Photos from our last morning with Victor

Last few minutes with victor and the whole family

Finally we shared the cookies

My final farewell

My gentle giant at half his size

  • http://twitter.com/SHilderbrand Sherry

    Glenn – I thought about your family this weekend and prayed that all of you made it through this very tough moment. What wonderful pictures of your family embracing the last precious moment with Victor. Rest assure you will reunite with him in heaven, and may God ease the lose your family is going through.

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family Glenn.  Losing a loved pet is so gut wrenching, words can’t describe the pain. Last month I had to put my 10 month old Labrador retriever down because of meningitis. It is the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do.
    Ron

  • Anonymous

    Glen   I thought about you and your family many times this past weekend. We love our two dogs very much but they are aging fast. The best we can do is spend as much time with them as possible and give them the best of care. Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures of those last moments with Victor We are with you

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000557482272 Janelle Ford

    All weekend I thought of you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss and I prayed for dear Victor and your family. God Bless you all.

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

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

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

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

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

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juli-Sprott-Betz/672930966 Juli Sprott Betz

    Glenn, I know I am one of tens of thousands praying for you and your family through this very tough weekend.  When I had to put down my best friend of 14 years, I had no one to go through it with me, but Munchkin’s vet’s assistant kindly took him from me and relieved me of the onus of the act.  A few weeks later, I received a letter from Texas A&M, saying the vet had donated money in Munchkin’s name to the college.  I never received a bill, either.  Like you, I am so grateful to live in Texas!  

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

    All pets go to Heaven

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

    All Pets go to Heaven!

  • http://twitter.com/Jeffreywatch Jeffrey Lane

    Godspeed to the Rainbow Bridge sweet Victor 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn – My heart goes out to you and your family. There is no better family member than our furry one. They teach us to love unconditionally. He has crossed over the “Rainbow Bridge” and is waiting for all of you.  What a precious gift you gave him to all be there with love. Rest assured you will be together again.

  • Anonymous

    Thank for sharing these precious moments  us.  God bless you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Jeanne and me are so sorry for your loss. we to put down our dog quiet a few years ago GRACE she was a part of our family we cryed and i have not had a dog sence that day but she is always in our thoughts. God Bless you and your Family

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to hold my buds head, look into his eyes, and give him kisses on his head again.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, you did the right thing no matter how hard it was.  I’ve been there, too.  When I reached the decision to put my friend Champ down, I sat on the floor of the vet’s office, held him, said good bye, and cried like baby. But, Champ was in a better place.  My grief was for MY loss.  I hope to rejoin Champ, Mopar, and my other animal friends someday.  God bless you, your family, and America.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pam-Hillerich/100000941825058 Pam Hillerich

    God Bless Victor and his loving family.  

  • http://twitter.com/PaMom4Palin PaMom4Palin

    I can’t look at these with out crying…I don’t know you or Victor but if one thing connects us all its the love of our best friends….they are family and I believe God intended it that way…God spelled backwards is Dog after all. Time heals…God bless you all!

  • Anonymous

    I know exactly what your family is going through, I had to do the same thing to my Poppy she was 16 and just like victor she was just old, it was the hardest thing I ever had to do. And I still cry but you know what i am comforted by the thought that she is playing and drinking from the river of life. I will see you one day Poppy and we will play for eternity. 

  • teonnie

    cry with those that cry, and i have, so very sorry for your loss. im so glad you have ella, to give even more love to. the joy of the Lord is your strength.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004865474061 Kathie Grimsley

    My heart aches with you and your family.  We have had several of our beloved family pets go before us through Heaven’s Gate.  I used to wonder why their lives are so short.  I came to the conclusion God gives us hearts big enough to love each of them with a full, open heart and there are more out there that need our love.  I also believe they are God’s treasures on loan to us to teach us unconditional love & acceptance without judgement and how life should be lived simply. 

