Michelle’s Pet Share 1/27/2015

This is one of my last images of my beloved dog, Princeton. I wasn’t able to get very good photos of him because he wasn’t the ‘posing kind of dog’. He would move every single time I went to click the shot. So I’m lucky to even have one decent photo of him.

Last March, he had a stroke and I had to make the heartbreaking decision to have him euthanized. I am still grieving.


When I decided I wanted another dog (years ago), I went to one of our local animal shelters. I saw this poor dog, about 2 years old, who was very badly emaciated, along with being very ill with an upper respiratory infection. I adopted him on the spot and immediately took him to the vet where they kept him on an IV overnight.

He turned out to be a wonderful companion. He would ride in the back seat of my car and stick his head out the window while his ears would flew in the breeze and he just loved it. That was one of his favorite things to do. Children who saw him riding in my car always got a kick of seeing his flying ears.

Having to let him go was excrutiatingly painful.

Today, I am sharing the memory of my beloved pet, Princeton, on Michelle’s (Hope* the happy hugger) Pet Share.

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Adopted: June 19, 2003

Passed: March 18, 2014

~ We grew old together ~



64 thoughts on “Michelle’s Pet Share 1/27/2015

  1. What beautiful black and white hair and such a sweet face. Thank you for sharing his picture, sorry he had to leave you, we never stop missing them do we. Hugs

  2. Thank you for sharing not only your picture of your wonderful dog but sharing your heart with us. Grieving is hard to walk through and I’m sure you miss him so much. Saying a prayer for you.

  3. What a sweetie! I share your loss! I had a Springer-Aussie Shepherd mix named Oreo. He looked very much like Princeton, and he wasn’t much of a poser, either. I still miss him, too. Thanks for sharing this sweet doggie!

  4. I don think it makes a difference when you lose them, all pets are difficult to lose. Sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you Terry! You are right. We were both gifts to each other. I loved him and he dearly loved me. He was the sweetest dog but I think he would have protected me if he needed to.

    • Thank you Jodi. Yes, I loved him a lot. Dogs that are rescued, I think, know they have been rescued and they are loyal to you and love you down to their dying breath. They don’t take having a good home for granted. In the car that I had when I first got him. He had his head stuck out the back window when I turned the corner. Suddenly someone started getting my attention and pointed behind my car. He had fallen out the window and was running as fast as he could to keep up with me. It scared the HELL out of me. I got a new car and he couldn’t fall out of that window. That happened when he was about 2 years old. I am so grateful he didn’t get hurt.

      • Oh my goodness! What a story! What a great love story! I know what you mean about rescued dogs – My Mikey is a rescue too. He was moved from a “kill shelter” in another state to a humane society near us, and when my husband saw him, it was love at first sight, and they are best buds. I love how I can just run to the store for 20 mins, and when I come home, it is the same greeting I get as if I was gone a week. He is ALWAYS so happy to see us. πŸ™‚

        • Oh that is awesome that Mikey is also a rescue! I know, to them, we are the greatest thing that ever walked this earth. They love us unconditionally. I personally believe that my pets will be in the after life and wait for us there (along with all of our loved ones). In fact, I get this feeling that Princeton is with my beloved grandmother and she is loving him and waiting for me to get there. (My other pets too that have passed away).

  5. AWW hugs to you PJ!! Dogs really are a man’s best friend!! They just have a way about them! How lovely that you rescued him and had all those years together! I know you wish it could have been longer, but I do believe you did the right thing in having him put down. I know what a painful decision that was. My precious Boston Terrier that I shared about in my my Frozen blog had lymphoma. I had to put her down for I could tell how much pain she was in and I couldn’t bear it. She had been such a faithful dog to me,how could I keep her alive for my sake. But after doing it I told my husband I never wanted to have to do that again! XO

    • It’s really hard to do isn’t it? We both did the right thing for them. I know that. I am grateful to have gotten to have so many years with him and show him that some people are really good and loving.

  6. I remember your lovely posts about Princeton then, PJ, and I loved how he gave you all the great companionship and love you needed. I was sad with you, too, but you did what you had to for your beloved dog. Hooray for all the great years that you and Princeton shared, my friend.

  7. Oh, I am so glad you have this picture of Princeton. He has such a sweet look in his eyes. It is so hard to lose a pet. They are truly family and I believe we will see them again too!

    • Thank you Tildy! This was taken toward the end of his life. I had taken him to the vet to have his teeth cleaned (and some pulled if needed) and the vet did bloodwork on him and told me that both his liver and kidney showed signs of damage. (He was quite old). It wasn’t long after this that he had the stroke. 😦 Thank you for reading and it is good to see your sweet smiling face again. xo

      • I’ll let you into a sloppy secret, I still light a candle every night for my two cats I lost this past year. I watched them both being born and they were more special than any human has ever been πŸ˜‰ Recently, I have been lighting it later and later in the night, which is a sign of healing, I think. When my two were put to sleep, I was on my knees in the vets sobbing like a child. It was the first I cried in over twenty years. I was so terrified of grieving because I had never lost anything special as an adult. Blessings, Joy πŸ™‚

        • Thank you for sharing that with me Cat. I am so sorry you lost your beloved cats and so sorry that it was so painful for you. I personally believe that our pets go to the afterlife and wait for us. I think that is one way that helped in my grieving with Princeton (and other pets). Heck, I understand that your cats meant more to you than humans because sometimes I feel the exact same way. Well… right now I DO feel the exact same way. I have been nothing but hurt, abused, manipulated, and stabbed in the back by the humans in my life. My beloved pets never did anything but love me unconditionally. It was and is still very hard on me that my beloved cat was stolen from me over a year ago. I know she was stolen and given to someone who lived in the country and needed a barn cat. She was an excellent mouser. It hurts me a lot that the people that did that were suppose to be my friends and members of the church I was going to (not anymore. I left the church). I think it is very sweet of you to light candles for your kitties. I see nothing wrong with that at all and especially if it makes you feel better.

    • I am so very sorry to hear that. I know how difficult and painful it is. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy. They are always with us even after their passing. ((HUGS)) XOXO

    • When I had to put my Princeton down, after a day or two I decided to do an Eulogy on WordPress on him and it honestly did help ease my grieving because it was a comforting thing to do. Just thought you might want to do one for your puppy.

  8. What a lovely eulogy. So sad to lose a pet. Agony. But what a lovely life he had with YOU. Well, apart from the one tiny glitch when he fell out of the car window. Our present cat jumped behind the facade hiding the plumbing of the wash basin in an hotel once. For a while it looked like we might have to tear the entire hotel interior down to find her.. Then she just jumped back through again, covered in dust, with a ‘what’s all the fuss about?’ look on her face. πŸ™‚

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