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All in the Family

Wanda: January 2007-February 2011

I didn’t want to write this post, but Matt wanted me to, so here it is. We had to put Wanda down early this morning to put her out of her suffering. She had gotten progressively unstable throughout last week, and the vet had no solution for her. She had been shaking for the last week and a half uncontrollably, stopped eating, and couldn’t really walk anymore. The best, most unselfish thing to do was to put her down. It was terribly hard.

I have never lost a child, but without belittling the subject AT ALL, I feel almost like I can somewhat relate.

Wanda has been part of our family almost as long as Matt and I have been married, and we imagined at least 8-10 more fun years with her. We had plans for her to have puppies. It is so hard. I know I sound ridiculous, but if you’ve ever lost a dog I think you can relate.

I know it’s even harder on Matt than it is on me. They had the silliest, most ridiculously adorable relationship I’ve ever seen.

Anyway, we thought that you all should know that Wanda’s gone now, but there’s no doubt that our loved ones in Heaven are playing with her right now.

Wanda had a good…no, great life. You can read more about it HERE.


  1. I didn't even realize she was sick! I'm so sorry you guys… love you.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your family's loss. May peace and comfort be with you and your family.

  3. heather, i'm so sorry! that is terrible news. and i have not even had children and i can totally see how losing a pets is like losing family. it's hard. thinking of you!

  4. I am so sorry!

  5. oh heather, i'm so so sorry.i TOTALLY get it. i lost my dog last april and it was the worst i've ever felt. i couldn't stop the tears.thinking of you guys!!

  6. Oh Heather I'm so sorry for your loss! Losing a pet is so difficult and I've been through it more times than I'd like to remember. I'm thinking of you and your little family.

  7. Aw, I'm so sorry Heather!

  8. BABY! I'm so so so so so sorry. I don't even love animals, but I'm so sad because I know how much you do!

  9. Memories will always put a smile on your face, albeit a tear in your eye. There is no replacement for the unconditional love a little doggie can give you! I shall never forget Wanda's little finger-bite greetings–her skipping merriy down the sidewalk–her well-worn spot on your purple sofa watching the world go by- her snuggling with Matthew–her little cheerleading Halloween outfit, or her sleeping with Keith and I on our bed when you guys left for a trip. You loved her–and she loved you! What greater joy can there be ? You know my heart is with you all! Keep skipping Wanda till we meet again!

  10. Soooooo sad. That is just awful. As our Kona just turned 12 the thought of her being so old now, and not having much time left already brings tears to my eyes. I truly feel for you all!

  11. so sad! i have a dog, so i know exactly how hard it would be.goodbye wanda!

  12. Oh I am so sorry for your loss! I always loved reading about Wanda. She made me want a cute white fluffy dog. I'm thinking of you and Matt and I know Wanda is looking down on you so thankful for the wonderful life you gave her.

  13. poor wanda! I'm sorry Heather! My little weenie max died a year ago and I"m still sad about it!!! But, you did the right thing for Wanda. Here's to feeling better soon!!

  14. Seriously, we are all SO SAD to hear this news about Wanda. I hope you guys hang in there, I can only imagine how hard it is! We love Wanda!!!

  15. this seriously made me cry! i am so sorry heather and matt and cole. i can't even imagine what it would be like to lose gertie. so so so sad. wanda was such a good dog.

  16. Losing a pet is incredibly hard. I am so sorry that you, Matt and Cole have to go through that. We had to put our family beagle down a little over a year ago and it is really like saying goodbye to a member of the family. My thoughts are with youSincerely,ChristyPs. I don't know if you have any interest in something like this since you have done such a wonderful job of capturing Wanda's spirit via your blog posts, however I thought I would share this website with you: used it to cope with the loss of my dog Torrey and I recommend itHere is her profile:

  17. Thank you all SO SO much for your kind words. We truly appreciate it. xoxo

  18. Heather – So sad! I'm sorry to hear about Wanda. She was such a sweetheart. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Heather, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I can only imagine the feelings you have right now, it must be so hard. I wish you the best and am praying for you.Love, Amber (and Hailey too)

  20. Oh sorry Heather! :( Thinking of you and your little family.

  21. So sorry to hear this! She was a beautiful dog.

  22. O Heather I am so sorry. :( I've loved reading your posts about Wanda. I know she was a big part of your family. Hugs.

