Goodbye My Sweet Boy

On September 27th we lost our 13 year old Weimaraner, Tucker…A.K.A. Tuckman, Tuckey, Big Boy.  It was a very sudden and traumatic loss as there was no warning and he had no illness. He passed away at home after suffering from complications from a very minor surgical procedure to remove a cyst on his eye lid.  Our family is heart broken as he was the the special one, the once in a life time dog, the dog “love of our lives”.


In order to deal with my grief I felt I needed to dedicate a post to Tucker; not as a sad narrative of loosing him but to celebrate his wonderful happy and long life.

Tucker was my older son Ben’s 13 Birthday present. He had begged for “his own dog” for several years as his younger bother had claimed our first dog Maddy as “his dog”. This is Tucker the day we got him Sept. 7th 1999.

He was the cutest little puppy and adored our other dog Maddy (kind of looks like my younger son who’s in the photo is claiming both dogs as his).

He grew big really quickly and soon towered over our little Madddy… hence the nick name”Big Boy”, as Maddy was now “Little Girl”. He was such a big part of my boys life and was in every Christmas photo until recently when we stopped doing Christmas photos because the boys got “too old” for Christmas photos.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit but Tucker was very spoiled and never shy about making himself comfortable on the choicest spot on the sofa. This usually involved his head on a pillow or two and his arms and legs stretched out.

I honestly don’t think Tucker knew he was a dog. He did almost everything we did and went almost everywhere we went. This past year my husband has worked at home and every single morning he and Tucker went to Starbucks.  Tucker would ride like a human right in the front passenger seat and patiently wait in the car while my husband got his coffee and Tucker got his petite scone or whatever yummy treat my husband thought he would enjoy that day.

Like all Weimaraners, Tucker LOVED to run. I can best describe him as bursting with joy when he was let loose in the woods or on the beach. He would run way ahead then run equally as fast back to us as if saying…come on…Let’s go! This photo is one of my happiest memories of him on the beach in the Winter when dogs are allowed to run free.

We had planned a hike with him this weekend but instead we are mourning his loss. I am grateful though for the memories and photo of the last hike we went on just a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful day and while visiting our son in Burlington VT we decided to hike Camels Hump. This is the last photo I have of him…glad it is such a happy memory…. He was one special dog and he will live in our hearts for ever.

Goodbye my sweet boy, you are now with Maddy once again…rest in peace.

24 Responses to Goodbye My Sweet Boy
  1. Ed Gaffney Reply

    So sorry to hear about this, Linda! We have a couple of dogs — we got two, because I feared what would happen to me if we got one and something happened to him/her. (I get very attached to dogs, so I have some idea of what you are going through.)

    By the way, that picture of Tucker running is just brilliant. 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Ed, I think everyone who has ever loved and lost a pet can relate to the crushing heart break we feel when they are gone. This loss is going to take quite some time I know.

  2. Reflections Interior Designs Reply

    He was so lucky to have you Linda. I know you did all you could for him. It’s so tough losing part of the family isn’t it. big hugs and much love.
    Jil xoxoxxoo

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Jil. Hold tight to your little Chewie and give him lot’s of love and hugs.

  3. Robin Beardsley Reply

    What a beautiful tribute!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Robin. The week started on a high and ended on a such a low. At least it happened after Monday and also the whole family was home.

  4. Susan Kanoff Reply

    Tucker couldn’t have have been more loved as your post and photos show. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing dog. Sending love. Susan

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Susan. I am so grateful for your love and support.

  5. Kelly Reply

    Great story and pictures Linda. He will be so missed! xo

    • Linda Holt Reply

      He sure will Kelly. Give your dog a few extra hugs and kisses for me okay??

  6. Jill Dippman Reply

    I am so saddened by this news Linda. I remember one of the first shows that we attended as a class was at William Wegman’s studio. I never got to meet Tucker, but I know this kind of love and my heart is very heavy for his humans tonight.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks is tough right now for sure.

  7. sonia Reply

    Beautiful post and very sad at the same time….
    I wish you my condolence from the bottom of my heart to you and your family
    Sonia xo

    • Linda Holt Reply

      What a kind comment Sonia. Thank you so much for your condolences.

  8. Sheila @sZinteriors Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Linda. My heart feels heavy for you, and I am so glad you were able to enjoy many precious moments.

    Big hugs

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Sheila for your kind words.

  9. Susan Siefer Reply

    Dear Linda, I am heartbroken for you and the family. You are so fortunate to have those memories and great photos and Tucker to have had you and Jim and the boys to spoil him. Hopefully he is in doggie heaven running on the beach with Maddie. Love, Susan

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Susan..such a beautiful image in my head of him running on the beach with Maddy.

  10. Jane Reply

    I am so sorry Linda. My heart breaks for you and I certainly know the pain you feel. “Big Boy” has gone on to Rainbow Bridge where I know we will see and be with our beloved pets again. My prayers for you and your family.

    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 they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who 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 your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Jane…I couldn’t get through it without sobbing but what a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing this with me.

  11. Charisse Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about your sweet boy. I was going to send you the Rainbow Bridge, but so glad someone sent it to you. When we have what I call a heart dog, and they die, they take a little bigger piece of our heart. But dogs of this sort also seem to expand our ability to see dogs as amazing creatures of unconditional love, endless optimism, among so many wonderful characteristics, and to teach us that love is infinite. When a dog like Tucker leaves, and it literally grew up along side your children, it leaves us to mourn that connection to that age of innocence with our young children as well. I am so happy that you have photos and great memories, but for now, it’s ok to let the tears flow. So sorry for your loss. charisse

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Charisse, you are so right on every point. We mourn the loss of our closest buddy but also the end of childhood and those happy times that Tucker was a part of. I thank you for taking the time to comment and I found a lot of comfort in reading the Rainbow Bridge as hard as it was to get through.

  12. Katherine Reply

    Linda, I’m right there wih you,we lost our 11 yr. old yellow lab this past May. I’ll never forget that day, but the memory of his energy and mischeif have never faded.
    Thinking of you, your family and of cousre beautiful Tucker.
    Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos. K.

  13. Susan & Butch Reply

    Linda and family, we are so sad about Tucker’s passing. The quickness had to be a shock.
    Our thoughts are with your family.

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