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GOODBYE ERNIE (1998-2013)

 
 
Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 04:45 pm

Ernie was our catahoula. He left us this week and I was getting on pretty good till this afternoon when we got a card from the veterinary staff at our animal hospital. The card was written up front and back and with an attached sheet where everyone who worked at the hospital had a favorite "Ernie "story.
I fully lost it reading the notes, every one a memory that we would laugh about when it happened , but now brings tears to my eyes.
Damn, were gonna miss that damn dog. We knew you were going to leave us after your last large animal encounter, but I think hed have his departure be no other way. He was different you know?
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 04:48 pm
I have a passing knowledge of these fine dogs. I had too much respect for their needs to bottle one up in my yard, when one came in my care. I found him a good home instead.
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Mame
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 04:49 pm
My heartfelt sympathies to you, Farmerman, and to your wife. It's sad to see them go and the house feels so much emptier.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 04:50 pm
@farmerman,
Pictures! Pictures! We need pictures!

I'm sorry you lost your best pal, Farmerman. Your vet clinic sounds like a really good one and it sounds like Ernie had lots of visits with them.

When you feel up to it, post some pictures and tell us about some of the good times with your buddy.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 04:53 pm
@farmerman,
Sorry for your loss.

Cycloptichorn
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 04:57 pm
@farmerman,
So sorry to hear about your Ernie.

Given that everyone had Ernie stories, sounds like a guy with personality.
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jespah
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 06:10 pm
@farmerman,
I'm sorry to read this. He sounds like he was a helluva character.
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 06:22 pm
We're sorry for your loss.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 06:37 pm
@farmerman,
I remember you talking about Ernie before, fm.

24 years old? Wow.

Oh, Ernie, rest in peace.
nextone
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 06:44 pm
@farmerman,
Saddened to hear of Ernie's death. This is the hardest part of having and loving pets. Good memories help, and we are lucky to have them.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 07:44 pm
I hate reading about beloved pets dying. They just don't get a fair shake or long enough time on this earth. We barely get to know them, it seems, before they're gone.
My hearts aches for you all, even the other dogs, they know, they're feeling it too.
I'd love to hear some of the stories, when it's in you. It's too bad dogs can't laugh, because they can sure make us laugh. Now, though, it's time to grieve. My condolences.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 09:37 pm
Thanks. ceili is right,m not up to telling any stories or looking for any photos. Maybe soon, not today. Thank for the concerns it does help really.
Osso, he was 14 , not 24. And the reason he died was that he didnt recover from being kicked by a horse . He had his entire jaw busted up in several places . It was just hanging and looked to me from the front porch, like he was carrying a great tomato in his mouth. He wouldnt come to me and when I got to him he just looked at me like "I really did somethin stupidthis time daddy"
Well, he was in surgery at the surgey center for 8 hours but they got him back together. Hed been living on liquid food and his mouth was held in a muzzle so he couldnt open his mouth at all. He looked like he was gonna pull through but last week he just started going downhill fast.It started with him just being depressed and each day was more critical than the last. Finallyhe was barely able to get up and he was messing himself so my wife was constantly bathing him with sponges. he was living on pills and shots and , well, it was his time last Saturday. The vet came over and we had a few last pets on him and he went to sleep.
We buried him in the rose beds along with some of his favorite toys that hed carry around just to "get up a game"

The Amish kids that walk our field on their way to and from school stopped and asked "Wheres Ernie". Ernie would always wait for the kids at 2:30 and we had to let him out. Hed pick up a really gross tennis ball and head out and meet the kids at the fence line and walk them and theyd throw the ball a few times and hed leave em as they went down to the next road that crossed our farm. Then hed run back home and lay back down a bit, his guard duty done for the day.



farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 09:43 pm
@farmerman,
This is a very close resemblance to Ernie, except his eyes were even more crackled (One eye was blue and the other brown with these "crackles" within the Iris)
They are tenacious, alert, inquisitive, dominant, protective, intelligent and , one more thing..... oh yeah, stubborn.

    http://puppyer.com/img/foundation_stock_service/catahoula_leopard_dog_61_0.jpg
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 10:04 pm
@farmerman,
I did a quick search for posts where you've told tales of Ernie.

When you're ready for them, here are the links:

http://able2know.org/topic/137806-1#post-3797588

http://able2know.org/topic/173091-1#post-4632839

http://able2know.org/topic/56620-2#post-1490265

http://able2know.org/topic/133269-1#post-3676038

http://able2know.org/topic/52987-2#post-1379042

http://able2know.org/topic/93189-1#post-2573098

http://able2know.org/topic/20077-2#post-588017

http://able2know.org/topic/48250-1#post-1246127

boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 10:05 pm
@farmerman,
Aw, man. I hate hearing about it even when it happens to someone who is not me.

Devoted companions hold a special place in our hearts and losing them is just so damn hard.

Godspeed through grief and into healing.
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Eva
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 10:25 pm
@farmerman,
Very sorry to hear he's gone, farmerman. But I know he must have had a great life with you.

Hugs.
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Lola
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 10:28 pm
@farmerman,
Very handsome dog and it sounds like he had a good life, which helps. Not all creatures have good lives. Still, it hurts to say good by to a loved one. Sorry about it fm.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 10:46 pm
@farmerman,
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Farmer man))))))))))))))))))))))))))

So sorry.

What a fella.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Fri 8 Mar, 2013 10:49 pm
First of all, sincere condolences to farmerman's recent loss.

I think most of us know what it's like to bring in a bright light to our family, but when the bright light leaves us, it leaves a big empty dark hole. Mr glitterbag and I have loved and lost friends over the last 35 years. I still love all my old furry pals, and we decided whichever one of us goes first we are taking all the ashes with us. It's an empty hard thing to lose a dog or cat, I can never find a duplicate, but as long as I am able, we will have doggies.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 9 Mar, 2013 05:28 am
Sorry to hear this, FM. You'll be in my thoughts.
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