on-line community) have already experience similar grief upon the loss of a beloved pet and can truly relate to your loss. I believe that our pets are gifts to us – like little treasures full of love and surprises. For some they help the humans for others the humans help the dog – it’s a fine art of giving and receiving.
    Thank you for always sharing with us. Your work has really changed my dog world.
    Dianne

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  527. Judi says:

    Im sorry to hear about your loss i know how it is to lose a friend so close. I had a dog named shadow, We first met when i was 2 and we were the best of friends. we played together ran together and she even saved mine and my sisters lives once. When i was 18 she grew a cyst on her side that soon turned to cancer. the doc said they couldnt remove it because there was i 95% chance that she wouldnt make through surgery and as long as she wasnt suffering we can take her home. My father and i were devestated. we took her home and made everyday like it was her last. 2 and half years later i woke up to her howling. i went to the back yard and found her in a hole that she dug for her self. i picked her up to see what was wrong. Her cyst burst, i knew in my heart that i was going to have only minutes left with her. I took her inside gave her a bath, cleaned her wound bandaged it and gave her something for the pain that the vet gave us. I wrapped her in a blanket and snuggled close to her and pet her till she fell asleep and passed away. I looked up ways to try to cope and found a poem called the rainbow bridge and it helped me alot. The story you wrote about how you would spend his last day teared me up and melted my heart. good luck to you

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  528. Linda Kranak says:

    So sorry about your loss…We lost our 12 1/2 yr. old German Shephered “Sargent” 2 yrs. ago in Oct. He had a stroke which left him unable to walk or control his bladder. More recent was losing our female German Shepherd “Pocketts” in Feb. this year. Last week in Jan. we took her in for a swollen face from a bite and within days she had bloated so upon taking her for a check up the following week. I did not recognize the signs of her dying. She seperated herself from us and our other 2 dogs, no energy, stopped eating, odd licking of her mouth…Yet once the vet xrayed and drew blood from her abdomen she was already in the process of dying. I was so shocked I took her home and spent the rest of Wed. and Thurs and most of Friday with her. Slept on the floor, petting her talking to her and holding her and she even had ice cream. I took her outside and she still wanted to play with her Frisbee. I stayed with her as we said our good byes and it was so hard to leave her behind. I chose to have her cremated and buried her on her birthday May 30th. I so miss her and Sargent……

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  529. Rose says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved pet, I lost my dog in Jan an it nearly torn me apart, she had been living with my sister for the past 2 yrs since I couldn’t bring her with me on accout I didn’t have a place to keep her – so we both suffered the loss, she lived for 13 yrs an they are turly a member of the family – my sister took it the hardest – but there is an empty void in your heart when you lose a pet – I know my sister misses Birdie most of all because she got so attached to her she was a wonderful dog, My thoughts an prayers go out to you an your family

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  530. Diana Callahan says:

    Dear Chet,
    I was so deeply affected by this news that I could not read this until now. I cried like a baby, It helped me to mourn my 2 cats that I previously had to put down a couple of weeks prior to getting this email.

    I felt as if I knew Bauer with all the videos and training materials I have received from you in such a short time.

    I know that this process is healing as I went through it when I lost my Son 6 years ago. I so appreciated all the letters and notes I received on the website.

    I have had my oldest dog, of 6 years now, right after my Son passed and it helped me get through the years. My recent new edition is a rescue which brought me to your hands off training program. I have enjoyed it very much and still going through the materials. Since I work full time, my training has gone slower than I want, but nonetheless it has been beneficial and I want to continue receiving your materials. Please keep me on your list.

    Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this loss. I know some day we will be reunited with our pets and loved ones. Faith will keep us going.

    Sincerely,
    Diana

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  531. Lana says:

    My beloved Beagle died about 4 months ago. I am still mourning the loss of this loyal companion and friend. He was a shelter dog, (as all my pets are) and I could not have asked for a better companion. Mozart (he bayed so well!!) died within a matter of 3 days do to a heart problem and kidney failure. I never could have imagined a more loyal and faithful companion. We loved to listen to him outside making his “beagle” bay sounds while playing. It still breaks my heart to think of not having my loyal companion beside me. Last weekend I had decided to check out the shelters and see the pets available for a good home. To my surprise, there was another beagle, 5 years old, small and looking like he could use a good home. I went to the shelter the next day and brought home our newest family member, Cooper. I love this shy, bashful beauty immediately and know he will take a lot of love and care to bring him around. I have 2 other shelter dogs and take care of the small poodle next door to me as she is alone all the time. She now essentially lives in our home and her owners come to get her about every 3 to 4 weeks for an overnight. I love each one of my beautiful creatures of God and am grateful I can give them a good hime, food, companionship and most of all, all the love in the world. I wouldn’t have changed any thing that last day with Mozart as I was constantly as his side as he slipped away. I certainly could understand your emotions as only a true pet lover can feel. My heart goes out to you in the loss of your faithful companion. Never will I get more loyalty than from those little creatures we are here to love and give a meaning to their lives. Sorry this is so long. Lost my beloved “Mozart” to soon.
    Personally, I think all these blogs would make a great “book” for anyone going thru the loss of a pet. We always think we are “alone”, but because of this blog, I feel like others understand exactly what I went thru and the true loss of a very faithful companion. thanks for letting me feel better just by writing this.
    My deepest sympathy, Lana

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  532. Julez says:

    Oh I’m so,so sorry for your loss Chet. My thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

    I, myself lost my Border Collie dog in pretty much the same way a couple of years ago. Collie was always the picture of health, only ever going to the vets for her annual booster and yearly supply of flea/worm treatment. But one night she came upstairs to bed with me, which she never, ever did!

