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    18 years 3 months 12 days

    That's a long life for a dog. Yesterday we said good-bye to a very tired little mutt. I now understand completely - he was telling me that it was time to go.
    The pooch charmed a lot of people during his long life. At a bridal shower this summer I was introduced as Festus' mom Yes, his (no-good) first owner named him after a character in Gun Smoke.
    My motto stands - dogs give us their all - but I will now give more time to neglected DH and DGKs.
    We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
    -M. Acklam

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    A sweet tribute for your most loyal friend. I'm sorry...
    You may have had a lot of unfair things happen, but when you look back over your life, remember something good that has happened for you. Replay the good memories. Joel Osteen

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    I'm so sorry. Sounds like he had a long life filled with love and friends.

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    I'm awfully sorry
    Happiness is not a goal, it is a byproduct. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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    So sorry. Sounds like he led a very good life with you!
    Jennifer


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    I am sorry for your loss. It sounds like he did give you his all and it sounds like he got a lot of all back himself. I hope your happy memories of Festus can help your healing process.

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    so sorry to hear- hugs
    Cheryl

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    So sorry to hear about Festus.
    Carlin
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    RIP Festus.

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    That is a long life for a dog. How blessed you both were to be part of each other's lives. Rest in peace Festus, job well done good and faithful servant.
    Linda

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    ((hugs)) It sounds like he had a wonderful life with you and you with him. Many memories over such a long life...
    Sherri

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    I am so sorry to hear about Festus, I have always loved your tag line and thought it was so true.

    May Festus be roaming free ove the rainbow bridge.

    Laurie

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    So sorry for your loss of a dear friend/family member. I have always liked your tag line too -- tells us all he had a good home. Savor the good memories.

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    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. He certainly did live a long life for a dog.

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    I'm glad you got a chance to say goodbye, but so sorry for your loss.

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    Sorry to hear of your loss but so glad you enjoyed so many great years as his "Momma". I'll bet he was just a bit spoiled by you and had the absolute best life!

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    So sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like Festus had a wonderful, long life with you.

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    Thank you for all your kind words. This picture is from May 2010.

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    We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
    -M. Acklam

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    Aww, what a cutie! I'm so sorry you've lost him, but I'm sure you have lots of great and touching memories! Hugs to you, and remember that you'll meet him again at the Rainbow Bridge!
    Kay
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