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    Posted November 28, 2012 by
    Maricopa, Arizona
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    Loving and losing a dog: Your tributes

    Darling Clementine.

    The pain still lingers, and probably will never go away, with the recent loss of our 11 year-old black lab, Clementine. From the moment we met her at the breeder's home, she focused her attention and love right into our eyes. Out of entire litter she made it a point to clutch onto the lip of that wooden hay-filled crate, begging us with those expressive eyes to take her home.
    She was unbelievably smart, a quick-learner and she was trained early on how to be a polite member of human society. She loved us to the very end and throughout her life she expressed that love by twirling madly when we walked in from an outing or her favorite gesture, "Doggy Love." Without notice she would jump onto a lap and bury her head in your chest. And while you stroked her black fur, she remained motionless, sometimes moving closer to your heart as she listened.
    It is the little things about her behavior that still stick with us and echo in our memory. We remember her patience, unbridled love, boundless energy, the majestic way she sat; all labs seem to learn this early. No matter how bad our day was Clementine was there to support us, comfort us, be with us. But above all she taught us a life lesson that we remember and apply to this day…she taught us to enjoy the moment. From that lesson we savor every day we are granted here in this life.
    My wife and I have had many pets in our life, Clementine was the one special companion who we mourn this day and will mourn every long as we both live. We miss you, sweet, precious, kind, patient, loving...Clementine. Rest in peace
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