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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 09, 2018

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 11 months ago

    All I can say is I know how much it hurts.

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    DarthDurinsBANEling  11 months ago

    Stephen, your comic is really hard to read. I can tell because my eyes are starting to sweat.

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    Kymberleigh  11 months ago

    Stephan, rest easier knowing that Edee will be reunited with you in the afterlife when you meet at the Rainbow Bridge, and that she will be the pain-free, youthful dog you will keep in your memory and your heart until then.

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    odd90745  11 months ago

    This one hit me hard.

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    knight1192a  11 months ago

    Very touching.

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    SquawkTron  11 months ago

    I feel your pain, Stephan. Hang in there.

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    chris_weaver  11 months ago

    Having had many dogs – and cats – myself, I can sympathize.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  11 months ago

    I can relate with a cat 20 years ago, but it was because of age. It was a week or so before the family summer road trip and we were afraid the cat would already be dead while we were gone. Boy, was Mom desperate. Buried the poor thing in a knoll of our backyard.

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    Asharah  11 months ago

    I need to go hug my furbaby now.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 11 months ago

    Edee was a GOOD Dog. So hard to say goodbye. Sorry, Stephan.

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    willispate  11 months ago

    this comic touched my heart.

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    kenyonpascual  11 months ago

    man oh man. what can i say…

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    Bilan  11 months ago

    Edee even put up with all of those bad puns? What a dog!

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    Gloria Fleming Premium Member 11 months ago

    It’s so hard to lose such a beloved and loyal family member, but you did what was best for Edee, She will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge where you will be reunited and never be apart again. My condolences to you and your family.

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    oldpine52  11 months ago

    My condolences to you and your wife on the loss of your much loved pet.

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    hangedman  11 months ago

    This is amazing. Just 30 min. ago I viewed the Valzer Triste segment from Allegro Non Troppo on youtube that always makes me think of a little gray tabby I had once named Terra. A synchronicity moment!

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    Z51 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Man’s BEST friend!!! AND I commend Edee’s unselfishness in protecting your family from the stuffed duck!

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    mr_sherman Premium Member 11 months ago

    Sometimes the best comics are the sad ones. Peace.

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    lopaka  11 months ago

    What you said in that last panel got to me. Very eloquently said. They do give so much throughout their lives. If only we could do the same.

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    Robin Harwood  11 months ago

    A full Sunday strip is quite a tribute, but I’m sure she deserves every frame of it.

    Now I’ll go back to my usual line. Give yourself time to grieve for her. Then, when you feel it is suitable (you will know) go down to the RSPCA or local equivalent. They will have dogs there who need a home. The best way you can show gratitude for the affection Edee gave is by giving another dog a chance to do the same.

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    wiatr Premium Member 11 months ago

    Let me offer my condolences. I’ve been in your spot many times. It never gets easier but one does get reconciled to it and eventually another little one comes and makes your heart warm. I hope I have warmed theirs too.

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    priyansh.jeziel  11 months ago

    My condolences on your loss.

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    luvdafuneez  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss but you’ll see her again because she’ll be waiting for you on the Rainbow Bridge…

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    darkwingdave  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss.

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    electricshadow Premium Member 11 months ago

    reminds me of how I felt when my Marc Anthony died. I had him ten years until he died of a heart attack. That was 1992, and I still miss that dog.

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    HarryCK  11 months ago

    http://www.hippoquotes.com/img/sympathy-quotes-for-loss-of-dog/Sorry-for-your-loss-dog-sympathy.jpg

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    socalvillaguy Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry about your loss, Stephan. As someone already noted, she’s waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    blunebottle  11 months ago

    Sorry to hear, Stephan. Thanks for sharing.

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    doctordon46  11 months ago

    Jerry Jeff Walker wrote one of the best descriptions of dealing with the loss of an animal companion. From Mister Bojangles: “He spoke with tears of fifteen years. how his dog and himTraveled about. The dog up and died. He up and died. After twenty years he still grieves.”I’ve missed my Aussie Rascal every day for 13 years and always will.

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    ljapr Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Hurts loosing family.

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    kathrowe  11 months ago

    My sincere condolences. It’s painful to lose a loved pet.

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    DavidBogner  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. You gave her a wonderful life.

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    HowardKenig  11 months ago

    S,Edee is still there, inside you. Never leaving. When you draw, take a walk, ask; you’ll understand.

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    jackh  11 months ago

    Dad was A Vet. Lots of great dogs (and Cats) we treated. Good times. And way too many sad times. I have seen owners, make that family, who have loved their four legged kids so very much have to go through this. I too have cried over my own “family”. It is OK to cry now. Stephan, keep the love. And love again.

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    tonpat  11 months ago

    My sincere condolences. I’ve have lost beloved dogs also and I understand your grief.

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    KevinDaleDuncan  11 months ago

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I have felt your loss and know how deep it must go.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 11 months ago

    It’s amazing that we choose to love and live with these creatures, and we know they will be gone from at some time. Yet we would never choose to not do it. They truly enrich our lives.

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    Louann Gilbert Premium Member 11 months ago

    You have made me smile and feel better about “things” in the world so many times. I wish I could make you and your wife, Staci, feel better about losing your beloved dog Edee. I shed a tear for Edee, then thought, “She is happy where she is, and cancer free.” Thanks for all your wonderful comic strips. :-)

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    srbryant  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss..

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    Susan Mosher Premium Member 11 months ago

    Just beautiful, Stephan. So sorry for your loss.

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    Tom Gaylord Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry for your family loss.

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    Lois Hertz Premium Member 11 months ago

    We spend more time with our dogs than we do with most people. They take a piece of our hearts with them.

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    bobamiller  11 months ago

    THE LAST BATTLE

    If it should be that I grow frail and weakAnd pain should keep me from my sleep.Then will you do what must be done,For this -the last battle – can’t be won.You will be sad, I understand.But don’t let grief then stay your hand.For on this day, more than the rest,Your love and friendship must stand the test.We have had so many happy years,You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.When the time comes, please let me go.Take to where my needs they’ll tend.Only stay with me until the endAnd hold me firm and speak to meUntil my eyes no longer see.I know in time you will agreeIt is a kindness you do to me.Although my tail its last has waved,From pain and suffering I have been saved.Don’t grieve that it must be youWho has to decide this thing to do;We’ve been so close— we two — these years,Don’t let your heart hold any tear.

    -–Unknown

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    colddonkey  11 months ago

    Been there done the pain…………………………….. "It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”

    ― Unknown Author

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    rudym300  11 months ago

    Many of us can feel your pain at the passing of a fur friend. Sorry Stephan. Edee is running pain free now.

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    EcurbYkspohs  11 months ago

    Stephan may the power of the Paw be with you and yours :-)

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    LarryKeim  11 months ago

    I am sorry for your loss, there are nowords of comfort.Your “strip” was asweet homage.

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    asaint  11 months ago

    What a wonderful strip.

    Add my voice to the countless others in expressing my sympathies to you & Staci on the passing of Edee. We lost our Rusty this year as well.

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    Tantric11  11 months ago

    I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to Edee

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    stevej Premium Member 11 months ago

    This explains the last few days of Pearls. My condolances, Stephan.

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    Aubrey Dacus  11 months ago

    I understand, My deepest sympathy ………….

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    Ratbrat  11 months ago

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family Stephan. Remember, the love never goes away.

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    kathleenashbaugh  11 months ago

    Stephan, please accept my sympathies. And thank you for a beautiful strip today. I had to say goodbye to my sweet old dog a month ago, and your tribute to Edee is a comfort.

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    mommadillo  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss.

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    rogerd.parish  11 months ago

    It’s like losing a child.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Rest in peace, Edee. Sorry for you, and your family’s loss, Steph

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    laura  11 months ago

    My heart goes out to both of you. I know Edee appreciates the love you gave her in your home and knew the love it took to you to not allow her to suffer anymore.

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    marco.todd  11 months ago

    That is so sad. Sorry for your loss.

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    Barry1941  11 months ago

    This brought tears to my eyes. Anyone of us that has lost a loved one either with 4 legs or 2 can relate to this.

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    biglar  11 months ago

    Been there a couple of times. You have my condolences.

