OMG I loved Linus...i'm speechless so sorry.
Heaven got a little brighter yesterday as it gained a very special star in my bulldog, Linus.
For those of you who are regulars on the board, you probably noticed a series of recent threads starting in about April about the decline of Linus’ health. Linus turned 7 years old in January and shortly after his birthday; I noticed things starting to happen to him. Most of the changes were non-specific, but when you spend 7 years getting to know and loving a bulldog, you know what is happening in your heart, even when your head tries to tell you it must be something else.
Linus was not in pain when he died. He was just experiencing what all living things do – he was getting old. He had some unexplained health problems, the most worrisome of which was panting and wheezing after resting and during exercise. We looked for the reason for this, which was neither allergies nor an infection, but a far more difficult to reconcile problem: Linus’ big heart was giving out on him. Over the course of the next few months, I noticed Linus lost some weight (which had always been a struggle!), lost muscle tone, stopped enjoying his favorite toys (though he’d dig in his toy box for them, by the time he got them out, he was too tired to play), and didn’t have the appetite he used to.
Shortly before his 7th birthday I found out I was pregnant and it wasn’t too long after that I began to secretly worry – then pray – that Linus would live to meet his little brother. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Linus’ final days were not spent sick or sad or at a vet. The day before he died, he had two regular meals, he spent time outside, he chased our cats, and got his regular treat before bed. As I did every night in the 7.5 years before that, I gave him his treat, turned on his box fan, and told him he was a good boy. Linus never woke up the next morning.
When we found him, he was the same in death as he was in life – beautiful and peaceful - he looked like an angel. We pet him, we held him, and then wrapped him in a blanket and said good-bye.
Linus had what we hope for all of our pets – a wonderful life and a peaceful transition into the next. I could not have asked for more for him. He had the best of everything and every single of day of his life was happy and full of love.
Sometimes, when I read all of the issues that so often come up on our board, I think about all the drawbacks of owning a bulldog. But between allergies, hips, ear infections, and stubborn behavior, I have come to realize their biggest flaw is how short their lives are and that, when they pass, they take a piece of your heart with them.
I know tears and pain will turn to laughter and thankfulness for having the opportunity to know and love a special dog like Linus. Until then, I appreciate all of your love, prayers and support as our family copes with such an incredible loss, especially as we anticipate the birth of our first child.
Linus, your mommy loves you and misses you and will never, ever forget you.
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
Bentley (5.24.04 - 6.26.10) & Linus (1.10.06 - 7.31.13)
OMG I loved Linus...i'm speechless so sorry.
I'm so very sorry for your loss... Linus was a beautiful baby!!! The pictures of him are so sweet, he looked liked he enjoyed every single minute with you guys!!! I have lost two bullies this year, and I agree that the hardest part of having them is that their lives are so short. They DO take a piece of our hearts w/them, but I also believe that they are always in our hearts as well
Prayers to you and your family...
Jill..I'm so sorry. I heard about this yesterday and could hardly concentrate all day. My heart is breaking for you..7 years so short BUT...it would not matter if he'd lived another year..five or ?...the pain and missing would be there. I'm very relieved for you that Linus went to the bridge happy and loved..just like he lived his life. What a special little man he was...he is whole again and running free. Peace to you..your family and Sweet Linus.
One of my all time fav pics on EBN is Linus snuggled up w/his lion and one huge
paw thrown over it. There is a HUGE hole missing from our beloved EBN bullies
with his passing. I'm so glad he had a great day, doing all he loved to do and being
safe w/his family when he peacefully meet Jesus and went home.
My sincere condolences on losing Linus...a great, wonderful & handsome boy.
Thank you for giving him (and all your babies) such a wonderful, happy & loving home.
I wish all bullies could enjoy the life Linus had...GOD be with you & yours as you grieve
and celebrate Linus' life. My thoughts & prayers are with y'all...GOD bless!
My 1st bully, Brutus
RIP beloved boy.
I am so sorry to hear this. Lots of love and hugs
That was beautifully written. I am so sorry for you loss. Linus was blessed to have you love him. Heartbreaking to hear...such a beautiful bully...RIP Linus.
I am sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.
I just loved Linus and loved reading your posts about your boys. I am so sorry for your loss but am so glad that Linus went to the Bridge without pain and after living the life of a very loved bulldog. Your wonderful tribute made me cry but even as our wonderful bullies leave us too soon, they also leave such amazing lasting memories. Hugs to you all and especially his bully brothers as they miss him. Linus
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My deepest condolences to you and your family. May Linus RIP, what a wonderful write up and a wonderful life and family he had. Praying for you all at this difficult time. xoxo
Otis you'll never know how much I love you I love you more then all the leaves on all the trees
I'm so very sorry for your loss, but glad that he went peacefully. He will always be in your heart.
Your words describing Linus are so beautiful, they really show the love you and your family shared with your precious baby. He felt the same way about you as well, and knew he was loved by you. He had the life every bully deserves. It's so true that these beautiful animals aren't with us for long enough, and they definitely grab hold of our hearts and when they leave us, they take a big piece of our hearts with us. With all their health problems, I still wouldn't trade them for anything, they have the biggest hearts and the funniest little personalities, they make you smile everyday. I am truly sorry and saddened for your loss, no words can change that, or make you feel better, only time will do that.
Congratulations on your new baby coming. Wishing you and your family all the best, sending love, hugs and prayers to you.
LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.