Beck family spends time with Victor

If you’re a long‑time listener or viewer, you know that we have been on the verge of losing our dog Victor for the past few months.

Quite honestly it has been a battle where I have felt like the bad guy because my family has not been able to let go and I have been watching my dog… suffer. And I have stood quietly trying to ask, ‘Please, family, let’s let him go.’ My son and I are going to dig his grave on Friday, and Saturday at noon at our home, we’re going to put him to sleep.

Sunday we decided to do it, and my son, who is 8, took it exceptionally hard on Sunday. I think the reality truly set in, and we as a family cried all Sunday afternoon and all Sunday night. And we were all down on the floor on the kitchen floor sitting right by his spot where he always sits when we eat dinner and read our scripture.

These are some of my personal photos from that time with my family and my best friend, and I wanted to share them with you because Victor has been such an important part of my life and many of you have followed him over the years through the website and the radio show.

 

 

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1239311765 Danielle Williams

    Dear Glenn and Family,
      My heart goes out to you all.  I have been where you are and know how you feel.  Your Victor is a magnificent family member.   Thank you so  much for sharing these beautiful photographs.  This doggie knows he is loved and he obviously loves you.  I wish you all strength and peace.

    Sincerely,
    Danielle Williams

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.dison.7 Melissa Dison

    R.I.P.,Victor   <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinelizabeth.morris Robin Elizabeth Morris

    God Bless you and your family.  Our hearts go out to you.  Thanks so very much for allowing us into your life.  You have felt like family to us for 10 years.

  • Anonymous

     I know the pain and please know God will have Victor play with my “Chance” when he arrives… and we all will play together when we join them.  Peace and Prayers, brother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kdaigle362 Katherine Daigle

    I am so sorry, I am very familiar with the pain your family has been through. I have lived through it a few times with the many dogs and cats that we have resued over the years. Currently, I have an aged Lab she is over 11 and is having difficulty moving around. We love her so much. 

  • Anonymous

    Treasured Friend

    I lost a treasured friend today My dog who used to lay His gentle head upon my knee And shared his silent thoughts with me. He’ll come no longer to my call Retrieve no more his favorite ball A voice far greater than my own Has called him to his golden throne. Although my eyes are filled with tears I thank him for the happy years He let him spend down here with me And for his love and loyalty. When it is time for me to go And join him there, this much I know I shall not fear the transient dark For he will greet me with a bark.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1841603165 Cathy Edwards

    The Beck family have my sincere deepest sympathy. I to am a lover of animals. I to believe that one day we will be reunited. I have lost my sweet girl Tasha at age 17, good boy Taz at 15, and my lovely CJ at 17 just a few months ago. God Bless you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1427633310 Donna Zimbro Bennett

    So sorry – we have been through it many times – twice in the last five years – and the last time we said, “no more dogs.”  However, after about nine months we found that the house was just too quiet, so we adopted a puppy mill mom from Col. Potter Cairn Rescue.  She is a truly
    wonderful dog.  I believe that when my time comes, I will be stampeded by all the dogs who
    have gone before – and I look forward to it :) 

  • Anonymous

    It is truly a hard decision to lose a member of your family, the family pet!  I am going through the same process of when to make the decision that you finally needed to take.  Our dog ‘STARR’ a black lab dalmatian mix is almost fifteen (15) years old.  She insists on taking three walks everyday knowing that each walk seems to take longer as she slows down even more.  Her arthritis is getting worse in her hips and she has difficulty getting up from her bed.  She also has breathing irregularities occasionally during her walks (kinda like asthma).  She has been taking some pain medication for her arthritis.  I know that one day soon I will have to make the same hard decision you did over the weekend.  I know her quality of life is getting worst and the decision will need to happen!!  It is obvious that Victor was loved and he returned that love many times over just as STARR does yet today.  Yes it is a hard decision, but the Lord will provide the strength and peace we need in that decision!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.salvatori Janet Salvatori

    Dear Glenn and family, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing these precious photos. I cannot live without my dogs they are my true friends. Dogs don’t judge you without knowing who you are. My dogs do not make fun of me, criticize me or abuse me as humans have done. I know what you are feeling as I have loved and lost some great dogs, I miss all of them and for now the separation is so hard. I am so comforted in knowing that someday I will see them all again in heaven. I am not wealthy in material goods but I am most wealthy in my faith and love for Jesus Christ. You helped me on your radio show today when you told us about Victor and Rafe knowing without a doubt that you will all see Victor again. You and your family and friends are in my prayers everyday and you have no idea how much you help me to keep going every day. With love from me and my dogs, Janet

  • Anonymous

    We had to put our dog down last week as well and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Beck family. When pain and existence for our animal friends is so difficult it is unfair to allow them to continue to suffer for our selfish needs of companionship.

    I am not a terribly faithful person and have lots of doubts of a formal afterlife, but I do have hope for one and my best friend has the duty of dropping my favorite dog’s lead into my coffin before it is closed for burial. I can promise anyone that if there is a God that before the crowd of souls that welcome me after death will be a smiling dog named Nike who will always be at my side.

  • Anonymous

    Looking at Victor”s regal old face, I see the face of my Hanna, who is now 14 and having a tough time getting around.  She is still happy at this point, but I know the time is coming.  He has the wise  and loving eyes that she does.  She has always been such a gentle soul.  I weep for you, Beck family, and for myself, for the physical loss of such dear friends, even though we know the loss is just temporary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1414842021 P.j. Mercer

    when i heard today what was coming this weekend for your family i was in tears myself.i was driving down the road at work. my boys have a sheperd also.i have cats as pets now but have had dogs as i grew up.my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.our pets become family members.i dread the day the boys lose rinny,short for rin tin tin.i feel he’s my dog also.again ,my prayers go out to you and your family.   take care, p.j. mercer

  • Anonymous

    My prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.  What a lucky fellow Victor was to have had the Beck family in his life.  After leaving the vet’s office to put a pet down a few years ago, as I approached the house I looked up and saw a double rainbow in the sky…a reminder of the beautiful poem, The Rainbow Bridge.  I recommend anyone suffering the loss of a pet read it…it is available on multiple websites.  God bless!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Glenn for posting these pictures of Victor and your family.  My heart breaks for all of you, as I have been down this road too many times.  It is never easy, & never gets any easier.  God Bless all of you.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and Family  I am so sorry to hear about Victor. I have been in the same place and know how you feel. Please remember the tears will dry and broken hearts will mend and you will be left with wonderfull memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless 

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glen and family….thank you so much for postng these pictures of you all with your
    beautiful noble Victor…..what a wonderful face…..I am crying now as I know the terrible
    agony of having to lose my own beloved dogs and like you,, my hope is in the fact that
    God loves all His creatures and we will be reunited again…..people who don’t know and love dogs cannot begin to understand the great love we feel….God Bless You and your sweet
    family Glen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003594076593 Melody Aumiller

    Our family will keep you and your family in our prayers. We know it is one of the hardest decisions a person can ever make. But just think – our beloved dogs will watch and wait for us. They’ll greet us when we come home again, as they have so many times, with effervescent joy!

  • Anonymous

    I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, “It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.” I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more. I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, that I’m not lying there. I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said ” it’s me.” You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. It’s possible for me, to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.” You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew… In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you. The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning and say “good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.” And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me. Author unknown

  • http://www.facebook.com/zoee.nyhoff Zoee Nyhoff

    dear glenn and family–i cried all thru your televised radio show yesterday and now im crying again.–i too have gone through this with a couple of my beloved dogs and it was so hard..–with time it dies get better, but i found it so hard–the house was so quiet–no one to greet my husband when he came home from work in the afternoon but me.–i could only wait a few months and then got a new baby to train and love,–i certainly know what you are feeling..Elaine

  • susan campbell

    This breaks my heart.  It’s a pain all of humanity shares at one time or another.  Godspeed, Victor and Beck family.

  • Vharles Chapman

    I had to put my dog down a few years ago now.  I worked in the back of a vet clinic at the time.  I could not bring myself to administer the sleep juice myself, but my boss did while I held him in my arms.  I decided to do it when I realized he had started to suffer.  He’s waiting for me up in heaven.  Hopefully, I’ll be seen fit to join him.

  • Anonymous

    deepest sympathy to you and your family.Victor was a special family member and beloved friend. it is so hard to accept that he must leave and go to heaven. we recently had to put down our german shepherd, he was from germany as well. he was only 7 and was stricken with a genetic disorder that we could not save him. the vet said we had so much courage and we replied “he is part of our family”. it was the saddest times but because we loved him we had to let him go peacefully. I teared up when I saw your famiy with victor. Always remember he lived a special life with you and your family and will pass over the rainbow bridge and meet his family and friends and live with no pain and be happy. blessing to you and your family for having victor in your lives.

  • FJ Sikkema

    Dear Glenn, Tanya and kids, 
    I was so sorry when I heard you before Christmas talk about Victor.  And then today, when I heard you describe your decision to put him asleep, I wept.  You see, our family is facing the very same thing with our dog, Sam.   Sam is a much smaller dog, and he is 13 now.  He has cancer growing inside him and narrowing his colon.  We are not sure if he is in pain – the vet says probably not – but he twitches often and sometimes does not eat.   

    All this to say, that our family will be praying for your family this week and in the weeks to come.  I don’t believe animals have a soul, but I do believe you will see Victor again because God can bring him back to you in heaven.   I sure hope that we will see Sam again too.  

    I believe in what you are doing and want to encourage you to keep it up!   

    Blessings to you and your beautiful family, 

    Faith 

  • Anonymous

    I have been blessed with many dogs in my life…of all different breeds. I got my first German Shepherd 8 years ago. Mine passed at an early age of 7…I was totally unprepared. After owning my GSD for one year he imprinted my heart to a degree that no other dog has. His knowing what I needed or wanted before I knew was astounding. He read my mind on many occasions. I started working with a German Shepherd Rescue in my home state and have rescued many GSD’s all over the country. I could not stand to see, not one of them having the misfortune of not being able to work, or have a family of their own. Such a proud, loyal, intelligent breed that once you have had one you never look bad. My motto was I must be smarter than my GSD which wasnt always possible..lol. When I first read about what was going on with your working GSD I was devastated…they live to work and be with family. I posted your article on my FB wall which I am involved in and is of a HUGE rescue family of GSD Rescues across the country..we all felt your pain. I dont know which is worse to watch your smart guy slowly get ready to say good bye or sudden loss of one. Either way I know its a different loss than any other dog I have ever owned. I work to continue to save as many GSD’s who deserve much better than what they have been handed, and to live up to their potential. Hugs to you and your family and when the time is right…there is another GSD waiting to serve and protect all for the love of family.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

    This just brought tears to my eyes.  As a dog owner of a beloved family member, my heart goes out to the Beck family.  I know well what it’s like to have to take this step and it isn’t easy.  I pray for peace for you all at this sad time.  I have read various opinions on whether we will see our beloved pets in Heaven and I am encouraged that we may as the Bible states the lion will lie down with the lamb – so animals seem to be part of the picture.  God Bless.

