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The Chili Dawg

A Golden Retriever & His Family

The Chili Dawg

One Year Ago…

August 30th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

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One year ago, today, I cradled your head in my lap.

Tears rolled down my face.

I let my nose breathe in your scent one final time.

I looked at Ryan.

Tears rolled down his face too.

I looked at the vet.

“I can give you some more time,” she said.

“We just want his pain to be over,” I cried.

She pushed the plunger.

His breathing slowed.

“I’m so sorry,” I whispered over and over into his ear, as I buried my face into his fur.

His breathing stopped.

He was gone.

I laid next to his body until it grew cold.

Then I slipped off his collar, and held it so tightly.

Ryan helped me off the floor, and together we exited the office, without my special friend.

God, I thank you for giving me Chili Dawg.

The video my husband made me for Christmas.

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8 Comments so far ↓

  • Sam

    What a beautiful tribute and video. I’m so sorry for your loss… I’ve always heard good dogs never really leave you, they are there when you call for them and frolic in your heart.

    Sending hugs….


  • jerry

    Oh Chili, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. Wow.

    I know you are still with your pack in spirit, and always will be. I can fell the love in your Mom’s beautiful poem.

    We miss you too my friend. xoxo

  • zeuspod

    Chili, your spirit will live on with your parents and within this community. You continue to inspire and we continue to love you because as a wise, wise woman once said “love never ends.” Peace to your pack on this difficult day.

  • labsrus

    So sad. I cried watching your video. It is true that Love never ends… May you celebrate the life and years you had with Chili today.

  • Bart's Mom

    What a great photo tribute to the love beautiful Chili Dawg added to your family. Dogs are amazing, Tripawds especially so.

    Darcy & Bart

  • Karen

    Such heartfelt emotion and love!


  • Butchey

    Oh Chili, I hope – no, I know – that you can still feel the love your family has for you and how much they miss you. It is hard to believe it is one year!

    Your Dad did a beautiful job making that video for your Mom. I’m sure there has been countless tissues used today when everyone watched it. Your Mom’s poem is so heartfelt, too.

    It is true…the love never ends.

    PS – Lola says Hi

  • hollybeans

    Oh, what a lovely poem and video. Definitely tears here! He is such a beautiful boy. We are thinking of you and Chili today.

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