Have you had a friend like this??

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Farewell Soo, loyal companion and dear friend.

THERE was great sadness in my home last week. Soolam, my senior service dog, was put down. He was 13. The decision to euthanize Soo, as my other dogs and I fondly knew him, was not at all easy.

The move  was quickly reached when the Golden Retriever could no longer stand or walk. He could not even eat his meals without throwing up.

However, everything about Soo’s final journey on earth turned out to be as intriguing and uncanny as the day when he first arrived.

He was  barely two months old then. The pup was a gift from a couple who were  doctors. The purpose was to see if a retriever could make a good service dog.

 

Friend for life: The writer spending precious moments with Soo before he was euthanised.

He needed to be fed as many as four times a day. I had to clean up after a dog that seemed to have an endless supply of poo.

The most difficult part, however, was to grab the pup and put him back in  his crate. Fortunately, his senior canine partners literally lent their  paws to solve the problem.

Soo had a knack of chasing the big dogs around the house. One of them would cleverly use the situation to  dash back to me so that I could grab Soo.

The experience of  raising and training Soo helped to psyche me up. And as for Soo, he went on to become a service dog that was parallel to none.

He was the perfect companion to attend meetings with. He’d been to church numerous times and even stayed completely unnoticed at government meetings. Some of the chairpersons discovered his presence only after the event.

He has helped me in unusual places, too. These include in the toilet at  the United Nations building in Kuala Lumpur (when my shoe was out of  reach and the soap fell on the floor).

He also sat through a serious discussion with people with AIDS at the Malaysian AIDS Council.

On top of all these, Soo had appeared scores of times in the media which  included newspapers, TV and radio. He was the main star of a special  video which featured my service dogs.

Once when I was caught in a 30-minute thunderstorm in a forest, Soo chose to get drenched with me  in the heavy downpour rather than seek shelter elsewhere.

In his  more than a decade of service, Soo relished his car rides the most – so  much so that I became his private chauffeur. We must have travelled  thousands of kilometres over the decade and only once, in all those  years, did he throw up in the back seat.

Once our adventure led  us all the way to Penang on a grueling 24-hour trip where Soo performed and wowed several hundred people at a dog event with his service dog  skills.

On that fateful Sunday morning, an extremely feeble Soo  looked straight into my eyes. It was as if he was telling me to be  strong for him and do the right thing to painlessly end his suffering.

He never once whimpered or flinched. He took every opportunity to lay his  head on my shoulder or hands whenever I was by his side.

Despite  the pain, Soo remained resolute and dignified in the back seat of my car during his final journey to the veterinarian. He was on my lap with his head held high as I wheeled into the clinic.

I made sure that my hero fell asleep before he entered into eternal sleep. The clinic  didn’t charge me anything for putting a great dog down.

Another doctor, who is an expert in dog show winning breeds, offered to bury Soo in his yard at home.

My king, I’m proud to say, is now privileged to be the only retriever laid to rest with other national and international champion Doberman and  German Shepherd Dog breeds that have crossed over the rainbow bridge  before him.

Even more amazing is the fact that Soo is buried in  the home of the mother of my latest and youngest service dog candidate,  Dobe Ace Zhar the Doberman.

Last Saturday, Zhar and I were at an  international dog show in KL with more than 200 dogs from all over Asia. And although I was the only person in a wheelchair there, Zhar stuck  close to me much like Soo used to do during happier days.

And by a very strange coincidence, Zhar kept climbing up on my lap several times as if to say: “Don’t worry, you’re safe now. I’m with you.”

Angels don’t always come with wings; sometimes they have tails, even if it happens to be a rather short one.

 

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(This beautiful story was sent to me by CK Liew, the original story is from The Star… thanks for the story… very touching and painful.)

 

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20 Responses to Have you had a friend like this??

  1. bengkooi on Jan 5, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Very touching story about Soo. It is never easy when deciding to euthanise a beloved pet, let alone a service dog where the bond between dog and owner would be even stronger from years of reliance and trust. How do you decide when is the right time? How do you know when to give up hope? Is it really better to euthanize than to allow the natural lifespan to be lived out, especially in Buddhist philosophy?

    Anyone have any thoughts to share?

