Sadly on Tuesday, July 3rd my pup, Lucy, passed away. She had a seizure and quickly passed away soon after that at the very young age of 7.
I'm devastated by this and I know for people that aren't "dog people" (or pet people for that matter) won't understand this, and I get that. For those that know where I'm coming from, you understand why this hurts.
I remember getting Lucy 7 years ago from a real nice family from Spanaway, and for the next 7 years my life was enriched by her spirit. Lucy didn't have a mean bone in her, my wife and I would always joke...she's all heart, no brains. In all honestly, she was a smart pup...she learned quickly and was the perfect dog.
For 7 years, I have been through a lot...the passing of important family members, the loss off a job, and many other life hurdles that many of us experience. The one thing I could always rely on, the one thing I could count on, was the second I opened the door...Lucy was there, full of excitement that "dad" was home. Any negative mood that might be in me would vanish immediately once I got to see my pup.
Thank you for all the great messages, your words helped these last couple of days. I read them all, and I thank you all. I am humbled by what you wrote, and touched that Lucy had an impact on you, through my stories.
I'm going to miss you Stinky, thankfully I got so many memories with you that the stories will last a lifetime, but selfishly I wish you were still right here by my side, I could always count on that!
Lost a pet of 17 years two years ago, and losing one of 15 right now. It sucks and takes quite a while to get over. Thoughts are with ya.
Steve I'm so Sorry
I just moved to Mexico about two weeks ago and still heard about what happened. Steve, my heart breaks for you! Nothing mush can equal the Love of a dog. I lost my Brenda Sue in January and I still cry missing her (like right now)! Damb it sucks losing a dog.
Rick in Chapala MX
Sorry for your loss man...
We dont have dogs but two loving cats, one with severe asthma and shes 11. Couldnt imagine losing her. Been the best d@mn felines we have had and we consider them one of our kids. Anyhow, the principal is there and again, Im sorry for your loss.
Steve, my heart hurts for you
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The grief that one feels at the loss of a beloved pet can rock your world to the very foundation. A hole is left that can not ever be filled but only mourned. We lost our "Fat Cat" Maximum Load this last December on Pearl Harbor day. She had been with me for 14 years; thru a divorce, the loss of my father, and a step-son. I still feel her brush past me and haven't had a decent nap since she passed away. One can never underestimate the power of unconditional love that a pet gives and I hope your happy memories of Lucy help you thru this. Mary from Maple Valley,WA
I am so sorry for your loss.
So sorry Steve!! I love that picture of her with the hat on. She sounded like a wonderful companion! I always loved hearing your stories about her on the radio as I can relate having a dog myself. I also always wanted to slap BJ when he would make fun ofyou:) In a loving way of course. She will always be by your side! MIssy from Seattle
i feel for you bro
Had a black lab named Riley who was a typical lab: very friendly but no brains. He was only 2 and some change when he unfortunately ate one of my infant sons diapers (gross, i know) right before Christmas in '08. It was heartbreaking to see him in so much pain. At least I was able to be there with him at the end. Makes me cherish my other pup all the more.
Been listening to you on the radio for so long I swear I knew Lucy too! We could all tell she was a sweetheart and full of happiness. She, along with her stories of how she made you laugh will be missed!
BRUCE IN Puyallup .. THE GUY THAT Gave you directions on how to get there quicker from lynwood ;-)
there probably are no words to make you feel better-I dread the day I loose my beagle, Baxter. Take care, in time another 4 legged friend will enter your life, but never take the place of Lucy.
i almost Tiered up, almost! nice write up, Steve.
RIP Lucy D'Producer
Steve, I teared up listening to you this morning. I know what you're feeling all too well. I had to punish my rotten little corgi Jameson for being naughty this morning, but when I get home I'm going to give him a giant hug because he means to me what Lucy meant to you. I'm truly sorry for your loss. -Katie
My condolences Steve..
So sorry for your loss, Steve. Your stories about Lucy and getting cracked on by BJ and crew were al
Prayers and many happy thoughts to you and yours.
Bye Bye Sweet Lucy
So sorry for your loss, Steve. Your stories about Lucy and getting cracked on by BJ and crew were always hilarious. Much respect to you and the love you had for your pooch. It was obvious. She is beautiful and will always be.
My heart goes out to you more than words can say
I'm so sorry about Lucy, Steve :-( I understand completely how hard it is for you. I lost my beloved Dollye, a 5lb Maltese who was my little girl and best friend for over 10 years, 5 years ago after a valve popped in her heart, and I can tell you that the pain doesn't go away. I love her and miss her as much as the day she died. But it has brought me peace to know that Dollye is at peace with the quiet earth, and I hope that someday it will bring you peace to know that Lucy is now, too.
