Good-Bye My Furry Friend

A lot of you follow me on Facebook.

You may, therefore, already know I had to say good-bye to my golden retriever, Doc, this week.

My entire family is heart broken.

The death of a pet is gut wrenching.

Doc Beach © SHaggerty 2012 W-1

Doc was a huge part of our family and brought us constant smiles.

I will miss him so much.

He truly brightened my life on a daily basis.


I will especially miss swimming with him.

It’s hard to even think about our pool without him.

It seems so unfair that pets can’t be with us longer.

I’m so grateful he shared his kind, beautiful, joyful, soul with us for over 13 years.


I’ve cried buckets of tears over the last day or two …

I didn’t know I could cry this much.

And yet,

There’s comfort in knowing,

Doc will live on in my heart always.

19 Responses to “Good-Bye My Furry Friend”

  1. TravelSkite

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Our yellow Labrador, Fudge, left us in November after 13 years and I miss her every day, greeting and welcoming me a dozen times a day, keeping me in her sight, adoring me totally, forgiving me everything. You can’t replace, or even hope to return, love like that. but she was glad of every bit of attention. You were lucky to have Doc, but he was lucky too.

    • Suzanne

      They are such great companions.
      I’m sorry about Fudge.
      There’s such a hole in our lives once they’re gone.
      : (

  2. Skyler

    I am so sorry for your loss, Suzanne. I think a lot of us can relate to the bucketfuls of tears we have cried in losing our furry friends, as well. After going to bed crying and waking up crying for him every day for 10 days, I suddenly woke up one day and it hit me. He does not need me anymore. He is in a much better place now. And there were no more tears. Love and hugs to you, Suzanne.

    • Suzanne

      I keep thinking I’m all “cried out,” but then more tears come.
      Eventually, I suppose, they’ll stop.
      My heart is sad.

  3. sara

    Sorry for your loss. Our lab was with is for almost 16 years. It is always so hard to loose a pet.

  4. Denise

    I am so sorry, Suzanne, that Doc had to leave. He is waiting for you and stays in your heart.

  5. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Suzanne. Scooter had a horrible flare-up of his auto-immune disease last week – it was so bad, I thought we were going to have to say good-bye to him. The thought just broke my heart, and I was thrilled when he showed signs of going back into remission over the weekend. Thankfully, he’s back to his normal self today; I feel like I dodged a bullet.

    • Suzanne

      I’m so glad he’s feeling better.

  6. Bridget

    So sorry. We lost our golden in November, she was 15, so know what you are going thru.

    • Suzanne

      They’re such a great breed …
      Such great friends.

  7. Tanis Miller

    Oh, my heart breaks for you in a thousand ways. Losing a pet hurts so hard. I’m still missing my sweet Nixon. I’m so terribly sorry you lost your Doc. Much love to you and your family. Big hugs to you my sweet friend.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you, Tanis.
      I remember reading about Nixon.
      It’s so hard to say good-bye to our pets.
      They are a part of our families.

  8. Julie in Michigan

    Aww, what a sweety Doc was!

    • Suzanne

      He was.
      I feel like I’ve lost my best friend.
      In truth, I think I have.

  9. Kristin A.

    Oh no. I didn’t see you post about this on FB. I’m so sorry. So so sorry. We lost our dog a year and a half ago and I still miss him every day. It took me a long time to not cry thinking about him. So give yourself leeway to grieve. I agree I wish our pets could be with us forever too. xoxo

  10. Christine

    Aw poor Doc. I feel like I’ve known him forever since I found your blog so many years ago. So sad. I’m so sorry, Suzanne. We’re cherishing the time left with our own golden. She lost a leg back in the fall, then dealt with bloat not 2 weeks later. Amazingly she pulled through, but now it’s just a matter of time before the stomach cancer wins. It’s too bad they live in dog years, it’s so hard to say goodbye. Hugs.


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