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There's a big hole in my boat and my heart....

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There's a big hole in my boat and my heart....

Unread postby bobbymo » Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:48 pm

There is now a big empty space on "Certifiable". my certifiable crew dog is now a memory. "Senior Chief Petty Officer" Nutley was put to rest at 0814 on the 29th of August. His arthritis was getting worse by the week and he would simply collapse and would not be able to move for 20 minutes. He could get on and off the boat on his own, and wanted me to be there in case he slipped, but was still always too proud to let me lift or help him. His last xrays showed great deterioration of his joints, both fore and aft; and the x-rays revealed some cancer issues, most seriously his lungs were only working at 50% capacity.
Even though I'm retired now and never had to rush him, things just got to the point where it hurt me more too see him in pain than it did to think of losing him He was a rescue and had been abandoned. I got him fully frown in 2004. So he was at least 12 and very possibly 14 or ?
On that morning, my wonderful vet came out to the marina, and joined me, and Charlie and Cheryl Freeman where we put him to rest after a lot of loving, treats, and his favorite, "bacon-bacon-bacon" He took his last nap on the bridge that links the dock to land, which was one of his favorite resting spots. I am happy that we were all able to give him such a happy send-off, even though I miss him every day very much.
So many people in and around the marina wondered where he was until they knew what happened. When I think about that, it is really quite a complement that so many people liked him as he indeed liked everyone here.
A lot of members here also knew him from my posts, so I wanted to share some of the photos.
While this is a great loss, the big picture to remember is the years and years he gave 110% in all he did for me, and he will be missed.
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Unread postby Jaxfishgyd » Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:49 pm

BobbyMo and the boss
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Unread postby CaptForce » Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:23 pm

Nancie and I still speak of sometimes of Zorro who left us a few months ago. We still look for the dark spot on the floor because he would take a quick revenge nip at our feet if we stepped on him, ..... who woundn't! It's always hard to lose a close friend!
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Unread postby scallywag » Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:53 pm

Great pictures....We lost Shadow 6 years ago....Sasha has finally turned into a Shadow after 5 long stressful years. Sasha was a rescue and the dog from Hades. We are fighting over who keeps the dog when Scallywag heads South. The tentative date is in November after a family reunion in PA.

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Unread postby tex » Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:11 pm

Geeze, Mo. I'm simply speachless. The "Nut" has been suh a part of your life, especially these last years when you were making the transition to your new life aboard. It's hard to imagine the boat without Nutley. So sad....so sorry.
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Unread postby Jaxfishgyd » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:03 am

The vet did a SUPER JOB.. So nice and compassionate... Plus it was a great day, sun had just come up and Nutley was at his favorite place under the gazebo
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Unread postby skipper68 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:36 am

So sorry to hear. :( They never leave our hearts. This has comforted me through my Fur Kids passing.

RainbowBridge.com

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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Unread postby scallywag » Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:20 pm

My son's dog just passed this morning. This just adds to the weekend. Steven, a young child, died last Tuesday.

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Unread postby tex » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:47 pm

I hope your son got to read rainbow bridge above. Sumthin else, Skip. Thanks dearly for that. Whoever "Steven" is, Scal, God bless him and those close to him.
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Unread postby ka8uet » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:40 pm

Bobby Mo, I'm so sorry to hear about Nutely. I had looked forward to meeting him, and Zorro, when Behrke and I and Scamp get our boat. It's hard to let them go, but my told me something that makes it easier to decide. He says if they are no longer enjoying their life, it's time. I think the rainbow bridge thing is also helpful. I wonder if they let horses in?

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Unread postby Pamelaamoore1 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:01 pm

We feel your sorrow. We lost three beloved dogs within three years to old age. We now have an 18 month old Golden Retriever named Sally and are hoping to find buy a boat large enough to cross the Atlantic within the next year or eighteen months and of course, Sally will come with us. We have a 24 ft party barge now and Sally frequently goes with us. She even has her own life jacket. There is love and life again after losing a furry friend.
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Re: There's a big hole in my boat and my heart....

Unread postby janice142 » Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:35 pm

Gosh, there's onions in here. My eyes are all teary.

Our critters hold a special part of our hearts. I cannot imagine losing such a dear member of the family. Folks who don't have pets simply cannot understand the pleasure these little beasties bring into our world. I'm deeply touched, and saddened too, that yours could not live forever.

Waiting at the Rainbow Bridge is beautiful. It is comforting too. Although I have not met any of your pets in person, I do admit to enjoying the pictures. Thank you. I hope your heart heals soon.
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