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Old 19.09.2019, 10:29
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Our little guy is gone

It's been several weeks since we had to say goodbye to Poldi but it's still hard every time the realization hits us again. Stepping around a water bowl that no longer sits on the kitchen floor, reaching out a hand while sitting on the sofa to pet an empty space … It helps that he so obviously loved his life here in Zurich: running around off leash, meeting up with his buddies, going almost everywhere with us (no dogs in restaurants or public buildings in the US), cruising around on trams and buses ... It was as if life here was designed to appeal to dogs!
We adopted Poldi from a local terrier rescue organization in Seattle (he was a mini schnauzer) when he was just over a year old. He’d had a very rough time of it, several different homes and even living on the streets for a while. This meant he had a few issues but we learned to accommodate them and a more gentle, loving companion couldn’t be imagined.
I have only praise and thanks for the vet office in Adliswil (Marigin) where their patience and understanding made his diagnosis and final days easier to bear.
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Old 19.09.2019, 10:35
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I'm sorry for your loss; I know there aren't enough words of comfort. Hopefully it'll be better soon.
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Old 19.09.2019, 12:50
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I am so sorry for the loss of your dog
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My condolences it's an hard time to face,
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Old 19.09.2019, 13:54
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Sorry to hear about your loss. It is heartbreaking I know. We have been there too often...
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I am so very sorry, you gave him a beautiful life and he will always be with you.
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Old 19.09.2019, 16:56
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My heart goes out to you. I have also experienced losing a dearly beloved pet. Try to remember the good times you had together; your little fellow was clearly deeply cared for and had a good life.
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Old 19.09.2019, 18:00
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So sorry for your loss! As a dog owner, I can't imagine how tough it must be for you right now.
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Old 19.09.2019, 20:35
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I'm so very sorry, QoC.

Our little friends certainly leave a giant hole behind when they leave us, don't they?

It sounds like you gave Poldi lived a wonderful life, full of fun and adventure. He was a lucky little guy to have found you - and you him, of course.

I know that the pain of an empty house can seem overwhelming - I just hope that the memories of all that you and Poldi shared will help you as you grieve.

My heart goes out to you and your family.
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Old 19.09.2019, 21:28
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So very sorry for your loss. Have been there, and it is hard. It's the memories we cherish that help ease the pain.

It's not something you "get over", as some people said to me. After quite a long time, it was really more about accepting the loss and coping with it. The things you miss will still be missed.

I am sure you have wonderful memories which will be with you always.
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Old 19.09.2019, 21:43
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I‘m so sorry. You gave your pup a good home, lots of love and you were loved in return. It leaves an awful hole. I hope your memories will help you through the empty spaces.
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Old 19.09.2019, 22:07
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Thanks to everyone - I think most of us have lost a deeply loved pet. Still, each time it's a while before we recover and for us, this particular fellow was exceptional. He was such an individual, with a very distinctive personality. That's one of things I love about terriers in general - such characters!
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Old 19.09.2019, 22:10
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So very sorry for your loss. Have been there, and it is hard. It's the memories we cherish that help ease the pain.

It's not something you "get over", as some people said to me. After quite a long time, it was really more about accepting the loss and coping with it. The things you miss will still be missed.

I am sure you have wonderful memories which will be with you always.
That's it exactly. The memories are painful at first and eventually become treasured and a source of comfort.

As for people telling you that it's just an animal and you'll soon feel better, well, that speaks for itself, doesn't it? Some people just have no idea. Love is love, as they say.
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Old 19.09.2019, 22:12
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Re: Our little guy is gone

So so very sorry for your loss! I know how horrible and painful it is to lose a beloved pet. We lost our cat a year-and-a-half ago who'd been with us for 16 years. She'd also been a rescue and moved with us from the US. Losing her left a big hole in our hearts and she is still loved and missed

I know, it still hurts for you. I pray that time will ease your pain and temper your grief <3
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Old 19.09.2019, 22:18
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I'm so very sorry, QoC.

Our little friends certainly leave a giant hole behind when they leave us, don't they?

It sounds like you gave Poldi lived a wonderful life, full of fun and adventure. He was a lucky little guy to have found you - and you him, of course.

I know that the pain of an empty house can seem overwhelming - I just hope that the memories of all that you and Poldi shared will help you as you grieve.

My heart goes out to you and your family.
Thanks, Meloncollie.
Poldi gave us so much, including so many funny and amusing times. I do believe dogs have a sense of humor.

It helps us a lot to know how much he enjoyed his life here. You could really see it in his behavior and demeanor. He was so lively and happy with heading out each day to his walking trails. He knew exactly that once he got across the street he would be off leash and could stop to sniff whenever he wanted. He really liked having a certain amount of independence, while keeping a sharp eye out to make sure we were not too far. We were the ones, of course, who learned to adapt to the off leash situation - always keeping alert and watching him as he trotted along. Sigh. I hardly know what to do with myself on a walk now!
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Old 19.09.2019, 22:21
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So so very sorry for your loss! I know how horrible and painful it is to lose a beloved pet. We lost our cat a year-and-a-half ago who'd been with us for 16 years. She'd also been a rescue and moved with us from the US. Losing her left a big hole in our hearts and she is still loved and missed

I know, it still hurts for you. I pray that time will ease your pain and temper your grief <3
Oh my gosh! I understand completely. I am so sorry for your loss. I still miss two cats in particular that I had years and years ago. I can still picture them exactly as they were and feel their purrs as I held them.
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Oh man, genuinely tearing up at the thought of what you are having to deal with. It just rips your heart apart to lose our chosen furry family members. I went through my cat having cancer and being beyond help in spring and I still miss him. But I also think it was worth it, to have had the privilege of being his person. Heartache is the price of love and I hope he knew how loved he was. I'm sure your pupper knew how special he was to you and the fact that you truly rescued him means he must have thought the world of you.
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Old 19.09.2019, 22:31
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Thanks so much, Kittster. Yes, I do believe that he knew how much he was loved. He certainly was convinced that he was an equal member of the family and would have had his own place at the table if he could have. I always had a secret fantasy of taking a vacation where he could have a high chair, a bib and a plate of his own right on the table!

It's hard to separate the love from the pain, just at the beginning of the grieving process. But time does help. I tell myself this. I've been through this before, right?
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Thanks so much, Kittster. Yes, I do believe that he knew how much he was loved. He certainly was convinced that he was an equal member of the family and would have had his own place at the table if he could have. I always had a secret fantasy of taking a vacation where he could have a high chair, a bib and a plate of his own right on the table!

It's hard to separate the love from the pain, just at the beginning of the grieving process. But time does help. I tell myself this. I've been through this before, right?
Yes. Know how you feel. Our cat died a couple of years ago after 15 years with us. I still feel him in his favorite places in the apartment
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