Rachel was a Grand Night Champion coonhound, had to put her down at the age of 15

Rachel was a Grand Night Champion coonhound, had to put her down at the age of 15 | LOST A WONDERFUL DOG, RACHEL SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED | image tagged in dog,rip,coonhound,pipe_picasso | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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The story of Rachel

Rachel was born from champion bloodlines of my wife's uncle Coonhound. My wife's uncle, was into coon hunting. Training and competing in coon hunts. For those who don't know, coon hunting is Coonhounds treeing raccoons. A Coonhound tracks a raccoon, chases it down, and runs it up a tree. In competition, the faster and amount of raccoons, the more points you get. My wife's uncle owned Rachel, he trained and entered her into competitions. She was granted the title of "Grand Night Champion". And placed 4th and 5th in consecutive years in the world. My wife's uncle treated her as a "working dog", not as a pet. He did take good care of her. He kept her in a outdoor kennel with a doghouse. But, with his declining health, he couldn't care for his many Coonhounds. Rachel was his favorite, and entrusted her to us.

We brought Rachel home to our 3 Bassett Hounds. She fitted in right away with our dogs. Rachel found her way out of the fenced in yard, which I had to fix. Little did I know, Coonhounds can overcome many obstacles when on the hunt. I witnessed myself a Coonhound scale a 6 foot chain link fence. So my fence was nothing to her. So, we had to cable her up in the yard with a doghouse while we were at work, and keep an eye on her when we were home. Just when we thought she was getting used to our house being her home, we let her off the cable. But, one night she took off. The next day we get a call from a neighbor that she sleeping in their garage. Eventually, she learned that she was retired from coon hunting. She loved and protected her house and yard. She didn't like anyone she didn't know into her yard, but she was everyone's friend outside the yard. She loved to start the singing with the Bassett Hounds. And she loved the "butt rubs". She would walk right in front of me on the couch, stop, turn back and look, and demand a butt rub. And when I would stop, I would get the look again like "I didn't tell you to stop".

We had the vet check her towards the end. She was losing weight and started to have trouble walking. The vet said she might have breast cancer among other ailments. At 15 years old, the time for a hard decision had to be made. Her last night, she slept in our bed. She slept against me the whole night. And like a woman, pushed me to the edge of the bed. :) The next day, we waited for the vet to put her down. We spent as much time as we could with her. I held her as she pasted away saying how much we loved her. R.I.P Rachel
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R.I.P. RACHEL | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
Sounds like she was one hell of a dog and had an amazing long life.
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THIS IS THE DOG'S HOUSE | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
That is the doghouse which is about 10' x 10'. It has a window unit for ac, and a baseboard heater. She loved her house. It was considered a "plant potting barn" when we bought our property. The previous owner raise some kind of fancy cats in it. Had to put a dog door in where the cat door was.
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Wow she really had it made. That’s so cool!
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:·) ROSE RACHEL HENRY | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
Yep, we spoil them rotten. :) It was like a bonus when we found this place.
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YOU HAVE A LOVELY SMILE | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
LOL oh wow yeah they had plenty of room to relax in there. Definitely spoiled :)
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Never did a face reveal. Don't know if I ever will. :)
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4 ups, 1 reply
Nobody would be mean, if kick their ass. Please make yourself have two heads though lol :)
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4 ups, 1 reply
It's your favorite pic from me, maybe I can put it on one of them. You might have changed my mind. Lol
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4 ups, 1 reply
Good idea!
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4 ups
Well, I have time. Nowhere close to 2 mil.
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5 ups, 1 reply
I am always impressed by the support that 'Flippers express when someone loses a pet. Sometimes we are vicious with each other, but it is heartwarming to know that the love of our pets is not misplaced. Maybe "canine-ity" and "feline-ity" are more evolved values than "humanity." She was lucky to have someone to care for her so well. Here's hoping she has going to a place with lots of friends and plenty to chase and chew.
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5 ups
I pretty much said the same thing about the people on here. Dogs, cats, and other pets don't care who you voted for, what religion you are, what sexuality, or anything. They love you for who you are, and what you do for them. And, thank you.
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4 ups, 1 reply
Thank you. Loving animals means loving all life. :)
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4 ups
Agreed! I cried like a baby when I put my last one down. He went quietly in my lap at the vet.
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5 ups, 2 replies
I hope you are doing well. My dog was 15 when he passed last year. It is tough and I feel for you.
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6 ups, 1 reply
I had this made for my dog.
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4 ups
That's beautiful. When drove home the following Monday from work, a car in front of me had a bumper sticker that said, "who saved who?" For a pet rescue. It fits me and my animals perfectly.
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It will be two weeks ago Saturday. That's why I wasn't on here for awhile. I did check in, Redredwine checked in on me because she knew. I told her I was going to do a memorial on here and tell her story. Which I think it is amazing she placed 4th and 5th in the world in competition. To me, it's like taking care of Lassie or Benji. She was a movie star to me.
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4 ups
awesome, sounds like a great dog!
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5 ups, 1 reply
Sorry to hear this.
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4 ups
Yes it's hard losing a pet, but the good times overcome the heartache. The hard thing is letting go. But, I will continue setting myself up for heartbreak by getting more pets for the rest of my life. All I can do is give them the best life possible.
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4 ups, 1 reply
Sorry for your loss
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3 ups
Thank you. I hope there is a doggie heaven.
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3 ups, 1 reply
Thank you. Ginger is a little cutie. Give her a hug for me.
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3 ups
You got it! Thanks! She’s 13 now. Cherishing every day now.. ; )
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4 ups, 1 reply
Sorry for the loss
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5 ups
Thank you
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4 ups, 1 reply
It is not easy to make this decision. My mother just had to send her little dog off to sleep also. She had her dog for 20 years. They are the best friends we could ever have, and always happy to see us. May Rachel rest peacefully.
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4 ups
It was a rough decision, but she was in bad shape. 20 years for dog is a lot. I wish they could live longer, but it puts in perspective of the time we have. All we can do is give our best to them and ourselves.
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4 ups, 1 reply
Very sorry for your loss, may she be forever remembered.
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3 ups
Every animal we had, had their own personality. Everyone will never be forgotten.
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4 ups, 1 reply
So sorry
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3 ups, 1 reply
LOL. Looks like the doggy in your reply meme wants a butt rub
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3 ups, 1 reply
That's the look Rachel would give almost exactly.
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3 ups
HA! :-)
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4 ups, 2 replies
Sorry to hear of your loss. Most of the time, I like dogs, better than people.
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3 ups
When I met my wife, she had a bumper sticker that said, "the more people I meet, the more I like my dog." I give people the benefit of doubt, but I know dogs are always good.
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3 ups
I agree. In some ways dogs are what people should be.
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4 ups, 1 reply
REST IN PEACE RACHEL :(
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3 ups
Thank you.
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4 ups, 1 reply
Because its always too soon.

