Good-bye to our sweet boy Hiro


After 11 years with us, our sweet boy Hiro has gone “home” again.  Not a day went by where he didn’t bring joy, laughter, & love to our lives.  Not a day went by where we didn’t plan some part of our day around our good boy.  From the moment he joined our family (at 4 months old as a rescued pound puppy), he was the center of our universe; he was our whole world.  He taught us how to be honest, patient, & enjoy the pure, sweet things in life.

He symbolized the start of our lives in Colorado all those years ago.  He never met a meal he didn’t like or a squirrel he didn’t want to chase.  We often joked that he had an almost spotless record when it came to pooping/peeing in the house (it only happened twice his whole life & he seemed very embarrassed by those occurrences).  He loved walks & hikes, treats, nature, camping, begging for table scraps, taking naps, watching the world from our deck, hanging his head out the car window, sleeping spread-eagle on his back, & being with us.  He was our kind, gentle giant.  We always believed that there was a human soul behind his velvety brown eyes.

Over the last few weeks, our good boy was not well.  He had made miraculous recoveries before & we channeled everything we had into finding out what was wrong & making him as comfortable as possible.  Scans showed it was inoperable liver cancer & his health was deteriorating rapidly.  We spent most of Monday and Tuesday together as a family: he struggled a bit, but both days he was able to walk his favorite trail, wade in his favorite creek, & gobbled up some favorite meals.  We made heartwrenching plans to have our vet come to our home on Tuesday evening to help us say good-bye.  But then we decided at the last minute to give him a couple more days (with the blessings of our vet).

However, later that evening he came to us with a clear sign that he was ready & that it was time.  So we decided to let him go.  With some help, we said good-bye to him.  We told him that we loved him so very much and thanked him over and over again for everything he had given us.  Our sweet boy gently & peacefully slipped away from this life, in the comfort of his own home.

Our hearts are heavy, yet we feel a lightness knowing that he is free.  He’s probably running around on his favorite trail up there with the wind fluttering through his soft, downy hair & his big paws pounding the path….his very own Elysian Fields.  After we said good-bye to him, we sat in our backyard.  It was a perfect balmy summer night & at that moment when we missed him so very much, a breeze rolled through the trees & we knew.  That he was there with us & always will be.


You all were a part of his life & we just wanted you to know about our beloved boy.
We will always miss him with all our hearts.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 


108 comments:

  1. :( Tears are running down my cheeks in my cubical. It's so hard to say goodbye. What a wonderful life Hiro had. *Hugs*

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  2. Oh my I am so sorry... Hiro did have a wonderful life and was so loved. It is hard to say goodbye, I will be thinking of you and your family.

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's very hard to lose a beloved pet. We lost our dog this year as well.

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  4. Coming out of lurkdom to say I'm so sorry, with tears in my eyes. Hiro was a lovely looking boy and his gentle spirit shone through. It is so difficult to lose our canine family members, but what joy they bring to our lives.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. But I am glad that Hiro had you in his life. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

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  6. Awww man FC, I'm not even a dog person but this one got me. Totally crying. Hiro was a gorgeous dog and I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to him. You guys are in my thoughts!

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  7. You gave Hiro the best life a dog could ask for. This totally made me tear up. I'm so sorry for your loss, but just remember how much fuller your life was because of him.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Putting my dog down was one of the hardest, gut-wrenching things I've ever had to do in my whole entire life.

    Beautiful photos of Hiro. : )

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  9. I am so sorry to hear this. Losing a pet is never easy, especially when they are as big of a part of your life as Hiro was. I'm praying for you all in this hard time.

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  10. I'm so sorry for your loss. Pets become such huge parts of our families. It sounds like Hiro had a very good and full life! He was a really beautiful dog!

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  11. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Hiro. It's so obvious from your photos how well he was loved. Take care...

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  12. That is the hardest thing about loving an animal. My heart aches for you. :(

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  13. I am so sorry to hear about Hiro.

    He seemed like such a sweet dog - I fell in love with him the minute I saw him repping the Hawkeyes. :) You can tell he knew great love, thanks to you guys. So sorry for your loss.

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  14. This is so sad. I'm sorry FC, losing a pet is just about the worst feeling ever. Sending prayers your way.

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  15. I'm seriously crying right now. I cannot imagine how this day must feel. I'm so, so sorry for the loss of your best friend. ((Hugs))

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  16. My heart breaks for you and your family. Hugs to all.

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  17. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how incredibly how it is. Take comfort in all the good memories you have of your Hiro. {{{hugs}}}

    Nancy

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  18. I am so sorry. I'm blessed that the hardest thing I have ever done is put my dog down. Wish you had more time with your boy.