  • landofaahs

    Good grief it is a dog.  It reminds me of a long-hair German Shepherd I use to have.  Gets good ratings though.

  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Poor dog. 

  • Anonymous

    Just this side of heaven is
    a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that
    pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can
    run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and
    comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
    those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as
    we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each
    miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops
    and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body
    quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green
    grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
    you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy
    kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and
    you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from
    your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Margie-Jones/1627771400 Margie Jones

    Victor is a beautiful boy.  How lucky he has been to be your dog and how lucky you were to have him.  I know you  will see him again in heaven.  I am counting on it as I have many waiting for me there.  It is difficult and rips your heart out but you know when it is time.  God Bless you Glenn and family and Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephan.bruno Stephan JackofClubz Bruno

    Apparently the only thing in that house that can’t live on bullshit is his dog.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000077730873 Connie Bevan

    I posted this on my facebook page last night after listening to Glenn talking about putting down Victor. Please keep in mind this is a real question that I am grappling with. Here is my post:

    Maybe someone can explain this to me because I have not experienced it. Glenn Beck said today that his family has decided to put down his dog, Victor, this coming Sunday, and it has been the most heart-wrenching decision of his family’s life. Victor has been very sick for a long time and they have watched him get weaker with every new day. He said the whole family broke down and cried when they ma…de this decision together. I’m not sure how I feel about this because, as I said, I’ve never had to make this decision. Sometimes I wonder if this is the right decision to make no matter how sick your pet is. For those of you who have made this decision please tell me how a dog, or any pet, is different than a human being in this regard? I’m struggling with this. Today when he talked about this I couldn’t help but feel a tug at my heart, and profoundly sad, and I don’t think I could ever make this decision.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Family… He is a beautiful Dog and you are doing the right thing for him.  I had a German Shepherd Mix. Had him for 12 years. It is a painful decision to let them go. My thoughts are with you all.xoxo My new 4 legged pups help with the loss – but there will never be a dog like my Sammy to me and as well as Victor has been to you.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family,
    Our thoughts are with you all as you spend your last hours with Victor.  Seeing you all gathered around him, I am sure that he knows how very much he is loved.  It is just one of the most heartbreaking things one has to do in this life~ It is simply pain of the worst kind. Our family has been through this too many times.  God bless you as you say goodbye….
    thanks for sharing these personal moments with all of us.
    Most Sincerely,
    Brenda Samoisette

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike35mmnut Michael Schuler

    Glenn,

    I have been a listener of yours since 2001 back when it was a comedy show and I remember Victor all the way back then.  Deciding  to put down a dog is one of the hardest things I have done.  Our Family Golden “Dusty” was put down in 2006 and I buried her in our back woods that night in the pouring rain, she was a loyal friend and a member of our family and I was honored to be able to give her the resting place she had earned.  It took me until last year to be able to get a new Golden and he is a pain sometimes but like my children he has a deep place in my heart. 

    I wish your family prayer and peace and hope you spend your last few days together and remember as hard as it is, I have been tearing up writing this, love is a gift from god and it only has value if the loved are missed when they are gone.

    My peace, prayer and the memories of Victor fill your Hearts,

    Mike 

  • http://www.facebook.com/gloria.martin.900 Gloria Martin

    Dear Glen and family,  Our hearts are with yours in this terrible grief.  We put our beloved Duncan to sleep three years ago.  All our friends who knew Duncan grieved with us and it eased our pain.  You can be assured that all of us out here are sharing your pain and sending love to you all and to Victor.  We held Duncan in our arms and the last thing he saw was our faces and the last thing he heard was our voices telling him that we loved him.

  • Anonymous

     TRIBUTE TO A DOG

    The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have
    in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him,
    the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous,
    is his dog.
    A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity
    and in poverty.  In health and  in sickness.
    He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry
    Winds blow and the snow  drives  fiercely,
    if only he may be near his master’s side.
    He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer;
    he will lick the wounds and sores that
    come in encounter with the roughness of the world.
    He guards the sleep of his pauper master
    as if he were a prince.
    When all other friends desert, he remain.
    When riches take wing and reputation falls to pieces,
    he is as constant in his love
    as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

    – Senator George Vest, 1870

  • Anonymous

     WHEN THE TIME COMES…
     
    If it should be that I grow frail and weak
    And pain should keep me from my sleep,
    Then will you do what must be done,
    For this — the last battle — can’t be won.

    You will be sad I understand,
    But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
    For on this day, more than the rest,
    Your love and friendship must stand the test.

    We have had so many happy years,
    You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
    When the time comes, please, let me go.
    Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,

    Only, stay with me till the end
    And hold me firm and speak to me
    Until my eyes no longer see.
    I know in time you will agree
    It is a kindness you do to me.

    Although my tail its last has waved,
    From pain and suffering I have been saved.
    Don’t grieve that it must be you
    Who has to decide this thing to do;
    We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
    Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

    Unknown

  • Anonymous

     TEN COMMANDMENTS OF A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER
     
    1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
    2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
    3. Place your trust in me – it is crucial for my well being.
    4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment.
       You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I HAVE ONLY YOU!
    5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words,
       I understand your voice when it’s speaking to me.
    6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’LL NEVER FORGET IT.
    7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush
       the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
    8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative,
       ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food.
       I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
    9. Take care of me when I get old. You too, will grow old.
    10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it” or,
        “Let it happen in my absence.” “Everything is easier for ME if you are there.”  Remember,
       ” I Love You.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernese-Thacker/1041065000 Bernese Thacker

    My heart goes out to you and your family Glenn. I know how hard it is to loose a special family member like Victor. I lost my Jasmine 2 years ago she was only 3 years old. One day full of life and the next seizures which left her blind and not able to even stand. I took her to every vet in our area no one could help. My sister and I drove 3 hours to Ohio State Vet clinic to try and get help. They worked on her but she was to far gone to help. Giving that okay to end her life was  the hardest things I have ever done. riding home with the little box they put her in was the second hardest thing I had to do. People who don’t own dogs do not understand the love they give and ask very little from us. Food,water and love that’s all they want. My prayers will be with you and your wonder family this weekend and Glenn thank you for all you do. There are days I feel like just giving up on the country I love but you give me hope. God Bless

  • Anonymous

     Lend A Pup

    I will lend to you for a while, a pup, God said,
    For you to love her while she lives and mourn for her when she’s dead.
    Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three
    But will you, ’til I call her back, take care of her for me.

    She’ll bring her charms to gladden you and (should her stay be brief)
    you’ll always have her memories as solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return
    But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.

    I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true
    And from the folk that crowd life’s land I have chosen you.
    Now will you give her all your love nor think the labor vain,
    Nor hate me when I come to take my Pup back again.

    I fancied that I heard them say “Dear Lord Thy Will be Done,”
    For all the joys this Pup will bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
    We’ll shelter her with tenderness, we’ll love her while we may
    And for the happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay

    But should you call her back much sooner than we’ve planned,
    We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
    If, by our love, we’ve managed, your wishes to achieve
    In memory of her we loved, to help us while we grieve.

    When our faithful bundle departs this world of strife,
    We’ll have yet another Pup and love her all her life.

    Author Unknown

  • Anonymous

     A Pet’s Prayer

    Treat me kindly… my “beloved” master, for no heart in the world is more grateful
    for kindness than mine. Do not break my spirit with a stick…
    for although I should lick your hand between blows your patience…
    and understanding will teach me more quickly the things you would have me do.
    Speak to me often.. for your voices are the world’s sweetest music…
    as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when I hear your step…
    When the weather is cold and wet please take me inside.. for I am a domesticated animal…
    no longer used to bitter elements… I ask no greater glory than the privilege of
    sitting at your feet. Keep my pan filled with fresh water…
    for although I should not reproach you were it dry…
    I can’t tell you when I suffer thirst… Feed me clean food so that I may stay well,
    to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side standing ready to protect
    you with my life… should your life… be in danger. And master…
    when I am very old and the Greatest Master…
    sees fit to deprive me of my health and sight… do not turn me away. Rather…
    see that my trusting life is gently taken away… and I shall leave you knowing…
    with the last breath I draw, my fate was always safest in your hands. Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000205505591 Cathy Montgomery-Sheppard

    I am so sorry to hear about this difficult decision. I have had to make it many times myself. On a practical, scientific level, I must beg you to make sure he is given a tranquilizer first. Otherwise it is just barbaric. Many pet owners don’t know this, and suffer greatly when the “stuff” hits. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephan.bruno Stephan JackofClubz Bruno

    Apparently the only thing in that house that can’t live on bullshit is his dog.  

  • http://twitter.com/o_kerry Kerry ODell

    Glenn and Family, it is a heart breaking experience to go through the death of such a loving, loyal family member. I have thought of Victor and your family often since Glenn talked about Victor’s failing health. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that so many people are praying for your family and that Victor is no longer suffering and is at peace.

  • Vincenza Dimuro

    Dear Beck Family,

    We just lost our most beautiful dog Ella last Monday. she was a part of our family for over 14 years and the best dog ever.  I can’t believe the impact her loss has been on us, particularly me. She was constantly with me, always, when my husband worked many hours (NYPD Detective), when my children left to go to college.  She was always there for me. Now, a quiet that I cannot bear at certain moments.  No more pitter patter of her paws on wooden floors, no more snoring on her pillow, no more looking at me with those beautiful eyes…Dogs are a wonderful gift and I do believe we will meet again some day.  God bless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.nettlessr Ralph Nettles Sr

    Glen, if I may call you that, I more then understand what a pet can mean to you. In 1997 I had to put Neco down, and it was the hardest thing I have done in a long while. She found me as a pup, and I mean that. I was out walking a peace of property my son was looking at, and I found I could not walk, my feet would not move. Looking down, there was this pup laying across my feet. I moved her off my feet and continued walking the property, but every time I stopped, she would make herself comfortable on my feet. When I got back to the owner home, they said that she, Neco, never paid attention to any one, so they gave me the pup. Like, she brought a lot of love into my life and I have never had another dog since. Take care and God bless you and your family.

  • http://twitter.com/Ginger87627445 Ginger

    Sadness and grief is overwhelming – we can relate to your emotion – tears will not stop, only time will heal and peace will settle in.  God be with you all and Victor will rest in peace, his job on earth is over – he was your hero… May the days ahead bring  you comfort.  Much Love to everyone in the Beck family…….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6A6CYTAAED52A55PWFTCB4PT6Q Sandy

    Thank you for making us feel at one with your family today as the tears stream down our faces. For we too, have lost a best friend. These wonderful pets help us to become better people.

