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So sorry Noel. Losing a pet is devastating. That's one of the reasons we don't currently have any. It hurts.

Mike

manfromravcon.com

I agree with Ravcon. Losing pets is just plain horrible. I still get really sad when I see photos of my best pal I lost 2 1/2 years ago. Taking a pet to the vet knowing he's not coming home with you is one of the worst feelings I know. Our thoughts are with your family.

Matt "tha Kat" Lentz
Skippy and the Skipjacks: 2018-
Skippyandtheskipjacks.net
https://www.facebook.com/skippyandtheskipjacks
Otto and the Ottomans: 2014-2015
The Coconauts surf band: 2009-2014
www.theamazingcoconauts.com
Group Captain and the Mandrakes 2013
http://www.gcmband.com/
The Surfside IV: 2002-2005, 2008-2009
the Del-Vamps: 1992-1999, 2006-2007
http://www.dblcrown.com/delvamps.html

Last edited: Mar 06, 2014 23:21:06

Thanks, Mike and Matt. Your understanding means a lot. So does everyone's. I'm very grateful. This a sad time in our home, and it will soon get a lot sadder. I was talking just yesterday with a friend who only keeps fish for this reason.

But, seeing Corradina and Daisy play, and just be happy with each other. will remain a treasured, wonderful memory long after the sorrow of Daisy's death has receded into softer, less painful memories. Even for my daughter.

Daisy never once minded being a pillow for Cory.

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This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

Last edited: Mar 07, 2014 09:28:51

Cherish the now.
Guide those around you to do the same.

http://www.reverbnation.com/thegreasemonkeyz

It’s over.

The story of the little lost dog who wasn’t lost anymore and the little lost girl who wasn’t lost anymore came to an end a lot sooner than we hoped. Their story began this way. The frightened, injured, emaciated, soggy, sick female English Pointer that happily ran up our driveway in a thunderstorm in the middle of June in 2011 is gone away again. Our daughter Corradina, who cried so un-consolably after she accidently loosed the dog who had just found her, has lost her dog again. But this time there’s no hope she’ll get her Daisy back any time soon. She’s been crying un-consolably again, but there’s no happy ending waiting for them in a few hours, like before. Corradina is not the only one crying this time.

I had thought for a long while that Daisy would run away a second time, would choose to be the vagabond dog she seemed to be when she found us. But she didn’t. We were all extra-careful after her improbable return to us. But Daisy slowly decided she belonged with us. She would sometimes slip her collar and run into the woods after deer, but only a few yards or so, and come back when called. We could let her out to use the yard, and she’d come right back. If there was a strong desire to run away again, Daisy never acted on it. And she became my daughter’s best friend, the way only a dog can be a best friend when best-friends are hard to come by, like for Corradina. We loved this little lost dog and she loved us in return, and she wasn’t lost anymore. Life for Daisy was as good as a dog’s life can be, especially when you’re loved by a girl like Corradina who loves with all her heart, without restraint or self-consciousness.

We didn’t get to celebrate Daisy’s third anniversary with us. But we took her to Walt Disney World. She had ice cream and ate sandwiches and cheeseburgers with us, and sometimes Salisbury steaks with gravy. She loved riding in cars, and we took her with us whenever we could. Daisy loved riding in cars so much, I’d sometimes take her for a ride for no reason, because she just asked so insistently, sitting hopefully at the garage door until I gave in. Sometimes, when a ride wasn’t possible and she was very persistent, I’d just let her sit in the car for an hour or two, until she was ready to get out. Oddly, Daisy never had any interest in looking out the windows. She was always content just to sit on the floor or seat next to me and curl up to sleep. She simply didn’t want to be left behind.

This last car ride was different for all of us. The disease that ultimately took her away from us was far more vicious than we thought. There was nothing that could be done to prolong her life. We couldn’t keep Daisy alive until school let out. There’ll be no warm summer-time walks for my daughter and her dog to enjoy together. No running around the yard in the dark after fireflies. No more sitting on the front porch steps watching the world go by. No more laying in the summer grass leaning on each other looking up at clouds.

Corradina took us by complete surprise. We had all carefully guarded the secret from her so she wouldn’t get prematurely upset. It turned out we didn’t have to tell he how sick her dog was. As we got ready to take Daisy for a few of her favorite things this time - a long ride in a car, a bacon-cheeseburger and ice cream - Corradina told us what we were doing. She had already seen how Daisy was weak and wasting away. She simply knew what this trip to the vet was for. The ride started out as sad and tearful as any can be, the two friends sitting side-by-side. Daisy ate her bacon-cheeseburger with all the satisfaction she always displayed, so much so we all gave her some of ours, too. Daisy was a very content dog right then. She refused the ice cream, which was a first for her. No matter, she was riding in a car, her belly was full and for a while, she was obviously happy and all was right in her world again. Corradina laughed heartily as many good memories washed away the sadness of this last car ride together with her dog. For a time, all was right in Corradina’s world again, too.

At the vet, we let Corradina lay on the blanket beside her dog, as she always did at home, while Daisy was lying awake for the last time. Then we all took turns holding and kissing Daisy as dreams of better days raced through her as she fell into permanent sleep.

There will be another dog in our home soon, and it is certain to be a rescue, another lost dog. And Corradina will love it too, as we all will. But I think maybe more than we will, as she always loved Daisy more, which is her special gift. Yet I wonder if she’ll hold something back from the new dog? Something that belongs only to Daisy? That special feeling that belongs exclusively to first dogs? You have your first dog but once. Daisy was Corradina’s first dog, and she was the best first dog I could ever have hoped my daughter to have. I only wish Daisy didn’t have to leave so soon, because Corradina is more than just a little lost again without her.

