People told me I would know when it was time, but we never really did for sure. I can tell you that a few months ago we noticed that Dog was … the best words I can use are winding down, which makes me think of clichéd metaphors involving dying clocks, but that’s exactly what it was like. She was slowing down. She started coughing and making messes in the laundry room where she sleeps at night. The vet told us her heart was failing, which was creating excess fluids she was too weak to fully expel from her lungs. They gave us antibiotics and not much hope. She was a very old dog, after all.

In the last couple weeks something changed in her. She stopped wagging her tail, she stopped circling the kitchen looking for dropped treats, she stopped expending any energy at all. She barely moved all day long. I wouldn’t go so far as to say there was a sense of despair about her, but there was a sort of silent, sad, enduring resignation. She would eat, but with no interest whatsoever. She had lost so much weight she had this awful gaunt appearance around her back, like her flesh was barely covering her spine.

Last night JB walked her to the park that’s about a block away, and she nearly couldn’t make it back. I watched her, later in the evening, as she lay on the carpet nearby; you could see the effort of her chest rising and falling. I put my hand on her and I could feel her watery, labored breathing. Her overworked heart.

She slowly put one paw up to touch my hand, a broken version of the robust and silly Dog handshake she used to do, and I guess I did know, or maybe I didn’t for sure, maybe I’m just trying to convince myself. We can’t know what she really felt like, we can’t know what she would have wanted. But I believe she had passed some sort of point of no return, that her days would have become increasingly painful. Exhaustion, suffocation, drowning.

The vet helped ease her out of this life today. JB and I were there to comfort her and pet her as she went. It was the worst thing I’ve ever done. Oh, Dog.

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Comments

337 Responses to “All dogs go to heaven”

  1. Sarah on June 22nd, 2011 5:09 pm

    Oh. I’m so so so sorry. :(

  2. Connie on June 22nd, 2011 5:11 pm

    I am so sorry. That is truly one of the hardest things you have to do as a pet owner. It sounds like, from what you described, that it was time. Thanks for loving her.

  3. Jenny on June 22nd, 2011 5:11 pm

    I’m so so sorry for the loss in your family. It’s agonizing to make those decisions. Beautiful tribute to a good Dog.

  4. g~ on June 22nd, 2011 5:11 pm

    Sadness. Utter sadness.

  5. Jas on June 22nd, 2011 5:11 pm

    I’m really, really sorry, Linda. Based on what you’ve said here, it seems like you made the right decision, but that doesn’t mean it hurts less.

  6. bouncy on June 22nd, 2011 5:12 pm

    Oh Dog! I am so so sorry!

  7. Bren on June 22nd, 2011 5:13 pm

    I am crying for you and your family. I am so very very sorry for your loss.

  8. Mere on June 22nd, 2011 5:14 pm

    So sorry Linda. She was such a trooper– I always enjoyed Dog stories and pictures.

  9. Laura D. on June 22nd, 2011 5:14 pm

    I’m so sorry about Dog. It looks like she had a great life with you – she always looked so happy in the pictures you posted! I think that you did the best that you could for her.

    Losing a doggy friend leaves a big hole in your life – it really is one of the worst things ever. I lost my dog in October and its getting better, but it still hurts sometimes. I hope you and your family start feeling better soon.

  10. clarabella on June 22nd, 2011 5:14 pm

    Man, I am trying not to full-on weep…oh look how SMILEY she was! I know from personal experience how hard it is, but you should know you did the right thing. It would have been worse to see her suffer. I am so so so sorry.

  11. Lauren (carterbiosea on twitter) on June 22nd, 2011 5:15 pm

    Look at that happy dog smile. Letting go is hard no matter when you have to do it, and it’s so much harder when you have to make the decision. We said goodbye to one of our Goldens a year and a half ago, and I still miss Murray every day. You did well by her, you gave her a great life, and she’s up in dog heaven with that smile back on her face.

  12. diana on June 22nd, 2011 5:15 pm

    Its totally devastating – the grief is awful. We put our 14 yr old alaskan malamute down in Jan and I cried for about 10 days. So, so sad but in the end, it was time. Grieve and remember…

  13. Heather D. on June 22nd, 2011 5:16 pm

    Linda,
    I’m truly sorry about dog. As one who has lost more pets than I want to think about, I do know how you feel, and I’m sorry.

  14. Corina on June 22nd, 2011 5:16 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to your whole family. There’s something uniquely heartbreaking and impossible about making the decision to let a pet go. It’s seems like it’s impossible not to second-guess oneself, to wonder if one waited too long, or not long enough. For whatever it’s worth, this stranger thinks you made the right decision at the right time.

  15. warcrygirl on June 22nd, 2011 5:18 pm

    Dog had such a good life with you and now she’s no longer suffering. I know how hard it is to put a beloved pet down; big hugs to you. How are the boys taking the news?

  16. Amy on June 22nd, 2011 5:18 pm

    There will always be a big, yellow, lab sized hole somewhere in the middle of your heart. All dogs go to heaven, taking with them little flecks of our lives.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  17. Jessamyn on June 22nd, 2011 5:18 pm

    Oh, Linda. Crying here, too. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

  18. Steph on June 22nd, 2011 5:19 pm

    So, so, so very very sorry. She was loved. Thank you for giving her a wonderful life. So so sorry you had to let her go today.

  19. JennB on June 22nd, 2011 5:20 pm

    Oh, Linda, JB, Riley and Dylan- I am so, so sorry that you are now Dogless. We lost our first “baby” several years ago and having her go downhill so fast was horrifying to watch. Dogs are excellent teachers, they are forgiving children, they love us no matter what. May she always be in your hearts, happy, healthy and loving you all the time. Our pets are our angels – and I’m not big on religion -and stay with us all the time. My heart breaks for you all tonight. May you remember your good times with her, just like your pictures show.

  20. Mindy on June 22nd, 2011 5:21 pm

    I’m so sorry Linda. You did the right thing.

  21. Cristina Kapler on June 22nd, 2011 5:21 pm

    So, so sorry for your loss. It’s heartbreaking that they’re with us for a (relatively) short time. It sounds like she had a good life.

  22. Kathy on June 22nd, 2011 5:22 pm

    We did the same thing about 2 months ago. It was hideously hard and horribly sad. We still miss her but are making plans to get another dog. Seems to be the only thing I can think of to feel better.

  23. ericka on June 22nd, 2011 5:22 pm

    What a sad day for your family. I am so sorry.

    My guy will be 13 in August and I, well, just will miss him so much when his time on our plane is over.

  24. Nic on June 22nd, 2011 5:23 pm

    Yeah, I gave up on the trying not to full on weep when I read the subject.

    I am someone who is only able to be a doggie mommy, so mine are my children and therefore my heart breaks for you and your family as I know how our furry friends become actual family members.

  25. dani on June 22nd, 2011 5:23 pm

    giant hugs.

  26. Sara on June 22nd, 2011 5:23 pm

    I am so sorry for your family loss of Dog. She looks so very happy in all those pictures.

  27. kelley on June 22nd, 2011 5:26 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss!!

  28. TheRachelS on June 22nd, 2011 5:26 pm

    Hugs to you and your family, Linda. It is always a difficult decision to make, but know that you made the right one.

  29. M.A. on June 22nd, 2011 5:26 pm

    Tears of sadness, tears of sadness. I want to say that I so know what you are going through — but everyone is different. I have loved Dog, as I have loved all of you, from afar, for many years. I mourn her loss with you. You’ve touched so many of us with your writing, Linda — candid, touching, tummy-hurting-snort-laughing-in-my-cubicle-hilarious, honest — thank you. I’m sending some big dorky cyber hugs to you all.

  30. Danyelle on June 22nd, 2011 5:26 pm

    I am so sorry. It looks like she had a great life.

  31. m on June 22nd, 2011 5:28 pm

    you are brave and kind. <3

  32. KateMac on June 22nd, 2011 5:28 pm

    What a good girl. And what a good life she had. I’m so sorry.

  33. lindsayc on June 22nd, 2011 5:31 pm

    I have tears streaming down my face. Bye Dog, you good girl.

  34. gwen on June 22nd, 2011 5:33 pm

    Oh, Dog. I’m so sorry — but you gave her a wonderful life.

  35. Kristen on June 22nd, 2011 5:34 pm

    Oh, Linda, I’m so very, very sorry. There’s no doubt in my mind that you did the right thing, and I hope you’ll soon be able to look back on the memories you have with her and smile without feeling choked up, although, I know it won’t happen right away.

    She was a beautiful girl and I loved hearing about the silly handshake. I’m going to hug my furry girls extra tight tonight and think of your family. Take care.

  36. dani on June 22nd, 2011 5:35 pm

    Oh, jeez Linda. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Now that I have my own dog baby I’m much more touched by how hard this must have been.

  37. Nichole on June 22nd, 2011 5:35 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry. She looked like a good and true friend.

  38. Wanda on June 22nd, 2011 5:36 pm

    I am sorry for your family’s loss. I understand your situation, we had to make the same choice two years ago for our 15 year old dog. Knowing that you made the right choice only helps a little. I hope the happy memories help ease your pain. Making the choice to end their pain is not easy but it is the most loving thing you can do.

  39. Gaby on June 22nd, 2011 5:37 pm

    Oh, man…I’m sorry. I’m tearing up for you. We had to put our cat to sleep a few years ago and it was unbelievably sad. I’ll be thinking of you and your family.

  40. Victoria on June 22nd, 2011 5:38 pm

    I’m so so sorry. Big hugs.

