Yesterday We Said Good Bye To Our Little Beagle Butt


Yesterday we said good-bye to Plunger and helped him cross over the Rainbow Bridge.

Plunger was 15 and he had been struggling with some health issues for the last few months and the time had come to let him be at peace.

Instead of going into a big long story that makes me cry I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures of Plunger.


He was a little dog compared to Sherman and Leroy but he could certainly hold his own and out run them any day of the week.

He had no fear of their size and had no problem telling them to back off.


Plunger knew the Newfs were gentle giants and would never harm him and he took full advantage of that.

A few times he may of been afraid of being suffocated by one of them, but he always found a magical way out.


Plunger is the first dog that we have lost together as a family. I have lost dogs in my past but this is a first for my husband, the kids and the dogs and my heart hurts for them.

The kids are dealing with it as best as they can.


I made clay pawprints for each of them to keep in remembrance of Plunger and today we will plant some wildflowers in the garden as a memorial and last night we went out for ice cream, courtesy of Plunger.


Sherman and Leroy are dealing with the loss too and have been looking for Plunger every since I left with him yesterday morning. Last night Sherman looked in every room for Plunger and cried, and this morning he went outside and was howling.

Time will heal all wounds and today we will all share in some extra hugs.

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78 Comments on Yesterday We Said Good Bye To Our Little Beagle Butt

  1. alc22
    June 12, 2013 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

    R.I.P. Plunger… will be missed xoxoxo

  2. Cathy Bennett
    June 12, 2013 at 9:23 am (2 years ago)

    I can’t even imagine, nor can I find the right words…
    The boys send their doodle love to you, your family and of course Sherman & Leroy
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  3. Molly The Wally
    June 12, 2013 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

    We are so sorry to have found you at this sad time. Plunger we can see could hold his own. Our thoughts and prayers to your family. Our Pip is 15 and she too has problems but we take it one day at a time. Have a good Wednesday if you can.
    Best wishes Molly
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  4. Leo Grady and Mom
    June 12, 2013 at 9:34 am (2 years ago)

    Dear Jen and family
    Our hearts are breaking for you right now but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers Plunger had such an awesome family and will be missed by all
    HUGE healing Newfie hugs and smoochies from our family to yours
    Julie and the boys

  5. somethingwagging
    June 12, 2013 at 9:59 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry. I know you will all miss him so much.

    Blessings to everyone in your family as you process your goodbye to this dear friend. And thank you for sharing your beautiful picture tribute. You did more to show us Plunger’s personality in these few pictures than any long, wordy post ever could.
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  6. Tina
    June 12, 2013 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

    We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Plunger. My heart goes out to you during this sad time. I, too, recently lost my beloved little Chihuahua, Patti Marie. I know all too well the pain that will follow. You and your family (fur babies included) will be in our prayers.

    Here’s a great quote that I’d like to share with you….”Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss.

    Sending loving thoughts and warm sunshine your way. :-)

    ~ Tina
    Park Avenue Chihuahua

  7. Emmadog
    June 12, 2013 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

    Oh boy, mom has super leaky eyes for you and Plunger. So sorry for your loss, mom said it took my sister weeks to get over the loss of mom’s other dog. I have only lost cats but that hasn’t phased me much…just have to give mom extra love and let her cry on me. Snuggle with your Newfs, they will need it and you will as well. Run free Plunger!
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  8. Nichole
    June 12, 2013 at 10:01 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so very sorry to hear… but know that Plunger is happily romping over the bridge. Hugs to all….. it is never easy. :(
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  9. Rach
    June 12, 2013 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

    So sorry for your loss. I’ve never been through losing a dog before, but I can imagine how heartbreaking it must be. From the pics, it’s evident that Plunger had the best life with parents and a family who loved him to bits.

    Thoughts are with you

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  10. Nancy K.
    June 12, 2013 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

    I know just how painful even going through the photos to pick which ones to use in this post was! I still am overwhelmed with sadness when I see a picture of one of my special dogs that I lost years ago. Plunger will forever own a very special place in your hearts.

  11. The Lady
    June 12, 2013 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

    I am so sorry!

    I love that picture of Plunger telling the big boys where to get off!!
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  12. Corbin
    June 12, 2013 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

    I was so sorry to read about Plunger last night. I can’t imagine the pain, but you guys are in our thoughts and prayers as you mange through your loss. Corbee sends lots of smoochies.
    -Corbin’s momma, Jenn
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  13. Jodi, Kolchak & Felix
    June 12, 2013 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

    I am so sorry. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Plunger and I’m heart-sick that you had to say good bye. I love how bold he was with the newfs – that’s a beagle for you. Sending love to you, the kids, the newfangled and the whole family. I just want to come and hug you all.
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  14. Heart Like A Dog (@HeartLikeADog)
    June 12, 2013 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry for all of you. It hurts when we lose them even though we know they are pain free.

