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Lost a good friend yesterday,my dog Goliath


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I have always wanted an Irish Wolfhound ever since I was a kid,maybe cause I mostly Irish.So when the wife and I were looking for a dog 9.5 years ago I finally had the chance and money to get one,Goliath was 9.5 yr's is old when he passed and for a WHound that's considered old.So we finally found a breeder that had 8 wk old puppies.Out of a litter of 11 puppies to choose from he was the only gray brindle all the rest were Wheaton (kind of yellowish) in color and he was also the biggest and a male.So we took him home,cute wasnt he.


At around age 7 he developed an tear in his ACL in his left leg so it made it hard for a 210 lb dog to get up to a standing position but he always managed to do it,so already a problem left leg.

Tuesday around 6:PM the wife leashed up the 3 doggies to go for a walk,as they were about 4 houses from home Goliath slipped or bumped into the curb and fell.My wife called me on her cell and as only 2 of us cant lift him we called a friend with SUV with a-lot of back room to load him into the back.He was whimpering pretty bad and that's unusual as Wolfhounds hardly ever cry,,so off to our vet the wife and her friend went,I stayed home to feed the other two.She called me about an hour later and said he had a large fracture/break (whats the differance)in his good leg but it could most likely be fixed but they had to take him to a specialist right then.At the specialist they re x-rayed it and came up with about $5000.00 + to fix it. For me the money was a lot but to my wife money was no object and I didnt have the heart to argue with her so it looked like we were going to fix his broken leg.The next morning before they were going to do the surgery or as soon as we gave them $2200.00 they re x-rayed his leg along with some other tests and discovered that his broken leg had osteo-sarcoma/cancer meaning the bone was already brittle so the screws and plate put in to fix his break would not have held.Well that quickly put a damper on the decision on should we do the surgery or not.So wend AM he was put to sleep with my wife in the room brushing,petting and hugging him,call me a whimp if you would like but I couldnt be in the room as they put him down,he was a great friend I will miss my big guy big time,what a strange morning without him.Thanks for listing to this long thread but I put his picture on here a lot and all of you with doggies, play and love your pets a lot and give them a hug for Goliath today.God bless all our pets they are great friends....

At the dog park with my wife.


The sweetest dog ever,as large as he was he gave off an aura or peace and calmness as big as he was hardley anyone was afraid to pet him.


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I am very sorry to read this news. That's a tuff loss.. he looked like quite the happy boy.


we lost our "Buddy" a few weeks back. It's a hard thing to go thru.. RIP Goliath.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.


When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.


They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.


You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.


Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....


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Sorry to hear about your loss.. I know only too well the loss felt when a pet dies... they are just as much a part of the family as any member and the loss is just as hard.


But all we can do for them is give them the best life possible and it looks like you did that..... We want them to go on forever cos they are our friends, but its the quality of life you have to look at in the end and as hard as it is we have to do right by them when they are in pain.


So.. you did right by him and yourself. R.I.P Goliath...

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I am so sorry for your loss.


This is the only time you won't be in there with him or her. Next time, you will, because you can't bear not being there with them. It is one of the hardest things we will ever have to do in this life.


I will squeeze my two cats when I get home, extra hard for you. The karma will go out and come back, and I hope maybe you and your Mrs will find a new companion soon.



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Peace be upon you and your family during this time. I read your post with tears in my eyes, because I know very well what you are going through.


We went through this pain very, very recently.


Peace be upon you and your family in knowing that you all did everything you could.


That Goliath came into your life to change you for the better is incredible.


Keep those precious memories close, brother. Will keep you all in my prayers.



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Really, really sorry for your loss.

Hard to believe but it does get a little easier over time. When my Maggie passed almost 2 years ago, every time I thought about her it would bring a tear to my eye. Now when I think of her, it brings a smile to my face.


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Many condolences; when I was a kid there were always 3 or 4 dogs in the family at any one time - and I do mean IN the family. It tears you apart every time one goes. They are true companions and I've liked some dogs much better than many human beings I've met.

You have to say, he had a good life and got to a decent age; you did him proud. My very best wishes.

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Really sorry for your loss,


This story makes me think of my first dog. I have never cried for the loss of a human being... but a pet...

That's always tough. I feel sad when I think about his last day, but OTOH the little bugger still brings

a smile to my face whenever something triggers a memory about him.


Pets are wonderful, but man... their time here is way too short.

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It is so hard to lose a loving pet/companion. has happened to me several times and it's never easy... The pain you feel now will soon turn into loving memories and your pet will always live within your heart and thoughts. My condolences...

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Sorry to hear that. :( May he rest in peace.


On the pics he looks very companionable to me. Dogs and cats of good nature can be like friends.


I lost my cat due to divorcement. She is sixteen years old. I guess she will never overcome the problems to get acquainted with "her" new dwell. Since about one year I see her just a few minutes a week. She is shying away from me for the first moment every time, but thereafter it is like in the old days since she obviously reminds me.


Since she is rather infirm meanwhile, I think I will lose her forever soon.

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Losing a dog is like losing a family member. No, it is exactly, that, losing a family member. You have my sympathies. We have been through that too many times, but not enough times not to have a life long, loyal friend of the highest order.

I am terribly sorry for your loss.


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