Passages

by Barb S. on August 11, 2010

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Dulse, always watchful...

Hugybear's Titian (Dulse) June 15, 1997 - August 6, 2010

I already sang Dulse’s praises in past posts, and know a lot of you made comments on his 13 year old antics. But Friday, August 6, I had to help this wonderful furboy to the bridge. He had been slowly losing the use of his front legs and he and I both knew it was time for him to leave this earth. I like to think he is prancing on 4 good legs and has every good munchie known to dogs at his disposal (with no cans or bottles in sight!) I’m sure he is having a blast with all the wonderful pets that have gone before him.

Dulse with tell-tale cans

Dulse with tell-tale cans

Patience, patience

Patience, patience

Dulse, at 12, teaching the rudiments of water work

Dulse, at 12, teaching the rudiments of water work

Brothers Dulse (left) and Baci guarding the castle

Brothers Dulse (left) and Baci guarding the castle

Dulse was the last of the oldster crew of related Newfs who were mine or visited often, including my Bozeman, my friend’s Ursula, and Dulse’s littermates Baci and Rollo.

Bozeman, the first of the oldsters

Bozeman, the first of the oldsters

Rudder anticipating a bumper throw

Rudder anticipating a bumper throw

Now, as in all life, the stick is passed to the new generation – my Rudder and my friend’s Zy, both wonderful, youthful Newfs.

Zy, at his first unofficial "rescue"

Zy, at his first unofficial "rescue"

Dulse, may you enjoy running again...

Dulse, may you enjoy running forever . . .

Godspeed, Dulse – the way you lived your life taught me (and Rudder) something about tolerance, thoughtfulness, and dignity.

About the author: Barb is a Certified Veterinary Technician with degrees in Journalism and German Studies from the University of Minnesota. She lives happily in the northwoods of Wisconsin with her Newfoundland, Rudder, and her tuxedo cat, Max. Barb is Senior Copywriter for Drs. Foster and Smith dog and cat catalogs and has been with the company since 1999. See more articles by Barb S.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosemary August 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about Dulse, but I’m sure he’s in Doggy Heaven, and thanks you for letting him go when it was time. I’m sure it was not a lightly made decision.

Miniature Schnauzers Rule August 12, 2010 at 3:53 am

Barb,

May you find peace and comfort in loving memories of Dulse
For he may be gone – but never forgotten

Bonnie Ramba August 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

What a beautiful post! I am so thankful that God gave us our wonderful dogs to enjoy and love ~ even though the years pass too quickly. May God bless and comfort you … may another wonderful dog become part of your family in the days to come ~

Barb S. August 12, 2010 at 8:54 am

Rosemary- you are right- it has been months- but I do feel the time was right – he was considerate enough to make it clear!
MSR – thanks for the beautiful thought – he was a special dog.
Bonnie – I am thankful that these dogs allowed me to care for them. Thanks for your kind words.

Barb

Joyce Ryan August 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

I thank Barb for giving my dogs the best care possible for all those years, and abundant, unconditional love. i could never ask for a better home for my Furs.

Jodi Liddle August 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I happen to know Barb personally and my heart aches for her. I can honestly say that Barb is truly one terrific mom to her dogs. I know we are blessed with the opportunity in being granted a pet in our life, but in this case I can truly say Dulse had a great blessing in having Barb as his mom:) Rest peacefully Dulse.

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