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My family’s dog died suddenly today. I’ve never known another dog like him, and I’m sure I never will again. Until he came along, I thought the stories about dogs who understand full sentences and spend all their time trying to be good were myths. Well, I was wrong. And now I can’t stop crying.

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  1. Martha Hardy Martha Hardy


    I’m so sorry to hear this. Like Courtney, I wouldn’t be able to stop crying either.

  2. Laura Crossett Laura Crossett

    So sorry for you and your family. Toby sounds like he was a wonderful dog. I’m sorry you didn’t all get more years together.

  3. Michelle McLean Michelle McLean

    I know how hard it is to lose a beloved family dog. Cry as much as you need to for as long as you need to. I still cry occasionally when I think of our first family dog and that was over 27 years ago.

  4. Mary Beth Mary Beth

    I’m so sorry. It’s heartbreaking when they’re gone. My folks’ dog was put down about 4 months ago, and I think I cried for a whole day.

  5. Andrew Andrew

    He sounds like a wonderful dog. I’ve had 3 that my family has had to put down.

    Sending large boxes of tissues and ice cream

  6. Shannon Shannon

    Toby was a great doggie! I loved him and I know how much more he meant to you and your family. I’m so sorry.

  7. Iris Iris

    Thank you all. It’ll be weird without the big guy in our lives. And it’ll be even weirder for my mom, who’s social life is pretty entangled with the dog park ladies.

    We get to have lots of dogs in our lives, but I’ve heard people say that there’s always one that stands out as *the* dog — the one that always stands out as the Best Dog Ever. Well, for me, Toby was that dog. He wasn’t our first dog, and I doubt he’ll be the last, but he’ll always stand out as my best.

  8. Heather Heather

    You don’t know me, but I wanted to offer my sympathy. Losing a dog hurts so much, especially when you aren’t really expecting for it. You and Toby will be in my thoughts.

  9. Iris Iris

    Thanks, Heather. The only good thing about having things like this happen suddenly is that we didn’t have to wonder “what if” we’d tried x or y treatment. This couldn’t have ended any other way, so there’s no guilt. I just wish with all my heart it hadn’t had to happen at all.

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