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He was about 4 months old when he came into my life 10/24/2008. He'd been abandoned down in Texas...kicked out of a moving car in a box with a few other pups, but he was the one the wife (g/f at the time...we got engaged that night) picked out for me. She brought him up that weekend when she came for a visit, and the 1st thing he did was let out this deep, low growl at me when I leaned in to say hello.  He rode around in the truck with me for years...best damn truck dog you could imagine, and the road-ragingest son-of-a-gun you ever saw. I still remember that Arkansas state cop that pulled me over on 67 going around the scale...jumped up on the passenger side step and damn near got his nose bit off. Tumbled down into the ditch in his haste to avoid the snapping dog, and motioned for me to exit the truck to talk on the shoulder. Before we parted ways, he said he'd have to have a look inside the truck...and I said "That's really up to him" and pointed at Dozer, who'd been snarling and barking through the passenger window the whole time.  So the truck is on the shoulder, and I open the door. Dozer was crouched on the floor by the pedals bearing every inch of his teeth, with the MEANEST damn growl you could imagine...every hair on his back standing at attention. So I stood there in the road with my thumbs hooked in his collar, scratching him behind the ears saying "good boy" as the cop...standing on the opposite side of the road on his tip toes...did his best to look around me and the dog to have that look.  Anyway, there was nothing he loved more than riding around in the truck with me all day, and I never went anywhere without him. When the wife (fiance at the time) moved up here with her dog, we had to retire old Dozer...his new job was keeping her dog company so she wouldn't get anxious being alone and tear up the house while we were gone. When I'd be getting ready to leave, he'd try to outsmart me...waiting by the truck and refusing to go back in the house. After a couple weeks, though, he got used to the new routine, and seemed content staying home.  He gave us a scare once several years back...lost 35 pounds (1/3 of his weight) in a month and was really peeing a lot. Turned out he had diabetes, and so from that point on he'd get 2 shots of insulin per day every day. Unfortunately, with dogs if you don't get their blood sugar in check quickly, they develop cataracts. Slowly over the course of the next several years, his eyesight faded. He still got around pretty good, though...he knew his way around the house and yard.
 

Yesterday while I was at work, I got a text from the wife that he was having trouble breathing, and that she was taking him to the vet. Within an hour, she was blowing up my phone. Apparently, they had taken some x-rays and found a tumor in his gut, that pressed against his spleen and leaked fluid into his throat. He collapsed within 20 minutes of arrival at the vet, and he's gone.

 

Last night was rough. It was the 1st time in over 10 years I had to sleep without him in the house. The little things that annoy you...like his heavy panting (which we thought was just his subtle way of letting us know he needed out...turns out he was just trying to breathe)...are missed.  Damn near lost it this morning when I walked out of the bedroom and looked down at the spot on the floor in the doorway where he'd lay as we slept...force of habit to avoid stepping on him in the dark.  Anyway, it's going to be rough around here for a while until we figure out what the new normal is going to look like...

 

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Sure sorry to hear that as I know damned well how close they can become. Always favored German Shepard dogs ourselves and have had many through the years with saying final "good bye's" always being difficult.

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Sorry for your loss, Really hard. Ive been there still my my buddy Butch. Ray

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I'm sorry you lost him, sounds like he was a great dog.

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Very sad to hear RR.

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Sorry for your loss. I still miss all of the dogs I have had. They all had a good life with me. 

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So sorry. They are family. RIP. Dozer

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Sorry for you loosing a good friend. I can totally relate, with my St Bernard gone now for 4 weeks. He lived a great life and made it to past 11 years old. His Australian Shepard buddy is lost for the time being. 

Funny but the things that you talk about that were a bother are the first things you miss. The snoring, farting,  tripping over him at the bedroom door at night, wolfing down food, scaring the crap out of people that came to the front door and in my case in the pool everyday of the year and try to come in the house soaking wet. 

Swore I would never get another big dog but now waiting on a litter of pups to be born in a week and pick out one or two. I feel your lose.

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“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers

"Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” – Mark Twain

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For some one who loved that dog , you sure provided a lousy ass seat for him you could have at least put a rug or  blanket on it , and how did the wife like riding on it when you kicked him out . Any way sorry for  your loss of a good friend,my past dogs  .still hold a special place in my heart .

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The old pooch is better than most humans and all they ever want in return is a pat and some tucker

 

Paul 

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sorry for the loss of your ridin' partner

 

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Sorry for the loss

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9 hours ago, gxbxc said:

For some one who loved that dog , you sure provided a lousy ass seat for him you could have at least put a rug or  blanket on it , and how did the wife like riding on it when you kicked him out . Any way sorry for  your loss of a good friend,my past dogs  .still hold a special place in my heart .

I did usually have a rug or something of the sort tacked on there, but occasionally it'd need replacing. That pic was in between coverings. I didn't really like rolling around with just the plywood because it was a little slick.

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15 hours ago, Rob said:

Sure sorry to hear that as I know damned well how close they can become. Always favored German Shepard dogs ourselves and have had many through the years with saying final "good bye's" always being difficult.

Never got to say goodbye. Night before, I had worked late & picked the kid up at the sitter looking forward to getting home and crawling into bed...but when I got home I found that the wife's dog had pushed the door open to the baby's room and messed in there...which really pissed me off (she knows better)...so I cleaned it up & put the boot to her. Ol' Dozer hated it when I gave her ANY attention (good OR bad) and so he tried getting between me & her growling and barking at me the whole time...so he got the boot, too, just enough to get him out of the way. I left both dogs outside & went to bed since the wife was going to be home soon.  Next morning I gave him a little extra rub on the head and let him know we were OK, then left for work. He passed mid-day...never saw him again.

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And something that really has me freaking out right now, Dozer was a diabetic, and so to control his blood sugar he was on a strict diet...fed at 9:00 AM and PM, with his insulin shot at 9:30 AM and PM. I had the calendar on my phone programmed to remind me at 9:00 and 9:30 AM and PM...recurring events every day at those times with push notifications indefinitely....been that way since he was diagnosed. Last night, I went in to delete those events on the calendar since I'd no longer need those reminders, and when I opened it up the last one showing on the calendar was for Wednesday morning. He passed shortly after noon. The Wednesday evening feeding & shot as well as every future occurrence was already absent from my calendar. I didn't delete them...so what happened? How did my phone know those events were no longer relevant? 😨

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I really feel for you! All three of ours passed away over the month after my wife died. I'm convinced it was from broken hearts because she spoiled them constantly.   Paul

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I'm really sorry to hear this Rowdy, I remember how you had the passenger side up your truck fixed up for him, he was almost like a BMT member himself. 

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Sorry for your loss,I've been down that road a few times,it's not easy but the pain passes with time,good luck and do get another dog..

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Really sorry to hear of your loss. He was a good lookin' dog that had a great life.

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