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It is with the saddest of hearts that I let you all know that Bowie, my brave beautiful rescued boy, my heart dog, lost his battle with DCM last night.

Bowie was my first everything - my first personal dog, my first doberman, my first real rescue of my own, my first obedience dog, my first titled dog, my heart dog. Bowie came to me with so many issues and so many problems, but he had so much love to give and so much to bring me.

Bowie was a beautiful dog even with his problems- he had such a soft, beautiful glossy coat, he had the most marvelous natural ears. He had a wonderful sense of humor and such loyalty that I don't know if I will ever know that kind of love again. I will miss him greeting me at the door and coming up and pressing his nose into my chest for 2 minutes, just breathing me in. I will miss his happy little nub wagging all the time when I talk to him - I will miss his play bows, his hoarse bark, I will miss him nudging me to pet him constantly. I will miss my partner in crime, I will miss him sharing my bed with me and watching movies on the couch. I will miss the way he got so overjoyed at the prospect of going ANYWHERE in the car with me. But more than anything - I will just miss him. The house is empty and my heart is broken.

Bowie touched many people with his life, and he was a strong boy. He wasn't the easiest of dogs, and he wasn't the best example of the doberman breed - but he was a fighter. He survived cancer (twice - I got his biopsy back yesterday too, and we got it all), he survived a herniated disk in his neck, he survived an atonic bladder), but after over 2 years, the DCM took my beautiful boy. For a shelter dog with a big bite history, Bowie accomplished more than I could ever have expected, obtaining his RN last year and was entered in shows this month to get his CD and APDT titles. Just two weekends ago we were at a show and go and he was goofing off with his typical sense of humor and I once again marveled at how much I just loved this dog. He was everything I could have ever wanted, and then some.

It has been a tough few days and I regret that Bowie and I did not do more together, but he wasn't feeling well. It is ironic that We cuddled on the couch a mere hour before he left me, we barked at some joggers and gave the cat a heart attack in his typical way. He stood in front of me on the couch and sniffed me up and down, tail wagging and begging me with his soulful eyes for just one more treat. He passed away peacefully on the couch without a sound or a movement, and I noticed soon after he had left me. Five of the best friends that I (or Bowie) could ever ask for came to my house and we all said our goodbyes, and then I took him to the vet school, where he will be cremated and then return to me forever.

Some of you had been blessed to meet my boy - he came with me everywhere and lived life to the fullest. He was happy to lean on anyone no matter where he was, and was generous with his kisses. I know my life will never be the same without him.

Bowie, wait for me.








Kim
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OMG Kim, with a saddened heart, Nikita and I send our deepest sympathy to you. Bowie and you have shown us how much can be achieved with this breed and its is not fair they can leave us this quickly. You are in our prayers....
 

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awww Im sad about Bowie...he sounds like such a great dog! By the pictures I could tell he had a wonderful happy life with you. Whenever I read a post in Rainbow Bridge like this I feel it makes me and everyone stronger because we hear about all the great times and how great of dog they were and will in the long run help us all deal with the sadness we feel when we go through it. You and everyone here at Doberman Talk will have a special place in our hearts for Bowie. He really was a gorgeous dobe!
 

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I am very saddened by your lost, I can't even imagine how you must be feeling. Just know that you were all that he could ask for and you were blessed to have him and will remember him for the rest of your life.

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"If a Dog Be Well Remembered"
(by Ben Hur Lampman from the Sept. 11, 1925 Portland Oregonian)

We are thinking now of a dog, whose coat was flame in the sunshine and who, so far as we are aware, never entertained a mean or an unworthy thought. This dog is buried beneath a cherry tree, under four feet of garden loam, and at its proper season the cherry strews petals on the lawn of his grave. Beneath a cherry tree or an apple or any flowering shrub of the garden is an excellent place to bury a good dog. Beneath such trees, such shrubs, he slept in the drowsy summer or gnawed at a flavorous bone or lifted head to challenge some strange intruder.
These are good places, in life or in death.


Yet it is small matter. For if a dog be well remembered, if sometimes he leaps through your dreams actual as in life, eyes kindling, laughing, begging, it matters not at all where the dog sleeps. On a hill where the wind is unrebuked and the trees roaring, or beside a stream he knew in puppyhood, or somewhere in the flatness of a pastureland where most exhilarating cattle graze. It is all one to the dog, and all one to you, and nothing is gained and nothing is lost -- if memory lives.


But there is one best place to bury a dog.
If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call -- come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they shall not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth knowing.

The one best place to bury a dog is in the heart of his master.
 

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Doberkim,
I'm so sorry to hear about your Pal. I don't know what to say, even though I know exactly how you feel. It sounds like you two were a perfect match for each other. You are both lucky to have found each other.
 

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:emo10: You were both blessed to have each other, that will never change. I am really, really sorry...
 

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Kim, I'm sorry to hear the news of your sweet Bowie.

I am sure you both enriched each others lives and that he will be sadly missed.
 

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Oh Doberkim, I am so sorry that you lost Bowie. my heart is breaking for you. I know how much you loved him and he knew (as do we ) that you would have done anything in the world for him. You were both blessed to have had so a close relationship with each other, and I know no other dog - not even another dobe - will ever take his place, but someday maybe another dobe will make your memories of him just a little sweeter.

Naveen's poem is beautiful. and it is true except for one thing. these rescues and dobes in general don't get buried in your heart, they burrow in on their first day and stay until you take your last breath.

I will keep you both in my prayers, and again, Kim, I am so sorry, I know he fought hard to stay with you as long as he could and that you fought hard to keep him

Carrie
 

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My heart dropped into my stomach when I saw this post in Rainbow Bridge... I am SO sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what you have been through in the last 24 hours, but we will keep you in our prayers. This is heartbreaking news.
 

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What is DCM?
 

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What is DCM?
Dilated cardiomyopathy. A progressive heart condition that's always fatal, and all too common in this breed. There are NO lines free from this awful disease, the breed was developed using dogs with bad hearts.
 

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Kim i am sorry to hear of your loss,i have been away for a while so could not post my thoughts,i am always saddened to hear of any dogs death,but it doubles for me when it is my favourite breed and then some when it is one of our own clan.I am not ashamed to say i write this through tears,i know exactly how you feel, my first dobe was a dream girl and totally captured my heart for this noble breed,i would like to say the pain goes away but it does not,it will ease with time i can assure you, but if it goes away it will mean you have forgotten him and i am sure you will never do that!remember the good times you had and i will add you and Bowie to my prayers.
 

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I am so sorry...I just logged on and the first thing I saw was Bowie's name screaming out from the Rainbow Bridge forum. I got tears in my eyes without reading a word. I cannot fathom how you must feel right now.....I will keep you both in my thoughts.
 
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