Curtie’s Last Day

Yesterday was Curtie’s last day. His health has been declining for the past year, and recently, his body started giving out on him.

We spent the day showering the old guy with love and telling stories from his long and beautiful life.

They were very compassionate at the hospital. The vet said “God bless him” before he put him down and after he passed. I’m not religious, but really appreciated the sentiment.

I don’t have a ton of experience with death, but when I do I’m always struck by how fleeting life is. Curtis was here and now he’s gone. He was and will always be our “Love Dog.”

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  • Reply Roger & Lynn February 27, 2016 at 8:05 am

    So sorry to hear of Curtie’s passing. It’s so hard to lose a family member. We always enjoyed reading about him and seeing his smiling face.We’ll miss him too.

  • Reply Vince February 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Curtie….he looks beautiful. He sounds like one lucky pup to have such a loving family.

  • Reply Cherie February 27, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Big love to you both, and may the memories of his life spent with you last your lifetime. Thank you for sharing an amazing adventure.

  • Reply gary simpson February 27, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Leigh, heartbroken to hear about Curtis, but there does come a time when our old friends tell us “times up”. You and Brian can rest assured that Curtis knew and felt your love for all those years, and he in turn, has left you with a life time of memories, as well as with those who have followed “his” blog.

  • Reply Ruth February 27, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I am so very sorry to hear about Curtis. You really are extremely lucky to have had him in your life for as long as you did. Still, it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye, does it? I have lost many ‘furbabies’ over the years and it doesn’t get any easier to let them go. Although you know in your heart that you did the very best for him, that heart is still breaking. If Curtis could have spoken he would have thanked you for those years of love and companionship and he would have thanked you for letting him go with his dignity still in tact.

  • Reply Wheelingit February 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Oh I’m heartbroken to hear this (tears in my eyes right now), but I know you waited for the right time and the old doggie is in a peaceful place now. What an amazing life he’s had and what a loving passing. If I can say the same of my life at the end I’ll be a happy woman. My heart and thoughts are with you.


  • Reply terrie February 27, 2016 at 8:40 am

    God (Dog) Bless All of You, Leigh and Brian and in peace with dignity, The Curtis……You guys were the best parents and Curtis was the Star…..even though we have not been in person with him or you two for 10 years, we hold you in our hearts now and everyday….you are special….you will catch glimpses of Curtis out of the corner of your eyes…his essence is so strong….So proud of you for knowing when to let him go….he was a lucky dog and you were blessed to have him….love you guys and sending prayers, visions and light….we have Nana, Maggie and Sophia’s cremains and they will be mixed with ours at hopefully a much later than now scattering of ashes….You guys are so good and so Golden….We love and respect you and we will miss The Curtis always…Terrie, Ray, Hannah, Chi Chi, Kesey and Coco

  • Reply Betsy Browning February 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I am soooo saddened by this and amazed you had soooo much more time with him, from the first post I read about you all. I am crying as I type this as I too, lost our treasured love in December, this past year…He was only 11. He was to join us on our adventure seeing the world in our ‘dream’ airstream. I am still so sad about his passing. I still cry every day, so I feel your pain. It really just hurts. He looked like a loved animal and I am so glad for him that he had you. My sincere condolences.

  • Reply Pam Wright February 27, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Oh, Leigh and Brian, I’m so sorry. Curtie had such a wonderful, fun filled life. But this was better for him. No one wants their pet to suffer. I am so very glad I got to visit with him one last time:) Our thought are with you and Brian:) Hugs:)

  • Reply Allison February 27, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I have been dreading this day. He was such a good dog. Hugs to you and Brian.

  • Reply Kate February 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    So sorry to hear about Curtis. Sending you both big hugs and glad that you have so many wonderful memories to draw on that will (hopefully) help as you face the days ahead. Much love from both Val and I!

  • Reply Steve Austin February 27, 2016 at 9:33 am

    My buddy Brissy and I are so sad to hear this. Tough time for you two.

    Curtie was a lucky guy to gave been with you and to have known he was loved.

  • Reply Cat Lady February 27, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s not an easy thing to do but it beats letting them suffering. Sometimes I think we’re more humane to our pets than to our fellow man in that respect. I’m sure he knew he was loved…that’s what matters. Take care of each other.

    Cat Lady

  • Reply Kier and David February 27, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Dear sweet Leigh and Brian, Our heart hurts for you both. Even though we all know this day will come when we have to let our buddy’s go… It is never an easy day. Curtis was such a good boy and had an amazing life of the ever changing front yard and the best parents ever!
    Sending big hugs to you both and wishing happy Curtie memories to bring you a smile. Love, Kier and David

  • Reply Shelly M February 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope the warm memories of his happy life comfort you. Curtie was a very lucky boy to have shared your adventures.

