bye Putt…

I used to be scared of dogs. When I was 5 or so a dog bit me….and then within a year….my dad was away on a business trip and came home with a fluffy golden retriever. We named him Muffin. I have been in love ever since. Always a golden…Muffin, then Doogie…. For our first wedding anniversary Bill and I bought our own puppy. Mulligan was like our first baby. We took countless video and took pictures daily….he was our pride and joy. He lived a short life…getting cancer at 4 and never really recovered.

So when our twins were 2….we went searching for another dog. Mulligan past on in September…we brought Putter home in November. He was full of life and the kids loved him. They have grown up right along side of him. Best friends. 1389447_220211201494875_1567873397_n

We had to say good bye to Putter. Making it almost to his 13th birthday….his hips would no longer work…along with everything else. His body just shut down. I think the hardest thing about saying goodbye is trying to help your kids cope with losing their best friend. It is a lesson we all have to learn….saying goodbye to people and animals that are apart of our lives. They teach us the truest form of selflessness….only wanting love and food….and are perfectly happy otherwise. Putter was my constant work companion…my friend….my daily laugh when nothing was going my way. He taught me that 5 minutes spent with him would make my whole day turn around for the better…live in this moment….no worries about the next. To say that we will be lost without him is an understatement. We will find lots of laughs and joy remembering him….but it will sure be hard not having him here with us.

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I believe he is off and running, pain free. And probably eating all the barbeque ribs he wants.

Enjoy it all Putt…

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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9 thoughts on “bye Putt…

  1. Emily

    I’m so sorry for your heartache. Your pictures of Putt are beautiful. I just found your site today trying to figure out how to paint my wood floors that my Golden and dear twin boys have ruined. (With fun, of course..) I had to smile at your comments in that post about your Golden boy. They are treasures and I’m so sorry you’ve lost him. He kickin it up over the Rainbow Bridge I’m sure.
    Love your site and your vision. Glad to have found it.. :)

    Emily Bachand
    Cape cod, ma

  2. Nicole

    Sorry for your loss :( We had to put our dog of almost 14 years down recently as well. She was part of our family before our kids came along and my husband especially had a hard time letting go. We have a new puppy for our kids (a golden mix) who I hope will grow up with them and be their childhood companion. The hardest part IS trying to explain to kids why the dog who’s always been there is gone now. Just wanted to say I feel your pain and I understand!

  3. Kim Ely

    I am so sorry for your loss and the heartache you’re going through. We just put our 10 year old yellow lab to sleep due to many of the same ailments Putt was suffering from. Hank was my sidekick, following me around all day. I miss him dearly but finally realized that if we want to love and enjoy these beautiful creatures, losing them is part of it. We had 7 wonderful years with Hank and it was all worth it.

  4. Judy

    I can sympathize with you on your loss today. It brought back the sad memories of 40 years ago when we lost our “first baby”, the family dog. Our children were only 10 and 8 and we had had the dog since before they were born.

  5. Runt

    I’m so sorry for you loss! We had a similar situation a couple of years ago and it’s very sad. Dogs/pets are absolutely a part of the family and I’m sorry you had to say goodbye. You’re in my thoughts!


  6. Amanda Comeau

    So sorry to hear about Putter. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a beloved furry family member. We lost our Molly (chocolate lab) to cancer a few years ago at the age of 6. My kids and husband have been bugging recently to get another dog….they’re a lot of work but they also bring a lot of joy. I’m sure that Putter lived a wonderful life with your family. Thinking of you!

  7. mary s.

    I hope your heart heals real soon! Putter was such a beautiful soul…I can tell by looking at him he felt loved! May memories of him fill the sadness in your hearts!

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