View Full Version : OT: For the Big Baloo at Bomber

January 3rd, 2005, 01:24 PM
Well, I feel obligated to announce this as so many people have been through our shop in the past 4 years and they all had the honor of meeting the Big Baloo.

Our friend Baloo passed away this morning. We where never quite sure of his age as I got him from the local dog sled yard where he had recently retired. So for the past 4 years he was 13 years old. I am sure if you came into our shop at Bomber he probably came down the stairs, looked at you as if to say "big deal", maybe you got one pet in, then he retreated back to his upstairs domain away from the other "common" dogs in the main shop. He certainly lived the ultimate dog retirement plan.

Baloo is now in that big dog yard in the sky enjoying himself with all our other furry friends.


Side note: as some of you know we are huge dogs fans here at Bomber. Employees are absolutely encouraged to bring their 4 legged friends to work. We spent big bucks last year just so everyone (including me) had a fenced yard to run around in out back.

I invite anyone here to please post a picture of you dog(s) on this thread (or anytime, for that matter). Would love to see what other people have for friends. I know this was done before, but heck, lets do it again.

Have a great season everyone.

January 3rd, 2005, 03:08 PM
Sorry to hear about the loss of your big boy. It sounds as if he had a gret life, and a pretty good innings for a big dog.

Losing a companion is always hard. I'm sure all of us that own dogs extend sympathy.

Chris Houghton
January 3rd, 2005, 03:55 PM
Here's our (my wife's) animal. Five pounds of raging fury. She is using her laser beam eyes to burn a hole in the cupboard and get her dog biscuits. Animals sure are fun. Dogs are too.

January 3rd, 2005, 04:26 PM
damn, fin. sorry to hear, man. Thats a beautiful animal. I get pretty choked up when I think about my dog not bein around forever. He is the most amazing animal Ive ever encountered:


(his name is Avalanche, btw. I inherited him:))

Zach Davis
January 3rd, 2005, 04:32 PM
Fin... sorry to hear it, man.

Mellow Yellow
January 3rd, 2005, 05:09 PM
Sorry to hear about your loss....


Mellow Yellow
January 3rd, 2005, 05:12 PM

January 3rd, 2005, 06:33 PM
Sorry to hear about your loss; you will always have the good memories. I know the pain having lost one of my guys (Clyde a.k.a AíLilly) this September after a year long fight with cancer. We still have the rest of the herd to keep us busy though. (Big Boris and little Iko)

January 3rd, 2005, 06:42 PM
forgot the picture of Clyde

Jack Michaud
January 3rd, 2005, 07:03 PM
cousin's dog...

January 3rd, 2005, 07:35 PM
Condolences on your loss, Fin. We went through someting similar with our dog Jane a couple years back.

Here's Dieter guarding a local surfing break:


January 3rd, 2005, 07:48 PM
ha! Thomas...are those dreads? or just matting from bein wet? you posted that pic before. good one!

Jon Dahl
January 3rd, 2005, 07:55 PM
we lost our golden retriever about 2 years ago, also cancer, her name was Sugar. We are looking to get a Airdale after we get the bulk of the work done around the old ranch, aka build barn for the horse. I'm stuck with 3 cats around here, hardly the ideal situation in my mind! At least the mice are hard to find, except for the occaisonal treasure on the front porch!

January 3rd, 2005, 08:01 PM
Baloo looks beautiful. RIP. :(

Originally posted by D-Sub

(his name is Avalanche, btw. I inherited him:))
That is the best picture ever! LOL!

January 3rd, 2005, 08:32 PM
So sorry for your loss Fin! Big Baloo was beautiful. Alex posted up our lost loved one earlier, but here is a picture of the alive and kickin' crew. The little one (Iko) is a punk of the worst kind

January 3rd, 2005, 08:46 PM
Farewell Baloo. :(

This is Phoebe, my bronzewing pionus parrot. I've tried to teach her to fetch several times over the last couple of years but had no luck until last week, when we had the big breakthrough. She's perched on my shoulder as I write this...

C5 Golfer
January 3rd, 2005, 08:49 PM
Here is my Beagle Ole Blue watching my Coiler while I am golfing.:D

January 3rd, 2005, 09:13 PM
Originally posted by D-Sub
ha! Thomas...are those dreads? or just matting from bein wet? you posted that pic before. good one!

Yep, those are dreads. He's a Bergamasco Sheepdog (http://www.rarebreed.com/breeders/silver_pastori/photos.html)

We had to cut them off last summer. He got into something dead and we couldn't get the smell out. We tried washing him but he was so heavy he couldn't walk...

Bob L.
January 3rd, 2005, 09:22 PM
Fin...Sorry for you loss.. He looked like a happy old man who was lucky to have such a good Pop.

I just lost my good boy just after this Thanksgiving. This pic was from our last walk...He will always be missed.

If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of yours and those you love take it out on you ,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friendís limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,
Then my friends, you are almost as good as your dog


Ken D
January 3rd, 2005, 09:37 PM

The last few times I spoke with you and Michelle on the phone I heard all the dogs barking and playing in the background. It was funny because our conversations were innterupted by various dog "shinnanagins" (not spelled right). I love dogs more than most people and can relate to the loss.

ie: How many people do you know that can roll around in crap and think it's the best thing they ever did. We could learn alot from our 4 legged buddies.