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    frankvz  11 months ago

    I to know how the heart hurts too when we say goodbye to our loved friends, they are all missed

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    Donaldo Premium Member 11 months ago

    Beautiful, Stephen. Thanks

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    MickMaus  11 months ago

    Very sorry for your loss.

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    kate  11 months ago

    Lost my ol’ gal in August. My gentle sweet true and only companion. I sincerely feel your loss.

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    Lenavid  11 months ago

    Beautiful eulogy for a beautiful friend!

    Well done, Mr. Pastis.

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    Qiset  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss.

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    PDXCubbie  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss Stephan! We had to put our kitty down in October and it still hurts. So our condolences to you and your family for this huge loss. Prayers in this time of mourning.

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    archipelago Premium Member 11 months ago

    A dog’s life is too short, but so very worth it. It sounds like Edee was a gem. Condolences to you and your family.

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    Cmcmail2000  11 months ago

    When I think of all my favorite people, it turns out most of them are dogs. Nothing but sympathy for losing a friend.

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    Terr Bear  Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Edee. I understand the pain. This is a lovely tribute.

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    Old Guy  11 months ago

    I am so sorry. God Bless

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    SteveGideon  11 months ago

    That’s a sweet tribute. All dogs go to heaven.

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    Wayne Carmichael Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry.

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    RyCar66  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing you were there for each other with unconditional love.

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    dessertlady  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to lose our furry kids.

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    Ronald Jamison Premium Member 11 months ago

    Stephan: You give me a laugh every morning. This morning, I cry with you and your wife. What a beautiful tribute to your best friend. As a friend once told me after the death of one of our Chihuahuas, if you have never had a pet, you don’t know or understand the love that you are given by that special relationship. We will see them again. Ron

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    kkretzs  11 months ago

    so sorry for your loss, listen to Curtis Saldago’s song “The Greatest Wish{ i want my dog to live longer}”

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    RussHeim  11 months ago

    Stephan – I’m so sorry.

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    jlsnell327  11 months ago

    So sorry for this huge loss. It is heart-breaking and changes your days in profound ways. I have been through it too many times. You gave her a good life. She knew how much she was loved. And when the time is right, the best way to honor the one you lost is to give a home to a dog who needs one.

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    MikeFLangley  11 months ago

    We lost our Daisy this year and this reminded us of her!One of if not your best! Thanks!

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    Stocky One  11 months ago

    Wow, I’ve never seen Stephen so sentimental.

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    Little Godzilla  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    melodylanebuller  11 months ago

    Heart Hugs

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    aerilim  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss. I really feel your pain. We have a little Yorkie that have an almost human personality. She’s the most loving and gentle creature. Recently she develop diabetes and my wife takes care of her daily monitor and shots. We cannot see ourselves losing her but we know is inevitable.

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    jusy.catlett.zoli  11 months ago

    Hi Stephan, I’m sending love to all your family. I’m sure that your Edee has already met my Bibbo and my Athena, and they are playing.

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    ginkens001  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss.

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    The Old Wolf  11 months ago

    The House Dog’s Graveby Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)

    I’ve changed my ways a little; I cannot nowRun with you in the evenings along the shore,Except in a kind of dream; and you,If you dream a moment,You see me there.

    So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front doorWhere I used to scratch to go out or in,And you’d soon open; leave on the kitchen floorThe marks of my drinking-pan.

    I cannot lie by your fire as I used to doOn the warm stone,Nor at the foot of your bed; no,All the nights through I lie alone.

    But your kind thought has laid me less than six feetOutside your window where firelight so often plays,And where you sit to read‚And I fear often grieving for me‚Every night your lamplight lies on my place.

    You, man and woman, live so long, it is hardTo think of you ever dying.A little dog would get tired, living so long.I hope that when you are lyingUnder the ground like me your lives will appearAs good and joyful as mine.

    No, dears, that’s too much hope:You are not so well cared for as I have been.And never have known the passionate undividedFidelities that I knew.Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided…But to me you were true.

    You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love enduresTo the end and far past the end. If this is my end,I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.

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    diverleo  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing this little bit of personal info with us. After all the laughter you’ve given us, maybe we can help you absorb some of the pain of this loss.

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    YippiKiAyMofo  11 months ago

    Offered with all due respect and thoughtfulness:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Wpn3dFrEs&list=RDR5Wpn3dFrEs&start_radio=1&t=57

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    rikwriter  11 months ago

    Oh man, I am so sorry. It sucks they can’t live as long as we do. My dog is 10 and I know she only has a few years left and I am trying to make sure she enjoys them as much as I can make happen. It’s all we can do for them.

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    Prestondinjax  11 months ago

    So very sorry. Lost mine iver a year ago and can’t bring myself to get another yet. The cat has really stepped up her game though!

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    Smokie  11 months ago

    Hugs and prayers to you and yours. Rejoice in time spent and hold on to all the memories.

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    Subguy322  11 months ago

    No matter how much time we have with our pets it is never enough. Sorry for your lose.

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    chris_o42  11 months ago

    Oh so sorry for the loss of your Furbaby. They are such an important part of our lives, and the only time they make us cry is when they go to the Rainbow Bridge. You gave her a beautiful eulogy.

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    justmarci Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. They are such pure little beings.

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    wreising  11 months ago

    Sorry Stephan it does hurt.

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    phredturner  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss….Good that you could draw a nice epitaph

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 11 months ago

    Damn, it’s SO HARD to read the comments with this much dust making my eyes water like this… especially with my two furbabies curled up on the couch and the floor, and the cat looking out the window at the snow…

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    anarresa Premium Member 11 months ago

    Deep condolences. Hope she helped some of those fearful children love dogs and animals, what a beautiful legacy.

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    rs0204 Premium Member 11 months ago

    We are with you and your family. They are in our lives for far too short of time.

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    mail2jbl  11 months ago

    Poor Stephan. :( If ever there was a PBS cartoon that made me dusty, this would be it.

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    Wichita1.0  11 months ago

    Lost our family boxer to cancer when I was probably eight. Major issue.

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    jim.fulton  11 months ago

    If it is any solace, she will always be with you. It’s not a greeting card cliche; eventually the tears will begin to subside (but never completely go away because you’re a kind and decent person), and you will continue to feel Edee‘s love whenever you think of her.

    Thank you for telling us about her. It brings teary smiles to all of us with similar furry memories.

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    car2ner  11 months ago

    a beautiful tribute. run free indeed

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    iggyman  11 months ago

    Stephan, Best strip ever! May Edee enjoy her trip across the Rainbow bridge

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    T C  11 months ago

    /cry

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    Homer J  11 months ago

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss Stephen.

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    AAdoglover Premium Member 11 months ago

    It is so hard to lose your pet. If a person cannot feel that pain, they are not human. But the image of the rainbow bridge gives me comfort

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    jmartin1955  11 months ago

    A few years ago our big old dopey English Mastiff Kiki had to be put to sleep due to bone cancer. It was the toughest things I had to do so far in life. Happily we have (years later) gotten another big lovable English Mastiff Zoe, but losing Kiki never stops hurting.

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    sloaches  11 months ago

    Stephan, thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute to a good girl. It is never easy when we lose an animal friend. They shower us with unconditional love and all they ask in return is a full bowl of food, a warm bed to snooze on, and the occasional scratch behind the ears. May Edee rest well.

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    helcha8 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Sorry

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    jmartin1955  11 months ago

    Beautiful strip and sorry for your loss.

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    mattro53  11 months ago

    Wow!

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    joedid  11 months ago

    Been there; felt that; feel it again, on your behalf. ❤️

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    Jeff Astle Premium Member 11 months ago

    Who’s a good dog? Edee. Always a good dog.

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    hariseldon59  11 months ago

    Wonderful strip today.

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    Ksocha Premium Member 11 months ago

    I so hope Heaven is a place where all the Edees will be. Something to which we can look forward. Comfort yourselves with how much love and happiness you gave Edee.

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    donbaker19  11 months ago

    Nice.

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    Anters55  11 months ago

    Angels come in all forms. Edee was the one blessed to your family.

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    bidebow Premium Member 11 months ago

    So very sad & sorry for the loss of your friend.

