All Dogs Go to Heaven – September 6, 2005

They say all dogs go to Heaven. If that’s right then someone upstairs just got the perfect dog. A dog that will always be by your side and never leave you stranded. One that is always happy go-lucky and constantly has his tail wagging. The type of dog that will love you even when you yell at him for eating something he probably shouldn’t be eating. He is the perfect older brother and if you’re sad he’ll lift you up. The type of dog that all men want. The perfect companion. He loves to sit in the front seat while you drive and check out the world as it passes by. He is our Rud-man.

This evening after weeks of watching him heal and then days of watching him take a horrific turn for the worse, my family put down our 9-year old, Flat-Coated Retriever Rudy. It was something we had talked about for months now. Rudy had gotten a problem in his spine where it was destroying the nerves in his back legs. My Mom took him to a Vet in Canada and they decided to put him on some steroids and see where that landed him.

Surprisingly, Rudy healed within four weeks and he was able to hobble around and play with his younger brothers. Then a couple of days ago Rudy went the other way. On Monday he looked awful. He wasn’t able to carry his back legs anymore. They slid along side his body as he tried to play with the other boys. He jumped off a two-foot tall stairway only to land on his hip because his hind legs wouldn’t catch him.

So today, my Mom called me at work and said it was time. We met at the clinic, said our good-bye’s and left him to sleep. Now somewhere he is running around happy, eating grass, playing with other dogs and being the Rudy we knew for 8½ years.

As mentioned before, he was the perfect dog. I love Micky and Koby, don’t get me wrong. Anyone that knows me knows I favor Micky, but Rudy was the perfect dog. Micky is too emotional and Koby’s just too wild. Rudy was laid back. Koby didn’t mess with him cause he knew who was the King of the Castle. Rudy was always happy, even until the very end. He just wanted to go, go, go. It was kind of nice to see. Nice to know that he still had that energy, the energy that made him Rudy.

One of my favorite memories of Rudy came on the night before Lis left for Brazil back in 2002, after we first met. We had become really good friends, Lis and I, and she had become a good friend with my family. We were all saying our good-bye’s and there was a somber feel in the room. We all knew Lis had to go but nobody wanted to say it. Then along came Rudy. He got up, walked over to Lis, jumped up on her lap and kissed her goodbye. It’s like he knew, he probably did. I liked it.

He was an American and Canadian champion. He’s the reason my parents are into showing dogs. He made us all Flat-Coat lovers. Which by the way, for anyone with a family and wanting to get a good family dog, look at the Flat-Coats they’re terrific dogs. I used to be a Golden fan, but thanks to Rudy, I switched.

I only wish he could’ve been healthy enough to be friends with Lukas. I know he would’ve loved to camp out underneath Lukas’ high chair and eat all the food that Lukas loves to drop. I’m sorry that Lukas won’t be able to know Rudy. They would’ve been best friends.

I’ll miss you Rudy. You were awesome and brought us some good memories – kissing Lis, walking the plank with us on the houseboat trip, the list goes on and on. I love you Rud-man! Don’t eat too much grass in heaven! You know what it does to you.

Oh, one more thing, God if you’re listening and you need a good dog, take Rudy. You’ll be happy with the choice.

17 thoughts on “All Dogs Go to Heaven – September 6, 2005

  1. My heart goes out to you. I had to put my sweet Pomeranian down 2 weeks ago. She was only 4 but a coyote or another dog tore out her windpipe. The dr\’s tried to fix it, but couldn\’t. It just breaks your heart to lose them. It is awfully nice to have them in your life though while they are here. Take care.Tamra


  2. I am so sorry. 😦 Rudy is in a Happier place just missing one thing, YOUR family.I just lost my kittie of 13 years and I lost my Queensland heeler two years ago. He was exactly like me, a worry wart. he was mine we thought he was going to pass acting like a puppy but he passed awy from cancer. So Rudy and Buster are playing and having a good ole time chasing my cat around.Hope you all are doing well with everything the dogs passing and Lisy.Take care,Friends,Patty


  3. I am sorry for your lose. I don\’t have pets but I know that Rudy was not your pet he was a family member. Your right Heaven just got a great addition.


  4. Kevin and family, I know how you feel, my mom and I just lost our dog from old age and tumors, she was almost 17 in human years (a doberman/rottie/lab cross). We think that she just hung on to see that mom was going to have "someone" to take care of her and a little over 3 months ago one of our other dogs (my dog I got in high school) had 5 puppies and mom is going to keep at least 2 of them and let me have the other. I know that Rudy was like a child to you, just remember the happy times that you had together and that will help you get through this rocky time and his sprit will always be with you.All my love and prayers, AudreyP.S. My mom goes to her 1st chemo treatment on Wed. the 14th.


  5. Oh My God Kevin I\’m so sorry! I just cried here reading this I couldn\’t help it. I didn\’t meet Rudy but I remember seeing him on the tapes Lis showed me right after she went back to Brasil and all the pictures as well. I can imagine what you are felling and I\’m very sad cause Puf (remember him? The chilling mood!!) is about to go too and I just can\’t imagine that happening. I still keep my hope that he\’ll live some more time with my family back home! But yeah be sure God has Rudy now!! Love to all…


  6. Okay……. I just found your site from another one that I visit regularly and I started reading about your dog. I was okay until I saw the damn pictures. 4 years ago….Yes 4 years …. we put down our 13 yr old lab mix and when I saw the pics of your dog I cried all over again! My heart goes out to you and I am sooo sorry for your loss. It really is a terrible thing to go through. Hopefully Rudy has found my Cubby (they look like twins) and they are playing and laughing @ us!!!Good LuckJulie


  7. My dog Ms. BoJingles just died this afternoon of leukemia. We had no idea she was sick but all of a sudden she just got really bad with dizziness and screaming in the middle of the night so my husband took her to the vet at 1:30AM and he found out that she had leukemia. The vet said she was very sick she had 9% white blood cell count and she should be at 45%. She would only live a couple more days. Treatment was optional but it wouldn\’t help for long for it would only extend her life for about a week longer. We decided to put her to sleep. She passed peacefully in my husbands arms. She will be missed forever. We Love you Ms. BoJingles! 8/31/06
    Mayira McPherson


  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Rudy is in a better place and he\’s is in heaven. I\’m sure he remembers you and looks down on you all the time. I believe Ms. BoJinlges is in heaven right now loving it. I\’ll miss her and it hurts a lot that she is gone but I know shes OK.


  9. I fully understand what you going Through I lost my German Shepherd dog, Bonzo To Leukemia 5 months ago He was 8 years old as well. Just like Mr.BoJingles We had no idea he was ill it came on so Suddenly He Became ill over a period of 2 weeks. He was Diagnosed And was in The Vets for 2Days Slipping in and out of a coma. I had to make The heartbreaking Choice and I had To have him put To Sleep. He passed over peacefully . We Will miss you forever Bonzo Baby We love you so much  x x x x x I Still feel you with me Baby, I know you forgive me for making the Choice I Did. It was my last gift to you To stop your pain.http


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