Frasier’s Last Day

Chris and I knew that this day wasn’t too far away, but we had both hoped we were at least a year or two from having to say goodbye to our beloved Frasier.

I’m looking at the previous post on this blog and I can’t believe it was barely a week ago that the three of us spent some time in the park. We knew at the time Frasier wasn’t feeling well, but we didn’t realize how serious it was. Early this morning we called our vet to get the results of some blood work and were surprised and saddened to hear that Frasier’s kidneys were failing and that there wasn’t anything that could be done to save him.

I honestly can’t believe I’m writing these words right now.

We love this dog immensely and today has been one of the saddest of our lives. But, we are so thankful that we had such an amazing animal as part of our family. We really are lucky that we got to share our lives with him. We’re also lucky that we got to say goodbye to him the right way, before he really started suffering. After we got the news we cuddled with him and cried for a bit and then we took him on an extra long walk, allowing him to stop and sniff what literally felt like every square inch of our neighborhood. That’s a good day in Frasier’s book. He was exhausted when we got back and while Frasier and I cuddled on the couch, Chris went to the store and picked out the nicest cut of steak money could buy from the butcher. We cooked it up for our dog as his last meal and hand fed it to him while he laid on the couch. It was a sendoff made for a king, and rightly so.

I took tons of photos of Frasier’s last day. He showed a little more pep today than he had in the previous week which was both uplifting and completely heartbreaking. I was just glad that we have these images to remember him by and that he doesn’t look too sick or sad. I’d like to think that his last day was one of his best.

Thanks for being the best curmudgeon of a dog, Frasier. Your dad and I love you very, very, very much and will miss you more than you could ever imagine.

Here’s Frasier’s last day in photos…

PS – I wanted to again extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the friends and family who have offered their condolences. We have felt so tremendously loved today and it really makes us feel so good to know that so many people cared about the well being of our grumpy little dog. Seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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I would like to show you Frasier’s dog tag. Chris took care of the engraving at the pet store and was so pleased with himself for getting “I AM AWESOME” in there. I had to admit, it was a nice touch. It wasn’t until we got home that we noticed Chris had forgotten a letter in Frasier’s name. We started calling our dog Frazer as a joke. This tag is now hanging in our kitchen and I know I will smile every time I look at it.

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Goodbye, sweet dog.

  • Josh - *snuff snuff* *hug* All dog owners go through it when they tell you that they're done and you have to go through, "but are they really?" It's so hard I'm glad he had a great last day. I'm gonna go snuggle with mine now, no matter how over me he is today!

  • Corey - :( I'm so sorry. I never got to meet the little guy, but his pictures brought a big smile to my face and Joey's when I showed them to him.

  • Matt - This is so amazing, Heidi. Frasier was lucky to have you both as parents, and we are lucky to have you as friends.

  • Rebecca - awww this is so sad. mom just lost her furry companion as well, and we all loved him so much. I feel your pain. my thoughts are with you both.

  • Jessica - Oh my goodness you two, this made me cry! I'm so sorry for your loss, but I know with the two of you as mom and dad he had an amazing life!We're struggling with a kitty (16 years old) going through the early stages of kidney failure and starting to lose her sight. Today she decided to take sky diving lessons out our second storey window. Wound up with a bloody nose and a sore hip. Nothing major, but we know her day is coming and I only hope we can be as strong as you two. Keep loving Frasier; he may be gone but he'll never stop loving you!

  • Laurell - sooo sorry about you.re friend, I just went through that with my dog, I still miss him!

  • Natalie Williams - Hey Heidi I am so sorry that your hearts ache. I have never had a dog of my own (though I have had every other type of pet) I can only imagine what you are going through.

  • Courtney - This is a touching and memorable tribute. I am sure you will treasure these pictures and your memories.

  • Jane - i'm so sorry to hear about this, Heidi, but glad you & Chris got to spend a wonderfully planned out last day with him. i'm sure he left feeling content and surrounded by love.

  • Lisa - I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Heidi - Thanks so much, everyone. Seriously, Chris and I are so blown away by everyone's kindness and generosity. We know the most amazing people in the world, I am convinced. Thanks so much.

  • Marjan - This blog was beautiful and the pics were so touching. My condolences to you and Chris.

  • sergio villa - What an absolutely beautiful and moving tribute.

  • Jenny Smith - Heidi,

    I am so sorry. I was just thinking of Frasier the other day. I know this must be hard. Hang in there. Love, Jenny

  • Araxi - Heidi my heart really goes out to you and Chris. His last day was beautiful and so glad you documented so that he will always be with you.

  • Sam - Beautiful.

    *hugs*

  • Nick - I’m so sorry for your loss. I agree with everyone that this is a beautiful and loving tribute.

  • Ashley Rose - Heidi- truly i have no words. i cant even imagine how you and chris feel! just know your in my thoughts & prayers during this hard time, fraiser looks soo soo happy in these pics such a great way to remember him =) sending lots of love your way!!!! xoxo.

  • Alicia - Frasier, you were one of the sweetest dogs ever. You did an amazing job, Heidi. I am very proud of you for being able to do all this on such a difficult day. I especially like the pic of Frasier staring at himself in the mirror. I’d do that all day if I were him, too!

    I will miss you Frasier. And I hope you are wearing Heidi and Chris’ Hall & Oates shirts in Doggie Heaven!

  • Alicia - Correction: “Staring at his reflection in the window” Either way, Frasier rocks!

  • Alicia @ The Modern Type - i know a pet is a HUGE member of the family so my condolences to you and chris. so glad though that you were able to take him on one last walk and you were able to document it. hugs and kisses.

  • Jessica Gardner - I would do anything to have pics like this that of my late doggie. I’m glad you did it, though I’m sure it was hard. Love you guys.

  • Heather Kincaid - I’m so sorry to hear about Frasier! I know it’s so difficult to lose a pet that’s so close.
    Your post is so beautifully written and made me cry… but how lovely that you have such great photos of his last day.
    My thoughts are with you and Chris.

  • Bethany Murphy - It is not often that I am brought to tears reading blogs, but I am sitting here in tears thinking about the heart break of this. My dog is my baby and I cannot even begin to imagine how hard this is. It sounds like he had an amazing last day and was deeply loved. I love the photos you captured and am so glad you have such great ones to look at and remember him by :) That reflection one is amazing!

  • Megan - Tucker and I are sitting here crying for your loss! Tucker wanted me to send you a blarp and tell you that he thinks his cousin was the coolest! Hang in there you two! Frazer is totally up there flying around with Oliver and Rini. Beautiful pictures, beautiful dog, beautiful family! HUGS! Miss and love you guys!

  • Annie Tang - These photos are so beautiful they bring tears to my eyes. I’m so sorry for your loss. You’ll always have these images to remind you of the amazing dog that he is. My sincere condolences…

  • ELENA - FRASIER LOOKS LIKE HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND. HE’S LUCKY TO HAVE HAD SUCH GREAT CARE-TAKERS. SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS………

  • Stephani - I’ve never met you and just stumbled upon your site, but… this post has me crying like a baby at my desk. I can tell you loved your dog like we do ours, so I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now. The thought alone of losing Rufus guts me, which is probably why I felt compelled to express my condolences to you. May you find peace and strength during this difficult time.

  • Jennifer Keeley Yonda - I cried so much while and after reading this post. I’m so sorry for your and Chris’s loss.

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