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    tntpayne  11 months ago

    For you my friend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuOCeJSQCTs

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    tank00 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss, Stephan. Been there too and know how much it hurts/sucks. Wishing you the best.

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    mommavamp  11 months ago

    When the time comes to end our much loved pet’s pain, I believe euthanasia is the Last Loving Thing we can do for them. My heart hurts for you, but in time you will remember the happy more than the sad. Edee would want you to.

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    gwa1948  11 months ago

    Mark Twain was right. If dogs don’t go to Heaven, I want to go where they go

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    PiperPilotJohn Premium Member 11 months ago

    First Pearls that actually made me tear up. So sorry Stephan. Love to you and our family and to your sweet doggie. :-(

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    Greg Sheremeta Premium Member 11 months ago

    Sorry for your family’s loss. Just remember that Edee is waiting for you on the other side of the rainbow bridge, happy and healthy.

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    BiathlonNut  11 months ago

    The death of my pet affected me as much as the death of my closest human friend. To anybody who tells me, "It was just a (cat or dog), I say, “Fie on you!.” Then said person becomes a shallow acquaintance, and if only an acquaintance, becomes a stranger.

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    logophiles  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss, Stephan.

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    ShirleyMontanoUlibarri  11 months ago

    I read your comics and always have a chuckle but today it brought a tear. I’m sorry for the loss of your pet. Pets bring us so much joy. ❤️

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    kittygatos  11 months ago

    Please get another pet. Not as a replacement, but to pay it forward.

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    gary.eddings4157  11 months ago

    Truly a world of us share your loss and understanding; life really is never the same again.

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    Gamboa Dolphin  11 months ago

    Sorry for your lost Stephan. My tears mixed with the falling rain as I laid one of mine to rest. I know the hurt.

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    yeah….

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    WineStar Premium Member 11 months ago

    Well done, Edee, good and faithful friend. Peace to you all.

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    vlos63  11 months ago

    Stephan, this was so bittersweet for me to read today, because we had to say goodbye to our beloved dog Pepsi on Friday for the same reason. We did not know she had cancer until just a few hours before we put her down. We just knew she had been slowing down and then things got really bad really fast. My kids’ hearts are broken and our house is empty. Like your Edee, this was their first dog and she was wonderful. So thank you for sharing your grief, because it is helping others with theirs more than you know. – Valerie

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    johnfalto  11 months ago

    I never comment on the strips I read every morning but this one touched me directly. My and my wife’s prayers are with you. We had to put down our Lab, Midnite, several years ago as she was battling with diabetes for over a year. Two injections of insulin daily, she was incontinent and was losing her eyesight and hearing, bumping into things. When we saw that she didn’t have the drive anymore, we opted to let her go peacefully. Our two grown daughters have opted not to have children but between the two we have 4 grand fur babies that we love and see every week.

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    Dianne Lee Premium Member 11 months ago

    There was one idea that actually seemed to make me feel better when I lost Duke a year ago. That is that you can be absolutely certain that if there is a heaven your dog will be there. It would be simply ridiculous to call any place heaven if it didn’t have dogs.

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    swansondavidc  11 months ago

    Thanks, Pastis, for showing that side of you. Some people would say, “Hey, it’s only a dog.” But it was part of your family.

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    BillTrousdale  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. same happened to our springer spaniel, Riley, a year ago. We now have another springer, Hunter, who has taken our hearts and removed our grief.

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    eilten  11 months ago

    There are no words. We hurt with you.

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    ❤️

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    Thank you for sharing. If you love you four legged friends, this will touch your heart.

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    John Leonard Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry to read this, Steph. My wife and I have had a number of furry friends over the years we’ve been married. I can tell you from experience, the hurt will die down, but there’ll always be an Edee-shaped hole in your heart. It will get smaller and smaller over time, but it never goes away – and you won’t want it to.

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    ne7minder  11 months ago

    why do we do this to ourselves? We bring these beasts into our life & give them our hearts which they return in kind knowing full well that in about a decade they will rip our hearts out. Then we do it again

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    MeGoNow Premium Member 11 months ago

    Dogs, unlike most people, don’t fret over approaching death. They are perfect beings who live an infinity in each moment. (Which is why they afford to sleep so much.) Infinity one side of birth. Infinity the other side of birth. Infinity one side of death. Infinity the other side of death. All are equal. No worries. Scientists speculate that humans took to dogs for security and hunting. I think it was mainly for the joy of living so close to light.

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    Fred  11 months ago

    Edee will always be with you in your heart

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    pauline_gangof4  11 months ago

    Steven – I’ve been there. It’s like your heart has been torn out. You feel that you could never go through such pain again.

    But I hope that one day you and Staci will feel ready to offer a loving home to another wonderful dog (they are all wonderful). S/he will never take Edee’s place, and not should they – but they will bring you much joy, and you will give a lovely dog a lovely home.

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    Michele Baker Premium Member 11 months ago

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute. I can relate. My heart goes out to you and your wife.

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    Dude, that sucks. :(

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    arroyogrande Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. ❤️

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    nursenen Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry. Edee is surely happy over the Rainbow Bridge.

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    melamyot  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Take the time to heal your broken heart. Enjoy the field Edee.

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    bopa247 Premium Member 11 months ago

    My wife and I had to put down our 15 year old cat 10 days ago. It is amazing how those animals wind their way into the corners of our heart. When they leave, they take a part of our hearts with them and leave theirs with us. You have our deepest condolences

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    Maizing  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss.

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    distracted  11 months ago

    A dog’s love is pure and they ask only that we care for them and love them in return. Clearly, Edee was a lucky dog as she enjoyed your undying love. And you hers.

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    Plods with Ice Dragons  Premium Member 11 months ago

    https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm

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    superdbs  11 months ago

    I think we’ve all been there at some time in life. There’s no pain like that. Sorry Steph and Staci :(

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    Sportymonk  11 months ago

    Know the pain but know also they are happy now. Put Gwen down last spring and her sister Lana is not far behind.

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    dwagon55  11 months ago

    Nice Tribute, Stephan, – Google: Jimmy Stewart’s, “A Dog named Beau”

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    JMG316  11 months ago

    ♥♥♥♥ What a beautiful tribute.

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    Stephen Boots Premium Member 11 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this amazing tribute to Edee. Having just said goodbye on Friday evening to our loving 11 year old rescue pittie, Solo, and to our 15 year old tabby, Penguin, the week before, this really hit home today.

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    coach  11 months ago

    Awesome eulogy…our condolences.

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    phil  11 months ago

    I know how you feel and my heart is with you.

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    nicky4968  11 months ago

    My four-legged friends have always been truer than the two-legged ones.

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    Durn your hide Stephan, you made my eyes leak.

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    JohnMiller2  11 months ago

    Know the feeling and so sorry for your loss, you wrote a beautiful tribute. Since dogs tend to take on their owner’s temperament I assume Edee spent a lot of time with Staci? Just kidding, I’m sure Edee took after both of you. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and yours for your loss.

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    vf6184   11 months ago

    She was very fortunate to have a loving family to grow old with.

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    beach004  11 months ago

    Heart breaks for you.

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    johnmartin1671  11 months ago

    The ONLY downside to being the parent to a dog is that we outlive them. Always heart wrenching when we lose them. The only solace is knowing we gave them years of joy and love while they were here. Sorry for your loss Stephan.

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    marycostello  11 months ago

    My Ozzie Smith was the same. He protected me from squirrls and strangers. He loved everyone. We put him to sleep two years ago, not a day goes by that I dont miss some part of him. He knew when it was 4pm, dinner time, even when time changed. he was a beautiful little Bichon and I never thought I wanted a dog.

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    bdorf1 Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your your loss.❤️

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    Gail Sherman Premium Member 11 months ago

    A wonderful tribute to a good doggo. I am so sorry.

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    scross Premium Member 11 months ago

    Darn it, Stephan! Now I’m crying!! This must have been such a difficult strip to write, so thank you for telling all of us loyal fans about Edee. She was blessed to have you. (And I, too, know your pain.)

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    Nicki B's ZoMcYo Premium Member 11 months ago

    Our 7 year old Giant Schnauzer/ Rottie mix has cancer and I am dreading this day.

