My heart has joined the Thousand

I put Mushroom to sleep last night. We had thought a week or two but he spent the day laboring so hard to breathe and he started vomiting and there were chunks of blood in it. I couldn’t let him suffer just for me. I wanted those two weeks, but I couldn’t sit by and let him suffer. I loved him too much.

So a friend took us in last night and my bosses met us there and we sent him off quietly and gently. He was ready. Gently, so gently.

My bed was terribly empty last night. He has slept beside me every night for almost nine years. I can’t believe he’s gone. I can’t believe I scarcely had time to say goodbye.

Mushroom was such a good dog. He was The Good Dog. He only wanted to be right. He only wanted to please. He only wanted to eat and lounge and snuggle and have his belly rubbed. I miss him so much.




Mushroom loves summer.

Rest easy, buddy. Rest easy.

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23 Responses to My heart has joined the Thousand

  1. Marji says:

    I am so sorry. So sorry. I just can’t believe it. Mushroom was a Very Good Dog. My compassionate thoughts are with you.

  2. Pia says:

    So, so sorry to hear this. It’s just never enough time. You’ll be in my thoughts.

    Godspeed, Mushroom.

  3. avabee says:

    I have rarely if ever commented on your blog, but I just wanted to say I’m terribly sorry for the loss of your precious dog. I’ve loved reading about him and he sounded like the nicest little couch potato.

  4. patty says:

    i am so sorry. the bridge got a beautiful new soul.

  5. Lindsay says:

    I am so, so sorry. Mushroom was a Very Good Dog.

  6. Eastofeden says:

    Our time with them is never enough. So sorry to hear about your GOOD BOY!! Peace.

  7. Luisa says:

    Oh, Katie, I’m so sorry. You’re in my thoughts. Mushroom was a dear boy and touched a great many of us. May his memory be a blessing. Take care –


  8. Leila says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved that you allowed us to vicariously share his life. Peace and comfort to you and the pack.

  9. Stephanie says:

    I am so, so, so sorry. I loved your pictures and stories of Shroom dog. He will be missed by many.

  10. Oh…we are so, so sorry to hear this. He really shone through the pages of the Internet and was loved by so many.

  11. Ci Da says:

    To have him taken so abruptly is heartbreaking. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  12. Bailey says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  13. Jennifer says:

    I am so, so sorry.

  14. LaVonne says:

    you have my sympathy

  15. Mel V. says:

    *virtual hugs, if you want one* I’m so sorry to hear it. He was a world class Good Dog.

  16. Amanda says:

    I’m so sorry, Katie. I wish you could have had more time with him. *hug*

    Have fun across the bridge, Shroom Dog. Many, many have loved you from afar, with one of them being me. We will all miss you terribly. Watch over your Momma until it’s time to meet again.

  17. Ruby says:

    Oh man. I don’t know how I missed your last post!!!! I didn’t know that Shroom was sick!! Oh, I am so very sorry. My heart is breakin’ for you. There are no words that makes this easier. I will only say that you are in our hearts, and I will bark up at the sky tonight knowin’ Mushroom is up over the Bridge runnin’ and zoomin’ and havin’ a good ole time.
    Ruby ♥

  18. Tegan says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. RIP dear Mushroom.

  19. lisa says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  20. Kim says:

    Words fail me. I am so sorry that Mushroom had to pass on. It’s so very unfair and I know how painful it is to lose a loved one. My heart goes out to you, Luce, Steve and Bean.

  21. 2 Punk Dogs says:

    So sorry for your loss, wish you could have had more time with the Very Good Dog.

  22. brent says:

    So sorry about Mushroom. I loved your pictures of him and his personality really came through. It’s one of the few things wrong with dogs….they’re with us for far too little time.

  23. All Things Collie says:

    I’m a little late with this, but I am so sorry. I loved your boy, and I’m glad he spent his life with you.


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