    Run fast, run free Plunger.

  15. Edie
    June 12, 2013 at 11:11 am (2 years ago)

    I am laughing through my tears at the picture of Plunger really giving it to his Newfie pals. Thank you for a lovely post in this time of loss. Nothing will make you forget Plunger of course, but I hope time will numb the pain of his loss a bit.
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  16. LenaJo
    June 12, 2013 at 11:38 am (2 years ago)

    It is never easy saying goodbye:'( I do look forward to seeing them again someday!

  17. Bonnie
    June 12, 2013 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    I am so sorry, Jen. My heart breaks for you.

  18. sprinkles
    June 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    This post makes me want to cry. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    My dad had beagles too. One of them died about 6 weeks before my dad did. My mom still has one that my dad got as a puppy. He’s still fairly young, but it’ll be devastating when he goes because it’ll be like losing my dad all over again.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to make this all about me. This is a lovely tribute to Plunger. I can feel your love for him, and I know he felt it too. May you find comfort in your sweet memories of him.
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  19. Beth | Daily Dog Tag
    June 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Its so sad, but I know that Plunger led a happy life and will be forever remembered and loved by his family. My heart breaks for your kids, but I know they will grow from this even though it is painful.
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  20. Diana Stoll
    June 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Hugs. And Akita and Newfie wags.

  21. Anna and her furry family
    June 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm (2 years ago)

    From my furry family to yours, our deepest sympathies for your loss…They will always be with us in some way…RIP Plunger…You were loved and always will be…

  22. Tori
    June 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Aww I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. RIP Plunger, he was a lucky guy.
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  23. jan
    June 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful tribute to a great dog. I love the picture of him exerting his alpha-ness in no uncertain barking terms with the gentle giants.

    It seems so unfair that dogs have such short life spans, but it does give us the experience of loving more of them through our own lives.
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  24. Anna and her furry family
    June 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Somehow the comment I left before never posted…So let me try again…I hope this one reaches you…

    From my furry family to yours, our deepest sympathies for your loss…He will always be with you…RIP Plunger…Thank you for making this a better place…

  25. bailey unleashed
    June 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm (2 years ago)

    i am so sorry for your loss. my heart is hurting for you and your family. there are no words i can say to make it hurt any less but just know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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  26. Daisy
    June 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

    So sad for you. It’s always hard. We loved the pictures of Plunger and his ‘little’ brothers.

    XXXOOO Daisy, bElla & Roxy

  27. Aneta
    June 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Run free Plunger.

  28. finnhoward
    June 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm (2 years ago)

    So so sorry for your loss. Sending you some extra hugs from here.
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  29. Jackie Bouchard
    June 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry. Fifteen is a wonderful age, but as I said on Facebook, there’s never enough time with our pups. What amount could possibly be enough?

    I love the pictures you shared. You obviously gave him a wonderful life. He’s your family’s special angel now.

    I know what you mean – our first dog that my husband and I had together was a beagle. It’s so hard to lose a family member. Hang in there.

  30. Noreen
    June 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so very sorry for your loss; yet so very glad you have such sweet memories of him. It was good to see him holding his own with the Newfies. Do you have any item that has his scent on it-let your two smell it-I think it helps and have been told so by many friends. When we lost my heart dog Sadie, our dear old guy Reggie searched and searched for her. It took a few weeks and then he decided it was o.k. to be spoiled by himself. Sending big hugs to you and yours.

  31. houndstooth4
    June 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I was really sad to read the news last night on Facebook, and I’ve learned that dogs have a way of leaving a big hole in your heart and your life when they go. I think Plunger knew how much you all loved him, though, and I bet he’ll be watching out for you. Sending hugs to all of you! I know it isn’t easy!

  32. Marisa
    June 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm (2 years ago)

    :”( l lost my Jordi 2 years ago this week and I still cry over her. I am sorry for your and your family’s loss.. Hugs..

  33. DEE
    June 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Goodbye furbutt, I never knew you but I will always love you? oxoxox

  34. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning
    June 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm (2 years ago)

    It isn’t easy to write the love-filled post that you have shared with us today, but it is so very well done – Plunger will be smiling down at you for all the love you have given him. Soft woos and gentle hugs to all of you for your loss.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom
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  35. humanrescuesdog
    June 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry to hear about this – thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of Plunger – he clearly was much loved and had a beautiful life. It’s so painful when these things happen, but hopefully as time goes on, the pain will settle a bit. Hugs.
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  36. ThePetMuseum
    June 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Bless Plunger as he runs about in heaven. You’ll see him again – meanwhile, your friends (like us here at the Museum) send you lots of love and consoling wishes. xxx
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  37. rubytheairedale
    June 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, that is so heart breaking. I’m so sorry for your loss. Plunger sure looked like a really cool dude…I LOVES the third pic there with him playin’ bitey face! Priceless.
    I’ll be thinkin’ abouts you all.
    Run free Plunger….
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  38. Elizabeth Bergesen
    June 13, 2013 at 1:52 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry you had to say goodbye. Thank you for sharing the photos – it is obvious that he was loved by everyone!
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  39. Amy / Layla the Malamute
    June 13, 2013 at 2:15 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so sorry :(