  41. Melissa on June 22nd, 2011 5:38 pm

    I’m so sorry Linda. You gave Dog a good life. I hope the pain eases with time.

  42. Jenn on June 22nd, 2011 5:40 pm

    I’m so sorry. Sweet Dog.

  43. Christine H. on June 22nd, 2011 5:42 pm

    Sniff…I’m so sorry. It’s never easy, but I believe you eased her pain.

  44. Michele {moxygen} on June 22nd, 2011 5:44 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Linda. What an awesome dog Dog was.

  45. Mary O on June 22nd, 2011 5:45 pm

    Ah, I’m tearing up over here. Goodbye, Dog. She looked like a real sweetheart.

  46. Kristen on June 22nd, 2011 5:45 pm

    I’m so so sorry. Dog was loved, by you, your family and the Internet. She will be missed.

  47. Lori on June 22nd, 2011 5:46 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes. Dogs are so special. Especially the sweet, loyal family dogs that love and protect you and your children. I’m so sorry for your loss. She had a good life.

  48. Diane on June 22nd, 2011 5:46 pm

    Oh Linda I am so so sorry for your loss. We can tell she had a wonderful life with your family.

  49. operation pink herring on June 22nd, 2011 5:49 pm

    The internet will sorely miss Dog. I cried reading this… almost two years later and I still can’t think about putting our ridiculous, neurotic, adorable cat to sleep without tearing up. Far and away it was the hardest and worst thing I’ve ever had to do.

  50. ssm on June 22nd, 2011 5:49 pm

    I am so, so sorry. It seems like you did the best thing for her.

  51. maggie on June 22nd, 2011 5:53 pm

    I’m crying over here for you guys. She was a beautiful dog and I’m so sorry.

  52. jonniker on June 22nd, 2011 5:53 pm

    Awww, Ashley. She was five when you got her, if I recall, right? Oh, she was such an old dog for her breed, but God, it’s NEVER long enough, is it? Even when they drive us so batty we think we’re just WAITING for this day, we really aren’t, because we love their stupid furry faces.

    I’m so sorry, Linda. Much love to you and your family.

  53. Mandy on June 22nd, 2011 5:53 pm

    It was time. You did right by her, all the years you had her and today as well. I’ve been reading you so long I feel I knew her. I’ve definitely shed a tear for her tonight.

  54. Kirsten on June 22nd, 2011 5:54 pm

    That is so sad

  55. FrostedLemonCarrot on June 22nd, 2011 5:58 pm

    I’m so sorry. Just because it’s the right decision doesn’t make it any easier, I know from experience. It’s the worst decision to have to make, but it’s also a relief that we can make it so that at least we know they’re not suffering.

  56. Liz on June 22nd, 2011 5:59 pm

    Linda, this post made my heart break for you all and anyone else who will eventually have to go through this…cherish the memories that im sure are plentiful.

  57. Omu on June 22nd, 2011 6:00 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dog’s passing. She was a beautiful, patient, kind soul.

  58. C @ Kid Things on June 22nd, 2011 6:01 pm

    That is so sad and I’m so, so sorry.

  59. H on June 22nd, 2011 6:03 pm

    We’ve been through this recently, and I am just now able to see the situation clearly and know that we did the right thing at the right time. I’m sure this will happen for you eventually, too. My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  60. Starr Anderson on June 22nd, 2011 6:04 pm

    God, I’m so sorry to hear that; I’m sitting here weeping. Dog sounds like the epitome of the best dog a person could ever love.

  61. Legally Fabulous on June 22nd, 2011 6:06 pm

    There is nothing more heartbreaking… but you’re right.. All dogs do go to heaven. you did the right thing.

  62. Jennifer on June 22nd, 2011 6:09 pm

    Man, I definitely teared up from this. I am so, so sorry for your loss. It really sounds like you did the right thing. She had a great life.

  63. Stephanie on June 22nd, 2011 6:11 pm

    I’m so sorry. I loved hearing all about her and seeing all of the great pics. Thinking of you..

  64. Kathryn on June 22nd, 2011 6:13 pm

    Add me to the list of people tearing up as I read this. So sad for you and your family. There’s just no easy way to make that decision, but you did the right thing for her. It’s the final expression of love a pet owner can offer.

  65. Melissa on June 22nd, 2011 6:14 pm

    sending love to you and your family.

  66. heather on June 22nd, 2011 6:15 pm

    I’m so, so sorry, Linda. Dog had a pretty great life and it shows in the those pictures. Bye, sweet Dog.

  67. Sarah on June 22nd, 2011 6:15 pm

    You did the loving thing for Dog. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  68. ccr in MA on June 22nd, 2011 6:16 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s just such an awful thing, losing a loved member of the family that way.

  69. Coleen on June 22nd, 2011 6:16 pm

    I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  70. Kate on June 22nd, 2011 6:18 pm

    I’m so sorry. It’s just awful to lose a pet.

  71. parkingathome on June 22nd, 2011 6:20 pm

    I’m so very glad that the boys could have her in their lives, and so very glad she got to be a part of our lives through your words these many years. Sorry doesn’t cut it.

    But you gotta know that JB’s uncle is giving some serious Oooooh dangits to her now that she’s pain free. She’ll be waiting patiently with her tail wagging.

    She’ll be supremely missed by all of us, I hope you can find comfort soon. We love you all

  72. Lawyerish on June 22nd, 2011 6:23 pm

    Oh, Linda. I’m so sorry. Sweet Dog. Sending love to your whole family.

  73. Jilanna on June 22nd, 2011 6:23 pm

    Oh, Dog. I’m so sorry.

    Big hugs for all of you.

  74. ace on June 22nd, 2011 6:25 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing you will see her again at the Rainbow Bridge.

  75. PinkieBling on June 22nd, 2011 6:27 pm

    Tears! You’ve captured it so well, and the commenters ahead of me have all said what I’m thinking and feeling in response. It’s terribly difficult to make that decision, but it certainly sounds like you did the right thing. She has always sounded like a sweet, happy, and loved family dog, and I’m sorry she’s gone. Dogs bring us so much joy, but oh, the pain is so acute when we lose them. My condolences to you and your family. You’re in my thoughts.

  76. Kate on June 22nd, 2011 6:27 pm

    Oh Linda, I’m so sorry. What a hard choice to make. But it definitely sounds like the right one for Dog. To watch her steadily decline and be miserable and in pain would have been torture for you all. She was a lucky girl to have been part of your loving family for so long.

  77. melanie on June 22nd, 2011 6:28 pm

    it is such a hard thing to do….. so sorry Linda

  78. Jill on June 22nd, 2011 6:29 pm

    Linda, I’m so so sorry. There are no words to describe the hole they leave in our hearts. Time will heal the pain, though, and you have created memories that can never be taken away. Sending you healing thoughts.

  79. Angie on June 22nd, 2011 6:30 pm

    I’m so sorry. Our dog has likely reached the same point, but we haven’t yet.

  80. Donna on June 22nd, 2011 6:33 pm

    I’ve got a big yellow lab named Goldie that looks just like her, and her only trick is to shake….if you ever want to come pet her, she’ll love you forever.
    Just like we all loved Ashley. Hugs to everyone. I’m so sorry, but at the same time, it was the right thing to do.
    Doesn’t make you feel any better though does it? I don’t know why we do this to ourselves, I’ve got 4 now, just shoot me. I’m rambling, sorry.

  81. Cindy on June 22nd, 2011 6:33 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  82. Justine on June 22nd, 2011 6:35 pm

    You poor things… what a sad day for you all. But for Dog it’s a beautiful release – try to remember that. You loved her and gave her a good life, and she will be forever in your heart. Take care xxx

  83. Erin on June 22nd, 2011 6:36 pm

    I’m so sorry. This made ME cry and I don’t even know your dog, so I can’t imagine how you must feel.

  84. Jody on June 22nd, 2011 6:40 pm

    I’m so sorry, how heartbreaking. What a beautiful face Dog had.

  85. Peggy on June 22nd, 2011 6:43 pm

    I’m so sorry. We had to make a similar decision with our Golden almost 2 years ago. It’s a loss that only pet owners can truly understand.

    My heart goes out to you and JB. Your Dog certainly was loved and she loved all of you. You gave her a wonderful life.

  86. Sandy on June 22nd, 2011 6:43 pm

    Sobbing. So heartbreaking. She was wonderful.So very very sorry for your loss.

  87. ememby on June 22nd, 2011 6:44 pm

    Beyond sorry for your loss, cannot imagine having to do this and yet, someday, our little dog will go the same way. What a perfect dog.

  88. Leslie on June 22nd, 2011 6:48 pm

    Oh Linda, I am so sorry. We had to say goodbye to our beloved 14 year old Yellow Lab last summer and just like you and JB we held her and pet her in the vet’s office as she passed away. Almost a year later I still think about her every day. They become such members of the family. My heart goes out to you.

  89. sal on June 22nd, 2011 6:51 pm

    Jeez, that’s heartbreaking. Hugs to you and your family.

  90. Robin on June 22nd, 2011 6:54 pm

    Listen to the song titled “Shannon”…. Henry Goss I believe sings it. I’m sorry for your loss.

  91. D on June 22nd, 2011 6:55 pm

    How silly it is to cry over a stranger’s dog, yet here I am snotting all over the place. I said goodbye to my family dog six years ago and I STILL cry about it on occasion. Now that I have two for whom I’m the primary caretaker (one a beautiful yellow rescue lab), it’s even more heartbreaking to think of the day we’ll have to say goodbye. It’s so hard to be the one responsible for making that decision, particularly because dogs don’t understand why they must experience pain, and can’t communicate what they’d want us to do. As they say, dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.

