Good Night Sweet Prince

October 5, 1995 – August 23, 2008

Now cracks a noble heart.  Good night, sweet prince.  And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.


Horatio (quoted above) knows our pain.  To say it was unexpected is an understatement.  We’d both been in and out of the house on Saturday, but around 7:30pm, while trying to feed the dogs, the Knight noted that Mugsy’s tongue and such were barely pink.  The short version is, Mugsy couldn’t eat, and was in serious respiratory distress.  I rushed him to the emergency vet, where they very literally snatched him from my arms and put him on oxygen.  Before the vet tech finished collecting the history from me, she was called to the back, and moments later, the vet came out, mostly to ask if I wanted them to try CPR if it came to that.

The Knight was at a fire (our local Taco Bell will be closed for a while) when I headed into town, but was back at the station when I called.  He got there just in time to review the X-rays with us.  There was no real sign of degenerative disk disease; he had one spot of arthritis on the lower-most portion of his spine, but that was it.  Emergency vet’s best guess was that his back issues were the result of a series of strokes, all impacting his spinal cord.  At any rate, he’d lost the ability to empty his bladder, and there weren’t any real treatment options, not for regular day to day management.

I wish that vet would start her own practice.  She and the tech were remarkable in their care of Mugsy and their compassion for us.  We have great vets now, but these two are truly a gift to veterinary medicine.  They reassured us that we’d gone above and beyond in trying to help Mugsy make the most of his time with us, and that this REALLY was the right decision for Mugsy. 

Bless his little heart…  To the end, my little man was focused on me.  He licked and licked my face, and even the Knight allowed Mugsy to lick his face several times.  I assured him that he’d soon be running with Fred, and Pop would probably be on hand to throw the ball for him too.  (Funny how more than one of you also suggested that as the word trickled around late last night and early this morning.)  I don’t think more than a square inch here or there was untouched as Mugsy left his broken body aside.  The vet, the tech, the Knight and I were all RIGHT THERE with him.  As with Fred, he left us very quickly, not leaving any time for regrets.

What truly moved us beyond measure was the offer – and of course, we eagerly accepted – of a clay imprint of Mugsy’s paw.  Clay Paw Kits and the emergency vet’s thoughtfulness in offering such a service, meant more to me than even the Knight understands.  (Photos tomorrow or Tuesday.  Our print is baking as I type.)  In a touch of providence, Rosanne had gifted me a kit with the very same purpose just yesterday. 

Sissy is okay.  Last night was very hard on her; she kept looking for Mugsy, and wore me out asking out over and over.  This morning, two dear friends came over to help the Knight bury Mugsy next to Fred.  It’s no longer Fred’s Garden.  If anyone has a short but sweet suggestion for a name, I’d love to hear it.  We’ve added quite a bit to the garden this afternoon, but again, photos will come later.  The inlaws have also reminded me why I love them so; Sissy will be allowed to go to work for a while.  She’s going to miss him for sure… we all will. 

I don’t know what’s next with Mugsy’s Mobile Mission.  I don’t even know the status of his wheels.  Ideally, we’ll be able to cancel the order.  I’m going to see if the local shelter can use his weewee pads, diapers, and lift strap.  Sissy literally took his crate pad as her own;  I had removed it from his crate so all the Knight would have to do is fold up the crate and put it away, but Sissy took the pad in her mouth and headed for her own crate.  Sweet girl…

So, that’s that.  Our vet did absolutely nothing wrong, missed nothing obvious.  Mugsy was just a tough little solider, who hung on as long as he could, and even managed to give us some extra, sweet memories the last couple of weeks.  We were blessed to have him in our lives.

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53 comments on “Good Night Sweet Prince

  1. Amanda says:

    Thank you for sharing, Chan. My heart aches for you, but it is obvious that Mugsy loved you both so much, and soldiered on as long as he did! I’m sure he appreciated your help last night.

    Your Rainbow Garden sounds beautiful. I’m sure you have lots of beautiful flowers to honor your babies.


  2. Nannette says:

    awwww Chan, my heart aches for your loss. **HUGS** It sounds like he had the best possible care and the best possible decision was made. Thank you for the strength in helping Mugsy complete his journey.

    Your Rainbow Garden sounds lovely. May the time spent in the garden help to heal your heart.

  3. Gaylen says:

    I have tears running down my face and don’t know what to say. I’m so very, very sorry. I wish I was there to give you a hug – virtual will have to work. Know that you will definately be in my heart this evening. So glad the emergency Vet was wonderful. g

  4. Bubblesknits says:

    Again, I’m so sorry. I like the sound of the Rainbow Garden. Call me if you need me. ((hugs))

  5. Anita says:

    How blessed you were to have such a sweet soul as Mugsy in your life, and how blessed he was to have such wonderful parents. I think we all have shed more than a few tears with you, I know I have. after all I’ve read about your babies I feel as if I knew them personally.
    My heart aches for you dear. You know where to find me if you need me.

  6. Nichole says:

    My heart has been aching all day for you guys and now the tears stream… he was an amazing little man who sure did bring lots of joy to your hearts, right up there until the very end.