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  19. i am so sorry. we lost our golden reese suddenly a year and a half ago, and it is still hard sometimes. my thoughts are with you.

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  20. I am so sorry. I can't even imagine how hard this must be for you. In my opinion, there are few things more wonderful than the love of a dog. What a wonderful life he had with you and your family. *hugs* from Illinois.

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  21. Oh my gosh, I'm so, so sorry. I'm crying at my desk. I love Hiro! Seeing him on your blog made me feel like I knew him. I never met him, but I knew he was a smart, sweet, beautiful boy who loved his family. I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

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  22. I am so sorry for your loss. Having just lost our sweet bulldog less than a year ago I can feel your pain. ((hugs!))

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  23. My poor friend, I am so very sorry Hiro is gone. Miss you and hope to see you soon! Thinking of you guys.

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  24. Oh I'm so sorry! I know he was such a big part of your sweet family!
    Hugs friend!

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  26. My heart goes out to you! We just had to put our dog down in December. It hurts like hell but it does get easier. Take comfort in knowing that you were an amazing dog mama and gave him the best life possible. Hugs to you.

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  27. I've been a long-time reader (lurker) and wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. The love you have for your sweet Hiro has always been evident and I can only imagine how this hurts. You have been so lucky he was apart of your lives. Such a touching post; thank you.

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  28. Oh, I don't even know what to say. The tears started as soon as I started reading this. You & your sweet family are in my thoughts. He seemed like such a good boy. Sending a hug your way.

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  29. What a beautiful post about such a sad event, so sorry for you loss.

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  30. Oh FC. My heart goes out to you, Mr. FC and Q as you cope with missing your friend. I know it must have been a very difficult thing to do, but the right thing, nonetheless.

    love,
    jbhat

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  31. OMG. I am crying. I enjoyed when you posted about him. I am sending thoughts and prayers to you all!!

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  32. I am so sorry for your loss. I just went through this about a month ago. It sounds like he had an absolutely wonderful life with you, as you had with him. My prayers are being sent your way.

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  33. So sad, I'm sorry to hear about losing Hiro. You wrote a great post in his honor, it definitely brought tears to my eyes.

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  34. I'm so sorry and sad to read this, FC. What a wonderful dog he was - you conveyed that beautifully the entire time I've read your blog. Thinking of you guys! xoxox - Em

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  35. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved reading about Hiro- he was a wonderful dog. Hugs to you and your family.

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  36. I'm so sorry for your loss freckles chic. What a beautiful life little Hiro had with you and your family. He'll always be with you. <3

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  37. I'm a frequent reader of your blog, but have never commented before. I am so sorry for the loss of Hiro. He was such a handsome boy and it is clear from the pictures that you gave him the greatest life a dog could ask for.

    Big virtual hugs from a fellow dog fanatic and Coloradan.

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  38. What a wonderful & moving tribute to your precious Hiro. The love & joy he brought into your lives and you into his is undeniable. {{Hugs during this difficult time.}}

    Amy

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  39. Fighting back tears as I read this at my desk. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your darling boy, Hiro. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  40. Tears in my eyes here at work. What a good boy! I love the last photo.

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  41. I am so sorry Freckles. Hiro was like the George Clooney of the blog-dog-world :) He will be greatly missed.
    xo - kb

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  42. awww i'm sorry FC. I know the feeling all too well. my 17 year old maltese just passed away 3 weeks ago. she had a good life with us. but i sure do miss her :(. great photos! i wanted to post about my Kiki but everytime I think about her I start to cry... xoxo!

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  43. I am so sorry for your loss. Your post totally made me cry at my desk. I will keep you and Hiro in my thoughts.

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  44. I'm so sorry to hear this. He was such a beautiful dog, and a wonderful part of your family. This is also one of the most touching farewell posts I've read. I'm glad Quinn got to spend time with him, however short it was. Thinking about you!

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  45. I am so sorry for your loss! Your post brought tears to my eyes thinking of the all the joys Hiro brought you and your family. One of the many hard losses in life are out pets!

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  46. My condolences as well - what an absolutely wonderful life you gave him. And he gave you. Lucky dog.

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  47. I'm so sorry for your lost. You gave him such a wonderful life fun of love.

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  48. Bawling. :( scratching my golden extra long tonight. God bless.

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  49. I'm so sorry! It's never easy to say goodbye. You gave him a great life!

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  50. I'm bawling right now and my heart breaks for your loss. We had to put down our cat right before Christmas and it was the toughest thing we've had to do. We have two dogs as well and love them with everything that we have. Love all the pictures of Hiro, looks like he really enjoyed life with you and your hubby. You're in my thoughts.

