Curtie Memories

The response from everyone via the blog, Facebook, Instagram, email and text yesterday was really overwhelming. From close friends and fellow animal lovers to people we haven’t heard from in years, we were really very moved by your love and sympathy.

We are finding comfort in your comments and photos of Curtis while we grieve. As part of that process, over the next few days, I also want to share some photos from Curtie’s life.

Pictured above is one of the first photos Brian ever took of Curtis. We referred to it as his “school photo” and it’s also the the favicon for this blog.

Curtie’s favorite activity was playing ball. One time he played fetch until he wore the pads off of his feet. That was when I learned he needed adult supervision.

In the early days of Curtis, Brian & Leigh, we referred to the 3 of us as “Voltron.” Well, Brian was the one who introduced the nickname, because I guess we reminded him of young pilots who commanded robot lions and combined we were Voltron. ???!!!

The first time we went full-time on the road, Curtis had free reign of the back seat. He would pace back and forth making a honking sound and licking the windows to the point where his saliva actually left an etching; and of course, there’s a video.

This shot is from the day in 2011 when we took our sweet bear in for exploratory surgery because he wasn’t eating or walking. The vet said she would call us mid-surgery with good news or bad; there was a chance we were going to lose him that day. We got lucky and the vet was able to remove all of his cancer and give us 5 more memorable years with our guy.

Old Monkey-shines spent a total of 6 years on the road. We attribute his long life to travel and his love of smelling new smells.


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  • Reply Jennifer Nealy February 28, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I’m so sorry about your sweet boy. When I first read your post yesterday, both Deas and I teared up. And now the tears are falling again with this sweet post. We’ll give our 3 a little extra love today in honor of Curtis.

  • Reply Tina February 28, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Oh so very sorry for your loss. Curtis looks like such a great dog. I read your blog regularly but have never posted until now, while I’m crying my eyes out over his departure. We lost my husband’s sweet guide dog Rusty almost 3 years ago, and we still weep over him and talk to him too. We also lost Choco, another member of our family last summer. It is SO hard! Sending you healing thoughts and energy during this sad and difficult time. My husband says somebody should invent a 35-year dog. It is so hard to love them so much, and then have to say good-bye, so soon, but I know you supported your sweet Curtis to the end, and love never, ever dies.

  • Reply Wheelingit February 28, 2016 at 7:53 am

    What gorgeous memories! I fear I’m going to be crying everyday when I see these posts, but it’s a good cry. He was such a goofy, happy boy.


  • Reply Pam Wright February 28, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I knew I shouldn’t have opened this…total tears! Beautiful photos:)

  • Reply Jim and Gayle February 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Ditto what Pam said. You really do have some wonderful photos of that sweet boy.

  • Reply robin February 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

    oh the licking video. don’t know how I missed it first time around.
    selfishly, I think I never really understood dog love truly.
    not till lincoln and ruby.
    I know how much you will miss your boy.
    and there are no words to fill the deep hole he made and then left with his love and memories.
    but I can love you and hope that helps.
    on a side note, since ruby died, Lincoln gets two nightly bagel treats, hers and then his…❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Hector February 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Oh no. I’m so sorry. What a wonderful sweet dog he was. He lived to such a ripe old age because of his caring doting parents. Angel sends a lick.

  • Reply Russ February 28, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Oh guys, we are so sorry for your loss. Curtis was such a sweet old fellow and we are so happy we got to meet him. How lucky he was to have you two giving him so much love and care. These photographs are so a nice, thanks for sharing and cherish those memories! Russ, Todd and Frances are sending you all of our love.

  • Reply Maggie February 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

    This is a wonderful tribute to the love you three shared. I’m grateful to have had this sweet guy in our lives.

  • Reply Kerensa February 28, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Beautiful photos and memories, thanks for sharing. Our hearts are still with you.

  • Reply Jim and Gayle February 28, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I was just wondering about that first picture that included that really young couple. Who are they?


  • Reply Marshall February 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    It’s incredibly hard for me read these posts and I only knew C for a short time. I can only imagine how hard it is for you guys.

  • Reply Brenda February 28, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    What a painful decision you have made, but one of selfless love. You were wonderful and loving parents and Curtie was a happy boy. From all of the comments, I see he was also loved by many others, one only had to look at that face! Take time to grieve, but also to remember all the love and fun you had with your boy. Big hugs and love to both of you!

  • Reply Vince February 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    What a great series of photos! Absolutely love these!!!

  • Reply pnwdutchgrl March 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    That photo of Curtie on the beach is priceless. That is must be my favorite of all, his ears a bit sideways against that blue sky, pure poetry.
    When a beloved pet dies they take a piece of your heart with them. I’ve learned so much from my dogs on how to live life. When I was still mobile, I was active in Border Collie Rescue, many dogs stayed with us for a while before moving on to their forever homes. Their ability to love again after have been through the most horrific trauma always amazed me.
    When my heart dog Gwen became ill with Lymphoma I was in more distress than she was. It’s because we look to the future and already suffer and grieve about what will happen. She lived in the moment, from her I learned how to cope with my own illness and what it really meant to live in the moment. They don’t care about tomorrow or yesterday, they only care about now. I still miss her, she took a big piece of my heat with her.
    Our rescue failure pup Fynn, who was suppose to be adopted but made it clear he was already home, has been diagnosed 2 years ago with Cushings disease, a tumor on the pituitary gland. He is doing well on his Chinese herbs, gained too much weight but still loves to play ball and his food. A couple of days ago I checked him over and found enlarged lymphnodes. I know it is a sign of Lymphoma. I lost 2 dogs and cats to this silent killer. I’m afraid our days will be limited but I hope to take him on the road again pretty soon. He loves being on the road, the beach, meeting new people. I’m trying not to look to the future but to the joy we can create today and take tons of pictures.

    Thanks for sharing Curtie’s wonderful pics with us. I know it is healing for you looking at his pics and at the same time it feels like someone is squeezing your heart. Much love to you and Brian.

  • Reply Aunt Kitty March 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Suman, Haden & Morgan want to make sure you know how deeply sad we ALL are at the loss of Curtis.

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