From now on Corradina will only sleep with Daisy in her dreams.

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This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

Last edited: Mar 08, 2014 14:32:45

Condolences Noel to you, Corradina and the family.

Last edited: Mar 08, 2014 14:23:44

I'm so very sorry. Cry

Matt "tha Kat" Lentz
Skippy and the Skipjacks: 2018-
Skippyandtheskipjacks.net
https://www.facebook.com/skippyandtheskipjacks
Otto and the Ottomans: 2014-2015
The Coconauts surf band: 2009-2014
www.theamazingcoconauts.com
Group Captain and the Mandrakes 2013
http://www.gcmband.com/
The Surfside IV: 2002-2005, 2008-2009
the Del-Vamps: 1992-1999, 2006-2007
http://www.dblcrown.com/delvamps.html

So sorry to hear. Just played Old Blue (yes, The Byrds) in honor of Daisy and your family.

Rick

Rick

My sympathies, Noel. Better days ahead. Cry

So sorry Noel.

Mike

manfromravcon.com

Thanks, everyone. I'm very grateful. We went out to dinner. No one here had any enthusiasm to eat at home tonight. I forgot how empty a house full of people can feel when your dog is gone.

I also want to thank everyone for allowing me to share these memories with you. Whether joyful or sorrowful, these are precious memories to me, and it means a lot that you are willing to read them.

This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

Daisy and me.

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This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

Angel Angel Angel

http://www.reverbnation.com/thegreasemonkeyz

In brief, here's what's been going on and why I'm scarce on sg101 and elsewhere.

After consulting with my new guitar teacher who is Alex Anthony Faide of Los Twang! Marvels (see here) I determined to play guitar 4 hours a day in two-hour segments, in order to apply what I'm learning and progress much faster.

We rescued a dog named Missy. We had her a week and she escaped, dragging her leash behind her. She is regularly seen patrolling an area near us, but avoids all human contact and so will not come to people or even baited cage traps. Corradina is beyond miserable about this, but she gamely goes out looking for her lost dog. We remain hopeful we can retrieve Missy with the help of a dedicated team of searcher volunteers, but she isn't responding to the usual methods so far.

Our dearest friends have found themselves between houses and are now staying with us, so our number here at Chez-Noel have increased to ten. We all fit, which is a miracle in and of itself, and our kids love their kids who are amazingly wonderful; a fact that makes this crowded home greatly enjoyable as well as necessary.

The result of all these events is that things here are... hectic and time-consuming. I've never grocery-shopped with and for ten people before; it is a life-changing experience. Big Grin Actual free time to surf sg101 or anything else is hit-and-miss, mostly miss, and meaningful guitar playing time is very hard to come by. But important things are happening.

I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but I'm very, very grateful to be part of everything that's happening.

This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

Good news, we will be up there Sat nite for Easter. I am bring the band and their immediate fam. Head count stands @ 16 for now that will be a total of 26 at Chez Noel. We do a sunrise service surf set that will be sure to please.

But for serious, hang in there Motorcicle season is upon us (as I watch the snow fall out my windows).

http://www.reverbnation.com/thegreasemonkeyz

caddady wrote:

Good news, we will be up there Sat nite for Easter. I am bring the band and their immediate fam. Head count stands @ 16 for now that will be a total of 26 at Chez Noel. We do a sunrise service surf set that will be sure to please.

But for serious, hang in there Motorcicle season is upon us (as I watch the snow fall out my windows).

Thank you! Actually, that would truly be wonderful! I think we can find room for everyone. I did fire up my Road King yesterday, for the first time in over two years. Thanks to sufficient care before storage, it fired right up and ran beautifully. It wears a 2-year old inspection sticker, so I can't take her out yet. But I plan (there's that silly word again) to ease back into riding this year since my left shoulder and abdomen are finally coming along nicely... if it ever stops snowing.

This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

Hang in there Noel my friend. Better days ahead!

Either you surf, or you fight.

imafunkyman wrote:

Hang in there Noel my friend. Better days ahead!

Thank you very much, I hope so. Yet... we had a dog die, not a child. We had a dog run away, not a child. We are able to take in our dear friends, not need to be taken in. The worst of these happened to friends of mine in the last two years, and I was frustratingly unable to offer more than sympathy; my family can do something more this time. Sure, we have to grocery shop for ten, but we can grocery shop for ten.

It's crazy hectic, but things will eventually settle down into a routine that lets me regularly play guitar again. Life is very, very good, even if I won't be as prepared to play as many songs as I'd hoped next month.

Cheers SG101! Cheers

Post Script: The searchers are closing in on Missy. She would have been captured yesterday except the weight of the trap-door spring was set too high and the door didn't close on her. And there are now two traps set out for her.

This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

Last edited: Apr 16, 2014 08:01:33

Noel, you have one of the best, optimistic attitudes I've seen in a person in a long while. You're a very fine human being. Smile

Matt "tha Kat" Lentz
Skippy and the Skipjacks: 2018-
Skippyandtheskipjacks.net
https://www.facebook.com/skippyandtheskipjacks
Otto and the Ottomans: 2014-2015
The Coconauts surf band: 2009-2014
www.theamazingcoconauts.com
Group Captain and the Mandrakes 2013
http://www.gcmband.com/
The Surfside IV: 2002-2005, 2008-2009
the Del-Vamps: 1992-1999, 2006-2007
http://www.dblcrown.com/delvamps.html

Matt22 wrote:

Noel, you have one of the best, optimistic attitudes I've seen in a person in a long while. You're a very fine human being. Smile

I'll second that!!

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