• http://sofawned.com/ Desiree Fawn

    Oh gosh, so sorry to hear this :( He had a wonderful life with you and your fam. Sending lots of love your way.

  • Sharon Barrett

    Godspeed, Chuck. We loved you, and will take care of your humom best as we can.

  • UtahDOF

    I’m so sorry, Heather. The world loved Chuck. I am honored to have met him.

  • Daddy Scratches

    I’m so sorry, Heather. Can’t believe I’m all teared up over a dog I never met, but I am.
    So very sorry for your loss.

  • Heidi

    My heart breaks for you. I am so, so sorry for your loss. He was a lucky dog to have you.

  • jillyj

    Oh Heather, Leta and Marlo, I can not tell you how sorry I am. I know exactly the hurt and loss that you are feeling right now. Not too long after you shared Chuck’s condition and I shared with you that my Myra was going through exactly the same thing, she and I had a similar exchange to the one you have so bravely posted today. I held her as she slipped away on April 28. I miss her every minute of every day. I know that your time with Chuck and the excellent life you gave him will keep him in your hearts always. Be well and take care of each other. Sending love from MN. X.

  • http://www.chookooloonks.com/ Karen Walrond

    Oh no. Oh no. Oh no.

    I had to put our Rufus down late last year, and it was the worst day in recent memory. I’m so, so sorry, Heather.

    Bless his sweet heart.

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    I’m so sorry. I really did love Chuck! Sending you all my love.

  • JenniferW2323

    Thank you fro sharing, Heather. Crying along with you. Wishing you and your family peace and love.

  • Erin Cooley

    So, so sorry for you and everyone who loved Chuck so much, Heather.

  • Susan

    I have been dreading this as I’m sure you have. I love you my dear Chuck and when I get home from work, I will read this again and weep properly. Heather, please consider one last calendar as a remembrance of our friend.

  • emily hinkle

    How do you write such a tough moment so gracefully? I’m in tears and yet so grateful for you to witness such a moment. Thank you for sharing this with us. Chuck is no doubt wriggling playfully up in pup heaven.

  • Mme C

    Oh. Oh, my heart. When I saw this post, I instinctively knew. I turned off the tv, turned off the music, and sat in the silence, almost to give Chuck my entire being as I read this. How special of him to give you that last beautiful, sincere and raw gift of that embrace. Please excuse me that I can’t be more articulate, but I am weeping over your (and our) loss.

  • Leslie in Toronto

    I am so, so sorry. Chuck was such a special dog. Rest peacefully, Congressman Chuckles.

  • http://jennfur.com Jennifer Trombly

    I am sobbing like a child. Chuck was a part of all of our lives. He had an amazing life and he knew he was loved every moment. I can’t imagine how you feel. Rest in peace Former Congressman Chuck. <3

  • PBWoo

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful dog. My heart breaks for you, Heather.

  • Melissa

    I am so so very sorry. Rest peacefully, Chuck. You were so very loved.

  • JeanAnn

    I’m so sorry Dooce! I know it’s heartbreaking. Just went through this with my almost 14 year old dog a few weeks ago. RIP Chuck!

  • http://atincupchalice.com/ MissCaron

    Oh I’m sobbing… I know how much Chuck meant to you… God bless you, Heather, and your precious girls, as you deal with his absence. ::::::::::HUGS::::::::::::

  • Jennifer

    I went through the exact same thing with my Forever Dog (the physical symptoms, the personality changes), and yes, they tell you when it’s time. That does not in any way make it any less painful. Crying at work, and sending you and the girls all the love.

  • Amy

    So incredibly sorry for your loss, but I am so glad that you both were able to share this moment together, and that he decided when it was time to let go. Thank you for sharing this wonderfully sad and precious moment with us.

  • http://www.yourfridayafternoondistraction.com/ Joanne z Filmlady

    Heather, I’m so sorry. I’m crying for all of you, and so blessed you shared him with everyone. A true gift from Chuck to climb into your arms at the end. Many hugs <3 <3

  • http://www.coreylambert.com/ Corey Lambert

    (Web hug.)

  • Marie McDowell

    Oh Heather, how is it that I have never met you or your wise dog Chuck, yet am here in Illinois, bawling my eyes out. He, and you and your family have touched our lives and he was a blessing to be a witness to all these years. Thank you for loving him so good.

  • http://lifeinforsyth.blogspot.com/ Lucy Cash

    You loved him well.

    May that knowledge bring peace to you and your family as you mourn.

    Thank you for sharing him. The gift of him to you became your gift to many more.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Linda

    I’m so so sorry. I started reading almost 10 years ago when my first child was born, and Chuck has always been my favorite. Peace to him, and to you all.

    Also, reading this at my desk after lunch – not a good idea.. Maybe I’m sobbing into my keyboard?

  • Stephanie Titcombe

    RIP Chuck. You were loved around the world. Peace.

  • Cheryl

    He loved you all as long as he could. Bless his little heart. There will never be another Chuck. There is so much love for him.

  • Abby Oh

    Thank you for loving him so well and for sharing him with us.