    I’m so, so sorry.

  92. Chris on June 22nd, 2011 6:56 pm

    It is never easy to make that sucktastic decision, even if it is right. So sorry for you and your family.

  93. gillian on June 22nd, 2011 6:57 pm

    sweet Dog. thinking about you guys.

  94. Taryn on June 22nd, 2011 6:58 pm

    :( I’m sorry

  95. Gwen on June 22nd, 2011 7:01 pm

    Oh, Linda, I’m so sorry. I’ve been reading your blog for so long and I know how important she was to you. It’s such a cruel twist of nature that dogs have such shorter lives than us.

  96. Shawna on June 22nd, 2011 7:03 pm

    So, so sorry to read about Dog. I know you made the right choice but boy, it was a hard one.

  97. kali on June 22nd, 2011 7:03 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, and so very happy you shared the unconditional love of a dog. It is too wonderful a gift — experience it again. When you are ready, celebrate the love anew with a charmer from a rescue league or the pound.

  98. Christine B on June 22nd, 2011 7:08 pm

    Oh, Linda, I’m so very sorry for you and your family. How heartbreaking a choice to have to make, even knowing it was releasing her form her suffering. Warm thoughts and big hugs to you and your family. Godspeed, dear Dog.

  99. Michelle on June 22nd, 2011 7:11 pm

    crying. so sorry for your loss. :( what a difficult decision.

  100. Courtney on June 22nd, 2011 7:14 pm

    What a sweet dog. Sorry you had to do such a hard thing, even if it was for Dog’s sake.

  101. Frank on June 22nd, 2011 7:17 pm

    This is the hardest thing to do as a pet owner. It’s the right thing to do, but it doesn’t make it any easier. She’s over the Rainbow Bridge waiting for you and JB. I’ll miss Dog.

  102. Em on June 22nd, 2011 7:27 pm

    I’m so sorry. For what it’s worth, it sounds like you did know when it was time, even though no pet owner wants that time to come. Condolences and hugs to you, JB, and the boys.

  103. Pete on June 22nd, 2011 7:29 pm

    Sorry.

  104. Melody on June 22nd, 2011 7:34 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, and sorry you had to make such a hard decision. I know how awful it is to lose such a good friend.

  105. Suzanne on June 22nd, 2011 7:39 pm

    The pictures of the boys with Dog has me in tears. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  106. flutter on June 22nd, 2011 7:42 pm

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together

  107. SJ on June 22nd, 2011 7:47 pm

    Losing a family pet is so painful. I’m crying tears of sadness for you and your family tonight. I’m so sorry.

  108. melanie on June 22nd, 2011 7:47 pm

    I just wanted to say that I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  109. Erin on June 22nd, 2011 7:48 pm

    I’m so sorry Linda. What a difficult decision :-( Those photos do a great job of capturing how loved Dog has been all her life and how much she loved her family.
    Your post made me cry- we had to make a similar decision for our dog about 18 months ago and it left us bereft for weeks. All the best to you and your family.

  110. shriek house on June 22nd, 2011 7:48 pm

    I am so sorry, what a hard thing to do and what a terrible loss. Goodbye, Dog.

  111. Genie on June 22nd, 2011 7:51 pm

    She fought for justice! It was because she was a fan … a fan of the law. But then something really bad happened and the law turned its back on the dog.

    My heart goes out to you and Dog. She has been a virtual pet for us for many years. Much love to you all.

  112. Sarah Lena on June 22nd, 2011 7:55 pm

    My husband and I have very different opinions on when “the time” is, and how you handle it. There is no easy way. Death is hard and it hurts. Which is why you have to remember how loved Dog was and how blessed everyone was to be part of it all. What happy, happy pictures.

    Love you, sis.

  113. Kizz on June 22nd, 2011 7:55 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. She was a great dog. Over here we have a tradition, when someone’s pet goes all the pets we know get extra treats for all the special things they do like, “good breathing!” “nice standing” “yes! drool some more” So tonight (and likely tomorrow since I’m on the East Coast and it’s bed time for me) the pets here will be getting all sorts of extra treats and love in honor of Dog. She is missed.

  114. Bopril on June 22nd, 2011 7:57 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. What an amazing dog and what a lovely life she had as part of your family. Hugs to you all.

  115. Abacus on June 22nd, 2011 7:58 pm

    I’m so sorry. I fear that I will be in your shoes shortly, as my own dog (who is a twin of yours!) is 12 years old. By strange coincidence, I watched Marley and Me last night, and was in a puddle on the floor at the end, when it showed what you and your husband went through today. I am so, so, so sorry for your loss. :-(

  116. elz on June 22nd, 2011 8:02 pm

    So sorry. Some good friends of ours had to put their dog down last year, it was heartbreaking.

  117. Nicole on June 22nd, 2011 8:06 pm

    Your posting made me cry, and miss my pups… our house is so empty now with just a toddler. I hope this isn’t too long – but we lost both of our dogs at the first of the year, one to old age and one to cancer that came back (Buck a Golden and Floyd a yellow lab) My aunt sent this message typed out – it seems to be written for kids, but made me feel better too…

    RAINBOW BRIDGE: Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal that has been especially close to someone here, leaves this world, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our special friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals that have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent, her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. Happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your companion, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

  118. Julia on June 22nd, 2011 8:07 pm

    I am so sorry, Julie

  119. Kelley Rye on June 22nd, 2011 8:09 pm

    Oh, Linda. I am so, so sorry.

    It’s a terrible thing to have to watch an animal you dearly love leave this world. But take comfort knowing you did right by her. She got to pass on peacefully, with people she loved, and you couldn’t have given her a better, more wonderful gift than that.

  120. KC Brown on June 22nd, 2011 8:09 pm

    A vet friend of mine said that it always feels like you have made the decision one day too soon or one day too late. It sounds like you did it just right. I am wishing you the best in recovering from your grief.

  121. marilyn on June 22nd, 2011 8:12 pm

    The pictures you have here with her are so wonderful and happy. What a lot of joy she shared with you all. How many times I read your blog with that old header image of Dog and Cat! They’ll both be remembered and missed for a long time. Big hugs and sympathy to everyone on Team Sharps.

  122. Celine on June 22nd, 2011 8:15 pm

    My heart goes out to your entire family- I know this feeling all too well. Dog was lucky to have you guys, just as you were lucky to have her. She will never be forgotten and what better legacy can there be than that?

  123. Bridget on June 22nd, 2011 8:20 pm

    I’m so sorry. What a sweet girl she was.

  124. ElizabethZ on June 22nd, 2011 8:23 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss Linda (and Sharps Family). I have an almost 15 y/o chow/lab mix. Had her since she was 8 weeks old. Her hips are somewhat arthritic, but so far she is healthy otherwise and holding her own. Some days she seems to be “winding down” just a bit, but I give her glucosamine daily and hope I can stave off the inevitable as long as possible.

    RIP Dog. What a great life you had.

  125. Kris on June 22nd, 2011 8:28 pm

    Oh, Linda. I’m so sorry. I’ve been through it 3 times now with my beloved girls, and will be letting #4 go sooner than I’d like. I wish I could say it gets easier . . . but it doesn’t. You should take a tiny bit of comfort in knowing when it was time to let her go, and allowing her to leave you with dignity while surrounded by those who loved her the most.

    And I love you for staying with her as she passed. You don’t know me from Adam, but really, I love you & JB for being strong enough to stay by her side.

    When we had our great pyrenees put down last summer, the vet took my face in her hands, looked straight into my soul, and said that we were doing the right thing and that it was time. I wish I were there to do the same for you.

  126. Manda on June 22nd, 2011 8:46 pm

    :(
    So sorry for your loss.

  127. Amy G on June 22nd, 2011 8:47 pm

    I’m so sorry. I know it hurts so much. You did the best for her.

    I like that vid of JB singing to Ashley from the shower – so funny! (I don’t remember when that was…) I hope you all remember all the happy times!

  128. Marolyn on June 22nd, 2011 8:54 pm

    Im so sorry ~ Goodbye sweet girl.

  129. meredith on June 22nd, 2011 9:00 pm

    Go peacefully Dog. With dignity and endless love. My heart is with you Linda.

  130. Amy on June 22nd, 2011 9:11 pm

    Oh Linda…I am so sorry about Dog. I always enjoyed seeing Dog in your pictures and she seemed so sweet and patient with the kids. Sending hugs your way and thinking of you all.

  131. Jen on June 22nd, 2011 9:15 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Dog.

  132. Deanna Sanford on June 22nd, 2011 9:17 pm

    Oh My Goodness….. Hugs to you and your family. Our fuzzy family members love us unconditionally. Always so excited to see us come home, or come back from taking the trash out. Sweet Dog is now pain free and chasing ball, after ball after ball.

  133. Lauren on June 22nd, 2011 9:18 pm

    Other than you being there to send her off with love, and her last moments of saying goodbye to you, I hate everything about this. I am so very sorry you had to let her go and that you’ve got to go through this. Sending much love your way.

  134. Tracy on June 22nd, 2011 9:20 pm

    When I saw this title in my reader, I said “No, oh fuck no.” But yes. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I absolutely loved your dog. She was a beautiful soul and she knew you guys loved her.

  135. Oregoncoastgirl on June 22nd, 2011 9:23 pm

    Oh. Oh.

