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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 02:51 AM
This is a re-post from my MySpace blog that I posted today. Some of you may not care, but I am truly down in the dumps right now & hurtin' really bad. I just wanted to share my story of a good dog & a true friend.

Peace; uj75


Well, the past few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster of emotions with things that have been going in my life. This afternoon started out to be new day where my luck was beginning to turn around. But, I recieved a phone call a lil' earlier from my parents notifying me that they had to put our dog Judas to sleep this evening. No words can express how cold and lonely I felt as soon as my Dad said those words to me. I'm not really one to express my emotions to alot of people, but I felt the need to post this blog because so many people here on MySpace have known me for a very long time. And, if you truly know me and my family, then you knew Judas too. He was my family's best friend for over 12 years and now he's gone. Undetected terminal cancer caught up with him and to end his suffering, my parents decided to do the inevitable. There wasn't a single person who ever went to my family's home in Grifton, NC who did not completely fall in love with Judas. He was truly the best dog (if not friend) I've ever had. And, I sit here in tears as type these words, because I know that going home will never be the same again! One of the hardest things that I ever did in my life was let my parents take him when I moved out years ago. After I moved out there was never a time that I came home that he didn't greet me in the driveway...nor was there a time when he didn't walk with me back out to the truck when I left either. The last time I saw Judas was this past Sunday on Mother's Day and as I sat at family table scratching his head, I thought to myself, "It'll be a sad day in the Hughes family when you leave." And, now he is gone forever and I can't imagine going home and him not being there. He brought joy & happiness to so many people from my grandparents on down to my cousin Steph's new baby daughter Olivia (who already called him by his name!). Everyone loved that dog....especially me. I brought him home in March of 1996 to a house where nobody really wanted a pitbull around but me. He was a sickly little pup that was ate up with worms, but he defied the odds & quickly grew into a powerhouse of an animal that had a heart of gold. He never showed a mean bone in his body and he always had love to give to anyone that came to our house. He, along with my entire survived hurricane Floyd & the flood waters that soon followed, but he met his match today. Even though he is gone, he will live in my & many other's hearts forever. I will never forget him. I like to think that he has gone on to join my other loved ones that have left this Earth and I hope he's there waiting when I pull up to come see them all again.

Rest In Peace Old Friend


[Edited on 5/14/2008 by UNCLEJON75]

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 05:05 AM
I'm sorry for your loss, Jon.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 05:54 AM
It's a hard thing to lose a pet you loved. I feel your loss.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 05:55 AM
Me too, Jon.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 06:17 AM
Sorry, Jon...

RIP ole' Judas...

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 06:22 AM
Bummer, sorry.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 06:40 AM
I'm sorry for your loss

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 06:47 AM
Jon I've got a 12 3/4 ths year old diabetic Chihuahua. I feel your pain. Pets become like family quick and like family are remembered forever in our hearts. One thing about life though ... "The sun is gonna shine in your back door some day." Soon I hope. God bless you.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 06:52 AM
Its one of the hardest thing you have to do in life, just did it myself not to long ago

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 07:19 AM
Jon,

Sounds like Judas was one great dog, and for those of us who have been blessed to have such animals, then we must truly must "thank God" for that blessing, even as we grieve the loss of such animals. I sometimes worry about Thor, my Siberian Husky, who just turn 10. Thor is a big boy, and sometimes you can see his age catching up with him. Hope I still have several years left with him as I know what he means to me, and what a hole his loss would leave. Anyway, God Bless Judas, and the love he gave to you and your family and friends, and remember all dogs go to heaven.

You and yours take care,
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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 07:45 AM
Hey Jon,

Hang in there buddy. I know it hurts now, but Judas knew what it was like to be loved. Be thankful for the joy he brought to you and your family, and that he'll always reside in your heart.

Take care, bro.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 08:06 AM
jon, i am so sorry...i Still miss my husky, alex...