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  51. So sorry to hear this. I think we all know what it's like to lose a pet- a member of the family. Hope your hearts heal quick.

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  52. I got so teary reading your post. I am SO SORRY for your loss. I have read your blog over the past year or so and have loved when you mentioned or showed pics of Hiro, especially ones where he has that deadpan expression that dogs get when you can tell they're thinking 'my crazy mom'. I have two dogs that are my babies (no human babies yet) and as they start to get up in age I really worry about how I'll be able to deal with the heartbreak of losing them. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  53. i'm so so sorry for your loss. hiro was a lucky doggy, though. you were both lucky, i'm sure.

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  54. :( So sorry for your loss. Hugs.

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  55. I am crying my eyes out for you -- my heart just dropped when I saw your blog title. I felt like I knew Hiro, like he was a long, lost sibling to my Charlie. You were amazing parents, he lived such a full, blessed life. A love like no other. So, so, sorry for your loss FC and family.

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  56. Sorry for your loss, I can't imagine your pain and at the same time I'm thinking on the day that I will have to say goodbye to my dog OREO. I'm crying for you.:(

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  57. I saw the title of the post and my heart dropped and I'm sitting here sobbing. Thinking of you guys.

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  58. RIP Dear boy and loyal friend.

    :( The photos are so touching. Take care.

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  59. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful companion.

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  60. I'm so sorry to hear that Hiro has gone to doggy heaven! He was obviously well loved and an important part of your family.

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  61. OH I am so sorry for your loss, what a handsome guy- 11 years is a lot of wonderful years with him, it's a good thing you found each other.

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  62. I teared up reading your post. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful boy and has no doubt, gone on to a better place.

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  63. What a beautiful tribute to Hiro. I am so, so, so sorry for your loss.

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  64. Tearing up now. So sorry for your loss.

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  65. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is one of the hardest things we go through in life - almost harder than losing people because pets love us so unconditionally. We lost one of our cats about two weeks ago and reading your beautiful tribute to Hiro comforted me for my own loss. It sounds like he had a wonderful 11 years with you, and was obviously well-loved.

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  66. I'm so sorry; Hiro was a beautiful I-want-to bury-my-face-in-him-and wrap-my-arms-around-him dog. Many of us have gone through the same thing, but it doesn't make it any easier. Tears in my eyes as I read your words. I'll be thinking of you and Mr. FC.

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  67. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Hiro was a gorgeous dog and from those pics, I can tell he had a wonderful, happy life!

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  68. My heart is heavy right now - I'm so sorry for the loss of Hiro. What a full life he led.
    Many prayers to you and your family right now.
    Molly

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  69. Oh my. I am sitting here bawling like a baby. What a beautiful tribute to your beloved pet. Thank you for sharing.

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  70. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. " (Anatole France)

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  71. Oh, N. I am so heartbroken for you and your family. Please know you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. I have no other words... : (

    Love you, guys.

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  72. My thoughts are with you - reading this took me back to the peaceful last days of our beloved Airedale, Ali - she was a pal and a clown and an enormous part of our lives and hearts.

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  73. His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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  74. So sorry for your loss. :( That one of him with a muzzle full of dirt is frameable!

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  75. What a good boy he was. I'm so sorry for your loss and sending lots of love to you and your fam.

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  76. Oh I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news. :( Hugs to you friend!

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  77. what a beautiful tribute to an A+ dog. anyone who has fallen in love with a dog can empathize with what you are going through. what a wonderful life you blessed him with (and vice versa.)

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  78. Oh I'm so sorry to hear this! Hiro seems like he was such a good dog for you guys. Thinking about you guys

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  79. I'm sitting at work with tears streaming down my face. I am so, so very sorry for your loss. Hiro was certainly a loved member of your family and a very handsome dog!

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  80. FC,

    I am so sorry to hear this. It is hard letting pets go...we get so attached to them so quickly and they truly become our babies. We went through this a little over a year ago with Shelby. She was nearly 15 and went to sleep one night and didn't wake up the next morning. If I can offer anything, it would be that it does get easier and that I found great comfort in knowing she lived a good life.

    You're all in my thoughts and Hiro will be missed.

    Take care,
    Michael

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  81. I'm sorry for your lose Freckles family. :(

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  82. My condolences. I'm so very, very sorry for your immense loss.
    Brenda

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  83. FC-
    I wish there were words to help ease your pain. I know too well how hard it is to make the decision to say good-bye. I wish you the peace of knowing you made the right decision and Hiro thanks you for it.

    xo
    LB

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  84. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, because we have all grown to love reading about Hiro, and his loss will be missed by everyone. My heart goes out to your entire family . . .

