In Memory of Payton

Today’s post is not about a card.  Today’s post is about my beautiful dog Payton who we had to put down yesterday.

Payton came to live with me in 2005 when I found him in my yard.  He was a full blooded Chocolate Lab and someone had lost a great dog they had spent quality time with because he was already trained to sit, stay, come, leash and even an electric fence.

Payton 2005

We never knew exactly how old he was but estimated him in 2005 as being somewhere between 2-4.  We had another dog then too, Jake, a 4 year old Chow.  Jake gave permission for Payton to stay and they were best of buddies until Jake died in 2013.  Payton and Jake 2005Shortly after Payton came to us he and Jake did a door dash and took off into the neighborhood.  Jake was known for this and always returned within an hour.  This time, Jake came back but Payton did not. We searched and searched, put up flyers and called the vet and shelters.  No word.  6 days after his disappearance, 10PM I hear whimpering at the front door and there he was.  He was a real mess.  We don’t know for sure what happened but suspect he had been hit by a vehicle.  He had a broken his hip in three places and had air outside of his lungs from the blow.  The vet told me to be prepared that he might not make it.  I told him he was wrong.  Payton had come home to me after 6 days hurt and scared.  If he was going to die he wouldn’t have come home.  And he didn’t die.

Payton 2005

We put in an electric fence shortly there after and that put a stop to most of his wandering tendencies although he had a few more adventures through the years. Just this summer he decided to wander and couldn’t find his way home.  Someone found him and took him to the animal shelter.  I had to post his bail to get him out.

All in all, he was a great great dog.  Loved everyone, and never had a mean bone in his body. He protected Jake and took love from our cats.  His most recent task was to train our new dog Hank to the rules of the house.  Hank knows his boundaries because of Payton.

Payton 2015


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  1. Lynn,

    Sorry to hear about your loss of Payton. It’s so hard to lose a furry family member.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Our pets steal our hearts and never let go. It’s not fair they don’t live as long as we do.

  3. It is so hard to lose a pet. I am glad you had another dog when Payton died

  4. That is a really sad but also happy story. Sounds like lots of good memories about a wonderful dog. I am truly sorry for your loss. Time is the only thing that really helps.

  5. I’m so, so sorry that you lost your fur baby Payton today! I’ve gone through losing my first little love muffin not too long ago. It does get better, eventually.

  6. Lynn, I am so sorry for the loss of Peyton. May God give you peace during this difficult time and may precious memories turn your tears of sorrow into tears of laughter. Pets are such a blessing. You were blessed with him for the last 10 years. Take care of yourself.

  7. Oh dear, such a hard time. What a lovely store. I have the chills and tears. I don’t know what to say but I’m sorry. Do you know the poem “Rainbow Bridge”. It is beautiful and very comforting to me.

  8. It’s hard to make the decision of saying goodbye to our furry friends. You will see Jake and Payton on the other side. Do look up “Rainbow Bridge,” as it too has helped me with my furry friends that I have had to say good-bye to. My dogs are my children now that my kids are grown and flown the coop.

  9. So sorry to hear it, Lynn. Thanks for the sweet story.

  10. I’m so very sorry!!! Take care!

  11. So very sorry for your loss.

  12. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear family member. It is so difficult to let them go. My heart goes out to you and your family. May God bless you and give you comfort.

  13. It is so hard to lose a member of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your memories of him are wonderful and will be with you forever.

  14. Payton sounds like a real gem. We currently have 2 dogs a lab and lab mix. Unfortunately we’ve had to put down 2 other dogs…always heartbreaking.thanks for sharing your wonderful stories. He sure was loved.

  15. So sorry you lost Payton, it is always difficult to lose our fur babies. Hope Hank brings you many years of fun and love.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of beloved Payton. Pets are our family and it’s so hard to lose someone you love. Know that he is in Doggie Heaven and looking down on you all, and wagging his tail. May you all find peace and love and God’s love to comfort you.

  17. So sorry for your loss

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