Monday, October 20, 2014

Saying Goodbye

This weekend we lost our beloved dog Norman. The grief in the house is palpable. I know some may be confused as to why we would mourn a pet so much but he was far more than just a pet. He was our little man.

 Norman filled our home with love and laughter and snuggles. Oh so many snuggles. When Daniel and I adopted him from the Seattle Pug Rescue five years ago I couldn't have imagined how much he would become the center of our house. With him gone it feels so empty here.

Everything reminds me of him from the pillows he loved to smash down until they were just right, to the yard we made sure to find just for him when we bought this house.

I was looking forward to Oliver and him growing up together. Being playmates and nap mates and for Oliver to see the joy of caring for someone other than himself just as we did.

I'll end with this PSA before I dissolve even more heavily in to tears. Xylitol, a common sugar substitute in things like sugar free gum and candy is EXTREMELY toxic to pets. Even one stick of gum can cause death if eaten by a dog.  For a pug who loved to eat, the cake I made and unthinkingly left on the table was too much to pass up. So please, if you have dogs, just keep the sugar free cakes and candies out of your house. I wouldn't want anyone else to go through this.

We buried Norman outside Oliver's window so we can say goodnight. Oliver probably won't remember him but we definitely won't forget.


  1. So sorry for your loss, terrible to have to go thru, i have a little french bulldog and i can;t even imagine what your going thru.

  2. This is so heartbreaking. I know exactly how you feel. It may seem strange to be so attached to an animal, but it's so real. We'll definitely miss his little face staring at us from your window and running up and down the fence barking at Ben. I'm glad Ollie got to meet him even if it was just for a few months, he'll love the pictures later ;) I'm so sorry you guys are going through this…it's the pits.

  3. What a horrible tragedy to have to go through. I am so completely sorry for this immense loss. Dogs just break your heart, but I know I'll never live without one. Thanks for passing along the info about Xyitol, I hadn't heard that, and having a food-obsessed dog that would never have passed on a cake, I'm grateful for the warning.
    I hope you and your husband someday find a new bundle of love and fur, but for now I hope your grieving ebbs peacefully away.

  4. Oh Emily, I'm so sorry. I know I commented on Instagram, but I know how heartbreaking and painful this is. I'm glad Oliver had some time with him and pictures he can look back on. Norman was a special dog and Oliver will know that.
    Big hugs and lots of love.