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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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

  2. 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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  3. 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

  4. 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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  5. 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

    xxx
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  6. 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.

  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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.
    Noreen

  14. 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!

  15. 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….
    Kisses,
    Ruby
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  16. 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

  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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.

  21. 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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