    I’m so glad the vet had done the paw print imprint – reminds me that I have a kit Matt got for me for xmas a few years ago… need to do one and get 3 more. Special treasures forever and ever…

    As for the Garden, its filled with memories of unconditional love… All 4 Paws would be my suggestion.


  7. Trudy says:

    I have tears runing down my face after reading about Mugsy–I still miss my beloved
    Scraps” and I miss all the dear pets I’ve lost in my lifetime. Such joy and sweetness they give us and only ask for our kind hand in return—the friendships we have with our pets can only be understood by those who love animals and have them in their heart.

    I so wish I could give you a word to put in your little garden of love, but right now, I just can’t think of anything but to tell you how sorry I am.

  8. Nancy says:

    You’ve been in my thoughts all day. That paw print memory is precious! How kind of the vet to offer that. Mugsy was a sweet prince, and I know you will hold his memory within your hearts. I like the name “Rainbow Garden.” Hugs for you, the knight and dear sissy.

  9. Bridget says:

    Oh, I am so sorry to read this, but I know only too well what you are all feeling. I hope you get some comfort in knowing that during his last conscious moments, Mugsy knew that he was surrounded by those who loved him more than anything. We should all be so lucky!

    Everyone in our family (furry and otherwise), will say a special prayer for Mugsy and all of you. God bless all of you.

  10. Barbara says:

    I also have tears running down my face as my heart goes out to all of you. May you feel all of our prayers and love for all of you. Hugs!

  11. Mary says:

    I do think Rainbow Garden is it! Again I am so sorry, but glad you now have a vet you can count on, I know how important that is! Love the Paw Print idea, that was nice.

    You are all in my prayers and my heart sure does go out to you all. You know I know its hard and not to much to say can change things, but just knowing we’re all here does help someitmes. If you need anythng, just say so!
    Give Sissy lots of love from all of us woofers here. Love ya’s!!

  12. Holly says:

    I just got on the computer and saw Jessi’s email. Oh my heart aches for you, the Knight and Sissy, as my eyes are flooded with tears. A prince he was. It is almost as if you were the neighbors next door. Seeing that sweet baby week after week. I am so sorry for this loss. That vet last night was put there for a reason, someone knew a very special family would need them. I love the sound of Rainbow Garden decorated with rainbow colored flowers, as I am sure you will have it done just perfect. Love and Hugs and Prayers go out to you, the Knight and Sweet Sissy. Love you Much as always!

  13. Kim says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mugsy. Love and prayers go out to you, Sissy & the Knight.

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  15. Ruth says:

    I’m so sorry that you have this new sorrow on your heart. I know Mugsy is better off now, but the hole he leaves behind in your lives (including Sissy’s) is huge. I pray your sorrow will be short-lived and your memories sweet and enduring.

  16. Lacey says:

    Chan, I am so very sorry to here about Mugsy. I have been so busy lately I haven’t even been able to check blogs. Holly called me late tonight to tell me. You, the Knight, and sissy are in my prayers.

  17. alison says:

    What sad, sad news. Poor Mugsy and poor you. What a brave sweet boy he was though. At least you know he’s running free now even if you’re missing him like it hurts. Each day will bring new blessings and you can remember your special boy.

  18. fireflynights says:

    I had just recovered from reading your e-mail about Mugsy when I read your blog report about how it all happened. Now I’m upset again. Your poor, sweet little friend. I’m so sorry he’s gone.

  19. Robin in VA says:

    Oh Chan….I am So, So sorry to hear about Mugsy! My heart just aches for you guys. You are in my thoughts and please let me know if there’s anything I can do.

  20. Grace says:

    My heart goes out to you all, I too cried when I read the news and when I told my brother in law last night (Shadow’s dad) I think He was ready to cry too. I had been telling them for weeks now about Mugsy and Sissy.

    My suggestion for the garden (Rainbow is great too) is Our Beloveds Garden. I am sure its a restful beautiful spot.

  21. […] than the way I usually write, it’s because I’m still reeling from the news that Mugsy, my friend Chan’s loving Jack Russell companion, has unexpectedly crossed over to the Rainbow […]

  22. Kim aka Chickenlady says:

    Chan I am so very sorry. I have goosebumps and am fighting the tears for you since I am at work. He is a beautiful soul. My heart aches for you.


  23. AllyB says:

    My heart is breaking for you this morning Chan.

  24. Monica says:

    I headed over from Jessie’s blog. So sorry to hear of your lose. Sounds like he was a real trooper! It’s so hard to loose such a wonderful friend. (((hugs)))

  25. Kathy says:

    I didn’t really know Mugsy except through your loving words but Mr. Bettis is licking the tears that fall as I read your loving tribute to Mugsy.

    He was a brave prince. Take solace that you had a wonderful life with him and he had a wonderful life with you:)
    I don’t know if you do any scrapbooking but a nice little scrapbook of his life would be something you could cherish and help you through this very difficult time.
    Loving thoughts and prayers are sent to you and the Knight.