    Love.

  136. Alexa on June 22nd, 2011 9:24 pm

    Dog! Oh I am so sorry. Loved her sweet face- what a happy life she lived with a great family.

  137. sooboo on June 22nd, 2011 9:26 pm

    Such a difficult decision but know that however hard it was, having you there made it easier and that’s a really beautiful tribute for all she gave to you and your family. Those pictures are so wonderful. Sniff.

  138. JB on June 22nd, 2011 9:36 pm

    From what you said, I really feel that she knew that it was her time. Maybe she waited until you got back from JB’s uncle’s funeral to begin her wind-down.

    You made a brave and kind decision and I’m sure that your pats and gentle words helped her.

    I’m so sorry.

  139. Dawn on June 22nd, 2011 9:38 pm

    I am so, so sorry that you had to make this choice and say goodbye to Dog like this. Hugs to you and your family – she’ll most certainly be missed.

  140. Junni on June 22nd, 2011 9:39 pm

    So, so sorry.

  141. Amy on June 22nd, 2011 10:10 pm

    So sorry…you did the best thing for her, but it’s never easy. I just had to make the same decision for my sweet boy, Cody. And Zoey (who looks a lot like Dog) is 14 years old and starting to slow down a bit, too. It’s the hardest part of pet ownership, but you did the right thing.

  142. Karen on June 22nd, 2011 10:14 pm

    Oh, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Dog, you were very loved. It shows in your smile.

    Hugs to you and your family, Linda.

  143. Angella on June 22nd, 2011 10:20 pm

    Big, big, hugs, friend. Big ones.

  144. Trisaratops on June 22nd, 2011 10:32 pm

    I’m so sorry for your pain. I think you did the right thing. It is so unfair that pets go before us, and that they can’t talk to you about their pain. But, she communicated with you. Love your photos of her – especially with Riley in the dog bed!

  145. honeybecke on June 22nd, 2011 10:34 pm

    It’s so hard.
    Big hugs to you and your family.

  146. GingerB on June 22nd, 2011 10:35 pm

    I am glad you posted this – it gives me hope that I might know when the time is right for our dear old girl, 14 years old any day now. We are dealing with the odd nighttime behavior, lack of appetite, and weight loss. And those jutting hips? So hard to look at. You say it was the hardest thing you’ve ever done but you’d feel worse if you chickened out and let her hang on too long, you know? Best, Ginger

  147. Kimberly on June 22nd, 2011 10:35 pm

    I’m so sorry.

  148. Nine on June 22nd, 2011 10:38 pm

    I’m so, so sorry. I’ve been reading you forever (diagnosed chronic lurkerdom) and I remember one of the first entries of yours that I read was the Cat vs. Dog intelligence test cage match that ended with Dog’s head stuck in a saltines box. Comedy gold.

    RIP Ashley. Who’s a good dog? You are!

  149. KarinP on June 22nd, 2011 10:49 pm

    I’m so sorry. Its awful when your furry loved ones go. I love your pics of her, especially the close up.

  150. Brenna on June 22nd, 2011 11:03 pm

    I am very sad for you, and also very proud of you (if that’s not too weird to say).

  151. Rebecca on June 22nd, 2011 11:06 pm

    This is a lovely tribute. So sorry for your loss.

  152. Emily on June 22nd, 2011 11:14 pm

    Oh Linda. To your last sentence – I know. It is the worst. As awful as it was, it was good you were there with her. I am sorry for your family’s loss – she was such a great dog. Tears fall for you all.

  153. Elle on June 22nd, 2011 11:26 pm

    My heart aches for you. I’m so so sorry for your loss.

  154. Kelly on June 23rd, 2011 2:56 am

    :-( So sorry to hear. Big hugs to you and the whole family.

  155. Kelley O on June 23rd, 2011 3:31 am

    So very sorry for your loss, but it sounds like she was ready to go, and to make her stay any longer would have been torturous for everyone in the family. I know you all will miss her so very much, just like I miss my best girl kitty Pixel who I had for 14 years, but know that you gave her a wonderful life and that she’s in a better place now, up at the Rainbow Bridge, happy and healthy and playing, and watching over you and your family. Hugs to all of you from me.

  156. Diane on June 23rd, 2011 3:41 am

    Oh Linda…when I saw the title of the entry I didn’t want to open it but I knew…Ashley was such a good girl…so patient with the boys…I’m setting here sobbing…we just made the same decision in March…it’s so hard but eventually, so they tell me, looking back will bring a smile not a tear…hugs to you and the boys…all 3 of them.

  157. kris on June 23rd, 2011 3:42 am

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I hope you and JB and the kids are doing okay. What a beautiful dog. Thanks for sharing her life with us. As a dog owner myself, I know what you are going through. Dog is a lovely golden ray of light now.

  158. jen on June 23rd, 2011 3:46 am

    I am so so very sorry.

  159. elc on June 23rd, 2011 4:26 am

    So sorry for your loss Linda. Your lovely tribute makes me feel so guilty about my dog, whom I frequently scan (with hopeful anticipation) for the slightest sign that it may be her time. I won’t miss the fur all over the place, or the subsequent vacuuming, or the click clack of her nails just when I’m falling asleep, or the vet bills, or paying insane amounts of money to a sitter when we vacation, or the whining to be walked in the dark of winter, but I guess I have to admit, someday I will miss the dog. Yours too.

  160. Denise V. on June 23rd, 2011 4:49 am

    Linda & JB–I am so very sorry for your loss of Ashley. I remember those feelings well and there’s nothing quite like it. Wishing you peace and comfort at this time.

  161. wealhtheow on June 23rd, 2011 4:56 am

    So, so sorry. Our furry family members leave such a huge hole when they go.

  162. akofaolain on June 23rd, 2011 4:59 am

    I’m so sorry. Good dog.

  163. Clarity on June 23rd, 2011 5:00 am

    Oh Dog…..I’m am so so sorry. You were a Very. Good. Dog.

  164. Sarah on June 23rd, 2011 5:03 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. I’m so sorry for your loss and I hope that you and your boys (all three of them) can find peace in the days to come. I’ll be thinking of you all.

  165. Libby on June 23rd, 2011 5:05 am

    I’m just a reader, and even I have fond memories of Dog: JB singing a song about/to her in the shower, with her wagging her tail happily outside the curtain; The Adventures of Dog and Cat watching you put a treat into an empty box and Dog getting the box stuck on her sweet little face… man, I’m going to miss Dog. I still miss evil Cat. My thoughts are with you all.

  166. Michelle on June 23rd, 2011 5:05 am

    So sorry for your loss. I’m blubbering at work for you. I know Dog will be sorely missed.

  167. Kristin H on June 23rd, 2011 5:17 am

    Oh, what a good Dog she was. I’m really sorry.

  168. Ter on June 23rd, 2011 5:21 am

    Looks like a couple people beat me to posting the Rainbow Bridge poem. I truly believe in it. So sorry to read about Dog, but I know you didn’t come to the decision lightly.::Hugs for you all::

  169. Christina on June 23rd, 2011 5:27 am

    I am truly sorry to hear this. I dread this with our pups.

  170. Pam on June 23rd, 2011 5:28 am

    oh, I am so sorry. Letting pets go is the hardest part of having them in your life. It seems as though you were a wonderful family for her to have had, for so long, and I’m sorry for your loss and the sadness.

  171. Kaire on June 23rd, 2011 5:28 am

    Tears! What a good life you guys had together!

  172. Sande on June 23rd, 2011 5:40 am

    Thanks for making me bawl first thing this morning. I am so sorry and I know exactly what you are going through. She was lucky to have such a loving family to share her life with. I am so glad you and JB were there when she crossed over. I am confident she was at peace. Hugs to you all!

  173. Kim on June 23rd, 2011 5:47 am

    Oh Linda
    :(

    She was a good and faithful friend.
    I’m so awfully sorry.

  174. bessie.viola on June 23rd, 2011 5:47 am

    Oh, no. I’m so sorry. Dog was beautiful, and I’m sure that he was thankful for your help at the end. We had to do the same for our family dog just over a year ago, and… yeah. It sucks. No good words for it. Just that I’m sorry, and I know.

    You’re right though – all dogs definitely go to Heaven.

  175. Cheryl S. on June 23rd, 2011 5:51 am

    RIP, Dog. You did the right thing. She’ll thank you when you all get to where ever it is we go next. . .

  176. Becky on June 23rd, 2011 5:54 am

    I am so sorry Linda. OMG she was such a good dog, huh?

  177. bessie.viola on June 23rd, 2011 5:58 am

    *she. Sorry, what a crap typo.

  178. Maggie on June 23rd, 2011 6:03 am

    I have a 9-year-old Black Lab who has been living with congestive heart failure for about a year now. She’s on 4 medicines (2 for that, one for arthritis pain and one for thyroid). That just broke my heart. So sorry you had to go through that.

  179. Melissa on June 23rd, 2011 6:05 am

    I’m so sorry. We had to do the same thing at the end of February. One of the worst things I’ve ever had to do. Are you boys like my girls – asking when you’ll get a new dog? Broke my heart every time they asked. And yet, we now have 2 puppies.

  180. Carrie (in MN) on June 23rd, 2011 6:07 am

    Trying not to cry at work over a Dog I never knew…it was the doggie smile picture that sent me over the edge because I love labs and goldens and that is such a classic lab picture. Sweet girl. I’m so sorry you had to go through this but happy for her that she had a really good life with you guys.

