Sadly, yesterday we ended up having to put our family dog, Winnie, down. I know I told you guys about the seizures that she randomly started having only 3 weeks ago, and I can’t even begin to tell you how she deteriorated. Just in a matter of weeks!


My dad said it was almost as if she got “old” overnight, albeit still being so young, and that couldn’t be more true. She stopped playing with her football and stopped having the constant smile on her face. She never stopped having seizures, continued to run into things, lost almost all mobility and we believe lost all sight. Earlier this week, she couldn’t move, wouldn’t eat or drink, had accidents, and again… could not stop having seizures. Nothing helped. It was the worst.thing.ever. This sounds terrible, but I am almost glad I don’t live at home because I couldn’t bear seeing it 24/7 considering it was breaking my parents’ heart.


The crazy part?


Months ago, my parents planned to get a second golden in July. The decision was made long before Winnie ever got sick, and since they were used to having two dogs everyone knew Winnie would love a playmate. So the date was set to bring home the 3rd family golden puppy… and the date was July 8th. As in… tomorrow. Up until yesterday my parents still weren’t sure what they were going to do, but made the decision to continue on with the new pal… Bella. So tomorrow morning, I’m going to a doggie pool party with my mom and like, 20 other dogs. Umm… this is so not me. Who am I?


At first I wanted to get one too, but then I remembered how much I love my warm bed in the middle of the night. And then Mr. How Sweet reminded me how I can’t even clean up spilled milk. Literally. And no… I’m not ready to learn yet. So I will just go visit my “sister” dog every now and then… or every day.


Anywho… thanks for all your sweet thoughts, comments, tweets and words. You guys are the bees knees.


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141 Responses to “All Dogs Go To Heaven.”

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    Evan Thomas — July 7, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    Oh, Jessica, I’m so sorry to hear all this. It’s sad how quickly this all came about. I hope the new friend brings as much warmth and love to your parents’ home as Winnie.


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    Christine — July 7, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    I am so sorry. We have a six year old Golden too (and a 4 month chocolate lab) and it breaks my heart to hear of one suffering so young. I ask myself all the time why we animal lovers get pets when we know what will happen inevitably. But, that’s just the thing- we’re animal lovers and know we can give them loving homes. It’s never, ever easy, but I think it’s a good thing your parents are still getting a puppy- it will be definitely be a distraction.


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    Mellissa — July 7, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    Oh how sad, I am thinking about your parents and Winnie and I hope Bella can help the healing process.


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    Shanna, Like Banana — July 7, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    Oh Jessica, I am so so sorry..this is terribly sad. My pets are my babies and my hearts ache for you. I hope that Bella brings you some smiles.


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    Kelly — July 7, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    I am so sorry :( That is how old my “sister” dog is (she just turned 7)..and I couldn’t imagine losing her so soon. I hope the new pup helps everyone get through this a little easier.


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    VeggieGirl — July 7, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    Maybe she’ll meet my dog Kiwi in heaven xoxo


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    Hayley @ Hayley Daily — July 7, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    Oh Jessica, I’m so, so sorry to hear about Winnie. :( Our family dog is a big chocolate lab, and she’s getting up there in years…I can’t imagine the day that she won’t be around anymore. It truly breaks my heart to even briefly think about. :(

    Lots of hugs for you!


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    Cait @ Urban Fencepost — July 7, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Winnie :( I’m sure she brought much joy to you and your family’s lives over the years.


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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — July 7, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    I got goosebumps with the date coincidence. So sorry Winne had to be put down but at least she’s not suffering anymore!


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    kitara — July 7, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    It`s too sad, God blessing you, I understand this pain


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    Tracey — July 7, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    So sorry to hear about Winnie Jessica. How heartbreaking! Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.


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    Leslie — July 7, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    :( my heart breaks for you and your family! I’m so glad the stars aligned for your parents to bring Bella into their lives at such a perfect time.


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    Kacy — July 7, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    So sorry to hear bout this :( All dogs DO go to heaven. I wish they could stick around as long as we do though. Love you!


  14. #
    meg — July 7, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Oh honey, I’m so sorry.


  15. #
    Adam — July 7, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Very sad to hear about your pup, I can’t imagine how hard it must be.


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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — July 7, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    I am so so sorry for your family’s loss :( It breaks my heart. Condolences from my 4-year old golden, Einstein. Makes me hug him even tighter today.

    My friend’s parents just put down their beloved family pet last week two. Two days later they brought home a new puppy. My friend said the puppy is keeping them on their toes and mending their hearts. I hope it has the same effect on your parents! Big hugs!


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    Kristina @ spabettie — July 7, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    all dogs go to Heaven – indeed they do!

    I am so sorry <3


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    Lissa — July 7, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how precious pets can be and how they are part of the family as much as any human is. My thoughts are with you and your family.


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    Lisa | Life in Green — July 7, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    Oh that makes my heartache. Very sorry to hear.

    Obviously the new puppy was someone’s plan to heal sad hearts. I’m sure she will be such a blessing.


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    Brittany — July 7, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Oh Jess, i’m so sorry dear! All dogs go to Heaven- i know my first one did!


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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — July 7, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Winnie! What a beautiful dog.


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    Stacy — July 7, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Oh Jessica I’m so sorry :( I hope Bella brings a smile to your family’s faces! I’m sure she will carry Winnie’s spirit with her.


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    Jess M. — July 7, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Aww, I’m so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. My parents had to put down our chocolate lab last November and it was heart-wrenching; I can’t imagine the day we’ll someday have to say goodbye to our shiba (hopefully it won’t be for a long, long time). They really become beloved family members.


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    Mary @ Stylefyles — July 7, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    nooo poor Winnie. But I know from experience, you definitely know when it’s the right time to put your pet down….at some point it’s just the right thing to do.