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    ajakimber425  11 months ago

    Sorry, for your lost. I don’t care what some people say. Animals, a dog or a cat are apart of your family.

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    tsumicat Premium Member 11 months ago

    Oh Stephan, I’m so sorry for your loss. Each four-footed loved one has a special place in our hearts. The love they give us is so worth the loss we feel when we out survive them. You and yours are in our thoughts.

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    I’m so very sorry. oxoxoxox

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    lee85736  11 months ago

    My heart aches for you, Stephan. If somebody mentions “replacing” Edee, let them live—they meant well. No other dog can replace her. However, in time there will be room in your heart for one more. Go in peace.

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    ShadowBeast  11 months ago

    One of my cats passed away almost two weeks ago. So I feel Pastis’s pain.

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    toysurfers Premium Member 11 months ago

    Just in case you haven’t heard or seen this famous quote before, I’d like to share it with you. It’s as touching as your moving strip. You’re the best.

    “It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enought, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”Unknown Author

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    fszakaly  11 months ago

    That was me last October and I still hear her collar rattling…It does get better with time and the newly adopted dog has helped. Condolences…

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    rwparso  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I totally understand how you feel.

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    losing a friend is never easy. they always leave a them-shaped hole in your heart. hugs

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    Chad Cheetah  11 months ago

    Had to go through this when I was nine. We didn’t get a dog for years after that. It’s tough

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    mtraub Premium Member 11 months ago

    For all the laughs I get from you every day, the tears today are a partial payment. My deepest condolences to you, and from my little guy Satch, who protects ME from the squirrels.

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    Lakegal  11 months ago

    For Better or for Worse also had a touching pet commentary today. Our pets give us their all. My little mini Schnauzer Sonora has been my companion for 13 years. She has lost her sight, has numerous ailments, but is always ready for a “Walkie” or a ride in my kayak. She inspires me.

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    rlzack  11 months ago

    Dang it, I think I got something in my eye.

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    Christine Wiltse Premium Member 11 months ago

    What a lovely tribute to your fur baby. Been there so many times. Moose and I are sending Edee love over the rainbow bridge.

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    Feel for you in all ways. Been there so many times! She’s in Heaven now. AND YES I BELIEVE DOGGIES GO TO HEAVEN!

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    u40la13 Premium Member 11 months ago

    My heart aches for you.

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    Heidi Listug  11 months ago

    Thank you for sharing Stephan. My heart is with you. We had a border collie named Lucy who was a delight in our lives. She lived for 16 years and it was so hard to do the right thing at the end and let her go. But she still lives in my mind and heart. What a blessing our dogs are!

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    kmine67  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a fuzzy is tough and I feel your pain – had to do the same last May. Safe Travels to the Bridge, sweet Edee… <3

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    Rocky Premium Member 11 months ago

    My heart goes out to you. Only those who truly love their fur-babies can know the loss and grief that comes at the end. You did the right thing, even if it is small comfort at the moment. Your friend will be waiting for you when you get there.

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    jel354  11 months ago

    My deepest condolences. I can also relate (lost my beloved Yorkie and nana within a year).

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    xnuc  11 months ago

    We keep losing them and we keep loving more of them. Dogs are yhe best.

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    emmapocl  11 months ago

    As a long-time dog owner/lover, I am so sorry for your loss.

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    suenic Premium Member 11 months ago

    The only thing worse is to never have had them at all. Thanks for sharing Edee.

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    Makapa Premium Member 11 months ago

    First time you made me cry—so sorry to hear Miss Edee is gone. It’s a big loss. . .that’s the only real problem with dogs, that they don’t live long enough.

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    EdMeiller Premium Member 11 months ago

    You had me crying on the first panel.

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    Adding my condolences. Very nice tribute which I’m sure was hard to draw. We all feel your loss and heartbreak. Thanks for sharing.

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    I’m so very sorry for your loss. She is pain free and will always stay in your heart.

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member 11 months ago

    My sympathies. It’s always hard loosing a friend.

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    I teared up reading that. Not only because she has passed, but because of what a good, good girl you made her out to be when she was with you.

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    Loup Garue  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. The pain is tough to get through, but the wonderful memories of her will soon bring smiles instead of tears.

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    Is it just me or did it get real dusty in here?

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    woof….or maybe more appropriately…ruff. sorry for your loss.

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    TMMILLER Premium Member 11 months ago

    I had to stop reading the comments, too many tears. I feel the pain as so many before me do. It has been about 5 years ago that I had to put my beloved Pom to sleep due to cancer. The vet fee was in the low triple digits and I willing paid it to end her pain.A week after I had done that I received a letter thanking me for my contribution to the state Veterinary School. I had to read it several times before I realized it was for the exact same amount as the fee I was charged to end my little ones suffering. It made the pain so so much less. I have to stop now.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 97aea9]  11 months ago

    us too. I think the best thing is to wait a bit, then rescue another to love and care for.

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    Shelly Olivares  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss. We lost two pups within 5 days in September so I understand your pain.

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    Sigred Philipsen  11 months ago

    Our condolences…

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    Kilrwat Premium Member 11 months ago

    Beautiful, Stephan. Now think of Edee curled up outside your heart—she wouldn’t want you to be too sad. So many of us share your experience that you’ve captured so eloquently. Dogs are such a gift; we are blessed to have them in our lives.

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    kbiesen  11 months ago

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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    Neil L. Daniels-Midman  11 months ago

    wow…been there…understand the sentiment…thanks for sharing

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    waes-hael  11 months ago

    :’-(

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    Ken Otwell  11 months ago

    Just when I thought I had seen my last tear from my late dachshund.

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    kd1sq  11 months ago

    When you’re eventually ready (it’ll take a while) adopt an older dog. Your new friend will be truly grateful and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped a dog who probably would never have been adopted otherwise.

    We’ve been doing it for a while now and it’s good to know we helped out…

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    Mary Schwartzenberger  11 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this. I understand how much it hurts.

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    SheMc  11 months ago

    Sorry, I do know how you are feeling X

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    It is comforting to believe in afterlife.

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    nancywilson51  11 months ago

    As much as this hurts, you have memories and eventually perhaps the possibility of another pup to add to your life and your memories.

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    DavidPietras  11 months ago

    I lost Princess Rocksy Kingsley 1 1/2 years ago and it still hurts. Today’s comic strip hit home. I know how you feel. Thank you sir!

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    codedaddy  11 months ago

    Very moving. And I am also moved by the flood of sympathy in the comments. Some people are almost as good as dogs after all.

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    FRISCOLA  11 months ago

    Morning Stephan, Warmest condolences to you and your family. We have been there as well. We share your pain. She is indeed running across the Rainbow Bridge. Peace

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    whiteaj  11 months ago

    Every dog lover feels your pain.

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    I’m so sorry.

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    Paul Driver Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry to hear this. Losing a “pet” is like losing a loved member of the family. But remember, they’re never truly gone, as long as they live within your heart and memory.

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    cpa820pen  11 months ago

    I have had only two dogs in my life. Felt the same way after each of them passed. It hurts but the good memories always stay.

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    PamPipal  11 months ago

    It hurts we readers to know that someone who brings us so much comic happiness, is hurting from the loss of your dear Edee. May time heal and you consider adopting another fur baby.

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    rfherald Premium Member 11 months ago

    https://www.shared.com/researchers-find-that-losing-a-dog-can-be-as-hard-as-losing-a-loved-one/?fbclid=IwAR2vo45B_imdJwaTvGy3TjUl9Fy-xQ8bR8CmHYeIRt4ix4sMsziyDI4FDPI

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    AlondraRachellaLabute  11 months ago

    All of us who have had pets know how this feels. Such a heartbreak to lose your best friend. I lost my darling Macushla, my white kitty a year ago September and I still miss her and will miss her for the rest of my life. I’ve had other kitties, still have 3 kitties but she was so special.

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    EatingonTwoWheels  11 months ago

    I lost my 15 year old beagle just shy of two months ago (the morning after I lost my father!). I’ve finally reached the point where I don’t cry EVERY day. And then there’s this in my morning paper. Some days it’s back to square one.https://operaflute.blogspot.com/2018/10/on-beagles-and-butterflies.html?fbclid=IwAR17hq3A7wBxail5V8ZIL2FvaCjvE3lwGSxxx1-IuVEFf0ChQ4LBbZfYTyw

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    washingd1 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss. We lost our 18 year old cocker poodle last March. Still hurts.

