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

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  • Oh, I’m so sorry. Our furry family members make such a hole in our hearts when they leave us.

  • 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…

  • My heartfelt sympathies. What a sweet dog!

  • 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.

  • It’s never easy to lose a pet. I know the Lord will comfort them in their sorrow!

  • My condolences. It is always difficult to lose a beloved pet/family member.

  • oh no! what a beautiful dog. so sorry for your and your parents’ loss.

  • What a beautiful Lab. I am positive he had a wonderful life. Hugs to your parents!

  • What a sad time for your parents. Was he the only dog in their house?

  • :( What a beautiful sweet dog. Rest in peace dear Muggs. XX

  • Such a sad time when a beloved dog passes on. I’m very sorry for your parents.

  • 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. :)

  • 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.

  • My condolences to your parents and you. So sad to lose a pet.

  • Please share my sympathies to your family on losing their most precious friend and beautiful pet. Hugs to all, Candy

  • I am sorry to hear of this sad news…

  • 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.

  • I’m so sorry for your dad and stepmother. It’s heartbreaking to lose a pet. xo xo

  • The portraits are beautiful. I’m so sorry for the loss.

  • 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

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

  • 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…

  • 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.)

  • Oh, how sad…please pass on my condolences to your father and step-mother.

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

  • Oh so sad. I have a yellow lab as well (will be 4 in March) and can’t imagine!

  • I’m so sorry for their loss. I remember that photo of Muggs lying at your dad’s feet…

  • I am so sorry for this loss! I have cried and cried over the loss of pets.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Such a sweet old man with a kissable face and soft ears. I’m sure he brought a lot of love and friendship to their home.

  • 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

  • So very sorry to hear about your loss. Those photos of Muggs are beautiful – he looks like a sweetheart.

  • awww. i am so sorry. it’s so hard to lose a pet/companion. i have a yellow who looks like muggs and will give him a tighter hug this evening.

  • Painful. A painful story to read. Now a painful absence. No words.

  • I’m sorry for your loss. It’s heart breaking to lose our fur babies.

  • He looks like he was an absolutely gorgeous dog…

  • 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:

  • What a beautiful dog, who looks as if he knows how dearly loved he was. I’m so sorry for your father and stepmother.

  • 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

  • Such a noble face . . .

  • 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.

  • 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

  • I am so sorry for your loss! He has the sweetest face.

  • So sad … labs are such sweet dogs. xo

  • What a gorgeous boy he was.

  • Oh, so sweet, and so beautiful.

  • Aw, what a sweetie…

  • Oh, I don’t think there’s anything worse than losing a doggie member of the family. Nothing. I am sorry.

  • I am so sorry; anyone can see what a splendid dog Muggs was.

  • Sweet friend, I am so sorry. The loss of a pet is such a hard one. Much love.

  • That sweet dog in that wonderful photo of your dad? I’m so sorry. It’s so so hard to lose a pet.

  • What a beautiful dog, how sad for your dad and step mother to lose him.