Golden boy

On Friday as I left the kids at school, a gang of crying children rushed up to me to let me know some sad news.

This lovely boy, Frodo (one of Oscar’s puppies from his first litter), had cancer in the mouth and was going to be put down that very day.

Before Frodo and his family moved away, he was a regular fixture in our house, staying here for company and exercise several times a week.

I walked home from school with a very heavy heart.

Then I thought of all those tears and how he had touched the lives of so many little ones. How he was never too tired to play or walk or run.

How he was always happy to see you, no matter what.

I remembered all the joy he had brought to so many, including myself – and I felt a bit better.

This surely speaks of a life well spent and a dog well loved.

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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59 responses

  1. Awww, that breaks my heart!

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    March 19, 2011 at 16:31

  2. Jen

    So very sad, I am so sorry for him.

    This is happening more and more to our beloved pets.

    Hold those good memories tight.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    March 19, 2011 at 16:35

  3. You are right in your sentiment about a life well lived. That’s what it’s all about for any species really.

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    March 19, 2011 at 16:38

  4. Your words are a testament to Frodo’s life, well lived and bringing love and joy to the ones surrounding him. So sad and so beautiful 😦

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    March 19, 2011 at 17:21

  5. Handsome!!

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    March 19, 2011 at 17:29

  6. aww…so sorry…i am glad he lived a good life…touching the lives of others with smiles…

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    March 19, 2011 at 18:03

  7. This must be the week for good dogs to go to heaven…our Daisy made her journey there on Wednesday…Give Oscar a big hug…

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    March 19, 2011 at 18:18

  8. Hi! Oh I can feel the sadness… and joy of remembering the love of such a treasured soul.
    My sister in law had to put down her goldie recently…
    She was a therapy dog… and her smile alone would heal β™₯
    This is a beautiful tribute ~
    *Maria

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    March 19, 2011 at 19:34

  9. Riet

    Oh, how sad that is but he brought a lot of joy to people. And of course their is a dogs heaven I am sure of that.

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    March 19, 2011 at 19:36

  10. He is so handsome!

    My Camera Critter post, have a nice weekend.

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    March 19, 2011 at 19:37

  11. Bless you and your friends!

    Dogs are angels…

    Warm Aloha to you
    from Honolulu!

    Comfort Spiral

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    March 19, 2011 at 20:30

  12. JM

    Very sad news but gorgeous photos and a great quote at the end of the post.

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    March 19, 2011 at 20:42

  13. Oh he is so sweet, as are your captures and tribute to this handsome dog.

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    March 19, 2011 at 21:21

  14. That’s very sad. Dogs are great. I’m pretty sure that they’ll be heaven. I’m still wondering about cats.

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    March 19, 2011 at 21:31

  15. Oh wow, I just hate that!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    March 19, 2011 at 21:36

  16. He has so very kind eyes πŸ™‚

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    March 19, 2011 at 22:13

  17. nice shots

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    March 19, 2011 at 22:20

  18. Amy

    It’s the hardest part of being a dog owner….having to let them go…and sometimes sooner then we would like…they touch our hearts and work their way into our souls, forever becoming a part of us…I remember every dog I’ve ever owned in my life..each special in their own way and some leaving a bigger paw print on my heart then others, but all greatly loved and cherished. These children cry now but someday they’ll hopefully share their life with another golden boy (or girl)who they will love and who will love them also…every child should have a dog in their life…

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    March 19, 2011 at 23:23

  19. I am so very sorry for your loss. Hold memories of your dear friend close to your heart, until you meet again.

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    March 19, 2011 at 23:38

  20. There can be only one comment: Awww….

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    March 20, 2011 at 00:26

  21. What a beautiful tribute to such a soulful dog. He is gorgeous! I am glad to read you have such fond memories. May that continue to bring you comfort.

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    March 20, 2011 at 00:51

  22. now i know why they say puppy look, because look at these dogs eye, looks like begging for love

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    March 20, 2011 at 00:57

  23. So very sad. Yes, there are definitely dogs in heaven. I know several of them who have to be there.

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    March 20, 2011 at 01:02

  24. A lovely tribute to a wonderful life.

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    March 20, 2011 at 01:07

  25. Makes me so sad, but I totally believe there are dogs in heaven. I have several there waiting for me (as well as a cat, a few gerbils, hamsters and one guinea fowl I miss trememdously!) Love these photos – nothing like a dog’s eyes.

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    March 20, 2011 at 01:51

  26. Oh I’m so sad. What a magnificent animal. I’m sure he will be happy in heaven.

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    March 20, 2011 at 02:19

  27. That breaks my heart. Your pictures are a powerful tribute to the beauty and love of this pup.

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    March 20, 2011 at 02:40

  28. That is a lovely pooch! What beautiful eyes- he obviously got them from his papa!

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    March 20, 2011 at 04:07

  29. I am so sorry to hear about Frodo…he was a magnificent dog, just like Oscar.

    I think it’s beautiful that so many lives were touched by him…and understand your sadness. They become family. How can you not miss them?