  • Kenneth Stewart

    Dear Glenn and Family:  As I read your e-mail, tears came into my eyes for I know exactly what you are going through.  Ten years ago I had to put my beautiful Samantha to sleep.  She was a Great Dane and she was twelve years old.  I am not going to tell you that the pain will go away in time but it is more bearable with time but the scar always remains.  One thing that keeps me going is the thought that I will see her in Heaven someday.  I do not know if it is biblical but it is what I believe.  I wish I could be there with you to help comfort you and your family.  Someday maybe we can swap dog stories.  God bless you Glenn in all you are trying to do.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day.

    Love,

    Ken

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing the pictures.  I need to tell you the story of my precious white German Shepherd Collie mix.  I am a recovering alcholic, riddled with ADD, and suffer from bouts of depression.  I had been in a deep depression for over a year and a half.  I was on medical leave from work, meds weren’t working.  The drs were about to try electro shock therapy. Then one day in February, I went outside to feed my collie, and found one little white puppy.  Don’t know who the father was.  But God sent that precious little soul to me to lift me out of the dark.  He was a perfect puppy and trained easily.  Went every where with me.  The years passed and we began to go through what you and your family are seeing now.  We selfishly held on, not wanting to say good-bye, but we knew it was time when he could no longer get around without pain.  My 26 year old son and I took him to the vet to be put asleep.  We lifted him to the table, and the vet explained that the first shot would relax him  and the second would just put him to sleep.  He left the room so we had time alone.  We cried some more and Snowball just looked up at us, like saying it’s OK.  I’m ready to go.  The vet came back in the room sat on his stool and slid over by Snowball’s head.  He said he likes to say a prayer at this point, and asked if we minded.  He prayed for Snowball.  He prayed for my son, and he prayed for me.  Then he gave him the second shot and I heard his last breath.  I had him cremated because if I ever move from this house, I’m taking him with me.  I didn’t want to leave him here in the ground.  For two weeks after he was gone, I caught glimpses of him, and even heard him bark. I mentioned this to my therapist, thinking she would suggest I check in to a treatment facility, but she smiled and said ‘you will see him and you will hear him bark. He won’t leave you completely until he knows you are going to be ok without him.’  A few days later was the last time I saw him going back the hall.  God Bless you and your family.            

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.g.goddard Carol Goemaat Goddard

    I am so sorry for your loss.  I too have had to let go many times. It’s horrible, but then someone finds out and asks if you would be interested in taking on a new pet and then it’s not so bad after a new friend comes into your life. We love you Glenn.

  • Anonymous

    I have never posted before. But after reading this and seeing those pictures, I had to. I have a dog myself and I can NOT fathom losing her. I sit here in tears as I just think about the pain and sorrow that you and your family are going through, Glenn. For some time, I have listened to you and I recall your segment on the dignity with which Victor was living out his last days.

    Dogs can teach us so much about loving others without question and forgiving simply for the sake of forgiving. No strings attached for either the love or the forgiveness. They can teach us about honor and more about ourselves than we ever knew was there to learn. My dog has mended my heart from so many injuries that I have lost count and I thank God everyday for her in my life.

    I remember the lines from the movie/book “Marley & Me”:  A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water
    log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor,
    clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you
    his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make
    you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel
    extraordinary?

    Ironically enough, I will be moving to Texas VERY soon and the considerations I had when I was looking for a new place to live was suitability for my dog. Not just if they allow dogs, but that they had other things JUST for my dog.

    Victor passes on knowing he was loved by a very honorable family. God has used you, Glenn, and your family to touch my life in more ways than I can recall. May Victor rest in peace and may your family live in the peace of having known so honorable a creature such as Victor. Victor will always be in your hearts. Strength and honor to you all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lexi-Taddeo/1801791854 Lexi Taddeo

    Glenn and family,
    My family’s prayers are with you all.  We adopted a beautiful dog (senior) and lost her unexpectedly after less than 2 years.  We did the same thing you did.  She loved to lay on pillows, so we buried her, with her pillows.  But first, we laid on the floor with her and cuddled.  So glad we did, ‘cuz we lost her that night. All animal lovers have to go through this, Victor is lucky to have had you and vise versa.  God bless.

  • Anonymous

    A Prayer For The Angel In All Dogs – A Prayer For Victor

    RECEIVE OUR GOD, the return of your wondrous creation, Victor.

    He has been brave in the face of adversity.

    GRANT me a measure of consolation and peace in knowing that I have fulfilled my responsibility to him.

    IN MY GRIEF, help me to remember and appreciate that Victor’s loving devotion was Your gift to me, and to be thankful for the time I shared his life.

    LET YOUR LIGHT warm his soft coat; Your love fill his brave heart.

    ALLOW him to frisk freely and without pain in Your glorious realm until we meet again.

    OH GOD OF ALL CREATURES, a friend of mine is lost and a part of my heart is lost with him.

    GOD OF MERCY, shine Your light on those who are in pain because of the absence of his companionship.

    GOD OF THE SAILORS, who guided men through treacherous seas, guide this precious little dog safely back to his home. 

    We know that all things are possible through Your intervention.

    GOD OF LOVE, protect him from harm for he is a kind and gentle creature.

    As Victor extended his paw to me, extend Your hand to him and reassure him that he need not be afraid.

    OUR GOD, I know he cannot to return to us, but we beseech You: Help us to have courage in our loss and some measure of peace in our hearts knowing he has returned to the splendor of his Creator.

    GOD OF ALL CREATURES, make a cradle for Victor in Your loving arms. 

    Grant him butterflies to chase and balls to fetch.  

    Let all see the mischievous sparkle in his kind eyes.  

    Give him sunbeams to warm his splendid coat.  

    Let him bask in Heaven’s glow of never-ending happiness.

    BE AWARE, MY GOD, Victor has arrived at the Rainbow Bridge!  As he crosses, all will smile at his beauty!

    FREE FROM PAIN, and quick as light, he moves with the grace and stealth of a mighty hunter at the frog pond!

    YOUNG AND VIGOROUS, frisky and spunky, no stone will be left unturned as now he explores his new land!

    MISCHIEVOUS AND CURIOUS in a masterly fashion, he will continue his adventures, and, in so doing, bring adventure to each of  you!

    CURLED securely in Heaven’s white ruff, Victor rests from days filled with joy and sunshine and watches for his loyal companions he left behind.

    FRIENDLY to all, and with fascinating stories to tell, he will captivate his many new companions, as he scours his new land. 

    Departed others, all of whom padded through my heart and soul these many years will seek him out, and welcome him!

    DIFFICULT AS IT MIGHT BE, do not loose your heart to him! For one day, when I arrive, he will fling his lithe body into my arms and be my angel, Victor, for all eternity…

    (The author of the basic poem is unknown to me.)

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glen and Family,
    Victor is with Our Father and is watching over all of you.
    God Bless!

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn,
    I am so sorry you and your family have to endure this pain. We have been there. Our thoughts and our prayers will be with you and your family.

  • Kenneth Stewart

    That is so beautiful.  Thanks for posting

  • Anonymous

    To a beautiful family, and your very special friend, “Victor”. I know the pain that comes with your loss.  After 14 wonderful years of love, devotion, affection, and much fun from my poodle ” Tigger”, I had to have him put to sleep. They become a part of our family and are missed! God Bless you Glenn and your family. Also WELCOME to TEXAS…..

  • Kenneth Stewart

    Everyone, please pray for this poor soul.  He needs the love of God in his heart.

  • Anonymous

    Our prayers are with you and your family.  We too, lost our best friend Tamar on February 25.  It is not easy, but we know that they are still looking out for us!!! In God’s love he created an animal that is not capable of deceit and only wants to love and be with his family “den” members. Loyalty like that and love I believe will transcend with us in the next life as this is our God’s creation for our benefit  May our dear Mother of us all cover your family with love during this most trying and heart aching situation.   Victor and Robin, long time listeners  

  • Anonymous

    As I was driving to school on Tuesday morning I was listening to the show and I got to school and I couldn’t bring myself to turn the radio off.  I was in tears listing to the heartfelt story that I was listening to.  I couldn’t help but think about all of the animals that I have had in my life.  I could truly feel the spirit as I was listening to your words.  I am sorry for your loss.  I pray that we will all have our furry friends in heaven.  If my prayers are answered… I might be the crazy cat lady.  My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.  Losing a family member is never easy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.howells.16 Jonathan Howells

    Glenn, I know how hard the journey your about to take is, as I have walked this same path.  I have written a few words that I hope will help with the healing process your entire family will undergo.

    The Meaning of
    Life

    By Jonathan J.
    Howells

    The ‘Meaning of Life’
    is an age old a question, as old as the footprints of man, and most likely will
    never be answered by mortal men. What makes it unanswerable also makes us so
    unique, independent and dependent (at the same time), and ultimately what makes
    living life so utterly extraordinary.

    Each of us travels
    the journey of life on a different footpath. These paths never parallel;
    instead wandering and meandering into each other, converging sometimes and
    separating, never to meet again. For the fortunate, we will find another’s
    stroll which closely resembles our own, merging for part of our journey. This
    united path involves our families, friends and companions. Traveling together
    is what the meaning of life really is. When the path becomes steep or rocky we
    have someone to hold our hand, brace our balance, lick our face, or just offer
    heartfelt words of assurance with their eyes. This ‘trues’ our compass and
    ensures we remain honest to ourselves, and to our God, in times of doubt and
    despair.

    But soon we all arrive in flowering fields; sweet with dew,
    the radiant sun on our faces, making the trip worthwhile, and the relationships
    we relied upon during our darkest hours are now a part of our happiest joy. We
    laugh, sing and smile, chase and be chased, and it’s made all the better
    because of those who chose to travel with us. But while we rejoice, we know in
    our hearts it cannot last.

    Soon our amazing odyssey etches long forgotten paths
    traveled on our cheeks and forehead, the sun bleaches youth from our hair, and
    time takes its toll on our bodies. Our loved ones rally us to continue, and for
    a time, they slow to share an impeded pace, careful to guide and comfort us to
    our resting place.

    Now are the times we realize the Meaning of Life; all the
    moments we’ve shared, friends we’ve made, the long arduous climbs, and the
    intoxicating grace displayed, slowly become memories. Not just to us, but those
    who will continue the journey beyond the boundary of our personal path. The
    memories and lessons learned make the path a little straighter and a little
    more forgiving for the next in line. The path we walk is worn smooth over time
    by those we follow.

    To live a life worth
    repeating, to make the journey easier for those who share it with us, and to
    leave those who must continue without us, memories and knowledge that they can
    share with new friends when their paths eventually merge.

