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

Add message
  • Jenny Parke

    Jenny Parke

    Laurie, I am so sorry to hear about Tucker, I know how much you loved him! He was a very special dog! I loved watching the two of you work together, you could tell how much he loved his mom and you him. He would have done anything for you! You two were a great team! Tucker was a very special dog and I am so glad that I got to know him and to watch the both you together! It's so hard to lose a heart dog, one that has been through so much with us, and we know we will never have them again but we were lucky to have them in our lives and to have those memories. I am sure Tucker is sprinting around at the bridge now having a great time and just waiting for you to eventually come to him. Jenny, Griffyn Angel Harry

    Laurie,

    I am so sorry to hear about Tucker, I know how much you loved him! He was a very special dog! I loved watching the two of you work together, you could tell how much he loved his mom and you him. He would have done anything for you! You two were a great team! Tucker was a very special dog and I am so glad that I got to know him and to watch the both you together! It's so hard to lose a heart dog, one that has been through so much with us, and we know we will never have them again but we were lucky to have them in our lives and to have those memories. I am sure Tucker is sprinting around at the bridge now having a great time and just waiting for you to eventually come to him.

    Jenny,
    Griffyn
    Angel Harry

  • Sherry Rifley

    Sherry Rifley

    Laurie, My most lasting and impressionable memory of Tucker was when I first started taking Rally class with you, and you brought Tucker to show us how it was done. He looked at you for every sign and followed you with every move you asked of him. I remember thinking: Gee, if only Liesl will learn to work with me like that. He was so perfect with you. What a boy! And his complete faith in you and devotion for you showed in his face each time he looked at you. I'm quite sure he has already met my Shanna girl over the Rainbow Bridge and many others who have gone before, too. They'll show him all the best and fun spots to play and to wait, until he sees you again. Sherry and the Girls: Liesl, Kassie, Shylah, Rayea, and Tasha.

    Laurie, My most lasting and impressionable memory of Tucker was when I first started taking Rally class with you, and you brought Tucker to show us how it was done. He looked at you for every sign and followed you with every move you asked of him. I remember thinking: Gee, if only Liesl will learn to work with me like that. He was so perfect with you. What a boy! And his complete faith in you and devotion for you showed in his face each time he looked at you.

    I'm quite sure he has already met my Shanna girl over the Rainbow Bridge and many others who have gone before, too. They'll show him all the best and fun spots to play and to wait, until he sees you again.

    Sherry and the Girls: Liesl, Kassie, Shylah, Rayea, and Tasha.

  • Janet Douglass

    Janet Douglass

    Oh Laurie... my heart aches for you and Mike and the rest of your family (human and canine). I honestly have no words to describe how I'm feeling or know what words would help ease your pain. I will always have memories of Tucker being the official Pup n Iron greeter. Sitting behind the counter like a perfect gentleman. He would sit politely to be petted and accept treats but had eyes for only you. I think he and Foster even played a few times together. I never got to see you in the ring with him but I know he was your special boy, your #1. I am so glad we were able to help you celebrate his 10th birthday last month. Copper is there with Tucker and will show him all the great spots to run and play! Run fast and play hard Tucker! Janet

    Oh Laurie... my heart aches for you and Mike and the rest of your family (human and canine). I honestly have no words to describe how I'm feeling or know what words would help ease your pain.

    I will always have memories of Tucker being the official Pup n Iron greeter. Sitting behind the counter like a perfect gentleman. He would sit politely to be petted and accept treats but had eyes for only you. I think he and Foster even played a few times together. I never got to see you in the ring with him but I know he was your special boy, your #1.

    I am so glad we were able to help you celebrate his 10th birthday last month.

    Copper is there with Tucker and will show him all the great spots to run and play!

    Run fast and play hard Tucker!

