RIP Phil – IOTW Report

RIP Phil

Yesterday we lost Slinky. Today we lose Phil.

Four years ago BFH created a portrait of my three dogs. Two years ago, Molly, the Dalmatian, passed.  She was very old.

Today we put Phil, the big boy, down for his last rest. – All Too Much

Phil is on the left

28 Comments on RIP Phil

  1. I am sorry to hear this. I never fully understood how difficult this is until last year when we had to put our boxer Charlie down. Now i know, and i feel for you. Fur also did a portrait of him, along with our other dog. Has more meaning that the picture do. God bless. It gets better, but it takes some time.

  2. Sorry for your loss. I’ve been without my Ellie Mae since 2011 and without my Utah since 2015, and I still miss them. We have two cats now, but they just don’t have that doggy presence and charisma.

  3. …my goodness, the Rainbow Bridge has been quite busy with fur babies that have done their tale of years faithfully and gone to run on Heaven’s lawn, is it not? I lost a dignified 18 year old lady myself just a month ago, and then Slinky and Phil go to join her at the Lord’s feet this month, but Jesus has a big backyard and there’s plenty of treats for our fur kids to enjoy as they watch the Gate of Heaven for us to come join them, so be not dismayed, for our time of abinding grows short too.

    I am ever grateful to the Lord that he shared His unconditional love through the pets He allowed me to have, taught us about life, about death, and provided us with such unrestrained joy and happiness in between that it was impossible to not smile while we had it, and to not be sad when playtime inevitably ends.

    But there’s no way a merciful Lord hasn’t taken those babies to His heart, and He holds them for us to enjoy forever, if only we can accept His gift and live for Him.

    And thats a powerful incentive indeed.

    You don’t say how old Phil was, ATM, but if the painting of 4 years ago of a large adult is anything to go by, I’d hazard a guess he was not young for his size. I’ve never really been sure why, but the Lord seems to whistle for His larger breeds sooner than the smaller ones, so I’m hoping that while it’s always too soon, that you had many good, full years with him and that it was late enough that, as with your Molly, it wasn’t entirely unexpected just from the calendar alone. Time takes everything eventually, but the more time we have with such wonderful companions, the better we are for it.

    It hurts a lot, but only because we knew the love for so long.

    And that was the REAL

    “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”
    Proverbs 12:10

    …by that standard, the Lord would seem to find mourning your Phil to be one of the things that separates you from the wicked.

    And that gives you the hope to see him again.

    And isn’t our BFH’S, portraiture a comfort in trouble! It is a mercy that we can reflect on that love and that life together through the eyes that were so faithfully captured by his God given skills. I miss my Mini but she inhabits my home still from the wall, bringing joy and reminisces from that canvas given life under the hand of its artist, and so I would say it is for you and your Molly and your Phil as well.

    Let us pray.

    Dear Lord, we thank You for the small lives You entrusted us with and charged us to take care of, and that you showed us Your love and Your joy through, though we were not worthy. We ask today that you comfort those who mourn even those lesser creatures that You gifted them with, in particular Your servant ALL Too Much, who’s true name is known to You and can use Your comfort. Please touch ATM with Your spiritual healing, send Your Comfortor to soothe the hurt of all those who feel for the loss of Phil, and let them know that with You, even with pets, when their time of abinding also ends that in Your Heaven there is far more than memory. We thank You for the love You shared and for the mercy You show today to those who mourn, in the compassionate name of Jesus, Amen.

    God Bless,

  4. Sorry for your and your families loss. I say do not dwell n the end but dwell on all the times your friend was there for you along with all the times your friend made you laugh and feel good

  5. Thank you all, IOTW family.
    We live, laugh, and share sorrow together.
    God bless all of you.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. There is no better friend than a dog. It’s tough sledding to lose such loyal friends.

  7. Phil was gorgeous. Very sorry for your loss, All Too Much. Awesome painting of your beautiful dogs.

  8. So sorry for your loss.
    All we can do is give our pets the best life they could hope for and enjoy their company and unconditional loyalty.
    They truly are a blessing from God.

  9. I mourn your loss, ATM; as others have said, fear not, Phil will meet you at The Bridge when it’s your turn to leave here.

  10. I am so sorry for you loss, ATM. Phil looks like he was a “good dog” and I know you will miss him. He is frolicking with our Lord now.

  11. “Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.”
    – Thom Jones

    So sorry for your loss. RIP Phil

  12. God’s greatest gift to man is the dog. There is no guile or untruth in a dog. Their genuine love and honesty is the reason we have them for such a short time.

    Pitiful creatures like us do not deserve them longer.

  13. Three weeks ago today we lost our oldest, PL, a year ago almost to the day we lost the Mighty Wu. I know the pain. I think it gets better with time. Fuckin dogs.

  14. Your frown will eventually be replaced with smiles when you think of him. Just takes a damn long time. Condolences my friend.

  15. All Too Much, so sorry for the heart break you are going through. Grieve your loss for as long as you need to. Your sweet memories will eventually outweigh the sorrow. God bless you!

  16. So sorry, ALL Too Much. Your three dogs look like they were sweet and loving friends…to you and to each other.

  17. ATM, I have a BFH portrait of my buddy Stewie that got a massive brain tumor by 8 years. It’s a great reminder of a real pal. My condolences.

  18. My wife and I have been adopting geriatric rescues (discards,sadly, in many cases) for the past ten years. We have had as many as three at one time. In most cases they have been neglected or even abused and they are old so we only get them for six months or a year.

    Right now we have a 100 lbs., 14 year-old German Shepard who is succumbing to spinal stenosis. Cooper has been with us about a year but he can no longer walk without falling. The vet is coming out next week to put him down. His ashes will join those of 7 other treasured dogs in our back yard.

    It’s an awful pain to lose a loved dog and these old ones are very, very special. Somehow, we’ll do it again.

  19. Again, though this will be seen by few, your comments and prayers gave light to a dark day.
    Blessings to all of you, whether you see this or not.


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