Goodbye, Lucy.

December 29, 2010

It’s been coming for a while now, but today we knew it was time to put Lucy to sleep.  She has been on a fast slide over the last few months, and a neurological disorder that kept her legs from getting instructions made it nearly impossible for her to walk and made her incontinent.  The last few days have been very hard for all of us.

Dr. Cesar came to our house to see her several times, and he took care of ending her life for us, too.  He is very gentle and she went to sleep with us singing to her and petting her.


Lucy – aka Lulu or Lou was the first dog Paul and I got together.  She came from a shelter – she’d been discovered in a house that was left vacant… she was extremely thin, but very sweet.


She became the matriarch of our Black Dog Farm, and Paul even designed the logo for the gate based on her likeness.  She taught our Scottie, Angus the ropes – and later when Henry joined our pack she taught him, too.  Angus died about 5 years ago of cancer, and she and Henry were best pals from then on.  By the time Coco joined our pack this year she had backed off from most pack leader jobs, letting Henry teach Coco the rules of the house.

We are all in a bit of shock, we loved our Little Lulu (can you hear me crooning the Little Lulu song to her?)  and hope she knows how much happiness she brought to our lives.  Rest In Peace, Lucy.


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    1. Our pets put their trust in us for everything so there is no harder decision than when to put them to sleep. They are our family and we are richer for having them in our lives. Lucy was a special dog who lived a good life and was lucky to have such a wonderful family. I know you are going to miss her a great deal but, sadly, it was time.

    1. Nancy and Paul – We are so sad to hear your news about Lucy. It sounds like she had a great life with you. Just know you’ll see her at the Rainbow Bridge.

    1. Aw, Nancy, I’m so sorry. What an awesome life Lucy had tho! What a lucky Lulu she was. As said, it was time and it’s the kindest thing we can do.

    1. I am incredibly sorry to hear this news. Sorry is not even a good word. There is a hole in my heart for you and Paul right now. Your tales of Lucy were a driving force in convincing me that I needed to bring Jiggs with me to Mexico. I have never regretted that decision. But knowing how that story would turn out and how Lucy’s would turn make their losses no easier to accept. I am happy you shared your love for her with us.

      1. Ingrid, Cynthia & Mike, Trailrunner, and Steve – Thank you so much for your kind words. It is easy to be loving parents of a dog like Lucy, the only hard part was the last few days. She went so peacefully, that is a big comfort to us. I know you all know how hard it is. Thanks again.

    1. Cesar is an exceptional individual. He helped us with Talli this spring when the time came. It tears you up when it happens, but I’ll never forget Talli looking up at me and with her eyes asking “Please make it end.” We are truly sorry at your loss.

    1. Words fail me, it is hard to make that decision for your dog. All I can do is offer my heartfelt condolences for your loss.


    1. You have my love and sympathy, it’s a hard decision. You didn’t let her down, it’s the hardest part of the responsibility we take on when we bring an animal into our lives. All the rest is easy, they love us unconditionally but we have to let them go when they are suffering. Hugs to you both, it’s a sad time.

    1. I am so sorry for your loss. ‘Tis said that the hardest decisions are usually the right ones. Know in your heart that this was the right decision. We had to put our Max down Oct 14. I still miss that rotten little goober. Perhaps he and Lucy are chasing each other around in Doggy Heaven.

    1. Last year our 6 year old German Shepherd, Tonka, died suddenly of a gastric tortion event. We thought we were ready to be pet-less after Tonka died since we are planning a move to Mazatlan but I couldn’t face an empty house when I came home each day from work. I was so overcome with loss. Within a month we rescued a dog, Mikko, who had been without a real home for over a year.

      A friend of mine shared this epitaph with me after Tonka died:

      Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, all the virtues of man without his vices.

      This praise, which would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the memory of Boatswain, a dog.

      Lord Byron

    1. I’m so sorry Lucy is gone. I know how you miss her, having lost my own Sophie this fall. She was very fortunate to have spent her life with you, and to have you make the right decision when the time came.

    1. Nancy and Paul, there is nothing I can say to help. I know it was a hard decision to make but the right one for Lucy. But still, everytime you come in the door you will look for her. We miss our little ones so much when they are gone. I’m glad you have Henry and Coco. They can’t replace Lucy but they can and will love you even more. God bless your little family.

    1. Nancy, we just wanted to let you know again how very sorry we are. Lucy was a very special lady and we know she will be sorely missed. We are just so happy that we had the chance to meet her.

    1. So sorry for your pain…it is so difficult to let go but in your hearts you know you did the right thing. Hold each other tight tonight. Many hugs…

    1. Nancy and Paul, we are so sorry to hear the news, though we knew it was coming. What a blessing to have had Lulu with you for so long. And thank goodness that, unlike many humans, loved ones were able to do the humane thing for her. She loved you, and you her. It is sooooo hard to lose a pet. Our thoughts are with you.

      1. Thanks everyone for your kind words. We are doing ok – we know it was her time and it was hard to let her go, but now we are doing our best to move on and not dwell on it. Coco and Henry need help adjusting, too – a little more lap time might be in order. Happy New Year to all of you, and thank you.

    1. Sorry to hear about that Nancy, I know how special God’s give to us is. I lost my friend of many years this year also and hate the fact of how empty the house becomes, even though we have a few more of our family still around. It’s always nice to see people getting animals from shelters, sometime I don’t understand how people can abuse animals, but luckily there are people that rescue dogs and cats, which negate some sad abuse situations.

    1. I knew about this from your FB entry but that didn’t make reading the story any easier. All pet owners know and share your grief at this time.

    1. So sorry for your loss, Nancy. Lucy is a very beautiful soul.

    1. Dear Nancy –
      I’m so sorry for your loss. Words can not describe the love we have for our pets.
      Stay strong! And give the kids a hug from me.
      Our thoughts are with you.

    1. Nancy, I haven’t read any blogs for a while and I’ve read some of yours again today. Sadly, I haven’t blogged either. It’s been a bit of a depressed time for me with Bruce’s illness. However, he’s still Bruce and we are still trying to find answers. You are inspiring to begin my blog again. I am so terribly sorry about Lucy. What a great dog. I know how much you loved her and she clearly had a happy transition to Mazatlan. I am thinking about you and sending love. I’m driving down to Sayulita in March and hope to see you then.

      Love, Jan

      1. Thanks, Jan. We are trying not to think about her too much, it makes us too sad. Is Bruce seeing any natural practitioners? Perhaps they could offer some help… We really hope to see you in March, I am counting on you staying with us… we have room and the dogs would get along, PLEASE?

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