Goodbye my friend

By the time many of you read this, my family and I will have put our dear friend and gentle protector Victor down for his final rest. I wanted to take a minute to share a few thoughts with you, the loyal listeners and viewers who have been with me from the time we first brought Victor into our home so many years ago.

It was right after 9/11 that I received my first death threat. . It was the first time I ever had any professional interaction with the FBI and we were told to go home. We didn’t even have curtains on the windows of our house at that time. I went home and I explained as calmly as I could to Tania that we had to take sheets and blankets and put them on our window as soon as we could.

That night, we had a serious discussion about what steps we needed to take to protect ourselves. Neither of us had ever owned a gun, and laughably at the time we didn’t feel we were responsible enough to have one in the house. I was living in Florida at the time and I took my family to Los Angeles and we couldn’t tell anybody that we were in LA for a month. When we came home, we knew we needed something in the house to protect us.

We went to Harrison K9, and the found us a kind and gentle protector who would become one of the most important members of our family: Victor.

Before I moved to New York City, there was rarely a moment when Victor wasn’t by my side. Those of you who were with us back during the Insider days probably remember seeing him in the WPHT studios in Philadelphia. He had a spot on the studio floor, and he would sit by my side, quietly watching and listening to the show. Looking back, I’m so thankful to have had a chance to have my best friend with me at all hours of the day.

He was a part of the show, and Insiders even got to see life through his eyes with “The Victor Cam”. It is a testament to his kindness, gentleness, and patience that he let us put that thing on his head.

 

Going through old photos today, I’m reminded that no one will feel the loss of Victor harder than my son, Raphe. As we’ve moved around the country, from Philadelphia to Connecticut to New York City and now to Dallas, Victor has been a steadfast and constant companion for Raphe.

 

As a baby, Raphe would put his tiny hands into Victor’s mouth and hold onto his teeth like rattles. Raphe would just be the swinging around, and Victor would look up at me with this look that just said “Come on, Glenn. Help me out. I’m losing my dignity here.”

A kind and gentle protector.

Two years ago we noticed that Victor was struggling with health issues. He’s had his ups and downs over the past twenty four moths, but over time it has become clearer and clearer that the pain has become too much for our friend to endure. We have depended on him for years and now his body is failing him. And now he depends on us to protect him and to care for him and to ultimately to decide what’s best for him. Not for us. For him.

Last night, we laid on the carpet and ate pizza at his feet for a change. We spent all night as a family laughing, crying, and silently dreading today. In just a few short hours, Victor will be surrounded  by those he has protected for more than decade. And we will say our goodbyes. And he will close his eyes one last time. And as hard as it will be for us to let go, as much as we will shed tears and share memories and struggle with the loss of our dead, dear friend, I know he will be at peace.

And as much as I want to be selfish, as much as my kids and Tania want to keep Victor on for just a few more hours, days, or weeks – I know it is time to say goodbye to my friend and loyal, loyal companion.

I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. The messages of kindness and support that have poured in over the past few months through e-mail, Facebook, comments here on GlennBeck.com have meant more to me than you will ever know.

As I sit here, looking over the pictures of Victor from over the years, and prepare to spend time with my friend in his final hours I’m reminded of the poem “I wish someone had given Jesus a dog” by Rudyard Kipling. If you and your family are ever going through the loss of your family pet, I hope it brings you the comfort it has brought me:

I wish someone had given Jesus a dog.
As loyal and loving as mine.
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being divine.

As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog,
Would have followed Him all through the day.
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray.
It is sad to remember that Christ went away.
To face death alone and apart.
With no tender dog following close behind,
To comfort its Master’s Heart.
And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn,
How happy He would have been,
As His dog kissed His hand and barked it’s delight,
For The One who died for all men.

Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine,
The old pal so dear to me.
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,
Knowing they’re in eternity.
Day after day, the whole day through,
Wherever my road inclined,
Four feet said, “Wait, I’m coming with you!”
And trotted along behind.

Rudyard Kipling

Again, thank you for the love, support, and prayer through this time.

Goodbye, my kind and gentle protector. Goodbye, my friend.

You will be missed.

Laus Deo,

Glenn Beck

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joyce-Conrady-Martincak/100002334067817 Joyce Conrady Martincak

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family as you say good bye for now to another part of your family. We do know how you feel as we have had to say good bye for now for one of our family members, Honey. Good bye…..for now.

  • Anonymous

    13 years is a long time for a Shepard. The Becks did a great job

  • Anonymous

    That’s a beautiful hound!  My condolences to you all. Man’s best friend indeed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joann.alexander.58 JoAnn Alexander

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.  I have a little friend who I will probably have to make that painful decision soon.  His health is deteriorating rapidly and I dread the obvious decision for the best interest of my little friend.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/August-West/100001392621871 August West

    My prayers are for you family to gain strength and faith through this loss, and for Raphe to grow through this experience- knowing that it is ok to cry, to grieve out in the open with those he loves- like his dad ;-)

    I remember losing my canine friend at about Raphe’s age. It was one of those “pivot points” in my life where I grew through it, and the experience was imprinted into my life. Today I, too, have a best friend dog who recently had ACL surgery, and it was a bit of a scare when she injured herself. Even as a man at age 38, I felt that same feeling I had when I was Raphe’s age. It took me back. While she is ok, I realize our pets, like humans, don’t live on this earth forever.

    Which is where the ultimate hope, in Christ, comes into play. Without my faith, I would surely be hopeless. Thanks for sharing this intimate part of you life with us. In these moments, fame, wealth, and any other “difference” means nothing- we are just people experience love, grief, and hopefully some hope.

  • Anonymous

    Dearest Glenn and Family…My husband and I cry for you as I type this. We have been praying, and crying , for you and Victor  all morning. And It is now past the noon hour on Saturday, so we know Victor has now returned to the lord. We have been there, ( and have no human kids, only Dogs ) so we know the great pain you’re  going thru and our hearts break for you!! I’m not going to lie and say the pain ever goes away completely,  BUT you do learn to live with it. As us Dog lovers know, Dogs are the only creatures on earth who love YOU more than they love themselves. So Imagine what a wonderful world we would live in if people had the selfless, unconditional love in their hearts that Dogs have? Anyway….thinking of you! Praying for you! And may God help you thru this great GREAT loss of your beautiful victor!.

  • Anonymous

    -In all of your years, no box or present, not a bought thing
    or a borrowed item can match the gift of a dogs love. Only matched by the love
    of God and the living, only greater than everything else.  Not a house, nor a car, no toy in the world
    can fulfill a need that rivals the love of a dog.  If you know, than you understand, if you do
    not than I simply say I’m sorry.  I am
    sorry that you don’t understand first-hand the feeling of unconditional.  I apologize to those who miss out on loyalty
    unmatched by any child, parent or spouse. 
    The friendship between a master and their dog is stronger than any
    structure designed by man.  Our greatest
    engineering feats would surely fail and crumble to the ground before a dogs
    love breaks or wanes.  I often think
    about what a dog would say if it could speak. 
    Would they tell us how much they love us?  Would we need words to describe what is so
    clearly understood by a tilt of the head or a perk of the ears?  Maybe they could talk all along, but they are
    too interested in listening to ever speak up. 
    I know the day will come where we will have to part ways.  I know that your body will someday stop
    working, too bad it wasn’t built as strong as our bond.  But we will one day have to say goodbye. And
    on that day I hope you know that wish we could be together forever.  When we bid our farewells and you look me in the
    eye one last time, I can almost hear you speak for the first time, but I know
    it is spoken only in my head, by a language created by gestures, behaviors, greetings
    and glances from you throughout the years. 
    My mind makes clear what you are trying to say.    

    “Thank you, for the opportunity to love you and to be a part
    of your family and as I pass through the gate and into the other side, I will
    stop just through the threshold, I will turn around and I will wait.  Because no kingdom can offer me any sweetness
    or temptation that equals the company of you my dear friend.  As I have done every day that we’ve been together,
    I will wait for you to return home.” 

  • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.niceta Nancy Niceta

    Dear Glenn, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Dear Victor you are loved and are now in Heaven with the Angels. All our love always.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so sorry :(… You will heal and always remember your sweet pup! He is running free with no pain and playing with my babies now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jan.rice.961 Jan Rice

    Been through this myself..it’s very difficult for sure..but you know you’ll see your dear friend in heaven…because heaven is full of all the things that make us happy and complete…God bless your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510778542 Paul A. Copenhagen

    Mr. Beck: Please know that you and your family are in my heart and prayers. I can only imagine what it’s like losing such a loyal companion. God bless and keep you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1282855153 Betty Meyer Walker

    Just last week we had to put our 12 year old Mastiff down and so understand and feel the grief you are going through. It is one of the hardest parts of losing one of your family. Please know you will all be in our prayers as you go through this time of grief. God bless you and your family and I pray God will lead another pet to your door to continue to protect you and your family..

  • http://www.facebook.com/TrueNorth2010 Kim Curtis

    “Not the least thing hard to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry with them so many years of our lives. Yet, if they find warmth therein, but who could blame them to keep these years they have so guarded? And whatever they take, be sure they have deserved.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Williams/100005466373880 Terry Williams

    BEAUTIFUL GLEN…..SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS….MY BEAUTIFUL PHOEBE DIED IN MY ARMS…..I AM SO GLAD..THEY GO TO HEAVEN..IT IS SCRIPTURAL….THEY WILL BE WAITING ALONG WITH OUR LOVED ONES….GOD BLESS YOU ALL……………

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Williams/100005466373880 Terry Williams

    So sorry for your loss….it hurts…..my Phoebe died in my arms….what wonderful pictures…it is comforting to know they will be waiting for us in heaven with our loved ones…it is scriptural….thank God…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717387256 Johnny Thompson

    Sorry for your loss. I know he was as much a part of your family as mine have been to me. God Bless him, you, and your family. 

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry. Heaven gains a great soul today and I’m sure he will continue to watch over you until you meet again.

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1615232245 Terry Cowan

    Dear Glenn,
    I lost my G.S., Jake, last November so I know how you feel.
    As a Law Enforcement Officer I worked with German’s during my career and developed a love for the breed that just can’t be explained to a person who has never been touched by one.
    I want you to know that Victor is waiting for all of you and the reunion will be great!
    I truly believe that God does not forget our pets. He made them to be our companions in life. They were put here to help us through the good times and the bad. They never lost faith in us and displayed a level of love and understanding we could only hope to achieve.
    If you ever need someone to bend an ear I am here for you my friend.
    Just remember, there is nothing true about a bad dog, only bad people.
    I am sure Victor had the most loving and kind family he could have ever dreamed of.

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Terry

  • http://twitter.com/jimlat Jim Latimer

    Glenn…My family and I share your pain…we have gone through this twice, and it’s never easy…people who are not “dog people” just don’t get it…and never will. 

    If you have the opportunity, find a copy of the song “All Good Things” by the band Klaatu…it’s on their “Endangered Species” album, as well as their greatest hits album “Peaks” and their box set “Sun Set”…specks to your (and our) feelings perfectly…

    Jim and Denise Latimer and sons
    West Berlin NJ

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143560090 David Brooks

    Sorry about Victor. Thanks for further humanizing yourself and your family for us.
    God bless.

  • cmas05

    Sending condolences to you and your family, especially Raphe.  No one ever forgets a best friend, and anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog feels your pain today.  God Bless

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HTOSAMXLZCFPNIJTHIZQHUITDA anonimous

    Death of such a precious pet is a tragedy for a family. My deepest condolences.

  • Debbie

    Glenn it brought tears to my eyes the love and compassion you and your family had for Victor. You are the best master a dog can ask for. You loved him, care for him and prayed for him. You did your best so now just cherish the good memories you had with Victor. Love You, Debbie

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QR4AJDCFH5ICTKIWWYUWURTMNY Mic

    I truly feel your pain, as we had to put our beloved Golden Retriever to sleep yesterday. She was 14, and like Victor, we had noticed signs that her rear quarters were starting to fail about 4 months ago. In the 3 days before we put her down, she had gone from limping and dozing a lot to constantly barking, struggling to get up, and finally the complete inability to stand on her own and loss of bladder control. The last happened within a 24 hour period. The pain is unimaginable, but to cling to her out of selfishness and the fear of losing a dear part of the family would have been a cruelty we could not have lived with. So, until we meet her again at the Rainbow Bridge, she will remain forever a happy shining memory in our hearts and minds.

    Wishing you the same peace with the loss of Victor. He served you well, and you and your family have served him well. Dignity and the cessation of pain, in the face of an overwhelming sense of loss for you, are honorable and humane.

    God bless all of you.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry for the loss of you family member, because that is what he was, as I read this story I cried because it brought back the memories over the years of beloved pets I have had, and lost. Just know that he is still there, watching over his loving family. Peace be yours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanette.lasko.9 Jeanette Lasko

    so very sad for all of you.i have 2 small ones ,im afarid everyday for my lil chow she hasa bad heart. i love her so much ,before my husband passed she sat & laid by him everyday with a worried look. they are part of us part of our family,so faithful & loveing & kind my heart hurts for all of you my prayers also .he will be waiting for all of you someday.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MGHGL5HAEKABPF3QJLJF2KJSSQ Disgusted

    Victor is beautiful.. I want you to know that there is a heaven for dogs.. its called “Rainbow Heaven”  I had to put my Angel down was the hardest thing to do.. My heart hurts for you and yours.. God Bless.

  • http://twitter.com/allyflute Ally

    As I sit here sobbing after watching yesterday’s segment, I laugh at the remembrance of the Victor cam. I also remember how fun it was to reach “VEEEEEKTOR” status on the forum.  RIP dear Victor, you will be missed.  Glenn, I know how hard it is to have to put down an animal. The dog my parents got me when I was 8 had to be put down due to cancer when I was 19.  I was at college and didn’t even get to say goodbye.  I cried for days and it was hard to visit home because I kept expecting her to greet me when I came through the door.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  I am so grateful for the belief that we will get to see our beloved pets in heaven. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1085061648 Celia Dias

    Dear Glenn and Family, your Victor was such a beautiful dog, I remember some of the stories about him that you used to tell on the radio. I pray that your family be blessed with the peace of the Lord. I believe our Father and Creator loves all his creation and that he takes even our pets to heaven and that he reunites us when we get there. I have a little dog, and she is a gift. The Lord knew I was going to be alone for some years, but he gave me my little Sparkle for this time I am right now. God bless you all in this moment of pain.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZVFSBLNM6P5MPYZ6XD5MS4JUA4 Lynn Ashburn

    I am in tears reading this because you are the kind of faithful human friend every dog needs and deserves.  We had to put down one of our dogs recently that ironically had been with us the least amount of time but taught us more in those four months than any person could have.  We miss her with all our hearts and love the ones we still have more because of it.  You, your family, and Victor blessed each other, what a perfect fit.  I know the pain and recovery and I will pray for you and your family…
    Blessings,
    Lynn

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cynthia-Ros-McClendon/100000432217468 Cynthia Ros McClendon

    Years ago our golden retriever, Buddy, developed bone cancer. I spent his last Labor Day weekend sleeping on the floor with him because he wanted me there. We got him when our kids were in elementary school. We were blessed to have him until they were in college. We still miss him dearly. Our belief is that our old dogs and cats work with St. Francis to send us new pets to watch over us. It always seems to work out that the things we loved most about our four legged family gone before us always is present in the ones they send to be with us until we all meet again. Love never dies.

  • http://twitter.com/Thevalentino S. Kennedy

    So sorry Glen.  Your memorial is just beautiful and such a loving tribute to your beloved pet.  Our family has had this experience and you never quite get over it.  Our animals especially dogs, remain forever in our hearts.  Prayers for you and your family. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sudie.clark Sudie Bobst Clark

    Remember…………………………. the last great thing we can do for our four-legged friends is take their pain and make it our own………………  My heart is heavy for you and your family………

    Written and © copyrighted by Terri
    Onorato.

    I know what you’re
    thinking. You think I’m dead. Because you cannot see me with your human eyes,
    cannot feel me with your hands or hold me in your arms, you think I am gone
    forever. You recall how I looked when I left this earth and you cannot remotely
    imagine that I am alive in another place. You are racked and torn by the pain of
    our separation and it blinds you to that which is right in front of
    you…me.

    How many times since I
    left your immediate sight have you been told that I’m dead and you should “get
    over it”? How many times have you cried yourself to sleep because you feel like
    an outcast, believing you’re supposed to get over me because that’s what people
    say is normal but somehow you can’t and no one seems to understand? How many
    times have you put yourself through such excruciating pain because you aren’t
    willing to consider that I am not, by any means, dead?

    I want you to do me a
    favor and go back in time with me. Remember the glorious day you brought me home
    - was I not the most intriguing creature you’d ever met? Did I not make you
    laugh and giggle? Did I not look at you with such adoration that you wanted
    nothing more than to spend the rest of your life with me? I wanted this
    too.

    Remember the days when I
    was in my prime and we did many things together. You were so proud of me! I was
    a good friend and I took care of you when you cried, were angry or felt down and
    unhappy. When you didn’t have a lot of time for me because of your obligations,
    I waited patiently for you. I was always there when you needed me. Did I
    not look at you with such acceptance and patience that perhaps at times you felt
    a bit unworthy? You were never unworthy in my eyes.

    Remember when age crept
    up on me, my bones became stiff and my movements slower. Still I met you when
    you came home and followed you around. We’d been together for so long, I was
    your very best friend regardless of what you were doing, saying and
    thinking. Did I not look at you with such kindness and understanding that you
    felt overwhelmed? I couldn’t get enough of you.

    Remember the last time we
    saw each other with earthly eyes. You tried to be brave but I knew you were
    crying…I know you so well, better than anyone else in the world. Did I not
    look at you with such pure trust and love that you yearned only to hold me close
    and keep me with you always? Did you not promise that you would love me forever?
    I believed you.

    If this is so then why
    have you let me go by thinking I no longer exist?

    Remember the depth of
    love in my eyes when I looked at you. Who created this love? Would the Creator
    diminish the song of our laughter that grew and flourished in this love? I am no
    longer an earthly figure, this is true. My body was only part of who I really am
    and it would have been but a mere shell on earth if it were not filled to
    overflowing with my soul, my spirit and my loving light. When we met you thought
    I was cute, pretty and adorable. What kind of relationship would we have had if
    this were all that I’d been? How could you have loved me if I’d had no spiritual
    substance?

    We are all made up of
    energy that resides far deep down inside of us, it is our core and our soul,
    spirit and loving light. It is the energy that is all of life…it has no
    beginning, it has no end. It simply is and always will be and
    without it there is no life. You can’t see it with the naked eye nor can you
    hold it in your hand, it is simply a certain knowing that this energy does
    exist. It’s a knowing just as you know that our love existed on earth – you
    couldn’t see our love in a solid sense, you couldn’t gather it all up and
    confine it to one place. But you *knew* it existed. There was no doubt in your
    mind.

    There are those who
    demand you get over me, insisting that I’m dead and you’ll never see me again
    because animals don’t go to Heaven. Oh really? I’m here to tell you different.
    You were as worthy of my love and undying devotion on earth as I was of yours.
    Do you really believe this love would be snatched from us *forever* by a loving
    Creator simply because I wasn’t human? Was I not a living, breathing creation
    with personality? How could I have been so if I didn’t possess the energy of
    soul, spirit and loving light? And if this energy is and always will
    be, then how can it be that I am dead? If my core is not the energy that
    is all of life then I was never alive to begin with. But you know
    better.

    You cry because you miss
    me, this I understand. I miss you too – I miss the belly rubs, hugs and kisses
    that we shared. But life does go on beyond these wonderful, fulfilling physical
    connections. I came to this place to continue on in a new life, not because I
    didn’t love you anymore or because I wanted something better. I came here
    because it was time for me to go to the next phase of my existence, something
    all living creatures must do eventually. It is the normal progression of life. I
    was not taken away from you because you cannot take away that which was never
    owned. My presence in your life was and is a gift to be cherished and honored
    just as I cherish and honor you.

    Life is not simply about
    being born into a body, living a certain number of years and then dying. Energy
    cannot die. We are blessed with time in a body so that we can learn,
    share and grow. It prepares us for the next phase of our eternal life. The body
    holds within it the true life force of our existence…our soul, spirit and
    loving light. Without these our bodies would be empty, blank, void of feeling
    and expression. Without our energy we would indeed be dead and could never have
    experienced our love for each other.

    You say that all you have
    left are memories but this is not so. You see, when I took leave of my earthly
    body I left a little something behind for you. You can’t touch it, hold it or
    examine it, for what I left behind is far too uninhibited for confinement. I
    left in your tender care a piece of my soul. I placed it right next to your own
    which is quite fitting as we were always side by side in our earthly life
    together. I love you too much to have left you with nothing but memories that
    tend to fade and grow cloudy as the years go by. I love you too much to have
    vanished without a trace. How selfish it would be of me to remove love and light
    from your life.

    I understand your tears,
    each one you shed is testament to your love for me and I am honored and humbled.
    But don’t forget the good things we shared – remember and smile. This is an
    honor for me as well. When you need me I will be here. Close your eyes, relax,
    take slow, deep breaths and picture me in your mind. Shut off the world and your
    notions of what you think death is and give me a chance. Look for the subtle
    signs I send you. Don’t stop being proud of me, I am a friend to be proud of, I
    am still your friend and soul mate. Don’t memorialize the death of my
    body but instead honor and celebrate my never-ending life for it is eternal and
    forever as is my love for you.

    Until we meet
    again…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Marie1964 Patti Marie McClure

    Dear Beck Family, losing a fur friend is like losing a member of the family. They are more than an animal, a protector, as you said, he was your friend. My dogs are my children and when I lose one, it hurts the heart like nothing else. I know a void is in your heart and it aches tremendously today and it will for weeks to come. You never think you can do the right thing; you want to be selfish and keep them with you always, but when you see them suffering, you know it is the right thing because watching them suffer, I think, is more torture than watching them fall gently to eternal sleep. Victor is over the Rainbow Bridge, he is happy and running free. When the time comes for you to be rejoined together again, he will be there waiting with his ears cocked and ready to greet you with a joyous wag of his tail and the excitement in his eyes. When it is time again to fill the void that Victor’s passing left in your heart, you will know it. Only God knows when that day will be. For me, it took 3-4 months after I had to say goodbye to my sweet Missy, but when I woke up that Friday morning, I knew I wanted another dog and I wanted one that day. I didn’t think I was going to come away with one that night until I was walking out of the store when God put me and Mandy together and we’ve been together ever since. Missy gave me her blessing when I held my little Mandy in my arms 11 years ago this month and six months later, Callie came to us as a rescue; again, God leading the way to our hearts coming together. As my girls are now seniors, I know I will one day face the day where again I’ll have a void in my heart, but the memories our fur friends give us are with us forever. God bless Victor, and God bless you, Beck family. You’ll be in my prayers as you learn to move on with your life without your faithful companion. Do dogs go to Heaven? You bet they do and I know Victor is up there and he’ll always be with you in spirit. :)

    Patti M.
    Arlington, TX

  • http://www.facebook.com/joan.stonecondiff Joan Stone Condiff

    That’s wonderful. May God continue to keep you and your family. Rest In Peace Victor.