  • Reply Pete Jaeger February 27, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Sorry for your loss. So hard to lose a beloved family member.

  • Reply Lynda + Jim February 27, 2016 at 11:10 am

    You are all in our thoughts as you begin your journey with your much loved Curtie always in your hearts. Such a lucky dawg, and lucky you, to have had 16 wonderful years together. Wishing you peace, and eventual smiles along with a happy heart, when you recall warm memories of wonderful adventures spent on the road.

  • Reply Jojo Plachta February 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

    So so sorry. That is a HUGE loss, be sure to give yourselves lots of space to grieve/celebratehislife/grieve/celebrate/repeat.
    waves of love and support,
    A follower

  • Reply Cassie February 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I’m very sorry for your loss. You provided Curtis a wonderful life and took amazing care of him. I always loved reading about him in your posts and sharing them with my family.

  • Reply Pat February 27, 2016 at 11:43 am

    So sorry this day had to come… we loved Curtis (and all the good dogs in our life) and know the loss you are feeling. Happy memories to you both.

  • Reply Gus February 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    with you guys being full timers I can imagine that your circle only gets tighter as the days and months go by so this news really saddened us. Wishing you guys all the best.


    Gus and Stephanie

  • Reply robin February 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    just can’t stop thinking about curtie and even more, about you. I know how sad you are. I really know. the physical pain of a broken heart is overwhelming. I am comforted that you and brian have each other. and all your sweet memories. and knowing that you did everything just right.
    much love to you….xxxx
    and also such a fantastic photo diary of your lives together❤️

  • Reply Koos de Heer February 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Sad to hear this and at the same time happy for Curtis to have been loved so much. Saying goodbye is never easy but you did it in a beautiful way.

  • Reply Kimberly Saunders February 27, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. We know what it is like to have to make that choice and it is so hard. We really enjoyed seeing Curtis enjoy his golden years via your blog.I bet he’s in doggie heaven right now bragging about his awesome humans and his incredible life.

  • Reply joanne m February 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    It is so hard to say goodbye to our canine companions. I am sure Curtie knows you had nothing but love for him and he for you. His energy and love will remain.

  • Reply John February 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    So sorry to hear about Curtis. I so enjoyed meeting him (and you guys) last summer.

  • Reply Lauri February 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Brian and Leigh, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Cutis was one tough pup and no one could ever doubt how much you guys loved him or how happy he always was! Lots of hugs for you both.

  • Reply Bob and Barb February 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Leigh and Brian, I’m so sorry to hear about Curtis. It is so difficult to say goodbye to our fur family members. May you find some peace in knowing he had a great life. Hugs to both during this difficult time.

  • Reply Renee Clark February 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Very sad for you and with you tonight.

  • Reply Imkelina February 27, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    so sorry to read about Curtie’s last day… he and you were so blessed to share this and all those days that came before ..what a wonder-filled life you shared. May all those moments be with you always.

  • Reply Denise Klinger February 28, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Your love for him will live in your hearts forever. So sad that this day has come for you.

  • Reply Hunter Hampton February 28, 2016 at 6:51 am

    My heart is breaking for you, and for all of us who were lucky enough to have a Curtis in our lives. Typing through tears for a dog I never got to meet, but have been enchanted by since the first photo I saw of him. He was a grand old man and I know he loved being a fulltimer, my dogs did, getting to see and smell all the new places, all the p-mail left by the dogs to were there before them. I know how heart wrenching it is to lose a soul mate – if you could reach up to the sky at night and touch a star for each time Curtis made you smile, your hands would be filled with the entire evening sky.

  • Reply Bettertogetherrv February 28, 2016 at 7:48 am

    So sorry to hear about your loss. We lost both our pups last October after many years of happiness together. Still getting over it. We are just now heading out on our RV life and look forward to making lots of new memories.

  • Reply Maxx Trails February 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    It is so hard to loose a beloved pet, our thoughts are with you.

  • Reply paul tamate February 28, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    What a bummer 🙁 So sorry to hear that.

  • Reply Vince February 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Sorry to hear about Curtis. My thoughts are with you two. What a great dog! Hugs….

  • Reply Ben February 29, 2016 at 9:14 am

    So sorry to hear about Curtis, Something about him reminded me about our dog Freckles. We lost her just over two years ago after about 16 years of sharing our life while our girls grew up. Curtis must of had a wonderful life traveling the country with you.


  • Reply Michael Fortson February 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    OH, man… last days are hard. I am so sorry.

  • Reply Kelly Estepp March 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I am just catching up on the blog and saw this. My heart is heavy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you both.

  • Reply Laura (Sputnik Goes) March 2, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Curtie had a long and wonderful life, thanks to you two.

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