Lindsey and I have some very sad news. This afternoon we put Commodus to sleep. It was by far the most difficult decision we’ve ever made together, and we’ll dearly miss our little pug. About ten months ago he injured his back and despite our attempts to help him heal, his condition deteriorated. Over the past weeks there were many tears as we tried to figure out what was best. In the end we decided there wasn’t much joy left in his daily life, and we didn’t want him to suffer. Today the vet came to our house, and we cuddled with him on his bed by the fire as he drifted off.
Commodus, you were such an incredible little dog these past 8 1/2 years. You joined our family a year before we got married, when you were just two months old. You were our first baby, quadruped though you were. We spoiled you, dressed you up in ridiculous costumes, and bought anything that had a pug on it. That first year, we took you on many adventures, to the beach, to the top of Winchester mountain, and all over Bellingham. You went boating with us and even learned how to swim. On our wedding day you were our ring bearer. Throughout the years you’ve stood by as life happened. When we started a family you cuddled with Mommy throughout both pregnancies, and when our boys came home from the hospital you were there to greet them at the door. The pitter-patter of your paws on the floor, your snoring, and soulful brown eyes that always expressed a look of deep concern will be dearly missed. This marks the end of a chapter in our lives. Although we weren’t ready to move on yet, it’s a time we’ll always have fond memories of. It’s a time we view as our youth, our 20’s, the beginning of us and our life as a family. We’ll miss you puppy.
There are SO MANY pictures. Turns out we took roughly 3,000 of our pooch. This was the least we could get it down to.
With his brothers and sisters
The bowl we picked out was way too big
At Ocean Shores
Camping at Winchester (he was licking mac ‘n cheese out of the pot)
He had a taste for the Vegemite
Trying to enjoy a margarita
In the Nooksack River
Our ring bearer
At Lake Padden
Head of the Lake
On Lummi Island
He’s a Mac Dog
At Clayton Beach
Feeling baby kicks
“Get me out of this ridiculous hat!”
“No, not another one!”
“I heart wood stoves”
“I think Mom’s had too many cookies”
Greeting Avery on his first day home
Snoozin’ in the sun
With Old Nana
Teaching Avery to roll over… it worked
On a walk
Good times in the back yard
Overseeing the potty training
Greeting Kieron on his first day home
With his brothers
In the end Commodus spent much of his time in bed in front of the fire.