    • Mc on Jan 5, 2012 at 3:58 am

      It always seems “easier” to euthanize the dying and suffering. BUT easier doesn’t make it right. What seems “better” may in a very subtle way, be due to our selfish reasons i.e. it is easier for us because we cannot bear to see them suffer. In the bigger picture, all life must live-out their karma to completion even if that completion is difficult to see and experience. I wonder whether by cutting short a being’s suffering, we could be denying them the opportunity to work out their karma and by so doing, force them to take rebirth into another life where they then also need to work out the rest of the suffering.

      Whether as a man or a dog, if I have to live horribly and suffer terribly before I die, my hope is that all the bad stuff are exhausted then and I can move on to better things.

      The best we can wish for a friend is an excellent rebirth or even better ie totally out of samsara. The second best is that they die without suffering. I prefer my friends to have the best.

  2. Mc on Jan 5, 2012 at 3:43 am

    This story certainly tugs at my heart strings. Some of the best moments I have had, a lot of the happy ones, and a fair share of sad moments have been spent with my best friends who just happen to be dogs. They are always there with only one purpose ie to comfort. They have always been there for me. I, on the other have not always been there for them and this post is a timely reminder for me to make time for my furry friends. And good quality time at that.

    I read the post and I can see clearly the image of a man caught in a storm in a wheelchair and his friend deciding to be by his side, not minding some water. Not a lot of human friends would do that. It takes unconditional loyalty, and real friendship. These two sums up love.

    In my kiddish mind, I always feel that animals who come and spread so much joy without making demands should surely just earn an automatic great rebirth. They live with only one purpose…ie to love, to please and to comfort.

    Those friends like Soo, deserve so much. So, so very much.

  3. su_zan on Jan 5, 2012 at 6:34 am

    thank you for sharing the story. I is sad that such decision has to be made. It is not easy to make such decision after spending years with Soo.

    May Soo rest in peace n have a good rebirth.

  4. Margaretlee on Jan 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Seeing a loyal friend slowly dying, be it a human or animal is heart wrenching. I could have probably made the same decision like the owner of Soo as well, who wants to see the pet suffer everyday??

    But having learnt the law of karma and understanding that basically we do not have any right to end the lives of any being, I would do my ulmost to give Soo the best treatment and take care of him until his last breath.

    Another simple way to help our pet to take a good rebirth, is any form of prayers, we can do “Om Mani Peme Hum” every day for 49 days and dedicate the merits to the pet for his swift and good rebirth. The passing of an animal and a human is the same. And Soo is definitely a very special dog, his loyalty to the owner could surpassed that of a human.

    I lit a candle for Soo and may your kind soul take a very good human rebirth!

  5. Thierry Janssens on Jan 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    “Angels don’t always come with wings; sometimes they have tails, even if it happens to be a rather short one.”

    Oh yeah… And so do Buddhas too!

    One thing seem to be sure is that Soo has created causes to take a rebirth in circumstances that are even more conducive to practice compassion and care.

  6. comel loo on Jan 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Hi, please find attached 10 tops dogs of 2011 that I find truly inspiring and wish to share.
    http://www.cesarsway.com/newsandevents/dognews/Top-10-Dogs-of-2011

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Jan 17, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I had to put down one of my cats that was having kidney problems. I called her mummy she had a litter of three kittens at my house. She was very sweet cat. And It was running through my mind, did the doctors do all they could before deciding to put her down. Animals can become our good friends through many situations. one should not underestimate how close we can be to animals.

  8. susan on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

    gosh… i feel for this man. So fortunate to have made such close bond with Soo, but the pain of losing such a companion is beyond words.

    Last year in August, I lost two of my beloved dogs Jannic and Abram, strangely…just one day a part from each other. Both died due to old age.

    A few weeks before Jannic died, she had so much health complication. She finally couldn’t lift herself up even to go poop or pee. So I had to clean her each night when i got home. She tried to muster up the strength to be cheerful though she couldn’t move much. After being cleaned, she’d put her head on my lap and her paw in my hand. She never ones winced.

    Abram (cocker spaniel) had been with me since he was a little puppy, while I was living in the US and we had journeyed together to many places and even flew on the plane with me when I return back to Malaysia for good. I was with Abram the day he died,…saw him finally stopped breathing, stroking his head gently while reciting prayers. But I couldn’t get home in time to be there for Jannic when she passed away the very next day after Abram died.