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 08:08 AM
Jon,

Sorry to hear about Judas, sounds like a wonderful friend to have had. It's one of the hardest things to do, like others we can share your pain.

We finally have a new puppy, "Sammie" after years without a 4 legged family member. We all had to get over having to put down Betts and Molly (at the same time) due to them both getting rabies.

Take care Jon, great memories I'm sure you have...

Later, Karen

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 08:10 AM
So sorry... so sad....

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 10:17 AM
Sorry for your loss Brother.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 10:32 AM
In my journey through life, one of the solid foundations I have learned is, you can learn much of the inner nature of a fellow human being by their relationship to pets.

You can't use a pet. They can't do a damn thing for you. They are all-taking. They are totally dependent. It's up to you to feed them. Keep them clean and free of fleas. Get them to the vet when necessary.

A person who loves pets, cares for them, is good inside. I can forgive a bunch for someone who is good inside.

Sorry for your loss, John. You are good inside.

 
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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 11:10 AM
I am right there with you, buddy..............God Bless Judas and Truffle. They are at the Rainbow Bridge together having a big old time..............
 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 11:59 AM
I had to put down both of my dogs within a few months of each other for cancer. Lady, a shy but sweet German Sheperd/Yellow lab mix for bone cancer and Marty, Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, for testicular cance that spread to his abdomen.

Both just before I moved to Monkey Hill, Marty came here for the walk through, but had to be put down while
I was packing to move. Everytime I see a rabbit or deer in the yard I wish Marty were here to chase them, He
would have loved the much bigger yard I now have.

They are never really gone, we keep a piece of them with us forever.

I know your pain, It will subside.

Peace and Love to you Uncle Jon


 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 12:08 PM
John, Marty is still chasing bekieve me. Now he and Judas are chasing together and becoming new friends.

Sorry to all of us who have lost pets. I guess it's time for the rainbow bridge poem.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 12:13 PM
I am very sorry for you're loss. I know exactly how you feel. It is two years since I had to put down my last dog and I still miss her. It is no different than losing any other family member. Non dog owners would never understand this. It sounds like you and you're family gave Judas a wonderful life and I'm sure he's up in Heaven running and jumping around with my Deidre totally pain free.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 12:18 PM
The Rainbow Bridge

There is a very special place on this side of the Rainbow Bridge.
This is where the dog, once loved by You, goes after he dies.
There is always spring by the Rainbow Bridge, the sun shines, the grass is green,
There is never too cold, and never too hot there,
There is plenty of food, space to play, there is fresh, cool water in the spring brook, to drink and to frolic in.
There, all dogs that were old are young again, sick or wounded are healthy and whole.
There is no more pain, no more fear and despair. Dogs play all day, and then rest in a shade of an apple tree.
There is only one thing missing.
There is only one thing which would make the dog's life perfect and complete...
And then the day comes, when he lifts his head yet again to look at the distant horizon. A very special sparkle lights in his eyes, his tail's all motion again.
HE SEES YOU...
He leaps across the field,
Within seconds he is by your side, leaping to greet You,
Your face gets kissed and kissed and kissed again
And then you cross the Bridge together,
never to be separated again.

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I am new to this forum and don’t really know anyone very well, but I must say that I had tears in my eyes as I read your heartfelt words. I am one of those who consider dogs as family members, not just pets – so I genuinely empathize with your sorrow. It sounds like you have many wonderful memories of your old friend to reflect on and, as time passes, so too will this pain you are feeling.

Ironically, last night I was sitting on the floor with my own dog “Boo,” combing his fur and wondering how I could ever deal with him not being around. I truly dread the day.

No one gives such pure, unconditional love as our family dogs.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 12:40 PM
Sorry Jon.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2008 at 12:40 PM
Jon, so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Judas. My thoughts go out to you and for Judas, I only hope he is running freely now. My Lola is my heart so I understand only too well that they are not just 'pets' ... they really are our families and often some of the best friends on God's green earth.

 

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