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Our dog Baldwin - Balders to all and sundry - has not been in the best of health recently. About 6 weeks ago he spent 5 days at the local vet's because his creatinine levels were very high which indicated that his kidneys were failing. They got him back on track and the hope was that his condition could be controlled by drugs and diet. We hoped to be able to bring him back to the UK so that those in the UK who knew him could say goodbye. Unfortunately he fell ill again a week ago and while the vet could get the level down it was only a temporary respite. Yesterday the levels were off the scale and it was clear that to allow this to continue put him at the risk of suffering. Accordingly it was with extreme sadness that Balders passed away in Tanya and my arms this afternoon. He was in no pain. We are thankful that the vet's intervention those few weeks ago gave him a few more weeks of enjoyable life. We took these photos two days ago at Col de la Botella which was a walk he always liked.
Balders passing will leave a huge hole in both our lives. He was an antsy little B at times, but at least he was a real character and a great companion. Balders may you forever Rest in Peace.

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That's a tough one, so sad. It pulls on your heart for some time too. I still well up for our Lab-Chow Nitro even though it's been 5 years since she passed in my arms. Take comfort in the good memories and hold each other up when the tears flow.
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That's a tough one, so sad. It pulls on your heart for some time too. I still well up for our Lab-Chow Nitro even though it's been 5 years since she passed in my arms. Take comfort in the good memories and hold each other up when the tears flow.

Thanks for those kind thoughts. There were a lot of tears shed this afternoon. We just realised that this is the first time in 20 years when we haven't had a dog. It feels strange.
Balders was an integral part of our family. We will sorely mis him.
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My condolences! It's harder losing your pet than some friends and family

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Sorry to hear Welshman. Looks like he enjoyed a loved life.
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Sorry to hear Welshman. Looks like he enjoyed a loved life.

He meant a great deal to both of us. You can't really put it into words.
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Really sorry to read this yes pets more times than not are as important as any other family member and losing them really hurts.
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My condolences Philip. It is hard losing a good dog, truly part of the family. I'm sure he had a good life with you and Tanya. Godspeed Balders.
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Another dog lover here Philip... losing a dog & faithful friend is tough. They are the best!

Sorry for your loss.
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Amber and I offer our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved friend...WE share in your pain..

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What a cute little dude. Sorry for your loss mate
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Sorry for your loss. Dogs , they only love you !

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As one of many dog lovers on this site we feel your loss.
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So sorry to read that Welshman. We lost our Shar-Pei a year ago in similar circumstances and know the pain you are going through. Cherish the memories and the love they gave you.
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Sorry to hear this, convinced he had a great life with you guys.
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Pets are members of your family and it's just as painful when they pass. Sorry for your loss Phillip.
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such unconditional love from our animal companions stands tall over most human relationships....
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Dogs, they love you no matter what. Unconditional love. May you and Tanya find comfort in those fun and happy times that Balders brought into your lives.
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Three years on and still miss Rexy. He also succumbed to kidney failure and that seems to be a growing dog disease. Have to wonder about all the poison we are encouraged to put on/in our dogs.....


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I'm sorry for your loss, Philip. I've had the same experience, and I know how difficult it can be... may Balders rest in peace...
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Philip, so sorry for your loss. As a dog lover, reading this brought tears to my eyes and remembrance of friends lost.
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Sorry to hear of your loss but thankful Balders had a long and happy life. I'm sure he had you two trained well.
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We lost our blueheeler ‘nitro’ also at 15 which was a pretty good innings. Just today after 10 years we still talk about him so I guess they’re never really gone. I’m sure you’ll find the same Phil.
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Very sorry to hear, may he rest in peace!
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Thoughts with you. It is never easy . I have been dealing with severe hip displasia for 1 1/2 years. Meds working so far. Sorry for your loss
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