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    Default Losing manís best friend

    Last week my faithful old black lab came down to the house early in the morning,laid up against the front door and passed. I was kind of wondering if he would make the winter,but hadnít expected it quite so soon. Itís a blessing he went quickly and didnít suffer,but still kind of a shock, and itís the little things every day that remind me of him,and make me miss him. He would greet me at the door first thing when I went outside to check the cattle,then follow me up to the barn,though no longer able to make the trek to the field,then follow me back to the house for his breakfast. He would greet me again when I drove back in from the school bus,and stay by my side for whatever Iím doing during the day. He loved to go for rides in the side by side,investigating trails and scents while we were working in the bush. He was our best driveway alarm,alerting us to someone pulling in the yard,then leading them to the house to purchase syrup,all the time with his tail proudly wagging. Mostly of all though he was a constant companion to greet you and follow you around faithfully,no matter the weather or how your day was going.R.I.P COLE
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
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    My condolences Bruce.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
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    It's always sad when a faithful friend passes. Are you planning to get another?
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
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    dang it now you made me cry. I told my family the two labs we have now are the last dogs, I can't stand to bury anymore. Every time one dies a piece of me dies.
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    Offering my condolences Bruce.
    1000 taps on vacuum back down to 100 buckets
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    Syrup made 2010:36 gal 2011:126 gal 2012:81 gal 2013:248 gal 2014: 329.5 gal 2015:305 gal 2016:316 gal 2017:258 gal 2018:147 gal 2019:91 gal
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    Sorry for your loss Bruce. When our 2 labs passed 3 and 4 years ago, both at the age of 10 I took it harder than my wife or daughter and it wasn’t even close. Time will help you realize how lucky you were to have such a good friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maple flats View Post
    It's always sad when a faithful friend passes. Are you planning to get another?
    No Dave,not planning on anymore,this was my most loyal dog ever,took it kind of nonchalantly? when he passed but missing him ever since. Young enough to have more,but it takes the stuffing right out of you to lose such a loyal companion
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
    2x World Champion Maple Syrup Producer
    1250 taps on cv adapters
    Leader Vortex 3x14 with Max Flue and Revolution Syrup Pan,Enhanced Steam Away
    www.leggettmaplesyrup.com

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    Sorry to hear of your loss Bruce. Knowing from past experience it's hard to lose such a devoted companion. Labs are the best and I think it's going to be more difficult than ever when my two cross the rainbow bridge.
    Russ

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    Sorry to hear of your loss, I lost one of my two labs right in the middle of the last sugar season and it still hurts.
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    Sorry for your loss Bruce! i have a 10 year old short hair i can't fathom, even the thought of loosing.
    Awfully thankful for an understanding wife!

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    Good luck to all!

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