Monday, September 20, 2010

Sweet brother of mine

I had planned on participating in Carissa's Miscellany Monday...

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

...please head on over and join in...

...However, today is not very miscellaneous at all for me.  I have a very specific post in mind after the Sunday ended.
As you all know my parents dog, my "brother," has been sick, and about a week and a half ago we had a diagnosis and a 90% chance for recovery.  Those were good odds in our eyes!  He got better (still skinny) but he was eating and drinking and had some spunk to him.  However the past two days he stopped eating and drinking, had labored breathing, and was twitching (which turned out to be mini seizures).  
I left my parents house Sunday morning and said goodbye to Duke, for what I had no clue would be the last time I saw him.  My parents spent their afternoon at the veterinarian hospital and were stuck with making one of the most difficult decisions.  I know he's in a better place, but when I look at pictures of him I selfishly wish for more time with him.
He was an eight week old puppy when my mom and I convinced my dad he was "the one."  We had decided on the Boston Terrier breed and thought we'd go through a breeder, but we ended up finding him at a pet store.  We searched high and low for the perfect match for us and Duke was it.  
He had a head suited for a lab, meaning as a puppy when he would lean forward his legs lifted off the ground.  He would fall asleep on our laps, then as he got bigger cuddle up to our sides.  He was sweet but sassy.
Today when I go to my parents house I'm not going to be greeted by any rambunctious barking at the window or at the door with tail wagging and ears flopped down.  Instead I'll be left looking at an empty dog bed and a little piece of my heart traveling with my Dukey into the heavens above.
{He liked to help out with the laundry}
{He was a pro when is came to redecorating..}
{He liked to sleep with his dad}
{But his own couch was the best}
{Especially when he had guest over!}
{He was unsure of tummy time, and so wasn't Emma}
{He thought car seats for one were just a recommendation}

So long sweet brother of mine...


  1. Oh this made me cry. I am so so sorry. May he be barking and running around like crazy in puppy heaven.

  2. Oh no! So sorry he passed away! I had a puppy that we adopted at 12 weeks when I was 3 and she finally passed away when I was 20 & away at college. She was the best dog and I still get sad thinking about how I wish I had spent more time with her. But All Dogs Go to Heaven, right? He's just keeping your couch up there warm in the mean time.

  3. Shelby I am so sorry to hear about Duke. My thoughts are with you. Dogs are so much a part of the family and it hurts just as much when you lose one. Please let me know if you need anything.

  4. I am so so sorry. I lost my kitty two weeks ago and I'm still struggling. : (

  5. Oh man I am so sorry! Reading this and seeing the pictures made me so sad for you guys! He was a cute dog and you are right he is a much better place and not feeling sick anymore! I hope your week gets better!

  6. So sorry to hear this Shelby! Losing a pet is never easy, but know that he's no longer suffering and in a better place. Lots of love to your and your fam!

  7. So I teared up a bit. I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing like the loss of a pet.

  8. I am so sorry that your beloved Duke is in dog heaven. Losing a pet is never easy and it hurts that we know they won't live as long as us but when they pass early, it's even harder. He is in a better place because he feels no more pain and that it all we can hope for. I made the same decision about my dog back in January and I still miss him. But I remember the good times and it makes me smile. Praying that your heart heals and you remember the good times.

  9. I'm crying-reminds me of molly.

    Hope everyone does okay with the transition.

  10. I'm sorry Shelby. I know it is rough losing a precious pooch. I hope you guys can take joy in all the good times you had with Duke and know he will be your little doggie angel!


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