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Duke, Xena, & Maverick

The Three Mutt-eteers.  
(In loving memory of Duke and Maverick)

All about Duke 
August 3, 2001- March 19, 2010
March 19, 2010

Duke became ill last Saturday night. He endured a week of tests and treatments at the Animal Clinic. Yet still, his liver was failing, his kidney was enlarged, his breathing was labored, his back legs did not function correctly, he did not eat or drink, his tummy was bloated, he hardly slept, among other things.

We decided to put him in intensive supportive care at the vet, coming home to spend time with us for the nights. He was receiving daily IVs and many medications. He showed no response to any of the treatments and continued to suffer more each day.

Dr. Bales and Dr. Brown worked very hard on treating him. Everyone at the clinic was worried about him. We were doing all we could for him and saw no changes. His liver was too far gone and there was nothing we could do to save him.

We put Duke to rest this morning. It turns out he had cancer. One of his many tumors was strangling his heart and putting his body into all this pain. It’s so hard to see such a great dog go. He was only 8 ½ years old. He was our favorite dog we’ve ever had. He was such a good dog. Life will be very different with him gone. We love him. It’s ironic to me that a dog with such a great heart, passes due to the cancer on his heart.
Love, Emily and Jeff

Here is a poem our friend/ dog sitter wrote about Duke.

Startling blue eyes
a confident gaze
as he surveyed other dogs racing around him
giving him just enough space
and the respect he was due
Those intense blue eyes
so unique considering his coloring
intent on possible treats to be had 
when paired with that happy grin
A happy dog prance
seemingly out of place
considering how serious he could be
but used to mark every enjoyment
Car trip? Is that a k-i-t-t-y?  How about a hike?
Nail tapping
a persistent reminder that bedtime rituals were to
fluffed pillows
and covers that were tucked just so
Barking and play bowing
the living room carpet sliding across the floor
racing out the dog door
such a terrific friend
to a too short dog with too much attitude
You carved out a special place in both our hearts
as you did in everyone you knew
a once-in-a-lifetime dog to your family
a one-of-a-kind friend to both of us
Duker-Doo we miss you

Check out pictures from Duke's 7th birthday party!

All about Xena Luna

Spitfire,  part dingo, bat, hyena, and gremlin, Female

Nickname: Z-Dog

Age: 8

Birthday: Oct. 11, 2001 

Adoption Day: April 11, 2002

Sign: Libra- peace, balance and harmony in all life (I'm not so sure).

Things people say about me:"Nice catch!"

Likes: Running, jumping, catching, soaking in the pool

Dislikes: Cats and I don't mix well

Hobbies: Frisbee catching, bee biting

Interests: Flying objects.

Favorite Past Time: The day I got my forever home. 

I prefer someone who is: Tough yet, fun loving and kind

A perfect day would be: Something fun, and active. I don't sit still very much.


All about Maverick

November 24, 2006 - March 11, 2009
March 11, 2009

I have some sad news to share with you today. Undoubtedly, I recently made the hardest decision I have ever had to make.Today, Maverick peacefully passed away in our adoring arms at the vet. I love Maverick more than I ever thought I could love. I think about him day and night. I have spent the past year and a half trying to make a good life for him. I tried everything I knew how to do; I consulted with friends, family and vets along the way. We tried numerous things for him to help him relax and feel happy.Unfortunately, with Maverick’s undying love and feelings to protect, we felt we could not do enough to keep him safe with others. I told Dr. Bales that I felt sickened about putting down what I call a “perfectly healthy dog” she assured me that while Mav may be physically healthy, there is just something that is not wired right in him. This decision was absolutely not easily made, we thought of many options, and finally decided that the best option for all of us was to let him go, with him knowing how much we love him and wish it could have turned out differently.

Maverick had a sad life before we adopted him, and I would like to think that in the past couple years we gave him some wonderful memories and opportunities that he may not have ever had. He definitely found someone who would love him back as much as he loved them. Maverick enjoyed his last night with us. Jeff picked him up and put him in bed with us. None of us slept much, but we had a nice long goodbye full of happy stories and tears.

We decided to have Maverick cremated. When the flowers begin to come up in the daisy field on the mountain in the early summer, we will spread his ashes along side of Kapugen’s.

I will miss that dog more than anything.

Thank you for all of your kind words to Maverick during his time with us. And thanks to your dogs for being his friend.

Much love,

Emily & Jeff


He was brave, smart, funny, floppy and stretchy.

He was cuddly, handsome, lovable, and loyal.

It was sweet to hear his snores at night.

Sometimes he sounded like a horse as he let out a big sigh.

Our Slobber Dogger.

He was freakin’ adorable.

We love you Maverick, Thank you for letting us know you.


Some of our other doggie friends...

Monty, Siskiyou, Xena, Duke

Monty, Mali, Xena, Duke

Ozzie, Harriet, Xena, Duke



Oliver and Anup 


"Love me, love my dog."

"A mutt is a dog. A creature allied to species, not breed. A mutt knows that you have chosen him for himself, and not becuase of the type you set out to get."
Jean Hanft Korelitz

"Two dogs are easier than one, but three is like having 16 dogs."
Lynda Barry

"Old age means, realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to."
Joe Gores

"Dogs are not our whole live, but they make our lives whole."

Roger Caras

"Love is the master emotion for dogs; they really seem to have an endless supply."
—Jeffrey Masson

In loving memory of Kapugen

November 18, 1990- September 25, 2006

Why breed or buy, while shelter animals die?