    She seemed a little off colour so I encouraged her on to the bed and she settled down for the night.

    The next morning she was not there. I went downstairs feeling a little on edge. She was in her bed in the kitchen looking awful. I called her to me, and noticed she had swollen immensely around her tummy. I called the vet and he told me to take her straight away.

    He took her temperature but that was normal, I thought it couldn’t be that bad if her temp was normal but he said it was a sign it was serious. He decided to operate to find out what was wrong. He warned me to prepare for the worst, hinting that I may need to make the hardest decision ever when it came to Collie-Wobbles.

    I stayed with her until she drifted of with the anaesthetic and was told to go home and wait by the phone.

    Not 15 minutes later it rang, I felt a glimmer of hope because he was so quick. He said she had extensive liver cancer and it had spread thru her organs.

    He said the most caring thing he could……..Collie had taken the decision out of my hands and had passed peacefully during the operation.

    I wish I had read that book at that time. We all took her death so hard, even now I find myself crying for the loss of that cheeky girl and her mischievous way.

    I will take this idea of ‘Our Final Day’ together and write a poem to remember her by.

    I do hope you find comfort in sharing this idea with us, and helping us who have lost in the same way.

    My thoughts are with you and your family

    Julez

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  533. Linda khek says:

    dearly chet,
    my warmest condolences to u n yr beloved bauer.my tears kept rolling down as I read through every moments with your bauer.I have 2 dogs.muffin,my golden which is five years old n Chester only 10 months.I will too feel the same as you if I had to go through this one day.when my rabbits died,I sobbed for few days each time I think of them.even some pups I adopted from street.
    bauer is a dearly dog.he is with god in heaven or maybe he got a chance to be a human in next life.don’t worr as bauer knew you loved him dearly every moments.
    god bless u n may his abundance love be with u n bauer.

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  534. Dina el Shenawi says:

    Dear Chat,
    Four months ago, I brought to my live and house a beautiful puppy (45 days Golden Retriever puppy)….

    Ever since, my life was filled with joy and happiness with Enzo. We’ve been through all the ups and downs; he even got food poisoning twice, one time I prepared myself and the children for losing him.

    I have bought your book (Hands off training manual) and became a fan of this site, when I read about your loss, I felt so bad and told myself I still have lots of time with my Enzo… never thought I would lose his this fast.
    I even refused to read the link of the book about dealing with your loss.

    Last Wednesday, October 10th I took my lovely Enzo for a walk, he was very happy we had so much fun together, I was very happy as we have finally overcome all the training and he was finally fully trained and housebroken.

    While walking on the grass, I noticed that Enso picked something when I looked at it, I did not understand what was it?

    I lost my Enzo in less than 15 minutes, it turned that he swallowed a toxin called “Strychnine“, he started fuming and compulsion right away, when we reached the car he fell and could not walk again.
    I asked two people to help me carrying him to the car, I went to the nearest vet which took me only 15 minutes to reach, but when I reached there, he told me it was TOOO late.
    I could not and still can’t believe what happened, I can’t get away from my head his last look in my eyes when he could not walk anymore, I’m in so much pain and can’t yet believe I will not see my Enzo one more time.
    If I have the chance to ever spend my last day with Enzo, I would do exactly what you wrote Chet in your letter … I would take him to the beach and hug him again and again and let him know how much I love him,…

    RIP Enzo, I will never ever forget you and I hope that I have managed to give you the love and care you deserve in your very short life.

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  535. Lindsay says:

    Thankyou for sharing yr story with us all, it reduced me to tears for i have never gotten over the loss of my dearly beloved collie Pippan and what still haunts me is when i was told she had to be put to sleep i was in so much shock that i did not request to be allowed to be with she and was not offered the choice so when she left this world i was not with her holding her paw, and because of that one sad event and my not being with she, i have never fully forgiven myself or got over the loss of my beautiful collie!

    I am crying now as i think of her passing alone even though it was 32yrs ago, and i am crying at yr loss as well, but do remember that they are up there waiting for us to join them.
    Stay strong

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  536. Danny Lim says:

    I just lost my seven years old Maltese “Rubie” to cancer yesterday. (July 31, 2016)
    I can’t describe my pain.
    Do you, dog lovers, think I should get another dog? Will that help me and my family? Will Rubie be happy about it?
    Any advise will be appreciated.

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