    It crossed my mind if it would have been an act of mercy to euthanize Jannic when I saw she was in so much suffering. I couldn’t and didn’t want to euthanize Jannic. It just wasn’t an option for me. The vet finally gave up talking any sense to me about the option to euthanize Jannic but relented to making Jannic as comfortable as they can and to do their best so Jannic doesn’t have to experience so much pain. Jannic died at the vet, surrounded by the veterinarians and their staff. I was told they all prayed in their different faith for Jannic!

  9. William on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    This is such a touching story! Animals are caring and loving too as seen from Soo. It is love and loyalty from start to the end. I’m sure that Soo would have been reincarnated to a better place since he has taken care of his master during his lifetime and created a lot of merits for himself. I’m also happy that the owner manage to get another dog who is equally loving and loyal to him. A heart warming story.

  10. Adeline on Feb 1, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Facing such situation is very difficult to decide in this case,for some people it is better to endure short pain rather than long pain. To me in this case the owner is on wheelchair,may be he has to choose euthanasia for his dog.But i feel from buddhist point of view,no killing, if u have more people in the house who can take turn to look after the dog,it is better to let the dog die a natural death.

  11. Karen C. on Feb 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I always believe the existence of real friendship between human and animals, especially dogs. Dogs are known to be loyal and faithful (if you treat them well). This is such a touching real story that just happened in our neighborhood, it’s not a story that made up by newspaper just to attract the viewerships. Dogs are really man’s best friend and dogs will never betray us.

    Here’s a link where it talks about dogs that saved their owner’s life and etc:

    http://theweek.com/article/index/217815/the-phenomenon-of-grieving-dogs-the-ultimate-loyalty

  12. Yoke Fui on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    People usually think it is out of their love for the pets that they put their pets down.

    Is it truly so ?

    Could it be we can’t stand the sight of pain and suffering or we refuse to confront these feelings that we choose to put the animals down in the pretense of being kind ?

  13. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    A really very touching story indeed! I love especially the last line – that ‘angels dont always come with wings; sometimes they have tails, even if it happens to be a rather short one’

    Dogs are loyal breed of beings. And I am glad I have one such angel with me.

  14. Julien Roth on Nov 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I love how no matter how hard it was to take care of this dog. They still did everything they could to love and care for him. This story was very painful yet touching. Its sad that the dog had been in so much pain. He couldn’t even eat his food or walk. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  15. beatrix ooi on Nov 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    This is a very touching story. How many friends or family do we have like Soo? It’s so sad that they have to euthanise him, but I think it’s a better way for Soo to leave without any further suffering. He is such a wonderful friend. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  16. tenzin llhamo on Nov 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    This is such a touching story. Soo is such a loyal companion and although he was in pain, he stayed loyal till the end. I could never euthanize my pet if I was in such a situation. I would rather spend the time to take care of my dog till he dies. I often think that animals are better companions as they will be at your side no matter what happens. Such a beautiful story to remember…

  17. Vinnie Tan on Aug 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    It is definitely a touching story of how strong and deep relationship between a owner and their dog. The loyalty of the Soo is strong. Soo has such a caring nature for a service dog. I am really happy that the writer of the article has such as dog that accompanies him. It is just heart warming that the connection between the two of them are so deep and endearing.

    Although by putting dog Soo is the only way to end Soo’s misery, but I do not agree that we such end the animal’s life like that. They should be given the opportunity to life all the way till their life ends by itself instead of us as owners to say that it is times up for the animals.

  18. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 3, 2014 at 12:20 am

    This is very touching, I think that Soo passed away in peace. At least his life partner treated him very well, it’s sad to know that he had to die this way. May Soo take a good rebirth and be reborn as a human. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche, this is a very great story.

  19. Edward ooi on Feb 23, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I don’t have a friend like that but I do wish for one. My mother promised me that she is going to buy me a golden retriever when we can afford to buy my mom’s dream house!!! I can’t wait to have a dog!!!