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  85. (((HUGS)))

    Losing a pet is incredibly hard. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  86. This is heartbreaking! I did a double take when I read the post title! I am sooooooo sooooo sorry for your loss! Your family is in my prayers!

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  87. I'm sorry for your loss. May the good Hiro rest in peace.

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  88. I'm soooo sorry to hear of sweet Hiro's passing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May your heart be filled with wonderful thoughts and memories of him. Hugs to you

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  89. I was SO not prepared to read this today and catching me by surprise I'm currently crying at my desk. I'm so so very sorry to hear of Hiro's passing. We also have put down a pet in our home and I think it's such a comfort. I'm so glad that you were able to go that route. Again, so sorry.

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  90. Something has been telling me to check your blog lately. Divine intervention, perhaps? My heart aches for you as you begin your new reality, but is thankful that you have many special memories to remember. Your beatuiful tribute moved me to tears. The ugly cry really, who am I kidding? You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  91. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I loved seeing your photos of him and your family. I feel teary just thinking about it. Hiro was a handsome little guy and I know how heavy your hearts must be. Take comfort in the happy memories and know that he is free from ailments and pain now.

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  92. Oh my, this post made me cry. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Hiro. The joy he has brought you and your family came through so strongly through the photos and is beautiful to see. You gave him a wonderful life. RIP sweet boy!!

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  93. Kathy in AlabamaThu Aug 09, 09:54:00 AM

    Well done good and faithful servant Hiro!!!
    Hugs to your family!!
    We always say we're not getting not getting another dog but about a year down the road one of us in the family starts talking and we end up with another on. We have a 7 1/2 year Molly who take medicine twice a dog for seizures. Expensive medicine but worth every penny to have her greet you at the door and see the spring in her step on her nightly walk and the sighs of contentment (Her and out daughter)at bedtime as she snuggles up to our daughter. Our past dogs are on our gallery wall.....Family!!

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  94. Oh big hugs to you all. I'm sobbing like a baby, my old girl has her head on my lap as I type and I just can't imagine life without her. I'm so glad you have so many piccies of your first/fur baby, a lot of people don't take enough.

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  95. I say this as the tears roll down my cheeks. I know the pain & sadness that comes with losing a pet, but also the gratitude & comfort that you made his days on this earth the best they could have ever been. He taught you how to be parents before Quinn came into your life. I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP Hiro. X

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  96. so sad. we are all better people for having a faithful fur friend in our life. We had to put our beloved down this spring after 17 years and it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. We miss him dearly and posts like this make rivers of tears run down my face.

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  97. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Hiro.

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  98. What a wonderful dog. I am very sorry for your loss. You did a touching and beautiful job memorializing him.

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  99. I rarely right a comment on random blogs I see but I just had to! I'm balling my eyes out right now because everything you explain is my dog. I'm so sorry for your loss but he's in a better place now and he had a great life! He got to pass in the comfort of his own home with tons of love. <3

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  100. I know this is late, but I just wanted to say I am so sorry to hear about Hrio passing on.

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  101. Lauren in BostonMon Jan 28, 04:21:00 PM

    I'm late to see this too but wanted to let you know how saddened I am to hear that Hiro passed away. Your post was beautiful and thank you for sharing those photos that show what a great life you gave him. I always looked forward to your posts about Hiro -- I, too, call my Golden the Hairy Bastard...he looks at something and it gets his hair on it! What a privilege that you got to escort him on from home...I always remember the saying that we are here because we have to learn to love fully and dogs don't need to stay as long because they already know how to. RIP Hiro. xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your condolences, Lauren!! Kind words are never too late =] We so appreciate them.

      Aw "Hairy Bastard". Hiro used to get hair on stuff just by breathing near them.

      Such a moving saying & SO much truth in it! Thanks for sharing, it brought a smile to my face.

      Hug your Hairy Bastard for me & take care,

      xoxo

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  102. Sending you thoughts on losing your fur baby :( II was so sad to read this post (albeit very late). Hiro must be a Newfie right? My little lady Addison is the spitting image of him in solid gray but its the old soul eyes that solidified it for me. I can't even imagine the sdaness of having to say goodbye but so glad that he had a good life and is no longer in pain.

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    1. You are so kind, Nikki. Thank you so very much for your condolences, they mean the world to us.

      (We always thought Hiro had some Newfie in him! Or Bernese? Gentle giants =] Love on your sweet Addison for me!!)

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