    I’d wanted to tell you a few weeks ago but I forgot. I was playing DrawSomething and my word was Plunger. I started to draw a beagle and then I was like, “ehhh maybe I’ll just go for the plumbing equipment.” But he almost was his own clue.

    Thinking of you and your family, both furred and not <3

  40. Greyhounds CAN Sit
    June 13, 2013 at 4:16 am (2 years ago)

    What a wonderful photographic tribute to Plunger. He looks like he was a larger than life little chap with lots of character and a big heart:) And he will have left a huge hole in your home and hearts. So very sorry for your loss.
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  41. Sue at Talking Dogs
    June 13, 2013 at 5:15 am (2 years ago)

    I was so sad to read this on FB yesterday. Truly sorry for your loss. Beautiful photo tribute. I especially love that snow one… both dogs faces are filled with such joy. Tucker and Lucy have now been gone for over a year, but at the mention of either of their names, Jeffie and Rudy search the house for them. Jeffie still whimpers under his breath and eventually crawls under the bed. Both still visit the graves. Whoever said animals don’t grieve, doesn’t know animals. Sending much sympathy and hugs all around.
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  42. Melf
    June 13, 2013 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

    I knew I couldn’t read this at work. Crying.
    I was sad when you shared the news, but reading how much his loss has impacted all of you made me sad.
    Plunger was clearly quite a character. I am so sorry Jen. I know we all go into this dog-human relationship knowing we will have to say goodbye earlier than we ever would want, but it doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes. Godspeed Mr. Plunger.
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  43. Jobi and Fisher
    June 13, 2013 at 9:49 am (2 years ago)

    You did a beautiful job of showing how much Plunger is loved. Sending deepest sympathy for your loss and huge hugs to help heal your hearts.

  44. wantmorepuppies
    June 13, 2013 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    I’m crying with you, my friend. Our pups really do hold a special place in our hearts – it’s so hard to say goodbye. Those photos of Plunger are absolutely lovely. He sounds like a wonderful friend, and I know it will be hard without him around. I’m sending you giant hugs and will keep you and your family in my thoughts.
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  45. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy)
    June 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Jen, we are so sorry to read this news today. I know your heart is aching, but take comfort in the family and your big brown boys. Our thoughts are with you.

  46. Miley
    June 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm (2 years ago)

    We are so sorry to hear about Plunger. Sending you lots of hugs.

  47. Jane
    June 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Prayers for Plunger and all who love him. RIP beautiful boy.

  48. Jessica@YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner
    June 14, 2013 at 12:33 am (2 years ago)

    Awww….goodbye Plunger. I can tell that you were a fun play partner and will be dearly missed.

    Sometimes I think that kind of loss is hardest on the other pets. People can reason and things can be explained to them. Pets are just left missing them and don’t understand why they are gone.

  49. Jana Rade
    June 14, 2013 at 2:14 am (2 years ago)

    So sorry, hon. (((hugs))) Yes, focusing on memories, going through photos and movies has been helpful to us too.

    What was really a great comfort for me was talking to our animal communicator.
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  50. Priscilla
    June 15, 2013 at 9:08 am (2 years ago)

    R.I.P. Plunger!

    I bet you have already met our sweet Laura and Hanna over the Rainbow Bridge.
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  51. Mango Momma
    June 16, 2013 at 8:16 am (2 years ago)

    How sad to have to let go of a family member. Just part of life and the years we have with our dogs are few but wonderful. Poor Sherman and Leroy. While the humans understand, they are still looking for their little pal.

    Mango Momma
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  52. Basil
    June 17, 2013 at 4:30 am (2 years ago)

    Sending you all a big hug and some extra treats! The pictures are fab, what a lovely way to remember him!

  53. Christina Berry
    June 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm (2 years ago)

    So very sorry for your loss. I love all the special things you’re doing, though, in his memory. Precious.

    It’s so hard, isn’t it, losing a family member after so many years. My sister said good bye to her 16 year old kitty the day after Plunger left. Time heals all wounds, yes, but it doesn’t seem to plug the holes.
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  54. Marcie
    June 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm (2 years ago)

    So sorry for your loss. It’s such a tough thing. The pictures show how much the Newfies will miss their little pal as well.
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