I know that no words can really cover the loss, but I want you to know that Lucy lived an awesome life. Hearing about Lucy and everybody on BJ Shea was so funny, and brought such joy to my life, a literal smile to my face every morning! Lucy was a blessing to any KISW listener. And I know she thanks you for giving her 7 happy years as her daddy!
Hang in there, man.
So sorry for your loss
Sorry for your loss Steve. We have both cats and dogs. We've had to put 3 of our cats to sleep due to illness in one year. It is heartbreaking. I'm very close to one our two dogs. I can't imagine life without him. Hang in there. Lucy will always be with you in spirit.
words cannot even begin to describe your loss...iam truly sorry and all i can offer you is a big (((hug))) iam a big animal lover i have two st.bernards! lol R.I.P Lucy♥ gone but NEVER forgotten♥
Sorry again for your loss bro :( my mom had to put our german shepards down about 3 yrs ago and it still hurts. My wife also had to give up her german shepard and her great Dane last year after joining the Marine Corps. and that was tough on her also. Hopefully Lulu will be just as awesome for you as Lucy was :)
You lost your beautiful friend. Wow, my heart breaks for you. Sending you love my friend, thank you for the wonderful memories and pictures. Best:)) LJ
Our hearts go out to you and your wife..
My husband and I are very much "dog people"...listening to the broadcast this morning had us in tears. So sorry for your loss Steve, we hope that it will get easier for you as time passes. Losing a dog (pet) is harder on us sometimes than losing a "human" loved one. We have two beautiful 9 year old Yellow Labs that are so full of unconditional love and we see them "slowing down". It breaks our hearts; for they are our children, our best friends. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours.
So Sorry to hear about Lucy
The loss of a pet is something that only pet lovers understand. There's no easy way to handle the loss, you have lost a family member. This poem has helped me in the past with the loss of my fur babies. http://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm Sending love from Olympia. ~Danielle
STP I am so sorry to hear about Lucy
She sounded like a great dog, it's super tough to lose a dog that's always by your side. Had to go through it a few years ago with my scottish terrier but at least my dog was 15 and not only 7 years old. Such a shame Lucy had to go in her prime, but always cherish the memories you had with her.
We know your pain
I remember all of my dogs in my life. I lost my black lab (Bryar) a couple of years ago. My wife and I also lost her yellow lab (Amy) back in April. Still very hard and miss them every day. We still have one of Amy's son's but even he aged quite a bit after he lost his mommy. She protected and cared for him until the end when she was very sick. An amazing bond. No matter how much it still hurts, we still have the amazing memories of all of our past 4 legged children. Their love is unconditional and constant no matter what. We can never replace them or fill the hole from there loss. However we can love again new sons and daughters. Sorry for your loss Steve. Look up a dogs plea and a dogs prayer.
She will be missed but not forgotten!
Man, this sucks! 2 years ago we had to put our Ladybird down. Hearing about the lovely Lucy brought it all back. We still can't have another dog. You are in our thoughts.
Brian & Kym Smith (rev & crazcoug)
Hang in there Steve
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our pets become family and it is often harder to say goodbye to a good dog (than a person family member). I know the pain well and I would not wish it on anyone. Hang in there Steve. Lucy will always be with you. - Mike
Steve I am so very sorry to hear about your pup
I wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear about Lucy. We have dogs (actually one named Lucy who is 7 yo) and take care of my daughters dogs too. I know that no matter what happens in life the doggies are always there to comfort. When I lost my Lab Sebastian, I cried for I think about a month(He will never be replaced) I cried so much that I had a chronic sinus infection. You had the kind of relationship with Lucy that I have with my dogs. You are in my family's thoughts. It ALWAYS sucks when they leave so suddenly-take care-Kim
I listen every morning, and knew immediately something bad had happened right at the open. Would have never guessed it would be Lucy. I have an old springer spaniel and yellow and black labs. Pulled over and texted my wife. We are both so sorry. Been down all day. Hang in there bro..-Harp
I lost my pet beagle 3 days before I left for basic training in the Air Force! I got her when I was around 4! Talk about heart ache! Bam! Your going to be a man and BAM your lifelong friend who got you thru the horrible teen times is dead! I know how youfeel man! I still miss her sometimes, and she passed in 1989! Sorry for your loss! As everone says, it get easier with time! Good luck to you and keep up the great radio program! GO PITTSBURGH PIRATES! 2 Games Ahead in the division!
