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Hercules

Postby whenchywoman » Mon Oct 14, 2002 11:48 am

I just got a phone call from my sister that my grandparents dog Hercules--a black toy poodle-- was hit by a car and killed tonight. That is bad enough, but those of you who are familiar with my grandfather's condition and my grandparents' situation (which I have written about in another forum) will understand how devastating this is. This little bundle of energy was the only bright spot left for my grandparents. He is the only one that my grandfather stayed mentally connected to at all times and the only thing that kept my grandmother going in the existence that has become a prison for her. I am sorry that I sound so morbid, but it's late, the kids are asleep and Dan's at work so you guys are all I have at the moment. Thank you for letting me vent here. I need to try to get some sleep.
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Postby daydreamr4 » Mon Oct 14, 2002 8:33 pm

<font color="#008000" face="Comic Sans MS"><b>Perhaps another dog for them Wenchy? One from the local humane society? If doctors could bottle whatever it is that animals do for people just by having them around it would be the ultimate miracle drug. </b></font>
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Postby Synne » Tue Oct 15, 2002 1:20 am

Ugh, I'm sorry Whenchy. I'd go with Daydreamr's suggestion - a new dog wouldn't be able to replace Hercules, but s/he could still bring your grandparents that medicinal energy and love that only an animal can give. Maybe an older dog that could be adopted.
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Postby whenchywoman » Tue Oct 15, 2002 8:56 am

Thank you both. I just talked to my dad, and my grandparents are doing better than expected. While this was a devastating loss for them, they are already talking about getting another dog. Hercules is buried in their back yard, with a cross and some of his toys as a grave marker. My grandpa has called for Hercules a few times today, forgetting for only a moment that he isn't there. Hercules was a happy, bouncy, bundle of energy and we will miss him.
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Postby felidae » Tue Oct 15, 2002 9:12 am

I am so sorry Wenchy. Pets ARE family. It can be devastating when it dies. I know with the problems I have been having with my baby has had me stressed, and he is not out of the woods yet! What helps ME a LITTLE is knowing that he has no idea of his own mortality...he doesnt know he is going to die someday. I DO.

I am glad your grandparents are doing better and thinking of adopting another dog. One of the most powerful affects of loving pets is their ability to help lower our blood pressure...they are wonderful when you are feeling stressed or down...someone to talk with that doesnt argue back and offers complete unconditional love.

Ok, to dramatic maybe, but I AM an animal LOVER.

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Postby daydreamr4 » Wed Oct 16, 2002 10:37 am

<font color="#008000" face="Comic Sans MS"><b>I'm glad to hear your grandparents are already talking about a new dog. Doctors may never fully understand why or how it works; but they are wonderful medicine for older and ill people. </b></font>
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Postby Synne » Thu Oct 17, 2002 1:11 am

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Yup. We have "pet therapy" at work for the kids (who are medically fragile/severely disabled)and it's so amazing to watch. There are some kids who typically barely smile and they just perk up so much when they see the dogs.
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Postby whenchywoman » Thu Oct 17, 2002 8:56 am

I'm happy to report that my grandparents have already ordered a new puppy from the same woman that they got Hercules from. They will get an 8 week old male who is to be named Duke on November 19th, my youngest son's birthday. I hope to get a picture of Hercules around that time that I can put on here and I'll probably put Duke's pic up, too. Thanks for all your support!<img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby Synne » Sun Oct 20, 2002 4:22 am

That's great news Whenchy! I'd love to see the pics too <img src=pix/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby daydreamr4 » Tue Oct 22, 2002 11:53 am

<font color="#008000" face="Comic Sans MS"><b>That's wonderful, Wenchy! </b></font>
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