We said good-bye to Mr. Naumacks today. The tumor had grown to the
point where he could no longer breathe through his nose and eating had
become too much of an effort. He had lost the vitality and unencumbered
joy which was such a large part of his personality. In September we
were told he had only weeks to live, yet we started him on a holistic
regimen. I honestly believe we slowed the growth of the tumor and
bought five extra pain-free months with him. In the end, there was
nothing left to do. He was a good boy, and a loving friend. I will
always miss his smile, and how he said "I love you" on command. He was
a very special dog, an adoptee from a Pug rescue organization, who was
with us for too short a time.

Those who know us know how much we cherish our dogs, how close they are
to us, and how much a part of our lives they become. Losing him is like
ripping my heart out, and I'll miss the light he brought into our
lives. But we are better for having him with us and the last few months
were a gift I will always be grateful for.

Good-bye, Neumacks. Thank you for being part of our family.

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Comment by Lisa Gagnon on February 18, 2010 at 12:54pm
I'm sure we all agree with Erik one hunderd percent. I can't imagine my world now without Mr. Foo and I don't want to.
Comment by ittybittybullies on February 17, 2010 at 7:36pm
We all feel your pain man. No shame in whining here.
Comment by Scott McIntyre on February 17, 2010 at 5:16pm
I can't tell you how much it means to me to read everything you've all said. I appreciate every word. It's been a really long couple of days, there's such a hole in our lives now. Our other two babies keep looking for him when they go outside, or have dinner, or when snuggling for their 15th nap of the day. I keep expecting to hear him howl "I love you" when we come home, and all I see when I close my eyes is him at the doctor's office that day.

I've lost dogs before, put them to sleep because of illness. But this is the first pug I've lost since I fell in love with the breed, and he was very, very special. It's a little less fun around here now. God, I want him back.

Ugh, sorry, I'm whining, but if anyone can tolerate it, it's you guys. Right?

Thanks again for the love, sympathy, and good wishes.
Comment by Lisa Gagnon on February 17, 2010 at 5:01pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. The world will be a little dimmer without that sunshine smile.

Lisa & Mr. Foo
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on February 17, 2010 at 4:59pm

The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so hey can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together,
but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group,
flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from you’re heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author Unknown
Comment by Doris Donella on February 17, 2010 at 7:23am
He truly is a handsome pug and a happy one at that. I am sorry for your loss and hope your heart will allow another pug or pugs into your heart in the near future. Although one pug is shown in the picture - I have three others. Gracie in the picture, Mr. Peanut, Onyx and a hospice pug named Shadow.
Comment by Christina on February 17, 2010 at 2:12am
My heart goes out to you. Only those of us that let ourselves really open up and care for our furry babies with all our heart truly know how painful the loss really is. Mr. Neumacks was absolutely adorable, and I'm sure that whatever pain your going through now was made up for with the sheer joy he gave you everyday you had him, and that is what we have to remind ourselves of, just how much they make our lives better.
Comment by Julie Musselman on February 16, 2010 at 9:12pm
Just wanted to say I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful friend...I can see that just looking at his picture!! A smile that lighted up a room :-) You'll be in my thoughts.
Comment by ittybittybullies on February 16, 2010 at 7:47pm
Oh my God, My little Girl Sunny went through the same thing. I know exactly what you have lost. The poor little guy. I too miss Sunny, I am sure the two of them are playing happy as can be just over rainbow bridge.
My heart goes out to you guys and just know that you gave him a life he deserved. He knows that even now.
What a big smile he has in this pic. this is the way you should remember him. They have such wonderful spirits they teach us about life and love, unconditional love. Mr. Naumacks is missed because he was loved.
Erick Cervantes.
Comment by Helena Brown on February 16, 2010 at 9:17am
My heart goes out to you, losing a special friend is never easy but you know that he is no longer in pain and where he is now he is young again and happy.

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