ARCHX U-CDX TUCKABEE RAY OF LIGHT CDX RL3 CGC
DELTA SOCIETY PET PARTNER
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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  • Karen & Ray Johnson

    Karen & Ray Johnson

    Laurie, Mike and Brian: Ray and I both were so sorry to hear about Tucker. Unfortunately, I have no Tucker story to share because Sumo never got to be friends with Tucker and we both know the Girls are not the friendly type. However, that said, I can say that Tucker was the kind of dog I would have loved all of my dogs to be. Tucker is the first Dalmation I have ever KNOWN. I have seen the breed, but never known one past a hello. You and Andrew are adorable, but you and Tucker were PERFECTION!! You were the best TEAM ever!! Thanks for the pleasurable memories I will have of you and Tucker performing together. He will truly be missed by all. Karen, Ray, Gracie, Lola and Sumo Johnson

    Laurie, Mike and Brian:

    Ray and I both were so sorry to hear about Tucker. Unfortunately, I have no Tucker story to share because Sumo never got to be friends with Tucker and we both know the Girls are not the friendly type.

    However, that said, I can say that Tucker was the kind of dog I would have loved all of my dogs to be. Tucker is the first Dalmation I have ever KNOWN. I have seen the breed, but never known one past a hello.

    You and Andrew are adorable, but you and Tucker were PERFECTION!! You were the best TEAM ever!! Thanks for the pleasurable memories I will have of you and Tucker performing together. He will truly be missed by all.

    Karen, Ray, Gracie, Lola and Sumo Johnson

  • Sue & Annette

    Sue & Annette

    Lauire we are so very sorry to hear about Tucker. Sending you our love, thoughts and prayers. Those very special dogs will forever remain in our hearts and may you smile as you remember the good times. Sue & Annette

    Lauire we are so very sorry to hear about Tucker. Sending you our love, thoughts and prayers.
    Those very special dogs will forever remain in our hearts and may you smile as you remember the good times.
    Sue & Annette

  • Anne Swann

    Anne Swann

    Dear Laurie, I haven't heard from you in a few days and I just read my Rally-O-All-Dogs digest and saw your post about your dear sweet Tucker. I spent some time on your website and saw photos of you with your beautiful Dalmatian in a variety of settings. He looked like an amazing guy, and he sure was fortunate to have you to share his life with. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this right now, there are no real words to ease the pain - just know that your memories are with you forever and in time your tears will be replaced with smiles at the many special qualities that Tucker shared with you. I am so sorry for your loss. Anne Swan

    Dear Laurie,
    I haven't heard from you in a few days and I just read my Rally-O-All-Dogs digest and saw your post about your dear sweet Tucker. I spent some time on your website and saw photos of you with your beautiful Dalmatian in a variety of settings. He looked like an amazing guy, and he sure was fortunate to have you to share his life with. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this right now, there are no real words to ease the pain - just know that your memories are with you forever and in time your tears will be replaced with smiles at the many special qualities that Tucker shared with you.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Anne Swan

  • Ann Ford

    Ann Ford

    Dear Laurie and Mike, I just do not have the words to say how very sad I am to hear of Tucker's passing and know that a very big part of your hearts passed over the Bridge with him. We wish our companions could be with us forever and time seems to just fly by and they're gone. I have gone through this many times, as I'm sure you have too and it never gets easier. Each of our pets have their own individual personalities and souls and each touch our lives, souls and hearts in their own special way. Tucker was the icon of PNI and his spirit will be there forever. Laurie, the first time I saw you and Tucker was at Bella Vista, a VERY hot August 2005 evening, as we entered the building, lights were off to keep it cool, we couldn't see and you laughingly said "Come on in, we're all over here, just walk straight in!" . With a flashlight, we then saw you and Tucker who was wagging his tail and greeting us as we approached. And that is how I ALWAYS saw Tucker each time after that, wagging his tail, smiling at everyone and looking at you SO adoringly. Watching him in the Rally ring was very much an inspiration to all of us with his attitude and fun-loving nature in loving to work with you. And he WAS a beautiful boy! You and Mike have wonderful memories of "life with Tucker" that no one can take away from you and you will all meet again someday. Right now, you are right, he did get his wish and is free of pain and running in the Meadow with his green ball. I really believe he will be watching over you and your family and knows how much you love him as he waits for the grand reunion. Sending you and your family my love, good thoughts and prayers for peace in your hearts... Ann Ford

    Dear Laurie and Mike,

    I just do not have the words to say how very sad I am to hear of Tucker's passing and know that a very big part of your hearts passed over the Bridge with him. We wish our companions could be with us forever and time seems to just fly by and they're gone. I have gone through this many times, as I'm sure you have too and it never gets easier. Each of our pets have their own individual personalities and souls and each touch our lives, souls and hearts in their own special way. Tucker was the icon of PNI and his spirit will be there forever.

    Laurie, the first time I saw you and Tucker was at Bella Vista, a VERY hot August 2005 evening, as we entered the building, lights were off to keep it cool, we couldn't see and you laughingly said "Come on in, we're all over here, just walk straight in!" . With a flashlight, we then saw you and Tucker who was wagging his tail and greeting us as we approached. And that is how I ALWAYS saw Tucker each time after that, wagging his tail, smiling at everyone and looking at you SO adoringly. Watching him in the Rally ring was very much an inspiration to all of us with his attitude and fun-loving nature in loving to work with you. And he WAS a beautiful boy!

    You and Mike have wonderful memories of "life with Tucker" that no one can take away from you and you will all meet again someday. Right now, you are right, he did get his wish and is free of pain and running in the Meadow with his green ball. I really believe he will be watching over you and your family and knows how much you love him as he waits for the grand reunion.

    Sending you and your family my love, good thoughts and prayers for peace in your hearts...

