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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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  • Jan Larsen

    Jan Larsen

    Laurie- I was so sad to hear of Tucker's passing as well. You guys were quite the team and the love and trust you shared with each other was very obvious to me as I watched you both in and out of the rally ring. You are both special beings with a special bond that cannot possibly be severed by this silly illusion we call "death". I know that our "heart dogs" are still with us... it's just a little harder to see them now, but I for one am certain that my girl has not abandoned me in death. Twelve years ago when my last heart dog passed, I had a dream in which she was just running around like a wild thing, a huge smile plastered across her face. She came running up to me and she said "I'm coming back, Jan... (pant, pant), but I am just having sooooo much fun right now..." and then she'd go running off again for awhile before she'd come back and check in with me again. I know that with a bond like yours, Tucker is doing the same thing. It's just a little bit harder to see him now. Take good care- Jan

    Laurie-
    I was so sad to hear of Tucker's passing as well. You guys were quite the team and the love and trust you shared with each other was very obvious to me as I watched you both in and out of the rally ring. You are both special beings with a special bond that cannot possibly be severed by this silly illusion we call "death". I know that our "heart dogs" are still with us... it's just a little harder to see them now, but I for one am certain that my girl has not abandoned me in death. Twelve years ago when my last heart dog passed, I had a dream in which she was just running around like a wild thing, a huge smile plastered across her face. She came running up to me and she said "I'm coming back, Jan... (pant, pant), but I am just having sooooo much fun right now..." and then she'd go running off again for awhile before she'd come back and check in with me again.
    I know that with a bond like yours, Tucker is doing the same thing. It's just a little bit harder to see him now.
    Take good care-
    Jan

  • Theresa Philmon

    Theresa Philmon

    Hi Laurie, Please know that I will always remember what an awesome team you and Tucker were together....... In and out of the ring, I could tell he loved his mama! You inspired me over the years to be the best "mom" I can be to my girls. Watching you with Tucker the many times we went on road trips to dog shows and the great times all of us had together in the hotel rooms with our dogs makes me smile with joy. It is going to be hard, I am here to tell you but with all the love from your dog loving family it will help you get through the tough times. My sympathy goes out to you, Mike and Brian. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and I will always remember Tucker "Beauty"! He will be missed by all who knew and loved him! Theresa

    Hi Laurie,
    Please know that I will always remember what an awesome team you and Tucker were together....... In and out of the ring, I could tell he loved his mama! You inspired me over the years to be the best "mom" I can be to my girls. Watching you with Tucker the many times we went on road trips to dog shows and the great times all of us had together in the hotel rooms with our dogs makes me smile with joy. It is going to be hard, I am here to tell you but with all the love from your dog loving family it will help you get through the tough times. My sympathy goes out to you, Mike and Brian. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and I will always remember Tucker "Beauty"! He will be missed by all who knew and loved him!
    Theresa

  • Ali Brown

    Ali Brown

    laurie, i'm so sorry to hear of your loss. tucker...the one who was such a pleasure to jugde in rally. he always moved like a rocking horse...you always had to 'reign him in' a little...cuz he was so happy to work. handsome, yes. slender, happy, good-looking, friendly. loved his mama. :0) i'm sure you'll be missing him for a loooong time. he was a good boy. Ali Brown,

    laurie,
    i'm so sorry to hear of your loss. tucker...the one who was such a pleasure to jugde in rally.
    he always moved like a rocking horse...you always had to 'reign him in' a little...cuz he was so happy to work.
    handsome, yes. slender, happy, good-looking, friendly. loved his mama.
    :0)
    i'm sure you'll be missing him for a loooong time.
    he was a good boy.

    Ali Brown,

  • The Kelsons

    The Kelsons

    Hi Laurie and Family, Larry and I read about Tucker on the website over the weekend. We join you in your sadness, hoping the wonderful memories you have will get you through the sad moments and allow all of you to heal. Before Gracie, we had no idea the joy a dog could bring to one’s life. We find ourselves feeling really blessed to have her share our world and couldn’t be happier with the world she has introduced us to, such as getting to know you and the entire family of four legged friends. Peace and Blessings, Monica, Larry & Gracie

    Hi Laurie and Family,

    Larry and I read about Tucker on the website over the weekend. We join you in your sadness, hoping the wonderful memories you have will get you through the sad moments and allow all of you to heal. Before Gracie, we had no idea the joy a dog could bring to one’s life. We find ourselves feeling really blessed to have her share our world and couldn’t be happier with the world she has introduced us to, such as getting to know you and the entire family of four legged friends.

    Peace and Blessings,

    Monica, Larry & Gracie

  • Wendy Platt

    Wendy Platt

    Oh, Laurie. I am so, so sorry to hear about Tucker. It is such a hard thing to let them go. We all know that he will be waiting for you when the time comes. I only met him once, at his birthday party, and I am so thankful and blessed to have met such a happy soul. You could see the joy on his face that day. Life does go on after such a loss, but it does take time. I still cry over Rue at the oddest times. They will, of course, hold a place in our hearts forever. Also, all the ladies in my office (none of whom have ever met Tucker or you, but all of whom grew to know you though GAD and are animal lovers as well) send their condolences as well.

