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Comment #2010216 by Hugh Conaghan

Hugh Conaghan Jan 15th 2014, 12:12 PM #

When my pet Labrador died after 14 years in our family we were devastated.
I remember the feeling when my sister contacted me and having to console my mother. It is amazing how they become part of our lives.
He was always there at the centre of our attention whether it was running around excited on Christmas morning because we were all up so early or the year he ran off with a full ham and slept for about a day.
No I didn’t expect a day off with pay to mourn his loss but I’m not ashamed to admit that I took two at my own expense because I was heartbroken.

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    Favourite Edel Homer
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    Jan 15th 2014, 2:04 PM

    My lovely area manager sent me home the day after my boxer died, he’d said hello on his arrival and I’d burst into tears like a fool and when I managed to explain myself, it turned out he also had boxer dogs and completely understood, really nice man. I wasn’t paid but I did prefer not to be busting into tears every time someone spoke to me.

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    Favourite Deirdre McDonnell
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    Jan 16th 2014, 2:24 AM

    Boxer dogs are something special. I had one for nine years. Her name was ali. She was with me though so many operations and losing my dad. She was put to sleep November 2012.
    I too took a day off work at my own expense. They are family and I still miss her.

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    Favourite Jenster
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    Jan 16th 2014, 2:30 AM

    That’s very sad Deirdre. She sounds like she was a wonderful companion. People tend to forget the therapeutic qualities of pets and the companionship they provide. I remember when my nanny was in the hospice, the head doctor used to bring his Labrador in each day to work and he’d sit with the various patients, taking turns almost. He brought great comfort to many of them. My nanny’s face would light up when she saw him. The loss of a family member, inc a pet, is difficult.

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