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June 07, 2012


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Linda Ryan

Doug, this is SUCH a beautiful post about a great friend. I love love LOVE how you told the story from such a wonderful place of gratitude. Very nice. I didn't realize you went through this while in Florida~ I'm so sorry, but again, love your attitude about this. I wish I could share my story of my Molly and Luke (the best Golden Retrievers EVER!) but I'm afraid I couldn't come close to talking about them with the grace you've had with Calvin's story. In fact, just thinking about telling their story starts the tears. Thanks Doug~ Just beautiful.

Doug Wagner

Thank you so much Linda for stopping by and sharing. I am sure Molly and Luke were amazing dogs and I would love to hear about them when we meet again and you are ready.

Sherry Pace

Calvin was a very special dog! I do remember him swiming at Carol's place and splashing with his paws to entertain himself! It was very funny. He was a character... to say the least.

He was so lucky to have had a wonderful home with you and Deb as he gave you guys the world and you gave him the world as well as all the love a dog could ask for! I am sure he is up above chasing his tail and keeping everyone busy playing with him.

He will be missed and will always be remembered...Lots of Hugs and Kisses Calvin! xoxoxox

Auntie Sherry!

Doug Wagner

Thanks Sherry. I do remember how well he played with your girls when they were younger. When playing tug he would pretend he was pulling with all his might but let the girls win.


Doug this is totally wonderful, we know here how much our pets mean to us. I'm cuddling Daisie our Boxer as I type, to be honest she's family. The best blogs contain our real emotions shared and I feel like reading this I've just had a chance to stroke and cuddle Calvin. Thank you x

Doug Wagner

So glad you stopped by to get to meet Calvin. Thank you and give Daisie a hug for me.

Lisa Settle

Doug, what a wonderful story, Calvin was obviously an exceptional dog & friend. I have always been surrounded by animals. Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, chickens and goats. I have loved each and every one of them, so can imagine your pain. I admire the way you have been able to use gratitude over grief. This week I have been told my dear friend is dying of cancer. Whilst we sat in the hospital yesterday we talked about gratitude and not taking things for granted. I am going to hold on to her words and your post, thank u for sharing.

Doug Wagner

Hi Lisa, so sorry to hear about your friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and yourself.

The challenge is to not put up walls to protect yourself and in same stroke, put barriers to future connections. Hard. Really hard. But we need to move on and grow. Thanks again.

Dixie Gillaspie

What a delightfully uplifting memoir to honor a precious spirit and friend. I've laid many furry bodies to rest, but they stay with me always, and this tribute tells me Calvin will always be with you. You've captured the love and life you shared, that never fades away. Thank you for sharing it with us so beautifully.

Another dear friend shared his realizations following the death of his Sheltie in this post - I think you'd appreciate his views. http://richardbach.com/lucky-and-me/

Doug Wagner

Thanks Dixie. The post about Lucky was touching.

Bob Burg

Doug, I just read this and tears are welling up in my eyes. What a beautiful tribute to an exceptional friend. Thank you for sharing with us. I'm so sorry for your loss. And, I had no idea this happened during the event. I wish you would have told me. I'm so, so sorry!

Doug Wagner

Hi Bob, thank you so much. I must admit that I did not know how to deal with things at the time and did not reach out. It took a while before I was ready.

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