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This past Friday we said goodbye to our beautiful Luna after a 2 month battle with Lymphoma.  

We are heartbroken but we knew it was time to let her go.  Since Thursday morning she had been unable to keep food/water down and she was listless, restless and very sleepy.  In the last few weeks her tumors made a "comeback" and overwhelmed the Prednisone she had been taking to buy us a little more time with her.  We are so thankful that we had these last few months to enjoy her and mentally process the fact that we were losing her. 

We are trying not to focus on her last few days but instead on the happy, beautiful life that she had led in her 7.5 years.  She was a very special, gentle, kind girl and we were so lucky to have her.

As a little tribute to her, here is a little photo journey through some of her life from puppyhood until her last few months.

8 weeks old - First day home

We were young and naive and we had bought Luna from a backyard breeder.  She grew up on a little hobby farm in the country with her 10 brothers and sisters.  She was the leader of the little puppy "pack" and when we picked her out she was leading her siblings on digging adventures.  She "chose" DH and wouldn't leave his shoelaces alone - we knew she was ours. :)  The night we picked her out we were on the long drive home and there was a full moon - we decided her name would be "Luna".

15 weeks - Where is the "doodle"?

We were pretty confused at first when we brought Luna home and she didn't seem to be getting "shaggy" as we had expected from a goldendoodle.  That's how we found Doodlekisses - searching for why my doodle didn't look like a poodle at all!  In hindsight we are glad she didn't "doodle out" - less grooming and we could always see her expressive eyes. :)

7 months - "Bubbles"

Luna had an intense love for sticking her nose into puddles (including muddy ones!) and blowing bubbles, earning her the nickname "Bubbles" when she was a puppy.  The nickname stuck around for her whole life and was I ever glad she didn't have a beard to clean up every time she found a really muddy puddle!

1 year old - energy to burn!

Luna sure loved to run free. :)  This is the giant dog park (it's more of a wilderness trail) near our house that we took Luna to frequently.  It was one of her favorite places in the world.

Snow snorkeling

We live in Canada and with 5-6 month long winters Luna learned quickly to love the snow.  Her favorite snow activity was for someone to throw a ball (or snowball) into the deep snow and she would go digging for it.  Even if there was no ball she was just content to shove her head in the snow and "snorkel" around!

Love in the eyes

Luna always had the most expressive eyes.  It was like she was staring straight into your soul.  This is one of my favorite pictures of her from when she was just 1.5 years old.  Already so gentle, loving and calm.

Snuggles

Luna was definitely a snuggler, especially when you lay down on the couch.  This was always her "spot" anytime someone put their feet up.  It didn't matter that she was no longer a small puppy and didn't really "fit" anymore. :)

She also slept with us in our bed at night starting at about 2 years old... and usually right between our pillows.  I often woke up with a little doodle nose (or frito feet!) in my face in the middle of the night.

A new addition

When our daughter was born Luna was okay with her at first, they had a bit of a falling out when DD learned to crawl (and pull!) but they quickly sorted that out and became the best of friends.  Our daughter is now 4.5 years old and has never known life without Luna.  She misses her doggie and talks about wanting to pet her and hug her, but she knows Luna was very sick and couldn't stay.

Our Luna

So now we fast forward to the last few months.  Until the end, Luna was so happy, gentle and content, doing her favorite things like sunbathing and going for walks.  Walking around the house now I miss the little things:  her little face on my pillow at night, brushing her super soft hair with my hand as we walk up the stairs together, her enthusiastic greetings (always with a toy in her mouth and a triumphant "RooRoo!").  There are so many things I miss about her, but so many great memories full of love.  Goodbye, sweet girl.

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Comment by Deanna & Desi & Cori on May 31, 2018 at 5:25pm

What a beautiful tribute for an obviously special girl. 

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on May 31, 2018 at 5:50am

Thank you everyone for your kind words :)

Luna was a special girl and we were so lucky to have her.

Comment by Leslie J on May 30, 2018 at 10:48pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful celebration of her life- I especially love the last picture her chuckling- she was loved dearly and she gave love freely. 

Comment by F, Calla & Luca on May 30, 2018 at 8:45pm

What a wonderful tribute to Luna. I am so sorry for your loss. Luna was so fortunate your family and her found each other. I’m glad you had time to say goodbye and let her gently leave.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on May 30, 2018 at 7:09pm

I think this is the most beautiful memorial I have ever seen/read. I knew Luna was special from your posts about her, but I had no idea how special she was. What a legacy of love she left to your family.  Luna was a great role model she was for me; she was my first exposure to a non-traditional goldendoodle look and she was my standard for all the ones to follow.

Comment by BG and Gavin on May 30, 2018 at 7:07pm

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. My heart goes out to you J. Hugs.

Comment by Carol and Banjo on May 30, 2018 at 3:59pm

J, I'm so sorry for your loss.   Luna was such a beautiful girl....her sweet nature showed in her face to clearly!   Sending you and your family hugs during this difficult time.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on May 30, 2018 at 1:35pm

I just saw this. I'm so sorry, J. She was a very special girl and she will be missed by all of us here. She clearly had a wonderful life filled with love. I know she will live in your heart forever.

Comment by Lori, Quincy & Frankie on May 30, 2018 at 1:01pm

Such a beautiful tribute to such a special and beautiful girl.  My heart goes out to you and your family.  

Comment by Rose on May 30, 2018 at 7:27am

I'm so sorry.

 

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