Curtis & Leigh

We’ve been anticipating the day that Curtie “goes to college” since his cancer in 2011. I always planned to do a series of blog posts as a tribute to him, but didn’t realize how hard it would be day after day. I’m relieved to say this is the last post about our dear old dog, but certainly not the last day we think about him.

We really appreciate all of the messages of condolences. xoxo

I found Curtis at the Glendale, CA pound in March 2000. I never had a dog before and didn’t know what it involved, but at 6 weeks old, he locked in on me with his big brown eyes and made sure that I didn’t leave without him.

Curtie’s full name was Curtis Elian. Curtis, because he just looked like a Curtis, and Elian after the cuban boy Elian Gonzalez who was in the news every night at the time.

The past sixteen years were filled with love and sloppy kisses. We were so lucky to have had him in our life.

We miss you Curtis Elian.

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  • Reply Betsy Browning March 2, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I saw the postings of Curtis…When my dog died last year, I was just devastated. I had ‘Eli’ since he was 6 weeks old and told him I would take care of him forever. I had another dog and he lived to be 15 1/2 years old, so I thought I had that long with Eli, but he passed away at 11. I started looking at all my photos of him, and made a book (with shutterfly) and was amazed at how many shots we had of him. He was such a large part of our family and it is still hard living without him. I am sooo sorry for your loss. I think posting things on Curtis is wonderful. And healing.

  • Reply Pam Wright March 2, 2016 at 8:30 am

    What a sweetheart:)

  • Reply robin March 2, 2016 at 8:55 am

    no words. they’re silly.
    just love. love is all you need

  • Reply Cheryl March 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Is he a puppy in that top photo? I’m loving all the photos, as you can see a memory being made in each of them. I’m also enjoying the photos of you and Brian through the years.

    • Reply Leigh March 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Brian took that shot in the very beginning of our relationship, Curtie was 4.

  • Reply Lynda March 2, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I didn’t have the chance to meet Curtie until his senior years so I am really, really enjoying all the photos you’ve shared. Please continue to share thoughts and photos as you head down the road. 🙂

  • Reply Steph Skardal March 2, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Such a sweet guy. I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad you have a bazillion photos of him!

  • Reply Hector March 2, 2016 at 10:45 am

    another post … another tear. remembering your sweet Curtie and remembering all our little furry friends that have gone off to college. love you guys.

  • Reply Kerensa March 2, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Stay strong, I know you’ll never stop thinking about Curtis and remembering all the good times.

  • Reply Rich March 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Sad for you, there is no cure. Best therapy: get your hands in as much fur as possible. And may Dog be with you.

  • Reply Russ March 2, 2016 at 11:52 am

    My heart is with you guys. xoxo

  • Reply Allison March 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    You’re making me cry again. He had such a good life. Hugs to you both.

  • Reply Suzanne March 2, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Such a heartbreak, but what a wonderful memorial you put together for your dear loved one. I am sorry I never met Curtie, as he sure seemed like a whole lotta love…

  • Reply Patricia Jackson March 3, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Dear Sad Curtie’s Loving Family, just wanted to let you know how sad I felt to learn Dear Curtis Elian has passed away. The community of dog lovers who have shared lives with their canine family members and have experienced this type of very sad loss, can truly sense what you might be feeling about now. It sucks in the worst kind of way. However, you have to understand you gave Curtie a most wonderful life, taking him from a shelter and giving him a life of love, and many great experiences to see good folks he befriended, and to do all those amazingly fun things dogs really relish: good walk, a fun game of chasing the ball, naps in a secure, puddle of sunlight, many meetings with other creatures along life’s way.
    I follow your blog, and enjoyed hearing about Curtis, and I saved a few of your photos of Curite, because he looked like a wonderful dog, and I want to remember him. I thought Curtis had beautiful, soulful eyes.
    Take care. Let yourself feel your grief. He was a part of your everyday life for many years. It does seem lonely not to have your wonderful friend with you. His last moments were with the two humans that loved and cared about him the most, and he was a most lucky dog! Loving him has taught you to be able to love again another great animal. We all know life has terrible moments of sad pain and loss, but it has wonderful moments of providing love again. Let it happen.
    Good bye, Curtie!

  • Reply Judy Nichols March 17, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Brian and Leigh, You may not remember us, but Tom and I met you last year at White Water Draw. We were just starting out life in our Roadtrek van and you were very encouraging. I was so sorry to read here about your loss of Curtis. We lost our traveling companion, Pippi the cat, to cancer last year, and I wanted to share my post with you, especially because the poem from Jimmy Stewart at the end is so sweet, and I thought you might like it:

  • Reply Amy Calistri March 29, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I was just talking about Curtis the other day — not realizing he had just “left for college.” I remember how he would chase a ball relentlessly down the stairs in Vegas. I remember how he could just tuck in under the table of your first Airstream. He was such a sweet boy and I’m glad I got to meet him. I am so sorry for your loss.

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