ARCHX U-CDX TUCKABEE RAY OF LIGHT CDX RL3 CGC
DELTA SOCIETY PET PARTNER
8/8/98-9/19/08
"Our Beauty"


Tucker gets his wish .........
It's the least we could do for a dog who was the quintessential perfect dog in our eyes. From day one, he never gave us any problems. He was always obedient, loyal, loving and certainly courageous and brave, likely the bravest dog I will ever know. But most of all, he was a caretaker who had seen our family through so many trials and tribulations. From a young puppy all Tucker ever wanted to do was run like the wind, and that dog had more fun just running around in circles than any dog I'd ever had. He loved to chase, be chased, and most of all loved to fetch a ball over and over again. When he tore his cruciate ligament at a year and a half, his crazy running days were over. Being the cautious mom, I didn't want him to re-injure his leg, or God forbid, injure the other leg which is always compromised after that kind of surgery. So we'd let him run a little bit, here and there, but no more full out sprinting unabashedly. But being the compliant dog he was, Tucker accepted that rule, always sensing the fear in my voice when I'd call for him to stop! So for the past 8 1/2 years Tucker has not been able to do any carefree sprinting but I know he always missed it and longed for the day he'd get to do it again. Today at 5:15pm, Tucker got his wish. We said our goodbyes and helped him pass over the rainbow bridge, releasing him to the heavens where I am sure he is running and playing right now as I type. He has his little green jolly ball in his mouth and is laughing his head off while he runs, jumps and plays like he did as a puppy.

I know this may come as a shock to most of you. About a month ago, Tucker had a relapse of his ruptured disc injury. He woke one morning wobbly and over the next day or so he lost the ability to walk again. We, too were hurt, shocked, and felt betrayed by this occurrence, but tried to remain positive that he'd be able to fight back once again. We didn't want to worry everyone, so kept this information mostly to ourselves. We kind of had to do that for our own sanity. Rehashing it over and over again would have been too hard. So Mike and I would have to carry him outside to eliminate, and hold him up with just our strength since he had none. But we were committed to keep doing so as long as necessary for him to get better. Unfortunately that was not in the cards this time. Over the past few weeks rather than getting stronger, Tucker was growing weaker and weaker and wasting away, his muscles experiencing severe atrophy. Even worse, his gums were growing pale, he was losing the will to eat, and his organs appeared to be failing. I had promised him that I would fight as long as he was willing to and this morning he gave me the clear message, as only a dog who loves you and is connected to you can do, that he was ready to rest.

I know I shall never have another dog like him, and truthfully, I'm okay with that. He was that one in a million dog and boy am I lucky to have had him in my life for 10 years. He was magnificent and majestic and together we were like peas and carrots, a comfortable, dynamic pair. I never felt better and more confident in a competition than when he was by my side. Oh God how I will miss my Beauty. His presence in our lives was just so incredibly strong. Our home will not be the same without him. Pup 'N Iron will not be the same without him, but I am glad that he will be forever immortalized in all that Pup 'N Iron is, from our logo, to all the little white hairs that will linger within our walls forever. I know I will shed many tears. Today my eyes are so swollen I don't know how they will ever return to normal size, but along with the tears I will cherish the memory of all that he was and celebrate the magnificent, majestic dog that will live on in my heart. To Tucker: I love you my beauty. I will miss you forever. I will honor you for the rest of my life. To my friends: All I ask is that each of you who have had the opportunity to meet and know him, please write a good memory you have of him so I can read them over and over again. And when you see me, tell me more good memories of that beautiful, magnificent, majestic dog who now is running with a big smile on his face.

So please join us in the celebration of the life of the dog who was and always will be the inspiration behind Pup 'N Iron and our desire to promote loving, mutually respectful relationships between dogs and their people.  We are so grateful that God allowed us to find him on that little Mennonite farm in Madison County ten years ago.  We shall never, ever forget this magnificent, majestic being who surely is an angel now who we will count on to watch over our family as we continue to go through life on earth.

"Dear Beauty, we will see you again.  And when we do we will play tug, and fetch and you can run til your heart's content.  Wait for us sweet boy at the bridge, we will be there in God's time."
Love always and forever,
Mike, Laurie, Bryan and the rest of the boys

Tucker's 10th Birthday Party

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  • Natalie

    Natalie Stafford, VA

    OH Laurie!!! I'ts been a while since I've been but I didn't know about Tucker!! I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm greatful to have met him. He was wonderful and I know you will miss him dearly!!! Hope to see you soon!!