    Oh, Laurie.

    I am so, so sorry to hear about Tucker. It is such a hard thing to let
    them go. We all know that he will be waiting for you when the time comes.
    I only met him once, at his birthday party, and I am so thankful and
    blessed to have met such a happy soul. You could see the joy on his face
    that day. Life does go on after such a loss, but it does take time. I
    still cry over Rue at the oddest times. They will, of course, hold a place
    in our hearts forever.

    Also, all the ladies in my office (none of whom have ever met Tucker or
    you, but all of whom grew to know you though GAD and are animal lovers as
    well) send their condolences as well.

  • Andrea Bradshaw

    Andrea Bradshaw

    Hi Laurie, I am so very sorry that you have lost Tucker. All dogs are special, but some are truly exceptional, and Tucker had that exceptional character. My memory of Tucker is that I was always impressed by what a gentleman he was. He had such nobility and manners, but was still friendly and pleased to receive a pat on the head. My brother had a dalmation that let's just say was less than well-mannered, was rather hyper and out of control, and before Tucker, I had mistakenly assumed that that was just how that breed behaved. Tucker, and you, showed me that it's not the breed, that there were excellent dals in the world, and it's more about how you partner with your dog than a particular type that makes for a happy dog that's pleasant to be around. Also, Tucker was just such a HANDSOME boy - so good looking! My thoughts are with you and yours during this time of loss. Warm fuzzies, Andrea

    Hi Laurie,

    I am so very sorry that you have lost Tucker. All dogs
    are special, but some are truly exceptional, and
    Tucker had that exceptional character.

    My memory of Tucker is that I was always impressed by
    what a gentleman he was. He had such nobility and
    manners, but was still friendly and pleased to receive
    a pat on the head. My brother had a dalmation that
    let's just say was less than well-mannered, was rather
    hyper and out of control, and before Tucker, I had
    mistakenly assumed that that was just how that breed
    behaved. Tucker, and you, showed me that it's not the
    breed, that there were excellent dals in the world,
    and it's more about how you partner with your dog than
    a particular type that makes for a happy dog that's
    pleasant to be around.

    Also, Tucker was just such a HANDSOME boy - so good
    looking!

    My thoughts are with you and yours during this time of
    loss.

    Warm fuzzies,
    Andrea

  • The Greens

    The Greens

    Dear Laurie, I just saw your tribute/memorial to Tucker on your website. I am so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Respectfully, The Green Family

    Dear Laurie,
    I just saw your tribute/memorial to Tucker on your website. I am so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Respectfully, The Green Family

  • Deborah Mitchell

    Deborah Mitchell

    Dear Laurie, my heart aches for you and Mike, and I wish the tears I shed at your loss could help ease the hurt. The Memorial you have written about Tucker is beautiful. I believe he was a reflection of the loyalty, love and compassion he received from you. I feel honored to have watched Tucker at work and play and to have witnessed the beautiful bond between the two of you. My favorite memory of Tucker is when he was assisting you with teaching a Rally Class. You said "closer, Tucker", and he scooted his bum over even closer, looked up and smiled at you, like "how's that?" Tucker KNEW he was a good dog...because his Mom always told him...and that made him smile. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Deborah

    Dear Laurie, my heart aches for you and Mike, and I wish the tears I shed at your loss could help ease the hurt. The Memorial you have written about Tucker is beautiful. I believe he was a reflection of the loyalty, love and compassion he received from you. I feel honored to have watched Tucker at work and play and to have witnessed the beautiful bond between the two of you.

    My favorite memory of Tucker is when he was assisting you with teaching a Rally Class. You said "closer, Tucker", and he scooted his bum over even closer, looked up and smiled at you, like "how's that?" Tucker KNEW he was a good dog...because his Mom always told him...and that made him smile.

    You're in my thoughts and prayers.

    Deborah

  • Colleen Faini

    Colleen Faini

    Laurie, I am so sorry that you have had to lay Tucker to rest. He was such a wonderful dog! I meant to ask you at the kennel club meeting how he was doing....I still miss Kenya so much...Hate to see you suffer a loss too. 10yrs. is way too young. Colleen

    Laurie,
    I am so sorry that you have had to lay Tucker to rest. He was such a wonderful dog! I meant to ask you at the kennel club meeting how he was doing....I still miss Kenya so much...Hate to see you suffer a loss too. 10yrs. is way too young.

    Colleen

  • Amy Grimm

    Amy Grimm

    Dear Laurie, Your tribute to Tucker made me cry, it was such a perfect description of what miracles these dogs are to us. What a fantastic dog, and how lucky you both were to have found your perfect teammate. Nothing can take that away from you; that feeling of clicking together and really communicating and you know he had a fabulous time with you always. I know that you will be together again someday, until then he will hold you in his heart, and he will run faster than ever. --Amy Grimm

    Dear Laurie,

    Your tribute to Tucker made me cry, it was such a perfect description of what miracles these dogs are to us. What a fantastic dog, and how lucky you both were to have found your perfect teammate. Nothing can take that away from you; that feeling of clicking together and really communicating and you know he had a fabulous time with you always. I know that you will be together again someday, until then he will hold you in his heart, and he will run faster than ever.

    --Amy Grimm