Good-bye Toby


I had a bunch of quilt related things to post about today, but in light of what just happened here at my house, I don’t have the heart to do anything else today.  I don’t know exactly how it happened, but Toby was hit by a truck that was coming into our driveway to trade vehicles (my car is getting an oil change, small town mechanics are able to make house calls to pick up vehicles).   He was probably racing to try to attack them, and  I suspect the driver didn’t see him until it was far too late.  Mercifully, it was all over in minutes.

We will take him out to the farm tonight and lay him to rest under the bunny tree (the tree where the bunnies all like to live…) with Sarah (our cocker spaniel) and all of the other beloved family pets that spend their days chasing bunnies.


  1. Marty52 says:

    Oh, I’m so so sorry to hear about Toby. Losing a good friend hurts so very much. I’m glad you have a special place for him to go to keep chasing bunnies!

  2. Diane F says:

    Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all today. Toby was really a great dog, I am so sorry.

  3. Valerie says:

    I am so sorry 🙁 It’s so hard to lose a pet. They are family. 🙁 What a beautiful picture you have to remember Toby.

  4. Jami says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Toby. I’m sure Katie is going to be lost for a while with him gone. Make sure you give her extra attention and lots of snuggles. It will help you too!

  5. carlafibers says:

    Suzanne, my sincere condolences over the loss of Toby. Hugs sent to you and your whole family, too. He was a special dog and I know he will be missed. Hugs, Carla

  6. Dave S. says:

    Mom and I were talking about the day that she and I picked him up from the breeder–must have September 1996.

    I had just come back from Germany–we were still in the house on Seabury Ave. It was a total whim, we saw the ad in the newspaper and decided to drive over to the housing development near Gallup Hill school. There were three or four pups still from the litter, Toby came right up to mom. We left and went to Groton to have lunch–we were still not sure if we were going to go back to pick up a puppy. I don’t think it was McDonald’s, it was some sort of other fast food sandwich shop over in that area. Anyway, while we were having lunch we decided to go for it, it was over lunch that she and I decided on Toby for his name.

    It was less than a year since Sadie (the Springer Spaniel we got in 1980) had died at the age of 15. We still had dog supplies–but it had been a long time since we had housebroken a pup. We were both working full-time so it was difficult. And then of course when mom moved the next spring to the apartment in New London we shipped him to Iowa. He left from Bradley International in Hartford headed for–gosh, where did he fly into? You guys were in Bettendorf at the time, right?

  7. Patti says:

    Oh Suzanne, I’m so dreadfully sorry for your loss. He looks like he was a wonderful dog. I’m so glad he didn’t suffer. May all your good memories comfort you and your family – I know you’re missing him dreadfully.

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