Not the Blogher Wrap Up I Had in Mind

I am making my way home right now via train. The Acela Express should have me there in a few hours. However, home will not be as I left it. Our male pug Diego passed away a few hours ago from a sudden heart complication. He was only seven years old and was not sick at all. It was just so sudden and I am sad I did not even have a chance to say good bye.

He is survived by Gracie his partner in mischief. I hope she doesn’t get too depressed. If you have pets you know how hard it is to lose a pet.

  • Stephanie

    I am so sorry to hear that, Mercedes. Many Hugs to you and yours…

  • Andrea @

    Awww… so sorry to hear that, M!!

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  • Marcia S

    I’m so so sorry! I know how much you love those dogs! I hope the boys are doing ok! Hugs to all of you!

  • tania

    So sorry for your loss….I really dont know what to type to you because tears are just coming out thinking about my dog Brujo…….Rest asure he is in DOGGY HEAVEN and resting in peace……LO SIENTO MUCHO…

  • Karen

    You know that he is definitely in doggie heaven now. So hard to lose a member of the family. Hugs & blessings to you & your family!!!

  • Kristina L.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I too know how pets become apart of your family. I still cry over my little Smokey that passed a couple of years ago. My thoughts are with you.

  • chris

    Mercedes, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved furbaby.

  • Jennifer

    I’m so sorry Mercedes. That is so sad and hard to deal with.

  • Nancy V.

    We’re so sorry to hear about your loss!

  • Kaley @ Cha-Ching on a Shoestring

    I do know how hard it is to lose a pet. Much harder than I ever imagined. Much love to you, Mercedes!

  • Shari

    I am so sorry for your loss. They are our furry kids and become a huge part of our life.
    Hugs to you!

  • Jessica

    Mercedes, So sorry to hear about your Diego :( When you have pets, they become part of your family – thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Yoly at

    So sad to read your post :( *hugs*

  • Nichole

    I am so sorry to hear that! I wish we could have met up at Blogher but I guess we never xrossed paths Sorry you will have a sad homecoming.

  • Donna

    My heart hurts for you as I am a dog – cat lover and know what they mean to us.
    Hugs to you!

  • Robyn

    So sorry. We had two pug (sisters) and we had to put one down b/c of medical reasons almost 2 years ago. She was only 5 years old and it was a pretty quick decision for us. Her sister didn’t eat for a few days and was bummed for awhile, but she got better. Pugs are such social, need-to-be-close to you dogs that I wondered if it was much harder on our little girl when her sister passed. ?? I’m sure it’s hard for all dogs (and their ‘parents’). Eventually it won’t hurt so much to remember for you, and your other pug.

  • Lynn

    My prayers are with you. We love our furry members of our family and I know how hard it is to loose one. I am so sorry.

  • jen

    so sorry. We lost our “eddie” in jan 09. It took about 6 months for his brother to be carefree and happy again. Hang in there. Give the kids and the other dog a big hug.

  • Pennyscents

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. Pets definitely become a member of the family. We lost a dog a few years ago when he was 9 years old. We will never forget him! Please try not to feel guilty. Life can be very unpredictable, and you had no way of know this would happen. God Bless!!!

  • Cindy

    Oh Mercedes I’m so sorry to hear that. It is so hard. Much harder then you can imagine. I know and understand as we just lost our beloved dog a couple of months ago. My heart still breaks. Hugs to you.

  • Lisa

    My heart goes out to you, thanking God that your sweet one had such a good momma here in his brief time on this earth. I long for the day when all our (people AND animals) suffering will be over. Maranatha!

  • Lisa

    I’m so sorry for your loss. That’s the thing about having four legged family members, they never stay with us for as long as we wish they would but we love them with all of our hearts, which get broken when they go the Rainbow Bridge.

    My heart hurts for you, your family and for Gracie.