Sorry for your loss
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4 ups, 1 reply
Thank you. That's all we can do. I spoil them rotten. We don't have kids, so our time is devoted to animals. We have a virtual petting zoo. :)
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5 ups, 1 reply
Animals return love so good :)
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4 ups, 1 reply
(Don't know why last pic is sideways) People ask if we are going to eat the pig, always say an exasperated "no". We are down to one dog, Buddy. After our mini vacation, we are going to adopt two more dogs. Since Rachel, we a committed to adopt older dogs. Due to older dogs having harder times finding homes. Rachel was 7 or 8 when we got her. Buddy was estimated at 6. So, our time is short with them, but it's worth it.
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3 ups
Now that is a family :) I'm glad you rescue older dogs, they have it the hardest :(
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3 ups, 1 reply
Sorry about your loss. My 2 dogs are showing their age and I know they won't be around for many more years.
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4 ups, 1 reply
Thank you. Spoil them as much as you can, they are worth it.
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4 ups, 1 reply
So sorry to hear of it. Peace.
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4 ups, 1 reply
Thank you. I will miss all the fun times we had.
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1 up, 1 reply
The last dog we had died the spring before my son (whose doggie it was) left for college, in his arms, and he and his dad buried Wally the day before Easter. That little boy in the picture is my son, and he is so tenderhearted it broke my heart, too. I miss Wally, but he was one crazy dog!
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I'm sure the good times you all had with your dog outweigh the heartache of his passing. It's always best to remember the good times.
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2 ups, 1 reply
Deepest sympathies to your family <3
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3 ups, 1 reply
Thank you. And sorry for the loss of your cat. We have had a few cats through the years also. All are barn cats, but a few were friends with our dogs. Those got to come in the house sometimes.
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2 ups
Thank you :-)
My cat started out as a barn cat, then spent all his years as a spoiled indoor cat, lol.
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Thank you. If I make it there, there is going to be a lot of animals waiting for me.
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1 up, 1 reply
I'm very sorry to hear this! My dog, Max, was very loyal to me, but he died at age 10 because he got ran over by a semi truck. Sometimes, the world can be too cruel.
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Sorry to hear what happened to your dog. All we can do is give them the best while we can.
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