  181. Erica on June 23rd, 2011 6:08 am

    I don’t even like dogs, but I have tears. Sorry for your loss.

  182. Jessica on June 23rd, 2011 6:15 am

    Like many others, I’m tearing up at work over a great dog that I never met in person. I’m so sorry for your loss, and wish that Ashley now rests in peace.

  183. Roberta on June 23rd, 2011 6:16 am

    I’m so sorry! I had to let my dog go in December and it was awful. Knowing that you did the right thing unfortunately doesn’t do much to ease the pain…Take care.

  184. shygirl on June 23rd, 2011 6:23 am

    Oh, Linda. I am so sorry. If it helps, I think it’s wonderful (weird word to use for a subject like this, sorry) that she put her paw on your hand and you knew. We had a pet that did that to me, and I knew, but I didn’t want to accept it and let it drag on for a few more days… painful, horribly sad days that looking back, I wish I’d had the courage to spare him. I’ve never stopped regretting that, and I’m glad you didn’t make the same mistake. Much love to all of you.

  185. TracyB on June 23rd, 2011 6:26 am

    I’m so sorry. Although you won’t believe it for a long, long time, you’ve done the right thing. Helping your dog leave this world is one of the hardest and saddest things ever. But it is also the greatest act of kindness you can perform. The utter sadness will wane some day, and you will have all those wonderful memories to laugh about with your family.

  186. Amy M. on June 23rd, 2011 6:28 am

    Trying not to cry at work. I’m so sorry for your loss, Linda, & that of your family. My lab is 9 & healthy, but I dread that day. Healing thoughts over the interwebs …

  187. Susie on June 23rd, 2011 6:30 am

    I’m so, so sorry, Linda — my heart aches for you, JB, and the boys today. Sending gentle thoughts your way.

  188. Life of a Doctor's Wife on June 23rd, 2011 6:32 am

    Oh Linda I am so very sorry for your loss. She sounds like a beloved family member and oh how hard it is to say goodbye. Thinking of you and your family.

  189. sherri on June 23rd, 2011 6:33 am

    I’m so sorry. Lots of love to all of you.

  190. Tessie on June 23rd, 2011 6:39 am

    Oh, this is devastating. I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you guys.

  191. Caitlin on June 23rd, 2011 6:46 am

    Oh, Linda. I am all tear-y reading this. I am so sorry. You did the kind thing, the right thing. It’s never easy. Never. But I think you did the right thing.

    For what it’s worth, I think if you waited until there was absolute certainty, you would have waited too long. This is kinder. It is.

    For what it’s worth, my best friend is a vet and she has always said that the day it’s easy for a vet to put an animal down is the day they should stop being a vet.
    It’s hard. It’s so hard.

  192. MM on June 23rd, 2011 6:51 am

    Really sorry to hear that ! I am sure she is in heaven !

    on an unrelated note — you are on This is Photobomb by The Cheezburger Network. Not sure how you feel about your photograph being used on the interwebs. Just an FYI.

    MM.

  193. Nolita on June 23rd, 2011 6:53 am

    I’m so sorry about Dog…but glad she’s no longer suffering. She looked like she was an incredible member of the family. I just love the picture of Riley in her bed. Good Dog!

  194. MM on June 23rd, 2011 6:55 am

    Ignore the last comment — not about doggie heaven. the other part.

    i knew you’d talked about that particular photo and was trying to locate that post but left the comment before i managed to find it. don’t mean to be a pain during a difficult time.

    *sorry*

  195. MyFrogs on June 23rd, 2011 7:10 am

    Sitting at my desk at work with tears in my eyes for your family. But you loved her and she loved you guys. And that’s all that really matters.

  196. Liz on June 23rd, 2011 7:24 am

    Heartbreaking. Especially since she looks almost exactly like my dog. He’s only 5 now, but knowing that one day we’ll have to go through the same thing just kills me. So sorry for you guys.

  197. Mary on June 23rd, 2011 7:24 am

    I am so so sorry for this. My heart goes out to you.

  198. Chrissy on June 23rd, 2011 7:27 am

    What a heartbreaking post. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    “Dogs aren’t our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

    And another good one (by Helen Keller):

    “What we have once enjoyed
    we can never lose;
    All that we love deeply,
    becomes a part of us.”

  199. Christine on June 23rd, 2011 7:28 am

    Such a good dog with such a happy life.

    So sorry for you all, but I’m sure you did the right thing, hard and awful as it was.

    xoxo

  200. Lisa M. on June 23rd, 2011 7:31 am

    I’m so so sorry. It hasn’t been that long since I had to go with my own lovely dog and have her put to sleep (there is no adequate euphemism for this, I hate “put to sleep” but I hate all of the other euphemisms too). I had tried to mentally prepare myself for it, I had wanted to be strong for my dog, and whisper comforting (I hoped) things to her in those moments. But at the crucial moment, when she whined, because she could feel it (even though the vet had said she wouldn’t feel anything), I became a sobbing mess, and I wasn’t how I had hoped I’d be at all. It haunts me (obviously). Maybe I’ll be better next time.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. But Dog felt loved and comforted every minute; maybe that will bring some small bit of ease to your heart.

  201. Janet on June 23rd, 2011 7:32 am

    We had to do the same thing last September. It was the worst thing ever. But please know you did the right thing. So sorry for your family.

    Janet

  202. Erin on June 23rd, 2011 7:40 am

    Linda, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve been through this too and it’s heartbreaking. Thinking of you and your family.

  203. Melissa on June 23rd, 2011 7:52 am

    On July 3, it will be one year since we had to say goodbye to our black lab, Otis. We too had to play that horrible guessing game of “when?” It’s the uniquely awful price we have to pay for the joy of having them in our lives in the first place, I guess.

    I’m so sorry. She was a beautiful dog and a beautiful soul – you can tell in the pictures. Much love to you, JB and the boys.

  204. kelly on June 23rd, 2011 8:16 am

    My hubby and I have been there where you are today. We’ve questioned whether we waited too long or too soon… All I know is our big man wasn’t in discomfort and that helped me sleep. Thinking of you…

  205. Liz on June 23rd, 2011 8:18 am

    I’m so sorry. A good pet is such a terrible loss. Hugs to you and your family.

  206. telegirl on June 23rd, 2011 8:20 am

    I knew better than to come here and read this post after I saw the image you posted on Facebook. I am crying like a baby right now. My heart breaks for you, your family & your beloved Ashley. Here’s an internet hug if it makes you feel better.

  207. Kristin on June 23rd, 2011 8:20 am

    Oh, that was so hard. I’m so sorry. When we put our Daisy down, she was barely conscious before the “procedure” and the vet said “Don’t worry, she can hear you”. It was the one moment of brevity when my husband and I looked at each other and laughed. He said “No she can’t she’s already deaf…” But she knew we were with her. I bawled and bawled. The worst was the looks I got from the other pet owners at the vet. I was pissed at them that they most likely got to take their pet home and I didn’t. :(

  208. Kaitlyn on June 23rd, 2011 8:23 am

    So, so sorry for your loss :(

  209. Cara on June 23rd, 2011 8:25 am

    I believe you’re right, that it was a kindness to let her pass peacefully and surrounded by your love. I’m so sorry for you. That was the harder choice, but the loving one.

  210. Samantha on June 23rd, 2011 8:25 am

    I’ll never forget that awesome post you wrote awhile back about Dog and how she thought and what she would say if she did talk. I laughed so hard at that post. Today, I cried so hard reading this post. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. :-( Dog will be remembered and missed very much!!

  211. adequatemom on June 23rd, 2011 8:37 am

    Tears in my eyes for your loss. She was lucky to have you all for a family. And it does sound like it was time. I think you did the right thing, even though it was so hard. Love to all of you.

  212. Gina on June 23rd, 2011 8:50 am

    Oh man, I am so sorry for your loss. I have been there (a couple of times)and it never gets any easier. Our older dog is starting to wind down, too, and it breaks my heart daily.

  213. Lisa on June 23rd, 2011 8:50 am

    So very sorry for your loss..I thought I had shed all my tears over my dog who I had to put down in 2008 but your post made me cry all over again. (And, if you haven’t already seen it, I don’t recommend the movie Marley and Me at this time…or any time in the next decade).

  214. MRW on June 23rd, 2011 8:52 am

    Crap, now I’m violating my no crying at the office policy because letting a pet go just hurts so damned bad. It still hurts to miss our dog and cats we’ve had pass on. I believe with all of my heart that we did the right thing putting them down because they were all suffering in the way your dog was, but it still hurt like hell to do it. Part of me always thinks at the time that we will never get another dog or cat because it hurts too much when they die, but then we always end up getting another dog or cat because the years of love outweigh the pain. My heart goes out to you and your family!

  215. Josefina on June 23rd, 2011 8:54 am

    I’m so sorry, Linda.

  216. Kath on June 23rd, 2011 8:55 am

    I am so sorry.
    It is a sorrow unlike any other.

  217. Michelle K. on June 23rd, 2011 8:55 am

    I knew the ending before I read the post but I still read it anyways….Dog was one of the reasons I started following your blog wwwwwaaaaayyyy back before Riley was born. In a way pups are our first children, and a much more forgiving dry run before the “real deal”. You and JB did a GREAT job with dog, and I know you two will always have warm memories of that great pup’s smile.

  218. Redbecca on June 23rd, 2011 8:56 am

    I’m so sorry Linda. It is never easy, and I think it was a good thing you did despite how awful it feels. Sometimes the heart can’t understand what the brain knows to be true.

