June 17, 2011

White Dog and Quinn had the honor of playing host to Murphy and the rest of his famous family, Hudson and Luke Robinson, when they passed through Albuquerque on their way to promoting Comparative Oncology to a vet group on the West coast last year. Later, we spent time with them again at the inaugural 2MillionDog PuppyUp! Walk in Fort Collins. The rest of the WDA wasn't with us yet, but they have quickly become one with our family views on cancer, canine cancer, and stopping the monster.

Murphy, a Great Pyrenees who accompanied Luke on his 2000 mile walk to raise awareness about cancer after his furbrother Malcom's death, himself became a victim of the scourge. Over these past months Murphy has battled like a true warrior and his family has been unwavering in their commitment to him. Just last week he had an eye removed to stop the spread.

Today his Papi, Luke, announced that this weekend is Murphy's last dance and asked for suggestions on what song would be most appropriate. He spent last week taking Murphy and Hudson camping to be alone and in nature; he has served all of Murphy's favorite foods and treats; he has spent hours just sitting in the dark holding his boy.

Murphy has let Luke know the fight is over; the warrior has no more to give. We know when the weekend is over and it is time, Murphy will be surrounded with love and calm. He will know dignity. And his legacy will be an legion of warriors mad as hell that cancer has claimed one of our own and who are more determined than ever to defeat that beast.

The White Dog Army will not let Murphy's crossing be mired in sorrow. Our friend wasn't that kind of pup. Instead we will celebrate all that he gave and shared and be joyful knowing that he is now painfree and healthy on the other side of the Bridge. And we will march with stronger purpose and carry forward the message: Cancer.Touches.Everyone. We all must work together to find a cure.

Be at peace, Murphy. Know you live on...(and forgive a few tears).


Teddy Bear said...

Such a beautiful post. We are sending lots of hugs and holding back the tears as we think of Murphy.

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate Murphy's life... but we are crying anyway. Mama knows how hard it is because two of our big sisters crossed the Bridge years ago after battling lymphoma, and she still cries for them. :*( You'll be missed, Murphy, but maybe you can say hi to our sisters for us and give them our love!

Kari in WeHo said...

We are keeping Murphy in our thoughts


Stella said...

Hugs to Murphy's Dad who has carefully observed his best friend
and knew exactly when the time was right to say So Long. We join you in wishing him a good trip to the Bridge.


Mr. Pip said...

Murphy and his father will be in our thoughts. Thanks for sharing his beautiful story.

Your pal, Pip

24 Paws of Love said...

So sorry to hear of having to make that decision. We will be sending Paw Prayers to Murphy and his family and we hope Murphy will forever run free.

Bleu said...

What a beautiful post. Our hearts are touched and our eyes are full of tears.

Murphy. So special. So loved.

I know he will be greeted with enthusiasm, but I mourn his departure.

With love from the Bleu

Tweedles -- that's me said...

My eyes cry too.
Why,, why must cancer snatch up my friends,,,,!
Murphy fought brave,,,a true warrier he was,,, we send love to his family and all the friends who cared.
Your post is so beautiful.. I again,, cannot stop my tears

Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

We are so deeply saddened to read of Murhpy's battle. He is a beautiful dog. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, Luke and Hudson. I am sure his dad, Luke, is devastated, but what a wonderful way to spend time with Murphy, out in Nature, just Being. May they be in Peace.

Suka and K

Mack said...

Murphy and his sweet dad are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brian said...

Such a loving tribute to a special one. The lives you touched Murphy will always be better because you were here.

Jacqueline said...

A lovely tribute to Murphy's cherished life; we are so sorry for Murphy struggle and imminent loss...We wish precious Murphy a peaceful journey and his Dad and friends comfort at this difficult goodbye...Sending love and hugs, sweet friends...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

The Thundering Herd said...

Thanks for the kind words earlier this week. We really appreciate our blogging friends.

We have also canine pals to the scourge and will be thinking of Murphy.

Sagira said...

I am very sorry to hear about Murphy. Luke has done all that he can do. I saw the photos that Luke posted on Facebook after Murphy had his eye removed. ouchies! I think it is very courageous of Luke to let Murphy pass on and end his suffering.