a very good dog

Posted by on April 2, 2008 in other things | 15 comments


Ten years ago, when I first met Mr. Heylucy, he introduced me to his kids-two cats and this little mutt. I think those three animals were a little bit like Darcy’s Pemberley, you know how Elizabeth Bennett really starts to fall for him when she sees his house for the first time? I think that’s what happened when I met Reggie and Gigi and Dune. A man with pets as great as these three had to be pretty great too.

Now 16, Reggie has been going downhill for a long time, and we’ve been preparing ourselves for this for the last few months. This morning Mr. Heylucy was finally ready to let his buddy go. And so we went to our vet’s office and held him and petted him while he was quietly put to sleep. Even though we knew it was the right thing, it was so very hard. We’ll have his ashes to bury with his buddies, Gigi and Dune. I hope he’s with them now, and Gigi has thrown herself down in front of him like she used to, so he could lick her all over. We’re gonna miss you Reggie Boinkie-Boink, our little surfer boy and tennis ball lover.


  1. I’m sorry. : ( It’s always hard to say goodbye.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve not yet been lucky enough to have a four-legged family member, but I do so love many of my friends’ pets and have felt the loss of some of them. I can’t imagine how hard it must be when it is one of your own. I hope your memories of happy times and knowing that Reggie had a good long life will help you cope.

  3. I have been there several times in the past few years–I ache with you over the loss of your precious friend. For many years of our marriage we had five labs–now there is just one, with three rescued friends. If I counted up how many times they make us smile I think there wouldn’t be enough numbers. I will be thinking of you.

  4. How sad, you have me crying here. It’s not fair we live so long and they live so short. Pets should be able to stay with us forever. All the best for you and hubby xoxox

  5. I’m sure you are so sad, but he’s so much happier now, running around and seeing again. It was a little tough seeing how bad he had gotten when we visited you for New Years. How’s Bear taking the loss?

  6. I’m so sorry.

  7. I’m so sorry for the loss of your little friend. I have four dogs – one of whom is struggling with Addison’s disease and diabetes. I know we will come to face the same decision eventually.

  8. I am so sorry to hear that. It sounds like he had a wonderful life with people and animals that loved him.

  9. I’m sorry to hear about Reggie.

  10. Oh how heartbreaking! I am so so so sorry for your loss!! Death is so unnatural, and I hate it! I wish you comfort and peace as you grieve…that sounded like a sappy card, sorry. But I really mean it!!

  11. This made me cry , it is the saddest thing ever. I am so sorry. Love Naz

  12. Rest in peace, Reg.

  13. :_(

  14. That is very sad.

  15. I’m sorry that you had to go through this. I had to do this with Oscar, and it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do.


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