  • Thrifty Jenny

    I am so sorry for your loss, Mercedes. It is very difficult to lose a pet, your family will be in our prayers.

  • Amy

    We just lost our 15 1/2 year old Lhasa the end of June. It’s amazing how much your heart aches from the loss. My sympathy to you and your family.

  • Kelli

    Your family is in my prayers! We love our furry family members, too!

  • Heather

    I’m so sorry the hear this! Yes, it is very hard to loose a pet. Over the last 3 years I lost my cat and dog. As time has passed I feel happy to remember them. although they are my pets, I was very blessed to have them.

  • sally

    I lost my 14 year old pet cat Colby last year around this time and I miss her like crazy. She too had a heart problem so, I do know how it feels not to have the chance to say goodbye. I hold on to the joy she brought to my family and I hope in your sadness you can do the same. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • amy

    Sorry to hear about your dog, it is a hard thing to loose. They are part of the family.

  • Jennifer

    So sorry to hear this. It is very hard. Your animals quickly become a real part of your family so it’s hard to see them go, especially so suddenly. Thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Bargain babe

    I am sorry for your loss. My Mom’s golden retriever died when she was vacationing with me and I still feel guilty that she was with me and not Misty. She had a wonderful way of saying goodbye to pets. We would all stand around the grave and take turns saying something nice about the pet. Try it and maybe you will feel better.

  • Barbara A

    So sorry for your loss. We are all thinking of you.

  • Angela

    Mercedes, I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts for you and your family.

  • Anita

    I am very sorry to hear that, we have a seven year old Dog, and I know how they are part of the family. I will say a prayer for you all as you adjust to this loss.

  • Renee

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We lost our 14-1/2 yr old dog Mandy in June. My husband & I got her as a pup when we had been married for 1 yr. She was almost 4 when our children started arriving, so they had been growing up with her. It was so hard for us that last day at the vet’s office & for several days after. She had been my b-day present and my first “baby.” You & your family are in my prayers.

  • Joanie Demer

    I’m so sorry Mercedes! Thinking of you and your family!

  • Clippin’ with Carie

    Oh I am sooooo sorry to hear that! I don’t know what I would do if my dog passed, he is like a child to me! Prayers headed your way!

  • Alison1

    I am so sorry for your loss! I’ve never commented on your blog before but I have gained such benefit from it, so thank you for all that you share. We have an 11 year-old bulldog- we love pugs, too and we cherish every day with our little smooshie face. Thanks for sharing and know that you’re in my thoughts!

  • Misty

    I am so sorry to hear this. I know how much we love our dogs and how devastated we would be if something like this happened.

  • melissa

    I’m so sad reading this. Loosing a pet is though and they are just like children.
    I will be thinking about you and your family and praying as you accept this change.

  • Emily

    I am so sorry to hear about Diego. We have two pugs and the thought of losing them brings tears to my eyes. Losing a pet truly is losing a member of your family so please take time for yourself. I will be thinking of you, the rest of your family and Gracie too.

  • Amanda

    I am so sorry to hear about your dog, I know how hard it is.

  • Christina

    So sorry to hear this- pets are with us for too short of a time.

  • Nipa

    Aww sorry to hear that..prayers for him and your family

  • Carrie

    From one pug mama to another- I am so sorry for the loss of your little one. They certainly make life brighter!

  • debbie lynne

    My thoughts are with you. We too lost our dog while we were out of town and it was a sudden episode of congestive heart failure. She was fine when we left. It’s so hard when you can’t say goodbye. I hope your Diego has met my Molly.

  • Gail

    I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your loved dog. I am a pet lover and lost my dog to an unexplained illness several years and still cry when she crosses my mind. It is so very hard and the fact you did not get to say goodbye makes it harder but he knew how much your family loved him and he will always remain in your hearts and memories.

  • NGP

    Oh, NO!!! I am so sorry to hear that! I know how hard it is to lose a member of your family! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  • molly

    Hugs to you!

