One Thousand Words

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I miss your Divinity terribly, sir.

Ok, 1,006 words.

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  1. Ellen on April 3, 2014 at 05:41

    My heart aches.

  2. Jim on April 2, 2014 at 16:41

    Beautiful picture of a fine looking dog.

  3. Gina on April 2, 2014 at 17:34

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

  4. MC on April 2, 2014 at 18:37

    They say all dogs go to heaven. So you’ll never see him again.

    Just sayin.

    • Jim on April 2, 2014 at 21:43

      If that is so you have a confirmed reservation in heaven.

      Just sayin!

    • MC on April 2, 2014 at 22:12

      Touche sir, touche :-]

  5. Doug McGuff, MD on April 2, 2014 at 19:07

    Words Fail! What a regal animal.

  6. onehundredthcomment on April 2, 2014 at 22:14

    My best friends have always been my dogs. It’s always bothered me that I outlive them. It does not seem right.

    • Jim on April 3, 2014 at 00:29

      It is not right and it is not wrong. It is the way it is.

  7. Anna A on April 3, 2014 at 05:53

    Lo siento- heart breaking.

  8. DChristian on April 3, 2014 at 06:26

    He was a beautiful animal. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  9. LeonRover on April 3, 2014 at 06:47

    I title this pic:

    “And on the seventh day, doG rested”

    Last week I read Robert Crais’ latest airport edition, “Suspect” and was impressed; mainly because of his treatment of the heroine, a German Shephedess called Maggie, a real DoGess.

    Crais gets into canine thoughts, emotions & goals mainly wrt Pack lLader.

    At one point, I wondered what canine songs Maggie might sing, particularly when pack leader is bereft.

    This line:

    “When you’re lost and you’re alone
    .. .. … .. I will bring you home.”

    My 1st dog bereavement was at age 8.
    I had named him “Silver”, 5 years earlier.

    Go with doG.

    • LeonRover on April 3, 2014 at 06:48

      Pack Leader

  10. Regina on April 4, 2014 at 12:07

    Just got my dog’s blood work back. Triglycerides were 34 and Cholestrol was 195. So much for red meat and saturated fat causing heart disease. I feed him only raw nose to tail goat, lamb or cow and ocassional salmon. I always add a scoop of fat on top. Every day for 6 yrs.
    However he had high “Lipase” level of 841. Does anyone know what that means? Should I be concerned or supplement something? (sorry vets are useless. I have no one else I can ask).
    Thyroid levels were fine.

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