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Monday, February 1, 2010

Goodbye Sweet Dog

We had our little dog Murphy for more than 12 years. He was a rescue dog, so we were never really sure how old he was. But he was without a doubt a member of our family. He had been sick for awhile and over the weekend he passed. The house isn't the same without him. Missing him now, so much.




Anonymous Mia said...

Last year something tragic happened.
At the high school I go to,
a fight broke out between two groups.

A friend of mine Jai, got caught up in it.
A guy I vaguely know pulled him off another kid.

The guy wasn't aware of his own strength, and threw our gorgeous Jai into a brick wall.
He suffered severe head trauma and had a seizure.
I did not watch the fight, but people say some horrible things.

My beautiful Jai died later that afternoon after being airlifted to hospital.
His funeral was public, as his death had affected the entire community and country; making national news.

I've never owned a dog, so I can't know what's your going through.
But I know what's it is like to lose a dear friend.

My deepest condolences.

February 1, 2010 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

oh i'm so sorry. :(
i can't even how painful this must be.
as a dog owner, my heart truly goes out to you.
RIP, sweet murphy. <3

February 1, 2010 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Tina, I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. Peace and love and know he'll always be with you and you see him on the other side.

February 1, 2010 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger WrightStuff said...

So sorry, it must hurt so much. Thinking of you. x

February 1, 2010 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Kate Kelleher Blue Sky Butterfly Studio said...

I bet there is not a dry eye reading you sad post about Murphy and Mia's openness about her friend Jai. So sad. My thoughs are with you both. Loosing things you love hurts x

February 1, 2010 at 1:32 AM  
Blogger lady jicky said...

My heart goes out to you today. I lost both my dogs around this time last year a week apart from different illness.
They are a big part of a family!

February 1, 2010 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger Destination Inspiration said...

ohh..Tina, I know how much it hurts to lose a pet, especially a dog..they truely are a man's best friend. So loyal, thinking of you today xx

February 1, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

I'm sorry to hear about Murphy: it really hurts when you lose a dog, in a way you never thought it would.

February 1, 2010 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger millyinpink said...

our darling boy passed last year he was 17 and such a big part of our family. He was a beautiful pet but so much more he was my darling boy and I miss him everyday. He was supposed to be a pet and a guard dog but somehow became an important part of our family unit we feel his absence greatly.

February 1, 2010 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Geisslein said...

This post brought me to tears this morning...I´m SO SORRY for you! I know how this feels and I just want to say, that I feel with you and you are so right: A house is not the same, when our animals pass´s so so sad - but that´s what life is, and don´t forget: He had a great life with you, that is all what counts!
hugs for you! geisslein

February 1, 2010 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger Tongue Trip said...

my condolences at your loss. we just almost lost ours, he got stolen and that too by a wicked neighbour but thankfully after much drama was retrieved, but for those many number of days it did seem we had lost him forever. i know nothing can make up for your loss but maybe someday you will be ready to get one home and cherish the memory of Murphy while nurturing the new one.

February 1, 2010 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger AMW said...

Both of my dogs have been rescues as well, so I understand your pain. Hope your heart heals soon.

February 1, 2010 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger Han said...

I've never had a pet. I've lost friends though and that hurts. I am sorry for your loss and send hugs to you over the internet airwaves.


February 1, 2010 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger Concrete Jungle said...

Celebrate how wonderful he was and pop out and save another!
Hard it may be but, he will smile down on you from puppy heaven!
Dogs are the best.....pure love!

February 1, 2010 at 3:02 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

That is so sad, I am sorry to hear that. I have a dog myself and can't imagine what it would be like to lose her, she is my family. But Concrete Jungle is right! Now's your chance to rescue another puppy and build a new friendship! x LZ

February 1, 2010 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger jamaica byles said...

I have 3 dogs, a St. Bernard and 2 Newfoundlands.Sometimes I think I shouldn't love them as much as I do, but I do.They are my children.What you're going through is unimaginable to heart aches for you......

February 1, 2010 at 3:51 AM  
Blogger one little acorn said...

So sorry - what a cutie. No wonder your heart is hurting, he was part of the family.

February 1, 2010 at 3:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You poor loves. I have a dog and I really feel for you. But what an amazing life you gave him by rescuing him. You did good xxx

February 1, 2010 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I am so so sorry. Our dogs give us pieces of heaven on earth. I cannot imagine the heartache with losing a dog. My dog Billy is a great blessing in my life. We will be thinking about darling Murphy today. oxoxo

February 1, 2010 at 5:05 AM  
Blogger Simply Luxurious said...

