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


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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.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Oct 24, 2013 - 09:15am PT
Best Wishes to Cush, you and your family Dean. They're only around long enough to show us what it's like to be perfect.

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Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2013 - 09:29am PT
Saying we stayed close to him all night is an understatement...

Credit: Cragman

Credit: Cragman
frank wyman

Mountain climber
Oct 24, 2013 - 09:35am PT
My prayers are with you...Went thruogh same thing. Slept on floor for days.After thousands spent on vet bill, They charged us to put him down, Wife did not tell me until later. I would have done something I would have regreted. My little dog "Bumpy" is at peace now under the apple tree...Frank..

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Rough day ahead for you all, but Cush is heading for a beautiful place.

Best to each of you today.

Trad climber
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:52am PT
Our Cali and all of us send you love.
Credit: Batrock
I will be praying for you.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 24, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Be well Dean. Blessings, and peace for you and your family. A great dog brings so much good into a families life. I'm sure he leaves a legacy of great memories that will last all of your lifetimes.

and tears in all our eyes as we read this.

Trad climber
Oct 24, 2013 - 11:26am PT
Sorry to hear about Cush. Best wishes.
He looks like a good dog.

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Oct 24, 2013 - 11:29am PT
Skadi's on the other side of The Rainbow Bridge waiting for Cush . . so they can go fwimmy in the big lake in the sky!

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Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 24, 2013 - 11:37am PT
Mo. Hanging at Dome Rock.
Mo. Hanging at Dome Rock.
Credit: guyman

I miss Mo... it has been four years now.

Dean you have given your dog the best life.

Sorry for your family and you loss.

Oct 24, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
Sorry for your loss Cragman, seems like Cush was a really lucky dog.
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