  • Garry

    I really know what your through an Glenn, I Cried reading your poem! God Bless you an your family!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry for your Loss Glenn.

    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…. Author unknown…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344641760 Debbie Martin

    As I read your story I have tears sliding down my face.  I know the pain of losing a loyal pet.  I am so sorry for your loss.  And I hope the memories of Victor keeps your family smiling.  Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug-Fox/100000817399674 Doug Fox

    Very sorry for your feelings of loss today, may God grant you and your family peace. I will remeber you guys in prayers today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rhett-Whitley/1417121249 Rhett Whitley

    Glen I’m very sorry for you and your family’s loss of your friend. I’ve been there several times. It hurts to lose a really good dog just as much as to lose a non-furry family member. I could tell you many stories of a couple of great dogs I’ve had over the years, as well as some goofballs. Katie the Chocolate Lab was a once in a lifetime dog and ten years later I still miss her but her memories bring a huge smile to my face from duck hunting on Lake Tawakoni to her antics when we moved back to GA. People said they fully believed Katie and I could talk to each other. 
    I believe God gave dogs short lifespans so if we were lucky and very blessed he could let us have 2 or 3 really good dogs over the course of our lives.
    Here is a poem I like.
     
    Just My DogHe’s just my dog. He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds.He has told me more than a thousand times over that I am his reason for being — by the way he rests against my leg, by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile, by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me).When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.When I am angry he clowns to make me smile.When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another person. With him, I am all powerful.He has taught me the meaning of devotion is loyalty itself. With him, I know the secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things.He has promised to wait for me … whenever … wherever … in case I need him, and I expect I will, as I always have.Who is he? — He’s just –MY DOG!Author unknown

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenda.sturgeon1 Brenda Sturgeon

    Glen and family , How my heart breaks for you ! Im so sorry .. I do know the heartache you and your family are going through . I have lost four dear companions that have went to doggie heaven . I hope God will comfort your heart & peace be with you all . Sending prayers and love .

  • http://www.facebook.com/sudie.clark Sudie Bobst Clark

    Remember…………………………. the last great thing we can do for our four-legged friends is take their pain and make it our own………………  My heart is heavy for you and your family………
     Written and © copyrighted by Terri Onorato.

    I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m dead. Because you cannot see me with your human eyes, cannot feel me with your hands or hold me in your arms, you think I am gone forever. You recall how I looked when I left this earth and you cannot remotely imagine that I am alive in another place. You are racked and torn by the pain of our separation and it blinds you to that which is right in front of you…me.
    How many times since I left your immediate sight have you been told that I’m dead and you should “get over it”? How many times have you cried yourself to sleep because you feel like an outcast, believing you’re supposed to get over me because that’s what people say is normal but somehow you can’t and no one seems to understand? How many times have you put yourself through such excruciating pain because you aren’t willing to consider that I am not, by any means, dead?
    I want you to do me a favor and go back in time with me. Remember the glorious day you brought me home – was I not the most intriguing creature you’d ever met? Did I not make you laugh and giggle? Did I not look at you with such adoration that you wanted nothing more than to spend the rest of your life with me? I wanted this too.
    Remember the days when I was in my prime and we did many things together. You were so proud of me! I was a good friend and I took care of you when you cried, were angry or felt down and unhappy. When you didn’t have a lot of time for me because of your obligations, I waited patiently for you. I was always there when you needed me. Did I not look at you with such acceptance and patience that perhaps at times you felt a bit unworthy? You were never unworthy in my eyes.
    Remember when age crept up on me, my bones became stiff and my movements slower. Still I met you when you came home and followed you around. We’d been together for so long, I was your very best friend regardless of what you were doing, saying and thinking. Did I not look at you with such kindness and understanding that you felt overwhelmed? I couldn’t get enough of you.
    Remember the last time we saw each other with earthly eyes. You tried to be brave but I knew you were crying…I know you so well, better than anyone else in the world. Did I not look at you with such pure trust and love that you yearned only to hold me close and keep me with you always? Did you not promise that you would love me forever? I believed you.
    If this is so then why have you let me go by thinking I no longer exist?
    Remember the depth of love in my eyes when I looked at you. Who created this love? Would the Creator diminish the song of our laughter that grew and flourished in this love? I am no longer an earthly figure, this is true. My body was only part of who I really am and it would have been but a mere shell on earth if it were not filled to overflowing with my soul, my spirit and my loving light. When we met you thought I was cute, pretty and adorable. What kind of relationship would we have had if this were all that I’d been? How could you have loved me if I’d had no spiritual substance?
    We are all made up of energy that resides far deep down inside of us, it is our core and our soul, spirit and loving light. It is the energy that is all of life…it has no beginning, it has no end. It simply is and always will be and without it there is no life. You can’t see it with the naked eye nor can you hold it in your hand, it is simply a certain knowing that this energy does exist. It’s a knowing just as you know that our love existed on earth – you couldn’t see our love in a solid sense, you couldn’t gather it all up and confine it to one place. But you *knew* it existed. There was no doubt in your mind.
    There are those who demand you get over me, insisting that I’m dead and you’ll never see me again because animals don’t go to Heaven. Oh really? I’m here to tell you different. You were as worthy of my love and undying devotion on earth as I was of yours. Do you really believe this love would be snatched from us *forever* by a loving Creator simply because I wasn’t human? Was I not a living, breathing creation with personality? How could I have been so if I didn’t possess the energy of soul, spirit and loving light? And if this energy is and always will be, then how can it be that I am dead? If my core is not the energy that is all of life then I was never alive to begin with. But you know better.
    You cry because you miss me, this I understand. I miss you too – I miss the belly rubs, hugs and kisses that we shared. But life does go on beyond these wonderful, fulfilling physical connections. I came to this place to continue on in a new life, not because I didn’t love you anymore or because I wanted something better. I came here because it was time for me to go to the next phase of my existence, something all living creatures must do eventually. It is the normal progression of life. I was not taken away from you because you cannot take away that which was never owned. My presence in your life was and is a gift to be cherished and honored just as I cherish and honor you.
    Life is not simply about being born into a body, living a certain number of years and then dying. Energy cannot die. We are blessed with time in a body so that we can learn, share and grow. It prepares us for the next phase of our eternal life. The body holds within it the true life force of our existence…our soul, spirit and loving light. Without these our bodies would be empty, blank, void of feeling and expression. Without our energy we would indeed be dead and could never have experienced our love for each other.
    You say that all you have left are memories but this is not so. You see, when I took leave of my earthly body I left a little something behind for you. You can’t touch it, hold it or examine it, for what I left behind is far too uninhibited for confinement. I left in your tender care a piece of my soul. I placed it right next to your own which is quite fitting as we were always side by side in our earthly life together. I love you too much to have left you with nothing but memories that tend to fade and grow cloudy as the years go by. I love you too much to have vanished without a trace. How selfish it would be of me to remove love and light from your life.
    I understand your tears, each one you shed is testament to your love for me and I am honored and humbled. But don’t forget the good things we shared – remember and smile. This is an honor for me as well. When you need me I will be here. Close your eyes, relax, take slow, deep breaths and picture me in your mind. Shut off the world and your notions of what you think death is and give me a chance. Look for the subtle signs I send you. Don’t stop being proud of me, I am a friend to be proud of, I am still your friend and soul mate. Don’t memorialize the death of my body but instead honor and celebrate my never-ending life for it is eternal and forever as is my love for you.
    Until we meet again…

  • http://www.facebook.com/dorothy.bohlman Dorothy Bohlman

    Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your family, we know how hard it is to lose a family member (even if they do have 4 paws). We lost our Cocker Spaniel (our family member) right before Christmas, we still miss him a lot. If you get a chance, there is an article called, “Why do dogs leave earth first?” This article, has kind of helped us through our mourning of Scamp.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, I know how difficult it can be to lose a dog who is a companion.  We lost 2 of our best companions after 15 years (almost like family) in July 2012.  Victor, I’m sure will NEVER be forgotten!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1170446104 Joe Cutler

    Dear Glenn, I’ve been so moved and motivated by you…my entire family has.  We have followed you for a long time now.  Words cannot describe how much of a blessing you’ve been.  Yesterday I was listening to your radio show via podcast and was so moved by what you said about Victor.  Having owned many dogs in the past I know some of the pain you feel but I can only imagine what it would be to have a dog literally put his life on the line to protect your family every single day.  We join the many others praying for you and believing for God’s comfort to be felt by each one of you.  May God’s tremendous grace and peace guide you and comfort you.

  • Anonymous

    What a beautiful tribute to a loyal companion you were blessed to have and he was blessed to have such a loving home.  I’m so sorry for your loss.  My heart breaks for you, especially your son.  My Ginger is so loved in our family.  We discovered a special gift she had when my son endured a bone marrow transplant.  She could sense before my son would be ill and could alert us, even before he knew sometimes.  She is going to be 9 this summer and I dread each year she ages, as much as I love her for her loyalty and the joy she’s brought my family.  God bless your family during this tough time.  http://www.anatomyofamiracle.com

  • ilikai

    The hardest part of having a furry part of the family is the part where we have to part with them. Had to do this last year with my sheltie of 13 years… I know the pain it brings to the heart. May God help you through your family’s sorrow at this time. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/earlene.alber Earlene Alber

    I’m also crying as I write this note to you + your family.  I had a dog, growing up, but have had cats in my life for the past 50 years!!  regardless, if it’s a cat or dog, it’s SO very hard to “let go”, but know, in your hearts, Victor will be in peace.  thank you for giving this animal such love + devotion!!  Earlene Alber

  • Jim Moore

    Dear Lord, 

    Please open your gates and call St. Francis 
    to come escort this beloved companion 
    across the Rainbow Bridge. 

    Assign him to a place of honor, 
    for he has been a faithful servant 
    and has always done his best to please me. 

    Bless the hands that send him to you, 
    for they are doing so in love and compassion, 
    freeing him from pain and suffering. 

    Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss. 
    Help me remember the details of his life 
    with the love he has shown me. 
    And grant me the courage to honor him
    by sharing those memories with others. 

    Let him remember me as well 
    Let him know that I will always love him. 
    And when it’s my time to pass over into your paradise, 
    Please allow him to accompany those 
    Who will bring me home. 

    Thank you, Lord, 
    for the gift of his companionship 
    and for the time we’ve had together. 

    And thank you, Lord, 
    for granting me the strength 
    to give him to you now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1615232245 Terry Cowan

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwGnCIdHQH0

  • Derek Coleman

    i know how you feel glenn it was hard for me to put sneakers down when i was liveing back in lake mills,WI and know that some day i have to go down the road that you are going down now with pugsly my pug but you know what your best friend may be gone there sperets still lives on with you and protect you that how i felt with sneakers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FA3OMJUDWGO5EZ3ZI7TR2CGS6M Gustav

     Dogs are the most loyal of pets. This brought back the memories of when I had to make that same choice over my first collie. Its a soul breaking decision but it is something we have to do for them. I feel for you Glenn. Thanks for the poem. i wish i had seen that years ago.

  • Deborah (Wagner) Leaverton

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and I’m crying for you even though I never knew your valiant protector. May God comfort you as only He can. Prayer and hugs. Love, Deborah

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003235357338 Janice Meinheit

    Glenn, Tania, and family, Last summer we were forced to lay to rest our dear friend, Jake, our black lab who became so ill from cancer, he could not recover. He was only four years old. Before that, we were forced to part with our 13 year-old Siberian Husky, Sariah, our loving and beautiful girl.  We truly feel your grief and pray with all of our might that our God who knows are every heartache will comfort and console your family. We truly feel your pain and weep with you. God bless and comfort you all—until you are all reunited with beautiful and heroic Victor!! Janny and Ted–Nebraska

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1245781421 Mercedes Robles

    A very touching tribute to a best friend.  How I dead making the same decision soon.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, my heart is breaking at this news as I’m writing between tears. My small Rat Terrier is 19 years old!! He has seen me through so many hard times, watched me give my life to Jesus, and patiently hung on these past few years as we welcomed our son into the world. He was gracious enough to let me give our son more attention, but NEVER left my side in the process. I could see it hurt him a bit to watch me give a lot of my love to someone else, but he loved me enough to never leave my side. God has blessed me with this special friend, and on more than one occasion we thought he had left us, but within minutes of him not breathing, he’d look up at us in confusion, wag his tail, bounce off his bed and venture on for another day with us. I know his time is coming soon, and I can’t imagine having to say goodbye. So Glenn, my heart goes out to you and your family today. Pets are not just animals we have around us to protect us, or keep us company, they are extensions of us. They are our family, our best friend, and one of the closest things we’ll ever experience to Heaven and unconditional love on earth. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/brad.lindsey.50 Brad Lindsey

    Glenn,I know the pain and sorrow you and your family are going through. I had to have our beloved pet Sheena put to rest on March 5th she was a member of our family for over fourteen years our home seems empty now hope you know we all feel for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1372271724 Edgar Massey

    So sad, but I do feel your pain as well. God Bless you and your family. My GSD is just 3 years old and I know how much we greive when our loved pets pass. Hang in there my friend!

  • Anonymous

    Prayers of peace and comfort are sent to you and your family at this difficult time.  Victor will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344524384 Melanie Hughes Williams

    Glenn so sadden with you for the loss of your friend. I saw this poem and wanted to share it with you.
     

    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.

    Melanie

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/alice.l.wilson Alice L. Wilson

    Glen, I watched you on FOX sinceyour first day.. You made me laugh and you made me cry. Being the man I KNOW you are, I know Victor had a wonderful life.         Alice Wilson

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.w.collier.9 Nathan W. Collier

    Glenn,
    We lost our nearly 16 year old “Tubby-girl” last October.  I put up a page for her on Facebook originally to help myself grieve, but it has truly benefitted my children most.  I would encourage you to give it a try; it has helped my whole family deal with this great loss.  God be with you and yours.http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Loving-Memory-of-Tubby-girl/528356217193214

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carolyn-Chehardy/571088458 Carolyn Chehardy

    Glenn, I had a dog named Jellie.. Please share this with your children..

    For Raphe and his Sisters!

    We got Jellie when my son was 5 years old.  She too went to heaven when my son was  20 years old.  Yes, she lived to be 15 years old. She was a little Sheltie, one of those tiny little collies.

    Jellie I know now is in heaven and is greeting big ole Victor!  She’s probably showing him all around!  Jellie is a lot of fun to play with and I am certain she is playing ball  right now with Victor!  Victor seems so nice, so I know Jellie won’t be scared of him, even though he’s so big and Jellie’s so little!   I think Jellie always wanted a friend to play with, so now she has Victor!   I bet Victor can even show her some tricks he can do, so Jellie can do them too!  Jellie is white black and brown, so I bet Victor will think she’s cute and I bet he finds her!  I bet the two of them will be best friends forever! BFF’s!

    By the way,  do you know how Jellie got her name?  My little boy named her when  we got her… I asked him why he wanted to name her Jellie?  He said, “Well, that way mom, when  we get a boy dog, we can name him Peanut Butter!”    Makes sense to me!   But Jellie never did get Peanut butter… We never got another dog, so now Victor can be Jellie’s friend, Peanut Butter! ( alias Victor!)  So don’t worry everyone… Jellie will take good care of Victor and make sure he has lots of toys to play with! Jellie will share her toys with him and together they will have lots of fun!!!  I think Jellie always wanted a big brother to play with, so now she has Victor!  

    Much love to you all,
    Carolyn

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and Family, I have been praying and crying for you and your family most of the morning. Victor was loved by many of us even though we never got to met him. Rest in peace Victor. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family as you go through your loss.   As always God Bless.

  • Karen

    I am so sorry and I know it hurts you and your families heart. I had to have my black lab put to sleep because she had a stroke and never recovered from it. It broke my heart! God bless you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=790052205 Scott McKay

    Glenn and family,
    SO sorry for your loss. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeanne-Tocco/1644306388 Jeanne Tocco

    Thank you for the poem. We also have a German Shepherd, Lucas, whom we rescued, and is nearly twelve. I truly don’t think my heart will want to beat any longer when its time for him to meet his real Master. Lucas is certifiably smarter than half the high school graduates and more talented than anyone in entertainment, (he’s a singer!). He was with me when my daddy went home and through times I’d rather not remember…Now my mother is aging and my sons are leaving for college. Just this time, I’m crying for you and your family. A dog as wonderful as ours are some of the greatest blessings we could receive. I pray that your hearts heal and that maybe you could find another dog, not to replace Victor, by any means, just one that thrives on love. God bless you and yours! 

  • Anonymous

    I am sorry for your loss.  Can’t help being teary-eyed reading about Victor.  I recently lost a dog and I miss him a lot.  I hope that memories of him will keep him in your hearts forever.

  • Anonymous

    Sharing your grief and heartache.  Please allow me to add this poem to accompany R. Kipling’s
    https://rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm

  • http://twitter.com/Kaylynn555 Sandi

    My heart hurts with your family’s loss. I am so glad that God sent Victor to your family and that you have loved him back as he loved you. Bless you all. I pray that Victor is playing with my Sasha, Rambo, Molly, Angel, Blaze and other babies that I’ve lost along this journey. We will see them again. 

  • Anonymous

    We had to do the same thing twice, neither time was it easy, both times it was done after much prayer and reflection and both times our hearts broke. A more true and honest friend we’d never had than our loyal pups.  My heart and prayers are with you and yours…I know your pain and am crying with you.

  • http://twitter.com/912inMA Mary Lou Guarnera

    I sobbed as I listened to you Friday morning. My brothers and I were raised by a German Shepard who protected us and loved us too and we walked the same agonizing road as your family. You have all (furry and hairless) been in my prayers. My mother always explained to us that the furry members of the family depend on us to do what is best for them, not for us. Yesterday you spoke of Victor’s final chapter but I assure you it is not. Just as Lady Hedwig von deFur lives on in our hearts and memories, so will Victor von Beck. God bless you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1054352068 Dennine Gustafson

    So sorry for your loss. I know there are no words, but I’m glad Victor isn’t in pain anymore. Praying for peace for you and your family.

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  • http://twitter.com/MaryInPA MaryinPA

    to the Glenn Beck Family:  I am truly sorry for the loss of your precious Victor.  I read your story above and listened to your story yesterday on the radio and as I was driving yesterday, I had to pull over cause I could hear the pain in your voice and I cried along with you.  I lost a beloved pet too, my Siamese cat Fritz of 18 years.  It was the worst decision, I ever had to make in my life to put him down.  But like Victor he was suffering and the pain in his bluest of eyes told me I had to do it.  It is a pain that is like no other that I ever experienced.  My heart ached for months and my heart is aching for your family now.  Victor is at peace, and he is waiting for you over The Rainbow Bridge.  If you get a chance read that poem.  It gave me some peace and I am hoping it will give you and your family peace as well.  God Bless you all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.bauch Mary Hart Bauch

    .
    The Rainbow Bridge Poem
    Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the 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. 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…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003847451807 Kevin DuBois

    Hey Glen,  We are HUGE fans of yours.  I have 3 daughters and a awesome wife.  We too, had to put down our beloved dog named Cinnamon this past summer after 12 years with us.  She too was a big part of our family.  If you go to my FB Page at Kevin DuBois in Ballston Lake, NY… you can find photos of her and a video that shows our daily play fights.  She is and will ever be 100% missed.  Thank you for standing up for me and my family’s rights and views.

    Kevin P. DuBois

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1395362528 Rita Sue DonCarlos

    We know exactly what you and your family are going through. It isn’t easy….it hurts so bad. Dogs become a part of the family and loosing one is just like loosing a member of the family.
    Time will heal and you will have your memories. No other dog will ever take his place. You did the right thing to let him go. He is at the “Rainbow Bridge” waiting for you all……………

  • http://www.facebook.com/smitty195 Andy Smith

    I’m so sorry, Beck family. What a great doggy, with great memories. He’s happier now and out of pain. 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, the tribute you paid to Victor on your show was heart wrenching. I, like many of your listeners, have been in the position of having to say goodbye to a loyal and loving four legged family member and we know the pain and anguish you were feeling. My Shepherd is going on 12 and I can’t bear the thought of being without her. The faithfulness, undying loyalty and unconditional love are something that are irreplaceable. My prayers go out to you and your family and may God grant you and your family peace in this difficult time. Victor will be waiting for you at the feet of God in heaven. God bless you my friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1150864865 Jan Bott

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Mr. Beck and your family. You were lucky to have such a good loving friend as Victor and he was blessed to have had you all as his family. He will be missed by all.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Family,
    The big hole you have in your heart now will slowly fill with sweet memories of your friend. I don’t know where the “title” dog came from. I do know one thing, it is God spelled backwards and they reflect the love of God. I’m sorry for the sadness your family is feeling now and hope you can honor Victors memory by adopting again soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sondra.striker Sondra Striker

    Our prayers are with you and your family Mr. Beck, we have sent one of our beloved boys over the rainbow bridge and now our other great boy is starting to feel the effects of old age. Letting go of a furry companion is the greatest act of love you can show when the time comes, I pray others can have the same strength and character in sending off their four pawed friends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vixie.friedman Vixie Friedman

    So sorry to hear of your loss.A dog is as much a part of the family as a human and will always be missed and cherished. Thinking of you and your family as you grieve and praying God’s comfort for you all now.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Family…I’ve had to make that decision three times in my life and it was on one hand, the hardest decision ever, and on the other, the easiest.  To know and understand the love a dog can give you is to know true love.  It’s a love that no human is capable of giving. And to allow that lovely being to suffer is unthinkable to me.  When faced with that horrible decision each time, I had to force myself to put aside my own feelings and know that I could not allow my best friend to endure any more pain.  With two of them, the vet allowed me to hold my dog as he gave him, and then six months later, her, the shot that would forever remove them physically from my life.  Each one fell asleep in my arms while my tears soaked their fur.  But I would not have had it any other way.  With the last one, I was not in town and she was with my parents.  I made the decision and had to, over the phone, make my dad understand that everything that could have been done for her had been done.  It was time to allow her to rest.  She was the hardest, because I wasn’t there.

    God gave us the gift of knowing unconditional love from one of the lowliest creatures.  One that depends on us for his comfort and care.  One that can make our saddest moments brighter just by looking into our eyes or dropping their really gross chew toy at our feet with that unmistakable look of anticipation.  I’ve always had a dog. I always will.  It’s understanding the pain of loss that opens our hearts to love again.  Never the same, but always just as much.My heart and prayers are with you all…and I’m happy for each of you that you were blessed by that love…each in a different way, but most definitely blessed by it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.walker.568 Linda Walker

    Your tribute to Victor is so moving…..what a special dog he must have been to have inspired such love.  My heart goes out to you, as a fellow dog lover who understands the depth of your loss.  Godspeed, Victor…….

