Goodbye, Old Friend.

Today (or Monday) my husband and I had to make the tough and heart wrenching decision to put our sweet dog, Seamus to sleep. Needless to say, we are devastated. It was completely unexpected as he was fine one day and not the next.

I have so many emotions going on inside so I decided to take a minute, sort them out and write. I suppose this is part therapeutic, part needing to get these memories written down so we never forget them or him and also so we could look back and read and reread his story. This definitely is more therapeutic than anything, because I don’t think I really felt heartbreak until today. I’ve been hurt, sad and devastated but literal heartache? It’s indescribable. Like my heart literally aches in my chest and my figurative and emotional heart aches for the unconditional love Seamus gave to all of us.

First let me just say, Seamus (Gaelic for James which is my husbands middle name) was not just “our dog” or “a dog” he was family.

Seamus – The Beginning:

11 years ago, on a clear blue and sunny spring day, Pat, myself and both our girls (at the time Haileigh was 6 and Malloree was 3) drove out to Chelsea, Michigan to look at a litter of Brittany Spaniels. I grew up with a Golden Retriever, but Pat grew up having Brittanys because he and his dad and brother went bird hunting and Brittanys are bird dogs. So when we came to the decision that our little family of 4 needed a puppy, a Brittany it was.

Once we passed the giant sunflower field and drove up the breeders driveway, we all were anxious to pick out the next McNamara. Having a puppy was a first for me. When I was little, my dog was already full grown and when he was a puppy I don’t think I was around yet. As I mentioned, Pat had dogs his entire life but this was our first together. Needless to say, we all were excited.

The breeders home was not the cleanliest but once we saw the puppies, that’s all we could see – cute little bundles of energy. How does one pick a puppy from a litter of puppies?? Luckily, being that three of them were already spoken for, it narrowed it down to two. Both were orange and white spotted and adorable. The one with less orange was an assertive little guy that bounded towards us with all this cuteness and confidence. But then there was another puppy, the one the breeders called Sad Eyes. He was more orange than white, bashful and with a smattering of orange freckles on his nose.

Pat wanted the first puppy with more white because he was looking for a bird dog that wouldn’t shy away from hearing the sound of shotguns firing and would be aggressive in the field. But he turned to me and said: “Laurie, you pick our puppy.” Who-what-me? Well, the bashful guy with the nose full of freckles won my heart from the very beginning. In no time Seamus sat in a box in-between both Haileigh and Malloree in the backseat of the truck. The girls LOVED him. And he did not like the car ride. A little motion sickness on the way home but he was ours, and we loved him.

Seamus – The Middle:

Over the years he’s been apart of everything, big and small. Kids birthdays, 4th of July get togethers, up north hunting trips and naps on the couch. He was such a happy dog! Always greeted whomever walked through our door with some random shoe in his mouth and eventually would let it go but only if you tossed him a treat. You couldn’t help but love him. Even the UPS delivery guy (who came to my house ALL the time) would leave him a dog treat on the package by our front door. Our cat even loved him, when she felt like it.

Speaking of treats. HE loooooved his dog treats and would often go outside just to turn around and scratch at the door to come back in to get one. I was onto him, I just never told him that.

Just in the last year or so we started letting him chill on the couch with us. I mean, he snuck and slept on the couch when we weren’t home or sleeping so what was the point in stopping him anymore? I’m not kidding when I say Seamus REALLY loved his corner of the couch and if someone was in his beloved spot and then got up from it, he’d steel it right back.

And over the years, I always caught him winking at me. 😉

He also loved car rides. Especially in Pat’s truck, and would always have his nose poking out the cracked window, breathing in the air.

One of my favorite memories is that whenever I air-popped popcorn, he would sit and wait with hope in his eyes, silently praying that I would toss him a popped kernel or two. I always did.

He was my buddy from January until September and then Pat’s partner in crime for the hunting season. If Pat was loading up his truck to head up north, Seamus was hyped up knowing where he was headed. He loved being outdoors.

Seamus went to North Dakota to hunt pheasants with Pat, his dad and brother many times. I love that Pat did this with him and I’m sure Seamus did too. Oh and as it turns out, he was an excellent bird dog (thankyouverymuch). Your welcome, Pat. 😉

He also followed me everywhere and was always in the kitchen when I was cooking or would lay under my photography board if I was blogging a recipe. Probably because he knew I’d toss him a little something-something. I always spoiled him.