January 3rd, 2005, 09:38 PM
Originally posted by thomas_m
Yep, those are dreads. He's a Bergamasco Sheepdog (http://www.rarebreed.com/breeders/silver_pastori/photos.html)

We had to cut them off last summer. He got into something dead and we couldn't get the smell out. We tried washing him but he was so heavy he couldn't walk...


never seen one of those before!

hey...whats that kind of dog that looks like a mop? actually has "milli vanilli" style dread/braids?

I knew someone that had one of those and it was _mean_

one of these days Id like to make friends with a newfoundland or great pyrenees

January 3rd, 2005, 10:37 PM
And here's me and my other bird, Darwin the red-vented cockatoo. He's around 20 years old but he's only been with me since last spring.

January 3rd, 2005, 10:39 PM
Originally posted by D-Sub

never seen one of those before!

hey...whats that kind of dog that looks like a mop? actually has "milli vanilli" style dread/braids?

I knew someone that had one of those and it was _mean_

If it was big and white-ish, it was a Komondor (http://clubs.akc.org/kca/). They are bred to be extremely protective and can be aggressive. That's why we didn't get one. We were looking at them when we found out about the Bergamasco's.

If it was small and black, it was a Puli (http://www.puliclub.org/). Very high energy and seriously smart.

If either was mean, it was probably the owner's fault as is the case 99% of the time with dogs. There's a good reason dogs and men have been living together for a jillion years and I always makes me sad when I hear about someone's canine partner passing on.

January 3rd, 2005, 11:06 PM
cant remember...been a while

maybe it was just protective and not actually mean

I like dogs too:)

January 3rd, 2005, 11:19 PM
I never met Big Baloo but I bet he was a son of a bitch.

Here is my son of a bitch and daughter of a bitch, Jabba the Mutt and Bella ( the dingo ) respectivly.


Jim Callen
January 4th, 2005, 12:28 AM
Fin, so sorry to hear about your loss. My dog is with my family across the country and I miss him terribly. He's the only one in my family who has more energy then me, as evidenced by his not wanting to stop playing in the picture.


January 4th, 2005, 12:53 AM
Sorry to hear about Baloo...I'm proud to have been ignored by him at least once...

I wasn't going to corrupt this thread with a non-canine pic, but I feel compelled to keep things, shall we say, "fair and balanced", after Nate spread his wings. Shown below, Milo (aka, The Fur Factory), four times the weight of Chris's dog, at 22 lbs. That's an FC171 he's decambering...

January 4th, 2005, 05:37 AM
Sorry for your loss Fin, and all others who have felt his pain...

Here is my Sammy...right before Xmas:


January 4th, 2005, 05:50 AM
Fin, sorry for your losss. In my short life I have never been without at least one dog and I know how attached you become to them. This is my current big baby, Bogey.

January 4th, 2005, 08:03 AM
It's really tough to lose a friend. Sorry to hear about it.

This is Abby, She is the best dog I've had the pleasure of spending time with yet. She's got a sweet disposition picks up tricks pretty quickly and never barks. (Yea i know...strange for a Lab, but she never barks.)

January 4th, 2005, 08:08 AM
One more of Abby.

January 4th, 2005, 09:43 AM
We are all missing Baloo quite a bit. The office is not the same without him. Even the rest of the dogs were quite depressed yesterday. He will be remembered for a long time. That's the sucky part about having dogs, all of us will go through this at some point. However, at least all of our dogs will go with love, which is more than a lot of animals have.

Here's a shot of the sweet girl I lost last year, Connie. I also work with a husky rescue group in Colorado (same place Baloo came from) if anyone is interested in giving a dog a home for their last 4-5 years of their life. We also have some younger dogs available from time to time. If everyone can just spread the word even if you are not interested, you may know someone who is. Thanks!

January 4th, 2005, 09:45 AM
And here is my current klan of dogs..... dressed in the Christmas best!

Tommy D
January 4th, 2005, 11:05 AM
Condolences on your loss. A year ago (Almost exactly) my gf and I had to put down one of our dogs. Didn't take long before we got back up to 3 though! Here's the current batch:

Click HERE (http://webpages.charter.net/williatd/threepit) for a picture. For those of you on dialup, it is a large picture.

Like a lot of other dogs in this thread, they never want to stop playing, and wear us out if we don't take them hiking regularly!

January 4th, 2005, 11:38 AM
Winnie came from a shelter
what really amazes is that people will abandon dogs and they full well know what will happen to them when they do
Winnie was probably the best behaved dog we have had here other than he hated to be alone and wanted to go everywhere with us
again why anyone would have left him I have no idea I guess some people are just heartless

January 4th, 2005, 05:08 PM
Sorry for your loss, Fin. I'm sure we can all understand how you must be feeling right now. Here is a pic of Dudley in typical form.

I also set up a webcam (http://homepage.mac.com/chunaezoh/campage.html) to keep an eye on him from the office during the day.

sic t 2
January 4th, 2005, 05:44 PM

Bunnies too (http://ken.diamondbackmx.com/snowdirt/bunnies1.jpg)

"Peeps" layed 1,200 eggs before menopause (http://ken.diamondbackmx.com/snowdirt/duck1.jpg)


January 30th, 2005, 06:10 PM
more pet pics. This is Pituca. RIP Big Baloo.