Wednesday, March 7, 2012

all dogs go to heaven

the cutest little Portuguese Water Dog puppy // and the most handsome old man pup
this past weekend my family had to let go of our sweet childhood doggie Duncan. its been a very heartbreaking goodbye for us all. he was not only our furry little friend, but the 6th member of our family. the very best dog who saw us grow up so much over his 14 years.  i believe there is a special heaven for our pets. after all the years of giving joy and unconditional love to those of us who will always have a small hole in our hearts left by their leaving. i wrote and re-wrote this post a lot. and cried, of course, but i just didn't feel like i alone could do it justice. there are 4 other people in our family who will miss him just as much and will hold on to our sweet duncandog memories forever

Brianna:
"My dog is smarter than your honor student."
That’s right. I said it. Duncandog was not only devilishly handsome but he had incredible smarts. Just like when there’s a baby in the family, we had to spell everything out so that puppy Duncan couldn’t understand what we were saying. 
It wasn’t long until Dunc knew what we were spelling.
T-R-E-A-T and he was scurrying over to the cabinet.
C-A-R and he was pawing at the garage door.
F-O-O-D and he was sniffing at his bowl.
Dunc outsmarted the system & not only could he spell, but he could tell time too!
Just like any man of any stature, Duncaboo could tell when it was
5 o’clock.  "Ruff! Ruff!" We thought the meant he was ready for dinner
(but truth is he was probably ready for happy hour and some Jimmy Buffet!)
 
Duncan was so smart that HE trained US!

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Colin: 
I  will miss ole Dunc but he lived a long happy life...eating plenty of frosty paws, sleeping on couches, chasing squirrels, going to college, licking dirty dishes, hopping around in the snow, and going for long walks.  My favorite Duncan memory was when he stayed with me at college.  He didn't study much, but he knew how to party and sleep until noon.
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Dad:
Duncan Riley,  for a water dog, he really didn't like the water too much but he did like the beach - as long as he got his own umbrella. My favorite Duncan time was when we took him for walks together down that river road in Canton - he was young and so were we - he got us all out as a family walking amongst nature enjoying a sunny day - talking and walking - he never ran way ahead of us - no leash he kept looking back to keep an eye on us - just like he's doing now - we're OK Duncan - we just miss you - hope there are lot's of treats for you in Dog Heaven - you deserve them!

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Mommy:
Dunncadog was not just my dog,he was my furry four-legged  child...with oodles of personality.
Everywhere I went...he followed...so whenever I zigged, he zigged too.
He might  not have been a ferocious  guard dog, but he did a stand-up job of guarding the refrigerator and stove, which made cooking an adventure.  Things won't be the same without my FBI pup monitoring my every move.

Besides being the notorious Rapper D...  Duncandog was notorious for his prance. 
Whenever he was feeling "all that" ...he used to strut his stuff like a finalist at the Westminster Dog Show.  He was always a winner "Best in Show."   (And "Mister Congeniality"...all rolled into one.)

We may have had 14 years of fun and funny memories with Duncandog...
but it wasn't enough. 
He  left us begging for 14 more.

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i am so happy we got to go on one last walk with Duncan this past December
and that i got my last kiss and goodbye with him on camera. 

love you so much sweet boy
we were so blessed to have you in our lives

the dog of maaaany nicknames :)

34 comments:

Chelsea said...

Oh, Chelsea... I am so, so sorry to hear about sweet Duncan. My heart just breaks as I read this. The love you and your family had for him (and the love he had for you) is so evident in this post.

I most definitely believe that all dogs go to Heaven. I pray and hope that his fun spirit will remain with you and your family. I'm so sorry that you're feeling this pain. Hold your memories together with you always. Sending big hugs your way!! xoxo

Sarah said...

I almost cried reading this :( I think all dogs go to heaven too! It sounds like your sweet Duncan boy had a lot of great years with you guys. I know it's hard and Toby & I are sending love your way!! xoxo

Brittany Campbell said...

I'm so sorry Chelsea. There are never any words to help a loss like that but remember all those good, fun and silly memories you made together. He will always be there with you and I'm sure he is living it up in Dog heaven. Lots of love!

Ashley said...

So sorry to hear about sweet Duncan chels. We had to say goodbye to our 5th family member 2 years ago and its the hardest thing ever. I have no doubt Duncan and Tilly are playing together in doggie heaven this very minute. What a sweet boy! Love you friend!.

Heather said...

so sorry to hear about your pup! this made me so sad to read.

Ashlee said...

How Sad! I am so sorry to hear about Ducan! He is now with 2 of my pups in Doggie Heaven playing and running. :)

shay said...

SO sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet pup... we put our family dog down 2 years ago, and i still miss him so much... but just know he IS in doggie heaven and he lived a great long life with your family! xoxo!