He even ate dinner with us. Under the table, most likely hoping for someone to drop a crumb or something. He loved a treat of rotisserie chicken or steak.

And the boy could hear a feather hit his dog food bowl. And if I was making bacon, he would stand just off to the side, nonchalantly (although so not nonchalantly) waiting for me to toss his dry food in a little bit of bacon grease. You see a theme here, right? He loved his food and he was always close to us when we had it.

He loved going out on the boat with us when we fished or went for a boat ride. It was like a whole new world to him every single time and the joy on his face was priceless.

And if the girls were watching a TV show and some one rung the doorbell on the show, Seamus would jump up and head to our front door thinking someone was there for a visit. Multiple times in a row even. It was hilarious.

These are just a small collaboration of all of our memories. I’ll probably add more as I think of them. I even blogged about him off and on in posts over the years.

Seamus – The End:

Over the years he had a few scary moments; a broken shoulder, a couple of mass removals. But the scariest of them all was this past weekend. He was fine all day Friday, running around, being his happy and healthy 11-year-old self. But on Saturday morning I let him outside to do his business, turned to walk away and heard him collapse on the back deck. I ran out there and was instantly concerned because this was not normal, but then he came back to and walked off to the back yard and everything seemed okay again. I think I was in shock and told myself he must have had to go pretty bad and tripped on his way out. But over the next 24 hours he got progressively worse. Any form of excitement and he would collapse, his breathing shallowed and began to not recovering as quickly, losing body functions and drooling. On Sunday we took him to the veterinary ER and was told, that it was most likely his heart not functioning properly.

To say we were devastated is an understatement. Being that he was pushing 12 years old and lived a great life, we chose to euthanize. This wasn’t a decision made lightly, but we did not want him to suffer. So we decided to take him home for one last night with us to say our goodbyes, hold him and cry.

Monday morning Pat and I drove Seamus to our vets office with heavy hearts and tears in our eyes. We felt nauseous and kept thinking how could this be happening. I am not ready. But it wasn’t about me or us. It was about Seamus’ quality of life. And that was dwindling.

The vet and vet techs at Ore Creek Veterinary Office were so compassionate. Pat carried him in and Seamus immediately had one of the episodes that I mentioned. Utterly heartbreaking.

They walked us through the process before inserting the catheter in his hind leg. With his head in my lap, and Pat’s hand on his side and while they gave him the injection, I held his face and looked into his eyes, telling him over and over that I loved him while he took his last breath. It was without a doubt the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do but I’m so glad we could be with him when he left us. It was amazing that something so devastatingly sad could be so special and beautiful.

He was such a good dog. The BEST dog, in fact. And my heart can barely take the loss of him. While he’s not waiting at the door with a shoe for us, his corner of the couch may be empty and his favorite blanket still in the same heap it was when he left it, his presence is everywhere. Along with his dog hair ;). We all feel so thankful that he was apart of our story, our family. And has left a huge mark on each of our lives and with so many great memories to look back on. Time is the only thing that can heal the hole in our hearts.

Until we meet again, sweet boy.

Thank you for taking the time to read his/our story.



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102 Responses to “Goodbye, Old Friend.”

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    Kelly T — August 7, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I’m so so sorry! What a beautiful boy he was. God bless you for giving him a loving home.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 7th, 2018 @ 9:37 am

      Thank you, Kelly ❤️

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    Lisa Klosterman — August 7, 2018 at 8:29 am

    So very sorry for your loss and I share your pain. Put down my 15 yr old best friend 5 months ago, one of the worst days of my life. I hope you will reach out to others to talk about your loss in the coming days and weeks because it is no less significant than any other loss. Peace be with you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 7th, 2018 @ 9:36 am

      Thank you, Lisa. I’m sorry to hear of your loss too. Hugs❤️

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    donna — August 7, 2018 at 8:50 am

    so sad i had to put mine down also i was by myself

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 7th, 2018 @ 9:35 am

      I’m so sorry, Donna. Hugs to you ❤️

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    Sue (Julie’s friend) — August 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