    I like the name Rainbow Garden. Hugs

  26. Michelle says:

    Oh chan, my heart aches for you and the Knight… and dear sweet Sissy… I’m here for you if you need me!

    My vote is for the Rainbow Garden too…


  27. I am so very, very sorry for your loss!!! It is such a devastating thing to lose a beloved pet!!! The experiences we have had with the emergency vet has been so very positive……I cried when I read about their offer of the paw print…..what an incredibly caring, thoughtful thing to do!!!

  28. Dianne says:

    Oh, Chan. Words can’t express… I’m sitting at my computer at work with tears running down my face. (I hope someone doesn’t walk in!) Mugsy was a sweet little man, and so very lucky to have you and the Knight. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I wish I could give you a hug, and the Knight and dear Sissy, too.

  29. Sarah says:

    My heart is hurting for you, the Knight and Sissy. I know it will be hard, but he is in a better place now! I’m sending you a hug from up here.

  30. Marjie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing more to say, but I cry for you.

  31. MrPuffy says:

    I don’t know what to say. Such a terrible shock. What a blessing that he was surrounded by all the love when it was time to say goodbye. I’m so sorry.

  32. Sue says:

    Oh Chan, I am so terribly sorry. I was just getting to know Mugsy and I feel your loss as if he were my own. Now he can watch over Lucy at the bridge like a big brother.

  33. AlisonH says:

    Oh, Chan! Much love! I’m so sorry. Crum. And so glad you had just the right people there when they were so needed.

  34. StarSpry says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about sweet Mugsy! I’m glad that you and the Knight were able to be with him at the vet. Poor Sissy; it’s nice that she’ll be able to go to work with you for a while. Sending hugs your way!!

  35. Monet says:

    Chan – I’m so sad for you. Reading about Mugsy I couldn’t help but cry for you, the Knight and Sissy. I know that this is going to be tough on her. Lots of hugs for you!!!

  36. Natalie says:

    I just don’t know what to say other than I’m so sorry and I hope that you are ok. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  37. Devon says:

    There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. At least Fred will be there to help guide him to safety and a world with out pain and ease of walking. Mugsy was a proud doggy who loved his family well – may you, the knight and Sissy be well. Many hugs!

  38. Carly says:

    how heartbreaking. i’m so sorry for your loss.

  39. Sonya says:

    I am having trouble typing thru my tears. It is so hard to let them go, even when you know it is the best thing. I wish I had your vet and vet tech.
    I hope the pain in your heart eases soon.

  40. Aunt Kathy says:

    My prayer is that the pain eases but the memories grow.

  41. Natalie says:

    I don’t know what to say…I am so sorry. You are in my thoughts.

  42. crimsonpurl says:

    Ooh goodness I am just now coming out of my haze and catching up on feeds.

    Chan I am SO sorry to hear about Mugsy, but I am glad he was surrounded by so many loved ones when it was his time.

    Stay encouraged Chan and I can’t wait to see the lovely garden.

  43. Dawn says:

    My eyes are sooo filled and flowing I can barely type. This is the hardest thing in the world to do…I’m so sorry…I so know the pain and hurt and grief you’re feeling. What an awesome vet and to suggest the pawprint thing is the neatest thing. My heart, love and tears are with you.

  44. Fritz says:

    I’m very sad and upset. I know what your going through. It stinks. These are our children. When Riley died there were no word that would make a person feel better, so, I’m not going to try, My prayers are with you. Now I’m crying. Give Sissy a great big hug.

  45. Devin says:

    Michelle linked me over here. I’m so sorry to hear about Mugsy. Times like this always remind me to give my Chester extra hugs and kiss, and forgive the fact he just ate the rest of a bag of candy corn!!

  46. Judy W says:

    How sad! I’m so sorry you’ve lost your beloved Mugsy. I will miss his pics and stories on your blog, too. You and the Knight are in my thoughts today.

  47. Surviving says:

    I’m so sorry!!!

    I just had to tell you what happened while I was reading your post. My youngest, the 2 yr old, climbed on my lap. He then pointed to the picture of Mugsy and said I love the doggie.

  48. Sue says:

    I am so, so sorry for your great loss. Words escape me…how sweet it is to have loved, and been loved, by such a precious dog. Bless him, bless you all.

    Understanding Hugs,

  49. Paula says:

    Oh Chan my heart aches for you!
    I am so sorry!
    Mugsy was one of the toughest little dogs and hung in there for so long.
    I love what you guys are doing with the garden.
    It is just the sweetest fur angel garden.

  50. Wendy says:

    Oh Chan… I’m finally catching up on reading blogs. I’m so sorry. At least Fred will have his buddy back now. I’m sure the two of them are romping around together. This brings back so many memories of last year.

  51. I’m so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like Mugsy had a wonderful life with y’all, full of love and attention.

  52. Tammy says:

    I saw several visits to our site from your blog. I found your wonderful post about saying good-bye to Mugsy. I’m so sorry for your loss! I am glad that you did get a ClayPaws print. I hope in some small way it has helped!

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