Life Love Larson: All Dogs Go To Heaven


Friday, March 4, 2011

All Dogs Go To Heaven

At least we know our girl did...This past Monday night, we had to make the decision to put down one of our beloved Great Danes.  We rescued her in 2004 from the Great Dane Rescue in Charlotte, NC.  She was found as a stray on the side of the road along with another Dane.  The rescue affectionately named them Bill and Hillary, and we were lucky enough to come home with Hillary.  We believe she was badly abused, but quickly warmed up to me and Steve and our other Great Dane, Samson.  She was docile, loyal, sweet, and a dream dog around our kids.  She never whined or barked, and even in her last hours and minutes, she was affectionate and loving, her way of saying thank you for a good life.

The kids and I were still out of town when my husband called saying that Hillary was acting strange.  He decided to take her to the emergency vet around 11pm.  They did an x-ray and found out she had bloat which led to a twisted stomach (common in large breeds).  We are unsure what brought this on, but she was in a great deal of pain.  They had to put her down immediately due to the amount of pain she was in.  My husband got to be with her during the whole process, and we know she is in a better place now, free from pain.

It was a curse and a blessing that the kids and I were not in town.  Steve said I wouldn't have wanted to see her in the condition she was in, but I regret I could not have said goodbye to her.  I think it was easier for the kids to deal with the loss being away.  My 2-year old doesn't get it, but my 3-year old has a lot of questions.  He wanted to know when we get to see her in heaven, can he visit her in heaven, can he write her a note and send it in an envelope to heaven, can Samson go visit her whenever he wants to.

It is not hard to miss the presence of a 140 pound dog in your home.  We were the lucky ones that got to take care of her and give her a life she wouldn't have otherwise had.  We miss you Hills!  You were a one of a kind dog and we will never forget you. 


  1. I'm so sorry for your loss. I also lost my childhood friend on Tuesday, after 15 years. We had to put her down after she had been acting very strangely and not even able to get up and walk around. She had a good long life but we miss her so much. I am sure that all dogs DO go to heaven.

  2. I had tears in my eyes reading this! We lost our beloved dog the same week you did and it was (and still is) so hard. Here's some pics of her. I just keep going back to this post so I don't forget anything!

  3. Very sorry for your loss. Bloat is a tragedy amongst larger breeds and horses. We have a 200 pound fawn dane named, Buck. He's showing his age (7 years) with his gray muzzle. Saddens us all to think what is soon to come...

  4. Just found you from the 2017 Home Tour. I too lost my Sheppard lab mix to the same thing. It was a sad night but I am thankful I was there when it happened so she didn't suffer while I was at work. Dogs are a blessing to us and I'm sure we will see them in heaven.