    Hugs

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    March 20, 2011 at 05:27

  30. Aw… No matter how long we have them, it’s never long enough.

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    March 20, 2011 at 05:31

  31. may frodo frolic in heaven!

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    March 20, 2011 at 07:52

  32. Oh, this is simply so very sad…
    My heart can almost not bear it, it is as if you can truly see the pain in those big brown and such sad eyes…
    I am so sorry…
    xoxo

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    March 20, 2011 at 11:31

  33. that is so sad, and he is such a beautiful boy……

    Gill in Canada

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    March 20, 2011 at 12:35

  34. A well lived life, however short, is of great value. What a beautiful boy he was.

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    March 20, 2011 at 15:09

  35. Awwww, so sorry to hear that! He was a handsome dog!

    C x

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    March 20, 2011 at 16:10

  36. Awww… how sad. 😦

    But how beautiful that he was so well loved during his life.

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    March 20, 2011 at 16:33

  37. Oh that’s such a shame. What a beautiful creature who has earned his way into hearts. He’ll remain there forever. I’m sorry for your sadness.

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    March 20, 2011 at 16:51

  38. Very sad and heartfelt story.
    Im pleased you remember all the good points of him, and the joy that he brought to the children.

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    March 20, 2011 at 16:57

  39. Indeed, a life well lived.

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    March 20, 2011 at 17:34

  40. Ah I am saddened..he was such a beautiful boy. I know you and the Anklebitters loved him..oh and Sir Pe too! I am so sorry.

    Oscar of course doesn’t quite understand..so he will help by licking away your tears.

    Happy and running and being free of pain..now who could ask for more…he will wait at the Rainbow Bridge and what a reunion it will be:)

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    March 20, 2011 at 18:00

  41. Wren

    Oh, such sad news. It’s always hard to let one of our furry friends go. I’m glad you have good memories to cherish.

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    March 20, 2011 at 18:18

  42. Yes! Sweet boys like that will be in heaven long before any of us. It’s heartening to know how much joy he brought to other people, and I’ll bet they brought joy to him too.

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    March 20, 2011 at 20:32

  43. This upset me when I saw it on Facebook – such a beautiful beautiful dog. A life lived well if not for long.

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    March 20, 2011 at 20:35

  44. who can resist those eyes?

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    March 20, 2011 at 21:59

  45. Oh dear, that is so sad. What a beautiful boy he was. I’m happy he brought joy to you which will, of course, mean very happy memories.

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    March 20, 2011 at 23:03

  46. If anything deserves to go to heaven it would be a dog! Definitely man’s best friend! My heart sunk when I read this.

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    March 20, 2011 at 23:13

  47. What a lovely dog! Sounds like he has a special heart! I’m so sorry he had to be sent on to heaven. 😦

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    March 21, 2011 at 01:06

  48. Those eyes say it all, Fi. A well-loved dog has heart that is full. It sounds as though he spent his life bringing joy – what better way to live and to die.

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    March 21, 2011 at 02:07

  49. Lovely dog portraits! Great coloring and detail!

    Barb

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    March 21, 2011 at 02:52

  50. What a precious tribute!!!!

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    March 21, 2011 at 06:41

  51. Heartbreaking, He looked so innocent and had that hint of sadness in his eyes…
    Great post:)

    My Yatra Diary…

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    March 21, 2011 at 06:59

  52. I’m so sorry.

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    March 21, 2011 at 12:41

  53. Thank you everyone for your kind comments.

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    March 21, 2011 at 15:01

  54. So sad. Dogs give us so much, and ask so little. I have no doubt there is a doggie heaven.

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    March 21, 2011 at 19:48

  55. marina

    oh my…it is soooo sad. I have no words… 😦
    But he is in doggie heaven….

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    March 22, 2011 at 01:05

  56. sorry , LadyFi.
    and I’m not going to lie… this made me feel teary as well.

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    March 22, 2011 at 03:44

  57. Such a poignant post! I have a German Shep mutt of 16 yrs who’s on her last spin round the sun & I understand how you felt….. but indeed dogs share such “humanity” with us —they make us all a bit better for their love!

    Thanks!

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    March 22, 2011 at 06:42

  58. Cancer is everywhere lately. Hugs to you and the children!

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    March 22, 2011 at 13:12

  59. Dog cancer is so sad. I lived with a family that had 2 gorgeous Shelties in Japan and the younger one died of cancer. I’m sorry about Frodo.

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    March 23, 2011 at 12:56

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