  • Julie

    I do know how hard it is to lose a pet. So sorry to hear your news.

  • Tosca

    I’m really sorry for your lost, losing a pet can be one of the hardest things and people don’t always understand how painful it is. The bond that is formed with a pet is very strong and when they pass they leave tiny little holes in our hearts. We know that they go to a better place but it still hurts not having them in our lives anymore. I lost my cat 5 years ago and I still miss her sometimes.

    Sending you my prayers and best wishes.

  • zelda rocha

    O Sweetie – May G-D bestow his blessings on you – your family and lost love pet at this sad time – our prayers are with you – zelda johnny maxie angel roy & fluffy

  • Deanna

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our beagle passed 10/2008. I too know how hard it is to lose a pet.

  • Penny

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have been there and it is truly heart braking to lose a furry member of your family. I will pray for all of you.

  • Marianne

    I am so very sorry. We’ve lost (2) dogs (both littermates, both after long and wonderful lives -12 & 14) and it was terribly difficult for all of us. I still miss them and always will; there is no more compassionate, loyal, and joyful friend than a good dog.

    Safe travels and I hope BlogHer was fun.

  • AC

    I’m so sorry Mercedes. Hugs to you and your family.

  • Rachel

    Mercedes I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your dog. Hugs to your family.

  • KimH

    Im so sorry to hear that Diego has moved on to another time & space without you having the opportunity to bid him farewell. I know what it is to miss a beloved animal family member. However, sometimes, usually when you least expect it.. you’ll hear, see or feel a familiar feeling or event and you’ll swear your Diego has come to visit from the Other Side.. Know that he can and will.. When we pass, we dont cease to exist.. we merely change form, seeing as how we are bodies of energy. Science has proved that created energy never ceases to exist.. it merely changes forms.. And you will see your beloved Diego again someday.. in your dreams perhaps and on the Other Side!
    Much love & many blessings,

  • ICS

    I’m so sorry Mercedes. A couple of weeks ago we euthanized our 6 year old Pug. He suffered from PDE a type of Encephalitis unique to pugs, for which there is no cure. The toughest thing was deciding when to make the final call to put him down as he slowly deteriorated. It’s funny as a man I always liked big dogs but little Henry taught me a lot. He was so full of life & character in such a small body. He was best buddies with Max our big dog (a Belgian Malinois). For us the best thing to do was to adopt another dog for ourselves & Max which we just did. Snoopy the Beagle will never replace or be a substitute for Henry, but he is a rescue that needs our love as well.

  • Stephanie P.

    So Sorry to hear that. Hugs to you and your family. May you find comfort in the memories that you have of Diego.

  • Stephanie

    I’m sorry, I understand…stay strong!

  • Kimberly

    I am so sorry to hear about your dog!! I pray that God gives you strength and peace!!

  • Frugal Mom

    I am so sorry, Mercedes, yo se es muy duro!

  • Lisa

    Thinking of you! Our smaller dog, beagle/bassett died about a month ago.

  • jeanne

    I’m so sorry about you loss. I truly know that horrible feeling of losing a pet. I’m thinking of you and yours.

  • Mitchell Wischmann

    I’m so sorry Mercedes!

  • Cathy @ Chief Family Officer

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and that you didn’t get to say good-bye :( Hugs!

  • Sarah Elyce

    I was so sad to read this. I read your blog everyday, compulsively checking it multiple times a day, and just got home from a double shift and saw this. I am incredibly sorry for your loss. I can barely bear to even contemplate losing my sweet little Delilah so I can’t begin to imagine how it must feel when it actually happens. I suppose, as dog owners, we just have to be so thankful for our pets being in our lives and remember all the laughs and good times we have had because of our doggies and how happy our dogs must have been to have caring owners.

  • samantha

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Dee Dee

    We just lost our beloved kitty Buddy last month,He was my favorite kitty out of 3 due to a hawk attack.I loved him as a family member and understand your loss.I am sorry,I know its hard.I am still mourning.

