RIP Murphy: 2000(ish)-2009

Murphy’s mom informed me that her sweet boy succumbed to the cancer that he had been fighting so valiantly since February.

Murphy lived a very tough life before going to live with his mom Allison. He was a stray that arrived at the doorstep of a wealthy family in 2003, who later released him in 2007. By that time he was in very very bad shape- the family, even with their wealth, had severely neglected poor Murphy’s most basic physical needs.

When he came to live with Allison, he was basically starting life over. And what an incredible life it was too. She loved him so deeply and so truly it showed to anyone who met them. The poor pair were constantly in the doctor’s offices due to Murphy’s ongoing health problems he suffered at the hands of neglect. But Allison never complained, she just loved her boy, and enjoyed every moment they shared together. He had a wonderful extended family, and grandparents who loved him too, as he was meant to be loved all along.

I had just a very short time with this sweet boy and already miss him. My heart goes out to Allison and her family, who I know will love Murphy forever. Rest in peace little guy, rest in peace.




If you leave a comment here for Allison she will be sure to read them. She is getting my email now about the post, and I’m sure all of your well-wishes will mean the world to her.

Take care Allison, and remember, no matter where you are or what you do, your sweet boy will always, always be in your heart.

14 thoughts on “RIP Murphy: 2000(ish)-2009

  1. You can tell by the look in his eyes that he had found love and peace with you. Thank you for giving one of earth’s amazing creatures a place to call home and the unconditional love in return.

  2. allison, it sounds as if you and Murphy were such blessings to one another. I hope these photos bring a smile to your face as you fondly remember your boy.

  3. What a beautiful friend and companion Murphy was. Our fur children could live 100 years and it still wouldn’t be long enough. May your joyful memories let Murphy live forever in your heart.

  4. Allison, I am so sorry for your loss. Murphy was a gorgeous lil guy who you could tell in his eyes he knew how much you loved him!

  5. Aww, I’m sorry for your loss! Murphy was a handsome, handsome boy… as one person said, you can see the happiness in his eyes in these photos (Kudos to the photographer as well :)). Shame on his previous owners and a big thank you to you, Alison.

  6. Hi,

    So sorry for your loss. RIP Murphy. Murphy is my favorite entry in your blog. Its a touching story and I’m glad that he found love and happiness.

  7. Poor Murphy… I’m all teared up. He sounds like he was very lucky to have found you, Allison. He looks like the sweetest friend. I’m sure you miss him a lot…

  8. I’m so sorry, Allison. It sounds like Murphy was a heart dog–the dog that comes at the right time in our lives (even if we don’t know it) and helps us become better human beings. He was absolutely gorgeous, and there’s so much love in the photos–I’m so glad Murphy and you found each other.

    Here’s to all the good dogs in our lives.

  9. How sad! Allison, God bless you for taking care of this sweet boy while you had him. I don’t understand why people do the awful things they do…but I’m so grateful for those people that do more than their fair share. And what beautiful photos you have to remind you of him!

  10. Allison, I know that pain you must be feeling, it’s just awful. But I also know you will always take some comfort in knowing you gave Murphy the life he deserved. Surely he knew he had finally found love, compassion, a soul mate, and a place to truly call home. My heart goes out to you.


  11. what a sweet boy. I am sorry for your loss. As a dog lover/owner I dread the day and I am so sorry that you are going through this right now. What fantastic photos! That one where you are taking the ball out of his mouth……..just makes me well up a bit. One day at time dog mama.

  12. Allison, I am so sorry for your loss. You can see the love and joy in Murphy’s eyes, which is no doubt thanks to the love you gave him.

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