A Celebration of "Mac" Moments

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

 

This is a joyful farewell to one of the most amazing creatures we have ever known. Last week, our white Golden Retriever, Mac, became extremely ill with a disease called acute fulminating myasthenia gravis. Within 24 hours, he had pneumonia, could no longer swallow, and was completely recumbent. 

 

He went to sleep on Friday afternoon with Bernie and I at his side reminding him of all the wonderful adventures we shared. Oh, and we did tell him, at least 100 times, that he was the world's best dog. Truly he was, and is well-deserving of the title. 

 

There will be no more tears. We've shed plenty. Now, we are choosing to move into the celebration of 11 years of happy moments and memories thanks to our best buddy. Many of our friends and family members are helping us with reminders of their favorite and/or funny Mac moments. 


A friend, I (Debb), met at the dog park when Mac was just a puppy, reminded me of the day he rolled in mud and had to ride home in the front seat of our Audi TT. She says he looked so proud and regal sitting in the passenger seat, convertible top down, and covered in mud from head to tail. 


Alexandra ( Ron and Alexandra Seigel ) reminded me of Mac's insistence that she feed him breakfast when they first came to visit us. It was his way of telling her she was special - and that he was too! While Ron shared his favorite vision of Mac, winking an eye in one of our videos. 

 

Sharon Lee sent me an email reminder about the day we took her to see the lovely Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge. Mac, who always attracted a lot of attention, hurried out to the manicured lawn, and in front of admiring onlookers, did what dogs sometimes need to do-doo.   Handsome yes, but he was never much for putting on airs. 

 

We could go on and on with funny stories, poignant stories, and favorite moments we spent with our dear Mac. Today, we enjoyed a lengthy walk along his favorite trail at Lacamas Lake. We easily imagined him trotting along beside us, nose sniffing the wind, and a big happy grin on his face.  It's how we will always choose to remember him. 

 

(This the last photo of Mac, and it was taken several hours before he first started exhibiting signs of his illness. Not sure what compelled me (Debb) to take it, but I'm grateful.)

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Joe Pryor what a wonderful beach and experience with other dog people. And I agree, they are a special bunch who are good at understanding the loss we are going through. We are getting great comfort in the sweet messages and memories coming our way. Thank you for yours, too.  We are grateful. 

Mar 16, 2020 08:49 AM #41
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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I attribute some of my saddest and happiest moments to my dogs I have had over my life. May Mac's memory bring you joy...

Happy Monday Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

 

Mar 16, 2020 08:59 AM #42
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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  They are such pure love and joy that it's no wonder it devastates us when they are no longer around.  Dogs are amazing friends and family members, we are lucky we get to enjoy life with them. 

Mar 16, 2020 09:42 AM #43
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There are never any words - we will all miss Mac. My heart aches for you both. I am sorry for your loss.  Mac was blessed to have you by his side as he made his transition over the rainbow bridge. 

Mar 16, 2020 10:52 AM #44
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - What a fitting celebration of life for the world's greatest dog and, in my opinion, mascot for all of us here on ActiveRain. He really did bring many smiles to each of us who loved to read about you and your life with Mac. In some ways, he was our Lassie! We shall never forget Mac. His memories and the stories you shared will live on and continue to be a blessing to all of us who loved him and you too!

Mar 16, 2020 10:59 AM #45
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There are few things as difficult as losing a devoted pet.  For several years I had an American Eskimo dog named Kodi Bear.  He lived to be 16.  He was more human to me than some humans I know.  It was really hard when he passed in 2013.  I have a couple of cats now.  I've considered getting another dog, but the felines would divorce me should I do more than consider it.

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Kathleen Daniels we are especially missing Mac's joyful energy during this period of time in our country. We wish we could be quarantined with him by our side. 

Mar 17, 2020 07:08 AM #47
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP he was quite the video star. I'm grateful for all the love and support he received in Active Rain. Mac was truly a superstar with a heart the size of the universe. We are grateful for the time we shared with him, and I'm guessing it wouldn't have ever felt like it was enough time. Thank you for your kind words. I feel your loving support. 

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I understand Myrl Jeffcoat - dogs are really amazing companions, and while cats are fabulous and noble and affectionate, there is just something about a dog. However, if you have a couple of cats ruling the roost, I imagine a canine energy might not be too welcome at this point. 

Mar 17, 2020 07:14 AM #49
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I am sorry for your loss. Your fond memories will have a long life.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Thanks for the memories. Yes! Mac always played the role of being a video star with unconditional love and humility. You know, you never really lose a dog. Pieces of dog hairs are everywhere! May this true experience of mine, put a big smile on your face:

When I lost my Old English Sheepdog, it was very difficult for all of us. After all, we bought our dog as a puppy before we had any furniture. Our backyard backed up to the Forest Preserves and we walked there all the time. The following spring, I found a bird's nest. You see, by then, my kids and  I climbed trees. Only you could imagine the happiness I felt, when we found a birds nest stuffed with our dog's long gray and white hair right behind our house. 

Unconditional love, never dies and neither does dog hair. 

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My post this morning was a tribute to Mac and the loss I know you are feeling...

Bless your memories Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

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How kind of you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - I thought it was a wonderful kismit, now I'm quite touched. We both thank you so much. 

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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I feel attached to Mac through your videos.  He was really a beautiful dog.  Our only regret is that our best friends don't live forever.

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Beautiful post and remember Mac so well from your posts and videos. So sorry for your loss. 

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Roy Kelley we do have many fond memories. So grateful for the time we had with this very special boy. 

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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - aw, what a sweet take on this and so true. I was cleaning up this week and kept finding dog hair in spots, I got a black sweater out of the closet and voila - long white, wavy dog hair. It brings a sweet tear and chuckle. I'm hoping to see for a long time. 

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When you think about it, we really do put ourselves out there for the heartache when we make them a part of the family. They are not intended to live as long as we do, but it would be a nice option. Thanks Grant Schneider 

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Thank you Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® we are both trying to make the other laugh with goofy Mac memories. This will take some time, but we both know the pain is going to ease up as time goes by. However, he will never be forgotten and will live on in our hearts. 

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Oh, Debb! I am just now seeing this and crying for you! I'm so sorry! Mac was such an institution and my favorite dog that I never got to meet. Huge and sincere virtual hugs to you, my friend. I'm so terribly sorry. 

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