It appears to me that alot of us have at one time lost a pet. And I was wondering if anyone would like to share a fond memory or the pain of it's loss. I will start it by a brief memory of my Annie: She was my very first dog. We have always had dogs in the family, but they were kind of "family" dogs. So when I got my first job as a teen-ager, I searched long and hard for the right dog for me. I visited many litters of various breeds and found this little girl..a mix of Black Lab and Golden retriever. I brought her home and went through great pains insuring that she bonded with only me. No one else was to feed her, groom her, or otherwise play with her until I got home from work. And boy did we bond! She was very social with everyone she met, but it was apparent that she was my heart and I was hers. When she was 9 months old, I started allowing her to accompany me on my horseback rides through the woods which she dearly loved. On our 4th trip through the woods, I heard her barking and knew it wasn't the "fun bark" I was used to hearing from her. It was a frantic bark. Then I saw her leap into the air with a yelp, and heard the dreadful ratteling of a rattle snake! She ran up beside me and upon my examination, she appeared to be ok, but I brought her home just in case.... When I got home with her, I looked at her more closely and discovered 2 little drips of blood above her eye, and noticed that her face was beginning to swell. In a panic, I cried to my father to let me take her to the vet as I didn't have my job then and had no money. Neither did he, and I couldn't get her any medical help. all I could do was hold her in my lap while her whole head and throat swole bigger and bigger. The whole time I was sobbing uncontrolably. My little Annie finally passed away in my arms, and I could not speak about her for months without crying. Even when someone tried to console me, I would have to excuse myself from them in order to fight back the pain. Yes, this was a sad story, but I have never been able share this with anyone and am hoping that others here may have similar stories or even happier stories about their beloved pets they'd like to share with us.