Rest in Peace Ms. Summit


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Tucson, AZ
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 10, 2009 - 09:09pm PT
I let her go today. It was time. I couldn't see how going on was doing her any good. The cancer was far too advanced. The bleeding out her nose wouldn't stop.

A good friend of mine came over and was here at the house. I had the vet visit.

Before he arrived I sang the Hanuman Chalisa to her.

I whispered "I love you" into her ear as she took her last breath. She died in my arms in her home. I'm having her cremated and will keep some of the ashes while spreading some in some of the special places we shared our time together.

She was 11 and a half.

Rest in Peace, girlfriend. You were the best dog and friend a guy could ever have.

I love you and I'll never ever forget you.

I miss you...
I miss you...
Credit: nature
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:10pm PT
so sorry to hear this news Doug
I know it's a low day for you.
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:12pm PT
So sad! Best to you Nature..... She was a good las....

Trad climber
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:14pm PT
so sorry mon

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:17pm PT
Sorry for your loss, Nature.

Aug 10, 2009 - 09:18pm PT
Awww, nature, I'm so sorry for you.

I had a dream (nightmare) last night about 'what would I do if my dog got really hurt and I had to put her down' was devastating to think about. My great condolences to you, and assurance that Summit is in a much better place, and is happy the way dogs should always be.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:20pm PT
A good dog is the best friend many of us will EVER have.
Glad you got to feel that vibe.
That said, I'm sorry you had to let her go, though it does sound
like it was time to do so.
Like EKat says, Doggie love is the BEST kind.
goatboy smellz

लघिमा, co
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:20pm PT
very sad to hear this nature, she was well loved.

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:21pm PT
Doug, I am so sorry. Know in your heart that you did the right thing for your *sweet Summit girl*. sniff, sniff.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:24pm PT
Aww Man - so sad to have to let a loved one go.

You shared a great life together and believe me - that means a lot.

North Carolina
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:27pm PT
Nature, so sorry for the loss of your dear friend.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:29pm PT
Sorry, nature, you obviously cared for her a lot. She was a great pup. I enjoyed her company (as did everybody) when I got to meet her at the Facelift.

I know how hard it is to send a pup off. Sorry, dude.

Rest in peace Summit! God bless ya. The pain is over now.

hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:29pm PT
I feel for you... If there such things as a ghost, my dog is here with me. She would never go far from me. In fact, I know she will be the first "person" I'll see when I cross over.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:30pm PT
Doug, I am so sorry but what a great doggie she was. Best of Show. I'm gonna rub my old, lumpy dog's belly in Summit's memory. I know how hard this day is for you.
take care,
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 10, 2009 - 09:35pm PT
Doug, I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend. It was time to let her go, and was the right thing to do, but that doesn't make it any easier. As my father says, you do get fond of the beggars.
susan peplow

Aug 10, 2009 - 09:44pm PT
Nature, I'm sorry for your loss. Summit was a beautiful and wonderful dog. I remember many things of her including the way she ran free when you were up in Flag. She knew her home, her neighborhood and would romp around at night making sue was all safe and sound.

You were a good papa to that pup and she knew it. You could tell by the way she interacted with you.

My deepest condolences.

susan peplow

Aug 10, 2009 - 09:50pm PT
Recent email chain....

A Dog's Purpose seen by a 6-year-old……

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a
15-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker
slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact
that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.'' Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.

He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The six-year-old continued, ''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

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 joyride.
-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 on 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 lies buried, dig until you find it.
-When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by,
and nuzzle them gently.

Good bye Summit, you will be missed.



Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Aug 10, 2009 - 10:02pm PT
That's beautiful, Sooze. Very true I think as well....

Dogs have a unique unconditional love that's hard to find in people, yet seems to come so naturally to them.

-When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

I'll never forget that pic of Summit at the Facelift jumping in the air and almost doing a side-flip.

Somebody post it up, I forget who took it.

34.040236 lat by -118.450547 lon
Aug 10, 2009 - 10:08pm PT
Awwwww Nature...I'm so sorry.

To love and be loved by such a beautiful spirit as Summit was the greatest gift any person could ask's difficult to remember that at a time like this.

I think I'm going to go cry for a while now.

Blessings to you and her.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 10, 2009 - 10:09pm PT
We're with you Doug. Godspeed Summit, I'd love to think of you catching frisbees with Alobar, Midnight, Skadi and all the rest...

I'm crying with Laura, 400 miles away...
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