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Out of the Blue

As I already mentioned, my darling Hudson the wonder dog died in the wee hours of yesterday morning. We found her in the morning as if she were asleep, so we'll take comfort that she went somewhat peacefully, and, very true to her terrier nature, on her own terms. It's still sinking in, since we had a full day with Grandma Belle's funeral, which was quite touching and lovely, so this has all been a bit of a whirlwind. Speaking of Belle, I mentioned how the ups and downs of Hudson's and Belle's conditions seemed to match each other until they recently took turns in different directions, but them passing three days apart shows they were pretty well in sync after all. I am beside myself with grief at the moment, but I want to thank you all for your kind sympathies, as they have been a genuine comfort, and leave me overjoyed that I got to share with all of you so much of what made my baby so special over the years.

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56. So many recent deaths lately in us, Blue! Dec 2, 2013, 09:26 Ant
Blue just told me about his recent deaths in his life. Same here, Blue. I even blogged about them in ... Life is so crazy and sucky! [sighs]  
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55. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 28, 2013, 14:26 personman_145
I just wanted to say I'm sorry about the loss of Hudson the Wonder Dog. I've been reading your site since near the beginning. I feel like I lost a pet.

We take in rescue animals. The current count is 7 cats and 3 dogs.

One of the dogs is an older lab-mix. We knew when we took her in she wouldn't be with us for several years, but we love her.

Another dog we took in, a shih-tzu, has severe kidney problems and probably won't be with us for long, unfortunately. According to the vet.

I just want to send my best wishes as I know you've had too many recent losses in your family. And I include Hudson as family.

I admire your strength. I hope I can handle as well.

I can count on one hand the number of times I've commented on here, but this seems a good reason.
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54. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 27, 2013, 01:41 Trixxta
Sorry for your loss Blue - I always liked the little stories you put in about Hudson - it gives the site a nice personal touch other sites don't have. - Interesting and Funny News, Articles and Videos from all around the Internet
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53. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2013, 10:36 intermarer
I used to read this site around ten years ago and just recently rediscovered it. I was thrilled to see that Hudson the wonder dog was still around. It really saddens me to hear she is no long with us, and I had to register to express my condolences.

Rest in peace
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52. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2013, 08:42 nin
The cats I just feed because I refuse to let them go hungry.

"He who feeds the cat, owns the cat. Or the cat owns...or something...hey, this bowls gettin low here!"

One of mine I've had for 5 years and was semi-feral, and she's still jumpy/frightens very easy (the other week I was walking through the house with a pair of socks in hand and she freaked out). She pretty much hates everyone else, but follows me around the house like a dog.

Thanks for looking after those someone else chose not to. They can end up being the best pets.
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51. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2013, 02:54 Paranoid Jack
Blue, I'm saddened to hear of Hudson's passing. My condolences to you and your family during these trying times. She sounded like a special dog. We will miss hearing of her antics.

It has been a long hard day and I was a bit down earlier. After work my wife and I took four of our dogs out for a two mile walk. Returning home I had to take care of the stray cats that sleep in our garage now that the temperatures are falling. So I was feeling a bit down because I haven't had as much time to relax lately. Plus my daughter has moved back home with her dogs. We now have six dogs... and three stray cats I'm taking care of. I've only had a chance to get one of the cats spayed. The other two cats are new arrivals. I need to get them to the clinic when I get a chance.

I don't do all the work around here when it comes to the dogs but somewhere around 80% on most days. I get up an hour earlier than I have too just to get them out side and then fed. Then I medicate them, not me. Though sometimes I feel like asking the neighbor to pass the joint over the fence. Three of our dogs need medications, one can barely walk due to her arthritis, and one can barely see due to her diabetes. But they are all so full of life and love. Which is why I do it. Dogs are truly amazing in the many ways that they can remind us to just enjoy life. And they show us how easy it is to love.

Hudson's passing reminded me again just how much all our pets mean to me. Even the stray cats I let sleep in my garage. And before you guys label me... I'm not like that crazy cat lady you heard about. Well, not yet. Three of our dogs were rescued. The cats I just feed because I refuse to let them go hungry. One was feral but trusts me somewhat and the other two are drop offs... judging by the way they always want attention.

