View Full Version : My friends are gone... depressing thread warning

01-17-2012, 03:15 AM
I'm not an emotional person. I don't walk around showing my feelings, I practically never cry or freak out or anything like that. When bad things happen I don't want to talk about them normally because I just feel worse...

This happened yesterday morning and I'm just now to the point where I can think about it and not fall apart. I still don't want to talk about it but these guys deserve to be noticed and I owe them more than to pretend it didn't happen.

Yesterday morning, my wife took our dogs out to do their bathroom walk. They got away from her, ran right out into the icy road and got hit by a car. They were gone before I got there. Both of them were together right there in the path of that car. Gone and never coming back.

They were retired racing greyhounds. The darker colored male one was called Titan's Thunder(his track name) we shortened it to Thunder. AKA "big guy" or "his royal awesomeness". The lighter colored female was Estaro... renamed Izzie by the adoption people and we kept her name.

They both greeted me and all other visitors to our home with enthusiasm every time. They only wanted food, water, and to be with us. And play... and to run. They loved to run.

I miss them both but Thunder was hardest. He and I just understood each other. He was a big grunting snarling belching beast who often scared those who didn't know him. He wasn't aggressive at all, he was just big and he loved people. He used to goose women who came over and crawl up into our bed at night. He even shoved my wife out of bed once. He used to come down here and lay by me on the floor while I sat on the internet. He loved car rides too, I was so excited because when the new truck I've ordered gets here, he'd be able to fit in the door. He'll never get to now. I'm finally starting to get over him. Cant' explain why, I don't even get this upset over human beings. I guess I just connected with him in a way I just can't with most people.

Izzie was a bit of a chicken. She was scared of nearly everything except people. She loved people too. She wasn't as much of a pain but she was a loving dog who never harmed anyone. She and Thunder kept each other company while we went to work.

Here are some pictures of my friends. I've already thought over the myriad of ways this might have been avoided and I realize how nuts it is to be this upset over an animal but all the same.. please be cool guys... if you can't say something nice please just this thread don't post. I'm not looking for sympathy. I need to honor them somehow. Telling people about them is about all that I can do.











Matt Booker
01-17-2012, 11:45 AM
That really sucks, Cow.


~Matt Booker

01-17-2012, 12:21 PM
What a shitty, shitty deal. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dogs. They are the ultimate friend....just want to be loved and spend time with you. I've been through having two dogs put down in my life. Once in high school and once just afterwards. Both dogs were great friends and I still miss them. Cherish the time you got to spend with them. Give it some time and you'll be itching to get another companion or two in your life. Not as a replacement, because that's never the case, but a new beginning.

01-17-2012, 05:00 PM
Dude, I'm so sorry for your loss. It feels like loosing your children. Believe me when I say I feel your pain. :sad:

01-17-2012, 11:54 PM




01-18-2012, 12:39 AM
That's rough. :( Sorry to hear...

I wish I could say I had a great relationship with my dog. I like him just fine, but ever since my girlfriend moved in there's been no end of problems with him. My girlfriend can't really control him and he goes after her...Not a good combo. We've spent no small amount of time, money and effort trying to get his problem behavior in check, but at this point we're running out of options. :(

The Man
01-18-2012, 05:34 AM
Jamie and Tessa,

I am so very, sorry to read of your profound loss. Dogs are so lovable, and a part of the family, and I do truly understand the feelings. Try and remember the good times. And yes, dogs do go to heaven.


01-18-2012, 10:15 PM
Sucks losing a good friend - it's happened to me more often than I care to think about (be they two-legged and walking upright, or four-legged and furry.)

My wife and I keep pet rats. Well, they're not really "pets" - they're more like "our kids." That's how we talk about them, that's how we talk to them, and mum's gotten used to hearing about her "grandrats" (yes, there are also actual kids. But, we're also fond of our ratties, and they're the perfect pets for renters.)

Sadly, they only live two to three years, and that means that I get to go through this sort of thing on a fairly regular basis. Dogs live longer - so you don't get to build up calluses over your feelings (I'm still saddened when we lose a rat, but not devastated. At least, not most times. There were a few that I was VERY close to...)


Flipside - I just love the "backseat driver" pic - sixth one down? Priceless!

All a dog wants is food, water, and frolic. This simplicity of life makes it all the more profound when it ends - naturally or no. And, the hardest part is knowing when you need to end that life because they're just not having fun anymore (I've had to shoot my own dog a couple of times. If it comes to that, do them the favour of doing it yourself - at least then you know it's not dependent on some proxy who can muff it...)

01-18-2012, 10:56 PM
Thanks, guys. I keep thinking of all the neat things and funny moments with them. Just found out from the rescue organization that just about the same day someone called with a dog that wasn't working out. Family was too busy to give him the attention he needed and his size and tendency to put his paws on people's shoulders was putting them off.

If things go as expected it will be a week or two, and be a temporary thing until/unless we decide to keep him. Pretty much the same way we ended up with Thunder come to think of it.