One for the weekend. I cried like a baby.

Plucked off of The Heavy Pedal.
There is no substitution for love and no replacement for the uncompromised and unfaltering commitment that a fuzzy buddy can provide.

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32 Responses to “One for the weekend. I cried like a baby.”

  1. pedalman December 26, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Thanks Stevil. One of the few things I love more than riding is the time I spend with my dog. I currently live with a JRT ( a mini pitbull)and he makes me laugh, smile and feel loved every single day. Now, even though its 5 degrees with a foot of snow, i’m off to take the little sucker for a walk. Wishing you and yours a prosperous New Year!!

  2. Newtron December 26, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    The fear of losing that kind of love is what keeps most people surface dwellers. To truly be a Human Being you have to be brave, you have let your guard down and feel, Let it all wash over you and if you have to let it go as we watched, youre still a million times better for the experience.. That kind of napalm like ache will wash away with time, but the love left behind will last forever… speaking from experience

  3. chad December 26, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    Thats a hard one to watch. I’m skipping the ride for now, I’m taking Chase for a walk.

  4. fxdwhl December 26, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    damn dude, just went thru that a week ago today. fresh wounds and salty tears…

  5. Andrew December 26, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Wow. Thanks.
    I almost lost my boy cat, Bosco, to a bladder blockage only a few weeks ago. He’s not even two years old–far too young to die–but he’s already brought so much to our household. His life is the best thing we got for Christmas this year…

  6. Stevil December 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Agreed. When you come to terms with the fact that you are equally dependent on your animal (any animal be it a dog, a cat, a ferret, or whatever) as they are on you, losing that companionship is a shatteringly heart wrenching experience.
    I know this sensation all too well, and I am profoundly appreciate for these folks for making this clip as a simple reminder that life is fleeting.

  7. Jacob December 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Fuckin’ balled my eyes out. Seeing them again is the only thing that keeps me going some days.

  8. MikeL December 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Thanks.

  9. clarky December 26, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    Man. I had to lie down on the floor with Jack and Charlie (labs) after watching only 1/2 of that. COuldn’t finish it.
    Then I watched Happy in Paraguay twice. All better now.

  10. MikeL December 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    I honestly didn’t even know what to say besides “thanks” the first time I watched this. I lost my dog awhile back, feels like it happened this morning still. At 29 years old I’ve never cried so hard in my life, but I’m grateful that I could be there like you were for Oden. Thank you for letting us in for something so difficult, I don’t think I’ve ever been so moved.
    Rip Oden and Ceaser.

  11. Georges December 26, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Thanks Steve- I read your blog for the funny stuff (really good) but also for the human stuff- and this was one of the examples of the human stuff that really moved me (like so many others). Everyday i miss my cats(I lost them four years ago) and it left a crater in me that to this day I still feel. I miss them- the connection with a pet can be so strong.
    Happy new year.

  12. Jim December 26, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    Cryin’ like a baby, beard full of tears. My 10yr old lab mix died in my arms almost a year ago, and that brings it all back. Nothing else to say but thanks, Stevil.

  13. Levi Johnston December 27, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    Pure corn is indeed hard to watch–I could only suffer a minute and a half. Making mourning public is bad form.

  14. bryantp December 27, 2009 at 4:32 am #

    thanks

  15. teamfubar December 27, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    No fair. I expect to come here to be entertained, not to think and cry…beautiful find Stevil, Thank you!
    Oden, find Mini the Airedale when you get there. I was her person here before she tripped over to the other side, much in the same fashion as you. Have fun together…

  16. Crank December 27, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    After dating my girlfriend for six weeks, she was diagnosed with cancer. She said if she woke up, and I was not there, she would understand. I felt in my heart a sense of duty, as though if there were a god, I was put there at that moment for a single purpose. After ten years of battling breast, then bone and lymph cancer, she passed away. Our entire relationship, and marriage, was based on teaching. She taught me how to feel emotions again (10 years USMC), and how much a pussy I was when I got a cold. She brought me back from a world of death, I delivered her to death with a smile on her lips, and peace in her eyes. Yes, I firmly believe all creatures are here to serve one another, and damned if you ever see it coming. Thank you Stevil, it was a great cry.