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    lauras8209  11 months ago

    So hard to lose a beloved pet. We still miss our first dog Smitty who was a big dog in a 7lb. Body. Prayers are with you

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    jimbong Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’ve been through this three times. It never is easy to let go of a beloved, faithful friend. Thank you for sharing this.

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    DebbieNewsom  11 months ago

    The pain we feel in losing them, is only tempered by the joy they have brought into our lives. Thank you for sharing with us the love Edee gave you. What a wonderful tribute that you honored her with in your strip.

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    Jed  11 months ago

    Condolences to you and your family, Stephan.

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    betsypoe  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My dog is the light of my life.

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    SandiHandScranton  11 months ago

    I lost my beloved Basset Girl, sweet Delilah Belle, a week ago. I remain devastated and heartbroken. I feel your pain. May those precious memories bring you a small measure of comfort. Hugs…

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    PatrickGCox  11 months ago

    Anyone who has ever had a dog as a member of the family, will know exactly how much it hurts to say good bye. They take a small piece of us with them when they go, and we never forget them. I type this with my six year old Sheltie on my lap, and the five year old watching from the sofa. They’ll really leave a hole in my life if they were to go before their time.

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    chinagrove  11 months ago

    But,lest we forget,she and all our lost,loved pets,do live forever in our memories

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    Loopy Frogger Premium Member 11 months ago

    Stephan, You and your family have my condolences. You all will always remember the times that you had together. We are all thinking good thoughts about Edee and your family.

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    comics.com  11 months ago

    Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

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    comics.com  11 months ago

    The House Dog’s Grave (Haig, an English bulldog)

    I’ve changed my ways a little; I cannot nowRun with you in the evenings along the shore,Except in a kind of dream; and you, if you dream a moment,You see me there.

    So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front doorWhere I used to scratch to go out or in,And you’d soon open; leave on the kitchen floorThe marks of my drinking-pan.

    I cannot lie by your fire as I used to doOn the warm stone,Nor at the foot of your bed; no, all the night throughI lie alone.

    But your kind thought has laid me less than six feetOutside your window where firelight so often plays,And where you sit to read—and I fear often grieving for me—Every night your lamplight lies on my place.

    You, man and woman, live so long, it is hardTo think of you ever dyingA little dog would get tired, living so long.I hope that when you are lying

    Under the ground like me your lives will appearAs good and joyful as mine.No, dear, that’s too much hope: you are not so well cared forAs I have been.

    And never have known the passionate undividedFidelities that I knew.Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided. . . .But to me you were true.

    You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love enduresTo the end and far past the end. If this is my end,I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.

    Robinson Jeffers, 1941

    http://petloss.com/poems/maingrp/housedog.htm

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    James Gifford Premium Member 11 months ago

    You’re forgiven for an awful lot of awful puns for this one, SP. G’night, Edee.

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    MelanieBowden  11 months ago

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Same for us a week ago with our sweet Wendell on December 1st – brain tumor. It’s really hard. Take good care.

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    jcmccordo  11 months ago

    Made me cry as I my son in law put down my first granddog on Monday. It was my daughter and son in laws first “child” who looked after the two following granchildren as if they were is own. My thoughts are with you.

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    Very sorry for the loss of Edee, Mr Pastis.

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    tim71pos  11 months ago

    I have a dog too, and have lost other dogs in years past…painful time. But this is PBS comic. The one which mocks the Family Circus’s benevolent grandpa looking down at his former family. So the ending on a beautiful field afterlife (Elysian field?) is an unexpected twist from this artist.

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    Ginny Premium Member 11 months ago

    When I lost Mickey my husband dug his grave in the back yard while I held him in my arms and cried. His grave is marked by a Scottie statue and helps us remember what a smart yet dignified dog he was. Took us 10 years before we could have another.

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    brendan coyle Premium Member 11 months ago

    I know it hurts unbelievably. May you meet again at the rainbow bridge.

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    pmek5 Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss of Edee. Brought tears to my eyes. We lost our dear family dog not too long ago. They truly become part of the family.

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    xraymom7  11 months ago

    Pastis, you brought back some bittersweet memories. We feel for you guys. We had to do the same with our English Springer spaniel, Libby, 4 years ago. She was a brown and white who also defended us vigorously from squirrel threats, delivery persons and errant squeakers. She was a super super sweet girl. Cant see now. Big Hugs to you both.

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    dlaemmerhirt999  11 months ago

    Sorry Stephen!!! Just know that many feel your pain. (My chihuahua was mauled a couple of weeks ago and died in the hospital.) TIME FOR A NEW DOGGY FROM THE SHELTER!:D

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    Peanuts45  11 months ago

    Years and years ago, I held my dog (who also had cancer) while the Vet put him to sleep. I was the first one to hold him as a puppy and the last one to hold him before he left us. I have never forgotten him. To you and your family, Stephan, I offer my sincere condolences. I truly feel your pain and loss.

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    Steve L  11 months ago

    Our mini-chichi came out to spend a moment with each of us, to get a scratch and give a kiss, walked to the laundry room, gave a look over her shoulder at us (which she never did before) went in, laid down and went to wherever puppy souls go. Our house is not the same.

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    ltrauth  11 months ago

    So very sorry for your loss. Saying goodbye to our furry family members is heart rending. I hope you can take comfort in the fact that she knew she was deeply loved and that you gave her the best years you possibly could. “Grieve not, Nor speak of me with tears,But laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there.”

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    dalengyel Premium Member 11 months ago

    Edee was a member of your family, and like any member of your family, it hurts. God bless Edee and you and Stacey.

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    Sogno1stMate  11 months ago

    For the 1st time ever, your comic made me cry…I’m so very sorry…your Edee sounds like a sweet soul ❤

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    Mr. Impatient  11 months ago

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a family member is always tough. Last year we had to put down three of our cats and two strays that we had been feeding. They are gone but not forgotten. Three months ago we found a kitten that was near death. He was cold to the touch and couldn’t hold his head up. We rushed him to the vets where they put him on a heating device and brought his temperature up. He was diagnosed with anemia and his lymph nodes were swollen. After two months on antibiotics he is doing great and plays with the rest of the cats. Bless you Mr. Pastis.

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    mmollyy77 Premium Member 11 months ago

    We can guarantee a painless sleep for our pets, but are not allowed the right to die with dignity option for ourselves

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    Godspeed Edee! You can now join our beloved dogs, Rebel and Candy, and have many adventures while you await a reunion with your family. And God Bless you Stephan and Staci! Please remember that nothing and no one we love is ever really lost to us. Love never ever leaves us.

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    Rory W.  11 months ago

    While others may not understand your grief, I do. Losing a pet such as Edee can leave a hole in your heart and a void in your life. Although we’ve never met, know that I am thinking of you and offer my condolences.

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    bstych  11 months ago

    I pray that those with cancer and not wanting to endure more pain could go as gently into that long night that Edee did. Love to all.

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    EmilyJohnson  11 months ago

    those of us who have lost animal family members are with you today :-(

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    Bronkster Premium Member 11 months ago

    An amazing tribute that made me cry. I’ve been there twice and know the pain. You’ll always have the memories. Take care …

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    windskipper1 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Looks just like our Springer spaniel, Frankie Girl who we had to have put to sleep 4 weeks ago at 15-1\2. Edee’s personality is exactly the same. Thanks for making me laugh and tear up remembering our best friend. My heart goes out to you.

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    debrajleach  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Our dog, Lady, crossed the Rainbow Bridge just 12 weeks ago. She was our loving companion for 12 years and is deeply missed.

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    davisgloff Premium Member 11 months ago

    She knew she was loved, You gave her love, and that’s all any of us needsSincere condolences.

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    “Old Shep” by Elvis Presley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUp-_pGZYVA

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    sperry532  11 months ago

    Our most sincere condolences on your loss.

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    Leojim  11 months ago

    Wow, that was a hard one to read. I know how much my dog means to me and it would be devastating. So sorry for your loss.