    So sorry for your loss. It is hearbreaking and takes a long time to mourn. I am glad you felt peace being with him at the end. RIP Seamus.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 7th, 2018 @ 9:35 am

      Thank you so much, Sue ❤️

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    Rebecca Lemon — August 7, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Oh, I am so so sorry. We had to put down our beloved cat a few months ago – she was 16 and had been part of our family for 14 years. The first pet my husband and I got together and she was definitely a family member, too. My heart breaks for your family – sending hugs and lots and lots of good memories of Seamus.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 7th, 2018 @ 9:33 am

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Rebecca. Thank you for kind words ❤️

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    Isaida — August 7, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. There is no love like a dogs love. Hugs to you and your family.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 7th, 2018 @ 9:38 am

      You’re absolutely right, it’s constant unconditional love like no other. Thank you, Isaida ❤️

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    andrea — August 7, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I am so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful family member! I cry as I read this because I can feel your heartbreak and we know this feeling, too. I hope your memories bring you comfort!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:25 am

      Thank you so much, Andrea. Your kind words mean so much ❤️

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    Abby — August 7, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I am so sorry; we had something very similar happen this May with our giant, sweet Great Pyrenees who was still quite young (only 5), and what we thought was a joint injury turned out to be an extremely rare degenerative myelosis. We took her in for what we thought was going to be a doggie knee replacement only for the orthopedic surgeon to call and tell us that we had very limited options. It’s moments like that when you realize how much a pet can weave themselves into the fabric of your family. I hope you guys feel better soon.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:27 am

      Oh Abby, I’m so sorry. Great Pyrenees are such beautiful dogs. And only 5? So young. Hugs to you and thank you for sharing her story with me. Hugs ❤️

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    Melissa — August 7, 2018 at 10:21 am

    What a special, wonderful, beautiful companion you had in him. I am so sorry for this heartbreaking loss, for all of you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:29 am

      He was the best! Thank you so much, Melissa ❤️

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    Sam Worley — August 7, 2018 at 10:23 am

    One thing that I urge you to remember is that even though Seamus is no longer with you physically, this does not mean that you must love him any less. In fact this love can even increase as you remember how he has helped shape your family.
    If you get another dog as a family member, this continued love for Seamus will remind you that the new pet is not a replacement for Seamus, but simply an addition to love and to love you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:31 am

      Thank you for this, Sam. While we aren’t ready for another dog yet, I will keep your words in the back of my mind in case there is a time. Again, thank you ❤️

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    Kaitlin — August 7, 2018 at 11:38 am

    What a beautiful boy. I’m so sorry. Hugs to you. ❤️

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:24 am

      Thank you, Kaitlin ❤️

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    Greg Prater — August 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    My daughter . Who is about your same age lost her dog a couple of months ago.. I sent her this, which is hanging on the wall at the local shelter

    Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…To a poor and lonely stray, I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.I’d will to the sad, scared, shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.”Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.This is the only thing I can give…The love I left behind. – Author Unknown7.31.14 – Dog’s Last Will & Testament2

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:22 am

      This is so beautiful, Greg. Thank you for passing it on to me and I’m sorry for your daughter’s loss as well. ❤️

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    Wendy — August 7, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Laurie, thank you for putting into words what so many of us who have lost our four legged family members could not. You could have inserted Mayce’s name into your passage because our stories were so similar, even the way you and Pat were there with him at the end. My heart breaks for you, Pat and the girls. We still haven’t brought ourselves to get another dog… It has been over a year and I still have days I struggle with missing him. Your lives were better because of Seamus, and you can bet his was too…

    Thinking of you,


    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:21 am

      Oh Wendy, I’m so sorry for your loss as well! I never really understood what a pet owner felt when they went through this until now and I have so much more compassion. Thank you for your kind words, friend. Hugs ❤️

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    Julie J — August 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    What a great family member. Think you you and yours today Laurie.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:19 am

      He was! Thank you, Julie ❤️

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    Missy Landis — August 7, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss! We have two precious collies and one Persian cat who are as much a part of our family as our two legged kids. We love them dearly and cannot imagine life without them. Prayers going out to you as you mourn the loss of your family member.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:18 am

      Thank you so much, Missy. Hugs to you ❤️

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    Katie Hubbard — August 7, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    How heartbreaking. I can only be imagine. I’m so sorry for your loss laurie. Sending love your way.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:17 am

      Thank you, Katie. I feel it ❤️

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    Ashley — August 7, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    I am so sorry. So beautifully written and you nailed when you said your heart aches.

