Lost My Best Buddy....

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by NorCal Boater, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    This past Saturday I lost my best Bud. We took our 11-year old Ridgeback, Kona, to the vet as something was just off. An examination and chest x-rays revealed a chest cavity filled with cancer. The vet didn't think he would have lasted the week. With my wife and I hugging him we had him put to sleep.

    He was always a boat dog even as a pup as seen here with his big sister.
    Kona and Rika boating-comp.JPG

    He didn't care much for rough water but slow speed cruising was just his style....
    Kona Boat-comp.jpg

    He loved the move to Louisiana as he now had 3/4 acre to roam and run in with plenty of squirrels to chase.

    This dog loved to run and 2 weeks ago we had weather in the high 70s and he got to go out and run like crazy....even at 11 years old. I think that was his "last best day." But really for Kona, his best day was any day just being with me. Man, am I going to miss him.

  2. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
  3. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    So very sorry Shawn. I feel your pain. Our animals are part of our family. Rest easy Kona. :(
  4. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Very sorry, dogs are always a big part of the family.
  5. All's Well

    All's Well Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jan 14, 2010
    '03 460DA
    Tough thing to go through - we put our 13 year old Lab down after a cancer diagnosis as well
  6. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Very sorry to hear - we lost our 13yr old Pug Chester to cancer last year - making that decision was about the hardest thing I have done in years. Not ashamed to say I loved that little dog and just cried like a baby. I still sit down in my chair some nights and for a minute expect him to come jump in wiggle himself some room. Kona looks like he was a happy guy, I know you will miss him.

    B BARKER Member

    Apr 20, 2014
    Sorry for you're loss, we love our pets also, sometimes my wife and I wonder if we are crazy we spoil them so much but we just love them..Kona was lucky to have you guys as you were also lucky to have him. Hang in there pal I know there will be some rough days ahead,You guys gave him a great life I'm sure...
  8. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Very sad news as pets are just as much part of the family. However I hope the fond memories will bring you happiness in the future.

  9. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    What a tough time! Glad he was able to bring joy to you and you to him.

  10. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    That really sucks, I know the feeling. Sorry to hear it.
  11. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    So sorry to hear. We have gone through a loss before, very difficult.

    Everyone is right - that little 5.5 lbs fluff ball we have is part of our family.
  12. stg099

    stg099 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 30, 2013
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    So sorry for your loss. They really are a core part our our families and the loss of a friend like that is gut wrenching. Hope that you can keep reflecting on the lifetime great memories you shared with your best friend knowing you gave him a great life.
  13. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Shawn, I am very sorry for your loss. Our little man Odie turns 12 next month....
  14. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Sorry to hear that Shawn
  15. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    So very sorry. They expect so little, yet bring so much joy and companionship.

    The difference between a wife and a dog is you could lock your dog in the trunk of the car for 3 hours and when you opened it he would be thrilled to see you.

    I hope that made you smile a little at a rough time.
  16. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I'm sorry for your loss. A year ago we had to put our two Pugs down due to medical issues in both of them. Healing takes time so let it happen.
  17. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    That did make me smile.... Thanks
  18. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    Sorry for your loss, Shawn
  19. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    Definitely sorry for your loss. Our dog is an intricate part of our lives
  20. Skuza

    Skuza Active Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Lake St Clair, MI
    400 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizons
    Sorry to hear man. He's running free and happy forever now!
    My parents have a Chihuahua and hes getting up there. Not easy to think they don't live forever.

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