The name I choose to use in this forum is the name of our 41/2 yr old yellow lab Dexter. My wife started as a volunteer at the local dog shelter 2 years ago and I would go and help once in awhile also. She said a young lab was brought in and said it was a beautiful dog,I think she did this on purpose because she new I wanted a yellow lab. to make a long story short he came into our lives. To those who have had the perfect dog you know what I'm about to say, he was perfect. He got along with our cats and the horse, didn't even chase the deer from the feeder even if they were 20yds away from us. He knew all the tricks and commands, even when he did his number 2 he went in the pasture or the woods. But tragedy struck Wednesday night about 10pm. We went out to have him go do his job and I was going to check the outside woodstove. The stove is only 75ft from the house by the edge of the woods, we hadn't even gone half way there when he took off into woods and didn't get more then 20 yds in and he let out a terrible yelp. At first I thought and hoped he got into a porky and would have quills in his mouth but when he came back my heart sank. He took after a bear and got swatted in the side of the head. I won't go into details because I'm crying as I type this but we met the vet at his clinic and had to put him down. What a loss for our whole family and friends. I don't know if the pain will ever go away or not but I'm glad I got to spend 11/2 yrs with him. Maybe there will be another dog someday that can heal some broken hearts.