    This is the Meaning of Life.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn:  I know what you are going trough.  It’s been  * yrs for me the pain is still there when I had to put my Mitzy down.  I was in denial for a long time and finally my vet asked me was Mitzy the same dog I remembered.  The answer was NO.  We took days pondering and I even took her to our church and ask God to give me the strength I needed to make that horrible discussion.  When I finally decided, and  I made the appt. and brought her in.  I stayed with her and as she got the shot  and the she just closed her eyes and fell asleep forever.  The other day when you were talking about Victor I was crying with you and as I see your pictures my heart is breaking for you.  I will keep you in my prayers for you and your Loving family as the days go by until that , Glenn final day , you will be in my heart.  Be brave, Glen Victor will be with you always and forever.  He knows you all Love him .

    Take care Glenn, God is with you.

    Your Fan!!!

    Anita

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and family.Sorry for your loss.I’ve had 4 dogs put down in my life and it is a hard thing to go through.
    I hope and pray that everyone of these comments come from people who are pro-life.

    God Bless!

  • Anonymous

     I am so sorry that you are losing your Victor. It pains me to even write to you about it, but I could not, not comment. I have to tell you that every dog that I lost, took part of my heart with it.
    I last had to put my wonderful Maddie, a rescue who lived to the age of 14. My Maddie was half pit bull and half Rottweiler. I had called a rescue group, because I wanted a dog with me in my car, when I went to the bank at night after the mall closed and I had to make the deposit. It was kind of scary. Well the rescue lady brought her to my house with two other dogs that were ready to be adopted. I couldn’t bond with either one while they visited me. As I walked her back to her van, this dog, in the back of her van, tied, tried to reach me. I moved in closer and she and I looked at each other. We fell in love and I told the lady that I wanted her. She was surprised, only brought her with the others just to give her a ride. Long story short, she only weighed 35 lbs. Four months later when the lady came to check on her, she was up to 50 lbs. She was three years old. She was my protector. I had her for the next 11 years and like Victor and you, I had to make the decision to let her go. She lived for two extra years, after she had Lyme disease, the vet had told us she probably would not live much longer, but she did and was not close to dying. I held her as she was given the injection, and my husband asked the Vet, how long does it take? Vet said, she’s gone! I am so happy that I was able to be with her, and it was painless. I now have 6 dogs, because I moved to FL 8 months after Maddie died, and volunteered at the Humane society. I worked there 5 years, had to leave due to the emotions that rose up whenever a dog was mistreated or just dumped like a bag of garbage. My six dogs have been my lifeline, since my husband and daughter passed away over 2 years ago. Each has it’s own personality, they are all in love with me as I am with them. Give your self time to mourn, you will never completely stop, but saving another’s live will give you more pleasure than I can explain. They are my family now. God Bless you. I have DISHTV and if I can’t see your program, I tape it. Thank you for all that you do. You are a good man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justmnmaggie Maggie Boesel

    What a beautiful dog Victor is.  You can see the wisdom in his eyes.  I made a donation to Mercury One in his honor yesterday – I’m hoping, if any one reads this, that they may wish to do the same. 

    I have lost 3 dogs over the years and this story (which actually came to me in a sympathy card from our veterinarian) has helped me (and it certainly helped our children when they were young and had to deal with the loss of their first pet)  It’s called “The Rainbow Bridge”

    Just this side of heaven is
    a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close
    to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills
    for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is
    plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and
    comfortable.

    All the animals who had been
    ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are
    made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and
    times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
    they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes
    when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent.
    His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over
    the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
    You have been spotted, and when you and your
    special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be
    parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the
    beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long
    gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

  • Anonymous

    I too lost a friend this past week, Lucy, a Rotty-black lab mix we had,had for 15 years.  I had to take her to the vet.  And even though it hurt the vet let me stay with her and hold her while she did the deed.  I didn’t want her afraid that last few seconds.  I know its for the best, but it still hurts.  I look for her, I know that will pass in time, but it doesn’t  make it any easier.  My Bible says life here is “just a vapor” things like this just serve to reinforce that.  God Bless you and keep you and your family at this time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corinne.franklin.7 Corinne Franklin

    we watched our treasured friend Tobey pass away last November. There is nothing more heart wrenching. My words of comfort are this: Our Lord showed me in a vision that Tobey is playing with our other pets that passed on before him at the throne of God.  Take comfort Beck family. Victor will be playing there as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.w.cunningham1 John W. Cunningham

    What a heart wrenching story. I have been there a couple of times. About 3 years ago I lost both of my 16 year old dogs Eight days apart. Harley and Shadow, a Black Lab and a Golden Retreiver mix,  were born on the same day and went through life together helping my son grow up. What special friends they truly were not just to each other but to our whole family. God really gave us a special gift when he brought them into our lives!

    For 2 years after they passed away we were not ready for another dog but, on New Years Eve 2010-2011 God decided that we were ready and sent us a very sweet Blue Healer Mix. She was terrified of the fireworks that were going off. I found her trembling and hiding behind our air conditioner. I found the people who had her before we did and they asked if I would keep her because they already had 4 dogs. They had removed her from their neighbors house because they were mistreating her. What a special girl she is though.

    Please try reading Just Over Rainbow Bridge. It believe it will help you and your family.

    God Bless you and your family!

  • http://twitter.com/taxed_to_death old_man

    My first day there is going to be really loud. Five dogs and five cats over the years.   That is going to be quite the reunion.

  • Anonymous

    Glen and family, 
    Thank you so much for sharing with us your precious last moments.  Victor is so loved, thank you.  We have been there a few times ourselves. My tears are for you and Victor. God Bless you all. Cherish your other dog as you remember Victor and he misses his friend also. 

  • Anonymous

    I bet Beck ends up spending a lot more time at home with his family as his ratings crash over his failed predictions of doom and disaster, just announced on CNBC: housing starts up, unemployment down, stock market at record levels, low interests and more take home pay, good news for everyone else is such a bummer for you Beckbots.

  • Anonymous

    Glen First, I am so sorry,and that heals nothing. please know that you have a lot of people loving you and your family through this weekend.I am sending this to let you know about two boooks that may help your family. The authors name is Gary Kurz ,the titles are Wagging Tales in Heaven and Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates..How blessed we have all been ,and more than likely unworthy of, our best friends unwavering and unconditional love.Always remember what dog spelled bacgwards is,and rejoice in the promise…

  • Anonymous

     Please be mean and cruel somewhere else.  This is not the time or the place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1395731777 Donna Rice

    i can’t…..even……..oh. i am so sorry…….

  • http://twitter.com/Zeek14 Brandon Perkins

    There are no words to comfort the loss of a furry family member. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss. I truly believe that our pets will be on the other side waiting for us. If God can see the good in humans, then He truly can’t deny the animals that love unconditionally.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YZTVKDN6UPIL57J4ZKJKVFWEXQ WILLIAM

    What a bueatiful dog. It is so sad when the end comes. Blessings to you and your family

  • americanathlete

    Glenn, you and your family gave Victor a home, food, water and love. In return he gave you the most loyal friend you could have.
    God be with Victor ’till you meet again.

  • Anonymous

    There is no pain like the loss of a wonderful furry companion. They sense our joy, they sense our sorrow – they ask for nothing except food, water and love but what they give us cannot even be put into words. The truest thing I ever read is: “I wish I could be half the person my dog thinks I am.” God Bless you Glenn, and your sweet family, and God Bless Victor on his journey.

  • Anonymous

    So sorry Glenn. Praying for you. Beautiful dog.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Victor has been one lucky dog and you have been a lucky family to have known him.  Please tell Victor to give Tippy, Sunny and Libby a kiss for me!

  • Mona Walker

    Will all my heart I am sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Your post just broke my heart.  I have read so many beautiful things here, but your post actually just scratched raw a wound that I have been nursing since January 2, when I made the decision to give peace to the only child that I was able to have: my black lab, Macie.  I set free my very frail and very cancer stricken little girl because I knew that in her ever-selfless way, she was trying to be a good and brave girl for me.  I could only make that call because I believe that God would take her in her arms and make her whole and well again. 

    If I thought that she had no soul, then her life meant nothing.  My time with her meant nothing.  Nor did the enormous amount of love that I feel for her.  In God, and only in God, do we find meaning and He did not create a single thing of this earth that he did not cherish and mean for us to cherish.  How then, could He not embrace everything back into his eternal Grace?    I do not believe for one second that God did not give souls to all his creatures.  We may keep them as pets, we may use them on our farms, they might be livestock -our eventual sustenance; but I believe that there is plenty of, (INFINITE, in fact), room in Heaven for all of His creatures, big, small, furry, ferocious, and beautiful.  Do you question the souls of children who are born with severe mental disabilities -those that never learn to speak, or walk; those that have only the physical functions of live, but not the mental and intellectual?  Does their lack of self-awareness give you cause to believe that God decided that they should not have a soul?  I’m saddened that you don’t think that all dogs go to Heaven.  I wish that you would consider, at least, that it is God’s will that all of his living creations are to rejoin Him.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602303783 Lori Locke

    These photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.  I can see how much your family loves Victor and his love for you is truly magnified,  Even though your decision is difficult, you are doing the best thing for your beloved Victor.  He understands your pain and he understands death.  Just know he is in a better place and he is waiting patiently for you at Rainbow Bridge.

    https://rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.creager.cash Kathy Creager Cash

    Glenn, My heart goes out to you and your family. I have a suggestion for you. When we had to put down our aging and very ill boston terrier, we brought with us a piece of summer sausage… one of her favorite treats. A few moments before the vet injected the medication, we brought out the sausage. She was barely conscious, but suddenly opened her eyes at the exquisite odor of the sausage and blissfully started licking on it. That was the complete focus of her attention. She literally died with her tongue wrapped around the sausage. Even the vet wiped tears from her eyes and said, “I’ve never seen that before.” It is what gives us solace even today at losing our dear friend. If you can think of a comparable treat that will thrill Victor, please consider it as part of your parting gift to him.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Beck family; I cannot begin to express how sorry I am
    that you had to say goodbye to Victor.  I am sitting here with tears
    pouring down my face as I look through your pictures and know exactly how you
    feel. It’s been more than three years since I had to say goodbye to my best
    friend; no one can replace her and I miss her so. I spent hours on the floor
    with my baby girl, just as your family pictures show you did with Victor, and
    my heart breaks for you all! It keeps me going to know that our God loves us so
    much, he would never keep us apart forever and I will see her again someday,
    along with another very special dog I lost in my younger years. I tell them to
    play well together, and picture what it’s like. I know my “kids”
    welcomed Victor with “open paws” and they’re up there happy, in a
    better place, waiting til the day we’ll all be together again, and I can’t
    wait!

