Thursday, August 14, 2014

Our Beloved Truffle

Dear Hearts and Kindred Spirits,

On the morning of July 30, our beloved Truffle crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. As our very special vet Dr. Ward helped him peacefully transition, Truffle was surrounded by his loving family: Mom, Tootsie, Dachshund Daddy, and Grandpa.

Truffle's earthly remains are planted in our Idaho garden. His green collar is clipped on the fence. In death, he joins beloved doggies: Terra, Max, Brycie, Keisha, and Daisy. Truffle's memorial service included a reading of Mark Strand's great dog poems. Here's a link to Strand's "Great Dog Poem #2." Mom substituted the name "Rex" with "Truff."

Our loyal, lovely, faithful Truffle lived a long, rewarding life. In 2001, when he was about two years of age and his name was Robert Moose, he was adopted by Grandma and joined fur-siblings Max, Bryce, and Keisha. Over the years, he grew very close to Mom and Keisha. Keisha and Truffle loved to French kiss.

In the fall of 2006, Mom took Truffle on a road trip across the country, all the way to Bar Harbor, Maine, and back to Idaho.

In his thirteen year tenure at the family home in Antelope Valley, Truffle had to watch all his friends leave, including young Daisy, whose premature death after an ill-fated encounter with a moose left the whole family broken-hearted.

Thank you, Truffle, for being our faithful friend and my fur-brother. Thank you for welcoming me to the family.

Mom's note: The day before we helped Truff pass over, Truff howled inconsolably--from pain or confusion. While Truff could howl a hound's lament, this was something quite different. Grandpa, who was his best friend these past years, knew it was time. We didn't want Truffle to suffer. I sat with Truffle on the couch and heard, very clearly, in my brain, "It's time." I have heard all my dogs say this to me, at the end, before their transition. 

After Truffle passed, Tootsie walked close to him and cuddled up next to him, putting her short leg on his haunch.

Here is Professor Emeritus Truffle on the couch.

We wish to thank our special vet Dr. Michelle Ward who provided graceful, compassionate care to us in our time of need. Thank you.

Love to all,

Tootsie and Family

P.s.: You can read more about Truffle's life in this very special post written by Mom in 2010.


  1. My deepest sympathy on your loss of Truffle. He had many years of a wonderful life with you and I know all the beautiful memories will always be safe in your heart. Run young and pain-free, sweet boy...

  2. I'm so sorry for your beloved friend. That was such a touching post, your mom wrote it so well (although our tears were running while reading). I think Truffles would like this post too.

  3. We're so sorry for the loss of your beloved Truffle. Thank you for loving him so much, and so well.

  4. God's speed, Truff. May you remain "forever young..."

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Truffle lived a long, full life and passed surrounded by his family. I can't think of any better way to go. Hugs to you and your pawrents.

  6. Dear Renee, I'm so sorry to read this sad news. As others have said, Truffle lived a long and fulfilling life. He was lucky also to be surrounded by love at the end, and to have a family who understood when the time was right to go. But still,one can't help but feel sad.
    Love and hugs from me and Bertie.

  7. I am so very sorry to hear that Truffle has crossed the bridge. What a gorgeous dog and I my pack is sending warm vibes and hugs to your whole pack. You are all so lucky to have had each other and spent so many years together.
    Grr and a Sorrowful Woof,
    Sarge, Your Furiend

  8. We're so sorry for your loss ! We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbutts. Purrs

  9. Though they tell us 'it's time', it doesn't make it easier. We know there'll be a hole in the family for a long time. Hugs to everyone.

  10. Soft husky wooooos, from all of us.

    RA, Isis & Nanük

  11. Oh sweet Truffle, how we will miss you and your beauty. Run free and chase all them squirrels at the Bridge.

    We know your family, especially Tootsie are missing you something fierce. We send them LOVE as they deal with this great loss.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  12. I'm so sad to hear this story, but happy to read that Truffle had a cheerful and long life. He looked like a brilliant dog, and I hope you're all doing fine. Sending you doggy kisses and fluffy hugs!

  13. Christa taking diction from BrunoAugust 19, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    Oh, Tootsie and Renee and Dachshund Daddy, we are so sorry to hear that Truffle has departed. You will always miss him, always remember him, always love him. Thank you for sharing him with us. Run free, sweet Truffle. Our whole pack sends everything warm and positive.

  14. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Truffle. He has so sweet and lovely face.
    Many hugs of comfort to his loving family.

  15. We are so very sorry for your loss, such a wonderful and heartfelt goodbye...thank you for sharing him!
    Run free Truffle!
    Lhasa Hugs,
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  16. My heart goes out to all of you. Know that the choice to help Truffle to the rainbow bridge was the right one. He now is pain free and without discomfort for that choice. He was a beautiful dog and is thanking you because you cared about him. Again my heart goes out to you all in your time of grief

  17. We heard about Truffle at Molly's. We just dropped by to send our heartfelt condolences. Losing a family member is hard and painful. We pray that your hearts will heal.


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