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June 20, 2011


Im so sorry. We lost Bruno, our 10 year old bulldog just 2 days after we came home from the hospital with Ben. Nate was just 2.5. It was so hard but we told him what happend and that Bruno had died, we buried his ashes together and said goodbye. It's been a year and a few days now and Nate still talks about him, misses him, askes if he can come home to play just one more time. We go out to his spot and talk to him, and every storm Nate wants to bring Bruno inside so he isnt afraid. It's horrible and it still hurts. Jake was a dog but he was your family and your friend too. Time will heal a little but he will always be your buddy. Always. My thoughts are with you guys.

I'm so sorry A'Dell. He seemed like such a lovely dog. Hugs to you and your family.

Oh dear. I was with my one dog at the vet when she died (it is surprisingly peaceful, yes) and the other -- my heart, for real -- died when I was thousands of miles away in Vietnam. It is shitty. The only bad thing about them is that their lives are so relatively short. Thankfully they give us so much happiness while they are here that it makes it worth it. He was so sweet and I'm sorry for your loss.

Aw, hon.

I am so sorry. Losing our furbabies is so hard. We love them so very much and losing them hurts a lot.

Fortunately, you have a lot of people here who know this pain firsthand. You won't get any "he was just a dog" comments here (and if you do, point me in their direction).

It's been since December 17 and there are days when I still start to call out for him as I am getting ready to leave. I still say "dogs" when we only have one now. But it is easier and I don't cry every time I realize he isn't here anymore. Mostly, I just smile and laugh, remember everything about him - the good and the bad! :)

As for the kiddos. Yeah, that was probably the hardest thing about it for us. Telling him was difficult. Jack died in the middle of the night with NO warning, so I didn't have a lot of time to figure out what we were going to tell him. I googled as quickly as possible and found that you don't want to talk about how they were "sick" and "went away," because kids will then get worried if you, they, or someone else they love "get sick".

I usually try to steer clear of religion on blogs, so please excuse if this isn't your style, but for us, it made sense to tell Will that Jack is with Jesus. It was also right at Christmastime, when we had our nativity out and had been talking a lot about Jesus and Christmastime. He seemed to be comforted by that, but yes. . . be prepared to have to answer the "where is" question A LOT. It took Will about two weeks to stop asking multiple times a day and he actually just asked about him about a week ago. Funny how he still remembers.

I liked this book http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Like-Jack-DyAnne-DiSalvo-Ryan/dp/0823413691 (and our dog was named Jack) and also this one http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=/isbn=9780590417013/search=9780590417013&mode=about_childrensbooks&

Hugs, love, and lots of sympathy, my sweet friend. Know that you gave that dog a wonderful life filled with love, good food, and devotion. He was lucky to have you, 'til the very end.

Oh A'Dell, I'm so sorry. What a beautifully written tribute.

I am so so sorry for your loss. <3

I am so so SO sorry. I'm glad you got mor time than you thought with him
but it's never enough.

And good luck with Claire. I have no idea how I'll handle this. You'd think we would since it's inevitable but no.

Lots of hugs to you all. Be good to yourselves

I'm bawling. Your post brought me back to the dog I had for 15 years, the dog I sobbed over at my graduation dinner. So very sorry for your loss, A'Dell. This is why I don't know if I have it in me to bring another pet home. Sending you all lots of hugs and hoping it is easy for you to explain to Claire.

So sorry, A'Dell. He was a beautiful looking dog.

I am so sorry. He was beautiful.

I'm just so sorry for your loss. I've never had a pet of my own, so it's hard to imagine how difficult the loss of one must be. This was a great tribute to Jake - had me in tears over my breakfast.

My thoughts are with you all.

I'm so sad for you all, A'Dell. He loved you all and you loved him, and he won't be forgotten. Much love.

I'm really sorry. I will be thinking of you guys.

Oh A'Dell, I am so very sorry for your loss. He sounds like such a wonderful, loving companion and family member and, while I'm glad you got that time with him, my heart aches for you that he's gone.

Thinking of you and your family today and sending you thoughts of peace and healing.

I'm so, so sorry.

I am so, so sorry A'Dell. It stinks so very much to lose a beloved pet. Thinking of you and your family today. xoxo

Oh this just made me weepy, I know exactly how you are feeling and I am so sorry. It IS one of the suckiest adult things to have to do. Thinking of you guys!

I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet.

Thanks for all the comments and support. The address for this blog says alot about our dear friend. God speed little buddy.

I'm so sorry. My heart is with you guys.

I'm so sorry. I hope my turn to say goodbye is a long, long way off. :(

I'm so sad about your poor sweet ADORABLE doggie. I'm sorry it had to happen. My family had a dog that no one particularly loved except my brother, and he went a little crazy and had to be on doggie Prozac etc. - they finally had to put him down when I was in college and everyone was DEVASTATED about it. It's honestly what keeps me from begging Phillip to get us a dog. I'm so sorry. Thinking of you.

I am so sorry, A'Dell. I loved Jake, he was such a good boy. I'll snuggle Molly a little extra tonight and I'm here if you need anything at all.

That left me crying. I'm glad you were able to have extra time with him, and the decision to let home go was easier as he was obviously at the end. But still, so sorry. Pets need to just live as long as we do.

I'm so sorry to hear you lost your dog. Losing a loved pet is so, so hard. As for what to tell Claire I vote for as much of the truth you think she can handle. Kids are more capable of grappling with these things than we give them credit for. But I'm an internet stranger so don't put too much stock in that :) Follow your instincts and I'm sure you'll muddle through.

The pictures at the end are beautiful. What an adorable, faithful friend.

Jake was so loved- what a lucky lucky boy. I'm so sorry you're hurting, my friend. I wish I could give you a big hug.

This gave me goosebumps. Goodbye Jake.

I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with you.

Oh A'Dell, I'm so, so sorry. What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful dog. I don't think I've ever cried reading a pet post before. I wish I had something better than WORDS to offer you right now.

What a lovely post. I almost asked about Jake on Monday evening, but the conversation turned to something else and I never came back to it. Your lovely family is one smaller now. You have fond memories, and I am so sorry that he's gone.

I'm so so sorry. This just sucks.

Oh, I am so sorry. It just completely sucks, doesn't it? It's going to be awful and rotten and hard, and there's no getting around that.

It doesn't exactly gets better, but it gets less worse, if that makes any sense. It's been 19 months since Harold died, and a year before that that Pan died, and I could cry right now just thinking about them. But I haven't cried in a while. It does lift, that first feeling. I promise.

I am so sorry for your loss. Your heartfelt tribute had me in tears.

I am so very sorry. Tears are pouring down my face as I write this. It sounds like y'all did everything exactly right for Jake. Now he can run and play in that big bluebonnet field in the sky.

I am so, so sorry.

I'm sorry.

I'm so, so sorry for you all. I'm sure Jake knows how much you loved him and how special he was to your family.

So so sorry.

So sorry for your loss. What a sweet, special dog.

No words can ease the pain right now, but I am so sorry.

Bawling my eyes out for you and the family. I'm so sorry that you had to say goodbye.

A'Dell I am so sorry you and your family are going through this. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful dog.

So sorry you had to say goodbye to your sweet adorable dog. It gets easier, but you miss them forever!

I'm new here, this is the first entry I've read and you've made me weep. I'm so sorry you lost a friend.

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