May 2018

Remembering Timber

 

We can hardly believe it’s been 3 months already.

THREE MONTHS since we last looked into your eyes, touched your soft crimpy hair behind your ears, caught you as you jumped into our arms and hugged onto you tight.

On January 29, 2018, our family had to live through probably our hardest day together so far. We said good-bye to our beloved Timber.

His loss has left a gaping hole in our hearts and our family. He was much more than just a dog to us. He was a member of our family. In many ways, for Stephen & I, he was like a child to us. He was with us for over 15 years, and had helped us get ready to be parents to Liam. He was welcomed Liam into the fold and was a great big brother to him. Always so gentle and patient with him. He had been with us through every major milestone in our marriage…including getting our house and giving birth.

To be quite honest, I couldn’t even bring myself to write this post until now. The pain has been to raw. Too real. Even now, the words come across the screen with tears streaming down my cheeks. We all miss him so much still.

The picture above was taken about a week before we lost him. He had been diagnosed with kidney disease during this last year, but the last 6 months or so really started to take a toll on his little body. We tried to switch his food up and for a little while that worked. Over the holidays, we saw him start to slow down considerably but his spirits were still good. Just after Thanksgiving, we had celebrated his 15 birthday!

Right after the 1st of the year, he quickly declined. I will tell you that it was a tremendously difficult few weeks for us. Emotions were raw….still are when we think back to it. We have a wonderful vet that has worked with us for years with him (and now also cares for Simba). She tried a few different courses of treatment with him but in the end, his little body was just too tired and the medication was too much. Making that decision for him damn near killed us. I am thankful that we were with him, though. We spent the entire last day with him…..giving him all the love…even his favorite treat of ice cream. I wish we could have frozen time that day. We were all there with him. He had always given his all to us, and we needed to see him through.

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There are so many wonderful memories we have of our sweet boy….our Boo Boo Man. Our Timber Puppies.

I could literally post hundreds of pictures that we looked through and fondly called our favorites. Here is just a handful of those treasured memories ❀

This was his very 1st bath…he was a 3 pound stick of dynamite as a puppy. He had jaws of steel and LOVED to play ALL day. He got into SO much trouble in our 1st apartment.

Timber, you will forever live on in our hearts and we will most certainly never forget you. One day, we will look at these pictures and just smile with the sweet memories…..thank you for loving our family so completely and unconditionally.

Rest now and play forevermore at the Rainbow Bridge until we meet again someday.

TIMBER MURPHY

11.29.02 ~ 01.29.18