    He was a handsome boy. Thank you for loving him.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:17 am

      Aw thank you, Ashley. He was SO handsome, wasn’t he? ❤️

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    Cherita Md — August 8, 2018 at 2:04 am

    We brought our furkid home 7 years ago & we fell in total love with her. We are dreading when this time comes. I am so sorry for your loss, you didn’t have nearly enough time with him *hugs*

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:16 am

      Thank you so much, Cherita. It definitely wasn’t enough time.

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    Mary Akkeron — August 8, 2018 at 2:40 am

    my heart aches….have had several friends over the last few weeks who have also said farewell to” family” is so sad….

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:14 am

      It so is. I’ve never experienced anything like this loss. ❤️

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    Laura — August 8, 2018 at 6:24 am

    We understand. Totally.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:13 am

      Hugs to you, Laura ❤️

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    Alicia Hudson — August 8, 2018 at 7:49 am

    I am so heartbroken for you. I know what you are going through. It truly hurts both emotionally and physically. As much as it hurt losing my Sebastian, I really did take peace in knowing that I gave him the best life possible. He knew he was loved. I still miss him (even all these years later) but, like you, am very thankful that he was a part of my life. God bless you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 8th, 2018 @ 9:12 am

      I am sorry for your hurt too, Alicia! I am trying to do as you mentioned, it’s tough but I know he’s not suffering and we are a better family because of him. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and sharing your kind words with me. hugs to you ❤️

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    Mary — August 8, 2018 at 9:37 am

    With tears, I am so sorry for your loss!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:20 am

      Thank you, Mary ❤️

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    Margaret — August 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your baby – our fur babies are family. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:20 am

      Thank you so much, Margaret ❤️

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    Casey — August 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I’m so, so sorry. They leave us better than they found us, and take pieces of our hearts when they go. Someone told me once that letting them go is the greatest gift of love we can give, even though it rips us apart (maybe especially because it does). Seamus was lucky to have a family like yours.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:18 am

      I agree 100%, he gave constant unconditional love like I’ve never witnessed before. Thank you for your kind words, Casey ❤️ hugs!

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    Alex — August 8, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I’ve just read – through tears – your beautiful tribute to your beloved Seamus, Laurie and you were meant to be a family. Knowing what you are going through, I am heartbroken for your family’s pain and loss. Please know you have many prayers and thoughts coming your way from your many admirers and fans…I always recall a saying that we should not dwell on what we have lost, but be joyful for what we had. And you certainly had a great love and beautiful memories with Seamus. Please take good care of yourselves as you journey through these dark days.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:14 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Alex. It’s comments like this that definitely lift my spirts. ❤️

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    E — August 8, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Someone once said we hurt more when we lose a pet than when we lose a person and the reason for that is that we develop no negative feelings towards the pet. None whatsoever. All the feelings we have for our pets are positive, whereas with another person, mainly due to personal interactions, misinterpretations etc, inherent bad feelings occur along the way of even good relationships. Not with a pet though… therefore the massive literal heartache when we lose them. I still remember losing my cat of 18 years. Devastating. Took me close to ten years to warm myself up to the idea of getting another pet, just did not want to go through that kind of pain again. It is really devastating. But it does eventually fade. Distract yourself as much as you can, my friend. I am so sorry you’re going through this but know we’re here for you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:13 am

      Thank you so much, E! I appreciate you reaching out! It’s so empty without him, but you’re right, I can’t imagine going through this again.❤️

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    Pearse — August 8, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Sorry for your loss . I know how you feel . Such a beautiful dog .
    It did bring back memories of our dog who passed away few years back .
    Why do dogs have to die ????
    May his soul Rest In Peace

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:11 am

      I know? WHY? The few years we get are not nearly long enough. Thank you so much, Pearse.

