The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

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The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby Barnyard » Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:46 pm

Just over 14 years ago we gained two beautiful Border Collies litter mates. They were about a year and a half old and their owners just couldn’t give them the room to run as they needed. Flash and Bandit quickly adapted to our 5 ½ acres and made the fenced backyard their personal playground. No other four legged critter was welcome, which helped our garden tremendously. Two legged weasels weren’t taken too kindly to either.

Last October, we had to lay Bandit to rest after a long illness. Just prior to that Flash had what the vet believes was a mild stroke, leaving her to walk with her head tilted all the time. She suffered some dizzy spells which they also believed was due to vertigo. A once active dog who bounded up and down steps had been reduced to a dog who sometimes missed a step and find herself falling down several steps. However, through all that time, she walked with pride and grace.

If Rosanne was in the garden working a young Flash was there watching over her. When she played, she played hard. If you did not belong in the yard, she let you know real fast with a deep growl and a snap of her teeth.

Over the past weekend we put her in a kennel so she was cared for while we were at the Cub Tug. The other dogs were fine with staying home, but we wanted to make sure she got her medication. When we went to picker her up Sunday, the kennel owner had he moved to a different pen. She aid Flash could not stand on her hind feet. I had to carry her to the car to take her home. About an hour after I laid her in her favorite spot on the porch I found her laying by the door wanting to go out. I carried her to her favorite spot in the yard and let her sit. Later we found her in several other areas of the yard. She had been pulling herself around with her front paws. Last night she was sound asleep under the motor home when I came in for the night. She was still there when I went out this morning. She ate her morning meal and looked at us with her sad eyes.

This morning we had her at the vet. After a few tests he determined that Flash had no feeling in her backside and attributed it to nerve damage, possibly as a result of the stroke. He said there really wasn’t anything he could do. At that point I made the decision I was hating to make.

About 12:30 pm today our beloved Flash went to sleep for her final time. Rosanne, Melissa and I know she is now enjoying her time with Bandit in Dog Heaven. She is now at peace.

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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby ricky racer » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:04 pm

Bill, I know that feeling well. Thank you for a great tribute to your friend. I know that was one of the hardest decisions anyone has to make but at that time, you can't be selfish, you have to do the humane thing. Flash couldn't of had a better home, family or life. I'm sorry for your loss.
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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby dgrapes59 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:28 pm

So sorry, losing a family member and companion is tough, a sadness most of us can relate to. She had a wonderful life and you have many fond memories to cherish.

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Postby ScottyD'sdad » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:50 pm

Sorry to hear that, Bill. Both were nice dogs.

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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:09 pm

Sorry for your loss, Rosie & Bill.
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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby tinnerjohn » Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:59 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss Bill. We've had to make that decision a couple times and it's not easy to say goodbye to a pet. John

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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby tst » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:24 pm

sorry about the dog, sure it had a good life there

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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby Dennis » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:08 pm

I'm so sorry for your loss. Nothing seems to fill the giant hole they leave in our hearts, even time has trouble healing those wounds.

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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby clintmo » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:09 pm

My condolences to everyone in the Barnyard. So long, Flash!

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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby Rick Spivey » Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:44 am

So sorry to hear that you lost Flash. She and Bandit were both great dogs, I know they are missed, but their memory will stay forever.
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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby Stanton » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:06 am

Sorry to hear of your and Rosie's loss.
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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:12 am

So sorry, Bill and Rosanne! I know what Flash meant to you. We'll miss her at the Bash!

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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby Lt.Mike » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:41 am

Sorry for your loss Bill. They are family members and it hurts. She certainly had a life other dogs would envy for sure.
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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby Steve-N-Tn » Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:42 am

Bill and Rosie, sure hate to hear this sad news. There is never an easy way to say good bye to such dear companions. We share your feelings and know shes in puppy heaven and not in pain. God Bless.

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Re: The Barnyard Has Lost Another Faithful Resident

Postby RonT » Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:15 pm

Bill and Rosie - I took me a while to reply to your post. I clearly remember the grief Connie and I experienced when we have had to put down a beloved pet. We truly enjoyed seeing Flash and Bandit in action and it was clear how much they loved you both. You gave them a great life and they gave you full devotion.
RIP Flash and Bandit.


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