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Rest in Peace Tucker MacDonald


I was just thinking about going to do some cardio but the fact is, all I really want to do is make some chocolate chip cookie batter and eat it. That’s because I’m sad. You see, yesterday we had to make the difficult decision to put Tucker to sleep. Here’s what happened:


As you probably know Tucker has had more then his fair share of “scares” and I honestly thought we’d have to put him to sleep at least 4 times that I can remember. He’s had acute Pancreatitis 3 times and also, he’s had cancer for a really long time.


He was going to be 14 years old in May and he had cancer, pancreas problems as well as severe arthritis and in spite of all this he was a really happy dog.


Yesterday I woke up and couldn’t find him and I finally located him under the kitchen table tangled amongst the chairs. It seems that he had fallen and he couldn’t get up. I think he’d been there all night and he’d obviously pooped and peed himself. He looked so scared and upset that he was shaking all over.
When I finally got him out he was a mess and terrified. I took him to the vets and had them examine him and clean him up. Then I went to the gym and Googled euthanasia for pets and the key phrase that stuck with both Kevin and myself was this: “if you wait for something obvious then you’ve waited too long.”


I thought about that and thought about that and realized that I didn’t want him to lose his dignity anymore. The other thing the site said to do was to make a list of all your dog’s favorite things to do and then see what he could do anymore. I realized although he wasn’t in severe pain or anything he also was probably really frustrated.


It was that, all the love we felt for Tucker, that make us make the decision. It was one of the hardest I’ve had to make. When I had to put my cats to sleep it was black and white. They were both in kidney failure; no decision. This was more a quality of life decision.
The hard part was waiting all day to tell Andie and Daniel who were both busy all day. Daniel in class and Andie in her “radiology rotation.”


Anyways, I’m sad and I feel a great big Tucker-size hole in my heart. I’ve never had a dog before and I don’t think I’ll have one again but I’m so glad that the dysfunctional, nervous, anxiety-ridden dog that we adopted was ours.


I love him and I’ll miss him. Here’s what Keely put up on her FaceBook and I loved it so I’m sharing it:

Keely Tucker

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  1. Phillipa
    February 16, 2015

    Been there…..extremely hard. He sounds like he had a really good life with you. <3

  2. Julie
    February 16, 2015

    I am so sorry.
    Make the cookie dough.

  3. Sil
    February 16, 2015

    I am so sorry. Sending big hugs.

  4. Linda M
    February 16, 2015

    We had to put our Siamese to sleep on Tuesday last week. We have a 6-wk human baby and I’ve been distracted. Otherwise I like to think I’d have noticed that she wasn’t herself. When I took her to the vet she was down to 6 lbs and her skin was really yellow. She was in end stage liver failure. She was 12 and for the last 6 weeks she had stuck to the baby like glue. My 8 YO was with me at the vet and we held her while the vet administered the drugs. Our other animals have been particularly clingy since then and Tuesday night/all day Wednesday the baby was uncharacteristically fussy. Everyone feels the loss of a loved one, 4 legged or 2.

    • Lynn
      February 24, 2015

      I’m sorry for your loss

  5. Patty
    February 17, 2015

    Crying now for your pain.

  6. Tammy Barker
    February 17, 2015

    So sorry, It’s so hard to loose a pet. Just catching up on your posts, You have had a hard, Stressful couple of weeks! Go for the cookie dough!

    • Lynn
      February 24, 2015


  7. Sally
    February 19, 2015

    It’s hard. We couldn’t make the decision, nobody wanted to be responsible. Came home a few days later and our Dottie was laying by the back steps. Gone. Cried and shoveled, but she was a good dog and for 15 years she was ours. I feel your pain.

    • Lynn
      February 24, 2015

      thank you…

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