  219. Courtney on June 23rd, 2011 9:03 am

    Oh dog!!! I read this last night on my blackberry, and cuddled our 18 month old Golden Retriever a little closer as a result. Though she’s young and healthy, I already dread the day we have to make a similar decision.

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  220. Sunshyn on June 23rd, 2011 9:04 am

    If you are so inclined, check out “Dog Heaven” by Cynthia Rylant. It was a favorite children’s book we used to get from the library (way before we ever had a dog. Really really lovely, and we read it over and over and over.

  221. briscogirl on June 23rd, 2011 9:08 am

    I just cried at my desk. The love and companionship that a pet gives is the most unconditional love many people will ever experience. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. RIP Dog, you lived a good life.

  222. Adrienne on June 23rd, 2011 9:13 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss! I hope that you and JB are doing okay and that the boys are handling the news as well as can be expected. Our dog died two years ago this summer and being with him at the end is still the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Hang in there!

  223. Sara on June 23rd, 2011 9:15 am

    Oh, Dog. The tears are rolling. I’m so sorry.

  224. Sonia on June 23rd, 2011 9:15 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’m bawling over here….it’s been 10&1/2 years since my husband and I put our beloved Kota to sleep. It still chokes me up. I’m sorry Linda, JB, Riley and Dylan. That is one of the most difficult things to decide, and then do. You did the right thing, it was time. Again, I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  225. Joybell on June 23rd, 2011 9:16 am

    I am so, so sorry, for you and with you. We had to do this for our dog 5 years ago, and I still cry every now and then. It’s the hardest thing in the world to do; too much power to have, for something I want no responsibility for: choosing the end of someone else’s life. You did the right thing. May you find peace and comfort in your memories, and the knowledge that your dog had the best life possible with you.

  226. Kate on June 23rd, 2011 9:17 am

    Sitting here crying at work, thinking about you and the boys and Dog. You did a wonderful and selfless thing for her, but that doesn’t make it suck any less, I know. So, so sorry.

  227. Lucy on June 23rd, 2011 9:25 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  228. Rakel on June 23rd, 2011 9:30 am

    So sorry for you guys, there are tears for her on my side of the world.

  229. Christen on June 23rd, 2011 9:33 am

    I am so very, sincerely sorry for your loss. It’s a horrible decision to have to make (I’ve been there), but from everything you’ve said it really does sound like the right one. You eased her suffering and were there to comfort her in the end. Horrible as it is, she went feeling love from you until the end. Wishing peace to you and your boys.

  230. Claire on June 23rd, 2011 9:33 am

    Being a long time reader of your blog, I was actually thinking of Dog the other day, knowing this post would probably come soon. Then one of my dogs got sick and I started to think I will need to do this one day in the not too distant future. I am sorry; I know it’s got to be hard.

  231. Halyn on June 23rd, 2011 9:38 am

    Oh, I am so very sorry. It hurts so much to lose our furry family members. You did the right thing, truly. To let her go gently, with loving pats and murmurs…it was the most generous, loving thing you could do for her. My thoughts are with you.

  232. Kathy on June 23rd, 2011 9:39 am

    Linda, I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now…and I know you guys gave Dog one hell of a life! Dog was one lucky dog. Virtual hugs.

  233. Kris on June 23rd, 2011 9:45 am

    My condolences.

  234. joaaanna on June 23rd, 2011 9:49 am

    I am so, so sorry for the loss of your friend.

  235. JennyA on June 23rd, 2011 9:56 am

    Oh, Dog.

    I’m so sorry — I’ve been there. And all that “you’ll know” is, in the end, pretty much horseshit. I mean, yeah, you kind of do, but you also kind of don’t. It doesn’t make it any easier.

    Heartfelt condolences to all you guys.

  236. Jem on June 23rd, 2011 9:59 am

    Ahh, I’m crying. You know how long I’ve been reading, and putting down my cat (who I’ve had since I was a 5 year old) was the most painful thing I’ve ever had to do. I’m sure Dog is glad you knew when to do it and I’m so sorry.

  237. squandra on June 23rd, 2011 10:04 am

    Oh, Linda. I’m so sorry. I know Dog had a happy life, though. Rest in peace, sweet girl.

  238. Jennifer B on June 23rd, 2011 10:22 am

    I’m so sorry for Dog and you and your family. She looks like a great dog in your photos.

  239. Jen on June 23rd, 2011 10:30 am

    I’m sorry.

  240. Mandy on June 23rd, 2011 10:34 am

    I’m so sorry to read this. I think as parents we teach our children so much about humanity in the care we give our animals, and you have given your boys a wonderful lesson about dignity and quality of life in making this difficult decision for Dog. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of her, she clearly had a full life.

  241. Julie on June 23rd, 2011 10:35 am

    I’m so, so sorry. I had to do the same thing nearly 4 years ago now, and it still hurts to think about. I like to think of our pets in heaven in a giant meadow, frolicking around in the flowers without any pain.

  242. souphead on June 23rd, 2011 10:36 am

    Lucky sweet Dog had a great family.
    I’m so sorry :(

  243. Jane on June 23rd, 2011 10:37 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Reading your post and looking at pictures of Dog made me all teary, but she was certainly loved and will be missed.

  244. Kristin on June 23rd, 2011 10:37 am

    Oh, dog. And oh, Linda. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. <3

  245. Adrien on June 23rd, 2011 10:44 am

    I am so very sorry.

  246. Rachel on June 23rd, 2011 10:47 am

    Oh, I’m so sorry. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    I’m sure Ashley is feeling your love and thanks you.

  247. Toni on June 23rd, 2011 11:05 am

    I’ve been reading you for years Linda, and I rarely comment. But I’m crying for you. RIP sweet doggie

  248. Lisa on June 23rd, 2011 11:05 am

    Oh, Linda, I am so, so sorry.

  249. Becky Mochaface on June 23rd, 2011 11:08 am

    RIP Dog, your faithfulness, love and loyalty will never be forgotten.

  250. pvz on June 23rd, 2011 11:13 am

    we just lost our own beast 2 weeks ago. similar but not quite so obvious a situation. i sat with her as she went, and still see her face in my hand when i’m lying in bed.

    condolences to your entire family.

  251. Christine on June 23rd, 2011 11:18 am

    Fighting back tears. I’m so sorry. What a beautiful post, and what a beautiful dog.

  252. jwoap on June 23rd, 2011 11:20 am

    Oh Linda, I am so sorry. there’s nothing more to say — this is hard.

  253. Michelle on June 23rd, 2011 11:30 am

    Having made the same decision 5 years ago with my own Cat, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Much love to you and your family as you learn to live without her faithful presence. xo

  254. agirlandaboy on June 23rd, 2011 11:31 am

    She was such a good dog. You loved her and gave her a good home, and in the end you did the right thing. I’ll miss her too.

  255. Anne L. on June 23rd, 2011 11:34 am

    Aw, Linda, that really sucks. I am sorry.

  256. KT on June 23rd, 2011 11:41 am

    Oh no I am so sorry!! We have an older dog too and we tear up every time we think about her dying. :-( :-( :-(

  257. Mel on June 23rd, 2011 11:59 am

    I’m so sorry Linda. We lost our girl in January and its so hard. Our condolences…

  258. deenuts dana on June 23rd, 2011 12:51 pm

    I’ve been in that exact same spot. This post was so hard to read. Im so sorry, Linda.

  259. lisa-marie on June 23rd, 2011 12:57 pm

    Linda, I’m so sorry for your loss!

  260. Rachel on June 23rd, 2011 1:05 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. You gave her a good, long, happy life.

  261. Danell on June 23rd, 2011 1:06 pm

    There is nothing like a Lab…they are so wonderful.

    It’s so hard, at the end, when you’re spending more time with a feeling of dread every time you look at your pet. When almost every moment spent with them is a moment wondering “Is it now? Is this the time?”. It’s not a you”ll “just know” moment, but more of a slow, painful realization where your head is trying to gently tell you it IS time but your heart is still screaming NO. And it hurts no matter what.
    I’m so sorry it was Ashley’s time. She was a lovely member of your beautiful family.

  262. tanya on June 23rd, 2011 1:08 pm

    every post you wrote about her showed the love you felt for her. Happy dog, happy life. I’m so sorry for the sadness and the space she leaves behind. hugs

  263. Amy on June 23rd, 2011 1:38 pm

    Sweet thing. A lucky dog she was, for sure. My heart aches for you and your family.

  264. Rayshell Cook on June 23rd, 2011 1:40 pm

    So sorry on the loss of your family member. Such a hard thing to do. Hugs to you all.

  265. Michelle on June 23rd, 2011 1:51 pm

    That last picture is adorable!

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I had to say goodbye to my girl Sweet Pea back in November; it was so difficult, and yet I knew it was the best decision for her. Still, it’s hard to let go.

  266. Crystal on June 23rd, 2011 1:58 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your wonderful dog looks so much like mine that my heart truly goes out to you and your boys. Our dog too is reaching old age and I know one day she will not be with us anymore and even though she annoys the crap out of me some days. She is the first dog I have ever had and she is truly wonderful. I hope your broken hearts heal soon.

  267. Em on June 23rd, 2011 2:14 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  268. Jessica on June 23rd, 2011 2:17 pm

    I’m so sorry. Our own yellow lab was just diagnosed with a lump on her heart and we know she only has a couple months left. They are such sweet, good pets who become part of the family.

