This is the post I've been dreading, the post I have rewritten over and over again, in some therapeutic way, only to have my eyes burn too much to continue.  With blogging comes an openness, a need to share both the happy and heart aching moments of our lives.  I am still getting use to this.  I still find it difficult at times and today I find it heart wrenching and soothing all at once.

On Saturday morning our sweet boy Gage passed away.  We have had heavy hearts over the last month when it comes to our first baby and his state of wellbeing.  Slowly over the last year his physical condition has been fading and his hip dysplasia has become increasingly worse.  We knew it was only a matter of time before we would have to make one of the most difficult decisions we've ever been faced with and say goodbye, but that choice never came.

Friday night he ate a huge meal, a busy bone, and drank two bowls of water which has been quite unusual for him as of late.  We went to bed thrilled with his increased appetite and happy disposition.  At about 2 AM I could hear him fidgeting and got up to check on him.  I knew something wasn't right and woke CR.  We sat with him, comforted him, and stroked him until he had laid his head down to go back to sleep and when we woke a couple hours later he was gone.  

I feel like the days that have followed have been a blur of mixed emotions.  Gratitude for the fact that he was able to go on his own terms; in our home, with his family, but resent and anger towards no one I can seem to blame.  He was our baby.  His was born right around the time of our first date and two months later he was there for our first Christmas morning, as not just a couple, but a little family.  For the last almost 11 years he has been the center of our lives, our hearts, and our future and now I just don't see it like I use to.  I just can't imagine not waking to those big brown eyes or that wagging nub of a tail.  

I am not sure what this means for our little family or what the future holds for us, but we have found great comfort in holding one another, snuggling into 'Mani, and reflecting on all the wonderful moments we had when our family was whole.  We so greatly appreciate all the wishes of strength, healing, and love, you have sent us in this difficult time.  They mean so much to us all.


  1. I'm sorry for your loss and although there are no words to make the loss any easier I am praying for you and your little family.


  2. Oh wow. I grew up with rotties myself. Max and Noel were my brother and sisters (as I called them). I watched them grow from little itty bitty puppies... to beastly like rotts. I'm sorry for your loss babe. I hope your heart finds peace. I know this is hard.


  3. Awwww I am so sorry about your puppy :( Sending all the love and thoughts your way, girl.

    xo Ashley

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your baby boy. I recently lost my baby girl and it was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced. I think people don't appreciate how much of a family member pets are. It's going to be rough, but we are all here to support you through this tough time.

  5. I'm so sorry for the loss of a special part of your family. Thinking of you.


  6. Bless your family's hearts! :( Dogs are most definitely our "kids". Thinking of ya'll and sending lots of positive thoughts your way!

  7. Really sorry to hear this. It's sad when a pet passes away, you don't realise just quite how much you'll miss them until they're gone xxx

  8. awww, so sorry to hear this :( i totally understand and hope you feel better soon xxo

  9. I know how you would feel, my deepest sympathy.. Hope you will be okay with the time…

  10. sorry to hear that.... everything will be alright..

  11. Awesome blog. I enjoyed reading your articles.

  12. gawd im in tears here! what a beautiful dog, i am so so sorry! I am also so grateful i read your blog backwards from the point of you getting your new monstrous pawed baby! Huge hugs! I lost one dog in my lifetime that was just mine and 3 other family dogs and it's a huge wrench! also we had to rehome my 10 month old new dog this year as my 8 year old irish terrier couldn't accept him! I cried for a month solid even though i knew he was in a fabulous new home! I am so so sorry, they get in these 4 legged friends and always will remain in your heart xxxx


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