Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Farewell to Spike

Today was an incredibly sad day for us here. We had to put Spike the Dog to sleep this morning.
If you've been reading, you know that he developed a tumor right below his ear in March, and at his age (18) and given it's location, there really was nothing that could be done.

This weekend, he started showing signs of discomfort, and that was our signal that it was time.
We spent quite a bit of time with him this morning, taking him out, petting, comforting....
And reminding him what an amazing and special dog he has been.
Spike was a happy, sweetheart of a dog....
And we were lucky to have him. I hope he enjoyed us as much as we did him.

Rest peacefully, baby doll.....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff, I cry for you and Joe. Because I've been there...the grief.... This may sound awful, but losing our dog was as painful for me as losing my brother in Viet Nam.


5:33 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Aww, I'm crying myself. I know how it is to lose a beloved pet. Making that decision was one of the hardest I EVER had to do, but I know it was time. You gave him the best life a dog could have, and for that he loved you. I'm so sorry. ((((HUGS))) Suz/VA

5:37 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I just finished reading Joe's touching tribute to Spike and finally dried my eyes. Now I read yours and I'm all teary eyed again.

From what I've read about Spike over the past few years on your blogs, he truly had a spectacular loving life.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Erika W. said...

Aw Jeff, I'm so sorry to hear about Spike. He always seemed so happy in the pictures you've shared of him. I'll miss seeing those. Hugs to you and Joe.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tree said...

Jeff and Joe, I'm so sorry. It's so hard to lose such a sweet companion. Hugs to you both, I hope you are doing well this evening but I know how hard these things are.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Urdarbrunnr said...

Awww, those are nice pictures of Spike. Remember the good times when you think of him.

Hugs to all of you: you, Joe, Max and Miss Kitty.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Jeff in MN said...

Thank you, all, for your really kind comments and thoughts. All I keep thinking about is what an absolutely wonderful dog and companion Spike has been for us.

It's very quiet around the house - I miss the creaking that went with him getting in and out of his wicker bed, the thumping he made going up and down the stairs, even the demanding "Feed me!" bark at 6:00 am.... :)

Max seems to be looking for him and has been very reserved since yesterday.

8:14 PM  
Blogger MP said...


As the voice of Benson's Blog, I have to tell you all of us know the heartache you feel. we will keep our memory of Spike alive. The photo of Max with his nose on the garden stone broke my heart. Remember the words of the Rainbow Bridge--Spike will be waiting. MP

10:54 AM  
Blogger Jeff in MN said...

Thank you, MP. Joe and I really appreciate your support and thoughts. Spike was my very first dog as an adult, and he was such an ingrained part of our lives.

Max is doing better, but still not the same. He's very lonely without his older and wiser companion.

3:39 PM  

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