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    Alison (Fueling for Fitness) — July 7, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss. *big hugs*


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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — July 7, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    I’m so sorry Jessica. That picture of her is so sweet.


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    Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness — July 7, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    Losing a pet is always the most unbelievable heartache. We lost our beloved black lab, Roxie, very suddenly about 5 years ago. 6 months later, we brought home Lola, a labradoodle. I can’t imagine life without her now, and we never would’ve gotten her if Roxie hadn’t passed. So, as terrible and sad as that time was, I know it was meant to be. I bet Bella will be the same way for your family!


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    Chrissy — July 7, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    I am so sorry Jessica. We lost our first dog almost 3 years ago, and my mom still cries over her. She is hoping Queenie is waiting for her at the Rainbow Bridge. I know, if such a place exists, Winnie is there.


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    bliss — July 7, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    I am so so sorry on your families loss of Winnie, so glad they are bringing home a new puppy to help them. Hard to cry when a puppy is biting your nose. Well maybe tears of pain, those baby teeth are sharp but what a great distraction and a great way to honor Winnie’s memory…


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    shannon — July 7, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    Winnie’s story is such a heartbreaking one. I’m very sorry for your loss–I know how hard it can be to lose a furry member of the family.

    Also, if you get a dog, it will clean up your spilled milk for you. I haven’t had to pick up any food off the floor in years… hehe


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    Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) — July 7, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Awwww, this made me so sad! My heart goes out to you and your family!


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    Jessica — July 7, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Sorry to hear about Winnie, Jess. The same exact thing happened to my family pup Cinnamon a couple of years ago. My parents, sister and I all agreed that we should put her to sleep so she would have to suffer any longer. I went to the vet with my parents the day it happened and got to say goodbye. It was really tough (I’m tearing up as I type this!) to see a best friend and basically sister of 14 years pass, but I imagine doggie heaven has all the peanut butter and beggin’ strips she can eat and plenty of grassy fields to run and roll around in.
    I’ll send word up to Cinnamon to show Winnie the ropes.


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    Three-Cookies — July 7, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Terrible sorry to hear this. I lost my dog years ago and to this day I still miss him, never missed a human being that much. Dogs are wonderful.


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    Elizabeth — July 7, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    I am so sorry! It is so hard to lose a pet. I still miss the springer I grew up with (Abby) and she died 15 years ago.


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    Juju — July 7, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Winnie, Jessica. It’s so hard to lose anyone, yet alone a good and dear friend like our pets. I do believe that all dogs do go to heaven, no matter what anyone says. I hope that you and your family get some comfort with another addition to your family. Winnie, is lucky to have been loved by a wonderful family like yours! :)


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    Jess@atasteofconfidence — July 7, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    I am so sorry. I have never been “allowed” to have a dog and am not ready for my own yet, but I have a special love for them so I can imagine how hard this must be.


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    Paige — July 7, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Aww…so sorry for the loss of your family pet. It sounds like putting her to sleep was best for her…poor thing didn’t seem to have much quality of life left from what you said. :( I bet she’s rolling around in fields of grass and chasing after many a football up in doggie heaven.

    Now…can we all count on you to provide some cute puppy pictures to heal our hearts after this sad post? I hope so!


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    Evan — July 7, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    I’m sorry, Jessica…losing the family dog is the worst :( It’s an inevitable part of growing up…I often wonder what my ‘rents will be like when our family dog goes. It’ll be awful! How lucky you were to have such a great furry friend.


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    Amy — July 7, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    I’m so sorry.


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    StitchinSweetSue — July 7, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    I’m new here but wanted to express my sympathy. Sad times like these are engraved in our hearts, as is the kindness of others during these times. Wishing you wonderful puppers memories to last a lifetime…


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    Erica — July 7, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! It is amazing how the timing worked out with the new baby to be! Enjoy seeing your new sister tomorrow


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    RhodeyGirl — July 7, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    I’m so sorry Jessica.


  43. #
    Gen — July 7, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    Sorry to hear about Winnie….its sooo hard to lose a pet like that! :(


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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — July 7, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    Rest in peace, Winnie. I grew up with goldens, and one of them passed a few years ago after a series of seizures. It is so incredibly difficult to part with a pet… but thinking about the fantastic life she had with us helped with the grief. I’m sure that Bella will become a beloved family member in no time!


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    Nancy C — July 7, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    I am sad :-(
    But you could probably already figure out I would be from your last post. Winnie is at the Rainbow Bridge, happy, young, healthy, in no pain and chasing lots of rabbits and squirrels. I’m sure my Riley has found her by now and is wrecking havoc right along side her. xxoo


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    MelissaNibbles — July 7, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    I’m so sorry Jess.


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    peabody — July 7, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    I am sooo sorry. As a dog owner and lover I can’t even imagine.
    Hopefully the new pup will bring your family just as much joy!


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 7, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    I’m really sorry Jessica. I can completely sympathize what what you’re going through and how you feel. Just the other month we had to put down one of our cats and it’s still hard to deal with at times. I still haven’t done a post about it. I know it’ll bring up so many emotions I don’t want to deal with again. I’m sure this post was very difficult for you. Lots of hugs.


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    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — July 7, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    Oh my gosh. Jessica, this story is so similar to my dog’s. Sam was diagnosed with cancer, and my parents wanted to put him down that day. We waited a few more days, and I felt his last breath and heartbeat in my arms. It is so hard, but what I realized after a few days that I was so happy that he was out of his suffering. Peace and love, girl — I’m praying for you <3


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    Kelly Anne — July 7, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Winnie. I can’t even imagine how hard that is. My dog is 13 and I have a feeling her days are numbered too. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way!


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