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The Old Dog's Bucket List
By La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
Saturday, April 23, 2011

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Do Dogs Have A Bucket List?

The Old Dog's Bucket List
By La Belle Rouge

Rusty was the most adorable puppy. A golden ball of fluffy love. He lived up to the reputation Golden Retrievers have for being fine companions. He grew up to be a big boy but always gentle with everyone. He belonged to my son and his family and every time we would go for a visit Rusty would meet us at the door with a toy in his mouth to show us and a warm welcome in dog language.

Rusty grew up and Rusty grew old. His golden muzzle turned silver but his eyes never lost their spark. It was a sad day when the vet said he had cancer and not long to live. She gave him steroids for the pain and suddenly Rusty felt like a new dog. His tail was wagging again and he was enjoying his stuffed toys. He even regained his romantic interest in the Chow that shared his home.

Rusty was such a good dog. In all the fourteen years of his life he never destroyed anything or did anything bad at all. He was just too perfect!

One day my sonís girlfriend came home from work and found Rusty in the utility room unable to get up. He had thrown up all over the kitchen, the trash was out in the floor. He laid there calmly and waited for my son to get home from work. When he got there Rusty laid his big head in his lap and closed his beautiful brown eyes to never open again.

There was a funeral of sorts, the men out in the cold rain burying Rusty in our pasture. My son put his favorite bed and his stuffed toys in the grave with him. Then we all sat around and remembered Rustyís life and how much it had touched all of us.

We had a good laugh about his new energy and the fact that if an old dog has a bucket list, breeding the Chow and dumping the trash must have been on it!†††

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Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/4/2011
"Old Yeller" cannot hold a dim candle to your touching story Belle. It is filled with color, love, dedication and the humor every good pet brings into our lives. I hope you are well. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by D Johnson 4/28/2011
This was better than the movie...much better. I hope you are feeling better.

Reviewed by D. Vegas 4/27/2011
Belle, How sweet...My Schnauzer waited till
I got home before she died.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 4/25/2011
Dog are a member of the family and, as such, we that love dogs mourn as though one of the family had passed away. To tell the truth, LaBelle, and I do not know what this says of me, but I cried harder for my dogs that through the years had to be sent to doggie heaven than I did for either of my parents
Reviewed by J Howard 4/24/2011
i enjoyed the picture in my mind your story formed. animal companions sure bring a wonderful dimension to our lives. thanks for sharing-
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/24/2011
Reminds me of my brother's Rocky, who is still his constant companion. And the loss of Jazz, my pomeranian--so tragic--unlike Rusty.

One of my sister's yearling Great Danes, Liberty, ate a large, jagged rock and is coming home from surgery today. The big worry is that Copper will want to rough house with her.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/23/2011
Your story brought back an old memory I had of my dog when I was a boy who died similarily and I also watched him die, no money for vets back then. Still sad when I think of that night.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 4/23/2011
It's hard to see the keyboard with this mist in my eyes, must be all this pollen. I'm an old softie when it comes to beloved pet stories.
This brings "Smiley Tears," the best kind.


Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/23/2011
A Touching story indeed as the picture is adorable Laura
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 4/23/2011
Glad to see you have pen in hand again, and I trust are recovering well. And what nice piece to return with.
My Best
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/23/2011
I think Vivian and Jerry reflect my thoughts well enough of the beautiful rememberance, Bless ya Red!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/23/2011
Bittersweet and compelling, Belle; and a fine tribute to Rusty. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 4/23/2011
Ode to Love a person...who loves a Pet...for
part of the Soul remains unawakened, unless one has loved an animal!
Such Love emitted by La Belle Rouge!!!
Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/23/2011
Okay, you know me as a gritty, down to earth kinda guy, Belle, but this touched me big time. I love dogs. I had to put old Nipperdawg down a couple of years ago. I was there with him, and it didn't go well at all. He was in pain caused by the vet's carelessness. I lost it and let her know what I thought of her "humane" way of doing away with animals. Oh, I would have much rather this would have been the way the Nipperdawg had gone.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 4/23/2011
Lady La Belle
You have touched my heart with your wonderful
story of Rusty...memories cherished

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/23/2011
sad in the loss, but beautifulin a well lived life!

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