Goodbye my friend...

Posted by: elisabeth

Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:17 PM

**Posting a goodbye for a friend of Stark's**

Although King was not a purebred German Shepherd he was still an amazing dog.

He did not know love, kindness, or peace in his first year of life. He was abused both physically and mentally, he did not know the warmth of a house or the softness of a bed. He was left tied to a tree along a path by a chain until someone found him and called animal control.

Two weeks after he was found he was adopted by Rob. Rob was looking for a friend to walk and hike with. King was a large black and tan dog, who would bark any time he got excited. His bark was BOOMING! He scared off a lot of potential adopters because he was untrained, a tad dominant, and starting to become aggressive toward other animals. No one wanted him.

Rob brought him home and worked with him over the next year.

Fast forward eighteen months (he was 2.5 years old) .. King was just that.. a king. He was living the good life. Walks, hikes, ball playing, training, cuddles, slept in a 'king sized' bed and was treated as he should. Rob and King's favorite thing to do was to wrestle.

King was great with other dogs and people, although the GSD in him kept him pretty aloof to strangers. Our group meet nightly and we would allow the dogs to play off lead and everyone had a great time.

King was loved by everyone and we are all feeling a little lost without him tonight.

King crossed over the bridge this morning after his kidneys and liver shut down. Rob made the decision to let him go in peace instead of watch him suffer - a very tough and heart wrenching decision.

We will all miss King very much and we are trying to help Rob through this.

Goodbye King, you will be missed by your pack (Stark, Buddy, Jessie, Jacob, Billy, Molly and the "owners").

King


King and Stark
Posted by: Kris

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:23 PM

Elisabeth,
I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful boy. I was following the other thread and hoping that maybe things would turn around for Rob and King. It is just so sad, as these two obviously had a very special relationship. But I am happy that they had each other for this time, even though it was far too short. The love you describe is something most people and dogs never get to experience in a lifetime.

I am heartbroken for Rob. Please give him my condolences. I feel so bad for all of you... hugging

Run free and healthy sweet boy. You will be missed more than you can possibly know... butterfly
Posted by: AngelJ

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:25 PM

So sorry.
Rest in peace King.
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:27 PM

Thank you. I will be emailing Rob this thread as well.

Tonight while we were at our nightly play group at the park Rob came out and hung around with us and the dogs, I felt so bad for him.

The dogs all went over one at a time and rubbed up against him. I think they knew.. they were not as playful tonight. They must of felt our energy and knew something was up when Rob came without King.
Posted by: bjdimock

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:29 PM

Hugs to you, and the Dimock Pack sends all their love to Rob, who is feeling the pain of crossing a loved one. hugging
They leave this life to soon, but forever remain our guardians. gsdhalo
Posted by: LifeAsMe

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:29 PM

I'm so sorry Rob and Elisabeth. It's terribly unfair. teary I'm glad that King new such love before he had to leave.
Posted by: DancingCavy

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:30 PM

I am so sorry to hear about King. I was hoping for a turnaround. Please pass along my condolences to Rob. King sounds like he was a wonderful dog and a loyal friend. It's unfortunate their time together was short. But I'm sure they had many great times together.

R.I.P. sweet King.
Posted by: Woodreb

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:41 PM

Sorry to hear of King's passing. rip
Posted by: StarryNite

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:42 PM

I am so so sorry for your loss frown What an amazing dog who found an amazing friend in his life!
Posted by: Rei

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:42 PM

I'm so sorry, hugs for you, Stark, and King' family hugging

RIP handsome guy.
Posted by: Sage's mom

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:47 PM

Very sorry to hear about the loss of King. rip sweet boy

I am heartbroken for Rob and all of King's friends hugging
Posted by: Samba

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/21/10 11:57 PM

I am so sorry for Rob in the loss. It is not an easy thing.
Posted by: Tara

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of King. My condolences to Rob and to you and all the pack.
Posted by: Jason L

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 12:13 AM

RIP King.
Posted by: MaxaLisa

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 12:31 AM

rip King butterfly

It sounds like Rob made such a great home for King, hugging for Rob
Posted by: kelso

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 06:55 AM

so sorry frown
Rest in peace handsome King
Posted by: Kayos

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 07:57 AM

I am so sorry. I know how hard Rob tried for King and ow much he meant to him.

Hugs to Rob and to you too.
Posted by: Arlene

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 08:43 AM

So sorry about King .... condolences to Rob
Posted by: georgiapeachGSD

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 09:38 AM

Rob is an angel to King and one day they will be untited again. I am so sorry for the loss of both a dog and a friend. Lots of love to you all. Run Free King. <tears>
Posted by: Bradyddr

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 10:33 AM

RIP King

I am so sorry
Posted by: Karin

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 11:18 AM

Rest in peace, King. angel It sounds like he had a great life with Rob.
Posted by: kaisersmom

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 12:30 PM

Heartfelt condolences to Rob - rest in peace, King. paw

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me.......

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
Remembering how I’d lay my head
In your lap that special way.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me.
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And petted me with her hand.
She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I never thought
That I would have to die.
I had so much to live for,
So many “sits” and “downs” to do
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
Remember how I’d nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose?
The frisbee I would gladly chase,
The bad guy, I’d “bark and hold”.

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I’d wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.
But, then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Will take the place of me.
And when I thought of treats and toys,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did,
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.

But then I walked through Heaven’s gate,
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me,
From His beautiful golden throne.
He said, “This is eternity,
And now we welcome you,
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
For you see, each days’s the same day,
There’s no longing for the past.

Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true;
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn’t do.
But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you’re free;
So won’t you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?”

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I’m right there, in your heart.

- author unknown

Posted by: JeanKBBMMMAAN

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 12:38 PM

Oh no, I am so sorry.

What a wonderful thing that King got the second chance he did.

I wish it would have lasted forever.
Posted by: Islandgsds

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 01:01 PM

I'm so sorry for King's passing.
Hugs to you Elisabeth & Stark.

Many hugging to you Rob. I know the pain of loosing a dear friend and companion is great. King had a second chance at this life which so many can never hope for.
Thank you for taking him in and loving him. He will forever live on in your heart and your memories.


rip King.
Run free of the burden of chains of which this earthly world has cast upon you. gsdhalo
Posted by: elisabeth

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 01:01 PM

What a beautiful poem... thank you. I have fowarded this thread to Rob so I am sure he will be reading through it when he is ready.

Thank you everyone. smile
Posted by: LukesMom

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 01:30 PM

I am so sorry about King. Hugs to all you knew him....2 and 4 legged alike.
Posted by: Wisc.Tiger_Val

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 02:40 PM

I am sorry about hearing that King didn't make it. From what I read, Rob and King were perfect buddies.

Maybe some day Rob will find a Duke or a Prince, because for him there will never be another King.

rip King
Posted by: PositiveDog

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/22/10 10:02 PM

My heart goes out to Rob and friends over the loss of King. I am glad they found each other and had the chance to share a bond together.

gsdhalo
Posted by: StarryNite

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/24/10 12:42 AM

Pat.... have major tears in my eyes, what a beautiful poem... I believe it is all true...
Posted by: Barb E

Re: Goodbye my friend... - 04/24/10 01:08 AM

My thoughts to Rob and all of you

rip King