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    Grover and I left our home this afternoon, and when I returned, alone, it was just a house. He finally succumbed to the ravages of spinal arthritis and was euthanized. I took a final walk around Pella Lakes without him. It wasn't the same and I will miss him very much.

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    1. sherijjj 50 months ago | reply

      Whichever, it has to be a very lonely place. He was an outstanding companion and you gave him wonderful years of adventures and squirrels. You loved him well, my friend. Take good care as you go through all of those lonely 'firsts'. I am so sorry for your loss. Sheri

    2. Eli Nixon 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Sheri.

    3. pnixon18 50 months ago | reply

      We'll miss you Grover.

    4. Evergreengirl 50 months ago | reply

      Oh gosh, I saw this in my contact's thumbnails and knew immediately what it meant. I'm so vey sorry. Even though I never got to meet Grover, I could tell he was one hell of a guy. Dearly hope that you can take some solace in the fact that he had a great life with you. Take care of yourself.

    5. Tony Beyga 50 months ago | reply

      Shocked to hear this Eli, through your photos of your trips with Grover he came across as a loyal friend with great character and the time will come when you can look back at those photos without too much pain and remember the great times you both had together, take care mate.

    6. Jedi Jedd 50 months ago | reply

      Such a terrible loss. My dog of 14 years had to be euthanized for similar reasons a few months ago. You never really get over the loss and I find myself still looking for her. I do miss all the love she gave and the walks we took together.
      My thoughts/prayers are with you, Eli.

    7. plot19 50 months ago | reply

      very sad eli.he was a great dog hope your ok mate.

    8. just1snap 50 months ago | reply

      It's awful losing a pet. My commiserations.

    9. *Flickr_Dawg 50 months ago | reply

      I will miss him too, even though I only ever met him here on Flickr. Heart goes out to you Eli.

    10. plot19 50 months ago | reply

      fav him lots of time. because i know how much you loved him and i like his photos.

    11. Slake. 50 months ago | reply

      I am so very sorry for your loss. I loved seeing that guy. There's nothing to say to make this less painful, but you were so lucky to have him in your life.

    12. lyudru 50 months ago | reply

      Please accept my condolences for your loss. At least, perhaps, it is better and easier for Grover

    13. Giant_Schnauzer 50 months ago | reply

      A touching image above. Goodbye, Grover. You never met Lili before but she will find you now and teach you to beam warmth and support back to Eli. It works. After a while we remember only the good times, of which there were so many, and realize how fortunate we were to have had this kind of friendship.

    14. Eli Nixon 49 months ago | reply

      My heartfelt thanks for the comments and condolences from my Flickr friends. I appreciate that you followed Grover's and my adventures, and that you took the time to comment.. Grover was just a dog and a pet, no better than any other that loved and was loved by their human caretakers, but he certainly was special to me in ways I'm still thinking and writing about.

      Grover was funny, brave, loyal, steadfast in his devotion, and always ready for a walk or a ride. He also didn't mind just lying around close to my feet, just in case I had a pet for him. I loved being able to share him through my photos and Flickr.

      I'll share just one of my favorite stories. Grover could also be obstinate, and knew what he wanted to do and what he didn't. Shortly after I got him, I decided he would certainly like to fetch. Dogs do, don't they? So one afternoon when we were out in my backyard, I tossed a ball for him. After much coaxing, he finally picked it up and brought it back, laying it at my feet. I praised him, patted him, and tossed it again. Again, it took some coaxing, but he finally went and got it again, but this time he carried it to the far side of the yard, then laid it down and walked away from it, pretending that it didn't exist. I retrieved it (seems it should have been the other way around) and tossed it again. This time he went and picked it, then took it, circuitously to the far side of the yard where I had a small garden. Holding the ball in his mouth, he dug a shallow hole, buried the ball, and then for good measure, peed on it. It was pretty much the end of our game of fetch.

      I apologize for being so slow in responding to your wonderful expressions. It is simply taking a while to come to grips with his loss. My house is pretty empty and lonely now.

      Thanks again.

    15. Giant_Schnauzer 49 months ago | reply

      Thanks for that wonderful story, Eli. It's been 2+ years since Lili left and it has taken a while but her own stories now fill the space once occupied mostly by the sense of emptiness.

      Last night I finished watching a series on DVD's from 1970's British TV with occasional appearances of the royal Fox Terrier. His tag read; "I am Caesar. I belong to the King." That's a pretty impressive tag, but no more so than Grover's in your photo at the top of this page. Thanks for letting us participate in your celebration of such a fine fellow.

    16. Tony Beyga 49 months ago | reply

      Lovely story Eli hope your well,I still look back through your pics to see Grover.

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