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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 1, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Pepper woke up blind this morning and I took her to Dr. Katie. It is complete blindness caused by a tumor on her pituitary gland. We put her to sleep at 1:30 today. Katie was wonderful and gave me lots of time to say goodbye and Pepper laid her head in my lap as she drifted away. I'm a wreck but so thankful Katie was with me.

Pepper was one of those incredible dogs who loved me so faithfully and had to be by my side all the time. I will miss her more than words can tell and my heart is broken in half. She was funny and smart and friendly but always barked at strangers to say "leave my Mom alone".

Spike and Bert welcomed her I am sure.
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Jun 1, 2010 5:31 PM CST
I am so sorry Becky. I have been thru this as well and I know what a hole it leaves in your heart. What a sweet picture of your dog. You did Pepper a kindness by ending her suffering and by staying with her at the end you helped her feel safe and at peace. Linda

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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 1, 2010 6:21 PM CST
I can't stop crying but know in time the sweet memories will take over.
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Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 1, 2010 6:25 PM CST
I feel your pain. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Jun 1, 2010 6:33 PM CST
Aw Becky, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. She was a sweet, sweet dog. Let your memories bring you peace.
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 1, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Group hug Lovey dubby
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Name: Kelly
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locakelly
Jun 1, 2010 6:54 PM CST
Group hug Boo... So sorry to hear you lost Pepper. I am very glad she did not suffer though. Hope you feel better soon!
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 1, 2010 8:09 PM CST
Becky,
You know how sorry I am. Pepper was a sweet girl with a great mom. So loyal and happy. I know you'll miss her a ton. The pain and sorrow may be overwhelming but just remember how wonderful she and the love you shared. Call me anytime to cry (I do it all the time Crying ). I'll see you soon... Bert told me he and Spike are taking care of Pepper and they're actually SHARING a bone!
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 1, 2010 8:22 PM CST
I can't talk right now.....the hiccup sobs are so great. I can't believe how empty the house feels. I keep hearing her...and then the tears come all oer again.. I haven''t lost a pet that I loved this much in decades.
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Name: Christina
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Tinkerweed
Jun 1, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Oh Boo!!! I am so sorry to hear about your baby Pepper!! I know she had a great life with you! A dog who is happy to stay at your side and tell others to leave her Mommy alone is surely wagging her tail in Doggy Heaven along with all of our blessed faithful companions! Love and hugs! Miss you lots!
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 1, 2010 9:00 PM CST
She loved her props

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 1, 2010 9:08 PM CST
Does she have an Agent? A Publicist?
Dahling, you ruck mahvelous!
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 1, 2010 9:15 PM CST
LOL! Becky, I think you were those white sunglasses the one day we went out for Italian, didn't you? =)

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Name: Sue
Southeast Arizona
grmesue
Jun 1, 2010 9:40 PM CST
I'm so sorry.
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 1, 2010 9:54 PM CST
Yes, Alan,
but Pepper was always stealing them :)

I tried to go to sleep early to just hide from the pain but all I did was think about her.

Thanks everyone.
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 1, 2010 10:02 PM CST
It'll take time, Boo. Don't expect to resolve a decade of a life with Pepper over night. It will take time.
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 1, 2010 10:06 PM CST
I know, it's tough. Sometimes even now, I can feel Chipper moving at the foot of my bed, where he always slept. They never really leave I don't think. Always watching after us to keep us out of harms way. Always unconditional love, even after they pass.


Beyond The Rainbow

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.

cg - 1995


























Name: ~~Brittany~~
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FrangipaniAz
Jun 1, 2010 10:11 PM CST
Becky, I'm soooo sorry.... I send you bunches of hugs... and Brendan is sending you HUGE wet kisses, which as it turns out are similar to puppy kisses, just wetter :)
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 1, 2010 10:15 PM CST
Geez ... Alan,
Thanks,
This is just what I needed and maybe Boo can find peace in this "piece". Other than sleeping in the same bed, sharing a leftover, eating cookies, sitting and staring into the depths of a tiny backyard - together. Grieving and remembering happy, fun, laughable times... what better way to remain together. Boo, ya listening? This is important. Nice poem.Alan.
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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 1, 2010 10:22 PM CST
Just to make sure it's clear, I did not write the poem. All I have for the artist is c.g. - 1995. And the artist gives there permission to use the poem, as long as you acknowledge them as I did. I really like the poem too!!

Alan

























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