    At the end we just have to say ‘thank you’ to God for blessing our lives with such wonderful treasures and realize that at that moment letting go is what is best for them in spite of how painful it is for us.  Perhaps a glimpse of what the Father felt sending his Son to suffer & die to grace those who believe with eternal life.  God Bless you Beck Family.  May His grace, love, mercy and comfort be with you all now, tomorrow, and always.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing Victor with us!  What a champ!  No words can express what you and your family are going through.  Been there before a number of times.  Take comfort in the beautiful poems others have posted.  BELIEVE in the Rainbow Bridge!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000456139883 Deb Speelman

    Glenn, I’ve been putting off seeing these pictures because it brings back memories of my Rocky’s farewell 10 months ago and the pain it brings back (I have the lump in the throat and tears welling up as I type this message). I pray for you and your family to get through this, and hope God is taking good care of Victor.

    I know my Rocky is waiting for me at The Rainbow Bridge (I still talk to him every day) and I look forward to the day I hear my “Little Brat Dog” once again mouth the word “mama” in his special way.

    Please know you, your family, and Victor are so very loved by those in our little Beck community. We will never forget the stories you’ve told of Victor and of the years of joy he brought to you and your family.

    God Bless.

    Deb Speelman
    Alva Florida
     

  • Anonymous

    I’m praying for you and your family, Glenn. Thanks for sharing your moments with Victor. It helped take me back to the moments with some of my buddies now waiting for me.

    It’s never easy. But how they shaped and molded your life is the treasure they leave behind.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, when anyone comes to see us, they are also coming to see our canine children.  They are not large German Shepard dogs…. are actually small furry white shitzus – but they are our best friends.  While I have lost dogs over the years, the pain never gets easier, but the memories do get sweeter.  God really and truly gave humanity a special gift when he gave us our dog/children.  I know when I get home from work, they will be absolutely ecstatic to see me.  Shoot, I can walk to the mail box and be gone 10 minutes, and they will be ecstatic to see me!  We are praying for God’s grace as you endure such a difficult and sad time. 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, my heart is broken with you and family . I too have cried buckets for your loss. It never gets easier losing a part of the family, no matter how many we lose.  I have a 11 yrs old boxer that is going downhill so your loss it particularly vivid for me.  God bless you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Victor was beautiful in every way. What a sad parting, but a glorious  thanksgiving for God’s having allowed you to share love for so many years  -  life doesn’t get any better than that.  Give thanks for the time you had together!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, Having had to put down several dogs I feel your pain and know the loss your family feels.  All my dogs have been like family. Our current dog was a rescue and was 6 years old
    when we got her.  She just started having grand mal seizures. We have her on medication now.
    That has been hard.  Your in my prayers and no matter what,you did what was right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Todd/1424651317 Scott Todd

     I’ll be crawling with cats when my time comes, then!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002328919268 Robert Goemann

    Glenn, I had a cat that was the same as your gentle giant. He was 15 years old. was part of our family. I feel he saved my life. He came to my life when I was deeply depressed and being an outsider at school. Sure I was only a teenager. But this little man was a human trapped in a cat’s body. He was always around for us when we needed a shoulder to cry on. He was around when we just needed a great smile. He was a true friend and great friend. He has been gone for 6 years now but my mother and I still find ourselves looking for him. Yes it is hard to get those thoughts and images from our daily lives, but I dont want to ever because he was one in a billion cat and we miss him so. So when you talked about your dog I cried again and thought of my cat so I feel for you and your family. God will bless you and your family and will bring you life that will continue to grow and protect you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wpdbill Bill Withycombe

    As a person who has rescued my share of animals and at this time, I have seven dogs sleeping at my feet. I can only say that dogs are one of God’s true gifts to man.

    Bill Withycombe

  • Anonymous

    WOW!  Brings back memories of the last pet we had to put down due to age and health.  We both stood across the table at the Vet’s and cried – especially my husband as our little Keisha was his best friend when I left for work.  The next day when I called him on break, he was still in bed – had nothing to keep him company.  Then I cried.  My friend said go get another dog today.  She went with me and I bought a little puppy which became his new best friend.  Loved the Rainbow Bridge story but I cried as I read it.  Our pets do love us unconditionally.  Sure hope they are there to meet us.  Thoughts and prayers with you and your family Glenn.  

