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Old 11.09.2021, 20:53
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What a sweet idea ennui !!
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Old 11.09.2021, 21:15
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Re: Paw prints

We set up a bit of a shrine for our Labby girl, who passed 6 yrs ago. We have a cubby hole in our bedroom and did the salt dough thing, but also used some paint on her paws the night she passed. Maybe that sounds macabre, but she was our heart dog and she passed at home in our arms. I pulled the pic forward and normally in front of it are her ashes, favorite toy, collar and salt dough print. Yes, Wife and I are crazy dog people and now honored to have another Labby and a rescue Mastiff/Shepherd.

Good luck with your furkid. So hard to see them get old...



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Has anyone made a paw print of their pet? What material do you use? I have found a recipe for salt dough that seems pretty basic. I have loads of fimo polymer clay but it might be too hard. Any other suggestions gratefully accepted.
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Old 11.09.2021, 21:50
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We set up a bit of a shrine for our Labby girl, who passed 6 yrs ago. We have a cubby hole in our bedroom and did the salt dough thing, but also used some paint on her paws the night she passed. Maybe that sounds macabre, but she was our heart dog and she passed at home in our arms. I pulled the pic forward and normally in front of it are her ashes, favorite toy, collar and salt dough print. Yes, Wife and I are crazy dog people and now honored to have another Labby and a rescue Mastiff/Shepherd.

Good luck with your furkid. So hard to see them get old...
Thank you… nearly 17 years is a good run. I remember you talking about your dog…because mine is named similarly Lily (actually Lily the Pup). Your girl swam in the Limmat, right?

I remember dogs…people not so much.

That‘s a very sweet remembrance.
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Old 11.09.2021, 22:05
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Re: Paw prints

Lili became pretty well known for her daily "walks" in the Limmat; between the Laufkraftwerk Letten and the overpass. And we floated down the Limmat together during the Summer months. She was a good girl... I have a few photos of her in my profile album.

As expats, we have met most of our friends through our dogs. And even acquaintances get addressed as "Lily's Mom or Dad" as we are the same; we remember the dogs... people not so much!

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Thank you… nearly 17 years is a good run. I remember you talking about your dog…because mine is named similarly Lily (actually Lily the Pup). Your girl swam in the Limmat, right?

I remember dogs…people not so much.

That‘s a very sweet remembrance.
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Old 11.09.2021, 22:22
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Re: Paw prints

i tried one of the baby ones with my kid, but it wasn't really that great. you could try it and maybe also try to do your own salt dough.
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Re: Paw prints

At the crematorium in Seon (kt. Aargau) they let you take an impression of the paw but only when you bring your deceased pet yourself. I don't know exactly what type of clay it is, except that the colour is white.

You may want to call them and ask them what they use.

It is a lovely gesture, we have 2.

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Old 12.09.2021, 12:45
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Re: Paw prints

I found a kit for an impression and one for a print. Thanks to whoever suggested pearhead. I‘m all set, I think. Thanks again for the mostly useful and kind responses.
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Old 13.09.2021, 19:59
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Re: Paw prints

We had to let our girl go this afternoon. Her heart was failing. I ended up using a salt dough mix to take an impression.

Here‘s my girl in 2018…run free, Lily.
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Old 13.09.2021, 20:03
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Re: Paw prints

So sorry to hear this. Run free, Lily and look for my Lili...

A YOUNG DOG ONCE AGAIN... Anonymous

You’re giving me a special gift, so sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But real love is knowing when your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes, beyond into your soul,
I see in you the magic that will once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done, for it’s the only way.
That strength is why I followed you, and chose you as my friend,
And why I’ve loved you all these years
…my partner ‘til the end
Please understand just what this gift you’re giving means to me,
It gives me back the strength I’ve lost and all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf, for that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right, for I believe it too.
So one last time I breathe your scent and through your hand I feel,
The courage that’s within you to grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here dear friend, so that I can run,
Once more a strong and steady dog, my pain and struggle done
And don’t despair my passing, I won’t be far away,
Forever here within your heart, and memory I will stay.
I’ll be there watching over you, your forever faithful friend,
And in your memories I will run,
…a young dog once again.
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Re: Paw prints

Sorry to hear the news. It's a horrible feeling and leaves a huge hole in one's heart. Lily will have a lot of friends waiting for her at the Rainbow Bridge, including three Bassets, Hana, Abby and Cassie.
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Re: Paw prints

Oh Ennui, I am so sorry.

