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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    Jennifer @ Jane Deere — July 7, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    So sorry about Winnie! I have always had a dog and they are truly a member of the family…so sad for you. Best wishes to your parents with the new puppy…and have fun at the doggie pool party.


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    Kristen @ Change of Pace — July 7, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Oh that’s so sad. I know exactly how you feel. We put our family dog down last January. They live such a long time and really become a part of your life. RIP Winnie girl…


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    Katie — July 7, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Aww, I’m so sorry! I cried for DAYS last year when my childhood doggie died…hang in there and eat something yummy. That always helps.


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    Julie H. — July 7, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    My heart beaks for you girl! ….Hang it there and I’ll say a prayer for you. It is tough when your heart just overflowed for this dog for so long.


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    Shereen — July 7, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    I was afraid to read this ’cause I knew I’d start crying. It sounds so much like what my dog went through a few years ago, and I still miss him more than anything. Hopefully the new puppy can help to fill a bit of that void that Winnie left behind. Thinking of you!


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    Ally @ Sweet & Savory — July 7, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    We have an 8 year old Golden, so I can only imagine what you are going through. Prayers and hugs to you!


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    Caitlin — July 7, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    I’m so so sorry about your dog. I know how much a dog becomes part of the family. What a sweet picture!


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    kyla — July 7, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    My childhood golden retriever was the sweetest dog I’ve ever met. We “grew up” together since I was only 5 when we got her. She spent 14 glorious years with our family after a short battle with cancer. I cried for days on and off after she died and even sometimes now when I think about her(like this very minute while I’m sitting in a public place. Let’s try to be careful and not put on the waterworks show too much). I bet your sweet Winnie is in heaven chasing tennis balls and squirrels and doing all the things that dogs love to do.


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    MissDelish — July 7, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    So sorry to hear this Jessica. My family dog we had since I was very young passed away suddenly a few weeks ago and it is so hard! I hope you feel better soon :)


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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — July 7, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    I am so sorry about Winnie. My thoughts are with you guys! That’s so hard…

    But if there ever was a silver lining and any fate involved, the way things have worked out with Bella!

    Wow. That’s pretty profound. Things work in mysterious ways, don’t they.

    Anyway (((( HUGS))))


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    Janet Schietroma — July 7, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    My thoughts and humble prayers are with your family regarding your loss of Winnie. We also lost our dog to seizures, which were impossible to regulate, and made the decision to put him to sleep. It was one of the most sad moments of my life and I know what you’re going though…

    Your Dad is a friend of mine at school. We’re in the same cohort at Seton Hill.


    • Jessica — July 7th, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

      Hi Janet! Thanks so much for the comment. :)


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    Erin Masihdas — July 7, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Losing a pet is such a hard thing!!


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    Laura H — July 7, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Winnie :( We had to put our golden, Daisy, down a few years ago because she was also having seizures. It was a very sad time and I hope you feel better soon!


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    Ashley — July 7, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    It’s so difficult losing a pet :( Love the picture of Winnie and know it will bring you smiles when you think of her!


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    Dishes of Mrs. Fish — July 7, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    So sorry to hear about Winnie, dogs are such special creatures. Lots of virtual hugs sent your way!


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    Krystina (Organically Me) — July 7, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    I’m so sorry, Jessica. I know how hard it is to lose a pet, it’s like losing any other member of the family. At least Winnie will no longer suffer. <3


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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 7, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    So sorry about your poor family dog:-(


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    Kim — July 7, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    So sorry to hear about Winnie. We lost our golden last year and I still get teary when I think about him. Hang in there. :)


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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 7, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Oh, Jessica!! I am SO sorry!!! I was just thinking about her the other day and was wondering how she was doing.
    BIG, BIG hugs!!!


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    Pure2raw twins — July 7, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    so sorry for your lost, losing a pet is never easy



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    Meg — July 7, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! It’s especially hard to lose a pet you’ve loved since childhood, and it sounds like your Winnie was truly one-of-a-kind. My thoughts are with you and your family — I hope that the new puppy can provide a little levity in such a tough time!


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    april — July 7, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Ironically, I watched that movie TWICE today with my 2 yr old neice


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    Leah @ Why Deprive? — July 7, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Winnie. Dogs really do become a part of the family, and losing them is heartbreaking. I’m glad she doesn’t have to suffer anymore though. I know that’s my moms biggest worry about her dog. She’s 14, and starting to have a hard time getting around. Its awful to watch, and I think we all just keep hoping she will wake up young again.


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    Katie — July 7, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    So sorry to hear about Winnie. She looks like a real beauty!


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    Alexandra — July 7, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    This is the worst thing in the world to have to do as a pet owner. I’m sending lots of positive thoughts and hugs your way as are both of my mutts! I’m sure she’ll never be forgotten and that she had a wonderful life and that’s the best way to think of her :)


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    Lindsey (One Sweet World) — July 7, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Winnie. I grew up with 2 wonderful Goldens, and remember so clearly when they died (when I was 14 and 18). Loosing a pet is incredibly hard. Know that we’re all thinking of you and your family, thank you for sharing your story.