I can hear the newcomer meowing from the neighbors roof top. She gets up there and is too afraid to come down. I put a 2x4 up so she could walk down to the fence but she still can't get up enough nerve to come down it.

I better get to bed. I've got to get up in five and a half hours and do it all over again....

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50. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2013, 00:16 zodden
So sorry for your loss. I remember first reading about an 11 week old puppy who sits on your lap as you did updates to the site! Can't believe that it was 13 years ago.

I am sure you have many wonderful memories of Hudson the wonder dog!
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49. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 23:04 Ahumado
Sorry about your loss.  
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48. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 20:18 JSP
I'm very sorry for the recent heartbreaking events, I can only express my condolences in letters over the Internet but rest assured that your pain reverberates through the users of this site and their sympathetic ears and eyes. We are behind you and only happy to be mere constants if anything. Thanks for your work and sharing a glimpse of your life all this time.
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47. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 19:45 WarPig
It's amazing how clearly he understands what happened, and I can see the wisdom of the advice to let them have this closure. He was previously more attached to Huddy than to either of us, to the extent that he was starting to get mopey because she was doing poorly. He's already back to his happy-go-luck self,

I'm glad to hear that Gunnar is doing well - I was worried about that. A few years back we had a couple shop dogs and one of them was killed (fairly horribly), and while that was bad enough, seeing good old Buster so despondent broke my heart even worse. He wouldn't eat and would barely even move. It was kind of scary. I thought he was giving up.
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46. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 19:36 rist3903

I am so sorry for both your losses, Blue.

Glad to hear that he went in his sleep.

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45. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 19:27 Elusive
Blue sorry for your losses. I loved to hear the incredible stories about Hudson over the past 10 years I have come to this site. It is always hard to lose a member of the family and rest assured we all share in your grief.

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44. R.I.P. The Wonder Dog Nov 25, 2013, 18:12 toT
Blue, so sorry for the loss of HtWD. She was like a member of the extended family for everyone that is a regular reader here, I'm sure. My condolences to you, Mrs. Blue, and Gunnar  
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43. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 17:45 Asmo
Rest easy little dog, you will be missed.  
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42. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 16:38 MEAHT
Sorry for your loss Blue. Been reading about Hudson since she was a puppy.  
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 16:33 BIGtrouble77
Blue, I wish you the best. It's been fun reading of Hudson's shenanigans over the years.  
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 16:23 BadAss
Sorry to hear of your loss Blue. I still have difficulty after my cat passed away years ago. Every now and then something reminds me of her and I shed a tear or 2. I would give anything to have her back. It gets easier as time passes but never truly goes away.  
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 16:23 Frags4Fun
LesCaster wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 12:13:
I consider myself to be fairly hardened emotionally but found myself bawling like a baby in the vet's office immediately after giving him consent to euthanize my dog. I was a rock up to that point then I just lost it. Pretty embarrassing at the time, actually.

I can definitely sympathize

Same thing happened to me but with my cat. Don't ever be embarrassed for loving a friend even if they are covered with fur. Hell, I'm sitting here at my desk at work and my eyes are getting lubed from everyone's stories.
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 16:21 Mr. Tact
Cutter wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 13:25:
I went 3 and 10 yesterday.
Well, there were 4 games where 90+% of the people were wrong, and another 2 games over 70% wrong -- so unless you picked a bunch of upsets you at best did "okay". I'm currently 6-6-1, I need San Fran to win tonight to preserve my "no worse than .500" alive for the season. Fortunately, after much hemming and hawing, I decided to stick with New England last night. "They have Tom FUCKING Brady."
Truth is brutal. Prepare for pain.
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 16:20 Frags4Fun
I'm very sorry for your loss, Blue. I know how hard it is to lose such a close friend as Hudson and you have my deepest sympathies.

I tend think that these things happen like this for a reason and now Belle and Hudson are together on the other side. She'll take good care of the wonder dog until your time comes (I hope your time is a very long time from now though).
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