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    Bgilbert  11 months ago

    It must be really dusty in the air in here where I am reading this! So sorry for your loss.

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    Bookworm  11 months ago

    Read or heard this somewhere, Stephan; “Oh God, please let me be the kind of man my dog thinks I am.” My heartfelt sympathy and God Bless. And thanks to Max, a brindle Scottie (a true friend, an absolute nut case, and a treasured memory) who, like your Edee, made us better people.

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    Pickled Pete  11 months ago

    So very, very sorry…

    " Take me to where my needs they’ll tend, Only, stay with me till the end. And hold me firm and speak to me Until my eyes no longer see."

    Thanks to @adenning2 for this . One of most difficult things to do , but a must .

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    S DH  11 months ago

    I am so terribly sorry.

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    It’s the price we pay for loving them. It’s worth it, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less.

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    ma9024040  11 months ago

    She’ll be waiting just over the rainbow bridge for you.

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    laurenpaul  11 months ago

    So sad for you. We went through this a few weeks ago. I feel your pain.

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    whybother Premium Member 11 months ago

    Edee will always be in your heart, and one day, it will hurt less when you think of her. She was a good dog.

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    zeexenon  11 months ago

    Mr. Pastis, you are an evil, evil, man. Our third dog in 58 years put down almost exactly 2 years ago, my Mrs. died a year ago, no more “our” except in my broken heart.

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    Fenshaw Premium Member 11 months ago

    A dog’s only fault is that their lives are too short. Forever in our hearts.

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    katherine79campbell  11 months ago

    Thank you for sharing. You just described the same daily routine we had with our dog Briley, who we lost in June after 14 wonderful years. The stuffed mallard was her favorite toy.it does get easier, but I still can’t talk about her without crying. Wishing you peace and beautiful memories.

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    hda2z  11 months ago

    been there, done that and the pain is still the same 3 years later

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    Comicness7  11 months ago

    In the picture slide, go to the right once. That’s what Edie looks like.

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    dijet Premium Member 11 months ago

    I am so sorry, I too know how much pain you have. Remember all the good times with Edee.

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    mkenwest  11 months ago

    Stephan & Family:Yes, it hurts – often terribly. With time, You will get past it.Edee has gone to play and run in the fields by the Rainbow Bridge, where she will await until it’s your time to join her.Since age brings more opertunities, we will be reunited with a bunch of dear friends when our time comes.Michael & family

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    Solaricious Premium Member 11 months ago

    Very sorry for your loss, Stephan – It sounds like you gave Edee a great life and she was a very happy dog…

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    Todd McLaren Premium Member 11 months ago

    Someone once asked, “what’s the hardest part of having a dog?” Without question, the answer is “the goodbye”. We lost our Bear five years ago, same way. I wish I could tell you that the pain goes away. It doesn’t. Eventually, though, the sweet memories push most of it to the back…

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    ivorystarn  11 months ago
    OK, I am crying over today’s strip. So sorry. You lost a family member.
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    bxclent Premium Member 11 months ago

    Our condolences to you and family….One of our dogs passed away last night…..very unexpectedly…reading this helped ….Carly was also a very mellow and friendly pup

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    cae2544 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Stephan, I never expected that you would ever bring a tears to my eyes other than in laughter. May God comfort you in your loss.

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    LJH48  11 months ago

    My beautiful Stella will be there for Edee to show her around. And when it’s time, Edee will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    James Noury Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sad. I cried. I miss all the wonderful animals that I’ve met over the years.

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    Patinphx Premium Member 11 months ago

    Peace be with you, Staci and Steph. Peace is surely with Edee. Thank you for sharing your grief with us. We all need to be reminded that it is not about religion, politics, or money; it is about family and love.

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    TheDOCTOR  11 months ago

    My Condolences Stephan. My wife and I had a dog Sam, whos been gone some years now and had him since a pup part pit bull, but sweet and gentle. I still have his metal food/water dish in the basement, with his toothmark in it where he tried to bite it. – Bought him a plastic one first which he destroyed on the first feeding. ’scuse me , while I go cry now.

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    Hoosierlostboy Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss, but I did enjoy the humor of Edee protecting you.

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    Srover  11 months ago

    I’m sorry for your loss. I know how it feels.

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    Yorba Dad Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Edee. You gave her a wonderful life and she gave you her unconditional love (and protection from killer squirrels and ducks). Our dog Chloe is 14 now and I know this day will come for us sooner than we want. We cherish every day with our girl.

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    riverrat67  11 months ago

    Grief is an awful thing to experience. I always have wondered how people with demanding jobs like a surgeon, air traffic controllers, etc could function after an episode of tragic loss in a family. I know we will all experience more in the future. As a society, we should not forget to recognize the grief of others around the world as it is everywhere right now.

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    benphillips  11 months ago

    Today, somewhere, another dog awaits you. Go get him

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    pchemcat  11 months ago

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Losing our fur babies is even harder for me than losing a human. Our fur babies give us unconditional love. Edee and Ginger can now play together and will be waiting for you at the gate someday.

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    cemunsey  11 months ago

    Heartfelt hugs to you!

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    Lerripete  11 months ago

    Dogs become our hearts because they give more than we give to them. So sorry for your loss.

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    John Bell Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Thank you though, for sharing your grief in such a public way.

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    pchemcat  11 months ago

    We had to send my Cuda (current avatar) over the Rainbow Bridge on October 15th of this year. She was 14-1/2. I still can’t stop crying or function properly.

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    I’m gonna find the ninja who just threw water in my face, and hurt him badly.

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    BluebelleCat  11 months ago

    It’s always hard. So very sorry for your loss, Mr. Pastis.

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    And So It Goes  11 months ago

    So sorry, to loss of a loving companion is hard. The fond memories of her will be with you forever.

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    grampytw  11 months ago

    Dogs are really special and so are the memories.

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    DL  11 months ago

    I’m so very sorry Stephan. A part of your heart goes with them. Been there.

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    Old Cowhand  11 months ago

    My heart breaks with yours. I had to say goodbye to my good girl last summer.

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    OldManMontgomery  11 months ago

    Yes. Having to be the one who decides is rough as well. There is a dog heaven.

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    A good dog is a gift from God to show us how much better we can be. Author Dean Koonts said it well, ""Once you have had a wonderful dog, life without one is a life diminished."

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member 11 months ago

    What a sweet dog she was. I’m so glad you had her. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    raptorip  11 months ago

    Condolences for your loss. The hard part of having a dog is that one day they will break your heart. Hold onto the good memories.

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    billdaviswords  11 months ago

    So sad with you. Sounds like a beautiful delight of a dog…

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    PBS never made me cry before- until now. Dogs-they can fetch balls and sticks and bring them back to us- but they take our hearts and run away with them.

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    magdala666  11 months ago

    Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your beloved family member. She sounds like a wonderful guard dog and friend.

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    Brian Conklin Premium Member 11 months ago

    We’re approaching the same place with the same diagnosis. We’re just hopeful our Tucker makes it through Christmas.

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    lin4869 Premium Member 11 months ago

    My heart goes out to you, Stephan, and to all who loved Edee!

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    julimhill  11 months ago

    Very sorry for your loss, Stephan and Staci.

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    Love, from us too.

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    elainedownie  11 months ago

    The Euthanasia PrayerBeloved God, Help me to understand that you are/were with me, by my side, helping me to make the humane decision to end the suffering of my beloved pet. Help me to forgive myself, as you forgive me lovingly each day for my shortcomings, knowing my heart. Help me to understand that it is good and noble to have the courage to face such a difficult decision and to make them despite how much it hurts to do so. Help me to realize that, as my decision was made from love, there is no reason for me to hang onto the heavy burden of guilt that I feel at times. Help me to realize that, as you have sent us our beloved pets to be our guardians, we are their guardians in return and are responsible for their every need – including their need to be free of pain and suffering. Help me to realize that our life together was a blessing from you and that is you who called them home to Heaven, and that I only took them to the door, where you gratefully and lovingly welcomed them home. Amen.I know Edee will be waiting for you and your family at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    Speedghost  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss Stephan. Been there a few times, will definitely be there again one day. Love dogs. (liked the squirrel free bit, made me smile)

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    mako887  11 months ago

    I’ve said “Goodbye” to many pets. It never gets any easier, which is a good thing because it shows how much we love them. I know I’ll have a great reunion when I get to see them all again.

