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1994 (?) - 2005
Adopted 1997

Henry Hooligan Carlton -- beloved pet, adorable mutt, occasional trash-picker -- passed away peacefully with our vet this afternoon. She was, at best guess, probably 11.

A sudden neurological condition (possibly a tumor or spinal embolism), combined with her arthritis, left her unable to walk or support herself on her back legs. She stopped walking on Monday night and, despite the steroids and painkillers, she didn't improve. Watching her struggle to stand only to list to the right and tip over broke my heart to pieces, but we hoped the drugs would kick in. On Wednesday, she stopped eating. And if you ever met Henry, you know she was never one to pass up food! On Thursday, the vet agreed that she just wasn't getting better, and wouldn't. Jim and I sobbed all night, and most of today. She declined so quickly, but it took long enough that we knew she couldn't live like that much longer.

Helping her leave her pain behind was the hardest thing I have ever done. I can't even imagine what my days will be like without her.

But instead of being sad, I think we should all honor her fluffy memory by enjoying our lives the way she did -- sniffing everything, eating lots of stuff, and snoring loudly during long naps.

She was a great dog who lived a full and happy life. I'm lucky to have spent eight joyful years with her.

Before she was recently hobbled, she loved a good frolic, especially in the snow. This is how I want to remember her.

Replies: 18 Confessions

I'm so sorry for your loss, Amy. That's just heartbreaking. Henry had a good life with a wonderful family. Ash is going to pour a can of Fancy Feast grilled beef with gravy in tribute.

Jessica @ 03/25/2005 10:30 PM CST

Words always seem so inadequate at times like this. Though I never new Henry, I knew her spirit in my "Brandy". We are so blessed to have had such amazing, selfless and loving furry friends. Please take a small measure of comfort in the knowledge that the pain will lessen in time, but the love and memories will not.

Larry @ 03/25/2005 10:48 PM CST

big hugs to you both. we love you!

the other amy @ 03/25/2005 10:55 PM CST

Was Henry doing a crazy dog in the video?? Henry was a perfect house guest, although I had to be careful when I opened the fridge to grabbed a snack for myself. I used to turn up the TV so she didn't hear me open a bag of sweets. No dog had a better life and she will be missed.

Mom C @ 03/26/2005 09:19 AM CST

Sorry to hear this. She sounds like a lovely pet.

Lisa @ 03/27/2005 01:21 AM CST

So sorry for your loss. What a lovely, beautiful soul. The video of her is priceless.

Jane Hamsher @ 03/27/2005 01:53 AM CST

What a tough time. I like your recommendations, though. I will think of her every time I sniff, snore, nap, eat delicious food, or change the cat box.

elavil @ 03/27/2005 01:55 PM CST

Yeah, we're choosing not to remember the stuff about the cat box.

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words. They mean so much to me. She was the best dog ever.

amyc @ 03/27/2005 02:22 PM CST

Beautiful doggie and a terrific video. My condolences. It's so hard to lose our friends.

Ev @ 03/27/2005 03:00 PM CST

Big hugs and many's always terrible to lose somebody you love, no matter what species they are.

Frida @ 03/27/2005 05:19 PM CST

amy and jim,
i was told about henry today and still tear up when thinking about her. having gone through this on 11/15/04 i know how empty you are feeling right now...all i can say is each day does help the empty feeling-i am so sorry.

chris hardine (jim's aunt) @ 03/27/2005 08:27 PM CST

Sorry about your puppy dog. I don't know how I would get by without my furry buddies sometimes. Many condolences and be well.

e @ 03/27/2005 11:16 PM CST

I'm really sorry you had to make that decision, but I'm proud of you for doing the right thing for Henry. She was a delightfully friendly dog and I'm glad I got to meet her a couple of times.

Cinnamon @ 03/28/2005 12:43 AM CST

I'm so sorry for your loss, Amy. I love the video of her doing the crazy dog. Peace to you and Jim.

I'm going to go snuggle up with Bob and Scooter now. There will be sniffing.

Maggie O. @ 03/28/2005 03:38 AM CST

oh maam and mr. jimmy,

I am so sorry to hear about miz henry. I am going to miss running into youse guys while walking Grendel. *hug*

shechemist @ 03/28/2005 11:33 AM CST

I'm so sorry to hear this about your dog. I still feel a twinge when I think about my dog who lived 17 years and had to be let go years and years ago (I was in high school!) Do indeed remember the goofy times with your pup. I'm sure he was a doll.

Anna @ 03/28/2005 12:18 PM CST

She, sorry.

Anna @ 03/28/2005 12:18 PM CST

Very sorry to hear about your loss.

Andrew @ 03/28/2005 12:32 PM CST

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