Monday, June 04, 2007

Murphy - June 23, 1992 - June 4, 2007


Born on a hot summer day in High Point, North Carolina, to a rat terrier mommy, Comet, on the property of a breeder, Murphy came into her person's life in early September, 1992. Her person had recently graduated from college, and was living with her parents as she searched for the right job. Even though Murphy was in a pet store, and her person vowed to never get an animal from a pet store... she came home with her. Her person was also, until seeing Murphy, strictly a cat person. But that's how good she was... she changed people.


Her puppyhood lasted more than two years. She was known among her person's friends as "the perpetual motion machine." She was trained by a professional K-9 trainer, but despite everyone's best efforts, she refused to become 100% house broken... all through her near 15 years.


Despite being quite a handful, her person made her promise to never die. Which is why her person had to make a really difficult decision this weekend. Murphy saw her person through many a terrible relationship, her father's death, her wedding, and the birth of two children. But Murphy was growing old, and her body was shutting down. She had developed Cushing's Disease, and at the time of her death, there wasn't a single vital organ in her body that was still working at better than 50%.





Her person hopes that the decision she made was the right one, and wishes that today's events finally ended the pain, suffering, and general malaise Murphy has been experiencing for more than two years. Murph the Immortal, may you rest in peace. You are loved, treasured, and missed already.

16 comments:

Chris said...

:-(

Brian A. said...

*rings the doorbell one last time*

Brant said...
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Amy said...

Sorry Elizabeth. My mom put our childhood dog to sleep 8 years ago yesterday, and I crid and cried when she told me. I can only imagine how awful it was to have to make the decision yourself, and am not looking forward to it with my own dog in the next few years. I'm sure you made the right decision.

Jamie said...

While eating lunch at my desk catching up on blogs of friends, I go to yours. My eyes teared up as I read a wonderful tribute to Murphy. You made the right decision. Trust your gut and know that Murphy's running around in doggy heaven right now chasing cats or whatever the pleasure would be. :-)

Shelley said...

Elizabeth, that was a beautiful tribute to the murphles. I can't even imagine how hard of a decision that you had to make, but you did the best thing for Murphy. I am sending a hug from VA.

Cheryl said...

You made the right decision and in time you will know that. You wrote such a beautiful tribute to Murphy and anyone reading it will see how much he was loved.

Bern said...

So sorry, Elizabeth.
You made the right decision and I'm sure it was a difficult decision.

Judy said...

I am dreading the day when we have to make a decision like that. It's a sad thing that the owner has to do. But you did it with love and gave her a great life. Judy (and Rick)

Brant said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Murphy. If it's any consolation, there's a hyperactive miniature schnauzer named LB she can romp with up there :)

eaf said...

Thanks, everyone. The house seems just a bit off without her clicking around, but I'm more confident with every passing moment that it was for the best. I appreciate all the sentiments and warm thoughts. More than you know.

Sophie said...

I'm so sorry..... I was probably the only person who was scared of her, eh!!!!

However, I have a feeling she's now having a ball playing with Brian's old friend McKenzie, who was a famous beer-thieving dog in her young days. I can totally see them hanging out and being very mischevious!!!

Jessica said...

So sorry!

Brian D. said...

I had a lot of fun watching that dog. She was always fun, and sometimes when I was having a rough day and came home while house sitting she would come along and give me this 'It'll be alright!' look.

I'm gonna miss having her around.

-BD

Staci said...

*sniff* So sorry Elizabeth.

Cathy said...

I'm so sorry, both about Murphy and about how long it took for me to read this. I have a lump in my throat as I write this. I'm sure you did the right thing. You will be missed, Murphy. :(