    With all that’s going on in the world, the waiting is hard, but I want you to
    know that you are a light in all that is dark on this earth, and I thank you,
    as does my family, for your tireless efforts to bring truth and integrity to
    all that you do.

    God Bless and Keep you and your family in His Loving Care!

    In Honor of Victor, I am sending a donation to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in
    Utah; they are a wonderful organization making the world a better place for
    homeless animals. I trust Victor would approve J

    Love & Hugs to you all!

  • Anonymous

    “Victor has been such an important part of my life”

    Yes, Glenn Beck had become such an important part of my life too. 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, try to think of Victor, not your loss. Dogs have a shorter life than us and you should find solace in the fact that you gave him a wonderful life! I had to do that with my dog Jake after he started having seizures. That dog saved me from committing suicide after my fiance , only 27, literally died in my arms in ICU. After the funeral, I went home and put the gun to my head and there was Jake, looking at me with this sort of slow tail-wag that showed me he was so confused. He’d spent lots of time alone while Jackie was in the hospital. When I saw him all I could hear was Jackie saying “If anything happens to me, you WILL take care of Jake, won’t you?” (she knew she was getting sick at that point). No wonder she played “If I should die before I wake, feed Jake” sometimes. Well it was 3 years later that I got home from work and poor Jake didn’t even know where he was. I had to roll him onto a blanket to get him near the door to get him in my car. At the vet’s they asked if I wanted to wait or be there with him. I chose the latter. I cried all the way home but I’ll never regret being there with him when he went to sleep. Prayers for you and your family.—Tom in Maine

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-Elliott/1085592569 Brad Elliott

     http://jackfrost.blog.co.uk/2010/04/25/a-dog-s-purpose-from-a-6yr-old-s-point-of-view-8449839/

    I hope this get to you Glenn…I feel for you & your family & hope this story help a little!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, you can be sure when Victor gets to Doggy Heaven that he’ll hear, “Well done, thy good and faithful friend.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.pearce.923 Melissa Pearce

    “A dog does not live as long as a man and this natural law is the font of many tears.
    If a boy and a puppy might grow to manhood and doghood together, and together
    grow old, and so in due course die, full many a heartache might be avoided. But
    the world is not so ordered, and dogs will die and men will weep for them so
    long as there are dogs and men.”

    -Ben
    Ames William

    Weeping for you Glenn. I’ve had to make that hard decision several times in my life and it’s never easy. You did the right thing. RIP Victor and know you were loved.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn,
    I am so sorry … I’m absolutely balling in my office listening to you and my heart just hurts for you and your family. There’s nothing more to say but Godspeed. 

    The Bradways
    Portland, Connecticut

  • Anonymous

    You’re monologue about Victor has me tearing up hard at 10:30 am…VERY POWERFUL thoughts to anyone who has loved a pet. I do feel your pain. Thank you for being strong enough to share those feelings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/von.cornelius.5 Cornelius Von

    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circle flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there.  I did not die.
                            Unknown author

    This is what comforts me everyday since I had to put my 32 year old horse, Rags, to sleep last September.  He was with me since he was 2 and I miss him everyday.

  • http://twitter.com/number9r Roseann

    I can’t stop crying….

    (I’ll be looking forward to Victor’s book one day, puppy pictures and all. When your ready that is.)

    May you and your family take comfort knowing that he’ll be made whole again in heaven.

    Rest In Peace, Victor.
    Rest In Peace.
    :(

  • Anonymous

    Just this side of heaven is
    a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close
    to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills
    for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is
    plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and
    comfortable.

    All the animals who had been
    ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are
    made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and
    times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
    they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes
    when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent.
    His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over
    the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
    You have been spotted, and when you and your
    special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be
    parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the
    beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long
    gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…God Bless.

  • Anonymous

    As I sit here and watch the show today I am in tears…my heart goes out to you and your family, Glenn. 
    We, too, had to make this painful decision on Jan 23rd for our loving and always faithful Dixie, a Brittany that was with my husband 24/7 for most of her life.She, too, was 13.
    He lost his fishing buddy and I lost my walking partner. She was one of the smartest dogs we have ever had the privilege of sharing our life with.
    It was THE hardest thing we have done in a very, very long time and my heart is breaking for you all because I know the pain you are going through. Our heart still hurts.

    God Bless you for being the best family Victor could have asked for.
    God Bless Victor.

    All our love and prayers will be with you tomorrow.
    Paula

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family,

    I too know what you are going through. Our Scruffy was getting older and the vet discovered a tumor that was not operable.  We took her home and our vet told us that we would know when it was time. When the time came I called my vet crying and saying  ” I just want her to go to sleep and not not wake up-I don’t want to put her down.” She said to me-”Judy it almost never happens that way.” We did say goodbye to her that day.  You are in my prays with your dear Victor-he was a loyal dog-his watch is over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.mckiejohnson Terry Mckie-Johnson

     THAT
    DOG

     

    That dog is
    always thrilled out of her skin when she sees me coming.
    That dog is
    always sad when she watches me walk away.

     

    That dog stands
    at my door, knocking gently with her tail, ever hopeful that I will invite her
    in to dwell with me.

    That dog still
    wants to be with me no matter how many times I have made her wait or completely
    forgotten her. Being with me is all that matters to her.

    That dog lives
    to be included in whatever I am doing.

     I believe that
    dog would even die to save my life, if it were necessary.

     

     I am convinced that such a simple yet precious
    being must have been created by intelligence beyond my understanding.

    One day that
    dog will have to leave me.

    Oh, to find
    someone or something that won’t.

    That dog, like
    a “hound of heaven”, may be God’s way of driving me to His selfless and
    sacrificial love for me, teaching me that He wants to be all this and more to
    me.

    With God, the
    dying to save my life (which I know my dog would do) was necessary and He
    already did – through His Son, Jesus Christ.

     You
    know, after my dog is gone, if she were able to write to me, I think I would

    read
    every word she wrote, cherish it and hold it close to my heart.

     And with God, he did write to me. Perhaps I
    could hold His Word close to my heart.

     Perhaps this is
    some of what He wants me to learn as I experience

     what has to be just an inkling of the pain He
    experiences

     when He loses one of His own!
    Terry Mckie-Johnson, 2004

  • Anonymous

    Please Glenn  Find a copy of Beth Norman Harris   A Dog’s Prayer  I am with you on the feelings you have   i have had to say goodbye to 3 of our family members(the 4 legged ones ) in the last 3 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.   Marty the Plumber

  • Anonymous

    For Glenn and your family,

    I know the loss and pain you are feeling. I had to do the same thing to our Jack the Wonder Dog last January. Like Victor, age caught up with him. He was almost 17 and had been my puppy for 16 and 1/2 years. We got him at the Humane Society in Clearwater, FL and died with us here as a Texan. He loved the journey from FL to TX.

    It was hard to put him down. Like you, we put him down at home so he could be with us. Jack was so good with the vet. It was almost as if he said “I’m ready”. While it was hard to watch, I kept stroking him telling him to be strong and that we loved him. The hardest part was when the vet said “He’s gone”. A chapter closed and part of me left with him.

    We had him cremated like you are planning with Victor. He will always be with me and when my time comes I look forward to seeing him again.

    There is a message in all this. Remember what the Bible says st us as humans when we complete our mission – “Well done good and faithful servant.” Victor is about to receive that reward as God made our dogs to be faithful companions. He has been faithful and true to what God made him for.

    Let that strengthen you during these difficult hours and days. You will often question what you had to do, but as my experience has shown me, it is the right thing. Send Victor off with love. Hold your tears as long as you can, they will come often and frequently. It is 14 months since Jack the Wonder Dog left and I cry even now as I write this. Your love bond is strong and you will hear him often as you go through your days and he will come in your dreams.

    When it is time, you will be reunited. You have thousands of listeners who consider you a friend supporting you, Tanya, the kids and of course Victor. We share in your loss and pray for you all.

    John Hamilton

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn, My heart breaks listening to you talk of losing Victor. You are not betraying him, you are letting him go before his days are filled with pain and misery. Look in his eyes Glenn, he isn’t afraid. He loves you more than anything in the world. You will be with him in his final hours, you will be the last thing he sees, hears, smells and feels. He will leave this world with your arms wrapped around him, hearing your voice, knowing he is loved.  I had to make this decision with my beautiful, precious dobie over 10 years ago, it was the hardest thing I have ever done but I know I did the right thing. I will always miss her, as you will always miss Victor, but we will be with them again someday. My dogs’ cremated remains will be mixed with mine when I die (on the off chance that dogs aren’t allowed in heaven, which I find impossible to believe).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1509881914 Donna Belk

    “God sat down for a moment when the dog was
    finished in order to watch it…and to know that it was good, that
    nothing was lacking, that it could not have been made better.”  

    I posted this quote on my FB page when we lost our beloved 13-yr.-old Lab, Cole, last summer.  It is one of the most difficult things you will do in your life Glenn.  But as Barbaro’s owner said:  “grief is the price we pay for love”.  You will carry Victor in your heart forever.  God bless Victor, and you and your family.  We are praying for you. 

  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to you and your family . . you will be in my heart and prayers tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn:  I rarely have the opportunity to watch your show live due to work.  But I am home this week and tuned in just in time to see your beautiful tribute to Victor and see the beautiful photos.   I remember your first broadcast after your brought him home to your family and the stories that had me laughing out loud and brightened my entire day.  Victor is lucky to have found all of you. I know how hard this decision has been, having had to make it myself several times, but you know that you are sending Victor home to be whole and healed in body and spirit.  Think of the joy when you are reunited someday and in the meantime remember the love Victor KNOWS you all have for him.  Please know that Victor and your family will be in my prayers this weekend.  God bless you, your family and Victor on his journey home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joni.l.miller Joni Leamaster Miller

    Dear Glen and family
    Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us. There is a website… http://www.petloss.com/. They have a place where you can post a tribute to Victor…but the thing that helped me the very most was their weekly candlelight ceremony. At the same time every week all over the world, people hold a candlelight ceremony for their beloved fur babies. Even after 9 years, I will go and light a candle and spend some time by my Nikki’s grave. I feel close to her. Also after awhile, read “A Dog’s Purpose” and “A Dog’s Journey”. Beautiful books.
    Much love to you and your family. Know Victor will be with your always…waiting for you at the rainbow bridge. You are doing him an honor. My prayers are with you and Victor. Victor…run free and Nikki, Bo and Digger will be there…
    sincerely
    Joni Miller, Utah

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.l.dickson Linda L. Dickson

    Glenn and Family:  Please know that I am praying for you all especially Victor.  When you look into his eyes HE is saying it is time for him to cross over The Rainbow Bridge and he thanks you all for helping him.  He is truly grateful for the many years of love, companionship, acceptance that you have given him.  He wants you all to remember the good times not the bad times.  He will join Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and all of the other beloved pets that crossed over. (I have been where you are now and know that with God’s help you will get through this difficult time).  Victor loves you just as much as you love him.  Peace Be With You And Victor!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.sandahl.7 Terry Sandahl

