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#1 OFFLINE   Vicky

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:04 AM


Dear God,

I offer up to you the most wonderful, Bini. I know he's an old dog, frail and silly looking as he singly possesses every physical fault listed in the ig standard, but, he really is a champion as dignified, proud and resilient as they come. He's survived starvation, neglect and abandonment, seizures, a bad heart, kidney failure, many cancers (one of which he lost his leg to) and the indignity of having no teeth. He's battled them all and won those encounters valiantly with his head held high, but he can't win this one last fight and his body is so so tired.

The Beans, in his life with me, did a tour of duty as a small dog tester for newly retired greyhounds at our local GPA chapter. He's been an ambassadog for IGC Rescue adoption, an excellent teacher to all the fosters who have spent time here. From the broken that stayed while they healed, the rude youngsters who needed some house and pack manners before adoption and the old terminally ill ones who needed a home before their time to cross the bridge came, Bini accepted them all including a couple of new additions to his regular family. He just finished being Obi Wan to puppy Eddie. Bini taught him to respect and be gentle with the elder and infirm, where to potty and where the very best bushes to pee on were located among the shrub labyrinth that is the back yard. He's been my bed warmer, tv partner, neighborhood strolling pal and my devoted little friend. The old man has given his all.

If there are dog shows at the Bridge, God, The Beans, is a professional mascot. He especially loves riding to away shows, staying in hotels and cheering on the home team.

Bini's an easy little man not at all a bother. He'll need someone to soften his food so he can eat and if there is chicken on the menu (his most favorite) he'll need it cut up small for him to gum. He likes to go to bed around 9 pm but will need someone to lift him up and tuck him under the covers of the Big Bed. He can no lpnger jump with only one back leg that has grown weak with age. If he has a dog friend to snuggle with he'll be happy to share. Bini also really loves to cuddle with his person whenever they are stationary.

He leaves many friends behind as he was greatly admired and loved. I know he has friends at the Bridge, his greyhound brothers Finn, Griff,and Sudsey Smith who have gone before, Rosie and Ice, foster iggies who lived here till their time came and his favorite girlfriend Bernie who also had no teeth. He'll want to see them all.

So, God, reluctantly I'm entrusting this wonderful boy to your care now. I've done all I can for him here on earth and loved him deeply. Please, love him as much as I do. He's a remarkable old trooper and leaves a huge hole in my heart. Sleep well my Bini boy.

Momma to The Beans,

Vicky




#2 OFFLINE   my3igs

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:10 AM

That was the best letter to God I have ever read!!!! God will answer your prayer and I will send my own in honor of Bini!!! big_cry.gif God Bless You!

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:13 AM

My sympathies to you, and I have no doubt Bini is right where your beautiful letter says he should be.
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:40 AM

Vicky, I am terribly sorry...you've suffered too much loss lately. I cried as I read your letter. I know my Tara will be right there to welcome Bini to the Bridge. Be good to yourself.
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:54 AM

I'm sitting here weeping as I type this. What a beautiful, beautiful petition to honor your beautiful boy. Rest well, Bini, then race on all fours--having learned to run on three legs, you'll probably outstrip them all in your first heavenly race!

My heart is with you, Vicky--
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:56 AM

I add my tears as I read your story of Bini. Rest well, sweet Bini, you have loved your Mom well. I spoze Tessie met him at the Bridge with Tara.
Blessings on you, you loved your Bini, well,
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:11 AM

Oh my goodness, I am in tears. I would love to see a photo or photos of Bini, the dear and honorable gentleman.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:42 AM

hug.gif What a beautiful letter! I read it to my husband and even he got choked up. Lots of love to you and your pack from me and mine!
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 09:54 AM

Oh Vicky: What a beautiful letter for your beautiful Bini. What a wonderful soul your Bini has. Heaven will have a special angel.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:31 PM

Count me in for the "all choked up" crowd. I'm so very sorry.
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 06:41 PM

Oh Vicky.......no words, I know, can comfort you at this time. We are never prepared as much as we try to be. Every dog who has been so lucky to have you as their Mom, knew love with no limits. This past year has been so hard on you with the loss of your greyts.....please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and Bini....I KNOW star is there to greet him with lots of kisses.....he'll be taken care of.
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 06:50 PM

Oh sweet, sweet Bini!

God will take care of Bini and give him a full set of teeth to devour the most succulent cuts of meat at his meals from now on....

I am so sorry for you loss.

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#13 OFFLINE   Sarah

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 10:35 PM

Sending prayers for comfort for you and shedding tears for your beloved Bini. I am so sorry for your loss. sosad.gif
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Posted 11 June 2011 - 10:57 PM

I am added to the long list of those in tears - what a wonderful beautiful tribute to a very much loved Bini my thoughts are with you. empathy.gif
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:20 AM

Tearful here too... how blessed you both were to have each other. I bet Bini is curled up in some angels lap now enjoying everything soft and warm.
Hugs for you Vicky, and thanks for sharing your heart - what a beautiful piece of love you wrote.
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:49 AM

What a beautiful letter for such an obviously well loved Iggy. I, too, have tears running down my cheeks. I'm sure Bini is running fast and wagging his tail as he meets up with his friends at The Bridge. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 06:07 AM

Hi Vicky, sorry to hear of your loss. Your farewell to Bini was the best farewell (human or otherwise) that I've ever read/heard. Your love and respect shine through. Run free at the bridge Bini, and blessings to you Vicky.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 08:14 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Bini sounds like he was a grand old boy. My condolences.
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Posted 15 June 2011 - 05:43 PM

Vicky, teary eyed here, too. What a wonderful letter to God about Bini! He sounded like a little senior angel!
I am so sorry for your loss.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 01:32 PM

What a great tribute to Bini. He will always be in your memories and heart, so you can keep him close. Logan will greet him with his friends, and the many others too.

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 06:59 PM

Allof our love to you and Bini...
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:13 AM

I am so sorry to hear of sweet Bini's passing. What a wonderful little guy he was!! Run free Bini!! Hugs to you Vicky, I'm thinking of you.
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