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Rest In Peace, Muggs

My father and stepmother lost their dearly beloved lab yesterday. Here is Muggs the dog, as a pup.

And here he is last week.

Twelve and a half years of such a sweet boy. He will be missed.

Images: My stepmother the photographer

59 Responses

  1. I’m am so very sorry for their loss.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  2. He is beautiful…may he rest in peace and the memories of him live on. I always loved the saying

    “Dogs are not our whole life but they make our lives whole”

    So true and well said.

  3. Oh, how sad. I know what a trying time it was when we lost our two labs within in a couple years of each other. Hope your dad and stepmother are doing okay. :)

  4. What a lovely old Golden Lab he looks to have been. My condolences to your father and stepmother and to the rest of the family as well — you will all surely miss him.

  5. We just welcomed a white (not yellow!) lab into our family and knowing that this day is out there for us, too, is sobering.

    I’m glad that Muggs was well-loved.

  6. I am SO sorry! I understand where they are coming from after losing my Lady who was the best golden for 14 years. What a sweet, sweet face. Hugs

  7. Oh, that’s very sad. He looks like a wonderful dog and obviously much loved. My condolences to you and your parents.

  8. Oh, what a beautiful dog, and what beautiful photographs of him, too. My heart flies out to you and your father and stepmother at his death. Please accept my sympathy…

  9. i love the additional pictures of him. muggs was just the sort of stately-looking companion a father should have. (his expression reminds me of my jude, and breaks my heart a little.)

  10. So, so sorry. My boy was just shy of 13 when we had to say goodbye in November. One of the hardest days ever.

  11. My deepest sympathies. I love those photos, you can see the sweetness in his face.

    Your stepmother is a wonderful photographer. I hope they can find some smiles in her images.

  12. What a wise look in the eyes of Muggs in the picture below. I am touched, as a dog owner myself.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear of their (and also your) loss. I’ve always wanted a Lab. Every Lab I’ve ever met has been such a smart, kind dog, and I’m sure Muggs was no exception.

  14. Robert Frost wrote of “the grief that comes/of a dog’s life being too brief.” The only possible reason is that it allows us to love more than one dog in our own lifetime, so we learn that goodness is not restricted to an individual. Muggs looks like a dear, good boy.

  15. People who love dogs know they are part of our families. Totally guileless, completely loving. Labs especially. I know how much Muggs will be missed, and I also know Muggs will never be forgotten. Sending love, precious.

  16. Once again, many many thanks to every one of you. The cost of having and loving a dog comes high at the end, but having the twelve terrific years to remember will be the important thing. We haven’t gotten there yet, but we will.

  17. Please convey my condolences. I still occasionally dream of my beloved dog, Mac…and although I occasionally look at the local golden rescue page, I just can’t bring myself to commit my heart to another dog just yet. They have my heartfelt sympathy.

  18. It is so tough to lose a beloved pet. We still talk every day about our dachshund who died four years ago. These pets are truly members of our families.

  19. So, so sorry about sweet Muggs. Reading this brings back poignant memories of pets that we have lost over the years. They are such wonderful additions to our families and sorely missed when they’re gone. xoxo

  20. What a sweet, sweet face; that second photo of Muggs just makes my eyes well up with tears.

    If they haven’t discovered him already, your dad and stepmother might find solace in the writing of Jon Katz, who writes about dogs and humans in ways that transcend the written word…I read several of his books after loosing the horse of a lifetime, and it really helped me through the loss (his books about his lab, Julius, might be the perfect bedside companion book for your dad and his wife right now). Actually, the way Katz writes about love, loss, marriage, divorce, spirituality, animals, farm life, middle age, kids, the creative life- it’s all really worth checking out.

    He’s got a great blog, too:

  21. sigh…I’m sitting here in front of the computer…for the first time in weeks. Dolce, my Italian Greyhound, insists on being in my lap. She looks up at me and yawns and I think…what amazingly horrible breath! Now, I realize, she can breathe on me whenever she wants.

    I’m so sorry

  22. I read this yesterday and had no words. This morning as I was walking into town I saw a dog that looked like your first picture. I silently promised it that I would find some words for you today. These would appear to be them.

  23. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your parents beloved Muggs so short a space of time between puppy hood,they fill our lives with their devotion and love, and the loss is forever a splinter in our hearts…..Ida

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