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  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    6 months ago
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
    6 months ago
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    6 months ago
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    7 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    7 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    7 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    7 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    10 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    10 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    11 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    1 years ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago

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Qing Ming remembrance Day 2015 at Kechara House gompa on 30/3/2015,Dharma Protector Puja ( English) For Chinese session puja will be held on 1/42015.Time: 8 - 10pm.Qing Ming dedication cards are available at Frontdesk +603 7803 3908. Lucy Yap
21 hours ago
Fortunate ones who got personal blessings from Pastor Yek Yee after the dharma sharing on Dorje Shugden. From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
For our Dharma sharing, Pastor Yek Yee introduce to us the understanding of DORJE SHUGDEN practice and his benefits. From: June Tang (Khjb)
23 hours ago
First Dorje Shugden puja progress at KHJB now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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First session puja in progress now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
24 hours ago
Pastor Yek Yee and puja team busy setting up the first puja at KHJB at early dawn. From: June Tang (Khjb)
24 hours ago
Wai Meng has shared the introduction of Dorje Shugden with the members of Kechara Ipoh Study Group upon the arrival of Dorje Shugden to our chapel today. Kin Hoe
yesterday
Celine has sincerely offered the butter lamp to Dorje Shugden in Kechara Ipoh chapel today. Thanks for her participation and stayed with us for the entire puja and cleaning up the chapel after the puja today. Kin Hoe
yesterday
Kit Ping has offered a butter lamp to Dorje Shugden upon Dorje Shugden's arrival at Kechara Ipoh chapel. May Kit Ping and her family be blessed and protected by Dorje Shugden always. Kin Hoe
yesterday
Through the kindness and compassion of our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has invited Buddha Dorje Shugden back to Ipoh chapel today. We performed the Setrap and Dorje Shudgen puja and dedicated our prayers for our Guru's long life and good health. Our dedication extended to the victims of Germanwings airplane tragedy that took the lives of 150 people and we prayed for their good and swift rebirth. Kin Hoe
yesterday
"The importance of Bodhicitta" from Day 16 of Lamrim text explained by Pastor Han Nee in English adult Dharma class year 3 , Pt.1. Lucy Yap
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Chinese Dharma classes,term two at Kechara House gompa this morning. Lucy Yap
yesterday
Beginner ( level 1) English Dharma class at Kechara House gompa today, students were taught on "Vegetarianism" by Ron Wong.Pastor Gim Lee is the pastor on duty. Lucy Yap
yesterday
It is a good idea to become accustomed to sitting in the posture of Buddha Vairochana. Today's adult English Dharma class year 2 at Kechara House gompa, Tat Ming teaches "Vairochana posture for meditation" Lucy Yap
yesterday
New term starts today for Children Dharma classes for kids, juniors and seniors at Kechara House gompa. http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/education/kids/childrens-dharma-class/ Lucy Yap
yesterday
Count down for the "BIG MOMENT " From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Hurting yourself doesn’t stop with yourself. You hurt all those who love you as well.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Everyone makes mistakes, but those who own up to it will grow and inspire others.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Selectiveness arises from selfish mind, lazy mind, habitual mind. We are selective because we hold onto permanence.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
The conditions for someone to be perfect are impermanent. The conditions for someone to be imperfect are impermanent too – don’t be attached to either.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
~Don’t miss this: Offering onto Vajra Yogini~ I have given a short explanation of why we offer ornaments to the Buddhas in this video. Dear friends around the world, Welcome again to another post. I am very happy to have you visit. Last night myself with an artistic group of Kecharians did beautiful ornament offerings to Vajra ...~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dont-miss-this-offering-onto-vajra-yogini.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
All preparations are just for this Sunday "Big day" at Kechara (JB). From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Have some principles of creating a zero pain free area around ourselves. That would be a great way to live. Zero pain free zone around ourselves. That means wherever we go, we create no pain for anyone. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Chickens are tortured, locked up, kicked and never see sunlight and living in their own feces in egg farms. This is just to produce eggs. Billions of chickens live like this their whole lives. When their usefulness is done laying eggs, these hens are sent to the slaughter house for our fried chickens, chicken burgers, chicken fried rice, chicken sandwhiches, chicken satay, chicken fried rice and chicken soups. Remember this picture please. They can feel pain too just like us. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (khjb)
2 days ago
~Good news at Nando’s!~ GOOD NEWS! I was having a casual chat with Pastor David last night about vegetarian food and he said he heard Nando’s has vegetarian burgers! I hadn’t heard of this. I was like really?? I asked him to please check! Today he confirmed that certain Nando’s branches does have vegetarian burgers now! ~Tsem Rinpche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/good-news-at-nandos.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago

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