My thoughts are with you. I'm sure he is so very thankful for all the love you gave him.
True love comes via a four legged friend.

February 1, 2010 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Meg Fee said...

oh man, my thoughts are with you. when our little cairn terrier passed (thankfully she became sick and passed just three weeks) my father came home to find my mother taking a long, warm shower, with a glass of red wine on the floor next to her--this is how he knew she was upset (and my mom was not this dog's biggest fan. i still come home after like three years and expect to see her running outside.i hope it gets easier and you feel better. lots and lots of love to you from the east coast.

February 1, 2010 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger a. said...

I lost my little guy almost a year ago and it still hurts. It takes time...thinking of you!

February 1, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger mkendall said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my dog of 14 years this past September and it still hurts. I miss her terribly. You're in my thoughts.

February 1, 2010 at 6:15 AM  
Anonymous Miranda said...

Thank you for sharing your sense of loss with such eloquence and sincere simplicity. I feel favored by fate to find myself in a community of women able to respond in kind, as so many have here. I, too, have had my losses and all I can say is that the sense of absence we feel is love, which is its own kind of immortality. Every expression of love, even in sorrow, strengthens us in mysterious ways. Remember Murphy for the joy he brought and you will have him with you forever.

February 1, 2010 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Molly Jean said...

My thoughts are with you during this sad time. I've had animals my entire life & these things are always difficult. sending lots of love & condolences your way.

February 1, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Tina, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know the pain of losing such a beloved and special friend. My thoughts are with you.

February 1, 2010 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger Ciara said...

Oh, so sorry to hear. C x

February 1, 2010 at 6:47 AM  
Anonymous alt said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. :( It's hard to lose someone you love.

February 1, 2010 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger lynne [jaygirl] said...

this breaks my heart. we too have a doggie that we've had for about 8 years. he is our baby. i totally can imagaine the pain and understand your breaking heart. sending prayers.

February 1, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger {Tara} said...

This is so hard. I lost my sweet baby Olive a little over a year ago, and I still tear up thinking about it. It is very hard. When you feel the time is right, you might consider adopting another; I did this not long after Olive passed, and it helped me heal so much. My thoughts are with you...

February 1, 2010 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Sarah M said...

I am so sorry for your loss! I just rescued a dog about six months ago and he's already having heart problems. I can't imagine losing him soon.. or like you, 12 years later. Ya'll are in my thoughts.

February 1, 2010 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Lillian Chang said...

Aww...I'm so sorry!!! :(
Our thoughts are with you...sending you warmth and good things...
Take care of yourself...I'm so sorry!!

February 1, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

What a sweet-faced boy. I know exactly how you feel. It's never easy, ever. You saved his life, he helped all of you through yours. Big hugs from Giulia the Gattina (who loves dogs) & me (I do, too).

Condolences to the whole family (including Coco & Kali)

molti baci

February 1, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Oh Tina, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. They truly are members of our family, and their presence in our lives a blessing.

February 1, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Anonymous beth h said...

I'm so sorry.

losing a best friend is a horrible ordeal, but thank goodness those furry bodies are in our lives.

February 1, 2010 at 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really. -Agnes Sligh Turnbull

I am sorry for your loss.

February 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger un bel oiseau said...

im so sorry for your loss. a pet is a family member, not just some animal. try to remember all the good times.....and its ok to cry.

you're in my thoughts :)

February 1, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger lavelle said...

So sorry for you my dear. I cannot imagine how bad it would feel if my cat passed away. Thinking of you


February 1, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

"What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose."

~Henry Ward Beecher~

I feel your pain . . .


February 1, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I just lost my kitty a few months ago after seventeen wonderful years with her.

February 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger cavalaxis said...

My deepest condolences. They are truly our family and it hurts so much to lose them.


February 1, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger missb@dragonflyvintage said...

oh :-( so SO sorry for the loss your dear friend. such a hard thing to get through this time and adjust to life without heart goes out to you and your family.

February 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am so sorry for your lost. Anyone who does not understand how losing a pet hurts so much, has never truly loved an animal. Your post made me tear up thinking of the two pets I've lost. Our pets will always have a special place in our hearts. And the stories we carry with us, will be a reminder of their great love.

February 1, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Beadboard UpCountry said...

Dear Tina,
I am so aorry for your loss. I am glad it happened when you wre home. I too have a rescue Murphy, he is getting slower these days. We'll say a prayer for your Murphy...Maryanne and Peter

February 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger TERI REES WANG said...

Bless Murphy.
Bless you too.

There has been a lot of pet loss going on around hear over this past year. We are all feeling the pull.

February 1, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

I am so so sorry for your loss.

