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My best friend Scruffy passed yesterday, 13 years young

by Christie
(Cape Cod, MA and Shanghai, China)

I got Scruffy when he was 4 months old and he passed away yesterday at the age of 13. The worst part? I am currently in Shanghai, China and was not home for his last days. My dad, mom and little brother were home with him while he passed. It came out of nowhere, my dad said that one day he just didn't have the energy to get up and didn't want to eat. After 3 vet visits over the span of a week and a half, x-rays showed cancer. Scruffy passed away outside on our back deck where my family had carried him outside to get some fresh air. With one final deep breath he passed. He is the only dog I have ever had, and I can't believe that he is gone. I don't know what to do. It's hard to imagine him not being home when I return home. He was my shadow, he followed me everywhere and slept in my bed every night. It's amazing how dogs can sense your every emotion and I swear he knows be better than anyone else in the world. I just can't believe he is really gone. RIP Scruffy, my best friend, I love you.

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Sep 16, 2010
Take comfort in your memories
by: Anonymous

Dogs, especially Aussies, just become part of your life, your family. We all know when we get a new puppy that we will most likely outlive them and it's not a pleasant thought. We put it to the back of our mind and go on. Just remember all the good times and how good you were to each other. They are the most loyal friend you will ever have and will love you to the end. Think of how fortunate you are to have shared all those years. Scruffy understood you could not be there and was with your family at the end who took good care to make him comfortable. I've lost 3 Aussies in my lifetime, each one was heartbreaking. That's why it's so important to treat them as you want to be treated...always...and it sounds like you did. Time will heal...

Sep 16, 2010
Rest in peace Scruffy
by: Marilyn

I know just how you feel right now. I have felt the same ache of losing a beloved dog. I do believe all of our wonderful pets are waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge.
The only cure for the pain of loss I found was to find another I could share those special times with that I missed so very much. There will never be a replacement for Scruffy, but another you can show the same devotion to.
My Aussie rescue, or any rescue dog who needs love, respect and a good home.

Best of luck to you.
PS: He looks like a real sweety.

Sep 18, 2010
by: Anonymous

i lost her a year in a half ago a friend said to me go get another i thought he was cold and insencitive.too much time has passed by now ive changed bitter and different wish i would have listened

Sep 20, 2010
Aussie love.
by: Ronelle Orman

Ijust want to say i'm so very sorry for your loss,it so hard to lose a best friend that you had for so long.You think it now long enough.Iam a aussie lover also and i think that untill you had a aussie you don't know what your truely missing.Scruffy is looking down on you and is very happy and well at rainbow bridge..... telling you to look up at the stars at night and you will see the most brightest one and that is Scruffy,done ever forget the love of a aussie.I also have a aussie that passed he was just two.He is on here. Splatter -patch.Take care hugs & paws prints to you heart♥

Oct 04, 2010
so sorry about the loss of your best friend
by: Wilda

I am truly sorry about your loss. I know exactly how you feel. We lost our boy only weeks ago, and he was only 5. The pass 3 years were hard because of the epilepsy. Everyone is right, you must rememeber the good times, and be grateful for them. cherish them, and do something kind for others in his name. Of course, this doesn't change how you feel, and you need not go in to denial, or try to be strong.It will hit you when you get home, and have yourself a cry, rememeber your times together, and in time, if you want and your life permits, allow yourself to love again, another beautiful pup, needing to love and be loved in return. That's what I'm planning on doing. God willing. I wish you the best.

Oct 04, 2010
May God Bless and ease your pain
by: dwayne carrick

God bless you and what you are going through.I just lost my best friend 3 weeks ago.I knew you could get close to an animal but never as close as i was to my aussie.He just died in a span of 4 hours.Bo went every where i went even to work with me.God must have needed a good herding dog is all i could figure out.I didn want another one but my girlfriend found me one the next day and she has helped with the pain of loosing Bo i visit his grave every day.May God bless you and ease your pain

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