  • Anonymous

    Oh Glenn, my heart knows this pain all too well as today is the one year
    anniversary of our beloved chocolate Labrador retriever Jake’s entrance
    into heaven.  We had him for over 14 years, and for a Labrador, that is
    an eternity.  Today, as I posted his memorial on my page, and spoke of
    the love and dedication, and the selflessness that he exhibited
    throughout his life, I knew what we did one year ago, was what was best
    for him as well.  His age took so much of what made Jake, Jake. His
    struggling gait, his vision nearly gone along with his ability to pick
    up on our entering a door.  A year ago I knelt by his bed, at 10am, and I
    took his face in my hands and I asked him if it would be alright for me
    to let him go.  He looked at me, and my answer was clear.  So my dear friend, my heart shares your
    sorrow and sadness on this day, as your special prince, Victor, takes
    his leave. Please accept my most sincere sympathy on your loss, and the
    loss to your wonderful family.  God bless…

    Barbara Sullivan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000553903497 John Sequino

    Glenn, so sorry to hear of your loss of Victor.  We also have German Shepherds. Take comfort in the wonderful life he had with you and your family.

    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…. John Sequinowww.k9power.comHamden, Connecticut 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1634971691 Sara Golden

    Sending you are sympathies.  We just got home from saying goodbye to our feline family member – she had been with us for 20 years.  It’s so hard to let them go, to say goodbye, to give them that final gift.  But, we do…because we love them and know they deserve peace.  All out best to you and your family, GB.  I hope your Victor and our Haley meet at the Bridge and wait for us as I know they will.  Peace to you and yours.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glen, My husband served in the first gulf war. When he came home he wanted another baby. I knew what he really wanted was a son and we already had three daughters and it just seemed to me we were destined to have girls so I bought him a dog. A male German Sheppard puppy we named Clifford C. Sims lll, after a medal of honor recipient from the Vietnam war. We called him Sims and Jeff called him “my son”. We loved him without reserve and received that same love back. When he was 14, we had to make the same decision your family has had to make. It was so unbelievably hard to do it, still one of the saddest days of my life. We buried him outside the dining room window, a favorite place of his to lay. He is a rose garden now. I have been holding your family up in prayer today. I am so sorry for your sorrow, but also so very thankful that you had Victor to love and share life with. Thank you for loving Victor unselfishly, and being brave enough to do the last, most loving, bravest thing for him. Take care,

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing these precious images of Victor and your beautiful family, Glen!! We are so very sorry for you all!! There are no words that can make it all right … only know that our hearts are feeling what yours are at this time, and that each one of you are in our thoughts, and our prayers!  We are praying God’s innumerable blessings on your lives, and His comforting peace to your hearts!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Terrell/505341112 Guy Terrell

    My heart breaks for you and your family… God willing, you will all be together again. It is so sad, I hate having to go through this kind of pain myself. Your family are in my prayers (victor also)… I am going to go now because the screen is getting blurry. 

    God Bless… Guy terrell

  • http://twitter.com/PaMom4Palin PaMom4Palin

    I have been thinking of you and your family all day….esp the kids….life’s lesson’s seem so unfair when you are so young. But Time Heals…and I pray that time will not be to hard for you. I lost my sweet little Kelsie 2 yrs ago…and I keep thinking that maybe her and Victor have met on the other side of the Rainbow bridge and are running happy and free until we finally get to see them again! God bless you all! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2I7STONNTNQY2HBZPQKZ3OPOUM Janice

    May you and your family find some peace of mind thru your memories. We had to say goodbye to our loyal friend Pearle, a black lab, in Novemeber 2012 due to bone cancer. Then on 12/20/12 we lost  our precious little yorkie, Tia. We have one last family member going thru some health issues now, and sadly, he probably won’t make it thru his latest crisis as he is 15 years old. He can’t see very well, can’t hear us, and walks around the house all day long. Using the walls and furniture as his guides. May the happy memories you have of Victor carry you thru your healing.
    The Tuckers
    From Paso Robles, CA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000586417566 Glenda Allen

    I read your tribute to Victor through my tears. Isn’t it amazing how a dog will remain loyal to the final breath. If only all could each find love and respect in return like your Victor and over the many years like our Mindy, Chelsea, Ebony, Cinnamon, and recently our Sage. Chelsea was our  experience with a German Shepard as we discovered with each breed’s uniqueness, she took her yard guard ‘perimeter’ job seriously, yet would dive under the table at the sound of lightening. I suppose she displayed her need to protect and yet her need for protection. Loved them all as each one fit into our home in their own way and in their own time. Thank you Lord for their love.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SI6BEPCXS75P5A626BTBCPJSNQ Monster

    Glenn, I can’t even imagine going through what you and your family are now facing. I got my full blooded shepherd two years this coming June. Just the thought of losing him makes my heart ache. I love that dog as much as my family and friends.
    Hearing you talk about Victor is one of the few things that actually makes a tear come to my eye, because it hits so close to home. I actually had to go listen to music while at work while you talked about your decision to put Victor to rest, because I knew I would start to tear up..

    God bless you Glenn, keep doing what you’re doing, and keep your head up. Time heals all wounds. Stay strong brother!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, my wife and I know the joy that owning a dog can bring into a family and the grief that comes when it is time for him to go on.  I want to thank you very much for sharing the Kipling poem.  I had forgotten about that poem, but reading it now brings tears to my eyes.  That poem reminds me of our dog to whom we had to say goodbye just over 3 years ago.  It may seem like a silly little story, but I would like to share it with you.

    That dog’s name was Sandy.  My youngest son always considered Sandy to be his dog, but he went away to college and then, after 2 years, to the Marine Corps.  He told us that, once he was settled, he would take her to live with him.  He was KIT in September of 2007, but Sandy was here to give us comfort.  She was a very good dog.  It was just about 2 years later that Sandy got sick and we had to let her go to her rest.  It came to my mind that at that time our son was settled so he took his dog to be with him.  In my mind there is now a Marine and his dog patrolling the streets of heaven.  That may be poor theology, but it is a comfort to me.

    Since that time we have brought another dog into our family.  Her name is Millie which is based on the Latin word for soldier.  It did not seem to us that any dog could replace Sandy, but Millie has really captured our hearts.  Millie is a great dispenser of love, companionship, and comfort into our family.  I say all of that to say this.  It is my sincere wish that you soon know again the unconditional love that a dog brings to a family.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2I7STONNTNQY2HBZPQKZ3OPOUM Janice

    And always always remember, dog spelled backwards is God!

  • http://www.facebook.com/helen.townsendnoriega Helen Townsend Noriega

    I am so deeply sorry– please know that you have offered the final act of love and kindness to Victor, you assumed the pain now and he is free of it…having been here I truly understand please know he waits for you when the time here for all of us is up and we are once again with our beloved furry friends…..that’s my story and I am sticking to it, once again I am so deeply sorry for your loss but also in awe of such a wonderful companion Victor is

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.barreth Steve Barreth

    So sorry Glenn and Family.   I do hope and pray we see those most special pets in heaven.   I will keep a bag of treats handy and Victor is welcome anytime because he protected you and yours while you continue the fight for all of our rights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/StaceyD129 Stacey Dee

    I am so sorry Glenn, I remember seeing you emotional back in December about Victor, it made me cry listening to you speak about him, thinking that thats how I feel about my fur babies and that I dont know how horrible it will be when it happens to one of them..at that time my dogs were well… just 2 weeks later my companion Rudy, a chocolate lab, died very suddenly, in just one day went from being like a 10 year old puppy, to gone..and it was incredibly heart wrenching, still not over it, not sure I ever will be…Rudy awaits Victor and many other pals at Rainbow Bridge where is health is restored and he runs and plays every day and still manages to be by your side, just not in the physical form…lots of love at this time to you and your family…xo rest in peace Victor…may God guide you on your journey to Rainbow Bridge until your family sees you again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1223705631 Patti King

    Dear Glenn & Family….hard to do this because I’m trying to type this through the tears as I did just a few short years ago with my beloved pets. May the Lord comfort all of you as you say goodbye to Victor, as he did for me….knowing we will recognize each other in Heaven. This will give you great comfort over the next few months. I felt Him tell me through the grief “remember you will see each other again soon”.  That meant everything…and so it will with the Beck family. God Bless you all, and you will be in my prayers. Patti King

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1480872995 Kathleen Crawford

    Good bye Victor. Go prepare your warm spot in the Celestial Kingdom to await your Master’s return.

  • Anonymous

    So sorry to all of you for your loss.  I think it is the unconditional love our dogs give us that makes it so hard when we lose them.  Your heart literally feels like it is breaking and you feel like the pain will never end but it dulls a little as time goes on and when you make room in your home and your heart for another one you feel the joy of their unconditional love once again. What a beautiful tribute to Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000376015355 Barbara Smith

     I went through this with My Doberman Cain He was given to Me at 2 years old. The best dog He died at home on the couch when I was out heartbreaking. But it was easier thantaking Him in to be put down . but still I miss Him and always will

  • Anonymous

    Blessings to you, Glenn and your family!  You gave him the most wonderful gift of being with him in the end!  ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Cindy Bosche

    I came across this writing on FB, so I’ll pass it along to you and your family.”It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. If I live long enough all the comonents of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” Anonymous. May Victor find and play with the beloved pets I have lost! God has always brought along a rescue that needs as much love, as the one I’ve lost! 

  • Judy Block

    Dear Glenn,  I have tears in my eyes as I write this, We have had to put pets down.  We have loved them all. and they have loved us back. UNCONDITIONALLY they have loved us back.  And because of that love we did what you had to do.  Say goodbye and keep them from any more pain.  Get another dog.  The joy and companionship they bring to you and your kids is only something a pet can give.  Thinking of you and your family, Judy

  • susan campbell

    I’ve cried with you every time I’ve heard you talk about Victor in the last few days.  What a loss for you and your family.  I’m sorry your children have to experience this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1517265282 Angela Johns

    So sorry for your loss… I had the healing powers for my Girl up until last year 5days before Christmas.  All I wanted was for her to stay for another 5 more days but we knew it was time. It was like she listened to our stories of love and grief and her eyes were telling us she was ready. She layed so peaceful as we held so tight as we gave her our last kiss good bye. Your Baby is with mine in heaven and is in Gods hands and is at Peace. God Bless to you and your Family.

  • Anonymous

    Very sorry for the loss Glenn.  We don’t fully understand how much our pets mean to us until after they are gone.  Our family dog passed away year before last.  It hit be like a kick to the gut after I watched him take his last breath.  I often tell people; I know a lot of people that could take a few lessons from our dogs.  Undeniable love to the end.  All they want is for us to feed them, show a little attention, and they return their devotion to us in spades.  None of us fully understand this in life, although I keep trying to.

    May God continue to comfort your and your entire family at a very diffficult time.  I do not claim to fully understand what you and  the family are going through, as grief affects us all differently.  Time heels all wounds, cherish the memories, as I know you will.

    God Bless,

    Todd Lee
    Kennesaw, GA

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family,

    Our hearts and prayers are with you all as you work your way through such a sad time. Christy and I just went through this in December when we lost our Samson Silverbear – I cry everyday.

    For those who do not know the love of an animal or who do not view a dog as “family”, I feel sorry that those people will never experience the joy and love that a loyal companion brings into a life, a family and a home.

    May Victor rest in peace. Thank you for being the kind of animal lovers that your are - Victor was so lucky to have had you in his life.

    Peace my friend.

    Ron and Christy Lamoreux

    Southington, CT

  • http://twitter.com/JanRoss12 Jan Ross

    Praying for God’s grace to be with you and your family. I feel your pain. We had to put our loyal and faithful beagle (Ralphie, named from the Christmas Story movie) down after being hit by a truck. Was an extremely difficult time. He was only 6. We now have his half brother (Riley) bringing us joy. …. Love and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. 

  • http://twitter.com/JanRoss12 Jan Ross

    Praying for God’s grace to be with you and your family. I feel your pain. We had to put our loyal and faithful beagle (Ralphie, named from the Christmas Story movie) down after being hit by a truck. Was an extremely difficult time. He was only 6. We now have his half brother (Riley) bringing us joy. …. Love and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, my name is Rev. Dr. Peter Bertolero (Pastor Pete) and I have been listening to you for around three years now, and very much enjoy and appreciate you, brother. I did a sermon years ago on the feastday of Saint Francis of Assisi, entitled Will I ever see my Deceased Pet Again?  Many of my friends ask that question and are very invested in the answer. having just comforted a friend of mine’s golden retriever as it lay dying of cancer, I also felt invested. I thought of that sermon when my daughter in law Alicia sent me the link to your post above. Very touching. If you ever feel lead, brother, here is the link to my sermon, which I posted on my facebook site. BTW, have you ever got a chance to watch the youtube video of Jimmy Stewart’s tribute to his dog on the Johnny Carson show? He got Carson all jacked up as he read it. In any case, here it is and keep up your good and sacrificial work. Pete

    https://www.facebook.com/peter.bertolero/posts/10151453959684250

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529918402 Brenda Davis

    Glenn,
    I pray for all of you tonight and in the coming days. We lost our valued member of our family last year and the pain is just something one cannot even imagine. Cherish the time you had with your Victor by reliving each memory found in a picture. Wrap your arms around your family, love one another and know that one day you will see him again. Nothing can replace Victor but with time wounds will heal. Be good to one another and know God is taking care of all of you at this time!
    Brenda

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1039486188 Marti Hannah

    So happy for you and your family to have had Victor’s love and devotion, and  that he had yours.  May God grant you all the peace of knowing.  You did the good and right thing today for Victor, he is resting now to never feel pain again.  God Bless Victor, you, and your family  

  • Anonymous

    As i read your blog and watched your radio show yesterday on The Blaze im crying as i type this. Hugs to you, your family and your other GSD. Having to say “goodbye for now” to a fur kid is extremely hard. Our fur kids always let us know when it’s time for us to let them pass.  Victor passed knowing that he was dearly loved and he will still protect you in spirit as he did on earth.  Dont’ be surprised when he comes in spirit to make sure his family is ok.  Don’t dismiss thinking you heard his collar tag jingling, his footsteps across the living room floor or the thumping of his tail on the floor, or the pressure u felt like he was leaning again you. It’s his way of saying hi and letting you know that his presence is still lingering. I pray for comfort and strength to you, your family and your other GSD to grieve for the beloved companion that you will see again when the time is right. He will be the first to greet you and be reunited once again. Raphe may continue to see glimpses of him from time to time and feel his presence around him because they had a close special bond. 

    From a professional standpoint being a Licensed Veterinary Technologist, seeing families go through this difficult decision on a weekly basis. Sometimes the most humane decision is the one to help them pass to escape the suffering they endure on earth. Please know that he is well and watching over you from above. ;) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1338327511 David Gotch

    SO SORRY to hear of this great loss for you and your family, Glenn.  Sincerely, DAVE.

  • Scott A. Gorman

    Glenn and family,
    I only saw my father cry twice…and the most memorable (and most pronounced) of those times was when he and I buried our beloved Austrian/Belgian Shepherd of 17 years in the woods behind our home.  We were there, digging the hole, blubbering like children…openly and unhindered.  So I know all too well the pain that you’re going through.  I pray God’s comfort on you and your family at such a difficult time!  A dog is a wonderful pet…but more than that, they’re a full member of the family!  Blessings…

    Scott A. Gorman

  • Ted Michorczyk

    Glenn, so very sorry for your loss, and so happy you had such a wonderful companion for many years.   We just loss our doggie, Peaches, on Valentine’s Day, quite devastating.  Enjoyed your thoughts and poem.  Peaches first friend when we adopted her was a German Shepherd in the neighborhood, so I’m sure she’s happy to meet and play with Victor in that heavenly meadow, the land of rainbows.  We watched and listened to your show many a time together.  It is a real teary-eyed existence these days without them by our side…..I feel your pain….God bless your family through this sad days….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1479931984 Brenda Thomas Arend

    Oh, I hate putting down pets. I can cry just thinking about each one, but the heartbreak is so worth the investment of love.  Blessings on your and your family today.

  • Chris

    Be strong my Friend.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family…those of us who have loved our animals as part of our family, cry with you. A wonderful essay appear in Ann Landers back in 1986 that I have kept all this time, just for these times. God bless you and keep you. 

     A Dog’s Plea…Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I might lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn. 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 the sound of your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear. Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well to romp and play and do you 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, my friend, when I am very old and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see to it that my life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands. 

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/bzGzOLI50v5DSqY.HAvILesypKk-#19119 RG Gray

    We lost our puppy a couple of months ago.  I still come in the house expecting to hear and see that little pup.  I do know how you all feel.  My heart to yours.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn – I have followed you for years, both on TV and the radio, and I heard your radio broadcast last night.  Unfortunately I was in my car and had to pull over; I could not keep my eyes dry. 

    So many of us can relate to the terrible loss of a beloved pet, and each time, I believe it gets more difficult.  I recently went through the same thing and I was devastated.  Please know that your precious Victor will be protecting you from above just as he had done for such a long time with his “earth” legs.   ;-) 

    To honor Victor’s memory, I would like to make a donation to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, but I will need an address for them to notify you. My pet’s veterinarian did that for us and it truly touched my heart, to
    know that our name with our pet’s name will become a permanent record in a
    memorial book at the Veterinary Medical Library.  He has done this for each pet we have lost and it has meant so much to us.  This is a fabulous
    school that has made tremendous inroads in veterinary medicine.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 

    Blessings,

    Judi

  • Anonymous

    Victor will always be in your heart.  He was a gift from God.

    Good job Victor, it’s now your time to rest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500607756 Kimberly Tidwell Storey

    I am so so sorry. I cried when I read what you wrote. People who have never belonged to a dog don’t know what they are missing. Every day I try to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

    thanks from the bottom of my heart for sharing this story with us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1582512215 Karen Mary Castranova

    Dear Glenn and family,
    I once heard “that until you’ve felt the love of an animal, your soul remains unawakened,” and we all know this love. Thank you for sharing your precious Victor’s story. We JUST put down our beautiful Avalon Labrador, Max on Jan 3rd and feel your pain. His story is under my husband’s blog as Cowboylawer on wordpress. Max was born the day after 9/11 and we bought him at 6 weeks old and took him home. He never left our sides, and is still there in our hearts. Much love, Karen and Alan Carlson Livermore, Colorado

  • http://www.facebook.com/kwalshaw1 Karin Walshaw

    …as the tears are rolling onto my keyboard…I’m sorry for your loss but happy you had been blessed with such a pet….your story brings back memories of my “lucky” and my son’s dog who was also a german shepard, ‘Maxie”…..prayers sent…
    Karin W.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001474355972 Jill DeBehnke

    Glenn & family:   Jesus has many dogs…….mine is there too.  We put our Sadiemae down at Easter last year after struggling for 2 years with seizures related to a brain tumor.  She was only 8.    I had to stop several times reading your post because I could no longer read through my tears.   I feel your pain and your loss but smile thinking of the good times too.  Hold on to those memories and photos and cherish them.    I said a prayer for you and your family and I know that my Sadiemae is running and playing with Victor over The Rainbow Bridge.  God Bless!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn
    I cry reading and see the beautiful pictures of your baby.I am so sorry for your beautiful dog had to come to rest. We must be strong for them at the end as they are for us.. Remember all the beautiful years you had and you will meet him again. Ann

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family:   Our heart-felt prayers and sympathy to all of you. Had tears running down my face by the time I had read to the bottom of the first page of comments. We are horse people, and once had to put down a mare during foaling. I could see the foal’s nose, and heard it crying for life. Nothing we or the vet could do. I’ve never been the same since, and still get teary-eyed after ten or so years.
    We have a dog, half coyote and half Australian sheep dog, just came to us one stormy night about ten years ago, who has now become quite senile. We keep hoping she’ll get better, or at best just maintain, but in our hearts we know a hard day is coming. And we know she cannot be replaced.

    Again, we send all of you our sympathies, something to take a part of the burden, a sharing of the pain.

    Lyle & Fawn

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1550778389 Debbie Merritt

    I stopped to say a prayer for all of you today, it is no mystery to me that  thoughts of you crossed my mind. God is good!

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family, 
    Our hearts and prayers are with you all as you work your way through this difficult time.  Christy and I lost our beautiful Samson Silverbear in December, so we know exactly how and what you are feeling.  I still cry at least once a day.

    Those who do not view their pets as family members will never know this kind of heartache – nor will they ever experience the love, joy and fullness that a loyal dog can bring to a life, a family and a home. I was once told that the pain we feel now is the price we pay for loving so deeply. I guess I cannot argue with that for it seems all to true at times like these.

    Know that you are loved –  as is your family, and that we are all keeping you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.  Thank you for being the type of pet owner that you are – Victor was extremely lucky to have had such a loving and generous best friend as you. I sincerely wish you peace as you handle your grief. There are no words to comfort a pet owner at a time like this.

    May Victor rest in peace.

    Ron & Christy Lamoreux
    Southington, CT

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samson-Silverbear/254465014629323

  • Anonymous

    Your families loss is my families loss. If you ever get to San Diego, WE will raise a toast to our families protectors.
    May God Bless you and your Family

    Woody

  • http://www.facebook.com/Debs11 Debra Baggett Chalkley

    I lost a Loyal pet while our family was posted in Kiev Ukraine  She was 9 years old Samoyed Holly.  We still miss her it’s been 18 years.  We now have a beautiful dog Maggie she has a beautiful spirit!   Sorry for you loss.

  • https://www.facebook.com/PocketsMom Julie Walters

    So very sorry for the loss of your faithful companion, Glenn.  You and your family are in my prayers.  We had 2 Shepards as young children and the pictures of your son as a baby remind me of those years.  Those dogs would gladly have given their lives to protect us, yet never was there more gentler giants than them.  May God’s love comfort you and your family through this loss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joannallafond3 Joanna LaFond

    I am so sorry for your loss. I use to raise and breed Germen Sheppard’s and I can say without question they are the best dogs, protective, loyal and very loving, they are so smart. I had 4, my kids could bury them in the sand, and do most anything with them, but let someone mess with my kids and those dogs would have ate them alive. It’ heartbreaking when you have to put one down due to suffering, its like losing a child, so I know exactly how you and your family maybe going through, but just know you have done the right thing, and he is no longer suffering.