    Janet

  • Karen Donnelly-Draak

    Karen Donnelly-Draak

    I have no words to express the grief and sadness I feel for your loss Laurie. I am so sorry that Tucker has crossed the bridge but reading your words I realize that he is on the other side of hurt now. Please know that you and Mike are in my thoughts and prayers as I pray for your peace and comfort. I love you. Karen

    I have no words to express the grief and sadness I feel for your loss Laurie. I am so sorry that Tucker has crossed the bridge but
    reading your words I realize that he is on the other side of hurt now.

    Please know that you and Mike are in my thoughts and prayers as I pray for your peace and comfort.

    I love you. Karen

  • Sue and Lee Peetoom

    Sue and Lee Peetoom

    Oh, Laurie…Lee and I are SO sorry to hear the news. You were so brave and quiet about this last setback and Tucker’s decline; we understand why, though. We honor you and Mike for having the strength and the love to give him his wish…to send him on his way when he asked. May the knowledge that you were his world, his life, his love for the decade he was on this earth, and finally the being that understood his need and wish to continue his journey on another plane and who tenderly accepted the burden of helping him on his way, bring you peace as you remember the wonderful memories of a partnership that was privileged to cross those intangible boundaries that made you and Tucker such a joy to behold. Our hearts go out to you; we are thinking of you and Mike… Sue & Lee, Perlie & Usul

    Oh, Laurie…Lee and I are SO sorry to hear the news. You were so brave and quiet about this last setback and Tucker’s decline; we understand why, though. We honor you and Mike for having the strength and the love to give him his wish…to send him on his way when he asked.

    May the knowledge that you were his world, his life, his love for the decade he was on this earth, and finally the being that understood his need and wish to continue his journey on another plane and who tenderly accepted the burden of helping him on his way, bring you peace as you remember the wonderful memories of a partnership that was privileged to cross those intangible boundaries that made you and Tucker such a joy to behold.

    Our hearts go out to you; we are thinking of you and Mike…

    Sue & Lee, Perlie & Usul

  • Jennifer Dumire

    Jennifer Dumire

    I always admired the connection that you had with Tucker, he was such a wonderful dog and was always willing to give it his all. It was great watching him in Rally, you could tell he really enjoyed being out there with his mom. My prayers are with you and your family through this tough time, just know that he is in a wonderful place. Jennifer and Faith

    I always admired the connection that you had with Tucker, he was such a wonderful dog and was always willing to give it his all. It was great watching him in Rally, you could tell he really enjoyed being out there with his mom. My prayers are with you and your family through this tough time, just know that he is in a wonderful place.

    Jennifer and Faith

  • Megan Keister

    Megan Keister

    Dear Laurie - I am so, so sorry for this huge loss. It's just heart breaking to go through this, but know that all of us are feeling the heartbreak too. My memory of Tucker is indeed a good one - you were in the rally ring with him, at one of the PNI trials and I remember watching you work together and thinking - wow! they are GOOD! I specifically remember that you looked so relaxed and happy. Clearly you were wonderful partners for each other. I now only wish I could have seen you 2 together more. I've heard it said that the pain we feel in loss is proportional to the love and joy we had in the connection. In time, the good memories will outweigh the pain. Please know that my thoughts and heart are with you. Megan

    Dear Laurie - I am so, so sorry for this huge loss. It's just heart breaking to go through this, but know that all of us are feeling the heartbreak too.

    My memory of Tucker is indeed a good one - you were in the rally ring with him, at one of the PNI trials and I remember watching you work together and thinking - wow! they are GOOD! I specifically remember that you looked so relaxed and happy. Clearly you were wonderful partners for each other. I now only wish I could have seen you 2 together more.

    I've heard it said that the pain we feel in loss is proportional to the love and joy we had in the connection. In time, the good memories will outweigh the pain.

    Please know that my thoughts and heart are with you.

