Part of the Family…

Good morning, friends! I hope (for my American readers) that you had a great holiday yesterday.

Mine was bittersweet…

I write with a heavy heart today because shortly after posting yesterday morning, I received a very teary phone call from my mom, telling me that my childhood dog, Buck, had died.


Of course I immediately fell apart, too.

I think there are two types of people, those who have an extreme passion and love for animals and pets, and those who don’t. And I’m in the former camp.

It’s funny to hear people’s reaction when you tell them your pet died. Some are like “aww, sorry to hear that!” and then move on. And other people get it, and understand that deep pain that comes along with a passing pet.

Buck is the first pet I’ve lost, and now I understand those who say it’s like losing a family member.


Buck was THE best dog ever. Everyone who met him wanted to take him home. My family had a goal of (jokingly) trying to clone him before he passed.

He w asn’t a pure bred. Didn’t cost any money. And he definitely wasn’t a designer dog. I actually got Buck when I was 11 – a neighbor picked up a dog thrown out on the side of the road who ended up being pregnant.

I’d begged for a dog for YEARS, with no avail, and my parents finally decided to go ahead and give in. I think part of the winning convincing on my part was when I told my mom we could name him Buck (from our favorite book, Call of the Wild.)

He was such a good dog! Love you Buck!

This news definitely set the tone a little lower for the day. I trained clients like I intended, and then just came back to the house and chilled with Shane on the couch.

We didn’t end up going anywhere – didn’t feel like it, plus it was EXTREMELY hot. But I did do some recipe work in the kitchen:

cookie do

Recipe to come soon Winking smile

And around 8:00, we mustered up the energy to grill out and get ready to watch the fireworks.


Hawaiian chickpea veggie burger, salad, + 2 these protein cookies.


I think I did a couple steps wrong on the cookies though, because they came out a little too chewy. Actually, I bet it’s the protein powder I used. It can really make a big difference! They look amazing though, right??

After dinner, we watched the fireworks from our backyard (awesome, right?Smile) and headed to bed.

Time to get a workout for the day in! Have a good one, loves.

Have you ever lost a pet? How did it affect you?

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  1. I am so so sorry. 4 yeas ago we lost a puppy 3 weeks after we got her…it was a horrible and devastating death so I won’t go into detail, but it was a terrible time for us. I have an 11 year old poodle and a 4 year old poodle now, and sometimes I catch myself realizing my older dog is well, old and it makes me SO SAD to think about…I wish dogs lived long like people. My dogs are my babies. I am so sorry for your loss, and hope you have many fond memories to look back on.

  2. RAN Mom says:

    Paige, I THANK YOU for this post about Buck from the bottom of my heart. He was a wonderful, noble dog to the very end. Rest in Peace Dear Buck.

  3. ((hugs))

  4. I am so sorry, love <3 I can relate to how heavy your heart feels today. My dog, Cuddles, just passed away just over 3 weeks ago and it was the hardest day of my life as she was like my sister. I cry every day, still. I really want you to know that I am here for you if you need <3 It definitely does help talking about how wonderful your dog was <3 I am constantly sharing amazing stories about Cuddles <3

    I am proud of you for writing this post. I know how hard it is, love xoxo

    Love you girl <3 hugs

  5. So sorry to hear about your family dog :( I am also a huge animal lover and understand the part of about them being part of your family. I have lost a few pets, I remember when our family dog died, while he was really old and we knew it was coming it was tough and I remember thinking I have known him longer than my brothers!
    We have a cat now and have had her for 5 years, about 3 years ago she had to spend a couple days at the vet and I bawled over just that.

  6. I’m so sorry Paige. Ginger turns 5 tomorrow and I just keep thinking about how quickly she’ll be old…so morbid, I know. I lost my childhood dog my freshman year of college and my parents didn’t tell me b/c they didn’t want to upset me my 2nd week of school. My brother madly blurted it out on the phone when I said something to him to piss him off though and I had a breakdown in front of the hot boy across the hall. I know exactly how heartbreaking that is. sending hugs your way :)

  7. I’m so sorry about your dog, Buck. A lot of people don’t understand how hard it is to lose a pet that’s been such a big part of a family. We recently put down our two cats that we had since I was 6 years old. It was tough – they were such a part of my childhood. Stay strong!

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. :( Pets certainly hold a special place in our hearts and losing them is so hard.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss! Losing a pet is so hard!

  10. Paige, I’m so sorry for your loss. I haven’t loss a pet yet, but I can imagine how devastating it would be. I worry about Parko like a mother cares for a child, so I can see how a loss of a pet would really be like losing a family member or best friend. Remember all the good memories. He’s such a handsome dog!