  23. sorry for your loss! losing a dog is hard. dogs become part of our families over here at my house.

  24. Heather I am so sorry. I know how hard it is. Jan and I have lost two of furry kids since we have been married and it was heartbreaking. We love our dogs dearly. I am attaching a link to a poem that I pinned up in my office to help me with my grief at that time. I hope this link works and that it will help you and Matt. Take care. Uncle Scott

  25. Heather I am so sorry. I know how hard it is. Jan and I have lost two of furry kids since we have been married and it was heartbreaking. We love our dogs dearly. I am attaching a link to a poem that I pinned up in my office to help me with my grief at that time. I hope this link works and that it will help you and Matt. Take care. Uncle Scott

  26. oh my goodness, Heather, I'm so sorry! I know how hard it is to loose a pet – especially a dog. they're so much like a person! at least you have amazing memories to cherish. xo

  27. heather. I am bawling. I am so so sorry…..I know exactly what it feels like to lose a dog and it's terrible. hugs and prayers your way:)

  28. My poor, sweet "little smooch" is gone. At least I got to hold her and pet for a while on Saturday and make her comfy beds. I've been sobbing all day. She was one of my favorite people; we were always so excited to see each other. I love you, Wanda.

  29. So sorry Heather, I hope you can remember the good times with Wanda and there will be another 4 legged friend in your future!

  30. heather, i am so so so sorry. i can totally understand what you're going through and i would agree that the loss is like losing a family member, no doubt about it. i would be absolutely beside myself if we had to put bird down. i hope you guys are able to miss her with happiness. prayers for you.

  31. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Wanda! I will always remember Wanda Wednesday's. It always seemed like she was a great dog with a great personality!

  32. Im so glad we had wanda in these family photo's of yours! love you.

  33. Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. (Roger Caras)I'm sorry for the hole that you are experiencing in your lives right now…

  34. oh heather – i'm so sorry! that must have been so tough. i enjoyed the montage of pictures – a very sweet tribute. i'm sure the family photo at the end will be forever sweet

  35. I have tears in my eyes as I read this. I am so sorry for your loss, it's amazing how pets really are such a huge part of our families and loosing them is very difficult.

  36. All these wonderful comments made ME feel so warm and so much better. I know that with time you'll go back and read them without so many too-tender feelings and gain a lot of comfort, too. What wonderful friends you have!

  37. I just saw your post on FB, so decided it was time to check your blog. I am so sorry!!! It is so hard. When my husband's family lost their dog – we were all so sad. My husband said it was harder to lose Biscuit (his dog) than it was his grandma. (We don't say that out loud though) Anyway, I am so sorry! Thinking of you.

  38. Oh Heather, Matt and Cole! I am so sad about your beautiful, wonderful Wanda. Your hearts must be breaking. She was one in a million, and such a bright light in your family. I am so sorry that light has gone out. I am so, so sorry.I love you, Annie

  39. Dear Matt & Heather, so sorry to hear about your loss. :( Dear Wanda, we are going to miss you , you crept deep into our hearts.xx

  40. so sad. i'm really sorry for your loss wanda seemed like the perfect dog.

  41. Heather I am SO sad!! This breaks my heart. I love you guys and I'll pray for you. Xoxoxo

  42. This was beautiful. Wanda was so fun. So so so sorry Heather. We are praying for your family. We love you! I remember taking Wanda for a walk while carrying Cole around your block. Great dog.

  43. Oh Heather!! I am so sorry. Wanda was the cutest little dog I have ever seen. Love ya!!

  44. I cried (am crying) as I read your post. I am sooo sorry. Wanda was sooo cuuuute and I know you loved her so much. I remember you commenting on my post about my cat and talking about how you love your dog so much and were happy I was sharing my love for my cat. Awww Wanda.

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