There is nothing so sweet as the love our pets give us. Their time with us is always far too short, but their great gift is that they live on forever in our hearts.

May you be at peace, as Lily is now.
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Oh, ennui, sad news for you. Here's wishing you a good rest, and the right kind of activities or quiet, as you need them, for your grief and your own health. May you be able to take comfort in the memories of the many years you spent together.
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Old 13.09.2021, 20:24
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So sorry for you Ennui! Cherish the memories!

Never easy when a furry family member goes, take care!
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Old 25.09.2021, 17:46
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Re: Paw prints

I got Lily’s ashes back from the vet yesterday, and I have a bit of a shrine set up for her. My sister painted her portrait about 10 years ago when she was visiting. The ashes are in the wooden globe.

We’ll start to look for another pup in a few months….our house is definitely missing something. Thanks for all your supportive comments.
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That's very touching, Ennui, a beautiful tribute to a very special girl.

I love Lily's portrait.

(And your sister is very talented!)
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I hadn't been on EF for a while and I see this sad but beautiful post. So sorry ennui for your loss. Lily was a very beautiful dog and I have no doubt she had the most wonderful life with you.

My current dog is my fifth in my life....so gone through the same pain and sorrows a few times before, so I know exactly what you are going through.

Next month I am going back to Japan for a few weeks to see my family. My parents' dog is 15 years and 9 months. Completely blind and deaf, manages to eat but cannot drink by herself so they give her water through syringes. Last year I thought I would not see her again but she is hanging in there. She wakes up 4-5 times a night so caring for her is taking a physical toll on my elderly parents, so my sister goes and helps out every month for a few weeks. Having a full time job and total lack of sleep for almost a year, my sister is physically exhausted as well, so my visit back home is fully dedicated to take over caring for our family dog - and give my parents and sister a bit of a relief.

Mixed emotions going home. My sister is so attached having cared for her like a new-born baby for the past year, she is afraid she won't be able to handle it when she goes....and hopes she will peacefully go in her sleep while I am there, that my parents' dog feels she can finally let go as we are all there for her.

Sigh... Sorry, didn't mean to make this post about my situtation. Ennui, sending you hugs and comfort!! x
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I’m so sorry, Summergirl. I also missed your post until today. But thank you.

Thirty years ago, I took care of my mother at the end of her life and the sleep deprivation and difficulty giving her meds were familiar. No, taking care of a dying human and dying dog are not the same thing, but there are parallels. I hope your family and their pup will find peace soon. But man, it’s hard…. I cooked a chicken earlier this week to make soup and burst into tears when I realized I had no Lily to give some of the meat to.

I have started to look for a new dog. I’m going to Italy in November to visit a shiba inu breeder. We had Lily almost 16 years….it leaves a big hole.

Sounds like your visit home will be very appreciated by your family. Hard work, but worth it.
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Oh I know ennui, fully understand! Even 6 months after my previous dog passed I still had moments of tears when a memory came up. Hugs hugs hugs!

I wish you well in November, I hope you will find the puppy that feels right for you and your family. My grandparents had a Shiba, I love them.
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Saw this quote today:

People will never understand how much you love your dog.

That's OK.

Your dog knows.
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I had dogs almost all my life (except for uni years) until I started to live a peripatetic existence 20 years ago. It wasn't possible (or fair) to have animals. When I moved to Europe I left Raida Rashida Star of the Desert, my rather elderly Saluki, on the ranch in the family's good care...everyone loved the 'S'ida. She lived out a great life chasing goats.

Suddenly, for the last year I've had dog nightmares. They are about mostly her, but others also, like the fabulous circus-talented black poodle, India Ink; Rafiki and Winkie the Schipperkes; and idiotic Dotted Spangled Swiss Miss the Dalmatian (aka Dot-Brain). I dream I am at work and have forgotten to leave them water or food. It's been days...they are dying. I wake up very upset. Why?? Anyone have the same? Ugh.
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