I am so sorry for your loss. Your puppy is the one "person" in your life who loves you unconditionally, and who is always happy to see you. Remember Lucy with love.......
i am sorry
I am so sorry to hear about Lucy. I have lost several pets in a 1 1/2 year time span. My cat named cat died two summers ago. i am not sure how old she was as we adopted her. My other cat last summer, his name was simba he was 18 years old and in January of this year we lost our beloved german shepard Gideon he was 9 years old. I understand your pain, you didnt just lose a pet you lost a family member. some people just dont get that. BIG HUGS TO YOU AND YOUR WIFE. Robin from Monroe
My heart goes out to you, Steve. It is such a devastating loss. I too will miss your stories of Lucy. I always found joy, laughter and warmth when you talked of Lucy. The loss will stay with you forever but may your heart find comfort during your time of grief. My condolences.
Sorry Steve... This always helps me when I think about my Tremor, maybe it will nelp you too...
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge...
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them; who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
THEN YOU CROSS RAINBOW BRIDGE TOGETHER...
I am sad about this.
I really dont know what I would do without my cat named Jackson.I am thinkig about you in my thouhgts and prayers.
We have lost 2 dogs in the past few years and I will have to say those are the most heartbreaking losses of my life. I was listening this morning in my car on the way to work and started sobbing. Be strong Steve it will get better. We Love You
Sorry for your loss Steve
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We also felt we knew Lucy through listening to you on the radio. I had to have one of our Chihuahuas put to sleep last year and can totally relate to how you are feeling. Hang in there.
comfort to both
steve and your wife my many comcolents to you both knowing loosing some one in family even if a pet is something that never forgets but i wanted to say this i seen both of you together on line and both of you have that sparkle in your eyes that glows with love n compassion never looose what god givein both of you that glow of love lucy will allways be with you in rembering thing and the smile apone your face or the laughter you make will allways come from the joy lucy gave you time will heal but thememeoryies will allways be thier with love
Irony. They say that being a man is to be tough...showing little to no emotion. Bravado.
Being a REAL person/man is to be just like you. Vulnerable, emotional....being real. It hurts..so show it, deal with it, mourn, and slowly move on.
We have all been there....most aren't willing to come to terms or admit it. Your a good person, BJ'S just OK though.
hugs from Danae ~~~> Lucy still waits for her Daddy
On Joy and Sorrow
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our pets are warm and comfortable.All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; Her eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your dog, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....~Author Unknown
Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."And he answered:Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.And how else can it be?The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."But I say unto you, they are inseparable.Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.I see the Rainbow Bridge Poem about later, andJoy and Sorrow about life here as we know it. Joy and Sorrow are opposites and without one, the other would not be as great.
I KNOW THE FEELING
ON VALENTINES DAY MY BLACK LAB ABBY PASSED AWAY AT MY FEET. SHE WAS 12. ALWAYS CHEERFUL, HAPPY AND EXCITED TO SEE ANYONE WHO CAME BY THE HOUSE. SHE HAD A WEIRD ABILITY TO CURL UP HER TOP CHEEKS TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE SHE WAS SMILING, SHOWING HER TOP TEETH. SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT SHE WAS A MEAN DOG BY THIS SMILE. SHOWING HER TEETH WHILE SQUIRMING, WAGGING HER TAIL BUT NEVER BARKING OR GROWLING AT ANYONE WHILE SHOWING OFF HER SMILE. FOR 12 YEARS THIS ACT MADE ME AND ANYBODY ELSE HAPPY TO SEE HER. I THINK SHE DID THIS JUST TO GET ATTENTION, THAT SHE ALWAYS GOT. SO DONT BE SAD TOO LONG. FOR 7 YEARS LUCY MADE YOU HAPPY. LUCY WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN YOUR HEART JUST LIKE ABBY WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN MINE.
Sending love from Federal Way
I always listen to the show at work every morning. I don't work Fridays so I download the podcast and listen at work on Sundays. I had to pause my podcast for a moment listening to your story. I'm so sorry to hear of this news, I've lost pets and people and I understand what you're going through. Sending all our thoughts and love your way!
Rest in peace Lucy
Hey STP, I was so sad to hear about Lucys passing when I listened to the podcast from last Friday. I know what you're going through and it's tuff. It's been two years since my cat Stevie died after falling 6 floors from my apartment balcony and I still get a bit chocked up when I think about it. Feel for you dude. Much love from Sweden!
Lucy was lucky to have a human like you in her life
Lucy was lucky to have you, Steve. There is nothing more sexy than a man who loves animals. RIP Lucy.