  • Anonymous

    Glen,and family especially Ralph,my true heartfelt wishes for a smooth recovery of your greif,  this has has been a very thereputic event for all us loyal fans of you and for true dog lovers if you have lived and loved your pet this is something we have all gone thru probably more than once.  I have never balled like a baby so hard and for so long when our 7 yr old labradoole Romeo died sudenly from a stomach problem, the same Romeo I brought back to life with mouth to nose resustation racing to the week end vet clinic when he ate a poiseness frog at 2 years old I just kept him breathing till the vet took.over.
    Or when our sheltie Roxie died at 12 yrs old when got got into some poison recently spread on the golf couse behind us.  Dogs have be given some sort special powers by GOD to touch our hearts and lives that even though we know they don’t live as long as we do it is so hard to adjust to life without them. They give us unconditional love that grows everyday and never fades, they want our attention everyminute but are willing to wait till we have it to give and they always show their excitement by wagging their tails and give kisses till we can take anymore.
    Thier eyes have love and give love because they just love us so much we are their life.
    We now are so deeply in love with our 1 yr old labradoodle Sophie as I am sure Ella will steal your hearts and become just as loved and cherished as Victor but he as all of our old friends will never leave our treasured memories.
    All the best,
    Terry

  • Anonymous

    So sorry for your lost but he is not suffering any more.  What a wonderful dog.  Love and prayers to all.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, I thought of you and your family and prayed for you all weekend. My family lost both our dogs to old age in the last three years, God was merciful and both had hearts which just gave out, one in the middle of the night, after playing with a kitten hours before, the other in the middle of the day. The next year my husband joined them in Heaven. He missed his dogs and had been battling cancer and heart disease. A squad came to take him to the ER, when they got him across from the dog house where his beloved “Hudini” had died the year before, his heart stopped.  Mark Levin has a wonderful book about having to make the decision you just did. It’s called “Rescueing Sprite” and used to be available on his web site, perhaps it still is. Many call his show and tell how it comforted their family at just such a time. I read parts of it to my husband after we lost Hudini and it seemed to help his pain.

  • Mike Nelson

    My vet sent a card with this tale/poem after I lost my Little Buddy; it still brings tears of anguished joy for the lost love, and the knowledge that he’s not in pain anymore.  I have only a few pictures, but one of them is priceless, and I still pet the picture almost every day before sleep, just the way I used to rub the top of his nose.  He was my best friend in the world, and it’s not been even 6 months since he went.

    God rest our animal friends/guardians; no such creation brings as much joy as the cherished animals we know as family, and no such creation could affect us so, were it not a creation of God’s own hand.

    I have no doubt that I’ll see my little pals again at the Bridge, and if not, then God will have to accept that I cannot yet enter without looking for them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Debbie-Church/1022739106 Debbie Church

    I too thought of you and your family this weekend.  I said many prayers and thought back to all the times in my life I’ve had to make the same, heart-wrenching decision.  The most recent time was just 3 weeks ago.  The urgent care where Lucky was euthanized (she had fluid around her lungs due to cancer)  sent us a card with her paw print on it with the words, “pets leave paw prints on our hearts.” 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been praying for you and your family since I commented last week…. and I will continue to pray for you all as you grieve.  Your time with Victor isn’t finished – you will have an eternity with him!

  • Pamela Peltonen

    You are still in our prayers Glenn and family. You guys are always in our prayers!

  • Cheri Wayne

    In my life time which is almost 55 years, I have lost over 25 pets that have all very long happy lifes. I understand what you feel at this time. There is peace in knowing that they have done there jobs cared for there families helped me raise my children. And been more than hero’s to our family. We never choose to take there lives but respect your choice to do so. This is a very personel thing and should be, as you did up to your whole family. God bless know in your hearts that you shall be together again someday. All was created in the spiritual before the fisical.  

  • Anonymous

    I know how you all felt. My little 18 year old, Carly Sue, died in Jan. I spent her last three days holding her almost constantly, and the last night, I knew she was going and so instead of me sleeping next to her on the floor, I got into the bed and put her where she had usually slept. About an hour later, I woke up, and she must have just died, sleeping next to me. I guess she had made a noise or something as she passed on, that woke me up. I gave her one last hug and kiss. Big vacant spot in my heart, but I do believe there are dogs in heaven and she will be waiting for me.