    Glenn:  I listened to your beautiful tribute to Victor on my way to work and of course I was sobbing the whole commute.  I know the pain and doubts you have about letting Victor go.  It has to be one of the hardest things we, as humans, must do in our lives.  I recently had to make the same decision and everything you expressed brought back the heartache and agony of making my decision to let our beautiful golden Morgan go to the angels.  She is not the first, nor the last, of my beloved pets that I have had to do this for, and each time it is excruciating to make the decision.  It never gets any easier.  She too would rally and then I could put my mind at ease for a while.  But there comes a point when they don’t rally anymore and then we have to make the extremely difficult decision to end their life.  One of the biggest challenges for me was, who am I to make this decision?  I too felt like I was betraying this beautiful creature who gave nothing but unconditional love to me.  In my heart I knew I had to do it, but afterwards the guilt of taking this step haunts me.  I think the lesson from this is that we, as dog lovers, can deepen our love of animals and how much they bring to our lives.  Their memories are forever embedded in our hearts, minds and souls.  One thing I’ve learned is that dogs live in the moment.  They are not concerned about the past or the future.  They live for us and the job God gives them to do.  Thank you for your courage in paying tribute to such a magnificent creature.  I especially love the picture of Victor with the kids in front of the fireplace.  He is such a gentle giant and his memory will forever be emblazoned in your family’s hearts.  I am praying for your family that you will find peace and solace in knowing that you are making the right decision and that your hearts will be lifted up knowing that Victor is no longer in pain and he’s playing in heaven with all the other beautiful creatures that have gone before him.  He will be waiting for you when you get there, I promise.
    Terry Sandahl
    Denver, Colorado

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.sandahl.7 Terry Sandahl

    Glenn:  I listened to your beautiful tribute to Victor on my way to work and of course I was sobbing the whole commute.  I know the pain and doubts you have about letting Victor go.  It has to be one of the hardest things we, as humans, must do in our lives.  I recently had to make the same decision and everything you expressed brought back the heartache and agony of making my decision to let our beautiful golden Morgan go to the angels.  She is not the first, nor the last, of my beloved pets that I have had to do this for, and each time it is excruciating to make the decision.  It never gets any easier.  She too would rally and then I could put my mind at ease for a while.  But there comes a point when they don’t rally anymore and then we have to make the extremely difficult decision to end their life.  One of the biggest challenges for me was, who am I to make this decision?  I too felt like I was betraying this beautiful creature who gave nothing but unconditional love to me.  In my heart I knew I had to do it, but afterwards the guilt of taking this step haunts me.  I think the lesson from this is that we, as dog lovers, can deepen our love of animals and how much they bring to our lives.  Their memories are forever embedded in our hearts, minds and souls.  One thing I’ve learned is that dogs live in the moment.  They are not concerned about the past or the future.  They live for us and the job God gives them to do.  Thank you for your courage in paying tribute to such a magnificent creature.  I especially love the picture of Victor with the kids in front of the fireplace.  He is such a gentle giant and his memory will forever be emblazoned in your family’s hearts.  I am praying for your family that you will find peace and solace in knowing that you are making the right decision and that your hearts will be lifted up knowing that Victor is no longer in pain and he’s playing in heaven with all the other beautiful creatures that have gone before him.  He will be waiting for you when you get there, I promise.
    Terry Sandahl
    Denver, Colorado

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.l.dickson Linda L. Dickson

    Glenn and Family:  Please know that I am praying for you all especially Victor.  When you look into his eyes HE is saying that it is time for him to cross over The Rainbow Bridge.  He thanks you all for helping him.  He is truly grateful for the many years of love, companionship and acceptance that you have given him.  He wants you all to  remember the good times not  the bad times.  (I have been where you are now  and I  know that with God’s help you will get through this difficult time). Victor loves you just as much as you love him.  Peace Be With You And Victor!

  • Anonymous

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you say farewell to your best friend, Victor.
    This brief relationship and strong kinship with your dog is a blessing from God expressed in part by this passage…..

    God summoned a beast from the fields and He said:
    Behold man created in my image.
    You shall protect him in the wilderness, shepherd his flocks, watch over his children, and accompany wherever he may go, even to harms way.
    You shall be his companion, his ally, his slave.
    I will endow you with these traits uncommon to other beasts:
    Faithfullness, devotion, and understanding, surpassing those of man himself.
    Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death.
    Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to the faults of man.
    Lest it impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words; your eyes shall convey the truth of your heart.
    Lest man’s attachment to you grow too great, the span of your life will be brief.
    Walk by his side, sleep in his doorway, forage for him, ward off his enemies, carry his burdens, share his afflictions, love him and comfort him.
    And, in return for this, man will fulfill your needs and wants, which shall be only sustenance, shelter and affection.
    So be silent and be a friend to man.
    Guide  him throuogh the perils along the way to the land I have promised him.
    This shall be your destiny and immortality.
    So spoke the Lord.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.sandahl.7 Terry Sandahl

    This is truly a beautiful poem.  I am printing it so I can always remember……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/grantlinda Linda Grant

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Victor will live on forever in your hearts just as our beloved Kiki lives on in ours.  We had to make that terrible decision three years ago, and still today we have days where we just miss just miss her so very much.  We draw on our love for each other and Mickey, Lucie and Zoey.  You will see him again one day.  God bless you.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and Family,
    I also held our precious friend of 17 years as she slipped across the “Rainbow Bridge”. Her lifetime, caring vet came to our home. I held her in my lap, and as tears flowed from both of our eyes, he released her from her pain and depression. I remember him telling us “She will let you know when it is time to go”; and she did. There is a reason ‘dog’ is GOD spelled backwards. Dogs are a mirror image of the love and devotion that GOD has for us.
    We understand. The sadness and pain will fade but your happy memories will remain clear.
    Hug your family for me Glenn.

  • http://twitter.com/MNBasshunter Chad Ehmke

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an
    animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to
    Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special
    friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food,
    water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
    All the
    animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who
    were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember
    them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy
    and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special
    to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but
    the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His
    bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run
    from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and
    faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally
    meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The
    happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
    and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from
    your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow
    Bridge together….

  • Anonymous

    We lost our dog a year ago next month to lung cancer……I still miss him like it was yesterday.  My heart aches for you and your family at this time.  Our dog was the most amazing animal I have ever had.  You will all be in my prayers this weekend as you go through this with your family. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodney.davis.50364 Rodney Davis

    Dear Glenn,
    I have been where you are and understand your grief. My wife and I were not able to have children of our own so our first dog (Billy) was our first child. He developed canine dementia ironically while my mother was struggling with Alzheimer’s. He had some of the same symptoms which made for interesting times around our house. She was seeing people who were not there and Billy barked at things who weren’t there! He developed liver cancer and faded away. In his final week he suffered great pain and nothing we did could alleviate it. Even though we did not want to end his life because we felt that it was not our call to do so; we decided to end his suffering. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. We cried for days.

    You asked what are you supposed to learn from this? 1. Life is sweet and it is short so live each day to the most. 2. Focus on what is important-family (dogs included) and friends. 3. Don’t let a day pass without telling them that you love them. 4. God understands our sorrows and the death of a sparrow or a dog doesn’t pass without his notice. 5. God cares about us and the things that we care about. Lastly; I don’t have Scripture to prove it but since God is all powerful how do we know that Victor won’t be in Heaven waiting for you to get there? A great motivation for making sure that we get there?

    Will be praying for you!
    Rodney

  • Anonymous

    It’s hard to understand the depth of the pain that losing a pet can cause.  After all, we say, it’s just an animal.  We need to realize that the enemy of our souls can bring to our mind all of the loses we have suffered in our lives and telescope them into this one event, and it can be overwhelming.  Just remember, Glenn and family, even if you can’t understand why now, God feels the depth of your heart pain.  Remembering you in prayer on Saturday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joni.l.miller Joni Leamaster Miller

    Dear Glen and Family..and of course sweet Victor.
    Thank you so much for sharing this very difficult and private part of your life with us. Having loved and shared my life with many labs, I understand this very difficult time.  9 years ago I lost my Nikki and3 years ago Bo.  I found a website Petloss.com.  I wrote tributes to my sweet babies and posted them there…but the thing that helped me the most was the Candlelight ceremony that happens everyweek at exactly the same day and time all over the world.  It made me feel connected with others.  Even now, sometimes I will participate.  It makes me feel close to them
    And after awhile….read these 2 books.  ‘A Dog;s Purpose” and “A Dog’s Journey”.  Beautiful books that made me laugh, made me cry…and at the end…see the big picture.
    My prayers are with you and your family.  And with Victor.  Run free Victor to the bridge…..Digger, Nikki and Bo will be there…
    much love
    Joni

  • Anonymous

    You are insensitive and disrespectful to the thousands daily that have to stress whether or not to pull the plug on a loved one( a live human being) by crying about a dang dog. You have a warped since of humanity when you think a dog is your best friend. Get your priorities straight. I agree with you on most other issues but this is way to much for me to condone. Another thing if your dog is your best friend you need to find new friends. Other than that, sorry to hear about your dog, but then again it is just a dog. Could have been hit by a car years ago. Get over it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.massey.395 Alan Andrea Massey

    Dear Glenn and loved ones,
     
    My husband and I have walked your present walk with Victor.  Ralph and Ethel were the first to journey on before us – only a day apart from one another.  Queensland red heelers – siblings a litter apart – at 6 and 7, from canine diabetes. I held Ethel in my arms as she passed.  4 months later Lucile, our English Pointer, aged 16 passed.  Again I held her as she breathed her last breath – she did the get up and get giddy just before I put her in my Jeep to see the doctor.  It was hard, but she was ready.  Then, Burt, at 21 yrs of wisdom, a bobcat/manx mix feline, passed in mine and my husband’s arms.  We had all of them cremated and place in urns.  Ethel and Lucy sit at one end of the piano, just below my father’s painting of Christ at 34, and Ralph at the other end.  The girls and boy didn’t always see eye to eye.  Burt is in a black marble urn above them – he survived each of their lives and deaths.  Baby, our raised from an egg goose is buried under my husband’s engine hoist – she loved to attack him when he was working.  Dottie, our bantum hen is buried in the back 40.  We understand you and your family’s pain and love of memories. 
    A devoted listener and believer – Andrea

  • CarnactheMagnificent

    Thank you for sharing your TOTALLY UNWANTED OPINION. a trolling atheist could not have been more on point expressing their invaluable thoughts to anyone who wasn’t smart enough to escape your pedestrian beliefs! Now the skip over, don’t bother to read posts have an indicator upfront – garden4!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IXY5M5TXR72NPONNVJ4HCLT5QE O what a world!