  269. Lucy on June 23rd, 2011 2:26 pm

    I’m so sorry. What a beautiful smiley dog she was, and obviously much loved. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

  270. julie urben on June 23rd, 2011 2:46 pm

    So sad to hear of your loss! Dogs, particularly labs, are such loves and love us so unconditionally. Two years ago we had to put ours down, he was 13 yrs. old and it was the hardest thing. My heart goes out to you and your family. Pretty tough few months for you and yours. I’ve enjoyed hearing about ‘dog’ over the years and love the pics you’ve shared. You will be in my thoughts.

  271. eileen on June 23rd, 2011 2:57 pm

    oh, trying to type through the tears and the sting in my heart, we have been through this 2 times in the last 13 months, oh how it sucks, oh how the pain is always right there. I am so sorry, and wish I had words for you, but right now all I can od is miss my girls and know that Libby Love and Tarrah are now with dog, romping through heaven. Sandy has healed some of the pain and filled some of the void and oh my, she looks like your “dog’s” twin. take the time to grieve and then get back on the dog train, it will help so very much, trust me, I didn’t think it possile, but it is true. excuse me while I go get some kleenex.

  272. Eliza on June 23rd, 2011 3:27 pm

    Oh, DOG. The picture of Riley and Dog in the dog bed is the best picture ever. You guys are in my heart.

  273. Judy on June 23rd, 2011 3:32 pm

    It is the hardest thing in the world. Along with losing the friend, you have that niggling little thing about playing God and deciding their time to go. I know. 8 years ago I had to do it with Janet, my 16 year old cat. I had just lost her older stepsister, Sophie, at the age of 19, to hyperthyroid and I’d gone through a year of watching her become a furry skeleton (but still happy, so how do you know when?) and getting up every morning and coming home every evening expecting to find her dead, and then finally one evening I did. Janet had diabetes. I gave her two insulin injections a day for that, but it’s kind of hit or miss and she never adjusted well, and got a lot of infections and other horrid things that gave her diarrhea and then she didn’t feel good enough to cover it or avoid stepping in it, and would come and jump into my lap for cuddling. Many mornings I’d be ready for work and would have to go shower and change because I’d be covered in feces. I finally decided we had to do It and the night before, as she slept in my arms, I lay there sobbing so hard the tears dripped on her and she got annoyed with me. I had almost stopped crying a week or so later when a friend sent me that fucking Rainbow Bridge poem and that started it again. And a week after that, the vet sent a sympathy card that everyone in the office signed, and it started yet again. I probably cried for six months, and to this day, 8 years later, the tears well up when I think about her. It took me nearly 4 years to bring myself to get another cat, simply because I knew I could never go through that again. But Simon came to live with me, and he is a nuisance and a joy, like every other pet, and since I’m nearly 69 and he’s only 4, it’s possible that someone else will have to do It after I’m gone.

  274. Joanne on June 23rd, 2011 4:15 pm

    It may be the worst thing you’ve ever done, but it’s the best thing you could have done for that dog, and isn’t that being a good pet person? I’m sorry for how hard it is, I have been there and I know how – oh, it just seems impossible, doesn’t it? I’ll be thinking of you and your family.

  275. deb on June 23rd, 2011 4:29 pm

    Heartbreaking. So sorry.

  276. goingloopy on June 23rd, 2011 4:36 pm

    Oh god. I went through almost the exact same thing with one of my kitties about 3 months ago…so heartbreaking. You know it’s the right thing, because your baby is in pain…but it’s so hard to imagine not having them around anymore. Hugs to you and your family.

  277. Melissa on June 23rd, 2011 4:51 pm

    I’m crying over here too and you have so many lovely comments. I have always loved your pics of her and especially remember one of her with JB. He was play biting her snout and I could see how much she meant to you guys. Sending you and your family love. Rest in peace, sweet, beautiful Dog.

  278. Sharon on June 23rd, 2011 5:03 pm

    I feel for you. I’ve been there with a dog that looked very much like Dog. Especially the picture of her swimming. Your tribute to her was beautiful.

  279. Laura on June 23rd, 2011 5:12 pm

    I will never forget the “Ashley Fights for Justice” song. She had a sweet, silly smile and was a loved member of your family for so long. You did the right thing for her.

  280. kim on June 23rd, 2011 5:28 pm

    You have made me cry before, but this has really gotten me crying like a baby! I have a dog that I love (sometimes) more than anything else in the world (well, I don’t have kids), and other times second only to my husband. I am so sorry for your loss. Dog was a lucky dog.

    I don’t know if this will help, but I recently read (listened on cd) to a book called THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, by Garth Stein. It’s written from the perspective of an old dog who is ready to leave this world and his beloved companion/master. I find that reading books that echo my current life experience can be cathartic. You might enjoy this novel.

  281. erin on June 23rd, 2011 5:45 pm

    I’m so, so sorry.

  282. Rachael@Rachael Lay on June 23rd, 2011 5:51 pm

    So so sorry to hear Dog is gone. It’s just heartbreaking when we lose our pets. I can’t bear to think about the day when my little girl has to leave us.

    Sending you hugs for this sad time but know that soon, you will remember her fondly and it won’t hurt as much.

  283. Siobain Reilly on June 23rd, 2011 6:06 pm

    So sorry for your loss. It is one of the hardest and kindest things you can do for an old friend.

  284. Lana on June 23rd, 2011 6:12 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. She had a good long life filled with love. That’s the best anyone, pet or person, can hope for.

  285. julia on June 23rd, 2011 6:12 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. Dog had a really good life, and although I’m sure the decision to let her go was excruciating, you did the right thing for her. I hope you feel better soon.

  286. sara moon on June 23rd, 2011 6:53 pm

    I’m crying for you, for Dog, for your family, for all of us dog lovers/owners who will be there too one day.

    Aren’t dogs the most wonderful creatures?

    There is the best book you should get called Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. I weep every time I read it. It’s wonderful for the boys, but for you and JB, too.

    Hugs.

  287. Lisa B on June 23rd, 2011 6:57 pm

    Oh Linda, I’m so sorry! It was your photo essay of Dog and Cat and the treats in the box that first brought me to All & Sundry (and what a hilarious post *that* was!). Dog has always been a big loveable piece of your family. Dog is in all our hearts and thoughts.

  288. Nann on June 23rd, 2011 7:21 pm

    Hugs to all of you :(

  289. CB on June 23rd, 2011 7:37 pm

    I’m so sorry, Linda. This was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, too. Please be comforted in knowing that Dog had an awesome, happy life being a part of your family. I’m wiping my tears and sending you virtual hugs.

  290. emily on June 23rd, 2011 7:58 pm

    so sad. our dog recently died unexpectedly after 9 years with us so while i don’t know what it’s like to have to make the decision, i understand the heartbreak.

  291. Sarah on June 23rd, 2011 8:07 pm

    I am so very sorry. It sounds like you made a very loving and respectful choice for her, and I’m sure her last moments were ones of peace. Which is what I wish for you all. Hugs.

  292. Linda on June 23rd, 2011 8:36 pm

    You guys, I just cannot thank you enough for all your kind messages. It has helped so much. Thank you, thank you.

  293. Kristen on June 23rd, 2011 9:19 pm

    Linda – so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing, it will help all of us who will someday say goodbye to another furry friend.

  294. velocibadgergirl on June 23rd, 2011 9:20 pm

    I’m sorry you had to say goodbye to Dog, but what a great life she had…she was a great dog!

  295. Aunt Linda on June 23rd, 2011 9:39 pm

    Some things are unbearable. This comes damn close.

  296. Maureen on June 23rd, 2011 10:24 pm

    I don’t know if you read all your comments, and I kind of hesitate to leave this one. My mom died last November, and instead of people just saying “I’m sorry for your loss” they told their story of woe. Like trying to sympathize, but instead it was like we had to give them condolences, when HELLO-my mom just died two days ago.

    Yet I will do the same thing, because when my beloved dog Cody died in 2005-that is the first time I wished I believed in heaven. Cody was the dog of a lifetime, no dog will ever live up to his legacy. He was a golden retriever, who had a surfer’s attitude, the whole “what’s hanging?” kind of laid back vibe. When he was diagnosed with cancer, we did everything to keep him alive, without chemo. Our vet said it was too advanced, and it was just a matter of time.

    The biggest gift that dog ever gave to me, and believe me, he gave me plenty, was when that glorious dog told me it was time to let him go. One day he just curled up on floor, barely responded to any of us, and that is when I knew it was time. My husband works at a vet clinic, his boss came over, and in the comfort of his home, Cody left this world. No fight, no struggle-just sweetly into that good night.

    My husband says he knows there is no God, because if there was, dogs would live longer. What I think I know, is there is nothing like the love of a good dog, even after the kids-they add a dimension to a family that can’t be replaced.

  297. Jae on June 24th, 2011 4:46 am

    Oh, I’m so very sorry for your loss; it really is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. And, as cliched as it is to say, it was the kindest.

    You and your family are in my thoughts and in my heart.

  298. Kris H. on June 24th, 2011 6:00 am

    I am so sorry.

  299. Tara on June 24th, 2011 7:07 am

    What a beautiful photo tribute to a well-loved dog. We have had to make that decision for two dogs and a cat in the last 4 years, and it is always hard. Hugs to you & the family.

    I’ll second the recommendation for “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” I loved that book–my husband and I both read it shortly after we had to put our second border collie down last year.

  300. Jessi on June 24th, 2011 7:29 am

    I’m so, so sorry for you and your family. I’m such an animal lover and am in tears for Dog.

