971901_10201091690072066_648802622_nIt is with a sad and heavy heart that I make this post. We are losing Roxy today. She has been suffering from Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer, for over a year. We have been taking good care of her, and keeping a close eye on her, and fretting about her as we have watched her lose weight and struggle to keep it on.

As is always the case, we fight with making the decision as to when is the “right” time, and it is such a hard decision. You constantly wonder, “Are we being selfish by keeping her around?” and then something happened, and she let us know that she was hurting and that it was time.


She LOVED hiking Eaton Canyon, but that ended for her in 2011, after doing strenuous hikes, she would be bed ridden for 3-4 days, and not eat or drink. She was a rescue, and we have no idea of her genetics, but I know her heart was huge.


704130_556145784413658_1291042687_oI’ve never met a dog that was more protective of her family. She was an amazing animal. Once, when Stella and I were walking her and our senior terrier mutt, a huge dog charged us. The dog was barreling towards Stella and our terrier, and Roxy ran around, shoulder checked it, spun it around, and pinned it to the ground. Surely she saved our terrier, and most likely Stella and I that day.

798418_561230133905223_648844891_o 892498_592029404158629_572064613_o 308266_286057918089114_627109393_nShe never knew how big she was, she just assumed she was the size of her head. She is 9, and for a Dane, that’s a pretty good run. We rescued her 7 1/2 years ago, and she will forever hold a piece of my heart. Roxy, make sure you say hi to Smidgers for us, I know she’s waiting for you.

Roxy was a big dog. She was the first dog that I took (and actually finished) obedience classes with, knowing that with a dog that large, not having basic obedience would be irresponsible. She was smart too. She learned how to bow for lows, and we are absolutely convinced that on several occasions, she beat the labs in alerts.


The original pack. Smidge, Tully, and Roxy

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Stella loved walking Roxy. And I loved the site of this tiny girl easily walking this massive dog down the street. No one ever stood in her way.

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I miss you already…

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. RIP sweet girl.

  2. So sorry. Hugs to you and your pack today. My first dog was a Dane, Benson, and even though he’s been gone for 27 years he still tugs at my heart. Such sweet, gentle giants who really never realize how big they are.

  3. So sad..sorry for your loss.

  4. What an awesome tribute to her Frank! She was beautiful and just looks like she had a gentle soul. My condolences to you and your family, you all have more strength that I do in dealing with the ever evolving circle of life with your furry family members. Love and hugs to you all <3

  5. Heatwarming and heartwrenching all at the same time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Peace & Love at this time of enormous loss…

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss but what a beautiful tribute! Roxy sounds like a very special dog who touched many hearts.

  8. Paulette McCarron

    hugs and condolences for your loss.

  9. So sorry to hear…I grew up with Danes and know how special they are. RIP Roxy.

  10. I’m so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to an obviously very loved part of your family. I hope you soon find peace. {{hugs}}

  11. Regina Sellers

    What a lovely written tribute to Roxy. Obviously, a very wonderful and beloved pet. Such precious pictures and memories to keep forever in your heart.

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your pups….all beautiful. Making the decision to let your pet go is terribly hard. I read about yours….and it brought tears, just knowing how hard it is to lose a baby you love so much. My loss was this past September. I think those of us who love our animals so much, grieve forever. It never goes away but we live on with a hole in our hearts. Hugs to you and your family.

  13. Roxy moved me to tears in minutes. What a wonderful tribute, and such beautiful images of her noble, pure, loyal being. She is surely watching over all of you, now. Remember her, and greet her when the stars appear high in the sky.

    • Thank you for sharing this sad moment. Your tributes to Roxy are beautiful, and once again, shows the deep love you all have for the fur kids in the family. And your intuitive awareness of the depths within. I’m sure Roxy will be greeted by friends, loved and comforted. She won’t forget you, or be far from you. My prayers, thoughts and good wishes to you and yours, during this time. Respectfully, Barrie Jaeger

  14. So very sorry for your loss….if you look right now, you will see a very bright star in the Heavens….Roxy is letting you know that she arrived safely in Heaven and will wait for you there. God bless you and your family….may your wonderful memories of this precious baby girl make you smile again and again.

  15. Francesca Keel Gillum

    Sending lots and lots of prayers wrapped in love for you and your family…so very very sorry for the loss of your beloved Roxy..My heart hurts for you

  16. my most deepest/sincere condolences to you and your family. losing a four legged family member is one of the hardest emotions we go thru. beautiful pictures of your dog and how much she loved all of you and you all her. may her memories fill your aching heart. so sad for your loss. cowboy & tillie send hugs/tail wags and kisses.

  17. Dee Paskowski

    My heart aches for your pain and loss. God bless,knowing you did all possible.

  18. I am so very sorry for your loss, she will be in your heart, always .

  19. I am so sorry for your loss!!! Hugs to the whole family! RIP Roxy!!!

  20. I am so very sorry for your loss of Roxy, but thank you for letting all of us know just how special she was – through your beautifully written tribute to her. What a wonderful dog she was, and how lucky all of you were – to have found one another. Roxy isn’t really gone; these photos tell me she will live in your hearts & souls forever!

  21. What a Beautifully written tribute to Roxy. Obviously, a wonderful and beloved pet. Such wonderful pictures and memories to keep forever in your heart.

  22. Michelle Waldron

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful girl. RIP Roxy, you were so loved.

  23. Edith Jaranilla

    As a dog owner of big dogs, two great danes, two rottweillers and a chihuahua (loss her to cancer her second year of life), it’s a hard decision but you know when it’s time to end the suffering. Big dogs are always prone to bone diseases, arthiritis and cancer and lucky with my danes I got 8-10 years of joy out of them. I still miss them because they will always be family. Sorry for your loss and I empathize with you all.

  24. I cried as I read Roxy’s story. Not because it was a sad one, but because I realize how hard it is to loose such a wonderful dog. I cried because I had a dog who thought he was no bigger than his head, and he was 140 pounds! He thought he was a lap dog. I have 5 dogs now, a 15+ year-old, two 12+ year old sisters, a 9 year old Dalmatian and 4 year old blind pittie. I go through the pain of departure when I read your good-bye to Roxie. I lost my 14 year old terrier last year this week, she also had cancer. I have not been able to face the event in my heart yet, and keep on avoiding to go to the back yard where she is buried. We love our dogs so much, and even though we know they are going to leave us one day, we are never prepared for their departure. We are in a way like mothers after childbirth. Even though though it is so painful, it does not stop women from having yet another child. Just like the memory lapse a mother goes through after child birth is what a pet owner goes through when they adopt their dog. We forget the everything, that it is a temporary ownership, we lapse into mommy mode. We forget everything else. Roxy became your baby when you adopted her. She lived life of love. She loved you and you loved her. There is no bigger tribute to Roxy. Go with love Roxy. We will see you when we get there.

  25. Beautiful Frank, simply beautiful.

  26. Robin Ambrose

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know what a heart-wrenching decision it is to make. My last sweet Angel traveled to the Rainbow Bridge 3 years ago and there isn’t a day that goes by I do not think of her. You did an amazing job & choice and I truly believe they let us know when they have had enough just to make it easier on us. But it is never easy, no matter how much we know we have to. God bless you and your family at this moment in your life.

  27. I am sorry for you loss. I know how much it hurts to lose a furbaby..

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