    OH Laurie!!! I'ts been a while since I've been but I didn't know about Tucker!! I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm greatful to have met him. He was wonderful and I know you will miss him dearly!!! Hope to see you soon!!

  • Tonia Bouchard

    Tonia Bouchard

    Laurie, Craig was just reviewing the website trying to find the next great class for Milo, and saw your message. Craig told me to get the tissue box, and he was right. I so wish we had the opportunity to meet him. Thank you for sharing your heart and life with an obviously wonderful dog. You were gifts to each other. I know the decision you made was difficult but truly the most generous and selfless thing you can do for someone you love - to let them go. My neighbor who watches Milo calls him her daily Milo therapy for whatever is troubling her. If you ever need an extra Milo smile and snuggle, you let us know....we will be happy to bring him by. Our sympathies to you and your family. Tonia, Craig and Milo Bouchard

    Laurie,

    Craig was just reviewing the website trying to find the next great class for Milo, and saw your message. Craig told me to get the tissue box, and he was right. I so wish we had the opportunity to meet him. Thank you for sharing your heart and life with an obviously wonderful dog. You were gifts to each other. I know the decision you made was difficult but truly the most generous and selfless thing you can do for someone you love - to let them go.

    My neighbor who watches Milo calls him her daily Milo therapy for whatever is troubling her. If you ever need an extra Milo smile and snuggle, you let us know....we will be happy to bring him by.

    Our sympathies to you and your family.

    Tonia, Craig and Milo Bouchard

  • Char Turner

    Char Turner

    Laurie- I have been a little out of touch, and I just found out today about Tucker. I am so sorry to hear this. If you remember last fall, Abby and I had the pleasure of competing in UKC Open with you and Tucker. As I told you then, it was our privilege and I felt that we were in the best company possible for competition. I wanted to let you know how sorry I am, and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope to see you sometime soon. Hang in there. Sincerely, Char Turner

    Laurie-

    I have been a little out of touch, and I just found out today about Tucker. I am so sorry to hear this. If you remember last fall, Abby and I had the pleasure of competing in UKC Open with you and Tucker. As I told you then, it was our privilege and I felt that we were in the best company possible for competition.

    I wanted to let you know how sorry I am, and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    I hope to see you sometime soon. Hang in there.

    Sincerely,

    Char Turner

  • Summer Thomas

    Summer Thomas Fredericksburg

    Laurie, I heard about Tucker and wanted to let you know, I'm thinking of you. I had the privledge to meet Tucker only once but knew right away he was quite special. I'm sorry for your loss.

    Laurie,
    I heard about Tucker and wanted to let you know, I'm thinking of you. I had the privledge to meet Tucker only once but knew right away he was quite special.
    I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Beth Schroeder

    Beth Schroeder

    I'm so very, very sorry to hear your sad news of Tucker. He was a wonderful, dear, sweet, and very charming gentleman, and truly, I cannot imagine you without Tucker by your side. I do have very good memories of Tucker. The first has his being the "greeter" at PNI--very enthusiastic, always happy, and always with a smile on his dear face. The second is his working with you in class--you both were such a great team and both were so happy and content with each other and in each other's company. I am so sorry you have lost your special angel and know you and your family are going through a very rough patch. Hope it helps to know that you all are in the thoughts and prayers of all your friends, who miss Tucker, too. You were very fortunate to have him, but he was very fortunate to have the love, care, devotion from you and your family all these many years. Beth Schroeder

    I'm so very, very sorry to hear your sad news of Tucker. He was a wonderful, dear, sweet, and very charming gentleman, and truly, I cannot imagine you without Tucker by your side.

    I do have very good memories of Tucker. The first has his being the "greeter" at PNI--very enthusiastic, always happy, and always with a smile on his dear face. The second is his working with you in class--you both were such a great team and both were so happy and content with each other and in each other's company.

    I am so sorry you have lost your special angel and know you and your family are going through a very rough patch. Hope it helps to know that you all are in the thoughts and prayers of all your friends, who miss Tucker, too. You were very fortunate to have him, but he was very fortunate to have the love, care, devotion from you and your family all these many years.

    Beth Schroeder

  • Miriam Pike

    Miriam Pike Spotsylvania, VA

    Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear abou Tucker. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but I know you loved him very much. We will be thinking of you during this hard time. Miriam, Arcee and Bodhi

    Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear abou Tucker. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but I know you loved him very much. We will be thinking of you during this hard time.

