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My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:54 am
by Jonathan E.
My great old dog Wally has died after we had about 17 years 3 months 2 and 1/2 weeks together (approximately). He had an official (like the Queen) birthday of March 11, 1993. He was about a year old when we met and possibly even more trouble than I was — hard as that might be for many of you to believe.

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I have a note from my grief counselor excusing me from playground rough-and-tumble.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:37 am
by NormanD
Kinky Friedman has written that when we die ourselves and go to wherever, all the cats and dogs we've known in our lives will come running up to greet us. Sorry to hear of your news, Jonathan, he was an old companion.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:48 am
by AndyM
Wally looks like he was a real geezer.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:03 am
by Adam Blake
That's rough, Jon. 17 years is a pretty good innings, though. And he had a good life.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:20 am
by AndyM
Him Indoors just saw the photo and said "that's a wise old dog".

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:35 am
by Rob Hall
Sorry to hear this Jon, I'll bet you had a lot of fun together. Sad loss.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:26 pm
by judith
I'm so sorry to hear about Wally. What an incredible gaze from those eyes.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:24 pm
by Des
The worst thing about having four-legged companions is the inevitability of their passing. However much you prepare for it, it hits you hard. I dread the day when my Tom goes. Please accept my condolences - what a lovely dog.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:52 pm
by Jonathan E.
Thanks to all of you for your generous remarks. I think that for once I can agree with everyone.

Andy, please convey to Him Indoors that Wally did eventually become a wise old dog — I think the photo was taken about the time that wisdom was taking hold; it's several years old.

Here's a photo from about five years ago when perhaps the wisdom was not so apparent, although there was plenty of joy — that's a rock he was jumping for and he broke a few teeth on them over the years. Perhaps the dog slave (that's me) should have been wiser or better at throwing them so he couldn't catch them — but he loved this game!

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The white dog in the background is my other dog, Brook, who died last October at only about 15 and 1/2 years and with us since September 27, 1995. It's been a bit of a tough year for us with these deaths.

You can also see Mount Rainier very faintly in the distant background, center of the photo.

And, again to all of you, I can only hope that in time I attain my own wisdom with age. Hard to tell how it's going or believe it will happen some days.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:04 pm
by Dayna
Sorry to hear about this. I know our pets are family.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:50 am
by Jonathan E.
This is family, right? Are we there yet?

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Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:51 am
by AndyM
That is a great photo! Looks like a still from an existential canine road movie.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:25 am
by NormanD
AndyM wrote:Looks like a still from an existential canine road movie.
There is at least one, though bitter-sweet rather than existential, the Argentinian film: Bombón: El Perro
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Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:18 am
by AndyM
Looks like one to investigate.

Re: My Dog Wally

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:04 am
by Rob Hall
NormanD wrote:Bombón: El Perro
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Excellent film. A great favourite in our household, highly recommended.