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It's been a long time since I've logged on to greytalk, mainly because I've had some very difficult life events lately. Most of you who know me, know my grandma Maw Maw and how much she means to me. To make a long story short, she died on September 30, 2010. I took a leave from work and was with her for the last four days of her life at the Hospice facility downtown. Sat by her bedside, talked to her, held her hand, prayed with her and did my best to make her final moments as comfortable as possible. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life.


Less than 3 weeks later, my step dad died, at the breakfast table with my mom on Sunday morning October 17, 2010. Had a heart attack and died instantly, my mom tried to perform CPR and the ambulance arrived and tried to shock him back, but there was nothing anyone could do. Let's just say, the holiday's SUCKED this year!!!


I noticed Major started using the bathroom in the house A LOT so I took him to the vet. They ran several tests but could find no abnormalities, Major was 11 years old and I didn't want to put him through any more stressful testing so I took him home, gave him his prescription and hoped and prayed it was just due to stress since I had been away from home so much lately (hospitals, funeral homes, cleaning out my grandma's apt, trying to work, etc) and I had several different friends and family members coming over to let them out, different schedules, different times of day.


He continued to keep having accidents so I loaded up on the potty pads, bought a TON of spray carpet cleaner, and eventually bought a steam carpet machine. He wasn't in pain, he was still happy, still chasing the kitty cats, still barking at the squirllies out the window, still wagging his tail and doing his little 360 dance when I walked in the door, still eating and still burping in my face afterwards.


Tuesday morning, January 11th, We woke up, Maj didn't want to get out of bed, I coaxed him up to go downstairs and go outside, telling him GOOD BOY the whole way, when he got midway down the steps, he fell the rest of the way down. He immediately jumped back up and I checked him out, he was walking fine and even trotted around in the snow in the back yard for a bit. I left for work. It had snowed really bad that day and they were predicting a really bad ice storm that afternoon so they dismissed us from work early, I went home and Maj was just laying there, he had gone potty in the house and showed no interest in eating and had a really sad look on his face. That night I slept downstairs with him on the couch so he didn't have to walk up the stairs, around 4:00 a.m., he jumped up from the couch, ran to the potty pad and peed and threw up at the same time. He came back over, I cleaned him and the carpet up, he laid next to me and stared at me with cloudy sad eyes.... I knew it was time.


The next day (my 41st birthday) I called his vet and could barely speak, I guess God was looking out for me because his vet was out of town and the office was closed. Major was still not eating, but was comfortable, was able to walk and go outside (even played in the snow a bit) he laid next to me on the couch the entire day and was still drinking water, later that evening, he did eat one piece of kibble and snuggled up next to me the entire night.


Thursday, January 13th, after I woke up I called his vets office and took him to the vet at 2:30 p.m. Again, one of the HARDEST things I've ever had to do in my life. When we got there, they met me at the back door so I did't have to go through the waiting room, we weighed him and he was down to 58 lbs. We went into the exam room, I laid next to him on the floor, holding him, stroking him, kissing him, crying on him and telling him how much I loved him. Yep, one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I miss him so much!!!


Black Jack had a really hard time, HE quit eating, was depressed and wouldn't get off the couch. Sunday afternoon, I borrowed my cousin's greyhound Frenchie (Frenchie has stayed with us several times and is one of Black Jack's best buds), when they arrived, Black Jack immediately jumped up, wagged his tail, did zoomies in the living room and even chewed on a couple of stuffies. That night, he ate twice. THANK GOD!!!!!!


Frenchie stayed with us for a week and since then, Black Jack is almost back to his old self, he'll walk over to Maj's big blue chair and sniff it and sometimes whine, he is clingier that ever to me (which I am A OK with that) but he's got his energy back, is eating and is healthy.


In light of the recent life events, I am doing OK. I'm not gonna lie, I'm NOT great and I am depressed. I'm working on that and trying to work through all of the loss, so I really haven't been on the computer much. Again, God must be looking out for me because all in my life is not doom and gloom. My old boyfriend and I got back together this summer and things between us are unreal. We are both on the same page, we are both totally crazy head over heels in love with each other and he has been so good to me through this all, being extremly patient and giving me plenty of space so I can work through my grief, but when I do need him, he comes through with flying colors. When we dated 6 years ago, he used to get jealous of the boys and couldn't understand why I let them sleep in my bed, when Major died, he cried (a few times) with me and has been very receptive and compassionate to Black Jack. We spent the night at his place a few nights ago and he even let Black Jack sleep in bed with us. I went downstairs (don't really sleep well these days) and watched TV, when I went back up, they were both sawing logs next to each other, was one of the best moments I had seen in a long time.