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    Linda — August 8, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    So, I am at work and decided to look at my favorite blog site and I see
    Seamus’ beautiful face. Against my better judgement, I continue to read the
    already known-to-me story….and here I sit …at work…crying after reading your beautifully written memoirs of your fur baby. I only hope that all the happy memories soon replace all the pain and heartache in all of your hearts. God bless, Laurie

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:05 am

      Thank you ❤️

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    Abby (One of your Foodie Followers) — August 8, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    This one had me sobbing at my desk today at work. My heart truly hurts for you and your family. On top of the gut wrenching pain of saying goodbye, I know you also feel like you are ending a chapter in life. 11 sweet years and so many memories made along the way. Animals are so pure and innocent; it feels like they should be immortal. I wish they could be. Thank you for sharing Seamus’s story. It was beautifully written. Much love, Abby

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:05 am

      That’s exactly how I feel, Abby! It’s hard to wrap my head around him not being here anymore. Thank you so much for your kind words ❤️ hugs xoxo

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    Pam Kaufman — August 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    This post made me so sad I could barely finish reading it! We lost our beloved cat Molly 2 1/2 years go and reading about others losing their fur babies brings back all the sadness I felt every single time. While it gets easier with time a bit of the sadness will always be there. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:03 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Pam ❤️ Hugs to you

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    Shelby — August 8, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    I’m in tears- my husband and I have 1 beautiful in every way, granddaughter and 1 beautiful in every way, Brittany grand dog. He is a member of our family. He is eleven years old……

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:02 am

      Brittanys are a such a special and loving breed. ❤️

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    Claudia Davis — August 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    I am so very, very sorry. I have tears in my eyes because I do know the pain you are going through. I only know you through your blog but please know, I am thinking of you.

    Time does not heal but the passage of time helps. After many many months, you will smile more looking at pictures of Seamus then instantly crying. I joined a pet bereavement therapy for months and months after when I needed it and that helped. Part of it was one on one and part of it was in group. Speaking to others who you dont know but are in the same situation, really helps. A local vet or ASPCA group usually runs them, Its just a suggestion but it helped me so very much..

    Seamus is such a beautiful boy (that nose is beyond adorable) and lived such a wonderful, full life. You, he and your family were all extremely lucky.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 9:00 am

      Thank you so very much for your kind words, Claudia. Hugs to you ❤️

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    Susan — August 8, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    I’m so sorry about your Seamus. It hurts for a long time.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 8:59 am

      Thank you, Susan ❤️

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    amy — August 9, 2018 at 11:45 am

    ohhh my heart. I’m so sorry, Laurie. Seamus was a beautiful boy, and it sounds like a good boy too. sending warmth and love to you and your family. losing a pet hurts so so much xoxo

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 8:57 am

      Thank you, Amy! He was definitely one of a kind ❤️ xoxo

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    Margaret Thomas — August 9, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Everyone thinks their dog is the best, and everyone is right! The loss of our first fur baby over 15 years ago is the only loss I have had that still instantly brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye – like right now! Grieving for, and with you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 8:56 am

      Thank you, Margaret. Hugs to you ❤️

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    Sheila B — August 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    So very sorry to hear that. I’ve been there with our beloved Dutchess. We miss her, as I’m sure you miss your fur baby. My thought are with you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 10th, 2018 @ 8:55 am

      Thank you so much, Sheila ❤️

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    Pam — August 12, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Sorry about your loss, Laurie. We bring these four legged critters in our homes and love on them, they love us and back, only to leave us too soon. We had a choc., lab who got suddenly ill w/cancer and it was the hardest decision ever. It is still taking us a bit to recover. Recently our vet clinic sent us his paw print and we all started bawling again. Life is precious. Keep Seamus alive with stories and pics. Hug your family as their hearts too.
    P.S. When you’re ready, read the Dogs Purpose series (a gut wrencher) but the very very end gave me some peace.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 16th, 2018 @ 4:23 pm

      Oh I’m so sorry for your loss as well, Pam. Thank you so much, I’ll give it a read for sure. Hugs to you ❤️

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    Patti Angeles — August 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I cried as I read your story because I have known the pain and loss you are feeling. You are so right when you say they are not “our dog” or “the dog” but are a family member. May all of your good memories of Seamus sustain you through your grief.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 16th, 2018 @ 4:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Patti❤️