    Miriam, Arcee and Bodhi

  • Aude Mann

    Aude Mann

    Laurie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Tucker being the greeter behind the desk when I brought Cleo for Boxer play group. We miss everyone at Pup and Iron. I keep saying when things calm down we will be back. Tucker was always there every Sunday to great us. I know you will miss him.

    Laurie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Tucker being the greeter behind the desk when I brought Cleo for Boxer play group. We miss everyone at Pup and Iron. I keep saying when things calm down we will be back. Tucker was always there every Sunday to great us. I know you will miss him.

  • Christie and Tom McDaniel

    Christie and Tom McDaniel

    Laurie: I just went onto the Pup 'N Iron website this evening and read about Tucker. I'm so very sorry for you and your family. I've only lost one dog in my life and it honestly felt like I had lost a family member. Boo, our family dog and my first dog, lived for 17 years and we nearly grew up together as I was only in 2nd grade when we adopted him from a shelter as a puppy. He was like another brother to me and was such a wonderful presence and friend. I still tear up sometimes when I think about losing him to old age several years ago. I, too, believe he is healthy, happy, and chasing after every squirrel wherever he may be. There really is nothing like the unconditional love from a sweet, caring dog. Boo was a great listener through my awkward teenage years and Bernie has been the most terrific cuddler to get me through my awkward adult years. :-) I don't believe I ever met Tucker but he sounds like he was a wonderful gift in your life. I'm sorry for all the pain and sadness you are experiencing right now but thank goodness you were able to share a good part of your life with a wonderful dog and friend. Take care, Christy and Tom (and Bernie) McDaniel

    Laurie:

    I just went onto the Pup 'N Iron website this evening and read about Tucker. I'm so very sorry for you and your family. I've only lost one dog in my life and it honestly felt like I had lost a family member. Boo, our family dog and my first dog, lived for 17 years and we nearly grew up together as I was only in 2nd grade when we adopted him from a shelter as a puppy. He was like another brother to me and was such a wonderful presence and friend. I still tear up sometimes when I think about losing him to old age several years ago. I, too, believe he is healthy, happy, and chasing after every squirrel wherever he may be. There really is nothing like the unconditional love from a sweet, caring dog. Boo was a great listener through my awkward teenage years and Bernie has been the most terrific cuddler to get me through my awkward adult years. :-)

    I don't believe I ever met Tucker but he sounds like he was a wonderful gift in your life. I'm sorry for all the pain and sadness you are experiencing right now but thank goodness you were able to share a good part of your life with a wonderful dog and friend.

    Take care,

    Christy and Tom (and Bernie) McDaniel

  • Brandy

    Brandy

    I know Tucker was your 'heart' dog and its ever so hard to lose your heart dog. He was a grand guy, sweet, happy, goofy, handsome, always there for you and for us to smile with and to enjoy. He will be sorely missed but I know that angel will be watching over PNI and all of us with a wagging tail. And he'll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Brandy Clymire and the Cavalier pack.

    I know Tucker was your 'heart' dog and its ever so hard to lose your heart dog. He was a grand guy, sweet, happy, goofy, handsome, always there for you and for us to smile with and to enjoy. He will be sorely missed but I know that angel will be watching over PNI and all of us with a wagging tail. And he'll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

    Brandy Clymire and the Cavalier pack.

  • Donna Edwards

    Donna Edwards

    Laurie-- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Every time I tried to think of what to write, my eyes just teared up ... like they're doing now. It's so ironic that you and Mike were going through this with Tucker while you and Andrew were lighting up the small screen. And yet, if I recall correctly, it was because of Tucker being unable to particpate that you and Andrew were given this wonderful opportunity. It's as if Tucker was saying to Andrew, well, I've taken our mom as far as I can, it's your turn now. Whenever I think of Tucker, several words come to mind. Graceful. Elegant. A gentleman. Regal. Proud. A truly beautiful dog. Thank you for sharing him with us ... he will be missed. Donna

    Laurie--

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Every time I tried to think of what to write, my eyes just teared up ... like they're doing now. It's so ironic that you and Mike were going through this with Tucker while you and Andrew were lighting up the small screen. And yet, if I recall correctly, it was because of Tucker being unable to particpate that you and Andrew were given this wonderful opportunity. It's as if Tucker was saying to Andrew, well, I've taken our mom as far as I can, it's your turn now.

    Whenever I think of Tucker, several words come to mind. Graceful. Elegant. A gentleman. Regal. Proud. A truly beautiful dog. Thank you for sharing him with us ... he will be missed.

    Donna