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My dog died last week, and I'm already sick of people sending me that stupid Rainbow Bridge poem. Tell us about excellent (or rubbish) pets

(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 19:42)
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About three years ago Mrs Deskbound and myself decided to get a rescue dog.

As both our families had owned pets, we thought we were more than qualified to look after a furry bundle of joy.

We headed off to Battersea Dogs Home one Saturday morning. It was one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. Anyway, we ended up taking home Dibbs, a Jack Russell cross.

He was a nervous, little fella and had obviously had a bad start to life. We realised how bad a few days later. He'd never been trained (he was just over a year old). He also had extremely bad separation anxiety. So training him and helping him to cope became a full time job. It meant we put our lives on hold.

Despite this, he was such a gentle and loving little guy and he made us both realise things about ourselves and in the end actually brought us closer together.

We made massive strides in helping him to overcome his anxiety. He was fine on the lead and we could even leave him alone without him barking the house down.

But he's a dog and does what dogs do. About a year after we got him, we were taking him for a walk when he caught the scent of something and bolted. The trouble was he was off the lead, albeit in a fenced off area... But he found a hole in the fence and ran out into the road. We didn't see it, but heard the bang. Time slowed down and we ran to see what had happened. He was lying in the road so i stopped the traffic and picked him up. He was still alive but had suffered massive trauma. Some kind passer by stopped their car and took us to a local vets. He died twenty minutes later in my arms.

I think about him most days. He taught me about what unconditional loves is and how something can be totally dependent on you. It was a tough but amazing year and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 20:22, 5 replies)
I fucking HATE dogs
but *blub*. Clicked.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 20:55, closed)
Fucking hell
I've got a rescue dog, he's awesome. Jess & I got him just before she died, and I don't know that I'd still be here without him. There were definitely days where the only thing keeping me going was the knowledge that he was relying on me to look after him
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 20:56, closed)
Fuck me a proper thread on QOTW!
My faith in B3ta is restored.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 22:34, closed)

(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 23:41, closed)
Why'd you have to ruin it, ringo?

(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 23:53, closed)

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