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Two dogs (Gryphon and NorahJones), three cats (Frank, Finnegan, and Fred), and one long-suffering, occasionally patient husband (Patrick G.). Gone, but not forgotten: Puppers: Sadie and (tripawd) Sampson Kittehs: Momo and Maxxie


Monday, September 16th, 2013

It Was a Good Day

I wanted to post a few pictures from our last day together. Like I have said before, it was A Good Day. Filled with simple things. Filled with nothing, really…We didn’t have the stamina to go on a walk or a car trip. Sam has never been really so in to food that he had […]

Monday, September 16th, 2013

“I am old, but still a child”*

Again with the thank yous to everyone here. I cannot begin to adequately explain how much your words helped, especially in that difficult time beforehand. Never, ever underestimate the power of heartfelt words–even if you aren’t sure what to say, or whether it’s the right thing. You know, the night before last, when I had […]

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Guess I’m not the only one…

I guess I’m not the only one who is missing the Big Dog…

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The Pig Dog Has Left the Building

At 5:40 p.m. today, September 12, we said goodbye. Sam and I spent the day together…the whole time, he kept looking at me slightly askance, like “WTF, lady? What’s with all the hugging and shit??” As my vet said when he called before he came over and was asking how we spent our day, “So…basically […]

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I had to write this down…

…I have a million things I probably be doing in these last hours, but I had to get this out. I wanted to thank you all, again. I cannot believe how hard last night was–and this day will probably be just as bad. How do you spend these final moments? I’m not even sure. Routine? […]

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Ah, no one wants to write this.

Thirteen years ago this week, I brought Sampson home. Tomorrow, I let him go. I was hoping against hope, when we went in to the vet–esp. when he said he didn’t seem to have any bony masses anywhere…  I think, though, I knew, even earlier this week that something was different. I needed those xrays. […]

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

AM update

An update for today: Sam ate some brown rice and hot dogs last night, not a ton–maybe 2/3 cup of rice and 1 Oscar Meier Classic Wiener (<—as we have mentioned before, ONLY Oscar Meier Classic Wieners are acceptable), but it was something, which made me feel a bit better. Out of curiosity, I tracked […]

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I need a pick me up (stolen from my post on the forum)

I am so busy at work, and I totally don’t have time to be posting… but every so often, you just need some distractions, right? I try not to stress or worry about things I can’t control, and I don’t even know if “worry” is the right word. Sadness? Melancholoy? I noted that Sam struggled […]

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Bad blogger, bad! Naughty!

I admit, I’ve been somewhat remiss in my chronicling the adventures of the Big, Bald, and Beautiful, and that tales of the heroic and wise  er, lazy and decently intelligent, Sam-dog have been a bit sporadic lately. The funny thing is, in my HEAD I’ve written like 30 blog posts over the last month. When […]

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Happy birthday, Sam-dog!

Yesterday (July 12) Sam celebrated lucky #13. We went for a walk (hey, 500 meters is a long way for some of us ), had a delightful cake (“we” didn’t have this–only Sam. I like Jelly beans okay, and the Petco treat bar cookies are actually palatable, but I draw the line at Alpo and […]