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Old 08-21-2006, 04:24 AM   #1
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I am new here and grieving the loss of Dexter, our 11 year old Yorkie. His picture is my avatar - it was taken at the vet shortly before he left us for Heaven on July 10, 2006. They had him wrapped in a pink scrub top because of ultrasound gel......he was like me, not a "pink" person......but he always looked good in anything

It has been 6 weeks today and it is so very painful to think about. We rescued Dexter in June of 2001. He had a rough life before us but we showed him love, affection and he was part of our family. We loved him from the moment we saw him. He was a momma's boy - he stuck by me and followed me everywhere. I never knew how much it would hurt to loose him.

Six weeks ago on Saturday he got sick - he seemed to be better Sunday but by Monday morning we knew he needed to see the vet. My husband took him (I had a doctor appt for myself). We have a wonderful vet who told us that he had a mass in his abdomen that had ruptured. He was very, very sick. We knew that it wasn't fair for him to suffer and we wanted him not to hurt or be sick, even if it meant him not being here with us.

We spent time with him and told him how much he was loved, took pictures to have for later, hugged him, kissed him and cried. The after about 30 minutes the vet put him to sleep in my arms. It was the hardest thing I have done but it felt right knowing that he was with me at the time.

This has affected me more than I could have ever imagined - Dexter was my little man - he loved me unconditionally. He slept right next to me every time I was in the bed. He followed me from room to room, even if only for a second.

He was so unselfish and loved deeply - even when he felt bad and probably knew it was his last night with us, he came to my side of the bed during the night as he always did to be picked up and slept with me.

I miss him more than words can say -- thanks for letting me get this out.

We do have another little yorkie (Tye is 3) that we rescued in June of 2005 - he is our son's (12) baby. He sleeps with him, follows him, etc just like Dexter did me.

Thanks again - this is a great place and I look forward to getting to know you all,
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:33 AM   #2
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I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dexter . Loosing a little one is never easy . You are in my thoughts and prayers .
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:50 AM   #3
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I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Rest in peace little Dexter. It sounds like you turly loved him, my heart breaks for you.
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:57 AM   #4
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I'm so sorry for your loss Rest in Peace little Dexter He is amongst the angels now

You have such a kind heart and soul for giving Dexter such a good life before he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:25 AM   #5
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I am truly sorry for your loss of Dexter. Time will heal your broken heart. It sounds like he had a wonderful Mom, who loved him dearly. Cherish your memories, and know that he is not suffering. God Bless you... Dexter
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:25 AM   #6
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Oh wow ...I'm SO SO Sorry - he sounds like a total joy and my heart goes out to you.

Rest in Peace little Dexter.....you're in very good company with all the little RB Angels....

Just this side of heaven is a place called 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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I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dexter. I welcome you to YT and hope you find a place where you can share your thoughts and feel right at home.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:40 AM   #8
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I am so sorry for your loss. I want to welcome you here to our family and i think you are a wonderful person with a very big heart to rescue
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:06 AM   #9
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First I want to say I am very sorry that you lost Dexter my heart goes out to you and your family. Secondly I want to thank you for giving him a loving home. You provided him with the love and happiness he deserved. I am sorry that you are going through this rough time. You and your family will be in my prayers.
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I am so sorry for your loss, Dexter sounded like an absolute darling. You gave him a wonderful life and he is free from pain now. Welcome to YT you will find a lot of suport and help here. R.I.P Dexter
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Time heals the hurt ,but you always will have your memories. I hope you open your heart and love to another furbaby that needs you. god bless
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Your post about Dexter was an absolutely beautiful tribute to him. I could feel the emotion in your post and it brought me to tears. Your little guy was loved more in the few years you had him more than most dogs are loved in a lifetime. I hope you stick around...YT is a wonderful place with people who know the joy and sadness and obsession with Yorkies!
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Thank you all so much for the welcome and the kind words about Dexter.

I am very excited about finding this board. It seems to be filled with wonderful Yorkie lovers and I look forward to getting to know everyone.


I didn't mention in my post that when we found out what was wrong with Dexter and had to make the decision to let him go - I told my son that it may be that Dexter needed to pave the way for Honey (my parents poodle).
We gave her to my parents 14 years ago, before our 12 year old was born. She had been sick off and on the last few months with seizures and the vet thought she may have a brain tumor. She had cateract surgery that costs a couple thousand dollars, etc............she was very well taken care of and they were even considering surgery in another city here in GA to help with the brain tumor. She never made it that far - she died 17 days after Dexter. My parents had to rush her to the emergency vet late one night. My dear son (12) was with them, so he saw 2 beloved pets pass in about 2 weeks. My dad said he was a "rock" that he was such a help, etc. I believe that he was able to be that way because in some way he felt like Dexter had paved the way to help Honey pass over the Rainbow Bridge.

My parents are still dealing with their loss too - it is hard to deal with but I know that God helped them in some way by sending Dexter first.

Thanks again for all the kind words,
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Welcome to YT, and thank you for sharing your stories with us. I hope that doing so helps you feel just a little bit more at peace. Your guy sounds like he was so special, and please do hang around and tell us more about your other baby, as well!

Special blessings on your son! I have one about that age, and I know that this couldn't have been easy for him, BUT, a good life lesson.
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