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We lost our 15 1/2 year old chocolate lab last Fall. Her passing was really hard on me. She was so old and she really suffered at the end and I have always felt guilt for that. I have two young boys and I just couldn't give her the attention she deserved in her last weeks. I know that humans always come first and I know that I did my best, but I still feel badly about it.<br><br>
Anyway, her death was really hard on me and part of me wondered if I could ever go through that again.<br><br>
But, after about six months I got the puppy bug <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> and we got our standard poodle puppy a little over a month ago.<br><br>
Can I just gush and say how much I love having a pooch in the house again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><br><br>
Even with all the puppy frustrations....I sure do love having a cold, wet nose on my legs during the day....and soft fur to snuggle with (during the times that he isn't running around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ).<br><br>
Just wanted to share. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><br><br>
Sounds like a sweetie! What does he look like?
 

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I lurve Standards--would own one in a second if my husband let me (he wants dogs that are a little more manly, hah!). They're awesome dogs.
 

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Aren't dogs GREAT? LOL My "furbaby" is an 85# female Alaskan Malamute, named "Akira". I just love her to pieces!<br><br>
Here's a picture of her...<br><a href="http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/kefbdf/AkiraSOPic.jpg" target="_blank">http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y15...AkiraSOPic.jpg</a>
 

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Losgann, he is jet black and has really sweet, soulfull eyes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Joanna, I think Chase would take offense to that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Just teasing. The funny thing is, I am always telling my hubby that I can't wait to try out all the fun poodle cuts at the groomer and buy him his own rhinestone-studded collar. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I am completely serious, too!<br><br>
kfowler- What a great pooch! He looks like she is grinning from ear-to-ear in that picture- love it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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Aw, what a sweet thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm glad that you got another poochie. For me, life isn't complete without at least one dog in the house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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dogs understand stuff. i believe that. your dog knew what was in your heart. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><br><br>
congrats on your new addition. i really like standard poodles.<br><br>
kfowlwer-- beautiful dog!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> puppies
 

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I am right there with you! Last month my wonderful companion was laid to rest. It was my decision and although I have no doubt it was the right one it was the hardest thing I had ever done. I have terribly missed her and also felt lost without a canine companion. This past monday we got a puppy. Not at all what I thougt I would get but I fell in love and am sooo happy! She is sooo smart and has been doing great with her crate and and housetraining. I am looking forward to getting her into puppy classes soon!
 

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I know just what you mean. I am simply lost without my pets. I have an overwhelming urge to have them around - I can't explain it. We lost our male bullmastiff last summer to lymphoma and I needed a puppy soon after. Now last week we lost our cat, and here I am looking for another one. I love my pets and I miss them every day when they're gone, but it's just so empty around here without them. I won't feel complete again until there's another kitty sleeping on my bed at night.
 
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