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    Old27F20  11 months ago

    I’m very sorry to hear your pal passed on. My Dakota passed in 2014 and we had his body cremated so every morning I say hi to him and every night I tell him to sleep happy.

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    basicallystupid15 Premium Member 11 months ago

    I have had a desert tortoise for over 55 of my 64 years and hope he digs a hole for me to go in as I am sure he will out live me.

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member 11 months ago

    OK, you got us crying. Dogs and Cats are great, miss everyone I’ve had, and we will miss the ones we have, when they pass.

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    JudithSchroederCzubati  11 months ago

    I feel your pain, Stephan. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. All I can say is that you made Edee happy and that is a wonderful thing, indeed.

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    Jayneknox  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry.

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    rgcviper  11 months ago

    Very sorry to hear the news, Stephan. I can’t imagine how you’re feeling, but you are in my thoughts. I’m sure you’ll reunite with Edee one day, too. Best wishes.

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    jjackdt  11 months ago

    BT,DT. Sorry for your loss Stephan.

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    meviana  11 months ago

    Wonderful tribute to your girl. Condolences.

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    gcottay  11 months ago

    May the Spirit of Edee heal Steven Pastis from the disease of cheap puns and lead him into much better days.

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    FredCapp  11 months ago

    Our dog is going down soon. We’ve lived with her for 15 years and she’s the only dog our kids have ever known. But she’s developing Cancer.

    We hope to keep her quality of life up until at least the New Year.

    In other words, you are not alone.

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    Michael McKown Premium Member 11 months ago

    Big hug for you, Stephan….

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    HarryCK  11 months ago

    Not sure I want to see the tear stained original of today’s.

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    arvinderdhaliwal Premium Member 11 months ago

    I wasn’t expecting to have my heart hurt reading the comics, sorry for the loss of your good girl.

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    ag agent  11 months ago

    My sincere sympathies

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    Very sorry, Stephan! It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet.

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    kudabux Premium Member 11 months ago

    Beautiful and touching. Thanks for this gift today.

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    Dragongourd Premium Member 11 months ago

    Been there. It’s really hard. Hoping the good memories get you through the hard times.

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    Tears before Swine.

    Didn’t expect that.

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    I’m so sorry, Steph. We’ve lost four pets, three of which we had to put to sleep. I know how painful it is.

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    Gilbert  11 months ago

    Oh my goodness, this is so sad. I’m sorry you lost your Edee. Please don’t let your sadness stop you from getting another dog. You will never replace Edee. There will always be a tiny hole and special place in your heart for her, but loving another dog certainly helps the heart heal. Big hugs to you from our doggy household.

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    David Thompson Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m sorry for you and your families loss. It is never easy!

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    Len March  11 months ago

    Thanks for making me cry.

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    cpelton  11 months ago

    I lost one of my babies last June and it hurts so much. I’m very sorry.

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    Our hearts break with yours. Tinkerbell recently crossed The Rainbow Bridge, still hurts.

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    Darque Hellmutt  11 months ago

    condolences in your sorrow.

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    ElizabethBennett  11 months ago

    Ad astra, Edee.

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    MichaelAffronteJr.  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Sounds like an awesome dog. I know how much it hurts, and love how well you wrote this!

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    hariseldon59  11 months ago

    347 comments so far and not a negative or political one among them. You touched a lot of hearts today, Steph, and we’re all very sorry for your lost.

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    naturalthoff  11 months ago

    I’m sorry for your loss. I know it’s trite but it’s the cost of real love. may we all continue to love.

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    Bohica Premium Member 11 months ago

    And remember, all dogs go to Heaven.

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    alliegator  11 months ago

    I’ve been there, and it hurts so bad. Never stops, just turns to a deeper love. I feel for you. I even cry for you. Just remember love is never wasted, it just multiplies.

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    markbucknerphoto  11 months ago

    Peace to the Pastis Family. I laugh so much at this strip every day. It only seems fair that today I should cry. Godspeed, Edie.

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    Jon mcalexander Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m very sorry Stephan!

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    MabellineB  11 months ago

    I’m so very sorry, I know the pain and you and Stacy are in my thoughts and prayers. Edee is now over that rainbow bridge and chasing squirrels and being loved and giving love to all the little children !!God Bless and hugssssssssssssssssssss

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    louienpat  11 months ago

    “I am no one special, just a common dog with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me, and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect, I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and for me, that has always been enough.”

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    Sue Ellen  11 months ago

    What a beautiful tribute to Edee.

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    WhoDat  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. But don’t worry, we’ll all be reunited with our pets at the Rainbow Bridge…

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    Ukko wilko  11 months ago

    Unconditional love on four legs.

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    ajohannessen327  11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Dog friends are the best.

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    ptaillie  11 months ago

    just read the Sunday funnies, yours was not. It brought tears to my old eyes as I remember the hardest thing I ever did in bringing our dog of 17 years to the vet for the last time. It crushed me. It’s been 30 or so years and I still can’t think about his replacement. My sympathy. And my thanks for a great read (almost) every day.

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    PatDvorakRacklyeft  11 months ago

    I love your comic. I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve been in your shoes and it’s never easy and you’re never ready for them to leave.

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    noreenklose  11 months ago

    RIP EdeeYou were loved, and you will be missed.

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    Stephan, I grieve with you.

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    Just So So Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to lose your best friend.

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    Laurie Stoker Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry, Stephan. I hope Edee sends you a friend to keep you company and remember all the good times with her. ❤❤❤

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    PNWLover2  11 months ago

    And this just happened to us on Thursday. My Sweet Abbi. I still hurt but I know she’s out of pain.

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    sudiecbc  11 months ago

    What a wonderful tribute to Edee <3

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    arolarson Premium Member 11 months ago

    If there are no dogs in heaven, then I when I die I want to go where they went..Will Rogers. Much sympathy Stephan, we have an old guy now 15 and will miss him terribly when he dies, just as we have missed the 4 pets we have lost before.

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    Bucinka  11 months ago

    I know how much it hurts, too.rainbowbridge.org

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    fdtopp3  11 months ago

    I know- our dogs are pure love….

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    SandiLeeHalberstadt Premium Member 11 months ago

    OMG! I cried when I read today’s strip! I just lost my best friend/neighbor to cancel this week and the thought of you losing your sweet puppy put me over the emotional edge. Pay her the best tribute by going straight out to the nearest shelter and giving another sweet dog a loving home. It will help heal your heart. Big hugs to a crazy wonderful guy! Sandi

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    cdward  11 months ago

    Run across the rainbow bridge, sweet dog. Comfort to your grieving family.

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    SandiLeeHalberstadt Premium Member 11 months ago

    Dumb bunny me. Lost her to “cancer”! But the rest of the message still good.

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    bunrabbit99  11 months ago

    this is too personal for me today.

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    eddie alexander Premium Member 11 months ago

    The grief never ends because the love was boundless. May you find solace in your memory of her. (hugs)

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    wpierson1  11 months ago

    You’ll see her again at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    Comicness7  11 months ago

    Stephan Pastis is an amazing cartoonist. I never wished this would happen. Did anyone?

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    rastovski Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry.

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    dsurkin Premium Member 11 months ago

    We’ve been there, too. Our hearts go out to you and your wife. I hope that in time, you’ll see fit to adopt another dog. He or she won’t take the place of Edee, but giving a home to a dog brings a little more love into the world.

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    Natarose  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss. I feel your pain.

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    cymusiker  11 months ago

    Thank you for telling Edee’s story.

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    hdcanterbelle Premium Member 11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss, been there. Who is going to protect you from squirrels and ducks now?

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    buschap  11 months ago

    Oh my gosh. I’m tearing up. We had to put our cat down earlier this week. We rescued him in January and the shelter said he was at least 12, though the vet at the ER thought he was probably older than that. It’s staggering how much love he gave us in the 11 months he was with us.

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    fjc007  11 months ago

    My condolences for your loss.

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    kzturtlegirl  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry.