I'll be thinking of Murphy. xo

February 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We have a beuatiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Tilly,who is 14. She came to live with us while we were in England, but only after extensive interviews to make sure we were the "right" sort of people for her. We all love her.

Over the years we have said goodbye to many four legged members of our family, it is never easy.

I am sure that a part of Murphy will remain with you and your forever. The silence they leave behind can be so deafening.

Sending warm thoughts your way - thank you for sharing your loss with friends, known and unknown, on your blog.

February 1, 2010 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Outside The Lines said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Murphy will remain in your heart forever, but I know how much it hurts. We lost our sweet girl Kali a year and a half ago, and I miss her every day. Take comfort in the many years you had with Murphy and that he was a happy dog, living in a loving home.

February 1, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Slices of Beauty... said...

Hope you feel better soon.

February 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous shoppingsmycardio said...

oh, i'm so sorry to hear about your sweet dog. i lost mine two years ago this month. it does get (a bit) easier, but i still miss her every day. nothing anyone can say, i know...but i'm sending you good thoughts.

February 1, 2010 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger hawthorne girl said...

i'm so sorry for your loss. our pets are such an integral part of our lives that i wish they could live as long as we do and pass when we pass. that way we would always be together. hang in there.

February 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

oh i'm so sorry. i have two dogs and i can't even bear the thought of them dying. pets really are a big part of the family. they really are the sweetest creatures. what a tragic loss.

February 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

my heart goes out to you. it is so hard to get used to them not being around, isn't it? it's like there is a gap in the earth's energy. i don't know what else to say except i feel your hurt. Hx

February 1, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger VictoriaArt said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you beloved dog!
You will keep him in your hearts!

Hope you can soon find another dog to love for your family.

Warm hug! Victoria

February 1, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh that is so sad & I feel so bad for you. Unless you've had a pet love in your life, you never understand how much it hurts when they are gone.


February 1, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Hermione said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. May he rest in peace. Hang in there!

February 1, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Natasha said...

My deepest's so hard to lose a loved one.

February 1, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger 2 By Design said...

Tears welled up reading your post. My family and I only ever had one dog, and we still miss him to this day! They make such an impression on us, don't they? I'm so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and wonderful memories.

February 1, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Down and Out Chic said...

oh no, i'm so sorry. our dogs our definitely our family and it's so sad and painful to lose one. i'm sending warm thoughts your way.

February 1, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Sorry to hear of his passing...pets become one of the family! :( May he RIP.

February 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's terribly hard, so terribly hard. I've been through it many times with many creatures and, for the first two weeks after, feel as if I just cannot survive the crushing in my chest. God bless you, and know there are a lot of us out here who understand and honor your grief.

February 1, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous tina tarnoff said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, Tina. I know how difficult it is to loose a loved pet-friend. I hope he didn't suffer. Much love xoxo

February 1, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger holly goes lightly said...

Murphy looks like a lovely dog with an excellent personality. You rescued him and no doubt gave him a wonderful life, and now he's up running about in Dog Heaven... be happy for him and smile. He'll be waiting for you.

February 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Josephine Tale Peddler said...

I am sorry to read about the loss of your loved friend. I too have a rescue dog who is very, vey old and near his time. I know how lost we will feel when we lose his company. He is part of our little family. I also had another dog I loved more than I can say and I lost her a couple of years ago. The grief will fade and you will be left with the happy memories. You gave your boy a lovely caring home. I am sure wherever he is - he is never far from you. xx

February 1, 2010 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am so sorry. Life is hard when you loose things that you love.

February 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Murphy looked like the sweetest little dog. May your memories of happier times with him give you some comfort in the days to come.

February 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

I'm sending you a big hurts when we lose our animal friends.

February 1, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger jarsika said...

So sorry for your loss. Cute little guy. I'm sure he had a wonderful life due to you!



February 1, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss...It was awesome that Murphy had alot of love in his life for over 12 years, as did you and your family. Sending hugs and love your way!

February 1, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Atticus and Juliet said...

Oh gosh, I'm sorry. Losing a pet is absolutely heartbreaking...

For what it's worth, I think the saying "all dogs go to heaven" is true. Just imagine him up there, running around, having a ball, and eating from an endless supply of treats.

I know we've never met, but I'm sending lots of love your way.

xo, J

February 1, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Anonymous automatism said...

I'm so sorry, Tina. So glad, though, that he found his way to you and your family so that you all had 12 wonderful years together. Sending a big hug your way.


February 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sorry to hear the terrible news. my deepest condolences go to you and your family...

February 1, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger The Cottage Cheese said...

