Long Live the King

I’m not one to piss and moan a lot, especially online, at least as it relates to myself. But if this blog is about my life, I really can’t pass off the big events unmentioned, and this is one of those. This morning we had to put down Julia’s dog, Orly. It was very, very sad. He was nearly 19, had some growing health problems, and . . . well, it was simply time. But that doesn’t make it any easier. I’ve known him 10 years, Julia had him since he was a puppy. He was a great little dog, and will be missed. Today, frankly, it just hurts.

Lots of great stories about this guy, and I have many photos. Don’t know if I will elaborate beyond this post. Nonetheless, here is a picture I found of Julia and Orly from January of 2005, when we were working on building a straw bale house.

R.I.P. Little Warrior
R.I.P. Little Warrior

Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

13 thoughts on “Long Live the King”

  1. What a handsome little guy – such a shame. We’re a “four-legged kids” household, with cats not dogs, but it really is absolutely, utterly heart-wrenching when it’s time to say goodbye. Sometimes, at least, they know it as well, and let you know they understand.

    1. I’m glad we were there with him, and that it didn’t come about by way of mishap somehow. Still, it sucked. And there are three dogs and two cars remaining, all getting older. Ugh.

  2. I never stop feeling something when I hear stories like yours. Our border collie Chelsea
    is fourteen–we think, she’s a rescue. As she slows down more each week, we’re trying to toughen up for the inevitable. We will fail at this, but we’re doing our best, in advance, to be grateful for the pleasure of her company these past nine years.
    Please believe that I am not selling anything here: I wrote a good dog book called Just Bill. It’s now a Kindle book, and as you and your wife are so obviously “dog people,” perhaps you would like it.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Orly is just the first; we have 3 dogs and 2 cats, all of whom are getting pretty old. It’s gonna be ugly. This week has been…rough.

      I’ll check out your book for sure.

  3. My sincerest sympathies and condolences for the loss of a beloved family member. It’s very hard when you have to put down a very long lived family pet and takes quite a while to get over it (although you really never do).

  4. I think it must be that our two species share so much–except human language. When a family member or good friend is slipping away, it’s awful, but the healthy family member or friend can say something or do something, and know, through language, that the gesture or words have registered. it’s not that way with dogs. We just have their eyes, which means everything else is left to our imagination. At least for me, that’s what makes losing one’s companion dog so uniquely tough.

    1. That’s the hardest part about it with pets as they get older. We knew Orly was having some health problems, but you can really only guess. And expensive treatments for a dog with, at best, a year or two remaining under best circumstances? Makes for hard decisions. He went peacefully though, almost as if he was ready to go. At least that is what we are telling ourselves.

  5. It is tough to lose a friend–when we lose animal friends we seen to suffer more in private, but boy does it hurt. Sorry for your lost

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