  • Anonymous

    I am sorry for the loss in your family.
    The Pet we loved will remain with us forever, and cherished memories will abide with our hearts reminding us that the love we shared together is eternal.
    Leslie

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1665303828 Sharon Smiley Hoyt

    To say I know what u are going through couldn’t be more true…you see 3 years ago from today my husband and I had to put down our beloved German Sheprard, Bronson. we still cry for him, knowing he is in no pain helps some. He suffered from DM.  We cared for him a very long time before we had to let him go.  Prayers for all of your family, u have truly lost a family member.
    Sharon & Bob Hoyt

  • Ellie Hurst

    Thank you Sir for sharing your story.  Like many others, words cannot express our heart felt condolences for you and your family.  I too have walked where you and your family are walking and I too know that when I see Jesus my dog will be there waiting.  Many who do not have the privilege of having an animal, don’t understand how they become so family to us.  How when I was sick or felt alone, he would sense it and stay by my side.  Believe it or not, when I was 8, I was dying of staff infection.  At that time my family had a parakeet named Skeeter.  That bird  literally stayed on my bed boast daily until I was better which was weeks.  Animals are amazing and the most reliable companion one could ever have.  They love unconditionally with no strings attached.  You and your family have been blessed.  And yes it is true, that all good dogs do go to heaven.  :)   Sincerely, Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Hurst

  • http://www.facebook.com/tonia.rogers3 Tonia Ruggiero

    I took my dogs for a walk after reading this, with tears and told my dogs to run, run for Victor!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1588280501 Judy Kozmer-Wood

    So sorry for your loss, German Shepard’s are such kind and loyal friend’s I have never loved an animal as much or felt such a great loss as I did with my shepard’s may God grant you peace!
    Judy Wood
    P.S now all I have is a darn cat…………

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and Family,
    You have received many beautiful and heartfelt messages here and I wish I could be as eloquent. Victor has loved and protected you and your family all those years…and I am sure he knew how much you all loved him too. He is a beautiful dog. My heart breaks for you and your family. I pray that  you can cherish all the wonderful photos and memories of your amazing companion.
    Sincerely,
    Jill from Indiana

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1204400590 Rose Hall LaQuay

    I have never heard of you and your family before this post I saw on Facebook.  We just lost our own dear chocolate lab after this past Thanksgiving.  I do know the pain you and your family are feeling right now.  As I read your post above, I cried as I remembered our own Libby.  Your home will feel empty and you may feel a bit lost, but you will make a decision when it is right for your family as to whether to share it with a new canine friend.  It is never too soon to make that decision nor too late – you will make it when it is right for you and your family.  Our Libby taught us to love and we are sharing our home with a new family member these days. I hope it will give you peace to know that Victor is laying at Jesus’ feet and waiting for your arrival in heaven.  Just imagine how happy he will be when he sees you again!  I will be praying for you, Tania and your children through these next days – take comfort from each other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HerSolutions4u Vicky Wells

    RIP Sweet boy! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003762030608 DeDe Long

    Dear Glenn: Our family mourns with you and your family… my heart is broken for all of you… please know that as you wept on the radio Friday, I did also, along with most of your listening friends. God bless all of you immensely…may His peace be yours and may that peace pass all understanding. Love to you all. (By the way… that poem is amazing and I am ashamed I never knew of it until now…Jesus never would have been alone or felt alone, and that too, makes me cry.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/christie.k.scott Christie Kennedy Scott

    So sorry for your loss! What a sweet tribute. May you have comfort in knowing Victor suffers no more, and comfort in your memories of such a beloved family member!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000668500629 Jennifer Hellman

    some day you’ll see your beloved Victor again….God Bless you and your family…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WVMJ25SU4KFQNGWZSIATVFHAF4 Debra

    There are no words that can ever truly bring comfort when the loss of a loved one goes home.  I don’t think we ever get over the loss, however we learn to deal with it on a daily basis.  Tears were given to us to bring about the cleansing of our soul and open the door for cherished memories to be stored.  There is a sign I see often near where I live. “Lord help me please be the person my dog thinks I am”
    Dog spelled backwards “God” unconditional love a gift we get from the two.

    Peace unto you and your family.

    All dogs go to heaven

    Debra Darling
    Michigan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1015540290 Dawn Mikulski-Cluskey

    I am sorry for your loss of your dog.  It can be a difficult decision.  I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marie.mccormack Marie McCormack

    One of my cats died in my arms yesterday and even though she had been sick and I was expecting it and had even made an appointment to have her euthanized, a piece of my heart went with her so I can only imagine what you and your family are going through.   You have my deepest sympathies.  RIP  Victor.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Family, I too am crying as I type this note.  All of you, including Victor, were in my prayers last night, as you will be tonight, and in the coming days ahead.  Paula Napier

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1557570717 Harriet B. Jacobster

    Dear Glenn and Family, There is no greater gift that the pure love of a loyal Dog. They are our heart and our soul. Victor is running free and without pain again over the Rainbow Bridge and even tho his mortal body is no longer with you, his heart and soul will always be a part of you. I have already helped two dogs over the Rainbow Bridge and my third is now 15 1/2 years. Every day is precious…My thoughts are with you…and Victor is looking down and still watching over you all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Judy-Rivers/100001372624679 Judy Rivers

    I am so sorry, Glenn & Family, I know this feeling.  My animals are my family & life, and I dread the awful days like today for you….but I would always bear this burden as the price of a glorious wonderful life that I was honored to be a part of.  The animals are so magnificent in what they teach us.  Have a brand new wonderful baby Shepherd, and count my blessings daily for the fact that she is young.  REMEMBER, you will see Victor again, he will greet you & lead you to the gates, because he’ll already know the way.  Prayers for all of you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darlene.r.mapes Darlene R. Mapes

    So very sorry for your loss.  I too have lost a few wonderful dogs.  There is a dog shaped hole in our hearts when that happens.  I just filled that hole by adopting a rescue.  Thoughts and prayers are with you my friend and your family, I pray for your strength and peace.  RIP Victor as you cross that Rainbow Bridge.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry for your loss Glenn..As a dog lover and owner of two precious little furry friends I cant imagine the sadness you are going through right now..just know that Victor is at peace, and looking down at you right now..RIP Victor, thank you for your many years of faithful service

  • http://www.imsickofthecrap.com Red_SC

    Dang it, Glenn! I’m supposed to be gritty and tough. But, now, you did it! I am sitting here after reading your piece on Victor, crying like a girl. What am I supposed to do next? Eat quiche? Knit booties? Wear a dress?

    Losing a loyal pet is one of the worst pains you can experience because they are so devoted, unwaveringly loyal and offer unconditional love to you. I hope your, and your family’s hearts heal quickly. And, don’t wait, get a new friend now. It will help you.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177809902 Liz Banta Basey

    Glenn & family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss.  I couldn’t help but cry when reading about Victor.  My husband & I had to do the same thing with our 19 yr. old “baby” last year, & it still hurts; but we have a new “baby” now that we got from a shelter & he is bringing us much happiness & helping our hearts to heal.  Praying that you & your family will find peace & healing.  God bless.  

  • http://www.joecephus.com/ Joecephus

    Sorry for the loss that you and your family are experiencing. As a dog lover myself I know the pain your family must be experiencing. Victor sounds like he was a loyal companion and family member. May he rest in peace. 

  • Anonymous

    God Bless You Beck Family. I know there are no words to comfort your broken hearts. Please know that you have many folks saying prayers for you in your time of grief.

    (((HUGS))) from North Carolina.

  • http://www.facebook.com/acampzannone April Camp-Zannone

    To Glenn and family.  I almost didn’t read this because I knew it would be so painful.  Dec. 2009 I had to make this same decision about our family dog that had been with us for 15 yrs.  My daughters had never known a time when we didn’t have Callie.  It was, by far, the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my life.  Even 2 1/2 yrs. later I still miss her and cry about her.  She also had health problems and was suffering so I knew I the decision I made was the right but oh, how it hurts…still.  We now have 2 more dogs (the girls just didn’t want to live in a house without another dog) and although I love them too..there can just be no replacement for my sweet Callie.

    I will pray for you and your family that you may have peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christine.hansonfackler Christine Hanson Fackler

    I am so very SORRY and SADDENED by the loss of your precious dog, Victor.  We lost our precious dog, Billy Bob, on Dec. 22 and it is still so very fresh in our minds.  It is never easy to lose a precious animal…..MAY CHERISHED MEMORIES OF SPECIAL TIMES BRING YOU COMFORT IN YOUR SORROW AND PEACEFUL SOLACE TO YOUR HEART.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=747342884 Dana Bell

    Dear Glen and family, 
     
         My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your family member, even though it was a pet, he was still a member of your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Keep remembering the good times that you had with Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leorao1 Leora Osborne

    As sad as I am to read that an honest voice to our Nation would require the need for protection. By that same token, I’m glad it brought to your heart and home the loyal loving Victor!
    No doubt that was priceless.
    May your voice never be dimmed!
    Thanks for fighting the good fight for all of us; and sharing this painful intimate moment in the Beck family!
    Hugs and prayers from Oregon

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658083161 Nancy Hicks

    Glenn and family – Our thoughts and prayers have been with you.  We’ve always had a dog, or two, since I was a child.  Therefore, we’ve lost many over the years.  None are easy to lose, they are part of your family. They know when you are upset and come sit by you and seem to help soothe your spirit.  I pray that you will all heal and know that these family members will always be near to your heart.  But there is always another who would love to be with your family…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1331780121 Sharon Dunfee Hedrick

    ,It really hurts to lose your family pet (especially a dog), but if Jesus will return on a white horse it must mean that there are animals in Heaven, so your wonderful friend is running and playing in the green green grass of home.  When we lost our last dog, I said no more, I can’t take the pain of loosing another one.  I’m so so sorry for your loss.

  • Anonymous

    I know how you feel lost my best friend in 2008 and I’ve not wanted another dog again just can’t beat that unconditional love she gave me for 12 good years.  Keep up the good work my Bro. Alma the younger

    John Diamond

  • http://www.facebook.com/christine.jones.94043 Christine Jones

    Oh Glenn, you are the best example of what God determines a genuine Human Being to be. Kind to other humans and thank you especially for your kindness and thoughtfulness to your animals. We all need to follow your example. I especially thank you for having the vet come to your house instead of dragging him to his final moments outside of his home and family. 
    Thank you Thank you, forever.

  • Anonymous

    praying for you and your family. i was crying yesterday while listening to you tell about your beloved best friend having gone through the same thing several times my heart aches for you all/.  you gave victor a great life as he has touched yours. May God give you the strength to get through thses hard times.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C2NKMYA4BXEB7ZW6IATMSGL3FI Point

    Dear Glenn, thank you for sharing Victor’s life.  I know how you and your family feel since I and most other people have gone through the same thing.  It is so very difficult.  Thank you for sharing the wonderful poem.  Thank you for everything you do Glenn.  I want you to know that you have enriched my life, and I can’t thank you enough.  God Bless you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567674230 Mary Miller

    Oh, what a beautiful tribute. I have had to go thru this many  times now with 3 different dogs and it is hard everytime. They are such loyal companions and we love them so much. God bless you thru this difficult  time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1281378155 Debra Marshall Hutchinson

    So very, very sorry.  May God’s gentle, loving arms surround you and your family during this time and bring the peace and comfort to your heart’s that only he can.

  • rob howe

    Glenn….i feel your pain. Our family dog “cocoa” isnt far behind Victor….She also has been with our family for a long time and is the 8th member of our family. i pray that after this life our Heavenly Father allows for these other family members to be with us for all eternity.

  • Abigail Freemantle

    My sympathy goes out to you and your family.  It is a difficult time now, and it will take time for you to heal over the loss of your devoted friend.  I myself have lost a great friend just like yours and there are days it still hurts. But deep down inside we both know our dearest of friends are in the house of the lord still watching over us. They will be patiently waiting for the day we meet again. 

    The Schrader Family

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1349243947 Leanne Petyo

     Here’s something for you and your family, sorry for your loss of your friend “Victor”:

    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…

    https://rainbowsbridge.com/   check this out

  • Anonymous

    Glen, i’m a 72 year old USAF retiree and i want you to know i cried like a baby when i read this.

    God bless you and your family

  • Anonymous

    I cried when I read your dear friend was gone.  I went through the same thing about a year ago with my beloved grandpuppy and I still cry when I think of him.  I have three other dogs to comfort me and I hope you will get a new puppy to help your through your grief.  It may seem too soon for you, but a puppy helps take the pain and grief and channel it into something wonderful and funny, especially for your kids.  It’s sad in this day and age that you have to have a guard dog isn’t it!!  Our America isn’t the same as it was when we were kids growing up.  I also mourn the loss of it.  God Bless!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.ware1 Carol Ware

    I am so very sorry, my heart was breaking as I read your lovely tribute.  Your family showed the ultimate expression of love by letting Victor make his journey to the Rainbow Bridge.  He will be waiting for you and your love will be forever in his heart.  God Speed Victor.  Rest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathleen.fuller3 Kathleen Fuller

    I had to let my fur baby of 14 years go in December so I know what emotions you are feeling. There is nothing in this world like the love of your dog. She was my own personal therapy dog staying by me through some very rough times. Maybe she will meet-up with Victor at the Rainbow bridge.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FP6ML3MMDQHOE2TPL4FVZ6456E John

    I understand your loss. There is another good German Dog out there who would like to share your life.
    it wil ease the pain. God bless you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247137250 Angie Laws Pinkal

    Amazing story, thank you for sharing.  My heart goes out to you and your family.  It’s always hard to lose a family member, especially the furry kind.  We too have lost our beloved pets over the past 18 years, and my husband and I feel your pain.  Bless you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patti.demarco.7 Patti DeMarco

    Dear Glenn, Tania, & Family,
    Although we’ve never met, we feel like you’re family. You are all in our prayers each & every day, and today calls for an extra-special prayer for all of you and your loyal Victor. Victor shared so much love and such a wonderful life with your family…he surely felt the love and joy coming from all of you as much as you did from him. May your happy memories help you celebrate his life and comfort you knowing that he’s at peace with the good Lord and will be there to greet you when the Lord calls you home. We love you guys. Patti & Joe Premo

  • http://twitter.com/reconmarine78 Reconmarine7

    You’re
    giving me a special gift,

    So sorrowfully endowed,

    And through these last few cherished days,

    Your courage makes me proud.

    But really,
    love is knowing

    When your best friend is in pain,

    And understanding earthly acts

    Will only be in vain.

    So looking
    deep into your eyes,

    Beyond, into your soul,

    I see in you the magic, that will

    Once more make me whole.

    The strength
    that you possess,

    Is why I look to you today,

    To do this thing that must be done,

    For it’s the only way.

    That strength
    is why I’ve followed you,

    And chose you as my friend,

    And why I’ve loved you all these years…

    My partner ’til the end.

    Please,
    understand just what this gift,

    You’re giving, means to me,

    It gives me back the strength I’ve lost,

    And all my dignity.

    You take
    a stand on my behalf,

    For that is what friends do.

    And know that what you do is right,

    For I believe it too.

    So one
    last time, I breathe your scent,

    And through your hand I feel,

    The courage that’s within you,

    To now grant me this appeal.

    Cut the
    leash that holds me here,

    Dear friend, and let me run,

    Once more a strong and steady dog,

    My pain and struggle done.

    And don’t
    despair my passing,

    For I won’t be far away,

    Forever here, within your heart,

    And memory I’ll stay.

    I’ll be
    there watching over you,
    Your ever faithful friend,
    And in your memories I’ll run,
    …a young dog once again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beverly.l.mcgovern Beverly L McGovern

    I am so sorry for your loss of Victor.
    This story meant so much to our family as we coped with the loss of our Labrador Retriever Friends. I feel The Rainbow Bridge is the gate into Heaven.   Hope it helps you and your family, Glenn.

    rJust 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/kathy.stanton2 Kathy Stanton

    OMG…crying…my shepherd Jake looks just like him…..he is almost 12 and has been sick for the last month with throwing up and we don’t know why……I will be in your place shortly I fear….may God bless his soul and take him to heaven……… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/beverly.l.mcgovern Beverly L McGovern

    RIP Sweet Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.davis.7106670 Kim Davis

    Its a loss all pet owners know, so sorry for your loss.  Victor had a loving home and Im sure he will be greatly missed.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/susief1955 Susan Sanders

    RIP Victor. Running now, over the Rainbow Bridge, meeting new and old friends, playing, looking back at your family, watching over them still, until you all meet again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001092303188 Charlene Yates Foley

    From My Home to Your Home May Our Heavenly Father’s Choice Blessings Be Yours

  • http://www.facebook.com/marty.lawrence.58 Marty Lawrence

    Your radio show yesterday touched me deeply, and broke my heart. We lost our little Pomeranian (Princess) to Congestive Heart Failure a little over 3 years ago. I’m a trucker, and happened to be home out of schedule when she became ill. Her condition came on very suddenly, and as her breathing became more labored, I held her in my arms and asked God to take her home. Within a matter of moments she made it clear she didn’t want to be held anymore, walked to her favorite spot on the sofa, and took her last breath.Victor’s story and your affection for him brought this all emotion roaring back. Glenn, you blessed Victor as much as he did you and your family. The decision you and your family made was the right one, and it will be natural to question whether or not the timing was right. The timing wasn’t up to you. I’m having difficulty expressing into words how sorry we are for your loss, but know that we have and always will, continue to pray for you and your family (and extended family at The Blaze). Hold on to the memories of the precious good times you shared.
    God Bless Glenn.

  • Sara Lee

    Oh, Glenn, losing our dogs has to be one of the saddest aspects of life. I am always amazed by how much love they give us, even when they experienced trauma during some part of their life. I have two Airedale Terriers both came to me through Airedale Rescue. I have fostered several rescued Airedales. Even when they had been abused or traumatized, they are capable and so willing to love. They yearn for love in the purest way.
    I so appreciate your sharing these last weeks with Victor with us. For me, it reminds me of those I’ve loved and lost, and I’m so blessed to know Christ and so know I will meet them in Heaven, again. I think dogs must get an automatic pass in!
    Thank you, Glenn and God Bless you, your family, and Victor. Rest well, buddy.

  • Sara Lee

    And, I loved “I wish someone had given Jesus a dog”. So true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.olander.1 Dan Olander

    Our dog Boomer is in his final days also. He has cancer. The vet says he is not in pain but time is short. I am dreading that day. 13 years ago we had to put down our Cocker Spainal Brandy. As we were preparing to burry her, our Macaw Who is usualy in the house was in an outdoor avairy. Out of sight from us. He started saying goodby Brandy over and over. The animals seem to have A sence we lack. May Victor and Boomer Rest in peace.
    Best wishes.

  • Krista Mazzeo

    I cry as I write this because I just had to put down my best friend
    Rocko, also a German Shepherd, two days ago. He has been through a
    number of health issues over the past year as well and every time I
    thought he was getting better, something else would happen that would
    bring us back to square one. I spared no expense and did all I could but
    suddenly, on Thursday, he took a drastic turn for the worse. The
    double-whammy was that Thursday was also my dad’s birthday, who I lost
    nine years ago to cancer. I tried to take comfort in the fact that my
    dad got to get the world’s greatest dog for his birthday. I always
    believed that Rocko was a gift from my dad anyway when I rescued him a
    few years ago because, much like my dad, Rocko loved me no matter what.
    Pure unconditional love. He was happiest when he was next to me so I’m
    glad, at least, that Rocko did not pass away by himself or on an
    operating table. I laid over him, stroked his fur, and sobbed as they
    administered the final drug. And I swear I still hear him around the
    house, plunking down on the floor beside me or leaning up against the
    bathroom door waiting for me to get out of the shower. May peace be with
    you and your family, Glenn, during your loss as I struggle to find
    peace with mine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bettydprentice Betty Prentice

    As hard as this is it the most compassionate thing we as owners/actually owned by them can do. I’m so very sorry for your lost, but in time you will speak of him with found memories. It is one of the hardest things to do.  Dogs reflect Gods love….unconditional. Go figure!

  • Anonymous

     Okay, I cried. I had never heard or read the
    Rudyard Kipling poem before. It’s beautiful. Thanks Glenn for sharing
    with us. I have felt this loss many times and know I will have it many
    more times, but I am always comforted knowing we will
    be with them again. I’ve always told my kids that grandpa is in heaven
    a bit irritated by having to be with all of our dogs, but when we lost
    our dog Sasha and then our baby daughter many years ago, it was a
    comfort to the boys to know that Sasha and grandpa were there with our
    beautiful Sarah and would keep her company until our arrival.

  • http://www.facebook.com/littlecarlakay Carla McNulty

    I lost my friend Precious, several years ago, she was cremated and have her with me, I have a special “star” that I have given her, and every night I look up and say hello to her…Rainbow Bridge is another spot that gives comfort to owners who have lost their “children”!  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and with Victor,  God Bless You All!  Sending our love and prayers, the McNulty Family, Shaun, Carla, Jaclyn, and “JAX”, our new cat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/leilani.speck Leilani Speck

    Dear Bro and Sis Beck & family….My deepest condolences. It’s so hard to lose such a valued member of the family as a pet. They love and communicate in a way that goes unduplicated by anyone else. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are watching over you and holding all of you in the palm of his hands. My best to all of you!

    Leilani Speck

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000980207638 Joe Torres

    Glenn:   I admire you and your family for giving Victor the greatest gift of all.    Loving dignity in a peaceful departure!    God Bless You all and Victor!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MCRRM237IRCP7DVNF7B6CRC7G4 Scott

    I know the heartache one feels with the passing of a close friend.Reading this story brought tears to my eyes.I felt this way when mickey had to be put down also because of sickness.She always knew when I was coming over.She’d sit on my lap.I would “talk” to her and she’dTRY and “talk” with me! I loved her crazy noises she’d make.She even knew my name.This might sound either crazy or dumb but she was one of the best friends I ever had.Personally,I believe pets[animals] make better friends than most prople.It was truly awesome to see your family surround Victor on his final days.I”m sure he felt all the love your family offered him.That was so special too see something like that.Your story really brought tears to my eyes.It really gets me so upset how cruel some people can be to animals particularly dogs.Dogs show such unconditional love.They only want to be loved back.Thankyou Glenn for sharing this.God Bless you,your family and Victor.May you see him again in a better place!! Thanks Glenn for everything!! Your an inspiration!!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn & Family, Here is your photo of you and your family with Victor. I edited it a bit for you so it would be brighter.  Thank you for your love for your dog, and for the poem & photos you’ve posted as well. I’ve re-posted this photo and the poem on my fb page, too. Praying you’ll get another kind, gentle protector, and loyal best friend.  God Bless, Spencer & Janie Ferguson ~ Cameron Mills, NY 

  • http://www.facebook.com/victory.brockbank Victory Brockbank

    Dear Glenn and family,  I too know the loss of a dear friend of a dog..  I pray the memories will keep you at this time.
    love and prayers to you.

    Victory Brockbank.
    victoryh@earthlink.net

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1418923116 Kelly Slominski

    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… 

  • Dottie Christianson

    I measure my life in dog years…..Bitsy, the dog of my childhood years…, Bambi, the dog of my college years…, Shadow, the dog of my early married years… Carly, the dog of my divorced years… Murphy, the dog of the years I cared for my mom after my dad died and now, Chance, the dog that is accompanying me into the golden years.  They are all engraved in my heart, how empty my life would have been without them.  God bless and comfort you and your family, Glenn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tifany.billmann Tifany Prater Billmann

    Praying for comfort for your family.  Losing a pet is a grief you can’t explain until you have been through it.  I had to make this terrible decision twice over the past year.  I’ll never get over it completely. 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and family. I feel your sadness and loss. Our pets become so much a part of us and their lives are far too short. Victor was a beautiful dog and from your words he had a beautiful soul. Pets are so giving and add so much of what is good in life to our lives. I have a Westie and I can’t even put in words how much he means to me. He is such a part of my life and I dread the day when he is no longer with me.
    My little guy, Fenway, will have a special, extra treat, tonight in honor of Victor.
    The pain will give way to the joy of remembering the precious times you all shared together in the time God gave you to spend time with this special friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1242001605 David Bryan Kerns

    I can’t possibly read this account without tearing up–I make no apology for it either, thought I’m 67 years old.
    Glenn, we had a similar pain a few years ago with Frank, the wonder doxie, and I can tell you the pain doesn’t ever go away completely, but it does lessen.
    May God be with you and your family.
    We pray for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1474221561 Josie Elise

    Glenn & Family

    I would love to recommend a book that’s the best I have ever read except the Bible being first. It is about heaven. I read alot of books about heaven and anyone whos lost someone or a pet should absolutely read this one. I know you like to read and your family would love this story…I don’t want to give away any secrets about it… So heres the name…. Revealing Heaven by Kat Kerr……. Theres part one and two so make sure you get both. I can only tell you that it is what heavens like, going there, being there, living there. It tells you alot even though I beleive its just a glimpse. I really hope you read it..And now i’ll just say…Victors waiting for his family in Heaven!  May God continue to bless you all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/callajan Jan Callahan

    Mr. Beck, You’re in my prayers as you work through your grief.  I had to do the same thing for my Gabbi girl last November. She was 16.5.  This poem written from a dog to his master, has been a great comfort to me:

    I explained to St. Peter, I’d rather stay here.
    Outside the pearly gate.
    I won’t be a nuisance, I won’t even bark.
    I’ll be very patient and wait.
    I’ll be here chewing a celestial bone,
    No matter how long you may be.
    I’d miss you so much if I went in alone,
    It wouldn’t be heaven for me.