    And enjoy the puppy :)


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    Fallon — July 7, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    Awww that is so sad. I wouldn’t be able to see a dog go through that misery either. Must of been very difficult but at least Winnie will be in a better place now. :)


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    Presley (Run Pretty) — July 7, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear that! Last year, my childhood pet passed away in that exact same way and it really does happen out of nowhere.

    I hope baby Bella brings them as much joy as Winnie!


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    Meg — July 7, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    Oh Jess I am so sorry! When I was a senior in college, our family cat got stomach cancer and lost a ton of weight really super fast. We put him down as soon as we found out. I know how hard it is. Hang in there! Honor Winnie and enjoy Bella. She’ll be adoration and will remind you of all of the good times with Winnie. :) *Hugs*


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    Alecia — July 7, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    I am so sorry about sweet Winnie. It’s always hard to lose a family pet. They are so much a part of the family. As I type this, I have two goldens laying on my feet just waiting to be told it’s bedtime. They are the sweetest creatures that always offer a sweet smile to make your day brighter.

    I personally think you should get one too! Maybe a rescued Golden? I have two rescues and they are just perfect for our family!


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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — July 7, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss :-( All dogs definitely do go to heaven.


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    chely — July 7, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet.


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    Amelia — July 7, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    All dogs do go to heaven. So sorry about having to put down Winnie. Losing a pet is SO hard. :(


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    iscribbler — July 7, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Winnie. She looks like such a sweet dog and she would have been a great friend to the new pup. Good for you, though, to recognize when you should or shouldn’t get a pet. Many people don’t consider their lifestyles and the pet has to suffer for it. Anyway, I’m sure Bella will love seeing you every day.


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    Eunice — July 7, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Winnie. Seeing a pet get sick is heartbreaking. I hope the new puppy will help make things easier. Hugs to you and your family!


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    Michelle — July 7, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Winnie, Jessica. At least you can feel good knowing she’s no longer suffering and is at peace. My thoughts are with your parents too!


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    Amanda — July 8, 2011 @ 1:13 am

    Aww, sorry to hear that sad news. Rest in peace Miss Winnie.
    Enjoy Bella – that’s the name of my pooch! She’s half husky, half golden lab.


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    Jolene ( — July 8, 2011 @ 1:48 am

    :-( So sorry about Winnie. That is really sad news, and I hope you are doing okay.


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    Kim in MD — July 8, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    I am so sad (and sorry) to hear that Winnie passed away. The new puppy isn’t a replacement for Winnie, but I’m sure she will bring joy to your family. I love the name Bella!


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    Ashli — July 8, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    We lost our dog to cancer in march. It is a devastating loss and my heart goes out to yoUr


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    Ashli — July 8, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    Sorry…my iPad freaked out! My heart goes out to your family. The new pup is a bittersweet blessing and the timing more than just a coincidence. Xo


  42. #
    Nancy — July 8, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Cherish her memory, remember her playful laughing spirit, honor her life…….she was a good dog.


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    Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} — July 8, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    So sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers to you and Mr. Sweet!


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    Kelly — July 8, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    I am so sorry about Winnie. We had to put our dog down about a month ago and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I block the day out because when I think about it I tear up! Hugs to you. :) And YES all dogs go to heaven!


    • Jessica — July 8th, 2011 @ 8:21 am

      I remember that day and definitely thought of you too!! xoxo


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    lisa @thebeadgirl — July 8, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    my heart is so sad for you. she looks just like my girl. sending hugs your way.


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    Jessica — July 8, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    :( sorry to hear about Winnie my heart breaks for you and your family. The only bright side I can offer is that at least she is not suffering. Hopefully the doggy love you get from your new sister will help mend your heart


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    Lynda — July 8, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    My condolences to you and your family. All dogs do go to heaven, but they go by way of the Rainbow Bridge, where all dogs who went before her passed through and welcomed her when she got there. She is no longer in pain, and that’s the best thing you can do for her. Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family and not an easy thing at all. I agree with Ashli, the timing of Bella is no coincidence. Virtual hugs to you, your family, Winnie and Bella.


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    Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me — July 8, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Poor Winnie. She was a beautiful dog!

    I’m going to be a wreck when we have to put down my parents dog. I grew up with her but since I moved out of the house she’s with my parents now.


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    amy — July 8, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I am so sorry for your whole families loss… dogs take up a huge part of our hearts.. a fuzzy part where only they fit! I am not a crazy dog person.. BUT I have a little furry friend named Lucy..and yep, I love her! So I will be praying for you guys..and some day…when you grow up… you may want a puppy to cuddle/clean up after..etc.. of your own!!


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    Courtney — July 8, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    Its true, All dogs do go to heaven! My best friend (and dog), died 3 years ago, we still meet up in my dreams at least once a week though.



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