Pumpkin Pluto 2/16/2000 – 3/23/2010

Our Pluto is gone. Tim wrote a fitting memorial here but it can best be said by

“But just a mere couple weeks ago prostate cancer snuck up on Pluto. It was a short rollercoaster ride, filled with more fear and dread than joy. We watched him shed pounds before our eyes, grow lethargic, and have pain as a constant companion. And today that cancer took him from us. And I want him back. I want him back. I want him back. “

I am so exhausted from this, and several rounds of sickness that have overcome our household — the last being the stomach flu. I got it Sunday night and am still recovering and Morella got it tonight – throwing up twice in her bed. We are just so … sad, tired and defeated. I never knew how hard it would be to let him go. Having a family pet as an adult is such an entirely different thing then when I was a kid. For one, no dogs were ever allowed in the house, much less take over a couch.

That said, here is a little photo montage of our dear, sweet Pluto. Oh we miss you so already.

6 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pluto 2/16/2000 – 3/23/2010

  1. Sarah

    Oh, no. Your horrible days make my horrible parenting day seem petty in comparison. (I’m still up after an 11:30 nightmare that due to Ruth distracting Dave and me in a Wal-Mart parking lot, Nick’s shopping cart went over an cliff into a rushing, rocky, dark river far below. Been thinking about the bad day preceding for hours, unable to fall back asleep.)

    Even this sample of photos is a rich reminder of how great, interesting, cherished, and colorful a life Pluto had with your family, in your safe cozy house. Camping! Parties! Cuddles! Park visits! Your deep affection for him, and Tim’s too, was always evident. You did well by him, and you didn’t try to make him linger despite his pain.

    I am so sorry for the dog-shaped hole in your heart now, though. And I’m so sorry that you have to handle the grief with a weak, sick body and beaten mind.

    I hope you find the time you need for some rest and some good crying, if that will help. Does Tim have a day or two off from work? Sounds like you all need rest and peace, even if you have to take turns with the girls. *sigh* I often wish for nurse-trained babysitters who would come into houses where young kids and/or the stay-at-home parent are sick, just to give the parent a break to sleep, heal, sob, whatever.

  2. Oliver

    Tim and Laura,

    I’m sorry to hear about Pluto. May he rest in peace. I know he was an important part of your life. You were fully committed to him and so involved in the greyhound association and caring for other dogs too.

    Grieve well.

  3. Lowen Klein

    He was such a happy, loving dog and I am honored to have been able to spend some one on one time with him while dog sitting. We’re going to miss him so much.

  4. Eric

    I’m sorry to hear. Pluto’s awesome personality was a key factor on us getting our dog. I’m so glad you brought him down that weekend, and we got to spend some quality time together.

  5. Philip Benninghoff

    I’m sorry guys. He was a great dog. So cill and relaxed and cuddly and loving. We will all miss him. Ludo passed away on Sun. also, so at least they will be able to hang out together in doggy paradise.

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