    My deepest sympathies,
    Jan Callahan

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.wenger.54 Cindy Wenger

     And if I go, while you are still here…

    Know that I still live on,

    Vibrating to a different measure,

    Behind a thin veil that you cannot see through.

    You will not see me, so you must have faith.

    I will wait there for the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other.

    Until then, live your life to the fullest.

    And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart,

    …I will be there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.wenger.54 Cindy Wenger

    And if I go, while you are still here…

    Know that I still live on,

    Vibrating to a different measure,

    Behind a thin veil that you cannot see through.

    You will not see me, so you must have faith.

    I will wait there for the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other.

    Until then, live your life to the fullest.

    And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart,

    …I will be there.

    “I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness. If
    it takes my dog being there [in Heaven], I believe he’ll be there.”
    ~Rev. Billy Graham

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002078182671 Kathy Northern

    I can hardly type as the tears well up. Such a beautiful story…I’m looking at my best friend and companion for the last 5 yrs. He is the love of my life and truly the only one that has been there for me unconditionally. I’m very sorry for your loss and hope that in time the pain eases for you and your family. Hold him in your heart as he will live there forever. God bless you and keep you safe.

    Kat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.cray2 David Cray

    We recently lost a horse that we loved and as I was burying him, I thought of the 23rd Psalm and the “green pastures and still waters”.  That’s where your dog and our horse are now. 
     

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family,
    I am so sad that Victor had to go home  with Jesus.  I bet he is running and playing with my Daddy!  I understand what’s like so put your best friend down.  My dog, OBE, standing for “ol blue eyes” for clearly Frank Sinatra. Some animals just get right in your heart and takes a good, long nap; during that times, our life is more filled with love and pure devotion.  Only and Great and Living God would give so many great gifts; your Victor and my Obe.
    PS:  At Christmas (every single one)   my husband would get up early to cook,, we always would on one music CD.  Obe will sleep by the fire or stay in bed.  And every year, when the song, Amen, Larnelle Harris came on.  He would nuts playing and barking and sang to him.
    Your family is in my prayers

  • http://www.facebook.com/RMayJr Robert May

    He’ll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.  I lost my best friend over two years ago, and become sad everytime I think about him to this day.
     
    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…

  • Robin Grieco

    Hi Glenn-

    I just had to put my cat down and I cried when I read your blog.  Did anyone ever share with you the Rainbow Bridge where animals go when they die.  It helped me. 

    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….

    Author unknown…

  • Anonymous

    So sorry Glen.

  • Anonymous

    So sorry Glen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maren.gilsrud Maren Gehrking Gilsrud

    I am so sorry for your loss…I am a firm believer that God welcomes ALL of his creation in heaven…it is just a matter of time before we are reunited with those we loved and cared for.

  • Anonymous

    So so sad… so sorry for your loss.  Losing a member of the family is always very hard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/l0b0h0mbre Charles Solomon

     I found this awhile ago and thought that this might help. I have a wonderful girl who is getting up in years and dread the day when it is her time to go home.

    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.  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.” God’s speed Victor, and love to you and your family at this most heartbreaking time.    – Charles Solomon

  • http://www.facebook.com/diane.kreider Diane Kreider

    Dear Glenn and family, I have been praying for you a lot lately. I am so sorry about Victor.That is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make for the animals we love. I am glad he was there for you when you needed him, and you were there for him too. I really don’t know what else to say, and if I continue I’ll just start crying. I always had a German Shepherd while I was growing up and it so hard to loose them. Since you first mentioned Victor I have been looking at the Harrison K9s. They and Victor have inspired me to share my love of Shepherds with my two girls. Believe me, in a couple of years they will need protecting! My girls( 10 & 12) say to send their love too. As hard as it is, you did the right thing.
    Your sisters in Christ,

    Diane, Ellie and Mariah
    Nine Patch Alpaca Farm

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TXZKZ3F5R3L7RNYTBEWVXVPWHU Owen Chase

    Thank you for sharing….In the years to come, there will be days that you will think of Victor and you will just start crying and then there will be days you will have the biggest smile.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/missyvoigts.taborn Missy Voigts Taborn

    I’m not sure how that beautiful poem hasn’t reached my eyes until today, but it surely brought me to tears.  The pain you are feeling is known, Glenn, and know that you are being lifted up in prayer.  Victor was a deeply blessed dog to have known you and your family. 

    Thank you for the poem.  I love the idea that my beloved dogs Adam, Nickie, an Ziggy, are trotting along beside Jesus, keeping Him company and loving Him until I can be with them again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.amaral1 Debbie Amaral

    I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to a member of your family, in a way, we all grew up with Victor, he is in Heaven and I bet Jesus has a dog now.

  • Ron Teesdale

    Sorry for the loss of your companion.  There is no friend on earth like a dog.  Such unconditional love!  Is it any wonder that dog spelled backwards spells God?

  • Anonymous

    Glenn & Family, Here is your photo that I lightened up a bit for you. I posted it and the poem you had on here on my fb page, too.  Thank you for sharing your photos and story, too. I hope you get another gentle, kind protector, and loyal friend just like Victor was.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure the photo went through on the post. I see it here now, but not on the post below. I’ll try again. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569773380 Eleanor Jeanie Scott Linkous

    Glenn and Family, while reading about your faithful friend Victor, I had tears in my eyes. I know he will be missed terribly but you will see him again someday. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, believe me I know how it hurts to lose one of the family.

  • Anonymous

    To know Buhda was a I thought unique…you all get it and it makes me smile and drip a bit. He was a puppy when his mom and he got loose. He was hit by 1 car in the front leg/spun and hit by another in the opposite rear aft leg/casted and lived …when I say lived I mean 14+ years - funning, tuggin and being the most ferocious yet lovable Doberman (awe inspiring/fear inducing, running free spirit sweetheart) you could ever be fooled by. We got him to the vets and the owners rewarded my mom and dad’s efforts with Buhda. He got me through elementary school, high school and part of college/USMC and what would have been a failed marriage. I helped my dad in tears dig his final resting place in the back yard.  At the gate, he would be the Doberman gang, ferocious and all in the pack mentality, ready to lunge at the neck (he did take a pair of pits once, at the same time unharmed because they were in his territory, cost us a door on a brand new VW Rabbit – my Dad was pissed), If folks would visit, once I would ‘clear’ he took them as his own. He was a red line (never a smarter human/Marine/animal have I met). I loved/love him very much! He has been with God for a long time now, learning the ropes of free grace and mercy abounding…he is with Victor now showing him the ropes …in a warm meadow/clear open spaces/best natural springs…just trottin, sniffing and watching the wonder. God bless

  • Anonymous

    Praying, and thinking of your whole family. I am so sorry for Victors temporary departure, and for the difficult emotions and challenges you must all be going through. I have felt everything you described myself personally with my pets, and I admire you so much for sharing with all of us. Mr. Beck you may never really know how much your words and honest tears help and guide your audience. You are a shepherd to many of us!! Thank you so much for sharing something so personal with us. You define honor and integrity in my heart sir! God Bless, from our family to yours, and we will continue to pray for victor and the entire Beck family.

  • http://twitter.com/JanRoss12 Jan Ross

    Great dogs never truly die. They live in our hearts forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1439075092 Scott Colvin

    Dear Mr Glen Beck and Family, I too am crying along with you because sadly, I know the exact pain you are going through. I too had a loyal pet Boxer who’s name was Rocky that I had the privilege to be his “Human” from nearly 12 years. He has been gone nearly 2 years and hearing your story made me weep like it was yesterday. It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make but I know Rocky is in a better place. My son, 12 now, grew up with the dog and still misses him greatly. 

    Our prayers are always with you and especially now through this time of sorrow.

    Victor and Rocky are playing together in Heaven like puppies, like old friends…..

    Scott Colvin & Micah 
    Ruston, LA

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimann.keller Kimann Hatala Keller

    My heart goes out to you, knowing exactly how you feel. Prayers to ease the pain and emptiness are with you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1778408870 Joan Sharpe VanVelsor

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have cried with you everytime you   have talked about Victor but he is now runnig pain free at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for the day you join him. Our dogs give us such unconditional  honest love. Someone asked why they have such short live spans. The answer was because they already know what takes us so long  to learn. Victor is doing just fine but my heart goes out to you and your family who will miss him so much. The dogs that we have lost have also been cremated so wherever we go, they go. May God bless you and comfort you at this sad time..

  • http://www.facebook.com/barb.botzthompson Barb Botz-Thompson

    Dear Glenn and Family….  Having been there ourselves with our GSD, I know it’s difficult, but please know Victor was truly blessed to have had all of you as his family. He would want you to know he loved you infinitely, trusted you completely, and would not want you to despair. Our condolences.  ~Barb & Tommy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1187415088 Myra Wellman Pisarek

    Your story is beautifully written and honors Victor with its eloquence.  He knew and knows how much you and your family loved and love him still.  May God grant you peace as you go through this loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Myra Pisarek

  • Anonymous

    We are sad for you all as you go through the grieving process.May God give you comfort in knowing that you gave the best thing you could have given Victor..peace. We have been listeners since the 1990′s and feel like you are a part of our family.I am sure so many people feel the same way. God Bless you and your family

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1778408870 Joan Sharpe VanVelsor

    I am so sorry for your loss but Victor is now running pain free at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for the day you will join him. Our dogs give us such unconditional love. Some one asked why they have such short life spans. The answer is they already know what it takes us so long to learn. Victor is doing just fine but my heart goes out to you and your family who will miss him so. God bless you and comfort you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1558377955 Ellie Garrison

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    My heart pours out for you all .. I truly know how you and your family feel i also just lost my best freind he was nearly 14, my Akita, Bear travled with me everywhere across this great country of our, i,m a long haul truck driver and he was my heart. it was nice to see these picture you have of victor .. he was a proud and strong .. and looks to be a gentel giant. my deepest thought and prayer to you all..   may god bless.. Dalen Bear

  • http://twitter.com/Msj2Johnson Marilyn Johnson

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    A MAN
    AND HIS DOG

    A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the
    scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying,
    and that his faithful dog had been dead for many years. He wondered where the
    road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall
    along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. As he reached the wall,
    he saw a magnificent gate in the arch, and the street that led to the gate made
    from pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he
    saw a man at a desk to one side.
    When he was close enough, he called out, “Excuse me, where are we?”
    “This is heaven, sir,” the man answered.
    “Wow! Would you happen to have some water? We have traveled far,” the man
    said.
    “Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right
    up.”
    The man gestured, and the gate began to open.
    “Can my friend,” gesturing toward his dog, “come in, too?” the traveler
    asked.
    “I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.”
    The man thought a moment, remembering all the years this dog remained loyal
    to him and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been
    going. After another long walk he came to a plain dirt road, which led through a
    farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he
    approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a
    book.
    “Excuse me!” he called to the reader. “Do you have any water? We have
    traveled far.”
    “Yes, sure, there’s a faucet over there.” The man pointed to a place that
    couldn’t be seen from outside the gate. “Come on in and help yourself.”
    “How about my friend here?” the traveler gestured to his dog.
    “There should be a bowl by the faucet; he is welcome to share.”
    They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned
    faucet with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink
    himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog
    walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.
    “What do you call this place?” the traveler asked.
    “This is heaven,” was the answer.
    “Well, that’s confusing,” the traveler said. “The man down the road said that
    was heaven, too.”
    “Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That’s
    hell.”
    “Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?”
    “No. We’re just happy that they screen out the folks who’d leave their best
    friends behind in exchange for material things.”

  • http://twitter.com/Msj2Johnson Marilyn Johnson

    A MAN
    AND HIS DOG

    A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the
    scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying,
    and that his faithful dog had been dead for many years. He wondered where the
    road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall
    along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. As he reached the wall,
    he saw a magnificent gate in the arch, and the street that led to the gate made
    from pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he
    saw a man at a desk to one side.

    When he was close enough, he called out, “Excuse me, where are we?”

    “This is heaven, sir,” the man answered.

    “Wow! Would you happen to have some water? We have traveled far,” the man
    said.

    “Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right
    up.”

    The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

    “Can my friend,” gesturing toward his dog, “come in, too?” the traveler
    asked.

    “I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.”

    The man thought a moment, remembering all the years this dog remained loyal
    to him and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been
    going. After another long walk he came to a plain dirt road, which led through a
    farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he
    approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a
    book.

    “Excuse me!” he called to the reader. “Do you have any water? We have
    traveled far.”

    “Yes, sure, there’s a faucet over there.” The man pointed to a place that
    couldn’t be seen from outside the gate. “Come on in and help yourself.”

    “How about my friend here?” the traveler gestured to his dog.

    “There should be a bowl by the faucet; he is welcome to share.”

    They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned
    faucet with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink
    himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog
    walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.

    “What do you call this place?” the traveler asked.

    “This is heaven,” was the answer.

    “Well, that’s confusing,” the traveler said. “The man down the road said that
    was heaven, too.”

    “Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That’s
    hell.”

    “Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?”

    “No. We’re just happy that they screen out the folks who’d leave their best
    friends behind in exchange for material things.”

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  • Anonymous

    I am so so sad for you and your family Glenn.  We have a faithful Shepard as well.  I know it will be hard to let go.  But on the bright side, you will see him again some day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alyce-Hillman/1428308143 Alyce Hillman

    This is such a beautiful tribute to Victor! My heart hurts for you and your family, knowing the feeling of that dreadful decision to let you friend go.  I have had to do that several times in my lifetime.  Just recently we had to put down two of our little buddies who were each 20 yrs old. They were chihuahuas (yes, the yappy little critters) but they were good dogs.

    Isn’t it great comfort to know that we will be with them again someday? Eternity sounds like a wonderful place to be.

    Love and prayers for comfort,

    Alyce Hillman
    Port Angeles, WA

  • Cindy Darknell

    A beautiful tribute Glenn. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  • Anonymous

     

    In his book Going Home,
    Jon Katz writes what he imagines might be some of a dog’s parting
    words for us. I found what he wrote very touching. Here are some
    excerpts:

    “It is my time
    to say goodbye. My legs are weakening, my sight failing, smells are
    faint. I am wearying. My spirit is fading, and I have been called home
    and away from you.”

    “Although I have been called away, I leave you with the memories of our life together.”

    “When you looked
    at me and the corners of your mouth turned up, you smelled and looked
    different. Lighter, happier. That was my life, my work. Nothing more
    clearly defined my purpose. When you smiled, I knew why I was here.”

    “I remember my
    heart jumping out of my chest when you came home and called my name, or
    grabbed a ball, or took me outside, or fed me. I hope you know that I
    loved all of those things – whatever you chose to bring me and give me,
    whatever time you spent with me, I loved.”

    “By now, you
    must know that there is always a goodbye hovering in the shadow of a
    dog. We are never here for long, or for long enough. We were never
    meant to share all of your life, only to mark its passages. We come and
    we go. We come when we are needed. We leave when it is time. Death
    is necessary. It defines life.”

    “I do not mourn
    or grieve, but I will miss standing beside you, bound together on our
    walk through life, even as I know that there is a long line of others
    waiting to take my place and stand with you.”

    “And finally, I
    ask these things of you: Remember me. Celebrate me. Grieve for me. And
    then, when you can, let me go, freely and in peace.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537129941 Lonnie Maier Kriebel

    Glenn, I am so, so sorry for your loss.  My heart goes out to you and your family.  Victor was a very lucky dog to have such a loving family. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1409403609 Gregory Carr

    I’ll never forget the day we had to let our German Shepherd go, Glenn.  God bless you and your family.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/candy.rampado Candy Rampado

    a friend sent me this article because he and i both love our dogs dearly, and i just want to express my deepest sympathies because i have a 3 year old jack russell who has brought me nothing but pure joy to my life, and from time to time i tear up just thinking of my life without her. so i hope that your family can have fond memories of your beautiful bud and remember him always for the creature that god created and gifted you all with..

  • J Cole

    If only Glenn Beck could die next…sigh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002148310017 Janice Johnstone

    May each one of you feel the loving arms of Jesus wrapped around you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.osuna.750 Kevin Osuna

    Dear Glen, My heart goes out to you and your family. My family and I went through the same thing 3 months ago when we had to say goodbye to your dog Hollie. She was are first Family dog after 12 years we had to say goodbye she was like losing a family member. I feel your pain and loss. I hope that you and your family find comfort remembering all the loving memories of you Victor

  • Anonymous

    God bless you Glenn and your whole family. We share your tears and your pain, and we love you for all that you do!

  • http://twitter.com/rocusa ROC USA

    You feel like your heart is breaking, like someone ripped it out and stomped upon it.Loosing a pet is like the death of a family member, because it is the death of a family member. They brighten our days, they make us laugh, the love us unconditionally, guard our homes, and cuddle with us providing a love you wouldn’t trade for a million dollars. My heart goes out to the Beck family. Victor looks like he was a very gentle kind soul. My deepest heart felt sympathy goes out to them. I’ve been where  you are……..it hurts.

    I want to share my story in hopes it helps others from enduring what we did with our little fellow. 
    I have a toy fox terrier named Dax that I decided to show, and by golly he became a champion. At the time he finished unknown to me, he was very ill. He had been given TOO MANY SHOTS by my vet. And what is sad about this is ALMOST all vets over medicate our pets for profit or out of stupidity. Anyway the point to this is this over medication caused his system to crash. I ran all over our state picking up medication trying to save his life. Didn’t work. Made the decision to take him to the University of Illinois. They saved him by using a medicine called cyclosporin. He came so close to death his recovered even shocked the entire medical staff of the U of I. We were delighted he survived and thank God every day we have him. That was several years ago, so I know exactly how Glenn and his family feel. Please do not let your vets over medicate your pet. They DO NOT need all the extra shots. They only need rabies like once or twice in their lives. What harmed my pet was the Lepto and Parvo.  Please go out to Dr. Jean Dodds site and read what she has to say. She is fighting to get the word out. Make sure your pet doesn’t end up living on a razors edge or dying from too many shots.Again so sorry to all in the Beck family, we hurt for you and our prayers are with you and yours…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386623761 Holly Becker Geier

    Dear Beck Family,
    I cry heavy tears for you as I read this post. My experience has been that they take a piece of your heart with them when they leave, but there are so many good dogs at the right hand of our Lord. I pray for your family during this time. In March of last year I lost my best friend and companion and I still mourn the loss of her.
    We in our home have been here in the past. It is never easy to loose one of the best family members, loyal companions and unconditional protectors. I still have her son, and now he has taken on that roll in stellar fashion. I love this breed, they are, shall I say, somewhat human.
    As Sunday approaches, know that God has Victor following His every move. He will be forever missed and remembered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=631783119 John Lorraine Steele

    Glenn,  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of need.  Victor is fine with you choice and he loves you.  He is standing to the right hand of Jesus and he will be waiting for you on the other side and will meet you at the gate.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Beck my sincere condolences to you and your family, losing a family member is most difficult. If it helps please keep in mind, there is another Victor out there and he is waiting for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bert.cole1 Bert Cole

    Glenn,

    Years ago when I had to put down my best friend someone sent me this.  It’s time for me to pass it on.  God bless you and your family Glenn as you mourn the passing of a beloved family member.

    http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000180538175 Lisa Zeimetz

    Glen and Family-reading this story brought tears to my eyes.  Tears for your loss and tears for the love your family and Victor shared all those years.  While Victor has crossed the Rainbow Bridge he will live forever in your hearts and memories.  Victor was truly blessed to have you as his humans and you were blessed to have such a loving pet.  While the hurt seems unbearable now it will ease somewhere along the way. I have know this hurt and dread the day we will say goodbye to our Kaydee- I hope that is many years down the road- so I understand your current loss.  May god bless you with the knowledge that Victor is waiting in heaven for the day when you will all be a family again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.bratton.98 Gary Bratton

    Dear Glen & Victor,
    I had to put down my Barney last year. For 13 years we fished, hiked, and traveled Alaska. I still cry a tear every day for my best friend. I was blessed to have him for 13 years. Bless The Beast And The Children.
    My heart goes out to you and Victor.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing Victor and the beautiful poem with us.  It is so difficult when you lose any “furry” friend.  Several of mine were euthanized in the final stages of cancer as we didn’t want them to suffer more.  Animals are so stoic and cover up so much of their pain.  I just found out recently how they grieve when they lose one of their “human” parents too.  Sympathy to you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Victor was blessed with your presence, Glenn and family.  May memories of him put millions of smiles on your faces and warmth in your hearts. 

  • Anonymous

    This is surely one of the toughest times to get through.  It’s so hard to know when to take that last step.  I remember having decided, “tomorrow is the day, she’s clearly in too much pain,” and then to be greeted tthe next morning with a bouncing, barking dog who hadn’t done that in a while.

    Victor has been a blessing to you.  You have been a blessing to him. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pat-Strickland/100004649972813 Pat Strickland

    So sorry to of your loss and what Victor meant to you and your family. It is so hard when one of the four legged family members lose their battle with life knowing that they have given us so much love and joy with the time we have spent with them. Victor has crossed over the rainbow bridge now and will be with all his dog friends and beable to play and run and have a good time. So just remember all the good times he gave you and think about the times he really did something to make you have a good laugh. One day you will see him again.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, my…  I am so sad for the Beck family.  I have been there, Glenn, and I know how it feels.  I only hope and pray that I have the chance to meet with my friends again after I shed my own mortal coils.  Perhaps at the Rainbow Bridge, you know, on the way to Heaven.

  • Pamela Peltonen

    God said I will give you a creature to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.” 

