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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2013 - 02:16pm PT
New thing to add to my "least favorite things to do" list....digging my dog's grave. (in the shadowed foreground)

At least the day, and the location on our property, are spectacular.

Credit: Cragman


We've got him lying out on the deck, enjoying the view. : )
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Oct 24, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
Crag. . . my dad was a fighter pilot in WWII and Korea and he says THEE single hardest thing he ever did was taking our family dog to the to help him cross the Rainbow Bridge.

:-(

When you have the time, would you please post up some shots of Cush going fwimmy in the FloatCoat that Skadi sent to him - from heaven?

I tried to find them, here, and they're gone.

OXOXOXOXO
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 24, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
This thread just tears at my heart.

Anyone who knows me in the default world (sadly, not many of you) knows that my dogs, and more so, Lincoln, are my life. Link has been everywhere with me, he's a road trip dog.

As I watch Link go gray and slow down, it reinforces the fact that he's not always going to be by my side. He's only nine, but watching him age saddens me. He is one of my sources of power, truly my best friend.

Contemplating life without him is a very, very difficult thing.

I'm sending a boatload of positive thought to you Dean, on this sad day.

klk

Trad climber
cali
Oct 24, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
bummer, dude.

i've dug two this year.

best of luck
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
Kath....it would be my pleasure. Thank you for blessing our boy beyond measure.

Credit: Cragman

Credit: Cragman

Credit: Cragman

Credit: Cragman

Credit: Cragman
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Oct 24, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
OhBoy. . . that opened the flood gates, Crag!

I'm SOOOOOOO glad I was receptive to Skadi's message, from heaven, to send her FloatCoat to Cush. . . both of their souls will forever live in the waters of the Eastside of the Range of Light!

THANK YOU FOR POSTIN' UP THOSE PHOTOS!

OXOXOXOXO

P.S. I saved those shots to my SkadiFloatCoat file!

:-)
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Oct 24, 2013 - 03:34pm PT
So sorry.
This hits close to home for many of us who have been through it.
Peace to Cush, you, and your family.

phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Oct 24, 2013 - 03:37pm PT
DR, Holding my Heidi in my arms while the vet gave her cancer-ridden body that overdose, that was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'll never forget it.
Prayers for you today. Michael and I are both in tears for your family.
Phyl
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
Thanks all....we have him relaxing out on the lawn, watching the birds, the leaves fall, and feeling the cool air and warm sun.

Vet coming at 3 now instead of 4.

Enjoying EACH minute.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 24, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
DR, Holding my Heidi in my arms while the vet gave her cancer-ridden body that overdose, that was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'll never forget it.



When I did the same Our dog licked the tears from my face as the last thing she ever did..

Even when I heard of my Mothers passing I did not bawl my eyes out as much as I did then.

My mom would understand that too.
James Wilcox

Trad climber
Goleta/Virginia Lakes
Oct 24, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
The vet scene in "Marlee and Me" was all too accurate. Only somebody who had been in those shoes could have captured the emotions so well. And hard to watch without being sad over my own experiences with our dogs.

We'll be thinking of Cush at 3:00.
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Oct 24, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
I'm so sorry. My best to you.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Oct 24, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Peace out Cush. You were lucky to be part of Dean's family.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 24, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
He will have a wonderful resting place, sorry for your families loss Dean. Hope the fam can recover and move on soon. Don't think we got a chance to meet Cush when we met you last May in June Lake. May he be soaring high on the other side.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Oct 24, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
Credit: nature

So Sorry Dean... Good company awaits him...
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Oct 24, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
Take care Cush. You are with your family and you know their love. You've brought great joy and will not be forgotten.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 24, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
Short on words right now....perhaps in a few days I would like to post a tribute to our boy....

For now, I want to just say thanks for all the kind thoughts....good people, you all are...finest kind.



...I'll borrow these words from a beloved film....


"When Cush left this earth today....his eyes were closed....but his heart was wide open."

Credit: Cragman
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Oct 24, 2013 - 07:26pm PT
Oh Dean...there really are no words I can express to ease the pain of this loss... a sad day indeed.

Many blessings to you and the hearts of your entire family.

May Cush rest in peace.

~xx
go-B

climber
Hebrews 1:3
Oct 24, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
^^^^
+1
Sympathies
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Oct 24, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
When someone was kind and thoughtful enough to write me a condolence card when my dog passed (after 18 1/2 years---I raised him from 8 weeks old) I took the card and placed it on his grave.
That damn card stayed there for months in all kinds of weather, looking just like it did the day I placed it there.

Heartfelt sympathies to you and your family Cragman.
That's a good looking resting spot .
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