Punch and Judy, Together Forever

The circle was closed Thursday when we said goodbye to my darling dog Judy. She’d had health problems off and on since Punch passed in July and last week she took a terrible turn with some serious liver trouble.

I prayed much of the day that Punch would be there waiting for her on the other side. Knowing that they’re together again is the only comfort I can find in her passing. The dogs came from a litter of three and the breeder insisted that they go together because they’d been inseparable since birth, a gang of two.

I laid her to rest on Friday beside her brother and marked the grave with the only thing I bought at Christie in September, a cast iron doorstop of two Scotties leaning against each other, it’s just the most fitting marker in the world and I’m so glad I bought it when I had the chance.

I don’t know what I’ll do with all the love I used to shower on them; I pray it doesn’t go to waste.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010 by Chris
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16 Comments For This Post

  1. Dane Caldwell Says:

    Chris I’m so sorry to hear you’ve lost Judy. There is nothing like the love, cuddles and wagging tail of a dog.

    I hope you find some comfort in knowing that despite her far too short time with you (dogs really should live as long as us), you made her far happier than anyone else could ever have done. As fortunate as you where to have had her and Punch, they were equally as lucky to have had you for a daddy.

    much love and hugs


  2. Lin Says:


    I am so, so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. She and Punch brought great comfort and joy to your life as I’m sure you did to theirs. She will be sorely missed.

    Thinking of you fondly,

  3. Lois Says:

    Oh Chris, so sad, they are such good friends our furry ones. First you write and tell us, and I thank you for that…keep good thoughs

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  5. ingrid Says:

    Dear Chris, this is so sad to hear and i am truly very sorry, I completely feel with you.

    Know in your heart that Punch and Judy were always meant to be together, and now they are.

    Take care.

  6. Karen J Says:

    I like to think that they’re together again too. A happy day for Punch (showing Judy ‘the lay of the land’) and a terribly sad day for you.
    Take care.

  7. Sally@DivineDistractions Says:

    My heart goes out to you in the loss of your four-footed family members. Their lives, in relation to ours, are so short, but they pack so much love into the years they give us so unconditionally. There’s not doubt that you will transfer that love into something or someone who will appreciate it. Prayers for peace going up for you.

  8. magda Says:

    There is a special place in heaven that is reserved for all the dogs who so faithfully served, those of us whose hearts are bereaved, when our place on earth they must leave. My deepest sympathy, my prayers and thoughts are with you.

  9. cat Says:

    My deepest sympathies, Chris. What a little cutie, and how she must have consoled you after Punch. The marker is perfect for them, together again. Time will pass and you will find someone to love again, but grieving has its place. What sweet pets the two of them must have been.

  10. Nicola Says:


    I am so glad you have so many wonderful pictures to remember Punch and Judy by. They were truly lucky to have you, Frank and Mike to love them over the years. Who knew there were so many great dads around.

    Love Nicola

  11. Loren Says:

    Chris, my condolences on the passing of your lovely companions Judy and Punch. I hope that you will soon find some peace as you channel your amazing energy into the world. Thank you for sharing.

  12. cat Says:

    Very sorry to hear about your friends :(
    I know they will be missed but are now in an equally wonderful place.
    My sympathies – c

  13. Chris Says:

    Thank you, everyone. In addition to the condolences here I’ve received a small flood of personal emails from readers and friends. Your care and concern means a lot to me.
    Driving back from my parents farm, where the dogs are buried, I had only one song playing in my head, “My World Is Empty Without You”.

  14. Judi Says:

    I lost my little Maggie girl, a scottie, 2 months ago. She looked so much like your Judy. I still have her brother Eddie who is so lost without her as am I. It had just been the 3 of us for so long. Now it is 2. Giving my Eddie extra hugs. My thoughts are with you.

  15. Chris Says:

    Judi, thanks for writing; we’re in the same boat, you and I. Well, at least you still have Eddie to comfort you; I hope he bounces back soon. Judy was so blue after Punch passed she could barely pick herself up off the floor. After a week of that, she got a little better, then after a month she was more or less back to her old self. In fact, I think she sort of liked being an only child, getting all the attention and being pampered; but I know she missed her brother. What’s the point of being Alpha if there’s no one to boss around? And believe me, Judy was one bossy little Scottie. I’ve made a little shrine to the dogs in my bedroom with pictures of them both and their dog tags; I talk to them every day. I miss them sooooo much, especially in the morning when my eyes open and I realize I’m all alone.

  16. Judi Says:

    I left a message last year when I lost my little Scottie Dog Maggie. I recently lost her brother Eddie and it is so lonesome here. Looking for another, but Scotties are very scarce here. They were such a large part of my life that it has been very difficult. Have you gotten another?

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