    I was working with my horses in the pasture today. As noon approached, I went down on one knee and prayed for your family and for Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gehrenfried Gayle Ehrenfried

    Glenn and family,  I have been there and done that many times, it does not get any easier. It takes a long time for the loss to make sense, a lot of tears flow.  I understand that Victor was 13, this multiplied by 7. is a lot of human years. As much as we would like our pets to have the same life span as we do we must help them to ease their pain. You all spent his final hours together, Victor trusted you to free him of his pain.  He knew he would be saying his last goodbye to his wonderful family. You did him a big justice and he would thank you if he could. It is not without tears that I write this, it hurts Glenn. Sooo sorry!.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1554519111 Julie Tripp

    God’s greatest blessing upon you and your family through this most difficult time.  I have a small white dog named Sophie that follows me around the house and sleeps in the crook of my legs every night.  She is my miracle dog, because when she was just 5 years old, she developed fibrosarcoma cancer, and they believed it was in one kidney.  I couldn’t let her die at such a young age without trying to save her.  So we took her to the Univ of Minnesota Vet Hospital where she was operated on.  When they did the surgery, they found the cancer was in her spleen and not the kidney.  So they removed the spleen and sewed her back up.  By the grace of God, we’ve had dear Sophie for another 8 years now.  I DREAD the day when Sophie’s time here on earth is done.  I will cry and hurt and miss her like crazy.  But I know in my heart that the pain I will feel is SO outweighed by the sheer joy she has given me these many years.  One of God’s extra special gifts to us is a loving pet – your Victor and my Sophie.  God bless you Glenn!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tjentzsch Trevor Jentzsch

    God bless you Glenn I love your program and your values. May peace be with you and your family at this time. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313997272 Lisa Smith

    omg…what a touching love story about a beautiful and gentle protector….R.I.P Victor..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313997272 Lisa Smith

    beautiful and touching love story between a family and their K-9

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1675084899 Laura B. Scarff

    Dear Glenn and Family.  I work in the Pet Industry and have a 16 year old Lab Shepherd lady named Lexus.   We have always had Shepherd mixes..for our 34 years of marriage .and totally know what an amazing part of the family that they become.  It is only knowing that our precious dogs are with our Heavenly Father..and romping in the vast glory of Heaven!!!!  But….our prayers are with you and your family as the loss of your Victor will leave an empty void that will only be filled…once your hearts may be healed…

    Our Prayers are with you All…
    Rick and Laura Scarff

  • Anonymous

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.  It’s one of the hardest, and yet one of the kindest things we have to do when we have to make that choice to release our pet to go to the Rainbow Bridge.  My heart aches for you, as I know the pain myself. I’m sure you’re aware that dog spelled backwards is God – no coincidence I’m sure….they’ll be there greeting us when our time on this earth is over.  Thank you for sharing the poem and such a tender part of your life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.seals.7 Jen Seals

    A Message From Victor

    If I could send a message to the family that I loved so,it wouldn’t take me very long
    just a few words to  let them know
     You gave me all the very best,you did everything and more, to give me a perfect life …what dog could want for more. I am sorry I had to leave you, I knew it would bring saddness and tears,but the memories we had together will last throughout the years.
      Be brave and strong … Stop grieving! Wipe the tears away and smile,We all will be together again in just a little while..
     AND here…. there are no more goodbyes

  • http://www.facebook.com/joyce.marcinizyn Joyce Marcinizyn

    Oh but Jesus did have something much better than a dog. He had God, dog spelled backwards. A dogs unconditional love is so wonderful but isn’t even a drop in the bucket compared to the unconditional love of God. I write this as my four dogs lie right next to me sleeping. The love and joy these dogs bring to me and my family daily is like no other. I can’t imagine how Awesome it is going to be to spend eternity with God and His undying love for me. Glenn and family,  I am sorry for your loss.
    We had to put our Jack Russell down on December 17th, 2010. That was the worst day of my life. I was diagnosed with cancer twice and battled each for over 6 months but that was a piece of cake compared to losing my best friend. Rest in peace “Precious”! We still mourn your loss. You truly were precious,

  • Michelle Hahn

    This was given to me when my best friend died. He was like family to me. I’m so sorry for you and your family. May God bless you all with a healing heart. Till you see him again. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/olga.bossolono Olga Bossolono

    Glenn so sorry for your loss, I will be praying for you and your fam. R.I.P.

  • Margo Carmichael

    So sorry for your loss, but, hey, Randy Alcorn, in his book, _Heaven_, says our pets go there. Jesus has some of mine, too. Teary hugs to all of you. :’ )

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SXTAZO5KJG7S7K4CIKRRFJF2UQ Michael

    God Speed Victor, and to you and your family Mr. Beck from a long time listener who remembers the “Victor Cam”.

  • http://twitter.com/JanC60 janet carpenter

    God bless you and your family as you go through this difficult time. As I listened to you say you felt like the bad guy or the betrayer for making this choice, I commiserated as I also made that choice and felt that, as our dog’s main caregiver, I maybe could’ve done a better job, done more for him…but in reality, he was old and his body had given out. We have to make the best choice for them to ease their pain and suffering. Victor is at peace.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and Family, We are so sorry for your great loss. First of all I want to say a great big thank you to you for all you do for us. Glenn you are truly one of God’s special ones. You are a pure, genuine, caring, sensitive man, who truly care for others, you give so much of yourself to us because you care. so thank you for that. I know that all you do  you do for the Lord with His guidance. About Victor I know he was truly loved by you and your family. We too have lost many doggies thru the years in this family. I know that  your hearts are breaking, it feels like a family member has been ripped out off your life, when the last doggie we had was taken out of  our life we went to the rescue shelter and had not been there  but a few moments when we spotted a JRT who looked just like the one we had lost, he was even the same age and also a male we felt as though he had been handpicked for us by our Pasquale. there are no coincidences. No you can’t ever replace them,but you surely can find another kind friend who is in desperte need of a loving family. We wish you and your family many blessing you all deserve.      Love and Prayers, Lue Geiser
                                                                                                                          and Family

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000541477317 Penny Brown

    Glenn,
       We put our dog to sleep almost 3 years in April. It was the hardest thing to do. Well, actually, my husband did the “dirty ” work. I was at work when he gently put our first and only pet dog to sleep …his final sleep.
    Before Sammy, our mixed beagle, I only had sympathy for those who lost their pets, but not real understanding and feeling. About a month before our Sammy was put down, he, Sammy, looked up at me with this expression that I had never seen before. It was like he was telling me that it was o.k. to say good bye to him and let him go. It was like he was saying he was ready to leave this earthly life.He had already had some form of facial cancer and I did not realize the amount of pain he was in until we tried to give more pain medicine that he needed, so that we could, hopefully, just let him go in his sleep. To my surprise, he acted like he was pain free. He climbed up and down the steps without needing help. He smiled and trotted around the backyard, as if nothing was ever wrong with him. I then felt so guilty for keeping him alive as long as we did. I never realized how much pain he was in until I saw how he acted that night.
    It was the next day, after we saw him act so pain free, that we decided this was the day to say, “good bye”. We, well, my family, dug a whole in the back yard next to our grape vine for our Sammy’s final resting place. I could not do any digging that evening, because I did not have the energy to do this. I called my husband the next day from work. After talking to him, I felt terrible for leaving my husband home alone to put Sammy down by himself. Sammy acted like he didn’t know what was coming, but went to sleep effortlessly.
    Sammy is buried in our back yard with a statue of St. Francis over the burial spot.
    You and your family will be in my prayers, Glenn. It took quite awhile before I could talk about Sammy without crying.
    My daughter has a dog now, that is her dog.We all love him very much. I still say “Sammy’s” name , when I am referring to our daughter’s new dog, who is Rex.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539104044 Walter Benco

    Dear Glenn and family, I cry at your loss and feel the pain from personal experience. I do indeed remember the Victor Cam and remember the promotions on air for the dog food you fed your beloved canine companion and family protector. I will miss him as well, tho not as dearly or deeply as you. Pls accept my deepest condolences and prayers and especially for Raphe. Be strong, young man. Victor knew your love for him and loved you as well.

  • Rosella Hill

    Dear Glenn..My heart goes out to you tonight for your loss…and for Victor, a final gift you have given him, a selfless act to relieve him of his pain and suffering. Your family is blessed to have such an amazing protector who not only protected them for all these years, but will continue to protect them from above. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us and for teaching your children such an amazing lesson in unconditional and selfless love..We all will benefit with this reminder that Love is outside of the instant gratification that we sometimes seek, and that sharing love, laughter, grief, sorrow and recovery helps to pollenate humanity….something I fear that is so desperately needed in these times..

  • http://twitter.com/plholman Paul Holman

    Dear Beck family,
    We too have recently gone thru making that terrible one way trip to the vet.  She was a good little, dog, healthy for most of her years, a bright and spunky little shih-tzu that blessed us with her presence.  She could have been a show dog, with regal markings and a slightly aloof nature, I’m sure we could have had shelves of trophies because of her.  From her earliest days going EVERYWHERE with my wife, usually riding around in her purse, to her last days with us, she’s was always a good dog. 

    And yes, when we’ve made the decision to go to the vet that one last time, the dog would rebound and be like a puppy again.  You know what though?  I think on some ethereal plane that we cannot begin to understand, the dog knows.  The dog knows or He has told the dog that the decision has finally been made and its going to be released from the pains and travails of this earthly body, to run and jump and bark in the Lords presence again.  I have absolutely no proof but have seen it time and again in my years on this rock, having sent five dogs to heaven there always seems to be that moment after the appointment has been made that the dog becomes the one you knew ten years ago.

    This is truly one of the times where it sucks to be an adult.  Inasmuch
    as you would like for someone to come up and tap you on your shoulder
    and say “it’s time”, it’s just one of those things that must be
    confronted.  My daughter said “wouldn’t it be great if their tails fell
    off when it was time?”  Oh, how much easier it would be for all of us if
    that were the case!  Or they would go peacefully in their sleep while
    curled up on the bed or at your feet. 

    You and your family will be in my prayers tonight Glenn,
    God bless you,
    Paul

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000330241658 Roger Wonder

    The other day I posted a comment for a facebook friend who’s beloved pet had just died. The next day someone wrote me to say my message had given her peace as well and it made me think maybe I should share the message a little further so others could receive the healing which the 3 of us got from my posting. I say 3 because I didn’t realize until I had written the story just how much good it did me to share it.
     
     So with that said here’s the story of my dog beloved boy…Shag.
     
                                             FOR THE LOVE OF SHAG
      I know how it feels to have lost your best friend, loved one or even your pet to death. I once lost a very beloved pet myself and his name was Shag. When our loved ones pass away our hearts may be sad and feel totally broken but what we need to know and remember is that our sweet angels are not really gone forever.
     
    The bible tells us that animals do go to heaven Isiah:65:25 says, The wolf and the lamb shall lie down together in heaven.  And lets face it heaven wouldn’t be heaven without our pets. It just wouldn’t! They become such a huge part of our lives and our families while they are with us. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that they will be waiting to greet us in Heaven and then they will be with us again for all eternity. To me that will be Heaven.
     
     I’m glad I can give any comfort to some who may see this post. You see I know these things for a “FACT” because I had a very old and wise preacher sit me down one day and tell me this for the gospel that it was when I was just a boy of about 10 of age and I had just lost my entire world when my best friend (Shag) had died. The old man told me his belief with such a strong conviction that I was able to walk away with peace and joy in my heart knowing he was right! The peace and joy I felt gave me all the proof I needed. I would see my boy Shag again. It may take a while but I’m certain of it!
     
    You see I had my dog Shag since he was a young dog and he was my best and most loyal friend growing up as a kid. He was always there for me from the time we woke up to the time we went to bed. From the time I left for school till the time I would get off the school bus and find him running to greet me at the end of our long road leading back to the old farm house we lived in. It didn’t matter if I was happy, mad or sad my buddy Shag was always there for me to share his love with me and he never failed to cheer me up. He was such a good boy. I can’t recall him ever doing a bad thing in his whole, entire life! He was just the perfect dog.
     
    One day without my even noticing it Shag grew old. I guess it was so gradual and me being a kid I just didn’t see it.  He was getting tired more and more often as the days, months and years wore on. Then one warm summer day he became so tired that he laid down under the old tire swing where he always love to lay as I would swing for hours on end with him and he just went to sleep and didn’t wake up again. I knew something was wrong when he failed to come to me when I call out to him.  He always came sometimes it took a while but he always came.
    I was sure I was going to die from my broken heart because the pain was so unbearable. I couldn’t imagine getting up without him by my side or going the entire day without him running his head under my hand or arm for a hug.  He was gone, GONE FOREVER!  I couldn’t see then how I could ever go on without him in my life. We were just that inseparable.
    But then one day the old preacher from our church came to talk with me (at my mom’s request I imagine) and he said, Its OK to cry and to even be a bit sad from time to time. You know, you gave Shag the best life and friendship he or any dog could ever have hoped for. And one day you will see him again. Time will go by and it will become easier and this I promise. And when you see him again he’ll be all rested up, young and full of energy again just  like when he was a pup and he’ll never, ever be sick, tired or grow old again and  neither will you. The old preacher said this was in the bible and  it was a promise from God so you can count on it.
     
    It may also help some of you reading this to know that the old man went on to tell me that when you feel sad or lonely for your loved one who has died (even a pet) its because at that very moment your feeling sad, lonely or remembering your loved one its at that moment that they are thinking of you from Heaven! He said, You shared a strong and loving bond with them and its being just as strongly remembered by them at that moment in heaven!
     
    The love you share never dies. Just as you still love them they also love you just as much. Its their love for you that your feeling now as they’re thinking of you in Heaven.  He went on to say, the reason our loved ones (even a dog) goes to Heaven first is to be able to welcome us to our new home just as they did when they were here with us on Earth. Shag had to go first because God knew your new home in heaven just wouldn’t be home without him there waiting to greet you when you got there! So, remember this and don’t  be sad!  Instead be happy! Happy because you will be seeing him again one day soon. A lifetime may seem like a long time but its really not that long. Life is not really as long as you might think. Not compared to the eternity you’ll share with him in heaven. You’ll be in total happiness there with those you love and your best friend Shag will be there with you, forever by your side.
    Now how AWESOME will that be?
    And I had to admit, it sounded pretty awesome!
    ******************************************************************
     
    So, remember this story when you feel a twinge of sadness in your heart…that’s what I try to do every time I think of the loss of a loved one especially my boy Shag. Its no longer something to be sad about…its just your pet or loved one thinking of you and the love you share with them from heaven! So remember them too and the love and life you shared will be felt by them in Heaven and they will also know it wont be long and you will be together again.
     
    Your loved one(s) aren’t dead and they most certainly are NOT lost!  If anything it’s like the Christian song says, “I once was lost but now I’m found” …they’ve just been found in Heaven! They may be wondering what’s taking you so long in coming home to them but they know your coming. They’re just being a bit impatient waiting on you because they can’t wait to see you again. But don’t worry…God will stroke their fur and comfort them for you by saying, “Soon.. be patient. Your mommy or your daddy will be here soon, before you know it you will be able to meet them at the gate and bring them home”
     
    Your pet(s) were so blessed to have had your love and your friendship throughout their lives no matter how long or short that time may have been. They were a very BIG part of your family and they knew it! But most of all they will be a big part of your family and life again one day. You just need to be a bit more patient as well.
     
    I hope everyone who has ever had a loved one or pet only to have them slip away will remembers this story because one day you will be reunited with them and it will be as if you were never apart. If anything it will be better.
     
    That’s a promise from God
    Roger D. Wheat

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1655027722 Sharon Macik

    I am so sorry for your loss! I had been waiting to hear updates on Victor in hopes he would be with you all awhile longer but I guess he was tired and needed a rest after keeping his watchful eyes on you all for all these years! I know that he knew how much he was loved and cherished for I surely know that he was by everything I had known about him from watching your show. Victor will be with you and your family always, watching out for you from that place in heaven especially for our beloved friends!! God Bless you Glenn and family!!! RIP big guy!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGHLAV6JZIFADADL5TECVYJGFA MAC70232

    I know what you’re going through. I lost my “once in a lifetime”  German Shepherd on March 19th. May your and your family’s pain fade quickly, leaving only the cherished memories of one of God’s greatest creatures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000851501556 Tom Brack

    Glen and family.  I’m sorry to hear/read about Victor.  I know it’s never easy, no matter how many times you have to do it.  You always second guess yourself after it’s over and done with, “did I do it to soon?”  I use to have to bury them (or let the clinic dispose of them in a landfill) where I previously lived.  I am now fortunate to live where I can have my dogs cremated when they are gone.  There are now two urns on dressers in my house.  One with K.C. and the other with Dakotah (an Aunt and a Niece respectively) both Labradors.  K.C. is on my late wife’s dresser beside her ashes.  K.C. was her favoite at the time.  I have a copy of this prayer with both urns:  http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/dogspryr.htm .  Cherish the memories you have with Victor.  He’ll be there waitng for you when it’s that time.

    Tom Brack
    Westhope, ND

      

  • http://www.facebook.com/cristal.litton Cristal Litton

    Dear Glenn and Family, May god wrap his arms around you all and help you through this very sad and difficult time. As a dog lover myself, i grieve with you and send many prayers your way. I know how heartbroken you all are and will be for a long time. My heart goes out to you all, for you did one of the most hardest things anyone should have to do. I am so sorry for y’alls “great” lose, and wish y’all many happy memories of your Dear Friend “Victor”. May God Bless each and everyone of you and be with you in the days to come…              Cristallitton

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1151494446 Don Hauerken

    Glenn and family… I am deeply moved and saddened by your loss of Victor.  The love, friendship, trust, and companionship that I share with my beloved Golden Lab confirms that there is nothing like this special bond between man and his dog.  I’m just so sad for you and wish you and your family the warmest, most understanding sympathy and compassion.  I’m so very sorry for your loss.  May God be cradling Victor with a warmth and love that will hold him close until you can rejoin him some day to come.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry for your loss Glenn and family.  Reading this has opened my new heartbroken wounds.  We had to do this twice within six weeks, just one month ago our Nika went to heaven and Angus was six weeks before her….Our hearts will always have those broken pieces that cause you to tear up for no reason but you can’t help it because you miss their presence or you need to reach down and run your fingers through their hair or rub their ears.  But like the broken glass you find on the beach,time works on that shard from our heart.  It works that piece so that the sharp corners are rounded and aren’t going to cut you but if you put that piece where it was broken, it still fits..and our thoughts for our furry friend turn to some of the funny things they have done that make you smile, or some sweet and kind act that make them so special and touch our hearts.  One day, we will meet them again, until them I hope they are running and playing in the sunshine chasing, barking and having the time of their lives until we meet again.

    God Bless you in your loss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000421569825 Wendie Stevens-Rodriguez

    I am so sorry for your loss.  These dogs really leave a pawprint on your heart.

    mom of GSDs Shaun, Errin, Mercy, now mom of GSDs Ruth and Sky.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erik-Christensen/1345874178 Erik Christensen

    Not the least hard thing to bear when they go
    from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many
    years of our own lives.

    John Galsworthy 

  • Susan S

    What a beautiful dog. Sorry for your loss, however I know from owning a dog, they change and make your life happier while they are on earth. God knew what he was doing when he made our companions.

  • Anonymous

    I feel for your loss. We lost our beloved Mikaela, a beautiful German Shepherd that we raised from a puppy. She lived for 12 beautiful years and grew up with our 3 kids. She would protect the chickens, stop them from fighting by putting a paw on them when she grew tired of their squabbles. She loved baby chicks and would lick them gently. She hated bees, Magpies, and mice and kept skunks and raccoons at bay. We had the vet come out when it became necessary to let her go in peace…she died on our front lawn with all us around her, gazing out over her 25 acre domain. Her loss still hurts. The ache doesn’t go away, but it will ease over time. Thank you for sharing your walk with us…you are not alone. God is crying, too, as he feels your pain. I believe that when we get to heaven, whatever we need will be there. That includes Mikaela and Victor in my mind…God bless you and your family, Glenn…Guard your heart…God has made you sensitive for a reason…You bring Him pleasure and I know He is with you now…

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, Tania,
    and Family ~

     

    My
    heart is with you all as you bear the loss and separation from your beloved friend
    and loyal companion, Victor.  Cling tight to the
    hope of seeing Victor once again, because you certainly will.  The Lord has given His children this promise ~
    1 Peter 1:4 “For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for His children. It
    is kept in Heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and
    decay.” Victor is in His keeping.  No
    doubt he smothered his Creator with kisses, thanking Him for giving him the
    most wonderful earthly home where he received the very best of love and
    care.  Proverbs 12:10 ~ “A good man is
    concerned for the welfare of his animals.” 
    Rest assured, your loving care has not gone unnoticed ~ there is a
    glorious reunion day a’coming!

     

    I pray
    that the “peace that passes all understanding” will be very real to you all.  Say not in grief, Victor is no more. But live
    in thankfulness that he was (and still is).

     

    I post
    this video in the hope that its message will bring each of you much comfort.

     

    Will I
    See My Dog in Heaven, God?

    http://youtu.be/MlpukVYbrrY

     

    With
    much love, Linda

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Jimmy
    Stewart wrote a poem in memory of his dog, Beau. When reading his poem on the
    “Tonight Show” in 1981, he so poignantly expressed the thoughts and
    emotions that those of us who have lost a fur-kid know and feel. What a great
    reunion it must have been for Mr. Stewart and Beau!

     

    Jimmy
    Stewart Reads a Poem About His Dog Beau~

    http://youtu.be/mwGnCIdHQH0

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacky.bridgewater Jacky Andrews Bridgewater

    What a beautiful, touching post. My heart hurts for all of you.

  • Catherine Polachek

    Glenn,
    My thoughts and prayers are for you, your family and Victor.  A dogs love is one of the most precious gift anyone could ever have.  As hard as it was for you and your family to make that decision, you were brave to do what was right for Victor.  We lost our dog Maggie 15 months ago (she was 13 1/2 years old).  The hardest decision we had to make was letting her go, but we needed to do what was best for her.  She loved us as Victor loved your family.

    Remember all the wonderful times with Victor and know he knows how much he was loved.
    Thoughts and prayers for you all.

    Cathy P.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1408467950 Troy Holcomb

    Dear Mr. Beck,

    I am not an emotional man, but there are two things that get me very emotional – thinking of my maternal grandfather and my first dog.  Your touching thoughts made me very emotional thinking of my dog who passed 12 years ago this month.  I am very sorry for your loss.  I have prayed for you, your family and Victor, and in doing so, have asked my dog, Digby, find Victor so he has someone to play with until we all get to the other side.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  

    Sincerely,
    Troy H

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1553267303 Shannon Gaertner-Ewing

    It is never easy to say good bye to a dear friend.  But like a good book, you must finish the final page.  Blessings to you and your family.  Victor may have been your protector, but he was blessed to have you as well. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MaryAnn-Robbin-Pumilia/1625303527 MaryAnn Robbin Pumilia

    I have been crying since your radio monologue on Friday. I have been in the same situation 5 times for 5 of my “best friends”. Currently, I do not have the companionship of a dog and my heart is empty. I feel your pain and I pray for you and your family and Victor, You never truly get over this, but you learn to cope with it. You will never forget your beautiful Victor. He was in your life for more reasons than just protection- to give unconditional love to you and your family. God bless you all and God bless Victor in his new home in Heaven.Animals have souls…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/firstmatemarianne Marianne Hudson

    Your beloved Victor has been livin the life that not a lot of pets get to live, with family that thought he was the next best thing to sliced bread!  You have protected him an loved him and he you. Now you made a decision to give him his life back free from pain. He is running across the Rainbow Bridge to meet up with the rest of his family that went ahead of him. He is there with your family that went before you and one day you will all be there together again. He isn’t gone just changed his form and you will never let him be forgotten. Many prayers that you and your family will help each other to remember him and know that you did the best for him even though it was tough. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-O-Frederic/100000016971963 Kenneth O. Frederic

    I don’t think anyone who hasn’t had a dog, especially a shepard, could understand the profound loss.  But Victor has completed his mission here and I’m sure he made the difference to your family he was supposed to make.  May the joy in remembering him soon replaces the pain of his losing him..

