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08 June 2010 @ 02:29 pm
Sad news  
We lost our Tuffy on June 1st. You may remember the tale of his health issues here.

After his surgery, he did recover and had many happy times. He then ultimately lost all feeling in his hind legs, and we had a cart made for him the enabled him to get around.

The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend he wasn't as excited about eating, and by Monday he was looking - just sad. That's the only way I can describe it. He no longer had sparkle in his eyes and didn't get excited when people were around (the way he always had). His back legs started to really swell by Tuesday morning and he was getting bad bed sores. When the vet was open again on Tuesday we took him in and there was nothing more that we could do. He was 14 and 7 months. I've had him since I was 12 and it's so depressing because it is "the end of an era." That dog was around for every event in my teen/early adult life.

Alex's Amazing Tufferware ("Tuffy")
October 15, 1995 - June 1, 2010
Alanalook_its_alana on June 8th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I am so so sorry. Smudge just turned 11 and I've had her since I was 11, so it's getting hard for me to watch her age. She's always been my best bud and there for me throughout the years.

Many thoughts and prayers for you!
Kimkimbalynne on June 8th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss :(
Ericaohboy09 on June 8th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss. :( He was gorgeous and it sounds like he had a wonderful life with you. <3
Amy H. Sturgis: VA/Meet VAeldritchhobbit on June 8th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
I am so, so sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. He was a beautiful fellow, and it sounds like you were both lucky to have each other. *hugs*
Glorious kind and always on time: muffuletta in a boxuberjackalope on June 8th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
I went through a very similar experience with my childhood dog (not a Boston) when I was 24. We had gotten her when I was 12, too, and she had also been there for all the formative experiences of my teen/early adult life. When I moved out of my parents' house, she was the thing I missed most! What you said about Tuffy losing the sparkle in his eyes...I remember that same exact thing from the last days of her life. Dogs really do sometimes have to tell us when it's okay to let them go, and I think that is their way.

I'm so sorry to hear about Tuffy, but I hope your happy memories of him will get you and your family through this hard time.
thought_bubbls: Cooper1thought_bubbls on June 8th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry :(
It's not easy to lose a pet/companion. I just went through it with my horse.
Lots of hugs and prayers for you.
Nancie: Personal - Me and Guinneyeicnan on June 8th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry, this is always such a difficult thing togo through. Take it one day at a time and eventually the memories bring smiles instead of tears. There's a sweet loving saint bernard up there waiting for him to play tour guide.
miserable, arrogant old bat: peacecottonmanifesto on June 8th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
i am so sorry for your loss. he was a well-loved dog.
Jessi: origin of lovemissbadexample on June 8th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss. *hugs*
AJPmakenote on June 8th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Tuffy had such a long and awesome life with your family -- he was a lucky pup! I'm so sorry for your loss.
Genevieve: Lulu Woofalwaysgenevieve on June 8th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
love to you and Tuffy
Susanbusysuzy on June 8th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry for your loss. It's just the hardest thing...I wish they never had to go. Hugs...
noisywallflowernoisywallflower on June 8th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. It's good that Tuffy was loved so much during his lifetime.
Dragonfly_lily: Bostonsdragonfly_lily on June 8th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Born on my (21st) birthday...gone too soon.
Wanda Richelieu of Re Duh, O Ran Gie, and Yelloshortdariwanda on June 8th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Jennylittlesunflower on June 9th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
So sorry for your loss. :(
popscockles: pic#73346267catpopscockles on June 9th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
My piggies & I send our hearts out to you & your family in this difficult. What a beautiful boy he was! It sounds like he had a nice, long, happy life. He's with my Autumn, now. She'll take good care of him<3
Sarah: laurenjonoosweetpeaoo on June 9th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
very sorry for your loss. :o(
just another daynympha on June 9th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
so sorry to hear about Tuffy. our thought are with you.
grrrrracelilacpetal on June 9th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. It's so hard to lose a loved one, especially one that has been there all the time. *hugs*
Rest in peace, Tuffy.
Sheribooksaremyhabit on June 13th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
again, I'm so sorry, it's so hard to lose them, they are not here long enough..it's not fair