Photo 2019, via Iliana Ingram.

Unfortunately, during COVID-19, our senior dog decided to tell us it was his time to go. After weeks of strange behavior, and multiple conversations with our vet, we knew we had to make a very painful decision.

On May 9, 2020, we chose the humane decision to say goodbye to our baby, Murphy. While this came as a shock to many of our friends and family, we knew that this was what was best for him. In the week leading up to his appointment, we made sure he got to eat and experience all of his favorite things.

Nothing will ever prepare you for the loss of a pet. There is equally nothing anyone can say that makes it better. Often times, we hold on for far longer than we should while our animals suffer. We are heartbroken, and grieving heavily.

Murphy was loved so immensely by everyone that we knew. He was, by nature, a very loving and loyal dog. I may never meet another animal that loved me the way Murphy did. A huge chunk of my heart feels like it is missing, and I am so incredibly lost without him.

“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

We gave him a wonderful life for 6 years after he was abandoned in the shelter at age 5. We spoiled him rotten, and let him on all of our furniture, and he slept next to us every night. We purchased our home in San Diego with him in mind and gave him a very comfortable life towards the end.

I will never forget all that Murphy taught me about being a dog owner. If you’d like to learn more about Murphy, please read this.

Until We Meet Again, Sweet Boy.