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Usually i don't use journals much, and not for personal events.

However today my dog passed away and considering my love for him and animals (as the one of my watchers) i would like to spent some words about him.

Magoo was a Siberian Husky, he joined our family in 2009, during a messed time. We have just moved (into a larger house) and were still settling lots of things, moreover i had just started my university (biological science).

He was a (believed to be) 8 years old dog, abandoned into a kennel because the former master had drugs-issues.

We adopted him and soon we found him to be a precious gift. When there are issues in family or depressions or bad feeling of someone, nothing it's more beneficial than a dog's wagging.

Years passed, and he started to aging. One of his most peculiar gifts remained the ability of being friendly with every human being.
He was an husky so he never "barked" (but issued "growling-like" noises when wanted attention) and has ever been a polite dog with us, that brought some innocent  attempt of spoil him (from grandma).

He was less friendly with other dogs, but never clashed with them (he limited to threatening "staring"), apart with my aunt's dog: he was jealousy of everything with this other dog around, but they had never a serious clash.

Less friendly was the relationship with cats (when he managed to notice them, but never got one) and hedgehogs (at least 3 times he attempted to attack them, usually calling us for help because could not bite them due the thorns: but he never wounded himself), and crows, with a memorable (for him) hunt of a wounded crow in the garden, and the bird ended "a bit" torn apart.

In the last months, my family got ever more busy (with job and my brother's final high school exams) and i've started taking care of him even more personally. It was ever a pleasure to see him waiting and wondering if it was a time of a walk just after the lunch. It was ever amusing to look how he "jumped" lifting and lowering the forelegs and the head, once he understood that yes... it was time for the walk.
Every evening, after our dinner, it was time for his own and it was hard not laugh at his excitation for the disgusting and smelling cans (while the lunch was approached with  less enthusiasm, despite being a mix of mince, rice and croquettes).

He had an happy life with us, leaving behind the harsh one with the former master.

The only problematic times were thunders, but he ever had me or my father standing close to him, while being on the sofa in front of tv. He trusted us, and we overcome together all those scary nights, even hat means being awake for long hours.


Today, Magoo left us.

My parents were away to buy grandma's medicines in pharmacy and me and my brother went down to the entrance, quickly after listening his sudden call.
He was on the ground, and was quickly passing away after a stroke. Me and my brother were there, until the end, stroking him.
Once we were there with him, he stopped calling, and it took few minutes.


My brother and my mother are still distressed, while me, my father, my aunt and my grandma are more calm.

Now we're still all
together, talking and consoling each other.


What i believe it's most important, it's that our dog has left us after having had a good life.

And his presence will remain
with us, in our memories.

Our memories of him will remain, and he will live on
through them, with us.


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Huskyman Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2014
Mi spiace molto per la tua perdita, credo che non ci si abitui mai completamente alla perdita di un amico (bipede o quadrupede che sia).
Purtroppo, anche se la vita dei nostri cani e gatti si è allungata molto rispetto al passato, raramente questi raggiungono i 20 anni d'età, inoltre la stazza dell'animale influenza ulteriormente la sua longevità. E' proprio con questa consapevolezza che dovremmo vivere il rapporto con il nostro animale, dovremmo gioire di ogni giorno che ci viene concesso con lui e godere della compagnia e dell'affetto incondizionato che è in grado di darci, senza pensare a quanto ciò possa durare.
Sicuramente il fatto che tu abbia preso ed accolto un cane già anziano è un bellissimo gesto che non tutti farebbero e che ti rende onore. In termini canini la sua vita con te sarà stata lunga ed appagante e sicuramente è morto felice, circondato dall'affetto di una famiglia che lo ha voluto bene per davvero.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
tutto vero, e grazie ^^
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SheilaRuth Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I'm so sorry for your loss. He sound like a great dog.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
He was and thanks ^^ I'm positive over it,  because we were close him and he was old after having spent good final years with us.
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RUNNINGWOLF-MIRARI Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Mi dispiace moltissimo... in questi ultimi anni ho perso tre gatti e un cane, so cosa vuol dire la tua perdita =(
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Mi spiace v.v Ma sottoscrivo anche tutto quello che mi hai detto nell'altro messaggio ^^
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AColorfulShadow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As a fellow husky owner my heart goes out to you. I'm glad to see that you've come to terms with his parting and got to enjoy his company in his last months and be there for his last moments. :hug:
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Thank for your words, and you're right ^^
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lpallad Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Capisco come ti senti. Il 16 Maggio di quest'anno è morto anche il mio di cane. 
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Mi spiace v.v
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:iconlpallad:
lpallad Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Gia. :( Ce l'avevo da 10 anni.
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, sorry man. At least you were there for him...what better send off could he have had than to have his family by his side?
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
All true ^^
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GoogyNoober Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
My condolences. I feel sad for him. :( It seems to me, Mangoo was a good friend and beautiful dog. I like huskies though never had one but I had two dogs before... Now I keep only cats. They're smaller than dogs and as I said to my friends with some sort of dark humor, easier to bury.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Thanks...yeah he was a good dog v.v 
And you may be right about cats, honestly i would love to have one but sadly both my brother and my father can't breathe if there is an hair of cat's pelt in air, so i guess i should limit myself with some neightbour's cat. ^^
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marillon954 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Mi dispiace tantissimo :(
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
L'importante è cercare di vivere questi momenti con serenità v.v
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marillon954 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Giusto.