    Ann Ford

  • Suz

    Suz

    Laurie: Although I did not know Tucker, I am crying in sympathy for the loss of such a friend as Tucker. Beautiful memorial to his spirit which is still with you. When you are going about doing things and see a flash you will be seeing Tucker in spirit running about you enjoying his wish come true. Just stop and feel him and enjoy the freedom with him. Namaste, Suz enjoying life in N.W. IN with Crestview's Taters 'N Gravy, R1MCL HIC CGC 8 y.o. RM Aussie, Friend & Behavioral Scientist U-CD Riley XXVIII, CD RN H-CD RL1X2 RL2 CGC. 6 y.o. GSD, Girlfriend & Trialmate Merlin, cat in a tuxedo who laughs at all of us & once in awhile throws a hairball our way!!! and especially with Pal 'O Mine, C.G.C forever 16 years & 8 months BT Aussie, Friend & Teacher now playing at the Bridge. "Be an easy keeper, Mom. Be an easy keeper."

    Laurie:

    Although I did not know Tucker, I am crying in sympathy for
    the loss of such a friend as Tucker.
    Beautiful memorial to his spirit which is still with you.

    When you are going about doing things and see a flash
    you will be seeing Tucker in spirit running about you
    enjoying his wish come true. Just stop and feel him
    and enjoy the freedom with him.

    Namaste, Suz enjoying life in N.W. IN with

    Crestview's Taters 'N Gravy, R1MCL HIC CGC 8 y.o. RM Aussie, Friend & Behavioral Scientist
    U-CD Riley XXVIII, CD RN H-CD RL1X2 RL2 CGC. 6 y.o. GSD, Girlfriend & Trialmate

    Merlin, cat in a tuxedo who laughs at all of us & once in awhile throws a hairball our way!!!
    and especially with Pal 'O Mine, C.G.C forever 16 years & 8 months BT Aussie, Friend & Teacher now playing at the Bridge. "Be an easy keeper, Mom. Be an easy keeper."

  • Rita Nolan

    Rita Nolan

    Good Morning Laurie, I saw Sue's post and wanted to express my condolences. I learned earlier this year that it's not the word's people say, but that they acknowledge and celebrate a life well lived. God Speed to Tucker. Peace to you, Rita and Hyun So

    Good Morning Laurie,
    I saw Sue's post and wanted to express my condolences. I learned earlier this year that it's not the word's people say, but that they acknowledge and celebrate a life well lived. God Speed to Tucker.
    Peace to you,
    Rita and Hyun So

  • Linda Dossett

    Linda Dossett

    Dear Laurie, It is with profound sadness that I convey my heartfelt sympathy to and your family on Tucker's passing. It is so hard to bid farewell to those special dogs in our lives, but happily they will always live on in our hearts and minds forever. I will always remember Tucker's "regal" presence at the first class Junior and I took at Pup 'N Iron....he was the epitome of manners and grace amongst our unruly dogs trying to become like him! A true role model! And you could tell Tucker thought you were his special partner. It was a real pleasure to have known him if only for a short time. No tears, celebrate the journey! Corgially, Linda & the Corgi Crew, Charm RL1, CGC, TDI & Junior, RN, CGC

    Dear Laurie,

    It is with profound sadness that I convey my heartfelt sympathy to and your family on Tucker's passing. It is so hard to bid farewell to those special dogs in our lives, but happily they will always live on in our hearts and minds forever. I will always remember Tucker's "regal" presence at the first class Junior and I took at Pup 'N Iron....he was the epitome of manners and grace amongst our unruly dogs trying to become like him! A true role model! And you could tell Tucker thought you were his special partner.

    It was a real pleasure to have known him if only for a short time. No tears, celebrate the journey!

    Corgially,
    Linda & the Corgi Crew, Charm RL1, CGC, TDI & Junior, RN, CGC

  • Laurie Buchele

    Laurie Buchele

    Our sympathies. I feel like I know both of you after working on the "Bond" article about the two of you for the short-lived Go Rally! magazine several years ago -- even though we have never met. I know what a difficult time this is for you and your family. Please know there are many people supporting you and thinking of you. Tucker was lucky to have you and is forever watching over you. Blessings, Laurie Buchele

    Our sympathies.
    I feel like I know both of you after working on the "Bond" article about the two of you for the short-lived Go Rally! magazine several years ago -- even though we have never met. I know what a difficult time this is for you and your family. Please know there are many people supporting you and thinking of you. Tucker was lucky to have you and is forever watching over you.
    Blessings,
    Laurie Buchele

  • Terri Greer

    Terri Greer

    Dear Laurie, Crying as I write this ............I'm so sorry. I shall, when I gather myself together, write my memories of Tucker, and send it to you with great honor. For now, there are no words ..........please know you're in my heart and prayers. Run fast and in health and peace, sweet Tucker. With love and sympathy, Terri

    Dear Laurie,
    Crying as I write this ............I'm so sorry. I shall, when I gather myself together, write my memories of Tucker, and send it to you with great honor.
    For now, there are no words ..........please know you're in my heart and prayers.
    Run fast and in health and peace, sweet Tucker.
    With love and sympathy,
    Terri

  • Nan Sanders

    Nan Sanders

    Laurie and Mile - there are NO words in the world that can help you - I will pray for you and Mike - you all have a huge hole in you hearts and lives - time may partly heal the hole. You know Tucker is waiting at the Bridge for you - he is running around and waiting for you. RIP Tucker Nan and Chance

    Laurie and Mile - there are NO words in the world that can help you -
    I will pray for you and Mike - you all have a huge hole in you hearts
    and lives - time may partly heal the hole. You know Tucker is
    waiting at the Bridge for you - he is running around and waiting for you.

    RIP
    Tucker

    Nan and Chance