  17. cary December 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    had a cocker for 14 years. she went to work with me everyday. people hired me to work on their homes because of that dog and insisted i bring her. commissioned a painting of the two of us in front of a house i worked on. when i had to let her go i cried for 2 days strait. clients, suppliers and subcontractors all sent flowers and cards. no one ever asked if i’d get another dog, they all new i couldn’t. now all we have left is this damn 16 year old cat. she hates me and treats me like a servant, it’ll be just as hard to see her go.

  18. Photo-John December 28, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Jesus Christ. That kicked my ass. I used to say that my best friend ever, the kitty Soupy, would never die. But he did. One of the saddest days of my life. But you just have to be grateful you got to know them. This is a most worthy tribute. Critters don’t judge you if you’re a drunk or kicking dope or whatever. The love of a dog is a beautiful thing.

  19. Mike December 29, 2009 at 9:04 am #

    Wow man, I haven’t cried in a while.

  20. All The Way Ray December 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    I prefer to believe that they return to their alien planet where they run freely without any of the pain they experienced on Earth. The love of a dog is one of the great gifts of this life.

  21. frankenbike December 29, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    Post-Holiday punch in the stomach. No doubt that Oden had achieved his highest purpose on this planet. Also no doubt that credit should go to his owner for enabling Oden. I love my dog.

  22. vrh December 30, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    Nice find Stevil, a real heart wrencher. I have lost three dogs – all great companions. – vrh

  23. bootay December 30, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Watched this in my office at work…Halfway through it I had to lock my door for fear that one of my co-workers would walk in on me with the tears streaming down my face…I’m welling up just writing this note. I had to put my black lab of 13 wonderful years down awhile ago and can remember coming home the night before I had to put him down and I just layed next to him on the floor and cried for hours wishing that that moment would last forever…But of course it didn’t, and I had to let him go…I had to say goodbye, and it played out in much the same way as it did in this clip…But his love remains in my heart forever…This was a tremendously beautiful piece and I thank the people who made it for sharing…and thanks Stevil for posting…

  24. FactionCyclingCo December 30, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Just caught this today. My hound gave us 15 great years. Never complained, always happy to see us. Put him down this summer. He lived a good life.

  25. TimothyDay December 30, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    The comments here are just as moving as the video posted. A great reminder of a lot of important stuff.

  26. Jody Cox December 30, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    Steve, Just caught this today. It’s so beautiful. Going to take my 14 year old Terra out on a walk now – she’s doing great I’m happy to say. I can’t imagine the last 14 years without her by my side.

  27. Sinn Fein December 30, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    This vid and thread got me thinking back a few years about saying goodbye to our border collie-husky bilbo – my wife wrote a good tribute in her column in the local weekly:
    http://www.durangotelegraph.com/telegraph.php?inc=/07-02-22/editorial.htm
    Got me teared up reading it again for the first time in a while…

  28. drearden December 30, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Having dealt with this over the summer for my wife’s beloved dog, (she just couldn’t bring herself to do it) I’m reminded yet again I’m not a cold hearted bastard with no emotions. I cried then and I cried again. Thank you for the post.

  29. Bluenoser December 30, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Stevil,
    Put down Oscar Wilde Cat after 14 years a few years back with my ex. Held rails on caskets that were nowhere a fraction as hard.
    -B

  30. Kristen January 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    I’ve spend the last four years of my life working at a vet clinic. Sadly I see this day in and out. Then I ride home to my three dogs and four cats reminded how little time we get with them. I get asked a lot how I can stand to see this everyday and how I handle watching people go through it. All I can say is I have to remember that it’s that last good thing you can do for them.

  31. Johnny January 6, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    Pets over people hands down any day and twice on Thursdays.

  32. TheHeavyPedal February 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    Thanks for the name drop Stevil. This is a sad one, for us pet owners. R.I.P ODEN.