Sono sicuro che troverai un nuovo amico a quattro zampe che possa renderti felice! :)
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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am sorry for your loss...At least he passed away peacefully and the people that cared for him were by his side...
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Yes and i'm sad but calm about it. He was also old (officially at least 12 but maybe a bit more), and was already showing some signs of arthritis.

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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah,12 years old is long enough for such a dog...And the mediterranean climate shouldn't be very good for huskies...At least he got a happy life and you got to be with him to the very last moment...

I missed my dogs' last moments...I was abroad...It happened two years ago.

My dog was 11 years old at the time.He was infected with Leishmania when he was 8...it was so serious at the time that the vet had suggested we put him down...We decided not to...because he still had a chance,even if it was small... so after a very expensive and strenous treatment he recovered completely...but his immune system was weakened..and even though he was a lot better he never was completely fine anymore...we had to give him medication every day...

While I was abroad he got an infection through a wound...It was summer.Flesh eating worms...it all happened so quickly that his leg(thats where the infection started...)wasn't good anymore...so we either had to put him down or amputate his leg...and in that case according to the vet he wouldn't live much longer than a few months...it would just cause him more misery....so we decided to end his pain...I wasn't there...I felt and still feel terrible about the fact that I wasn't there...I feel like I betrayed my friend.When I returned back to Greece it seemed so strange...I couldn't get over the idea that he wasn't there anymore...I just couldn't accept the fact that he was gone.I still have trouble dealing with it.If I had been there by his side,it would have been different...but I wasn't.
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Yes, even if we're in north and we've a more temperate-climate.

I'm sorry about your dog, but you've to consider few things.
Dogs are like little kids: in good and bad terms, they're intelligent creature and should be treated like little kids.
This to prevent to think they have excessive human-like adult thinking abilities, but also to recognize her they've a level of awareness.
Once time they have NO awareness it's exactly that time, what could understand a little kid about death?
My dog called us while he was having the stroke, but stopped once we were there, and he was still conscious.
All he understood was that he was in trouble and in pain, called for help, and we come.
After that he went to sleep forever.

Your dog got a single puncture, without knowing what was happening and without awareness of it.
And
without notice.
He could never have been in sorrow because you wasn't there, not more as much he was in sorrow when you wasn't in home with him.
If you was there with him, he would have just looked at you with a puzzle glance, or as asking what was all this big deal.
He could have even possibly felt bad or worried, looking you in sorrow.

You don't have to feels bad for your dog, for him it was much more important every biscuit or walk you gave him, rather than a moment of sorrow while he was puzzled into a vet's table before a little puncture.


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Foxandcats Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Mi dispiace molto, due anni fa è morto il mio gatto e capisco che perdere un animale amico fa male
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Kooskia Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
L'importante è mantenere il loro ricordo con noi, così che non sia perso.
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Foxandcats Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Giusto, il loro ricordo li terrà sempre vivi 
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