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    chefz774  11 months ago

    Pab Sungenis (The New Adventures of Queen Victoria) had to put down his much loved cat, Tegan, a few days ago, and this Stephan, my heart is breaking for both of you today. But remember, Edee and Tegan are waiting for you across The Rainbow Bridge, where they are no longer in pain, and are happy and at peace until you get reunited some wonderful day.

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    Sisyphos  11 months ago

    So sad. Bye, Edee. Condolences, Stephan and Staci.

    This is probably the most heart-wrenching comic strip I have ever read, in over seventy years of reading comic strips….

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    debbiehorst73  11 months ago

    I know the grief he is feeling. R.I.P. Edee.

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    Michie Z Premium Member 11 months ago

    So Sorry – I Hope the Edee shaped hole in your Hearts heals softly <3

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    LrdSlvrhnd  11 months ago

    Awww, so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is always hard, no matter how many legs they have.

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    ghargh6969 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Tears. I love my dogs. Every one takes a piece of my heart with them to the Sumemr land, but they leave their memories as well. She sounds like a great friend.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 92c748]  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss!

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    PattyMcCownO'NealOlson  11 months ago

    They live in our hearts forever. Bless you for setting Edee free. Toughest decision a person can make.

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    Fliptak  11 months ago

    Good dog, Edee, goooood dog!

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    onespiceybbw  11 months ago

    My 18-year-old buddy, Gary the Cat. Liver cancer. Three weeks ago.

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    cujosmom Premium Member 11 months ago

    Sorry Stephan. But I love how you honored her in your comic. RIP Edee.

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    annzidek  11 months ago

    So Sorry for your loss. Edee will be waiting for you by the rainbow bridge.

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    Thehag  11 months ago

    Awww! Blurry screen now. I have had to write a few memorials to my four legged Dieties of unconditional love. It helps.

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    hertreehouse  11 months ago

    So sorry about your loss.

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    Roderick O'Connor Premium Member 11 months ago

    So sorry for your loss.

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    lightner1962  11 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and very touched that you shared this with all your readers, we share your pain.

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    stepham  11 months ago

    Edee will surely have plenty of new canine pals to play with there. I know a few personally.

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    Quabaculta  11 months ago

    I grieve with thee. Edee is now pain free and romping with old and new friends at the foot of the Rainbow Bridge, waiting for you, her bestest friend, to arrive in due course.

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    Tony Lopez  11 months ago

    my heart goes out to you

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    AZPhinFan  11 months ago

    Our condolences for your loss Mr. Pastis. Like so many, we’ve been there as well and know how much it hurts.

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    charleswaugh  11 months ago

    We’ve lost three doggies in the last few years. Quite sad. Oddly enough, I photograph pets and have done two books of pets and their people now. Many of the pets I’ve photographed with their people are gone now. And now my Cat BikBik is slowing down. :-(

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    ronaldspence  11 months ago

    Sorry for your loss… "so why in—Heaven (before we are there)/Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?//Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936). all dog owners know why we love them but we don’t know how to stop…

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    KathyMyers  11 months ago

    We had our beloved Flippy the cat put to sleep 3 weeks ago, also due to cancer. I cried when I read your moving tribute to Eder. The pain and hollow place in your heart is familiar to me and I wish I could ease it for you and your wife. I can also tell that Eder had a great life and runs in the field of freedom now with nothing but sheer delight and gratitude. Hugs to you and your family.

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    KathyMyers  11 months ago

    Sorry for the typos! I meant to write Edee. ❤️

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    kmasters21 Premium Member 11 months ago

    Mine left a month ago, and I am crying for all of us. I’m so sorry.

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    david.bruce  11 months ago

    Beautiful. Enjoy the memories.

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    CarlHeckman  11 months ago

    My parents put their dachshund to sleep on Tuesday. (She was 14 and losing her health.)

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    soseverian  11 months ago

    First time “Pearls” brought a tear to my eye. Condolences and comfort to you and Staci.

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    Victoria Premium Member 11 months ago

    We never have them long enough; no matter how long it is. So sorry for your loss.

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    valeries  11 months ago

    My sincere condolences. Here’s a wonderful cartoon from Wiley Miller showing our pets going straight to Heaven—https://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2018/10/04

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    Charlie Fogwhistle  11 months ago

    I’m very sorry for your loss. This piece says so much more than I can. https://wokesloth.com/old-man-advice-about-dealing-with-death-anthony-bourdain-kate-spade/noah/

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    wirloe Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’ve had many dogs, it still hurts every time.

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    R D K Alcock  11 months ago

    My experience too, three weeks ago. A terrible wrench and loss. If Is because they were so good and important to us.

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    Pecos Bill Premium Member 11 months ago

    Lost our Aussie to cancer this summer. He wasn’t perfect but perfectly amazing. He gave so much love. I thought we’d have him for so many more years

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    LizHupp Premium Member 11 months ago

    I put my dog down 12/11/18 at age 15, with cancer, and she had a heart like Edee’s. I’m sorry for your loss, Stephen. <3

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    laughingkitty  11 months ago

    Such a sad strip and a beautiful tribute to a sweet dog. I’ve lost many cats over my lifetime and it never gets easier. I have lost a couple cats to cancer and in October I lost a cat to an enlarged heart and fluid in his lungs. It’s true what they say – that cats and dogs leave pawprints on our hearts.

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    jn1356  11 months ago

    Nothing hurts quite like that, Stephen. We all are so sorry.

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    Mark Chick  11 months ago

    I just lost my dog last week as well, so I understand the pain. My deepest sympathy, they are family members.

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    dadenny Premium Member 11 months ago

    It always hurts to lose a loyal pack member.

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    mholding  11 months ago

    Edee is playing with my Shep now. I am sorry for your loss

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    Kay Kirscht Premium Member 11 months ago

    My deepest condolences.

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    rvps Premium Member 11 months ago

    You will see her again my friend. Praying for you. I know she brought you as much joy as you have brought all of us. A word of advice from someone who has been through it many times over a long life. Wait a couple of days, and then go to the pound and get the next one. Edee will never be replaced, but there is a shortage of quality pet owners out there and there is always a next chapter. (and someone is going to have to protect you from those squirrels!)

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    Motormaniac  11 months ago

    Dog owners know that they will only break our hearts once…. I hope Edee gets to meet Lola, the sweetest goldendoodle you’ve ever met. Knew when her boys were coming home from school, looking out the window even before they hit the porch. Wife swore it would be a long, LONG time before she got another dog; that lasted exactly one week.

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    Emmett Wayne  11 months ago

    Stephan – Been there, done that. I almost killed both Kalli and myself driving to the vet, I was crying so hard. Condolences, my friend.

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    52miles  11 months ago

    Dog’s Death by John Updike

    She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car.Too young to know much, she was beginning to learnTo use the newspapers spread on the kitchen floorAnd to win, wetting there, the words, “Good dog! Good dog!”

    We thought her shy malaise was a shot reaction.The autopsy disclosed a rupture in her liver.As we teased her with play, blood was filling her skinAnd her heart was learning to lie down forever.

    Monday morning, as the children were noisily fedAnd sent to school, she crawled beneath the youngest’s bed.We found her twisted and limp but still alive.In the car to the vet’s, on my lap, she tried

    To bite my hand and died. I stroked her warm furAnd my wife called in a voice imperious with tears.Though surrounded by love that would have upheld her,Nevertheless she sank and, stiffening, disappeared.

    Back home, we found that in the night her frame,Drawing near to dissolution, had endured the shameOf diarrhoea and had dragged across the floorTo a newspaper carelessly left there. Good dog.

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    diane2220 Premium Member 11 months ago

    I’m so sorry

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    Potatohead  11 months ago

    This is the first time I ever wanted to leave a comment on a comic. It touched me so much. Thank you for sharing this with us. I can’t stop crying.

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    Army_Nurse  11 months ago

    My wife and I cried… so sorry. hugs.

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    kirana Premium Member 11 months ago

    What a beautiful tribute. I am so sorry for your and your wife’s loss.

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    gorgolo_chick  11 months ago

    When I was in college lo these many years ago we had an actual, not joking, support group called survivors of pet deaths. It’s good to have people who understand how much pain you’re in when you lose a non-human family member.

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    aditya_j  11 months ago

    Came for the laughs, left with some heavy feels!

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