    Dear Mr. Beck, Today on Sirius radio I listened to you
    talk about your dog Victor as I cried all the way home! We had to do the same
    for our sweet little girl Darla Rose. We had her since she could fit into the
    palm of our hands. She got cancer real bad and we had to say good bye. My heart
    still is breaking and it’s been over 2 months now. She was only 9yrs old and
    was a Puggle. She was best and smartest dog we ever had. We had her cremated
    and her ashes sit on my desk. The first few weeks were the hardest for us.
    Taking the other dog we have outside to potty or play just about killed us! We
    wanted so badly to see her playing and running around like she always did. We
    all know life goes on, but I swear a part of you just dies with them. Before we
    decided to do this I spent some alone time with her. I looked her in the eyes
    with tears running from mine, and ask her if she was ready to go. She looked at
    me as if to understand what I was asking and she kissed me on my nose. As if to
    say its ok mommy and yes I’m ready. I held her and cried because I knew in my
    heart what we needed to do for her. My heart truly goes out to you and your
    family, because I know the pain you are all going through. I will keep you all
    in my prayers and thoughts. Your radio friends, Steve & Sherry Randolph

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IXY5M5TXR72NPONNVJ4HCLT5QE O what a world!

    This is the photo I created with her. I wanted you to see. Thank you again for sharing your story about Victor

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.donovan.75 Dennis Donovan

    To Glenn and Family,

    My wife and I and our three dogs want to wish you and your family the best this weekend.  Victor is an amazing dog and we know how hard it is to say goodbye to someone so close to you.  I too have felt the guilt of putting my best friends down but I know that you are doing the best thing for him.  He can no longer enjoy life like he should.  Your family is in the right frame of mind in that you know that this is only a temporary separation and we will all be able to enjoy Victor in Heaven.  I, for one, hope that I will be able to meet him there.  We pray for strength and courage and peace for your family now and know that you have friends out here in California.  We love you!!!

  • Anonymous

    Victor what a pretty boy you are!  Beck Family we lost our precious Lab last year between Christmas and New Years.  She took ill Christmas Eve when we were going to church.  She had an enlarged heart and had a seizure. We took her to Emergency Vet on Christmas Day – they wanted to put her down then… On Christmas Day!!! She seemed spry and OK so – NO!  She too has been down the road and bounced back…. But As the days between Holidays went, she quit eating and got really weak!  She wanted to stay but it was only a matter of very little time!  Soooo We decided to take her in.  In our hearts we knew  It was the right thing to do – Doesn’t make it any easier and doesn’t make you miss them any less.  But Know they will be OK…. God be with your family and GODS SPEED Victor!  Give him a hug from one of your loyal listeners.. And thank you for sharing the pictures.  

  • Anonymous

    We lost our great friend 2 weeks
    ago. He was a full blood Golden Retriever that I bought for my wife during her
    recovery from breast cancer when she was extremely down after surgery and after
    only part of her radiation treatment had been completed. Fletcher was a great
    friend who lifted her spirits and only asked to be loved in return. I had to
    turn your show off due to the unhealed wound in my own heart over Fletcher, but
    I want you to know that you and your family will be in my prayers this weekend.
    Anytime a repairman (or other strangers) came to our house, Fletcher would
    position himself between my wife and kids and the stranger. He was quite the
    athlete when he was younger, but over the years we both became old. You
    questioned what God was wanting you to learn from the loss of Victor – I questioned
    the same about Fletcher but was comforted that:

    Are not two sparrows
    sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart
    from your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all
    numbered.  So do not fear; you are more valuable than many
    sparrows. -Matthew 10:29-30

    Is it possible that the love that you
    feel for Victor and I feel for Fletcher is only a portion of what our Father in
    Heaven feels for you and me?

  • Anonymous

    We lost our great friend 2 weeks
    ago. He was a full blood Golden Retriever that I bought for my wife during her
    recovery from breast cancer when she was extremely down after surgery and after
    only part of her radiation treatment had been completed. Fletcher was a great
    friend who lifted her spirits and only asked to be loved in return. I had to
    turn your show off due to the unhealed wound in my own heart over Fletcher, but
    I want you to know that you and your family will be in my prayers this weekend.
    Anytime a repairman (or other strangers) came to our house, Fletcher would
    position himself between my wife and kids and the stranger. He was quite the
    athlete when he was younger, but over the years we both became old. You
    questioned what God was wanting you to learn from the loss of Victor – I questioned
    the same about Fletcher but was comforted that:

    Are not two sparrows
    sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart
    from your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all
    numbered.  So do not fear; you are more valuable than many
    sparrows. -Matthew 10:29-30

    Is it possible that the love that you
    feel for Victor and I feel for Fletcher is only a portion of what our Father in
    Heaven feels for you and me?

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.beckham.716 Julie Beckham

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  • pattycurb

    Dear Mr. Beck,

    I too am faced with losing my best friend.  My Holly is 12 and has bad hips and “knees”.  I know she won’t be with us much longer.  She has been with me through dialysis and a kidney transplant.  She can no long jump on the bed and play with her tennis ball.  I will have to make a decision of quality verses quantity soon. 

    I’m praying for you and your family.  I prayer for strength and peace for you and your family.

    Patty

  • Anonymous

    Boy Now that’s a little uncalled for. What is wrong With God Speed and how is that Atheist? You got issues man. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/warren.berg.712 Warren Berg

    A Dog’s Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).   Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.   I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.   As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.   The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.     The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”   Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.   He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,   ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.beckham.716 Julie Beckham

    Glenn and family,

    We just put our 17 year old puppy down in November, two days after my birthday and two days before Thanksgiving. She was a beautiful 30 pound mutt who was supposed to have been a cockapoo. However, we knew she was too precious to ever give back. She was truly a gift from God. We have been heartbroken every day since. My heart goes out to you all. I, too, had my vet come to my home as I thought it would be better for her. However, the memories are still so very sad and I, like you have said, still feel the guilt even though we all knew it was the right thing to do. My heart and home feel so empty and we still struggle for the courage to accept her ashes as I remember how integral she was in our lives and what I must accept now. I know that she could not have been loved or cared for any more than we did, as I’m sure you will find comfort in knowing you did as well. I have also found comfort in the book Rainbow Bridges recommended by a grief counselor at Angels Paws in Cincinnati, Ohio. It encourages me about God’s plan for all his creatures and their lives in heaven, where their spirits are happy and anxiously await their families. I will pray for you all and Victor every night as I pray for my precious little angel. God bless and keep you all and keep the faith in knowing God will take care of your precious pup.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn – My heart breaks for you and your family.  I was crying along with you today as I listened  in my car.  We had to put our beloved Ben to sleep this past fall and I still sleep with his collar under my pillow.  He was our constant companion, going to work with us everyday, protecting us and always by our side.  He was just a “little brown dog” – part shepherd, part something else, but we loved him with all our hearts – we had him for 14 years – longer than our daughters.  I know what you’re feeling – dreading the act, doubting yourself – it’s an awful pain and responsibility – you just wish God could take it all away.  I truly believe that Ben is still watching over us and in the still quiet moments when I miss him the most, I feel his presence – Victor will always be with you – I think that when our pets go to heaven, they leave a piece of their hearts with us and take a piece of ours with them.  You, your family and Victor are in my thoughts and prayers.  God bless.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and Family,

    Having been where you are right now, my heart is breaking for all of you.  My most recent loss was my beloved Casey, a Shetland sheepdog.  It will be two years on April 2.  Each night when I am saying my prayers, I tell Casey that I love him and miss him.  He was my shadow — a gentle spirit who loved everybody.  I had to make the same decision you have made.  The only way I could get through it was to think about Casey and put him first.  I held him and talked to him as he slipped away.  I held my tears until he was gone because I felt I had to be strong for him.  I still cry for him.  I am crying as I write this just thinking about him and thinking about what you will be going through tomorrow.

    Your radio farewell this morning was so difficult for you and it reminded me of the pain I still carry for Casey.  What you are doing takes all the courage you can muster because he is not just a dog.  He is a loving and loyal family member and his loss will be very hard to bear.

    Please know that I have been praying for you since I first heard that Victor was not doing well.  I pray that God will give all of you the courage and strength to get through this very difficult time.  I also pray that He will bring you comfort and peace in the coming days. 

    God Bless,
    Irene DiChiro

  • http://twitter.com/StullRosemary Rosemary Stull

    Glenn, you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you put down your “best friend” I know the feeling as I put my dog down on February 19th, 2001 and it has to be THE saddest day of my life. Yes, you do feel like the “bad guy” and you will never forget the feeling as they pass.

  • http://twitter.com/KKelleymarie Marie K Kelley

    Glenn,  Thank you for sharing, I wish I could take some of the pain you are feeling. I will pray for you and your Beautiful family tomorrow. May God give you Peace of mind that Victor will no longer be in pain and free to  run when he passes over..

  • Debi Hodges

    I pray your family is given comfort. Glenn you had to make the hard choice, the only  choice for Victor. Your family gave him a wonderful life full of  love. He did his job and is ready to go. It is one of the hardest things you have to do, and it hurts. I only hope you know you have done what is best for your friend. My heart hurts for you and your family, but you are a strong man and you will bring them through this.  

  • Deb Huff

    Glenn and family,
    Thank you so much for sharing with us your photos of Victor, and for being so transparent with us about your depth of feeling for your dear friend. All of us who have been in the position of having to put a beloved family pet to rest are grieving with you.  While you say that you feel you are “the bad guy” here, I think you should realize that you are Victor’s “Superhero” today, as you give him, at great cost to you and your family, the gift of peaceful rest free from pain. This, I believe, is the most loving thing we can do for our four-legged family members, as they are not able to understand when they reach this stage of their lives why they feel as they do, but only know a life compromised by pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you all today.  Thank God for the tremendous blessing of the bond between human and animal. While your loss is so great, I hope you will find comfort in that precious gift you shared with your best friend, Victor. I pray for God’s continued blessings on you and your family, and that He will bring you His peace today and in the coming days.

    Love you, Glenn!
    Debbie Huff

  • Anonymous

    A beautiful song that may hopefully bring comfort.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQj6znaj9xU

    I’m so sorry.

  • Anonymous

    I know how it feels to lose a “SPECIAL” dog. I lost two in my life so far, and one was a SHEPARD!!!!  The other was from BELGIAN—-A K-9 dog a friend gave to me. She saved my life, and it hurts to this day that I have not still got her in my life. GOD BLESS TO THE BECK FAMILY!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/grantlinda Linda Grant

    Thinking of you today.  Rest in peace, Victor.  May your spirit be free to soar.  We’ll see you over the Rainbow Bridge.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glen and Family:  My thoughts have been with you all day today because I know  you had to make a very hard decision today.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and for the days ahead.  I am sitting here too crying with you and your family for that beautiful dog VICTOR.  He is with God now looking down on you and your family and at PEACE. 
    Bless you all.  A fan!!!