I just wanted to let you guys know why I haven't been around lately and needed to give Major his tribute thread. This thread does NOT do him justice, he was such a big piece of my heart. I will always love him, will always miss him and will ALWAYS be grateful for the 9+ years I had him in my life.

Major & Black Jack are the BEST Doggies in the WORLD

A Major Presence - MAJOR - March 10, 1999 - January 13, 2011

Little Joe - BLACK JACK - July 31, 1998 - February 8, 2011


"If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. " - Randy Pausch

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You've mad a miserable rough time. {{{{{{{{{{BJ}}}}}}}}}}


I've loved your Major from afar for years. I'm so sorry he couldn't stay longer with you. Extra hugs to Black Jack.


Run with the wind, special boy.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your Maw Maw, your stepdad and Major. I hope things get better for you. It sounds like you have a good man in your boyfriend and I hope it stays that way. Sometimes men just take a while to mature. :)





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Oh, BJ - I'm so sorry about Major. It's so so hard...


And I'm sorry your life has been hard the last several months - I hope things pick up before long...


Hugs from all of us here... and scritches to Black Jack too...

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I am so very Sorry you have been through all of that, you have been missed...... :grouphug :grouphug :grouphug

Darlene Mom to: Aladdin, Sophie ,Pongo, Jasmine, Relic Forever in our Hearts Champ at the Rainbow Bridge.

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BJ -


I'm so sorry for all that you have been through recently, wow, that is a lot to deal with in such a short amount of time.


Maj was such a handsome boy. I'm sorry it was his time to leave you.


Run free Major!

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You know I love you.


Maj, absolutely one of the two best doggies in the entire world.

Missing my sweet girl Scout. My snuggler, my chow-hound, my kissy girl.
It never thunders at the Bridge, and your food bowl is ALWAYS filled.

So strange not living in Atty World. I was a love struck handmaiden to your every whim.

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:weep. I'm so sorry BJ. He was such a special boy.



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See you again someday, my sweet Payton (Flying Payton May 9, 2000-March 18, 2012)
Missing my sweet JJ, world's sweetest cat (April 1997-November 30, 2015)

Stealing food in heaven, my darling Minnie (2006-April 21, 2016)
Reunited with her favorite person in heaven, my Dad, Satin the skittish kitty (2002-May 7, 2016)

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:cry1 Giving you lots of hugs, BJ. I know it's been an awful few months for you. :grouphug :grouphug :grouphug Major was a lucky boy to have you - I know how much your love your pups.

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I'm so very sorry. :cry1 Losing a hound is hard enough, and you've had so much more to absorb.


Godspeed Major.

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Missing Cora (RL Nevada 5/99-10/09), Piper (Cee Bar Easy 2/99-1/10), Tally (Thunder La La 9/99-3/10), Edie (Daring Reva 9/99-10/12), Dixie (Kiowa Secret Sue 11/01-1/13), Jessie (P's Real Time 11/98-3/13), token boy Graham (Zydeco Dancer 9/00-5/13), Cal (Back Already 12/99-11/13), Betsy (Back Kick Beth 11/98-12/13), Standard Poodles Minnie (1/99-1/14) + Perry (9/98-2/14), Annie (Do Marcia 9/03-10/14), Pink (Miss Pinky Baker 1/02-6/15), Poppy (Cmon Err Not 8/05-1/16), Kat (Jax Candy 5/05-5/17)

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Any one of these events on their own is devastating enough but to have them happen all together is almost more than any one should have to bear. I am so sorry for all of your losses. I will say a prayer for strength BJ. :grouphug



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BJ I am so very sorry for all your loses, what a hell of a rollercoaster you have been on. You will make it through, one day at a time. You know you have to grieve, scream, cry whatever at the time is needed to make it. DH and I still haven't gotten over loosing Lily (sure we never will), but it has gotten better. Now Marx is having problems and that's opening up all the rawness of loosing Lily.


You are right that we are so blessed to have the opportunity to share our lives with these special greys. They are live savers in so many ways. Major will continue to watch over you. You did right by him and listened/payed attention to the signs he was giving and gave him the best gift of all. He is pain free, 100% whole again.


Hang in there and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Praying for all the missing greys!

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I am so sorry for all your losses. It must be overwhelming. On the positive side, 2011 seems to be heading for a new begining.

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Oh BJ, I'm so very, very sorry. You've had more than your share that's for sure. Godspeed Major, you will be very missed.

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