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#StoryCircle is a growing tradition at Google+ - it was a long-standing one at FriendFeed though under a different name / hashtag.

The idea is simple - you share a story about yourself that the rest of the community doesn't know well. It can be on any topic you like.

Anyway, I don't think it would draw any patent lawsuits if we tried out something similar here at EIC. Here's the one I posted at Google+ today:

Just over a year ago, our long-time family pet - a beautiful and ever-so-kind hearted white Labrador - passed away. The events leading up to his passing and his actual final day taught me a lot about the kindness of veteranarians. Or at least about the immense kindness of our local vet.

Newton (our Lab) had a big cancerous tumor that was both killing him and rapidly making his final days far from comfortable. He had trouble breathing, eating, even drinking water. In the weeks and months leading up to his death, we had numerous visits to the vet's office and a specialist hospital.

The vet's had once been a place he enjoyed going to, but in his final weeks it was a place he was terrified of and never had a comfortable moment in.

So when the time came for him to be euthanized, though my wife and I had never even thought to ask, our local vet volunteered to come to our house to administer the final shot. We accepted immediately of course.

It meant that his last half hour was spent with us petting him and telling him what a wonderful dog he was. Even the vet had lots of kind words for him, as she knew him very well - from his best of days and his worst. I was holding his head when the injection was given and as he passed. I helped carry him out to the vet's van.

It was hard stuff to do, and we were broken hearted about it of course, but it was so, so much better than it would have been at the vet's office.

Still miss him tons. Love the fact that my daughter remembers him as the best dog ever. And love that we now have another big, big-hearted Lab who goes to the same wonderful local vets.
 
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Oh my God, Patrick, I swear you brought tears to my eyes with that story. I don't want to imagine the day that it happens to my pet, whether it is natural or due to a disease. I've come to realize that relationships with pets are the closest thing to a relationship with a human. It's full of good and bad moments that you can recall and go back to. I'm really sorry you and your family had to go through this, but it's for the best. Newton is in a much better place now and you did a wonderful thing raising and caressing him, which you will be rewarded for when the time comes.

I don't want to write a story at the moment as I am still in grief about yours, but I will later on.

Thanks for sharing your story, and if you ever see your vet again, give him our appreciation.
 

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I am so sorry to hear about Newton. That is a wonderful vet, I just lost my Harley a couple months ago, it is one of the worst pains in the world to loose an animal. I am so sorry for your loss. R.I.P Newton.


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Oh my God, Patrick, I swear you brought tears to my eyes with that story. I don't want to imagine the day that it happens to my pet, whether it is natural or due to a disease. I've come to realize that relationships with pets are the closest thing to a relationship with a human. It's full of good and bad moments that you can recall and go back to. I'm really sorry you and your family had to go through this, but it's for the best. Newton is in a much better place now and you did a wonderful thing raising and caressing him, which you will be rewarded for when the time comes.

I don't want to write a story at the moment as I am still in grief about yours, but I will later on.

Thanks for sharing your story, and if you ever see your vet again, give him our appreciation.
Thanks Tarek. Yeah, for me pets are absolutely part of the family. My daughter had known Newton her whole life, and she took this very hard too. Luckily she was away with her grandparents when it happened, but telling her about it was a very, very difficult thing to do.
 

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I am so sorry to hear about Newton. That is a wonderful vet, I just lost my Harley a couple months ago, it is one of the worst pains in the world to loose an animal. I am so sorry for your loss. R.I.P Newton.

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Thank you. I'm sorry to hear of your loss too. What breed (or type of pet) was Harley?
 

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Thank you. I'm sorry to hear of your loss too. What breed (or type of pet) was Harley?
Thank you. He was a rotti Shepard mix. Best dog I ever had. He looked scary, all the neighbors were scared of him, but he was a great protector. He only got vicious if someone tried to come in the house that we didn't want in lol.


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Thank you. He was a rotti Shepard mix. Best dog I ever had. He looked scary, all the neighbors were scared of him, but he was a great protector. He only got vicious if someone tried to come in the house that we didn't want in lol.

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Cool. Two good breeds. I've had friends with both breeds and they were always great dogs.
 

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Great story Patrick. I have one related to animals too, a horse that we had when was 10, but it's too long and i have no time right now.
Everytime I see a lab I think of you, it's my favorite breed of dogs too, but I can't afford one right now so I'm stuck admiring others having one.
this is my friend mike's lab, he has 3, a Yellow lab, black, and this one, it's a mix of a black and chocolate lab, in the sun it's completely grey, absolutely gorgeous.
 

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Thats one kind vet Patrick, and a sad story but filled with great memories I'm sure.
Im a huge animal lover, thats my Pomeranian Maya to the left <---, i don't know how but she almost knows my every mood, she's the smartest dog I've ever had. Ive recently watched "Dogs Decoded" on netflix and it tells how they are the only creatures who can connect to a humans emotions (other than another human)...They say they discovered they are now smarter than primates.
 

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Great story Patrick. I have one related to animals too, a horse that we had when was 10, but it's too long and i have no time right now.
Everytime I see a lab I think of you, it's my favorite breed of dogs too, but I can't afford one right now so I'm stuck admiring others having one.
this is my friend mike's lab, he has 3, a Yellow lab, black, and this one, it's a mix of a black and chocolate lab, in the sun it's completely grey, absolutely gorgeous.
Cool. Look forward to your horse story when you have time.

Labs are a fantastic breed. Great family dog, gentle with kids, playful and full of energy, good gard dog instincts. Just great all-round. That's a cool looking Lab that your friend has. Never seen one quite like that.
 

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Thats one kind vet Patrick, and a sad story but filled with great memories I'm sure.
Im a huge animal lover, thats my Pomeranian Maya to the left <---, i don't know how but she almost knows my every mood, she's the smartest dog I've ever had. Ive recently watched "Dogs Decoded" on netflix and it tells how they are the only creatures who can connect to a humans emotions (other than another human)...They say they discovered they are now smarter than primates.
She's an awesome vet. We're so lucky to have her, and just 5 minutes from our house.

Your Pomeranian is a cutie. That's one of my daughter's favorite breeds. We have a couple we see regularly in our neighborhood.