too sad to blog

gwadzilla is taking a break
will be back in a week or so
trying to deal with the loss of my dog roscoe

pictured above are my two dogs
Roscoe and Brutus
Brutus in Black
Roscoe in Gray

Roscoe and Brutus were brothers
born of the same Australian Shepard Father
and different Golden Retriever Mothers
eight years old a piece... in great health

this weekend past Roscoe became ill
lethargic and weak.... I took him to the vet
the vet ran tests but tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber were too busy ringing up the bill to figure out what was causing his long list of symptoms
he died late Sunday night... early Monday morning
Lisa and I were there by his side when he passed

I am in great pain

gwadzilla archive with some images of the dogs
scroll down this gwadzilla archive for some more words about my dogs

I don't feel like doing much more than crying right now

-gwadzilla out


Anonymous said...

Joel - very sorry to hear.

ETJB said...

i'm sorry to hear this terrible news. i wish your family, especially you and brutus, the best.

hounddog said...

Hi Joel,

Always hard to loose a friend. Some of my best buddies have been dogs!

Hope you are feeling better soon.


Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry to hear this. Hang in there.

the old bag said...

so, so very sorry
many thoughts
and wishes
sent your way

Lee said...

Very sad news... we're thinking about you.

airing out said...

I am so sorry.


zweirad said...

So sorry to learn of your family's loss. Roscoe is waiting for you and yours on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Try to think of the good times and let this heartbreak slide away.

Jill said...

My deepest condolences.

Thanks for the beautiful tribute.

Anonymous said...

tough to lose a friend. be well.

Squirrel said...

Its crazy how big hearted folks can associate pain/sorrow. As I read the sad news I thought/felt some of your pain/sorrow as I teared up thinking of past buddies I've lost. Teri and I's hearts are with you big brutha.


gewilli said...

J man... my deepest sympathies...

I know what its like, its a deep deep pain. One that at moments like this when friends go through it i can dig up and start crying like it happened all over again.

revel in the joys and love that the noble dog brought to you and your family...


Crashmore said...

I'm very sorry to hear this. Loosing a dog like that is in many ways like loosing a family member.

Hang in there.

"“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans” ~" James Herriot

stupid said...

I'm so sorry to hear this.

Anonymous said...

We are very sorry to hear such news up here in Baltimore.

I too have felt such loss.

Baltimore Bush Doctors

Akilles said...

Sorry for the loss. I am new to dogs - picking up our 8 week old mastiff next weekend - but doing the research on training and getting the house ready has made me feel like a dog guy already.

Be well.

Sooz said...

Oh geez. That's terrible. I'm sorry. It's always hard to lose a pet.

Meg said...

Hi Joel,
I'm really sorry to hear about your dog. I know, from having read some of your comments from time to time, how attached you were to both of them. Just think of him being in doggy Heaven, chasing all the critters he wants and looking down to watch over all of you. He will always be with you. xoxo Meg

megan said...

makes my heart so sad for you and your family. these kinds of times aren't easy. dogs are the best. i am glad you had him and he had you for your time together. take care...

Chris & Kelly said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. The loss of a pet can only be appreciated by those who have loved a pet.

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 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 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. His 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 pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Anonymous said...

Hi Joel-

Hope you fee better. Very sorry for your loss of a good friend.


Capt. Jack Sparrow said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It's almost losing a child, when you adopt an animal into your family and life....

fatmarc said...

best wishes, as a dog lover, I know your pain all too well. god speed my friend, god speed.


ggdub said...

I think I'll have to make sure I give Rawley and Yoho extra long belly rubs tonight. Sorry for your loss. Here's a little humour:

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
- Unknown

Surly Rider said...

sorry to hear man. Hope you and the family are handeling it well. How are the boys taking it?

Anonymous said...

hey, i don't know you, and i've been a lurker on your blog for some time, but i know dogs -- you have my sympathy, man.

Manicmtbr said...


Sorry to hear. Glad he could be with you when it was his time.


random said...

sorry about your loss i know the dogs are your first born, we think of jackson the same way. think of him taking a longer walk in great place.

good thoughts

Chris said...

a good dog is a friend...family.

your tribute was moving and a true testament to your love for your friend.

don't let a single memory fade away.

Bryn said...

Hey man, I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

Arleigh said...


Losing a dog can be worse than losing a human. The pain they endure for us & the thoughts they can not put into words only makes it that much worse.

You & the family are in my thoughts.