Tina, I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet pup. My heart goes out to you. I lost a very special dog 4 years ago and I still miss him.

February 2, 2010 at 12:56 AM  
Anonymous kelly said...

I'm so very sorry about your loss Tina. I remember losing a dog that I loved so dearly, many years ago, and I still think of him to this day. Our little friends really do leave paw prints on our hearts.

Hope you feel okay.

February 2, 2010 at 6:03 AM  
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February 2, 2010 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Marybeth said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I lost my lil chihuahua Cha-Chi a few years back, and life's just not the same without him. Losing a family member definitely loses a piece of you...

February 2, 2010 at 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Valerie said...

Good Morning from Valerie up in Manitoba...dear Murphy...'how fortunate you both were to have each other' heart goes out to you both...

February 2, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger stdans16 said...

Sorry for you loss. It's tough to lose a family member. I know you'll miss him for a very long time, just remember to think of the happy times and how good of a life he had.
Lots of love, xox

February 2, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

My condolences Tina...

February 2, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

Oh my gosh I have absolutely no idea what to say, but know that you gave Murphy an amazing life...although he must have given you more than you probably knew, the love will always live on. I'm sending you a big hug!

February 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

My heart goes out to you. I know it doesn't ease your pain, but I want to tell you that I was there a couple of years back with my beloved dog. I can empathize. Sending you a big virtual hug!

February 2, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Melinda aka Passionfruit said...

may little Murphy rest in peace. Knowing that he loved you so unconditionally will be so comforting in the days to come...

February 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Yael Swerdlow said...

Oh T, my heart goes out to you and everyone. I have been there too many times. You love them with all your heart and they leave so soon.


February 2, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Penelope Bianchi said...

My heart goes out to you...we lost a dog I personally rescued from the corner of Beverly and Western in LA 15 years ago....(I followed her up Western for a mile and a half.....with my husband following me at 10:30 at night! (he was expecting a mugging any second) She was the best dog I have ever had. And they know they are rescued!

The Lange Foundation in Los Angeles is the best rescue shelter. I hope you will consider adopting another rescue.
It is an unusual rescue shelter.

I gave a rescue (not the actual dog, but a donation to save a dog that they do) to my next door neighbor, Oprah, and she did a whole show on the shelter, and its founder!

She actually said my name....and that it was the "best present she had ever received!"

look at
My husband was so shattered (I thought I would be worse than he.....but he took it the hardest)

We got another dog of a similar mix, and it has helped: not to replace, but to have another experience with the love of a wonderful dog!

(We have two, and the other one was shattered too!)

Good luck! And God Bless you for rescuing! There are so many great dogs in shelters...needing loving owners like you!

Penny Bianchi
ps love your blog and your ebay store!

February 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

oh, thank you so much for your wonderful comments. made me cry. we definitely want to get another rescue dog. murphy was rescued by a lovely woman -- a nurse at Huntington Hospital -- who found him wandering around south Los Angeles. She placed an ad in the paper seeking a home for him, and that's how we found him.

two years later, we ran into this lovely woman again: she was one of the nurses attending to the birth of our daughter, Isabella. It was a complicated birth and she was a great help and comfort to us.

its funny how the universe works.

i want to believe there's a heaven for animals, especially animals who never find homes.

February 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Carrie Miller said...

So sorry to hear about Murphy, he looks remarkably like our Mesa who lived a gigantic life for 17 years. What you are going through is very hard, just think all of the good memories you have of him. I do believe all dogs go to heaven!

February 2, 2010 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger reckless daughter said...

I have two younger dogs - one had some pretty seriously health issues a year or two ago. It broke my heart but she made it out. Still I know my time with them both is limited and I can't imagine what that will be like.
I supposed just try to be thankful for the 12 years you shared. that's a pretty good run - especially if he may have been older. take care!

February 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger vanessa joie said...

Oh Tina I'm so sorry. I had to put my dog of 15 years to sleep a few weekends ago... It's so hard. My thoughts go out to you. I'm sure you gave Murphy a very happy life. xo

February 4, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Mag said...

oh!! I am sorry to heard that!!
I know you'll find the strength to carry on.

February 5, 2010 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger Hanako66 said...

i am so very sorry for your loss. i can't even begin to imagine how you are feeling right now.

February 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger sisters in black frocks said...

so sad, i understand this feeling. losing a pet is tragis

February 5, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger hillary said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Pets are the most special family members.

February 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Li ♥ said...

Hello Tina,

So sad to loose a pet especially their unconditioned love! Apologies for the delayed comment! Hope all else is well on your side of the world!


February 13, 2010 at 1:57 AM  

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