  11. oh paige, i am so sorry to hear about buck. a couple years ago my childhood dog passed away too. i was crushed and it was so hard. hang on to that memory of him forever! hugs!

  12. :( sorry to hear about your loss. Definitely understand how a pet can easily be considered part of the family – not just an animal, but more like a person. i lost my dog/sister of 11 years last month and it was really hard…

  13. I’m so sorry to hear about Buck :( I remember having to put my first cat to sleep because he had cancer; it was so heartbreaking! Thinking of you and your family!

  14. Sorry to hear about your loss, my dear. :( Family pets are always an awful thing to see go!

  15. I’m so sorry, Paige :( Losing a pet is losing a family member. We had a bunch of rabbits growing up and whenever one of them passed it was devastating. I still think about all the joy they gave us.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. I just got my first dog about a month ago, and I can’t imagine your pain. Thinking of you.

  17. Losing a pet is like losing a family member, totally get it. Our family dog is 17 and I am so scared for that day. Sending you guys lots of love.

  18. I’m so sorry to hear about Buck, Paige. :-( My family & I are HUGE dog people & of course we have lost some of our best friends in the past. Most recently, my parents had to put our family boxer down in December. It’s always so sad; they are truly members of the family. I can’t even fathom how I’ll deal with it when the time comes for my little pug! He’s like my son.

  19. I am so sorry Paige! We lost our girl Maggie 3 years ago and we still have not recovered. She was the best cat (she thought she was human) ever! Tony and I raised her from 3 days old. She was abandoned and the vet told us she wouldn’t make it. We had her for 13 years. My heart goes out to you and your family!

  20. omg i feel for ya girl. i’m in the same camp as you. i’m an emotional mess when my pets even get HURT! if it’s any indication of what i’ll be like with kids….i’m in trouble! so sorry for your loss :(

  21. Oh girl I’m so sorry. My dogs are my babies plain and simple. I’ve had to go through the loss of 2 of them over the years and it’s just never ever easy. I still miss my first girl Abby terribly. Even dream about that silly girl.

  22. Aw friend! I’m SO with you on pets being a part of the family…when my childhood cat died of cancer, I was HEARTBROKEN. cried for days. I STILL get sad thinking about her and can’t even imagine how I’ll be when the time comes for my two kitties now. I LOVE them like my children and don’t know what I’d do without them. They are such a big part of my life, you know? So yeah, I know exactly where you’re coming from. HUGS!

  23. I am so sorry about your dog, nothing makes that easy. I can’t imagine losing my family pet. Just know the dog cherished you and the memories are what is to be remembered.

  24. I’m so sorry! I know what it feels like to lose a pet. And it really is more upsetting than a lot of people make it out to be. Sending you a lot of hugs to help.

  25. <3 buck <3

    (also, yes, isn't it weird how the type of protein powder used can change a recipe so drastically?)

  26. Paige I am so sorry about your childhood dog!! That must have been a hard loss! I hope you are feeling better today, just remember all the amazing times you had spent with your dog throughout the years <3 It definitely is hard to lose something like a pet who is so close to a family. I also hope your parents are feeling better as well, since that must have been hard on them!

  27. I am so sorry Paige! We put down our 16 year old dog last year and it took some time but now we have a new 10 month old puppy. Hang in there!

  28. Oh I’m so sorry! I’ve lost a few pets over the years, especially growing up on a farm. (Tragic farm deaths, my sis and I are still trying to save kitties from them – aka Boots & Coco) But it did teach me to love your pets and never take them for granted. Their unconditional love is priceless!

  29. Pets are definitely family members, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. So sorry for your loss :( But sounds like he had a great life and lots of love!

  30. So sorry to hear about your dog! I totally mourned when my dog died two summers ago. It really hit me hard. ((hugs))

  31. I’m so sorry, Paige! I remember losing our dog, Cindy, and how horrible it felt! It is like losing a human!!

  32. I’m so so sorry for your loss! Pets are members of the family so I know it’s so hard! You and your family are in my prayers!

  33. I’m so sorry about Buck. My childhood dog died 14 years ago and I still get misty eyed when I think about it. They are definitely family members.

  34. Awwww…I’m sorry to hear about your doggie. :( XOXO

  35. Seeing this a little late, I’m so very sorry about Buck. He was beautiful! I recently lost my childhood cat, he was 17 years old, and wrote a blog post about him. It is really hard to believe that he is gone but I know he had a great life, just as I’m sure Buck did.

    I’m very sorry again!

  36. Sorry about Buck! Losing a pet is never easy. I have lost 2 family pet dogs, both were extremely difficult. Know with my new puppy I see myself getting really attached to him and worry about him all the time. I know when I have to say goodbye to him it is going to be very very difficult.


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