  • Jaycie

    Oh Mercedes! I am sooo sorry. I know how very much you love your furry babies, just like we do. It breaks my heart to hear you have to go through this so unexpectedly and especially coming home from a conference. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers this week as you go through grieving with your family and with Gracie.

    Many hugs to you, my friend!

  • Holly

    So sorry! We lost our pug about a year ago now! He was almost 9! I know how hard this will be for you and your family!

  • Kimberly

    So sorry about your dog :( Sending happy thoughts to your family and your other pup…

  • sweet pea

    poor sweet baby. i know this is no consolation, but take some comfort in knowing he didn’t suffer a long illness and enjoyed his life to the fullest.

  • Stephanie

    I am sorry for your families loss.

  • Mercedes

    Thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate your kind words.


  • Becky Barley

    I’m so so sorry! We love our shar-pei Rocky like he’s our kid so I’m sad for you.

  • Mary

    I am so sorry to hear that sad news. Even when you know a pet is aging, like my 15-yr old black Lab that I lost last summer, it is terribly hard. They are a part of your family and their loss is so hard. Thinking of you and your family…

  • andrea

    I’m so sorry to hear that. We just lost our long-haired black cat—she would have been two years old this month. Like your dog, she wasn’t even sick. Vet said it was probably a heart issue she was born with.

  • Sue

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a pet is not easy – they are one of family.

  • Emily

    I’m so so sorry. Having a pet go when they’re old is bad enough but if it’s unexpected… I hope Gracie will be okay. When our doxie lost his best friend he took it hard and didn’t eat well for a whole month. I’m sure she will be grieving too for a while.

  • Sue Lieberg

    I am so sorry to hear that, I have 2 cavaliers that are my babies and I cant imagine the
    grief of losing a pet.

  • kimberly

    I am so sorry. I know how utterly awful that feels.

  • Betsy

    So sorry for your loss. How hard it must be not being able to be there. I have a fridge magnet that says ” Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”. I believe this to be soo true. I love my chihuahuas and have not had a loss, but I know it will be hard when the times comes.

  • Anabel

    I’ll keep your family in our prayers.

  • Xochilt

    I am so sorry to hear that. I too am a dog owner and know how awful that feels. My heart goes out to you.


    I am so sorry, I know how you feel, my prayers are with you and the family

  • elizabeth

    So very very sorry to read about your loss. It’s even harder for you without the closure of saying goodbye. Diego was fortunate to go quickly, though, and for that I am sure you are grateful.

    Mourn as you must and then, when you are ready, look for a dog to rescue. There are so many out there that would benefit from your loving home. If pugs are your thing, look into your region’s pug rescue.
    Right now, just mourn.

  • AngelaRS

    I am sorry to hear of your family’s loss Mercedes.

  • AQHorse

    I’m sorry, too. It hurts every time no matter how many cats, dogs, horses you’ve lost.

  • Briana

    So sorry to hear this M! :(

  • Tammie

    So very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I understand how bad it hurts.

  • jl

    Your life is forever changed after loving and receiving love from him. As much as it hurts, be thankful for the time you had together.

  • Stephanie

    So sorry to hear about your dog, Mercedes!!

  • Marcy

    I’m so sorry to hear that Mercedes. :-(

  • Lindsey

    So sorry for your loss Mercedes, pets are family and it is devastating to lose one. I lost my 19 year old cat last December and being that I am 24 years old I don’t remember life without her but I made it through and am finally smiling when I think of how much joy she brought in our lives. Thinking of you!

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  • kim

    i m so sorry about your pug i know how your feeling we lost are puggly trapper on jan 4 ,2011
    he was jupping at my husband truck and got hit in are drive way…trapper was like one of the kids…my husband felt so bad it was hard to tell me..i cant replace trapper he was the BEST…