R.I.P. Humphrey

4/27/2009:

Losing man’s best friend is rough

I don’t mean to start the week off on a sad note – but a very popular and well known dog over at the Elysian Park Dog Run, “Humphrey,” passed away this weekend. He was 13 years old.

Owner Howard and his companion were staples at the dog run, and many dog park regulars were distraught at the news that Humphrey finally succumbed to his incurable illness (I forget the name exactly) – but he had lost a tremendous amount of weight in a short period of time.

My condolences to Howard. We will always have great memories of Humphrey in our minds!

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(Photo taken on the afternoon of Friday, April 24, 2009)

What to do when you lose your dog?

Dogs, without a doubt, are the most loyal companions a man can have. Whether you’re in a bad mood, experienced a rough day, feeling sick, or generally frustrated with something – your sweet pup lightens your spirit – and is always happy to see you.

Losing your dog has to be one of the toughest things out there. The unconditional love, companionship and fun, playful times are hard to let go of.

Many people I’ve spoken with (now and in the past), usually say “there’s no way we can ever get another…” but usually end up remaining active in the world of dogs in one shape or form. Some become volunteers for various shelters (Like the Liberty Humane Society), others call pet loss hotlines, and most usually bring another canine in their life at some point.

But like any period of grieving – time usually heals most wounds. From what I heard, Howard will still continue visiting the Dog Run to socialize with his friends and acquaintances. He even brought donuts and coffee to the park – along with Humphey’s toys to donate to other dog owners.

However long it takes – he will surely have support from his peers.

Have you ever lost a dog in your life? What did you do to manage the grieving process?

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31 Comments on "R.I.P. Humphrey"

MidnightRacer
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scoutfinch, I don’t agree. Ever walk by a tiny purse dog?

scoutfinch
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scoutfinch

I think most people would agree with me on this, Animals are way better than people. They never judge,or lie to you. They love you unconditionally ; poor, rich, fat, skinny , it doesn’t matter they see the good in you and you in them. That’s the purest relationship one can have.

R.I.P Humphrey. & all the other four-legged best friends we’ve lost.

trueblue11
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trueblue11

glad to hear that, Nacho.
Howard, again, my condolences.

bradykp
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bradykp
Howard – Sorry for your loss. I know how empty it is after losing a dog. The positive is that Humphrey led an amazing life for 13 years. I lost my Schnauzer when I was around 7/8 (he was my grandmother’s). I was just a little kid, and all I wanted was another companion. It took a few years before we got our best friend Rigby – chocolate lab. He’s 13 now (born on April fool’s day), and he’s had quite a life himself. He went through a period of seizures where he didn’t know us really, didn’t really know himself. He just walked in circles around the house. It turned out to be some sort of blood clot in his brain, it cleared up, and he was back to his normal self! It was very tough the few weeks he was like that. We didn’t know what to do. It felt like we lost our doggie, because he wasn’t really there. He’s been fairly healthy otherwise, but has mega-esophagus. It’s a condition that causes the esophagus to be enlarged and it makes it difficult for him to get his food down. Lucky for him, my mother is perfect for him. She feeds him on the stairs (so he’s on an incline) slowly, 4 times per day. He then enjoys some time on an angled ramp to help get the food down. Who knows how much longer Rigby will stick around with us….As sure as the sun rises, we’ll be… Read more »
dawnrose
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dawnrose

Everyone has their own way of coping. One must do what’s right for them and what works for them. I believe in getting another pet immediately.

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