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glen and family, so sorry for your loss! I know what it is to lose a dog. My mom and I just recently put our little Devo down. He was such a faithful friend and companion. I know time heals, but know that God is with you each and every day. In time you may want to get another puppy even though it won’t be the same, it will help the healing process. God bless you all during this Easter season. Nichola

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.pasley.7 Pat Pasley

    Revelation 5:13 And every creature
    which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth and such as
    are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing,
    and honour, and glory, and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the
    throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

    Glenn, when you let go of Victor, it
    should not be looked at as his death, but as his birthday into
    eternal life where he will now spend his time worshiping our Lord.
    He was a very precious gift given to you to help you endure the many
    trials and tribulations here on earth. However, if all gifts
    remained here on earth, we would never want to leave here. Take
    solace in knowing that someday you and your family will see him again
    where you all can worship God together.

    I share your pain as I have had to go
    through what you are going through right now. Your heart feels like
    it has broke into a million pieces. And although I thought I would
    never want to go through this again, I have a new friend here beside
    me and I realize I have been truly blessed again. As I prayed for
    you yesterday, I held him tightly. May God bless and help you and
    your family during this time of sorrow.

     

  • Anonymous

    No fair Glenn to make me cry this hard first thing on Sunday morning!!! Although it’s been nine years since we lost our “Oscar”…. as I read your story… the day we had to let him go hits home like it was yesterday!! Since we have walked this path before….our hearts are so heavy for you and your family! And we pray that our Lord will bring you comfort and healing with all the memories of Victor…There is nothing in this world like the love of your pet and friend!  There will many times in the years ahead that something will spark a thought of him, and it will hurt as much as it does today, you cry all over and then truly hope you will be with him again. The best thing I did after our loss was to get “another” best friend. Life is such a big void without them. Our Remington has helped to fill that void. They don’t replace our old friends…they carrying on the love cycle…and I know Oscar would be happy that our hearts are filled with joy again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004627382265 Deborah Anthony

    Dear Glenn and Family, My heart mourns with yours. There is nothing more heartbreaking to lose a family member, especially one like Victor. My husband and I lost our beautiful collie Nate in September of 2009. Even though it was merciful to let him go, it was still one of the hardest decisions to make. My heart aches for him as I see you and your family grieve Victor’s loss. When you meet the perfect dog like Victor was for you, that friend will never be replaced by any other dog that comes into your lives. You will love every one of them, but Victor holds that place that is beautiful and rare, a steadfast friend and protector. May God bless you and comfort you and your family at your time of sorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Having just lost my own dear companion, a five pound chihuahua named Cujo who was 16 years old, I know what you are feeling. My prayers to you and your family. Victor is waiting for you as my Cujo is waiting for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rosemary-Brewer/1572518027 Rosemary Brewer

    I love my dogs and I’ve cried with you all week and feel your pain. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Bromirski-Anderson/705067585 Susan Bromirski Anderson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwGnCIdHQH0  Jimmy Stewart on Johnny Carson with a poem about his dog “Beau”.  You aren’t alone my friend.  For the lucky ones who have shared their lives with dogs this is never a decision taken lightly.  It is one that stays with you always but I suggest in your dog’s memory you adopt another one to give your love to… not to replace but to help with love that a dog needs to be happy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marissa-Bushman/1278365928 Marissa Bushman

    As I listened to your broadcast on Friday, I couldn’t help but bawl like the boob I am. Which was confusing for my coworkers to see I’m sure. I have lost one dog in my life and it is the second (only to the death of my father) most tragic thing I have experienced in my short life. I was only 9 when she was hit by a car. I saw it happen and will never forget the pain that followed in the months after. I still miss her. I still think of her. And in some strange way I know she is still with me. A good pet has a profound impact on our lives. I believe that dogs especially were put on this earth to be our teachers. To comfort those who stand in need of comfort, and to teach us lessons that we can’t learn from other humans. “No greater love than a man who would lay down his life for a friend ”  I pray that you and your family are able to find comfort in these coming days and months. I pray that your hearts will be filled with the unconditional love that Victor has for you. I pray that you will all grow closer as a family, with a greater appreciation for the atonement and the plan of salvation. May God grant you peace and understanding in this moment of sorrow. Thank you for sharing your story. 
     Marissa Bushman

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1647343317 Debbi Dannenberger

    Glenn & family…my heart breaks for you and the sadness of your loss. I know only too well the pain you are all feeling and each time you think I can not do this again but in time you realize the vast hole that is left by their absence and you begin again. Loving & loosing an animals is devastating but I can not imagine life without them. God Bless you all and give you the strength you need to get through this HUGE loss. A big hug for you all. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Equinelover Janet Brown

    M;y heart and love are with you and your family.  I recently lost my best friend Salem – unfortunately he just went out one day and didnt come back.  He was an 18 year old beautful black cat that hated dogs but kind of thought he was one.  He followed me everywhere, even into the horse paddock – and he was terrified of the horses but he just had to be with Momma.  I still geive his loss and cant even think of taking another cat into my life.  but someday I will miss that animal devotion enough to care for another of Gods wondrous creatures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.miller.7399 Michelle Miller

    So sad Glenn and family. I remember when you introduced him to your listeners. ((((HUGS)))))

     

  • http://twitter.com/xavierjaime2 xavier.jaime

    http://youtube.watch.com.qr.net/kgvR see it and go to home tab…

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.talgo Carol Talgo

    Sincere condolences to you and your family. You can light a candle for Victor at http://www.petloss.com-it‘s a very comforting place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000099155110 Tammy Capaul Nevel

    Dear Glenn and family. My husband and I extend our deepest sympathy on your loss of your precious Victor.  What a beautiful dog!!!  We have been there many times.  We have both had dogs all our lives and I know how your kids must feel. Our last Cairn Terrier Spence, was a rescue.  I carry all the doggie/kids in my life within my heart and I know the God takes special care of these loyal and loving animals. I cried with you on Friday and yesterday knowing that it was going to be one of the hardest things you have to do.  We have the ashes of the “doggie children” and they will be buried with us when God calls us home.  I know that they will all meet us on the other side.  We were never able to have human children so our doggie/kids are our kids.  May God great peace and love comfort you and know that Victor will be guarding you and yours from across the rainbow bridge.  Please read the Rainbow Bridge poem it is truly special. To Victor we salute you!! A great friend and protector and God now has given you your own green pasture to lie down in and run and play.  You are young and healthy again.  Glenn, know that Victor will meet you again and run to you when you cross that bridge!!!! God bless you all!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000099155110 Tammy Capaul Nevel

    It is never goodbye, God will give him back to you in Heaven.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351599209 Pat Weimlover

    I truly know how you and your family feels and my heart breaks for you. God Speed Victor, you were loved and will be missed by many. Prayers for your entire family Glenn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351599209 Pat Weimlover

    My heart breaks for you at this most difficult time. I have been through this as well and it is not an easy choice to make. Our pets are our family and it is so difficult to let them go, but keep in mind you WILL see Victor again, at the Rainbow Bridge. 

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family, Allan and I know the pain and sense of loss for you right now! We had a wonderful golden. Her name was Cheyenne Dakota Rose. She was only 7 when she developed Cancer. We tried everything to save her-Purdue hospital for animals tried to. My husband fed her thro a tube but it just didn’t work out. We are still in mourning and think of her every day. The pictures will help you and also the memories. I wanted to share the name of a painting -It is called Rainbow Bridge by Donald Vann- He is a Cherokee artist- It would look great in your home! One day I truly believe we will meet our friends at the bridge- they will run to Glenn as you cross over that bridge. Allan and I enjoy your show each evening-Don’t give up helping us little folks that need enlightenment! You are in our prayers and thoughts during this time! Rebecca and Allan Stackhouse  Brownsburg, Indiana

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1019779867 Patrick A Flynn

    I know
     how it feels for sure!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1656151054 Andrea Bonesteel

    Words cannot express our sadness for your family.  We have always (until recently) had dogs in our home, and lost our last beloved friend a year ago, and we still miss him so.  Our prayers are with all of you.  Victor is running and playing happily and painlessly now, and is waiting for the day you are all reunited.  Bless you for sharing this deeply private and emotional time with all of us.

  • Anonymous

    The tears are flowing as I read your heart warming story of your family’s companion, Victor, leaving all of you to “be with Jesus”.  Your lives were more fullfilled with Victor….he will be missed but the memories will make you smile.  Never had a dog of my own and I know in the future I plan to.  I do have a cat…12yrs. old. 

    God Bless to you and your family Glenn.  Actually my life has been more fullfilled since I “met” you many years ago while you were at CNN.  I was a FOX watcher but I found you one day and I never stopped listening.  Thank you for your insight, keen knowledge for the future of our safety and teaching us to be independent and safe.

    A loyal follower…Diane Marion, Dracut, MA 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheila.w.staley Sheila Windley Staley

    Your blog post brought back so many feelings for me. We had to make this decision to put our faithful and loving furry baby down in 2009. He had been with us for 15 years. The hardest part for my kids, is that their dad had left 4 months before that, and then their beloved Chance was taken away. We still love him so much and miss him. I’m so happy that you had such an incredible friend and protector in your lives. I have to hope and pray that we will be with our pets in heaven. I want to be with that sweet, and loving soul again some day. God bless your family. Sending my love and prayers to all of you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749126659 Denise Ayers- Gross

    my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  There is no greater devotion or love than what we feel and receive from our four legged companions.  They depend on us to know when it is time to let them go.  God bless you

  • Anonymous

    My condolences to you and your family.
    In 1996,our family had to part ways with our G.S.,Jesse.Over the years,on occasion,she would would visit me in dreams.In 2011 my fathers health was failing.I had a dream one night;it was Jesse.She was her happy self.We said hello and played in the yard.The next day I called my mother who lives 90miles away.I told her about the dream.She said,”Last night,you had the dream?!” I told her,” yes”.She said that morning,when she went to check on my father,he told her that Jesse was there in his room that same night.He said she was lying by his bed watching guard.He passed away a few weeks later.I know she was there to meet him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.friges Linda Friges

    Oh how my heart goes out to you. It is so hard to say goodbye.  What a special dog… Went through the same situation a few years ago, and it sure takes a while to let go, even after they are gone…. Reading your beautiful dedication to Victor has me sitting here shedding tears.  Pets become such a huge part of our family & the love you shared will always be with you forever.  My prayers are with you and your family to get through this difficult time.   God Bless, & Carry your family through this time of mourning  ~   Linda 

  • Anonymous

    I always am taken back when someone says they have a pet, I have never thought of the dear animals that have come into my life as pets, they were friends that crawled into my heart and nestled down for eternity.  They always gave me their love and acceptance when people gave me grief.  They were always waiting for me when I came home from work, tired and worn out but as soon as I saw them all that went away.  It is hard to say goodbye to a friend, but is comforting to know that we will be reunited one day. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Pam

    We lost our friend and companion Sarge last January 2nd. He had cancer and had fought until the end. He loved my husband so much that I think he tried to hide his pain from him. He was a very special dog and friend. My husband had prayed many times that he wouldn’t have to put him down, but over the New Year’s weekend, he was clearly declining. He had lung cancer, and he was struggling to breathe. We knew it was time, but I was afraid that Ray couldn’t do it. But knowing how Sarge was suffering, he knew what he had to do. By the time we took him to the beta office, after taking him to day his goodbyes to everyone, he died on his own as the staff at the vets office carried him to the room where they would give him his injection. His had answered Ray’s prayers and had allowed him to pass on his own. As I read your story about Victor to Ray, he could not let me finish. He still has a hard time but we hour another dog the same month he died. Her name is Rosie and she has helped Ray deal with his loss. Just know our prayers are with you today and always and it wool take time but the pain will subside although memories will bring it back at times. Good bless you and your family.
    Love,
    Ray and Pam

  • Anonymous

    Hi Glenn,  My prayers go out to you and your family.  I had to do exactly the same thing for my dog, J.R., our 17 yr old cocker/beagle mix this time last year.  His body just gave out on him.  He did not have the physical energy anymore to physically stand or walk anymore.  He went deaf and also developed cataracts and didn’t see well anymore.  He still mentally had it together until the end, but that last trip with him to my vet to put him to sleep was the toughest I ever made.  We looked each other in the eyes until he was gone and that last lick he gave me on my nose was his way of letting me know he understood and I think his way of thanking me for helping him to move on.  I took the best care of him for those years I had him in my care as God wanted me to.  I know you did the same for Victor.  They are only entrusted to us for a set amount of time known only to God, but it is tough for us to let go when that time comes.  I buried J.R. in our wooded property behind our home, a place that he loved to run and play.  So, in a way, he is still with us.  I heard you on the radio Friday and when I figured out what you were talking about (I tuned in about 1/3 into it) I could immediately understand the decision that you made and were about to implement the next day.  I still am not over my loss of J.R. yet, but time does heal all wounds and it is improving

    Keep up the good work you’re doing.  You are a good man and America needs your wisdom and guidance through this trying time.  God bless you and, again, you are in my prayers in regards to your loss of Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071844015 Linda Tobias

    RIP Victor you were obviously a great family member.  I have 3 buddies that have gone ahead of you and I too pray someday we meet again.   Victor is in the great company of CoCo, Tori and Casey D’.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1169662452 Gail Dawson Hoofnagle

    My heart goes out to you and your family.  I am sure you can have comfort to know he is in heaven with all of your love ones. My prayers are with you as we have been there.  As my 89 year old father told me when we lost our schnauzer;  get another one when it is time.  We rescued one about 5 months later..and we love him so much. No, Bill is not like Fritz; but you will find the love in your hearts to love another one…and just remember, many dogs need loving homes like yours.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and the Beck Family…It is Sunday afternoon and you have been in my thoughts and prayers over the last few days.

    I, too, have had to make the same decision as you did for Victor. I have made it 3 times over the years. I know the sorrow you are feeling and have tasted the tears as they ran down my cheeks while holding each of my 3 dogs when it was time for each of them to go. I still miss each of them as I am sure you will Victor. Each time I lost one, I was told to get another, but there was never another dog that could replace the one I had just lost. There will never be another dog like LuLu, Jessie, or Envy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163751731 Sina Billingsley

    This brought tears to my eyes as i read of those last hours with Victor, i have been there….
    I lost my first best frind when i was 16 & she was 14,my Grandmother got her for me when i was 2 yrs. old. Part of my heart went with her & she has never been forgotten. I have lost others thru the years & soon i will be going thru that terriable choice again as my Lab walks slower & her beautiful black coat turns whiter. Mine are all rescues, i hope you will consider a rescue for your son, so many, many to chose from. God knows all about dogs, HE created them, i think, to teach humans about love & loyalty. The only creation that will love you more then they love themselves…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/diana.roche.16 Diana Roche’

    Crying here also.  Dogs are our most precious family members and the final trust and bond is making that decision for their own benefit, not our own, which is so hard.  Sharing your family’s grief as one who has had so many times this same situation with my beloved pets.  We will never ever forget their love and devotion to us.  Thanks, Glenn, for sharing.  Victor was one lucky dog to have been in your family sharing the love you gave him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000434149741 Regina Winterhalter Hopkins

    I truly believe that for Heaven to be perfect we must have our animals.  You will meet again at the rainbow bridge.  Love to all of you as this is such a hard thing to do and you will grieve for awhile but then the wonderful memories that you made we come first in your mind.  Bless all of you.

  • Anonymous

    Victor is truly blessed to have been a part of your family.   Thanks for sharing these tender moments with all of us-and it must be so very difficult.   We have pet rats (they are great pets, and smart little animals).  We just lost our “elder statesman” of all of our rats and it was so hard!   We have always taken to heart the advice that there are other rats that need our love too. As you mourn Victor’s loss, remember there will be others who will need your love as well and perhaps take comfort in knowing such.   Please take care and know our prayers are with your family at this difficult time-may you be blessed with comfort at this time too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1525939009 Colleen Comstock

    Dear Glen, We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog mufassa. I held him when he was 2 minutes old and held him when we said goodbye after 15 beautiful years. I thank God we had him in our lives and he is in a better place now. I am sure he is welcoming your Victor in heaven. cherish the memories!
    Colleen from gallatin TN

  • Tom Tietz

    Glenn, I can relate to your pain.  My dad raised dogs and I grew up with them.  I  have had to face the same as you several times and now this past January my dad joined those animals.  Hopefully they are all together and without pain.  Keep safe and keep up the good fight for all of us.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and my Victor rest in peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/art.minier Art Minier

    WE always had a pet dog. Sometime more than one. Our last friend was sitting when I went up to the mail box. I said no more pets. Started to drive off and couldn’t see the pup anywhere .something made me look down and there she was looking up at me. Needless to say I came back with food and after my wife saw her she wanted her. $1000 later we got rid of two forms of mange and she is beautiful. When I fall at night she comes up and smells my face and then goes to the bedroom door and bangs with her tail. If that doesn’t work she lets my wife know to get in here! Glenn I have always admired you and hope this will encourage others to pick up even a mutt and have a special life companion together. Are hearts are with you and hope you get another gentle guardian. Keep up your push to make us realize we must join hands and protect what we love and that includes our pets ! God Bless your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/natalie.lewis.56 Natalie Lewis

    Dear Glenn,
        I was in your shoes 2 years ago my beloved Jack Russell Tiny died on April 3 2011. She caught a cold and had breathing problems. She could not settle down and I sat down on the floor with her and she passed away with her head on my lap. I only had her for 3 years she was an older dog and our neighbor gave her to me. She is at the Rainbow bridge with Victor  running threw the fields. I am so very sorry for your loss.
                                                     Natalie Lewis

  • http://www.facebook.com/GandK Kandg Moeller

    It’s been 20 years since we had to make the decision for our Sheppard, Juno. You gave Victor so much and he to you and your family. Our prayers, hearts and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1758084388 Carol Jander

    Of course, I cried.  I cried every time you talked about him. . . We all need to cry now and then.  It’s good for the soul, as is laughing. . . .My faithful friend was Ranger:

    “Clocks measure time, although we don’t see it
    Except in collars and crates outgrown,
    And toys left aside,
    And in the slowing steps of  your BEST FRIEND

    Clocks measure time, although we don’t feel it
    Except in aching joints,
    And goodbye tears,
    And in the loneliness of an empty house at night.

    Clocks measure time,
    Time measures life,
    Life is just a measure of eternity,

    I’ll see you then,
    My Friend!!!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn… I am so sorry for your great loss.  Your words and pictures were beautiful and I’m still crying as I’m typing my note to you.  I think every dog/pet lover feels your pain right now.  I wished we could take some of the sadness away from you and your family.  I’ve been there and at times it just feels like too much to bear even when you know you’re doing the right thing.  I know you were very blessed to have Victor, but Victor was also very blessed to have such an awesome family who loved him so much… even enough to let him go.

    Love, prayers, and God’s blessings to you all. ~ Linda in PA

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336135092 Carlton Lowry

    Glenn, I want you to know that our family feels your pain. We just put Penny down Tuesday evening, right after your morning story about Victor. I couldn’t even do it. I sent my wife, Sandra and daughter, Tonya and it was hard coming home with no penny waiting for a walk. God bless you and continue the good work.

  • Anonymous

    MAMA SITS WITH ME (George, the pointer, reflects on life)
    Time is short; my life wound down
    I feel it in my bones.
    The other dogs go out to play
    and I am left alone.

    My sight is poor, my teeth are gone
    . . not long before I’m free.
    But there is still some precious time
    cause Mama sits with me.

    Mama whispers words of love
    and gently pats my head.
    We talk about the good old days,
    when I was just a lad.

    How comforting in life’s last hour
    to have her close to me.
    Through it all, she lingers near.
    My Mama sits with me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/darknessrealm Steven Palivoda

    So sorry to hear about this……..Losing a member of the family is so tough.  But know this; you and your family are not separated from Victor forever.  Stay strong and keep your favorite memories of him alive.  He will always protect you, even in the next life. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/virginia.l.gardella Virginia Lynn Halbrooks Gardel

    Mr. Beck, Sir, My family has your family on our minds, in our heart and in our prayers.

  • TylerDurden

    Serious question. Do dogs and other animals have to recognize Jesus as their Lord and Savior in order to get into heaven?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001383309829 Neal Hoelscher

    A dog is more than a friend.  He/she is a family member who gives their all for the rest.  It is very sad that their time on Earth is only for a short duration.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn & Family,

    We had to say goodbye to both our friends a few years back Rebel and Samantha, Both Alaskan malamutes. Reb was 13 Sammy was 12. Reb had kidney failure and Sammy had liver cancer. The hardest part for my wife and I were the fact that we did not even know until one day I woke up and Reb was not licking my face to let him out, He was lying at the end of our bed on the floor staring at me like never before, 4 hours later we had put my best friend down, then 1 month exactly to the day we had to put Sammy down. I felt like someone had ripped my heart from chest for no unknown reason. Time healed the wounds and to this day anytime I see Reb or Sammy (through another dog) I smile and am thankful for the time we had with them.

    An unknown friend
    Bill Bailey Elmira, NY

  • Anonymous

    Know you only through your show and books.  Appreciate your sharing about Victor.  Been there and done that twice.  Doesn’t get a lot easier.  Intellect and emotions sorta collide during an event such as that. I knew intellectually that I was doing the right thing to spare him the suffering but I had the feeling that I was betraying the trust we shared by allowing someone to take his life. Time lessened the feeling but some of it still lingers.  Sincerely hope you can listen to the intellectual voice rather than the emotional voice and rest assured that, if he could, he would fervently thank you for having such great compassion and having the strength to turn loose and choose what was best for him. God bless you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.marcum Judith Marcum

    Glenn, I am so saddened to to know of the tough decision your family had to make for Victor’s behalf.  I myself at 62 years of age have had to put down at least 7 dogs/cats during those years (I have had a total of 17), and it does not get any easier with time.  They are part of our human family and the love and devotion they give us is priceless.  I have been reading a book called “Glimpses beyond Death’s Door” by Brent Top.  In Chapter 12, entitled “Welcome Home” he writes of a 10 year old child that had a near death experience, and remarked she did think that she saw the family dog that had been put to sleep a few years earlier. None of her loved ones were deceased at the time, but she had a tremendous love for animals. I know all animals have spirits, and I also know that the animals I have lost over the years will surely be there to greet me when it is my time to go.  How wonderful it is to feel that I will have a chance to see them again and thank them for being a part of my life and were there when I needed them :)  Judith M, Arizona

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GVONURMETALLMR6N6TFLJXBS7U C

    glenn

    remember all dogs go to heaven….

    we all will see our best buddies someday, along with family.

    and the good times will resume.

    you got me through some real tough times glenn – thank you.

    im praying for you and your family

    be good to yourself

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C75TXEFWNCRNAKLXMZZIQCCIYM Cindy

    To Victor: We never met you but we love you! We love the movie Up and after we read this story, that’s how we feel.  Thank you for sharing this sweet story of your lives together with our family.  God bless your family and sweet Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lopez/100000255237444 Elaine Lopez

    My heart goes out to you and your family.  I’ve been in your shoes and know the heartache.  There’s not much more anyone can say except God and time will diminish the pain, but Victor will always be a part of your family, and now a part of ours as we have come to love him too.  We are praying.  