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    Pamela — August 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    A touching tribute – nothing like a dogs love. My condolence. Have a bowl of your delicious chicken noodle soup – it’s so comforting to make and eat. My daughter is ill and I’m in Texas caring for her. Today we will enjoy some of that soup – Even though it’s 90 degrees out – my favorite comfort recipe!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — August 16th, 2018 @ 8:20 am

      Thank you, Pamela. I hope your daughter fells better soon

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    Julie — August 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Sorry for your loss! Pets are family and they leave behind sun house great memories. They bring out the kid and fun in us adults to live life. I hope you will adopt again and give another furry kid a chance at a great life.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 8:32 am

      Thank you, Julie ❤️

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    Konadog — August 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    RIP Seamus

    • Tucker's Mom replied: — August 20th, 2018 @ 10:54 pm

      Beautiful tribute.

      • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 8:29 am

        Thank you ❤️

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    Ramona Perkins — August 23, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    It is always the hardest thing to do. You gave him a wonderful life! You were the last face that he saw and the last voice that he heard. You sent him with love ❤️

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 8:16 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Ramona! xo ❤️

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    Tracy — August 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    So sorry, Laurie. Our old girl is 14 and really slowing down, the thought of having to go through this is too much. I feel your pain. MISS YOU!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 8:19 am

      Thank you so much, Tracy! Miss you TOO! ❤️

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    Kelly Namee — August 30, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I just came across your family’s story and it moved me to tears.. I have been crying for 15 minutes until my sweet 13 yr old Chihuahua boy Teddy came to see what was wrong..made me cry harder! My little protector.. Thinking of him passing breaks my heart .. I can only imagine how sad you all are.. I am so very sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you.. what wonderful memories you have! You gave him such a beautiful, happy and fun life! Wishing you and your family peace and God’s blessings..

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 8:12 am

      Thank you so much, Kelly ❤️

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    Marty B — September 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Sweet story. Our sweet dog is nearly 14 and I can’t imagine life without her. She’s been the dog of put middle-older years and we’ve Spent so much time with her.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 7:59 am

      Hug her tight, Marty! ❤️

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    Isma Javed — September 4, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Awwww this is so sad and heart touching. May you and your family have the strength to deal with this loss. Lots of love. Xx

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 10th, 2018 @ 7:42 am

      Thank you ❤️

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    Laura Brickner — September 10, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Unfortunately I know how you feel. I just want to say thank you for giving a beautiful dog a beautiful life. Loving a dog is an amazing journey and he had your love and loyalty till the end. When its time, maybe you will get another little bundle of love..

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    Lona Mallory Lane — September 27, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Sorry for your loss! Your story touched my heart and bought tears to my eyes thinking about Rover Mallory who was my childhood buddy. He went quail, deer and rabbit hunting with me. He Loved outdoors, fresh air, my Buster Brown shoes, chicken and Alpo Everyone Loved him and would ask about him if they didn’t see him. In Argo Illinois we and Neighbors had a victory garden on 64th Place which we walked through every summer evening. I hadn’t thought about Rover in a long time. Thanks for the memories❣️

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 1st, 2018 @ 8:40 am

      Thank you so much, Lona!❤️ And also for sharing your memories with me.

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    Rebecca — October 21, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    The tears won’t stop coming. What a lovely tribute to a lovely doggie. It definitely touched me. I hope you all are at peace.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 22nd, 2018 @ 7:54 am

      Hi Rebecca! We are doing better, thank you for asking. We still miss him, but the pain has eased up a bit. ❤️

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    E — October 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Just re-read this post… No idea why. Pulled up your blog and just searched for it. Tears in my eyes towards the end. Hope you’re doing well and thank you for sharing this with us…

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 27th, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

      Thanks E! We’re doing better, still miss him like crazy though!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — January 7, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Laurie. I know I’m late to reading this but it is so heartbreaking and so sudden. 🙁 We had to put my last family dog down in May and I know what you mean about something so sad being beautiful. We had the vet come to my parents house. She was lying on the couch and my dad was feeding her popcorn (her favorite), we all pet her, kissed her, told her how much we loved her and then she was gone. Still brings tears to my eyes. It’s amazing how much our dogs are family members. I hope time has helped heal some of the pain. Sending love.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 25th, 2019 @ 10:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelli! And I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so heartbreaking, but what a beautiful way to say goodbye. I love that both our dogs loved popcorn too! Hugs and love to you!

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