Friday, January 2, 2009

To Our Duke






I have always wanted to do a post dedicated to our dog, Duke. Especially since Grace was born I have felt he has been somewhat neglected. And after yesterday, he deserves it even more. We had to put our sweet puppy to rest after he developed kidney failure.
Duke has been the best dog. He was loyal and devoted and the most well-traveled puppy I have ever met. We even took him on our anniversary trip to Canada a couple years ago. He has been to Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Pikes Place Market and traveled by plane about 6 times.
He was great "heater" in the winter and would sleep under the covers by our feet. He would check on Grace for us and if she was crying, he would come and get us. He has been our comforter and baby for years while we battled infertility. And he has been our protector in many situations.
We brought him to my Grandparent's home to bury him, and my whole family came out to dig his grave and grieve with us. He did not just make an impact on Brent and me, but to everyone who met him.
We will miss him and he will always be more than "just a dog" to us. He will always be our Duke, our first baby.

We love you, Dukie-Duke!!!!!

15 Comments:

Blogger The Corbinator said...

I really miss Duke. But someday I will meet him again.I love you Duke!

January 2, 2009 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Jessica S Howard said...

Sorry Summer, I know that you pets can be like family to you. I am sure that he will be missed.

January 2, 2009 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger emily said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy. Keep me posted when you will be in SLC...(big hug)

January 2, 2009 at 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Grandma Carol said...

He was a good and faithful grandson. Duke, I hope that you are right now laying on a large soft fluffy pillow seated on a sofa and eating a hamburger and chocolate with the sun shining down on you and the wind blowing in your face. Grandpa and I will miss you. Thank you for your protection and loyalty to your family. We love you Dukesters!

January 3, 2009 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger Mike and Hallie said...

I just barely met Duke but he was so cute with Landon. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I am glad he was there for you through the years, especially when you needed him most.

January 3, 2009 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger iamwoman said...

Oh I am so sad... he was such a good dog!

January 3, 2009 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Reeta said...

I will never forget Duke as the protector. It was a good thing he didn't realize he was so small. He was such a great dog, and friend. I am so sorry he had to go, but he will always be remembered as one of the family!

January 4, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Cook Family said...

I'm so sorry about Duke. I know how much you guys loved him.

January 5, 2009 at 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Duke. I will miss the times that I would knock on the wall just to hear you bark at nothing. Also when you would sit by me when I needed someone to watch TV with. You always kept an eye on Nicholas when he was little. I only wish I could have trained you a little bit more on chasing those darn cats away. Farewell old friend and say hello to Tasha and my old dog Jesse for me.

Sam

January 6, 2009 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Oh, how sad, Summer. I know how much you loved Duke, and I hope you feel some comfort after this. My sympathy to you.

January 7, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Church Fam said...

Summer
so fun to see you on facebook, then of course to find your blog. It's been forever, looks like your doing well, except sorry about your dog. But congrats on your sweet little girl. lets keep in touch
Tiffany

January 13, 2009 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Alynn and Todd said...

I'm so sorry Summer - he really was the coolest little dog. My girls are sad too.

Jan 9th has come and gone, Congratulations on finalizing the adoption!

We had to get a whole new blog. It's been a nightmare and it's a long story, but come check us out at our new spot!

January 17, 2009 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Sperry said...

First of all, hooray!!! I'm glad I found you had a blog so I can keep up with you guys. Second, I'm so sorry about Duke, he was a cutie. Hugs to you all.

January 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Leslie Sandberg said...

Oh Summer! I got tears in my eyes...number one Duke died and that is so sad...number two you have a baby!!! YAY! I am so happy for you guys!

January 28, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Donnie and Christina said...

oh, I am so sorry to hear about Duke! I am sure he will be missed and loved forevermore!

January 28, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

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