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Hypothetical question for dog owners

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A thought came to me seeing the joy that our two current girls have brought to my wife and I these past 11 years so far.

(We lost our first two girls after 18 years and 15 years)

How many of you would give up seven years of your life* in exchange for one additional year of theirs?

I believe if it was possible, we would. :wub:

 

 

 

*And yes I know the 7:1 ratio of dog years is not exactly correct.

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I just wish that when it's my time for me to go that Buster, my little buddy, will lay down beside me and go with me. I would be lost without having him around and  I know he would feel the same way.

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1 hour ago, Arizona Gunfighter said:

I just wish that when it's my time for me to go that Buster, my little buddy, will lay down beside me and go with me. I would be lost without having him around and  I know he would feel the same way.

There 'tis, the perfect answer.  :)

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I hope that when I die all my dogs are there to greet me. 
 

If there ain’t no dogs in heaven, I don’t wanna go. 
 

I’m not kiddin’ neither...

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Hell at my age I’d probably be dead as soon as I made that deal!  
 

Seamus

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I’ve got 4 cats planning on world domination. As soon as they wake up from their nap.

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I like my cats. and the dog, but I'm not willing to shorten my time with my family to lengthen their lives. As for all of them being there to greet me in heaven, it's gonna be a mess, as I have been owned by more than 35 cats in the last 64 years. We're down to just 6 cats right now. And a dog, a rat, a fish, and 3 chickens.

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I hope my 4 babies are waiting for me when I check out, that’s for sure.

 

Cat Brules

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I'm not a fan of Kipling, I really have not Kippled a lot, but there is this:

 

The Power of the Dog

Rudyard Kipling - 1865-1936

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?


Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

 

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.


Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

 

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,


Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

 

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,


You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

 

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.


Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long—


So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

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Well we know what Bob Lee Swagger and John Wick would say.....

 

 

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I had 2 German shepherds as a kid, and loved them so.  Off to college and frequent business travel precluded me from having a pet for a long while.  My wife has had several house dogs that I didn’t interfere with, and although they would not be my breed choice, I really learned to love them.  That being said, I would not give away a moment of my life away in exchange for any dog, but I understand the feeling.

Edited by South-Eye Ned
Too much info.

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My cats enjoy my attention but would chow down on me if my death was undiscovered past feeding time.  ;)

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On 6/11/2020 at 7:05 PM, John Kloehr said:

I'm not a fan of Kipling, I really have not Kippled a lot, but there is this:

 

The Power of the Dog

Rudyard Kipling - 1865-1936

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?


Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

 

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.


Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

 

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,


Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

 

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,


You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

 

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.


Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long—


So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Speaking of Kipling, I thoroughly enjoyed Garm- a hostage. Its worth the read if you haven't yet.

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