J and A said...

What a sweet post. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is so hard. Our family pup is 14 and I worry about her all the time. Sending you all big cyber hugs. :)

Anna H said...

Aww you just made me tear up! It really is true that the best dogs train you, and not the other way around. Our puppy has gotten my parents both to start exercising again and get back in shape, our family to hang out together more, and been an outlet of unconditional love for all of us. Duncan is certainly in doggie heaven now smiling down on all of you and having all the treats he could possibly want. Hope you all are holding up alright. Maybe it's time to channel all of that love into a new dog and have 14 amazing years to spread the love to another furry friend.

Young and Fabulous said...

:( what a sweet boy. Im so sorry chelsea i know exactly how you feel..we lost our doggy charlie about 1.5 years ago and its SO HARD! But i agree that there is a special heaven for dogs. Charlie will keep him company

love you girl! and duncan! and your family's sweet words about him made my heart happy <3

xoxoxo

Jessica Wray said...

I am so so sorry for you loss. Pets have such strong holds on our hearts. But, you do have it right... all dogs do go to heaven.

ginanorma said...

I am so so sorry for your loss, I feel for you so deeply. My little pooch is like a second kid to me, ...what a cutie he was, I pray for peace for all of you! What a beautiful tribute to him!

Carolyn said...

Aww! SO SAD! :( Losing a pet is NOT FUN! He was a cutie though!

Pamela said...

Aww girl, I am so sorry!! He was adorable!! I believe that there is a special place for our precious furbabies too!

Alex said...

I'm so sorry :( I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. But I definitely agree with you that there is a special place in Heaven for them!

Frances said...

Remember when I babysat for him last year and I sent you and Bri that videoon fb? It might be too soon but its such a sweet little video. Love you sweet duncan!

Julie @ The Smitten Mintons said...

Oh gosh, this made me cry. Losing a pet is truly one of the hardest things because they are not animals, they are family members. I'm so sorry to hear about adorable Duncan, but I definitely believe in doggy heaven and I'm sure he is living it up!

Jenna said...

So sorry to hear about Duncan! Losing a puppy is like losing a family member - but I am definitely sure that there's a doggy heaven and I'm definitely sure that Duncan's in it now :)

xxx
Jenna

Liz Anne said...

I am so sorry for your loss :( He is without a doubt smiling from doggie heaven!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Aw I am so sorry. Losing a dog is SUPER hard. They really are members of the family. I bet he's looking down on you from doggy heaven right now :)

Lauren said...

I'm so sorry Chelsea. I'm now sitting here in tears because I know the heartbreak your family is feeling. He will remain in your heart forever. We put our black lab down when she was 13, I was 18. She'd seen me through elementary school, high school and 2 years of university. That was 8 years ago and thinking about her still brings tears to my eyes. I'll never forget her and you'll never forget him. It's great that your family is able to talk about all the great times though. Dogs are pretty awesome. Take care. xo

Raquel said...

Oh Chelsea i'm so sorry to hear about the lose of Duncan :( I've never experienced this before, but I can't even imagine what it's like losing such an amazing pet.

Sending all my love to you and your family!

lori said...

i am so sorry to hear about your loss. pets really are extended members of the family. i definitely think there is a special place for them in heaven, too!

Erin said...

I'm so sorry sweetie! I've had to do this a couple of times and it never gets easier. I'll be thinking of you.

Kathy Schneider said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Ashley H said...

Aww I'm so sorry. He was a gorgeous puppy! So sorry for your loss. You've got me a crying mess over here because I know how hard it is.
xoxo

Meg {henninglove} said...

ahh this news hurts my heart especially since i am the mom to two wonderful and loveable dogs. it is always so painful to see a member of your family go to heaven. i hope your sweet memories of your dog will help you

Lindsey said...

RIP Duncan! Sorry for your loss Chels :)

Jodie said...

I'm so sorry Chelsea to hear about the lose of Duncan. My thoughts go out to you and your family!

Renee said...

Oh Chels! This makes me cry! You did a beautiful job with this post!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear this. It sounds like he was incredible smart and a loving dog.

Emily said...

:( i'm so sorry sweetie!! we lost our family dog 2 summers ago and i swear it was the worst day of my life. i still think about him all the time and even think i hear his bark sometimes :( will be thinking about you! hang in there! xox

Emily said...

:( i'm so sorry sweetie!! we lost our family dog 2 summers ago and i swear it was the worst day of my life. i still think about him all the time and even think i hear his bark sometimes :( will be thinking about you! hang in there! xox

Hilary Lane said...

I know I'm a little late, but I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you lost your pup! I think they're just as hard as losing a person sometimes!