  301. sheilah on June 24th, 2011 7:39 am

    So sorry. It’s hard to lose an old friend. She was much loved and lived a good life. It is a hard decision to make tho’.

  302. Laurelie on June 24th, 2011 7:47 am

    Dog’s smile captured forever is a beautiful memory. May the fun times you had together as a family bring your comfort during this sad time.

  303. Holly on June 24th, 2011 8:18 am

    So sorry to hear about your dog Linda :( I had to put my dog down 5 1/2 years ago and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I found this poem at the time and it helped to reassure me that I had done the right thing.

    IF IT SHOULD BE

    If it should be that I grow weak
    And pain should keep me from my sleep,
    Then you must do what must be done,
    For this last battle cannot be won.

    You will be sad, I understand.
    Don’t let your grief then stay your hand.
    For this day, more than all the rest,
    Your love for me must stand the test.

    We’ve had so many happy years.
    What is to come can hold no fears.
    You’d not want me to suffer so;
    The time has come — please let me go.

    Take me where my need they’ll tend,
    And please stay with me till the end.
    Hold me firm and speak to me,
    Until my eyes no longer see.

    I know in time that you will see
    The kindness that you did for me.
    Although my tail its last has waved,
    From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.

    Please do not grieve — it must be you
    Who had this painful thing to do.
    We’ve been so close, we two, these years;
    Don’t let your heart hold back its tears.

    — Anonymous —

  304. Jessica on June 24th, 2011 8:28 am

    I’ve always loved that picture of little Riley and Dog. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  305. Lynn Anne on June 24th, 2011 8:43 am

    I have a 13 1/2 year old labrador who has made me so happy for so many years. I’m dreading the day we have to do the same. I am so sorry for your loss and feel your pain.

  306. Donna (Texas) on June 24th, 2011 10:28 am

    Bless your hearts….Sending prayer.
    I know how you feel.
    (((HUG)))

  307. Katie S. on June 24th, 2011 10:33 am

    Oh that was one happy looking dog. I’m sorry for your whole family. :(

  308. Christy on June 24th, 2011 11:39 am

    I’m so sorry…feeling extra sad because my brother had to make that horrible decision with his dog this morning.

  309. Tifany on June 24th, 2011 11:50 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Linda. I have a 12 year old black lab that I’ve had since he was 8 weeks old, so reading this has me in tears…I know he won’t live forever, but I sure want him to.

  310. Anonymous on June 24th, 2011 12:16 pm

    Oh, Dog. Bless her sweet heart! I am so sorry to hear, but so glad she isn’t suffering.

    Just a suggestion (not that you asked, ha!), the book “The Tenth Good Thing About Barney” is a very sweet, gentle children’s book about coping with loss and grief.

  311. Ani on June 24th, 2011 12:44 pm

    Jesus Christ, this upsets me to my soul. I love dogs, and I loved your dog from afar for years. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad her wait is over, but very sorry that she is gone.

  312. Gena on June 24th, 2011 1:38 pm

    Linda,

    After having an already trying day, you just broke my heart in two. I am so, so sorry for your loss and so sad that you had to do that. I’ve had to “help” 3 of my dogs go and it is incredibly difficult, to say the least. I couldn’t stand to see them suffer, but I couldn’t stand to see them leave me, either.

    I know Dog will be missed.

  313. Michelle on June 24th, 2011 4:49 pm

    I’m so sorry.

  314. Maria on June 24th, 2011 5:05 pm

    I’m so sorry.

  315. amy on June 24th, 2011 5:28 pm

    this is one of the saddest things i’ve ever read. dog will be missed by more people than you can even imagine; what a dear, sweet soul. so sorry.

  316. sadie on June 24th, 2011 7:32 pm

    Oh, Dog.
    Linda, JB, boys – I am sorry. She was a beautiful dog.

  317. Allison on June 24th, 2011 8:17 pm

    What a pretty dog, she looked so happy :) I’m sorry for your loss and I totally understand what you mean about it being the worst thing you’ve ever done. Putting our cat down was the worst thing ever… it affected me for months after. But like you, I was confident that it was the right thing to do… they don’t deserve to suffer. But man, if they could just live forever it would make it so much easier.

  318. Mare on June 24th, 2011 9:29 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  319. Jenny H. on June 25th, 2011 1:38 am

    I didn’t read the comments because I couldn’t. I have those same pictures of my babies with the best dog ever. A dog that NEVER barked or growled at a baby, even when those said babies were pulling her hair or patting her just a little too hard. All she did was love them. And try to protect them, with her life if need be.

    I feel your pain. It gets a little easier with time. I promise.

  320. theresa on June 25th, 2011 4:44 am

    i’m sorry for you and your family’s loss of Dog.

    thank you for sharing Dog with us over the years. one of the first posts i read was of Dog and Cat and the treats in the cracker box; whenever i hear the word “Mensa” i think of that post and laugh and laugh. hopefully when i am 90 i will be able to remember that post so i can still laugh.

    it hurts knowing that life ends but to have the love in our lives is so worth it. i hope that your memories will give you comfort.

  321. MotherGooseAmy on June 25th, 2011 5:16 am

    My sincerest condolences. She was a beautiful dog and I enjoyed hearing the many stories involving her. Especially the ones about the boys eating fistfuls of dog hair :) May her memory be a blessing. RIP Dog.

  322. mel on June 25th, 2011 5:24 am

    so terribly sorry to read this news. my almost 3 year old daughter was sitting on my lap when i read this post and she said “aww look at the doggy, he’s so beautiful”. my thoughts are with you all xx

  323. cara on June 25th, 2011 6:47 am

    I know everyone’s already said it, but I’m sorry too. I always enjoyed your pet pictures, and I liked how you simply referred to them as Dog and Cat online. I know how very hard it is to say goodbye to such a friend. I agree; it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It is an impossibly hard thing to do. Sending smiles in your direction.

  324. Catriona on June 25th, 2011 7:12 am

    So sorry about Dog, what a beautiful girl.

    I love the photo of her with Dylan (?) in her bed – so sweet! (and how cute was he at that age?)
    Catriona.

  325. Amy on June 25th, 2011 5:35 pm

    I have done this twice. It is the absolute WORST. I have a 12 year old cat who is healthy, but I realize that she doesn’t have infinite time either. Stupidly, the only thing that eases the pain is time. So sorry for your loss.

  326. JJ on June 25th, 2011 10:34 pm

    So sad for you guys. We just had to put our dog of 14 years down on Wednesday, it’s heartbreaking. I feel guilty, even though I know he was in pain. My 5 year old already wants a puppy, so much for mourning! (and no, I’m never getting a puppy ever again).

  327. jody on June 26th, 2011 12:30 am

    I totally just cried for you because I remember doing the same awful thing 3 years ago. I am so, so sorry. Your photos are beautiful…what wonderful memories you have of her.

  328. Eric's Mommy on June 26th, 2011 8:57 am

    Oh Linda I am so sorry. I haven’t been on my computer since it crashed and am just checking in when I saw this, I lost it. Rest in peace sweet Dog, you will be missed. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet.

  329. Anonymous on June 26th, 2011 3:08 pm

    *sniff* sorry for your loss. She looked like a great dog. She had a good life. The best thing for you and your family is to get a puppy. Not to replace her, but to share your love with another lucky beasty.

  330. Mol on June 26th, 2011 11:30 pm

    stories and pics of Ashley always made smile. you KNEW and you did RIGHT by her. hugs to all of you.

  331. Geri on June 27th, 2011 2:04 pm

    Linda, I’m so sorry for your loss. Letting go of a beloved pet is so hard. She was a good girl and had a great life with your family.

  332. Cris on June 27th, 2011 7:13 pm

    Simply heartbroken for you and your family on the loss of dear Ashley. What a great girl, and how lucky that you found each other. She had a wonderful life full of love and adventure.

  333. Mommy Boots on June 29th, 2011 6:42 pm

    So sorry about your pup. My cat had congestive heart failure and I know how sad it is to lose an old friend. *hugs*

  334. Barb on June 30th, 2011 1:11 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Dog…I don’t know what else to say…yes, I agree…ALL dogs go to heaven (trying NOT to cry at work)…

  335. Veronica on July 6th, 2011 3:57 pm

    I take a million pictures of our 5 and 3 year old. i mean, a million. i post them proudly on our shutterfly website. but this post made me realize that I take hardly ANY pictures of our beloved beagle. i’m gonna make a change today, to snap those puppy dog shots like crazy from now on. Thanks Linda, for making me see what I have been so poorly underappreciating. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  336. stormy on July 22nd, 2011 10:06 am

    i haven’t been by in a while. and i just read about Dog. I’m so sorry, Linda. i’ve been there. it’s such a hard decision, i know. but such a selfless one. i know Dog loved her pack. thank YOU for giving her, her pack to love. she was so special to you guys. i’ve read all the posts over the years where she was included. what a great life you guys gave her. i imagine she’s running, full speed, by her favorite lake up there. sun shining, soft breeze and then, it rains treats! *hugs*

  337. Anais on July 25th, 2011 6:23 pm

    I’m here sobbing. I’ve been reading your blog for years and remember when you guys adopted her. I’m so very sorry. I lost my beloved cat last year to old age and a failing heart and also had to put him to sleep to ease his suffering. It was the worst day of my life and the worst decision I have ever had to make. I’m so sorry you and your family had to go through the same awful experience. But at the same time, I’m glad you gave her such a wonderful life. She was a good, happy dog. She was lucky.

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