  • Anonymous

    My prayers are with you as is my heart,I have lost 2 dogs and it tears your heart to pieces, my dogs are my children and my best friend . May Jesus help you in this time of grief                        DianneK

  • Anonymous

    Oh Glenn, I have been praying for you and your family all weekend!  I clean houses and was able to just use my tears instead of mop water on Friday! 

    I am just so sorry and we too have made this painful journey.  (We’ve gone down this rode twice just since 2009, both cats, but we also have a new dog)  It is the hardest part of the journey that we commit to when we first say “I do” to taking on the responsibility of a pet.  Our dogs teach us so much, but the most important thing is how to love others and perhaps even ourselves a bit better because of the way they faithfully serve and love us. 

    I sent you a mushy email to let you and your family know just how much you are being prayed for and lifted up at this time of hurt.  YOU ARE NOT GOING THRU THIS ALONE, but with America’s families who have traveled on this same path.  Bravo Victor, job well done, thy good and faithful servant.  Job well done.  Today your name is VICTORY.  I’m sure he will be the loyal sentry guard awaiting your return at Heaven’s gate.  Until then, may memories and so much love comfort you during this time.  Extra hugs to your kids.  Love is a risk, but it’s the best risk of all we ever take!!!! I’m sad your heart is breaking but aren’t you glad you risked it anyway???

    In Christ, Liz

  • http://www.facebook.com/TempeSurvival Chris Holloway

    Glenn prayers are with you and your family.  May the lords loving arms surround you all today and forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Chavis/1594230170 Jeremy Chavis

    It’s a fucking DOG.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003479491287 Blake Johnson

    Glenn and family,

    I’ve been crying and praying for all of you these past couple weeks, knowing that this must be so hard of a thing to endure. Reading this blog and seeing these photos made me cry again as I type this. I lost my best friend George a few years ago and it really broke my heart too. He went through the same phases as Victor up until the end. But now I know he is in Heaven with our Savior Jesus. You will always have my prayers. I know we’ve never met, but it feels like we have in some way, just as I’m sure other long-time viewers and listeners feel. I love you all. God bless.

    Blake Johnson

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001205622274 Isaac Brueggebors

    Glenn and family we are so sorry to hear of victor yall will be in our prayers as time go buy it does get easier .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=544905885 Gilbert Tauscher

    Glenn and family,  …..  There is nothing closer to a family than a much loved pet who gives back their love and protection, unceasingly.  Your story of Victor also brings back memories of a much loved Dachshund, Sweetie,  that passed on 1 1/2 years ago, not from the hands of time, but from the hands of a neighbor who poisoned plants in the yard and in turn, poisoned Sweetie and destroyed her kidneys.  My eyes are far from dry as I write this.

    What we share with our pets, is much more than life itself.  They are our friends, our protectors, our playmates, they comfort us in times of need, they participate in the most joyous times; they become an integral part of the fabric of who we are as family to one another and hold a special spot that no one can ever replace, even when we reach out and bring another into our fold to replace their passing.  Each has their own personality and place.

    God bless them all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crolerson Catherine Rolerson

    There is nothing like the love from a dog. I, too, have struggled with the desision of knowing when is the right time to let my cherished companion go. Like you, my last dog, Rachel, went everywhere with me. I cleaned people,s homes; they all welcomed her and spoiled her. One client let her sleep on her love seat when she wouldn’t let her own dog on the furniture ! I have great memories of all my pets past & present. What a gift ! Thank you for sharing. My heart goes out to you & your family at this time of loss.
     

  • Anonymous

    Dear Beck family,
    We too had to put down a dog this weekend, and our tears are shared with you and the loss.
    I thought of your heartache as we too had to make a painful decision.

    Pets give us back much more than we could ever give them and we mourn the loss with a heavy heart.
     
    RIP Victor and our friend Anna.

  • Anonymous

    If there are no dogs in heaven, then I want to go where they are.  God bless the Becks and bring them peace.  Victor will live forever as long as he lives in your heart and I know he will.  I can picture Jesus throwing a tennis ball with him now.  Victor, you took good care of your family.  You deserve your rest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1626845830 Ann Dee Hamilton

    Love to you.  I had to do this to my sweet cat this past fall.  It hurts but know they will be waiting for us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591843597 Tammy Williams Scates

    Glenn, I am sorry for your loss. We felt a loss such as yours this weekend. One of our dogs that we have raised since she was born was killed by a coyote. She was my 10yr old daughters dog but we all loved her. She was the fun, protective, lovable one of the two dogs that we still had. Prayers for your family as you grieve over the loss of your loved one, as we do all well.

  • Anonymous

    Rats, my eyes are leaking water after reading this.  :-(

    God Bless and watch over Victor and those who are left behind. 

  • Gene Snyder

    Dear Glenn and family- I listen to you everyday and I was saddned to hear about your best buddy, Victor. I have a best buddy like that named Deuce. He follows me everywhere. I feel your pain and I hope all is well with you and your family.

    Regards,

    Gene Snyder
    Portland, Maine

  • Anonymous

     Sad that you will never know the connection between some and their animals..You’re a lost soul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abencutler Andrew Lee Cutler

    All pets go to Heaven.

  • Anonymous

    It is not much to say or as nice as most of the other comments, but what I wanted to say is that I am sorry for your loss.  It ripped me to hear the first time when you talked about whether to put down Victor.  It is funny what a dog, and especially a Shepard can make you feel when it dies. I know all to well what I felt like when mine have died.

    It finally took a comment from Mark Levine’s book, Rescuing Sprite, that went, “I have observed with greater dignity the passing of friends and family than I have my own dogs” for me to feel OK about how badly it felt.

    I am sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerry.myers.777 Kerry Myers

    Victor is running with our Rudy and Trixie, through tall grasses and meadows, without any pain and full of play in his new life. Time helps to heal some of our emptiness and sorrow, but we never forget the love we have for them or the richness they brought into our lives.

  • http://twitter.com/MoronsUseRealNa Kilowog

    Beautiful poem, and thank you Glenn for sharing this deeply intimate time of your family’s life with me. Having lost many dogs (german shepards among them), I can not only relate, but I can easily cry along side you. Dogs (and yes cats) are magical creatures and I have been blessed to have them at my side throughout my life.

    My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. The tears do dry up from time to time, but the memories are always there :D

  • http://twitter.com/GmailWhitfield linda whitfield

    glenn we know all too well how you and family felt about victor/ our missey still remains in our hearts.the pictures we have mean every thing.remember the good times,it helps the loss linda Calhoun,ga

  • Ted Stockwell

    Our hearts are hurting with you Glenn and family.
    We lost our gentle giant Cody 5 years ago. He was a Great Pyrenees .
    Just remember the fun times you had with your Victor and how great his life was being with you.

    Geri Stockwell

  • Anonymous

    I am weeping as I read these thoughts… our family can really identify
    with the love for one of God’s gifts to us… I am convinced that there
    will be dogs in heaven… We have an 11 year old yellow lab (Daisy) that
    brightens every day of our lives… As I think of saying goodbye to
    her, I can only imagine how it actually feels to you… You and your
    family have been in our thoughts and prayers for the past couple of
    weeks. May God give you comfort in this difficult time in your lives

  • Anonymous

    I am weeping as I read these thoughts… our family can really identify
    with the love for one of God’s gifts to us… I am convinced that there
    will be dogs in heaven… We have an 11 year old yellow lab (Daisy) that
    brightens every day of our lives… As I think of saying goodbye to
    her, I can only imagine how it actually feels to you… You and your
    family have been in our thoughts and prayers for the past couple of
    weeks. May God give you comfort in this difficult time in your lives

  • Anonymous

    Sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved dog is very hard. My wife and I lost 3 in the span of a year. Heartbreaking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marydeutsch81 Mary Deutsch

    i will continue to pray for you and your family Glenn because the days to follow will be hard ones. Theyr’re wil be constant reminders of Victor all around you; the water dish, his favorite toy or favorite place to sleep. You might even hear him gently walk across the floor. It has been 13 yrs since we said good bye to our beloved Jupiter at 15 yrs of age. Like you, it was so hard to let go. He did absolutely everything  with our 4 children even climbed the stairs to the tree house.  He would not be left out of anything. We have said goodbye to many family pets since then and have more to go and each time it doesn’t get any easier. But as the days and years pass, we realized how truely blessed we are to have such wonderful pets to share our lives with and we wil be reunited again in Heaven. I would like to share this story with you.  Shortly after Jupiter (Jupey) died,  we were driving  home from town when my youngest son ,Aaron, 5yrs at the time , shouts, “Mommy I see Jupey!!  “Where?” I said.  “He’s sitting on a cloud and he has his red ball in his mouth”,he replied.  He always played fetch with his red ball. I told him the Lord wanted him to know that Jupey was in Heaven and not to worry about him. The Lord is playing fetch with him now. He watched the sky for about 5 minutes and then said “He’s gone now to play catch. He had peace and comfort and you will have that too Glenn as you well know. For our Lord will give you his peace and comfort!    M

  • http://www.facebook.com/carrie.johnson.3304673 Carrie Johnson

    My love is sent to you and your family this day. I listen to you my friend when you we’re talking about your sweet friend. I cried for you and all of your family. God is love and he loves all of you and will be watching for your best friend to play with.

  • lahorton

    Glenn and Family – I thought about you and prayed for you all weekend – and all last week. To lose your dog is to lose your best friend. I have found that my dog is really the only one that accepts me unconditionally (besides the Lord, of course) and I love him that way right back. May you all be blessed and live in the comfort of knowing you will see Victor again. I pray that your family has many such dogs as the years go by. To know that you provided a wonderful home for your pet is such a blessing. I see so many that are suffering and I know that the Lord has provided us with many to love. Thank you for all you do and may your broken hearts mend and be stronger for having given Victor your love, trust and friendship! Laurie Horton, Tallahassee, FL

  • http://twitter.com/usa67us L.R.E.

    God Bless you, your family, and especially Victor.  This is one of the saddest times
    in any person’s life and the hardest decision to have to make.  My family’s thoughts and
    prayers are with you.  He is now at peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1209184277 Cindy Miller Greaver

    Thank you for sharing Victor with us.  Our family will soon be letting go of our precious protector and friend, Josh.  We share your grief and the wonderful memories that our friends have given us.  God bless you and your family…we’re praying for you.

  • Sara Skywalker

    Thank you for sharing these photos with us.  I know only too well how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet.  My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.  Victor had a great life and he’s waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.  

  • Anonymous

    So lucky are you to have the experience of true, unconditional love. Just recently, over the past year, we have struggled with our dearest, who was born on our wedding day. Over 14 years he helped us raise our children-our children who showed great strength during the most difficult times. I could not commit to an end, but one morning, my 5 year old son walked into the kitchen and said emphatically, “Mom, you know, when Eddy goes to heaven, he’ll be able to run, pee, jump and play. He’ll be with his Mom and his Dad, his brothers and sisters, Mom, Heaven’s gonna be GREAT!” then he turned around and walked into the other room, I bawled and knew we were ready.
    As we laid him on his favorite blanket under a big maple in the shade,I asked my best buddy for a sign so I knew he’d made it over the fence to the open fields and warm everlasting sun. The next morning, I got that sign, it was uncanny and moved all of us beyond belief. I was then able to feel he was in the best place of all and I know we will be together again, he opened a spot in the fence for me…You, your family, including Victor are lucky. Please give Ella a special, special hug from me.

  • Anonymous

    Victor, may Doggy Heaven have huge rib bones and many cats to chase!
     
       Ella, the hardest thing in the world is to lose a friend. We move on
    and chase squirrels and cats with the new friends we will make. 
       With Glenn’s permission, I would love to have a play-date to lift your spirits! You have incredible markings! Woooof!
       
    Glenn, Our friends come & go which is the cycle of life, mean as it
    can be! Open your heart to a new friend and cherish the ones we have!
    Respectfully, I think Ella is wooof woooof wooof.  Can I have a play-day
    with Ella sir?

    Respectfully,
    Boo Boo Bear

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.tremblay.5891004 Eric Tremblay

    Sorry for your loss!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.tremblay.5891004 Eric Tremblay

    So sorry for your loss!!! My family has to do this exact thing about 2 years ago and it still feels like it was yesterday. I came across this poem and I think of it often everytime I think of her and see her urn. I hope it brings you comfort!!

    Respectfully,
    Eric Tremblay

    Tribute to a Best Friend  

    Sunlight streams through the window pane
    unto a spot on the floor…
    then I remember,
    it’s where you used to lie,
    but now you are no more.

    Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
    and muted echoes sound…
    then I remember,
    It’s where your paws would joyously abound.

    A voice is heard along the road,
    and up beyond the hill,
    then I remember it can’t be yours…
    your golden voice is still.

    But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor
    and empty muted hall
    and lay them with the absent voice
    and unused dish along the wall.

    I’ll wrap these treasured memorials
     in a blanket of my love
    and keep them for my best friend
    until we meet above.

    — Author Unknown

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=727083650 Barbara O’Connor

    God bless you & your family as you mourn the loss of your loyal family pet, Victor.  I recently had to say goodbye to my dog, Harley, & it certainly broke my heart.  It’s always so hard to let them go, even if it’s for their own good & well-being.  But, to have had them in our lives is truly a blessing from God & that’s why I have to believe that He takes them back to heaven after death.  That way, we can be reunited with their spirit again.  Nothing is impossible for the Lord!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry for your loss..Mike in RI..

  • Anonymous

    All day Saturday I thought of you all, and I felt I was also saying goodbye to Victor.You did what I have done (more than once), and although it is incredibly painful, your consolation is that you were the last images he saw, and the last loving voices he heard. With all of you by his side, he was not afraid, and he will be waiting for all of you at the Rainbow Bridge.  God Bless you and your family, Glenn.
    Paige Farr

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Family, 
    We are so very sorry for your loss of Victor.  We totally understand what you are going through and how hard to let our wonderful friend go that has been so much a part of the family.  When we lost our precious poodle, Prissy, the Vet’s office sent the following wonderful poem and we would like to share it with you. 
                                                   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.

    Author unknown….

    A comforting thought – - –

    With love and prayers
    Betty and Jim Higgins,  Kerrville, Texas

  • http://twitter.com/Ginger87627445 Ginger

    Thank you so much for sharing the precious pictures even though it breaks our hearts . We, too, have lost our companions and the sadness can be overwhelming- only time heals. Know that you all have been in our thoughts and prayers -  you are family – Much love to all of you….

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.dirkhalley Deborah J. Dirk-Halley

    We are never prepared to loose our faithful and loyal companion. I feel the loss and pain with you Glenn, as I too lost a dear loving companion of 12 years. My best friend. Buddy. I have not been the same since he died on February 12, 2012. God Bless you and your family. Take care. All ways.

  • Anonymous

    Dearest Glenn:
    Often I am amazed at the connectedness I feel with you on many levels and the loss of your beloved Victor is no exception.  You see, I am going through that process of losing my best friend too.  My dog is 13 1/2 yrs old and has started to decline recently.  I understand the struggle you went through when you were making the decision to let go.  I am waiting for my “little girl” to tell me when she is all done.  Some days I struggle with feelings of selfishness for trying to save her but as a nurse, it is “in my blood”.  But then my sweet little girl brings her ball & insists on playing as if to say, “I’m still fun and I am not done yet”.  I have given it all to God and know that He will guide me, just as I know he did you.

    Master Raphe:  God Bless You for being such a wonderful friend to Victor.  My niece, who is only a few years older than you, asked me (with tears welling up in her eyes) if dogs have the same heaven as people…the answer I gave her is, absolutely YES.  God created all people, nature and ANIMALS and put us together to live and love and share life on earth.  Why would He separate us when he brings us home to Him?  One day you will meet again and Victor will be pain-free and happy.  I know you know that too.  Until then, God gave us memories so that you will never be far apart.

    Blessings to all of the Beck family.  Thank you for sharing. 

  • Anonymous

    My two 7 year old buddies are Zen (whole) & Kan (root). They love each other as I love them. In the next beginning we we all meet again http://petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm
    Chuck-San Diego

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.bals.7 Lee Bals

    So sorry for your loss. I have had to go through this more times than I want to remember as I have had dogs since I was a baby. It is like losing your child. I have an aging friend now that is going through health problems and know I will have to face this again. I don’t know if I can do another puppy and start over again, it doesn’t seem so now, time will tell. My thoughts and prayers are with you.      Lee B. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517455730 Vardit Feldman

    He will always be your protector… You’ll see even from heaven he will protect you..Dogs never forget…

  • Anonymous

    Victor was the angel God sent to protect, watch over and love all of you.  They teach us the unconditional love and devotion that only they seem to possess.  As days go on you will find that memories bring tears but eventually those memories will bring more smiles than tears.  I pray that day comes soon for you.  What a beautiful member of your family he was and we all know he had a wonderful, loving home and was loved by all of you.

  • http://twitter.com/OurRepublic1776 ChangeOfPace

     I have always said, God made dogs to teach us humans how to follow and be faithful to Him our Creator.
     

  • Anonymous

    God bless you and your family. My heart aches for you…but I know that you will see Victor again!!! He will greet you at heavens gate.What a wonderful time that will be and the best part it will last for eternity. Love to all of you!

  • Jen Adams

    Brought tears to my eyes!  Bless you Glenn and family for providing a loving life to your dear friend.  I know he appreciated it and loved you as much as you loved him.  I am praying that time eases the pain of your loss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1641977368 Joy Love Guenther

    My most sincere condolences to you and your family. My husband and I too lost a wonderful German Shepherd companion, Lady, so I feel the pain of your loss. May God bless you and your family and bring you peace and comfort. God knew what he was doing when he created dog! They reflect the love of God, they comfort us, protect us, and love us unconditionally with no expectations in return other than to be loved. God Bless you and your family!

  • http://twitter.com/SteveCall5 Steve Call

    til I looked at the paycheck for $9452, I didnt believe that my friend was actually taking home money part time on their apple laptop.. there aunt started doing this for under 8 months and just now took care of the dept on there place and purchased a great Nissan GT-R:. read more at,   , ………….. BIT40. ℂom

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000114364226 Sylvia Boch-Lawton

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss!  You are in my prayers.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Family:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved family member…it breaks my heart…
    He will always live in your thoughts and memories. Treasure these forever and he will always be with you.  God bless.
    Monica Kjeldgaard

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family. I too cried when I learned that your beloved Victor has gone to be with the lord. All of us who love dogs and lost them know the pain you are feeling. I type this email through tears as look at the lovely photos you shared with us of your beautiful Victor. He was a lovely boy wasn’t he? As bad as you feel right now i want you to think of the BEST day and days you had with your beautiful Victor, and let that memory carry you through this time. You will never forget your friend, but it does get better and someday again as life’s circle passes around,  you will one day again be looking into the eyes of another friend, another family member, another tug at your heart as those deep pools of love pull you in  yet again. May God bless you and your family in this difficult time. We love you very much. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/margaret.sheridan.528 Margaret Sheridan

    A teary hug for you and your family.  Some connections are not to be explained.  Victor must be up there with my Ebbie, my protector and loyal friend.
    Death has such a way of re-sensitizing me to life.

    Thank you for sharing Kipling’s poem. T h a n k you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonniewilliam.craig Lonnie William Craig

    Pets really can make a difference in a person’s/family’s life, can’t they?  I had to put my cat down back in September, and I had him for over 12 years.  It was the hardest thing I had to do in who-knows how long.  So I get where you are coming, sir.  I am reminded of a line from Star Trek VI when Spock was telling Valeris that when he retires, he intended for her to replace him.  Her reply- “I could only succeed you, sir.”  You may have another pet to succeed Victor, but I am sure he will never be replaced.  All my best to you, Mr. Beck, and to your family.

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  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family,  We lost our precious Elvis, a little cairn terrier in September and we felt our lives were pulled out from under us.  We miss him every day.  He was our soul and our heart.  We know how you feel.  Listening to you on the radio and reading your website broke my heart….Your precious Victor is in heaven running and you will meet him again….however, that does not help the pain and loss experienced everyday…My life will never be the same for knowing Elvis and I will look to see him in heaven.  Maybe Elvis met Victor at the gates of heaven?  My heart goes out to you and your family.  Arleen, Marco Island, FL

  • Rebecca Cruse

    Dear Glenn Family,  My husband and I are so sorry for your loss we know that greif can over take you and after the loss of our 19 yr old son we brought a dear dog friend home to our daughter who lost her best friend, her baby brother and she needed someone something to care for and we got a second one for us and they have become our best friends and as you know they offer unconditional love always and they try to care and protect us.  And they are wonderful creatures, We pray and cry with you all and wish you all many blessing and healing and peace during this time of loss, Our prayer and love go out to you and your family during this time.

    Joe & Becky Cruse

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry for your loss….you were so very Blessed and so was Victor….I truly believe there is a very special place in Heaven for those here on Earth who really get it and understand just what these special furry kids are all about…..Who really learn from them what God sent them to us for.  They teach us more about life and love than any human being on earth…..You will one day be together again for all eternity.   I have lost two Furever Friends who I think of every single day.   It will get easier and one day you will realize that hole in your heart the size of a cannon ball is gradually closing….You and your family will be in my prayers

  • http://twitter.com/ehacken Ester Hacken

    So sorry for your loss, Glenn and family. We’re praying that you will find comfort in the loving memories you have of Victor. Your posts made me cry as we have 2 shepherds who are growing old and we dread the day we lose them. Blessings to you and yours.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glen and family, Although we have never been introduced I invite you into my home everyday so I consider you a good friend. Let me say that I considered you a great man before, but now that I have seen your compassion for your dog I consider you a tremendous man. Victor told you when it was time and you were brave enough to listen. Having been in the same situation on October 24, 2011, I can truly sympathize. Losing a friend like your dog  and mine hurts your heart so bad because they take a big piece of it with them. Your phrase of returning a gift to God was brilliant. Nothing could fit better. I pray that God will heal you and your family’s pain and soon the good memories of Victor will replace the pain of losing him. Please consider having another dog in your home, not as a replacement, but as an honor  to Victor. May God bless you and your family

    Lilli

  • Road King Red

    Our Tears are with you and your family at this time of sorrow may god find it in his heart to dis wade your grief and bring you another best friend needing love. as we hug our fur babies they have grown to hear Glenn’s voice and me ranting and raving about or governments exploits. Then I see the look and unconditional love in their eyes and remember all is good in my house and forget the problems of the country. “Blair immigration reform act 2012″ FB

  • Vincent Mallia

    I am so sorry for your loss, never got over losing my baby. Still hurts so many years later. Good spirits will always come back. RIP Victor

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and family. I’m so sorry for your pain in losing your beloved Victor. I lost my two best friends 15 years ago, and it still hurts when I think about how much they meant to me – my sweet Siggy and Sara. They are meeting Victor now, and I know we will all meet them when it is our time to go. I still have dreams about them, and I think you probably will also. God bless you and your family, Glenn. You are such a treasure to this world. I don’t know how I’d get through this crazy world without your inspired guidance. Love to you and your sweet family.