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Goodbye my friend...you didn't deserve this...


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Today (the day before my birthday) I used my new tractor to bury my best friend in the world, Hank:






His resting place-at the base of and old foundation wall from one of the henhouses that were once here.  I found the biggest boulder I could to serve as his headstone.  


He would have been 13 this year, but he didn't meet his end naturally-the way I envisioned he would go.  He was hit by a car this morning out on the county road.  Each morning I would let him and his brother out to do their business in the fields before breakfast.  They would roam free but always come back because they were hungry of course.  Today Major came back without Hank which was not unusual since Hank is older and slower.  However, I began to get worried and drove the 1/4 mile out to the road and started looking for him.  I found him laying in a neighbor's driveway and I collapsed onto him screaming.  Don't be stupid like me...just because you live far off of the road out in the country doesn't mean that your dogs can roam free.  Boundary train them, fence them, whatever.  My boy didn't deserve to die this way.  I let him down, I let my family down (my girls and their mother are devastated) and I let myself down.  I will go to my grave regretting this and asking why on earth he went out there.  I'm ashamed of myself for what I let happen to him.  I needed to get this out regardless of that.  I am crushed and broken.  Fly high my good boy-always:


I hope someday you'll forgive me for what I've done... 

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