    Anita

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.phelps3 Cindy Phelps

    Dear Glenn & family. I know the pain you guys are going through today!! A dog is a truly amazing friend & protector & from what you said on the radio, Victor has been both to all of you!!! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing the pictures, Victor is a beautiful dog!!! I know this day won’t be easy so I will be thinking of you. I just hugged my dog, Sheridon, I’ll appreciate her more from now on!!!! Laos Deo!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hannahlehigh Sharon Lamont

    I know Victor is thanking you Glenn for doing what he needed, putting him out of his misery. I know you know he will always be with you in spirit. You gave him a wonderful life and dignity in death. Don’t be surprised if once in a while he hear the sound of his feet,( moccasin sound) or him breathing close to your ear. I have heard my dog bark when she hasn’t but she’s still here with us. Victor did have a long life for a German Shepherd so be grateful for that. Mine is 9 now and I hope she can stay at least as long as you had Victor. 

    God Bless Victor, you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186262494 Tania Stetinin

    Dear Glenn and your wonderful family, My heart is with you today as you say good bye to your loyal companion Victor. I have been there many times and know how difficult it is. But, always remember that Victor was loved, he was cherished as he loved, cherished and protected you. God Bless you all….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186262494 Tania Stetinin

    Dear Glenn and your wonderful family, My heart is with you today as you say good bye to your loyal companion Victor. I have been there many times and know how difficult it is. But, always remember that Victor was loved, he was cherished as he loved, cherished and protected you. God Bless you all….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Pakki47 Pat Stark-Waltamath

    You are a good and kind man Glenn, thank you for your story of Victor. He was just as lucky to have your family as you were to have him. I know when our pets have passed my family and I have mourned for them. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Praying for strength and hope on your most unimaginable day of loss.  God sees every tear, and will make your reunion, one day, magnificent.  Love to all of you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judy.greenstreetreeves Judy Greenstreet Reeves

    Dear Glenn and family, Thanks for the pictures of Victor and family my heart aches for all God will be there for everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Glen just wanted to let you know i’ve been praying for you and your family all week want to reasure you that you are doing the right and most dificult thing. Every time i think of Victor i allways remember you letting him out to chase the geese away from your pond and all he did was eat goose poop. Allways makes me smile. Stay strong, your family needs you more than ever and we do to.

  • Anonymous

    I have found in my 42 years that there are no appropriate words to truly, accurately express how deeply touched I have been by my dear beloved pets both past and present and the pure sense of joy they have brought me, the deep love I have felt for them, the unconditional love I have been given from them and the tremendous pain I have felt when they passed from this life.  When someone says something stupid like “it’s just a dog” it not only infurates me to know that this shallow thinking exists it also makes sad that they don’t know any better … for a person who says something like that has obviously never experienced the purest form of unconditional love that God grants us in an earthly form.  I feel your pain, appreciate you sharing your experience with us and grieve for your family … it warms my heart to know that Victor was so loved, respected, was shown mercy and dignity and granted the most humane and loving gift your family could give him which was to set him free from his pain here. Now he is young, healthy, whole and will run free until you meet again.  God Bless you, your family and Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rgene.harrison.3 Rgene Harrison

    I too have lost some animal friends over the years…and it hurts. I feel their presence though they are no longer here to pet, feel or hug….and love. We have loved them, and they have loved us. They are family. They are missed for years to come.

    Thanks KABAR2 for the lovely words… …a friend to animals RgH

  • http://www.facebook.com/rgene.harrison.3 Rgene Harrison

    Animals are people too…..we love them and they love us….may we all take care of our fury little friends no matter what species they be….RgH

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=735166124 Susan Romley Moranz

    Dear Glenn and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at your time of need with the loss of your beloved, Victor.
    God must place these precious canine family members into our lives to remind us of what true love really is. They are there right by our side when we need that extra bit of love, they welcome us each and every time we leavewith such happiness and in their own way they give us an unconditional love that’s  24/7. Once they touch your heart they really never let go.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn,

    What you had to do never gets any easier, and believe me you will feel the presence your dear friend for years to come, his foot prints will remain on your heart forever.  You did the right thing for Victor.  Take a moment and find the meaning of his life and know that when it was time you took care of Victor the same way he had taken care of you and yours…
    A Dog’s Prayer
    By Beth Norman Harris
    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in the entire world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of mine.
    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
    Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
    When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though you had no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshipper.
    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.
    And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest — and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
    God bless you all!  Remember Dog spelled backwards is still man’s best friend!

    Bobbi Hansen

  • Anonymous

    Pens, I believe you have articulated what I feel in my heart regarding the death of a much beloved pet better than I could.  I have had many pets all during my life and I believe I will see them all again one day.  There was one, however, whom I feel was my canine soulmate.  When Jessie and I locked eyes together, it was more than each of us looking at each other; it was more like we were looking into each other….all the way to each other’s souls.  I have been scoffed at when I tried to relate that to other people, but it was the truth.  His untimely and accidental death two years ago devastated me and I still miss him today.  I still have his mother and another little dog I rescued to be a companion to her as she grieved for him, but there will never be another dog like Jessie.  His life was a remarkable story and his life was remarkable.  I will write it one day.  In the meantime, I take comfort in believing that he is in Heaven enjoying his every day there; yet waiting for the day that I will join him and he will walk happily by my side throughout eternity.  Those who don’t have a loyal, loving adoring pet are truly missing one of God’s biggest blessings on this earth. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Beeper, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.  It’s always healing to be able to share with others the impact that a departed friend has had on us, but I do think it’s also very hard when it’s accidental.  You feel as though you have been robbed of something beautiful.  But, that is when it is most important to trust in God’s plan.  There may be something that you are supposed to do and losing someone (I have a hard time calling our pets “things”!), so close to you might be the catalyst.  

    I was fortunate to see the girl that I picked out as a 3 week old pup (but had to wait until 8 weeks to take her home!) grow old and gray.  In her last 19 months, she had cancer – It was a Christmas miracle that she survived and recovered from the surgery.  But, the cancer returned and after the vet said, ‘no more surgery, she’s lived a great life’,  I knew that I was going to have to let her go – She was a fighter, but the fight was nothing but pain for her.  I was responsible for setting this beautiful creature of God free…my best friend, my baby, my reason for getting up on many days when my own illness begged me to stay in bed.  It was my own pain and my own struggle that steadied my thoughts – Would I want to stay in this life in unrelieved pain?  I would hope that my best friend would know when to let me go.  You are right, there are those that scoff, they offend, they seem almost intent on hurting us further – they are the cynics.  I don’t find myself saddened by their words anymore, but sad for them that they have not felt the warm hand of God in one hand and the furry hand of their best friend in the other.  
     
    I find it amazing that there are some people that believe in God and believe that God created all life – but then they quantify life to say that God only put value on human life- the rest of the the life that he created is purely expendable…Just toys for us humans.  It’s quite arrogant, really!   What I think is absolutely incredible, though, is the outpouring of support, prayers, and love for the Beck family during this time.  It gives me hope that all is not lost, for so many people share the grief of Glenn, Tania, and the kids…especially Raphe, who has known Vincent his whole life.  The affection and understanding that has been exhibited throughout the last week by so many people is really moving.  I think that the Beck family, having gone through this decision and loss in such a public way, has allowed so many of us to heal our wounds as we try to provide comfort and reassurance to another family in need.  I won’t say that there still isn’t a hole, a very large void, where my best friend used to be, but each day God provides more strength and more healing where once all that I could feel was pain and loss.  So, too, has God given you the strength to share a bit of your Jessie’s story; and He will provide that same comfort to the Beck family.  All in time.I do hope that you write of your dearest Jessie.  And when you do, I hope that you will share it.  

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family,

    Only last Tuesday we too had to make the painful decision to give our faithful companion Bailey peace.  We found out 2 days before that he had lymphoma, and his prognosis at 12 years old wasn’t good.  We’ve never had human kids, but couldn’t possibly have loved our 4-legged “children” any less.  It seems we crired for 2 days straight, and now find ourselves seeing Bailey everywhere, and remembering special things about him.  He brought so much joy to our lives, and though we know he walks by God’s side now, his passing left holes in our hearts.

    We will pray that God comforts you and family in the days to come.  We look forward to one day being reunited with our “children” once again.

    May God bless you for all that you do!
    Chris and Phil

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glen and Family,  Thank you for sharing, my dog is also in alot of pain and I’m afraid we are gonna have to put her down.  I’m praying she will go in her sleep.  Our dog has been the best friend, comfort, and company you could ever ask for.  I got her a year before my dad died and I always said she was a God send. I do believe we will see them in heaven.  Our hearts go out to you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family,
    I am truly sad about the loss of Victor. I am a dog lover as well.  Everyone has a personal grieving time period and only you know how long that will be.  If you decide at some time you are ready for a new friend for Ella I would like to give you a puppy. I am your neighbor in Oklahoma and raise Labradoodles and Goldendoodles. They are incredible family members. They love kids and other dogs. 
     My puppies listen to you every morning as I’m cleaning their rooms. They usually make it through the first hour and then they are fast asleep. ha. 
    You can see more about me and my puppies on my website. http://www.okiepups.com
    Please keep my website and let me know if you are ready for a puppy.
    Once again, I am very sorry for your loss.
    Jeanette

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683364355 LillyMarge Hill

    There is a certain wisdom in a dog’s eyes. There is deep love expressed most often as compassion.  If I were silently sitting, weeping within, Rheeba would come over, look into my eyes and put her head on my lap.  She would always do a doggie dance when I came home from a trip.  She would defend me to her death.  She proved it once when our neighbor’s horse got out and approached for a hug and some sweet clover I often gave as a treat.  Rheba leapt between me and the horse and threatened to charge if need be. I miss her still, but I am so thankful to have had such a loving guardian.  I can understand your grief born out of so much love given to your family.

  • Anonymous

    When I was a young girl, my dog was the only one who knew much about me.  He waited by my bedroom door after I had been abused and hurt.  He would lie down next to me and make sure that his head was on my chest so that I would have to reach out and touch him.  If he had not been there, I do not know if I ever would have learned that it is okay to reach out and touch anyone.  
    God Bless you Glenn and the whole family.

  • Anonymous

    The Becks are just normal American parents.
    Tania and Glenn love their children and their furry children just as we all do.
    RIP Victor.
    Your human family will always be grateful for your loyality.
    I want to personally thank you Victor for protecting Glenn & his family.
    This country needs your Dad.

    Thank you Victor for keeping all of them safe and for showing the younger pup(s) how to do it.
    God Bless