Remembering Petey

Saturday morning we lost a very special member of our family. Our little dog of 8 years passed away unexpectedly. Petey had been with us since he was a little pup. I sit here thinking of the many sweet memories I have of him. It's hard to think of him with dry eyes. He was the epitome of goodness & loyalty and he gave me my first role as a mother.

One of the fond memories I have of Petey was when he was brand new to us. Following the care of his birth mother, Maddie, we welcomed him into our home. It was my husband's idea to get a doggie and so, I was all up for it. In the very first days, he would wake up whining in the middle of the night and being in a new home made it understandable. My husband had very early mornings and so not to wake him up, I would slip out of bed and rock Petey back and forth, back and forth until he'd finally fall back to sleep. Then I would gently lay him in his laundry basket cradle. Many times, though, all he wanted to do was play. But I didn't mind it one bit.

Little did I know, he wasn't just going to be a pet, he was going to be a special part of our family and extended family as well. My niece and nephews always asked how Petey was doing and he seemed to be the main attraction with their every visit. He loved his family and was so protective of us. This I knew from the very beginning.

One evening, when he was still just a little pup, he did something I'll never forget. We were outside, just the two of us, when two strange dogs began approaching. I was oblivious to them. All I was thinking was how much I loved this little dog. As I held Petey he began to growl. I had heard him growl before in a playful manner but this time I knew he wasn't in any mood to play. As I turned around, there stood the two large dogs. Petey kept growling til they turned their backs and went the other way. He defended me as if he were a K-9 and I was his partner.

In a way, it was true. We were a team. I taught him how to dance, how to roll over and sit and lay down, and how to put his paw out to say howdy in true gentleman style.

There's a stillness and silence in the air that makes our hearts hurt. Mason knows he's gone to doggie Heaven, but I don't think he really understands. No longer will we be be warned of the arrival of visitors or greeted by his smiling face. He is irreplaceable and will forever be missed.

Rest in peace, Petey. We love you.
{January 15, 2002 - January 16, 2010}


He & Me + 3 said...

Awww. He was born on Actress' birthday. What a sweet face. I love his little eyes. So cute. Sorry about your light.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Oh my gosh that is soo sad! He is adorable and I am sure that he brought tons of joy to your home...

Please join us on the 365 journey..it is a daunting task but very rewarding!!

The Real Me! said...

Oh my friend. I'm so sorry. 8 years is so young. I've seen a lot of people lose their beloved pets this past year. It is hard when they become part of the family like that.
Hugs of comfort coming your way.

C.C. and Double T said...

Oh, I am so sorry! I can't imagine losing either of our precious babies right now, so I know you must be hurting so. Always remember all the joy he brought to your family.

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Oh Miti! I'm soo sorry.
We just lost our beloved dog in October. It's amazing the love one can have for a dog. They are such special parts of our families.

I will be praying for you and your family. May you cherish the WONDERFUL memories of Petey!!

Wolf Photography said...

I was just browsing blogs to see what's around and found yours Miti.

It has a lovely energy to it.

Sorry to read about your little guy, it was good to hear of his care over you and vice-versa.

All the best to you and yours,


Trish said...

so sorry to hear about your loss and the day after his birthday :O(

Hope time will heal your loss.

Darcie said...

Oh Miti...it is one of the harder things to go through as a pet owner. The lost of a pet is felt so strongly leaving a little hole in your heart.

He truly looked like a wonderful dog.

Vicky said...

I'm soooo sorry for your loss! We just went through this in August. The pain stays with you for a long time as you adjust to the new normal. I'll be thinking of you... such a sweet soul... I know how much you will miss him and he knew how much you loved him!

Samantha said...

So sad :( It's amazing how attached we become to our animals. They really do become a part of our families. Sending lots of hugs your way.

Cathy said...

I'm so sorry you lost Petey! Nothing can replace the dogs we love so much. We always remember ours and I know you will always remember Petey!

Andrea said...

I am soooooo sorry! He is precious. Know I am praying for you. My animals are loved just like my kids and understand your pain.
Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

Mighty M said...

What a beautiful pup. I'm so sorry for your loss!!

Bridget said...

Oh Miti! I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing your precious memories of Petey with us

Angie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Petey. He sure was cute. I know you have some real sweet memories and I hope they will always bring a smile to your face. Since they are definitely a part of your family, I pray for comfort & peace for your family.

Janie said...

I'm so sorry you've lost your Petey. From your description, he was a wonderful family dog, and much loved.

momstheword said...

Oh Miti, I'm so sorry! It is so hard to lose an animal. They really do become part of the family.

I love his sweet little face and how his ears curve down a bit, so cute!

Hang in there, my friend, each day you will feel a bit stronger, and eventually you'll be able to talk about him without feeling quite so sad.

Carrie said...

Oh so sorry...What a sweet friend he must have been :) We have had our dog for 10 years...and I know it will be a sad day when he's not with us anymore...they really are family members.

He looks like a sweet little guy :)
Take care! I know he will be missed.

Tamela said...

Man this just brings tears to my eyes. Its so hard to loose and pet and I just pretend that it will never happen to my Echo. I know that is just setting me up for even more despair, but its hard when they have been a part of your family for so long.

I'll keep you in my prayers and now Petey is one of God's animals and he sure is lucky.

Goose Hill Farm said...

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your precious Petey. It is amazing how our animals become such a part of our families. Some can't understand how, but once you meet them, you know why!

Praying for you and your family!


christy rose said...

Oh Miti! I am so sorry for your loss of Petey. I know so well the sadness that the loss of a very loved pet brings. He was an adorable dog. We lost our family dog this past year right before Thanksgiving. He was 13. It was so sudden and so sad as well. The sadness is still so fresh. I pray that God comforts you with such sweet memories of Petey's life with you.

prashant said...

It is hard when they become part of the family like that.

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Mocha Momma said...

Precious Petey! He sounds like he was a true friend and family member.

I know you'll miss him very much. Enjoy sweet memories of him forever.
Take care,

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