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I’ve been putting off writing this post because it’s still too tough.  On Sunday, January 12th, we had to put our sweet pup Ruffino to sleep.
You may have remembered me asking for prayers a few weeks ago.  Initially we weren’t sure what caused his stroke.  But as time went on, he stopped getting better and then suddenly got much, much worse.  They now believe it was a brain tumor that caused the stroke and then caused his health to rapidly decline.  We woke up that Sunday morning knowing he wasn’t going to make it much longer and didn’t want him to experience the pain that seemed to be taking over.
We miss him so much.  There is a huge hole missing in our family.  I miss hearing his feet click across the floors, his big yawn and shake in the morning, and of course him coming up to me with those big brown eyes and leaning in for love.  There are still paw prints on the wood floor in our bedroom.  I can’t bring myself to clean them up.
Ruff was such an amazing boy.  He loved us so much, and we loved him even more.  He was patient with our children, exploded with personality, and was honestly the best dog we could have ever imagined.  What a blessing he was in our lives.
Ruff Dog, I love you with all of my heart.  You are my very good boy.  I know you’ll be there waiting for me when I get to Heaven.  I can’t wait to see your sweet face and to rub those velvety ears again.  I love you.


  1. Lil Avatar

    Very sorry to hear about your pup. They sure leave a mark, don't they? Hugs.

  2. Carrie Davis Avatar

    So very sorry ~ having to say goodbye to a 'fur babe' is so heartbreaking. Unconditional love at its best, is what we get when we add a pet to our lives.

  3. Calypso In The Country Avatar

    I am so, so sorry. I know how our pets become such an important part of our families and it is just heartbreaking to lose them. Hugs to you.
    Take care -Shelley

  4. Andrea Avatar

    Oh Shelley, I'm so sorry to hear this. My thought and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I'm sure my Charlie is keeping Ruffino company in doggy heaven. They're probably playing an epic game of fetch about right now.

  5. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    oh shelley, i am so so sorry. my heart hurts for you and your family. we lost charlie much he same way- an assumed brain tumor and rapid declining of health. and i smelled his yucky smelly collar for some time after because i missed him so much. i wiped his nose prints from all the walls (he couldn't see so they were covered with lines of where he would guide himself with his nose) except one door and they are still there. thinking of you and sending you love.

  6. Mindy Avatar

    I said, Oh No, out loud when I saw that first picture in my reader. I didn't even need the first sentence to know this was gonna be bad. What a horrible thing to have to go through. This post was unbelievably sad and he wasn't even my doggy. My heart hurts for you guys. That sucks beyond words. And, with our dog being almost 13, it scares the hell out of me. I'm so, so sorry. Crap. That sucks.

  7. pam murphy Avatar

    Oh wow…. so sad! I am so very sorry, thoughts & prayers to you & your family!

  8. Karli Avatar

    I'm so sorry to read this, but I'm so happy to see the joy he brought your entire family. And I'm sure you brought him more joy than you can even fathom. He was lucky to have you as a family. He fulfilled his purpose of bringing you love and happiness. And now his pain is gone. I hurt for you.

  9. Tiffany Avatar

    This made me cry. I'm so sorry. Sending you a big hug.

  10. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door Avatar

    I'm so very sorry Shelley! What a huge loss for everyone in your family. Big hugs to you all.

  11. pam {simple details} Avatar

    Shelley, my heart aches for all of you, I can only imagine how hard it is. I can see that sweet disposition in his face and big brown eyes, he was fortunate to have such a loving family!

  12. Talitha Richardson Avatar

    oh gosh, this made me cry! I couldn't imagine life without my puppies and yet I will have to one day. Hope it gets easier for you and just reflect on the fun times

  13. Samantha Hawes Avatar

    Oh gosh, Shelley, so sad for you and your family. It's amazing how our pets become members of the family, and take such a big piece of us with them when they pass. Sending you & your sweet little family good healing thoughts!
    XO – Samantha

  14. Carmel - Our Fifth House Avatar

    Oh girl I'm so sorry for your loss! We lost one of our dogs over a year ago and it still hurts to think of him. Big hugs to you!

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