    Megan

  • Susan Dickerson

    Susan Dickerson

    The rainbow bridge is crowded this week, but this is the hardest. Laurie, I mourn with you on the loss of a wonderful Dalmatian. Always cherish the time you spent together competing, working, and playing. He was a typical Dalmatian goof ball but he knew when to get serious. I always loved to watch him compete in Rally. No matter what the antics, he always came through in the end. With sympathy, Susan, Zack, and Bell

    The rainbow bridge is crowded this week, but this is the hardest. Laurie, I mourn with you on the loss of a wonderful Dalmatian. Always cherish the time you spent together competing, working, and playing. He was a typical Dalmatian goof ball but he knew when to get serious. I always loved to watch him compete in Rally. No matter what the antics, he always came through in the end.

    With sympathy,
    Susan, Zack, and Bell

  • Diana Hong

    Diana Hong

    First I want to say how sorry I am to hear the sad news of Tucker passing over the Rainbow Bridge today. I know you made the right decision for him, but that doesn't take away the sadness and grief that you now must feel. I feel it as if he was one of my boys. Tucker was breathtaking to watch, his focus, you both as a team in APDT rally all these years. I know he was your special star, and you have nothing to regret with the way he spent his life by your side, happy & loved by you both, trained to razor sharp precision, and making you proud in more ways than in just the competition ring. The one memory that I hold most dear about Tucker was one of the first I have of you both. I think it was at BAD at their early trials before I really met you and knew you. You were hesitating to enter Tucker in Level 3, I think it was the jump that was giving him some trouble and you were going to enter him in Level 2 to be safe. I somehow convinced you to "go for broke" and enter Level 3 just to see what he could do for you, "you had nothing to lose" I recall saying. So you both got in there, and lo and behold, came away with your first Level 3 leg, you placed too I think and I was cheering for you as you got your ribbon. You were so happy and proud that day, and I am so glad I was able to share that moment with your both. You know, it seems a lot of good friends have been going thru hard times lately, Laurie. I don't know why. Maybe I'm more sensitive to it since my mom's passing. But the one thing I've learned in terms of a life lession for myself is that in such times as these, there is no substitute for friends like you, you are precious to me. So I want you to know that just as you lent words of sympathy and kindness to me in my darkest hour, I am here for you and your family. If just to email, or chat or phone. My three boys will honor Tucker this weekend with a 3 High Tail salute, to their big buddy and role model in APDT Rally. I can see Tucker running like lightening now in a plush green meadow, catching bugs in his teeth. With my love and sympathies, Diana, Dino, Cedric & Baxter

    First I want to say how sorry I am to hear the sad news of Tucker passing over the Rainbow Bridge today. I know you made the right decision for him, but that doesn't take away the sadness and grief that you now must feel. I feel it as if he was one of my boys. Tucker was breathtaking to watch, his focus, you both as a team in APDT rally all these years. I know he was your special star, and you have nothing to regret with the way he spent his life by your side, happy & loved by you both, trained to razor sharp precision, and making you proud in more ways than in just the competition ring. The one memory that I hold most dear about Tucker was one of the first I have of you both. I think it was at BAD at their early trials before I really met you and knew you. You were hesitating to enter Tucker in Level 3, I think it was the jump that was giving him some trouble and you were going to enter him in Level 2 to be safe. I somehow convinced you to "go for broke" and enter Level 3 just to see what he could do for you, "you had nothing to lose" I recall saying. So you both got in there, and lo and behold, came away with your first Level 3 leg, you placed too I think and I was cheering for you as you got your ribbon. You were so happy and proud that day, and I am so glad I was able to share that moment with your both.
    You know, it seems a lot of good friends have been going thru hard times lately, Laurie. I don't know why. Maybe I'm more sensitive to it since my mom's passing. But the one thing I've learned in terms of a life lession for myself is that in such times as these, there is no substitute for friends like you, you are precious to me. So I want you to know that just as you lent words of sympathy and kindness to me in my darkest hour, I am here for you and your family. If just to email, or chat or phone. My three boys will honor Tucker this weekend with a 3 High Tail salute, to their big buddy and role model in APDT Rally. I can see Tucker running like lightening now in a plush green meadow, catching bugs in his teeth.
    With my love and sympathies,
    Diana, Dino, Cedric & Baxter