Dogs and strokes??? We're holding vigil with our boy....


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Oct 23, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
Wishing you the best Dean. Cush was lucky to have had you and yours for so many years. I'm sure you feel the same of your pup....
Ron Anderson

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Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 23, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
Dean,, deep down in my gut,, im with ya and Cush... I hope you can feel my hand on your shoulder.

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Oct 23, 2013 - 07:07pm PT

I hope he stays comfortable through the night, for both your sakes. Our dogs stand vigil over us they're entire lives. To be able to do the same for them at this time of need is the least we can do in return.

Peace for both of you.



edit, Just looked at the family around sad...)-;

Mountain climber
Somewhere Up There
Oct 23, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
I'm sure it's been said but remember, all dogs go to heaven, whatever their idea of heaven might be.

I had my golden at the beach chasing the ball in the surf at sunset tonight. That's his idea of heaven. He's almost eleven and it breaks my heart to even think of him passing.

My heart and thoughts are with you Dean, and Cush too. Such a good dog.


Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Oct 23, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
Hi Dean...
My thoughts and vibes are with you and the family... and sweet Cush ... always.

Recall all the wet nose days and doggie smiles as you help your best buddy ease into the next stage of his existence.

Peace and love to you. ~LM

Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Oct 23, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
Thoughts and prayers with you, your family, and your family's faithful companion.

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Brujo de La Playa
Oct 23, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Very sorry to hear this. It's not ez that's for sure.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
We're Skyping with my daughter, Micah, who is reading Cush the story, "Dog Heaven"

No dry eyes...

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
Layed on the mudroom floor with Cush for 5 hours since getting home today....

Credit: Cragman have moved him into the greatroom where we both can be more comfortable.

Our very good friend Anne Harslem stopped by a while ago to see Cush, and brought him two bones from Tailwaggers in Mammoth....bones mixed with bacon grease....and the boy came around and gobbled those down!!!!

He is refusing water though. He is comfortable, and seems to have as many tears in his eyes as we do....
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
Sorry to hear, buddy.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
God bless Cush, Dean. I don't know what else to tell you, you're a man of reality and this is what happens to our little friends.

It's never easy, and always tears at our hearts, but in the end we keep going back for more. I know I always do.

People do not like discussing this because sometimes our dog-friends are closer to us in more ways than most people. They offer utter trust and unconditional love, unlike some of our human friends. I think that is why it's so hard. They love us unconditionally, yet their lives are in our hands.

It's up to you to decide when it's time for Cush to go, and he will not stop loving you. If Cush is suffering you have a duty to help him out, to send Cush to a place where the is no pain, only love.

I know it's hard, bro. God bless you, Cush, and enjoy those bacon-bones!!!

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
We are sharing your sorrow at this difficult time.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Marina is hanging as best as she can....tough stuff for ALL of us, and a first for her. She and Cush formed a very strong bond in the last four years.

Credit: Cragman

Ice climber
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
Dean, I really enjoyed meeting Cush, last month. I am a big dog lover so this hits home.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:58pm PT

The only irrefutable proof of the divine I know, are dogs and music.

Take care,
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Oct 23, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
I feel for you, Dean. I am a cat owner in particular but I love all animals and I think this post on The Oatmeal is poignant as well as funny

Oct 23, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
So sorry to hear about Cush, he's a nice dog.
Bacon! Awesome he enjoyed a treat though.

Hang in there, try to get some fluids in him. Just remember, you have lots of love surrounding all of you.

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
Sorry to hear that, and I feel your pain. Lost a Lab to a stroke earlier this year, and the worst thing was that I was gone on a business trip when it happened. Be glad you got the time that you did. I'm sure he feels your love.
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
Wishing you good moments during this tough time. There's nothing like the love and companionship of a dog. Keeping you and your family, and especially Cush, in our prayers for comfort and peace and joy.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2013 - 09:06am PT
The night started out a bit rough, but he settled down and has been resting comfortably with us here on the floor.

It is going to be one of those extraordinary Fall days here today...colors SO vibrant, air so clean and pure. I will dig his grave this morning in our meadow, amidst these amazing things that have been so much of his life.

My heart aches...but is full.
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