  • Lisa Cherry Powell

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Heather. My tears join yours. I have enjoyed following your adventures with Chuck, as I am a dog obsessed person as well. My 3 furry loves send you hugs and kisses. Please take comfort knowing Chuck knew he was loved and you gave him one hell of a life.

  • Katrina

    I’m so very sorry. So sorry. Rest gently, Chuck.

  • Ms_Issippi

    Peace and comfort to you all. It’s never easy to let our creatures go, but that’s part of our responsibility to them.

  • Richard Morey

    I’m so sorry to read of Chuck’s passing.. but I think we all knew this day was closer than we wanted to believe. As you said, we all loved Chuck – even having never met him we got a sense of who he was from your amazing photos and the stories you’ve shared with us about Chuck over the years past.

    I’m glad for both you and Chuck that he went peacefully in your arms and you did not have to make the painful decision about if it was “time.” I’ve been fortunately in my life that the dogs I’ve had have all died naturally at age 12 or 13.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls and of course Chuck. I’ll hug our doggy a little tighter tonight when he curls up next to me on our couch.

  • http://www.yasmary.com/ yaz

    Came here to say the same. I’m so sorry.

  • Christine

    Maybe after my tears dry I will have something more insightful to say. Right now its just grief.

  • Lindsay

    May or may not be crying at my desk right now…

  • Rita Arens

    My heart aches for you. I have lost four cats in the past eight years, and it never gets easier. The worst was the one I’d had almost ten years. I’m so glad you had those moments together.

  • Erica Lorenz-Hays

    Tear. RIP, Chuck. Hugs to all of you guys. He was one heck of a good dog.

  • birdgal

    I have not commented on this site in years, but I’ve been reading still all this time. I just cried like I cried at ‘Inside Out’ the other day, and for a dog I never met in person. A dog that is surely as much a person to you as your own kids, and a great one at that. We will miss you Chuck.

  • lauriewrites

    Lord Heather I am sorry. That dog was a marvelous gift to the world and the internet, but the biggest most important gift was that relationship with you and your family. I’m glad you had those final times with him. He won’t ever leave you. Thanks for sharing him with us.

  • LFDianne

    I”m so so sorry. July 3, 2014, we said goodbye to our Jake, he was 16, and he had been with our family for 14 years. We rescued him when he was 2, and he had some “issues,” namely separation anxiety. Once we figured we could keep him “out” of places, but not confined “in” a place, we all got along just fine. One thing I loved about us being with him, while we were saying goodbye, the 5 of us, sitting on the floor in the vets, was that the staff came in with a basket of fun-sized candy. We fed him the once forbidden Reeses, Snickers, and a Hershey’s kiss or two. It was sad and peaceful when he went, but he was happy, and so ready, too.

    Thank you for sharing Chuck’s story with us all.

  • MsP68

    No words. Just love.

  • Elizabeth Cadorette

    I cannot thank you enough for sharing so much of this fantastic not-dog with all the rest of us, as you so graciously continue to share of yourself. I am so very very sorry you’ve lost your friend, Heather. Sending love from our house to yours.

  • Suzy Soro

    I’m so sorry, Heather. I can’t help but crying when the paragraph starts “at 3:15 pm” because dogs are as close to God as we get. RIP Chuck. You were a very good dog.

  • Lori

    This has to be the most beautiful tribute I’ve ever read about the love and trust that is shared between a dog and his best friend. The poetry in your words speaks volumes of the poetry of your relationship. He had a beautiful life and what sounds like a beautiful passing in the arms of his true love. If only we could all be so lucky.

    I’m so sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. I’ve followed your blog for almost a decade and the posts and photos about Chuck were always my favorites.

    Rest peacefully, sweet little man. The world was a batter place with you in it.

  • Nancy B.

    You were lucky to have each other. Thank you for sharing him with us all these years.
    My thoughts are with you.

  • Melissa Kuehl Dix

    I am so, so sorry. Crying here (at my desk) in WI too. I had a similar conversation with my dog of 17 years, Bailey, just before the end. So hard to let them go and so hard for them to leave us. I’m glad Chuck is not suffering any more, I send you strength and love during this difficult time.

  • Pete Eisenmann

    What a gift he gave you. Been a reader for years. Have a old lady cranky dog that reminds me of Chuck. I will never forget the blog post when Chuck spun the poo with the corn dog stick out of his ass, and you said “my dog is God”. Thank you for sharing. My heart hurts for you and the girls.

  • https://wtmlpart2.wordpress.com/ Becky

    You all had the precious magical gift of Chuck and there are not words to express the gratitude felt to you for sharing him with your readers. We have shared in the laughter, and love, and joy that was Chuck, and now we will share in the grief and sadness of his passing. He will be deeply, truly missed, just like he was loved; deeply and truly.

  • Jill G

    My heart misses Chuck more than any other dog I’ve never met. Thank you for sharing him with us. Even though I’m tearing up, I know he had such a beautiful, full life and that makes me feel happy. Sending good thoughts your family’s way.