Saturday, November 2, 2013

Special Edition: The World Feels a Lesser Place Today....

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge,

Myth is more potent than history,

Dreams are more powerful than facts,

Hope always triumphs over experience,

Laughter is the cure for grief,

Love is stronger than death."

Gunner and Rubi

As some of you know our sweet lab of 13 years, Gunner, was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer this past Tuesday. Our veterinarian gave us some medicine hoping to pull him out of his funk for a little while so we could enjoy a few more happy weeks with him. Gunner however; had other plans, and after one more very good day, he quickly went down hill again. This morning, we made the heart breaking choice to help him pass on.

While my heart is broken, I know his suffering is done and, he is well and happy playing with our sweet Rubi, our Great Dane whom we lost last year.

Gunner - You brought so much joy, laughter, and love to our little family. You will be loved and missed always.

And, in my husbands words:

After having a good day on Thursday, Gunner went quickly downhill yesterday, not eating or drinking, throwing up numerous times, and in very obvious discomfort, which resulted in him not being able to sleep for 2 days. We took him back to the vet this morning, and she basically said that anything we do at this point is only going to be a Band-Aid fix. So at a little after 10 o'clock this morning, we made the decision to release Gunner from his pain and suffering.

He is now back with Rubi, and my good friend Big Dave, whom I originally got Gunner from almost 10 years ago. I know he is happy now, running, jumping, swimming, and playing to his heart's content. He was the perfect dog, and we will miss him greatly, but I know I will see him again, and we will never have to be separated again.

Below is a picture of him from September 2004, just about 6 months after I got him. He LOVED going Jeeping, and put thousands of miles on his feet running the trails behind my Jeep. Even after he got older, and couldn't run the trails anymore he always wanted to, and would always give me that look when I would go out Jeeping without him. I am grateful for the time I had with him, for he made my life better by him being in it.

Godspeed old friend, I love you, and look forward to the day when we'll be reunited.


  1. Great post Misty! The pic of Rubi & Gunner is a classic...out on the trail, with Rubi standing all composed and stoic...and Gunner with his tongue hanging out. That's how I remember both of them over the years. So sorry to hear the news. Thoughts and prayer to you and Dave in your time of loss. Tracy