Allow me this stage to honor one of my best friends.

Cisco
Cisco at a healthier time

“Is he scared?”

That has always been the question asked by people who first meet Cisco. We always say the same thing, “No. He just has a nervous condition.”

From an early age Cisco started getting the shakes. It is one of the things that always made people fall in love with him because you couldn’t help but want to snuggle with him to make him feel safe, even after you were told he wasn’t scared. He is also the only dog we have that doesn’t insist upon jumping on everyone that walks in our house. He just patiently waits for you to make your way in, and then he waits for you to come to him. Because he knows you will. Everyone does.

This is why he’s always their favorite. It doesn’t matter who “they” are.

We don’t have favorites, of course. We love all of our dogs equally.

But if we had a favorite? It would be Cisco.

Donnie and Cisco have been together longer. Almost 10 years now. Because Donnie brought Cisco home, someone brought Lil’Girl to him months later as a stray. And they would have a litter of puppies together that would give the extended family Daisy and Rosco who would go to live with MrZ’s parents. Essentially, when Donnie brought home Cisco? He paved the way for three other dogs to enter our family. He is the patriarch of the Bostons in our lives. Hell – he’s the patriarch of our cats too.

Cisco doesn’t like it when people hug. I’m not sure why. He doesn’t like dancing either. Or when we do workout videos. I’m the most thankful for that last one. Always gave me a good excuse to opt out.

Cisco’s tongue is larger than normal and his teeth are too small. This means his tongue is always hanging out of his mouth just a little bit. Cutest. Thing. Ever. Trust me.

Cisco loves to hang out at my feet at the desk. He also like to cuddle under blankets and tables. I think he chooses the shelter to protect him from the crazy female canines he’s forced to live with. They don’t do much to help a guy relax, that’s for sure.

We’re taking Cisco in today. I can’t even say what we’re taking him in to do. But we’re doing it. And we’re going to stay there with him until he’s gone. We owe him that. This last weekend has been perfect. Well, as perfect as it could be with a dog whose body is shutting down under the weight of cancer. But he’s been in good spirits and allowed us to pamper him and snuggle with him and spoil him. I’m glad we had this weekend. Monday, he took a turn for the worse which is fate’s way of letting us know we’re making the right decision.

We’re going to miss him terribly. I cry as I write this. I don’t want to think of not seeing him when I wake up every morning. I don’t want to think of times on the couch without him at the crook of my legs. I don’t want to think about him not being here to bark at visitors and dancers alike.

I’ve always been the most intrigued by Eastern religions when it comes to the afterlife. I’m not a subscriber to the pearly gates of heaven, but I seem to be able to most wrap my mind around someone’s soul or consciousness, moving to a higher state of existence if they’ve reached their potential in a previous life. I really like that idea with Cisco. I want to imagine him continuing his journey elsewhere. I can’t imagine him gone for good. I don’t want to.

I guess if you’ve never lost a pet, or never been close to an animal, this may seem a little extreme to you. But for those of you who have dogs at home who run to the door to greet you when they hear your keys, or who lick your face and chew your shoes. Will you give them an extra big treat tonight? In memory of Cisco? Thanks.

Buddies
Cisco with a much younger NikkiZ

Care
Cisco is not sick in this picture, LilGirl was just always such a good wife cleaning his ears when he needed it. I do not follow her example with MrZ.

Naptime Buddies
Cisco is the best dog in the world to snuggle with

Zoot and Cisco
Four years ago. We both look so young.

MrZ and Cisco
Speaking of looking young…

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The huge tongue is a Cisco trademark.

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Even riddled with cancer, the tongue is still prominent. Nothing will stop the tongue. Cisco is the dog LilZ’s known the longest and the first pet he’s had to lose. His heart breaks too.

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I don’t think NikkiZ will remember Cisco, but I know for sure AndyZ won’t. This makes me saddest of all.

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She gave him extra love this weekend too. Even though she pretty much can’t stand any animal that even so much as looks at her.

Cisco Showing Off
Another one from four years ago. And probably the image that will linger with me whenever I think of Cisco because this was the trick we used the most when showing him off.

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Daddy will miss him the most. He will always be his first child. The two of them only had each other for quite some time, until Lil’Girl and some girl named Zoot entered their lives.

Cisco
We love you, Cisco.

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159 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    Big hugs to you all!

  2. Bonnie says:

    I am weeping for you reading this. I’ve only had my dogs for a few years and I can’t imagine ever losing one.

    Hugs to your family.

  3. Leanne says:

    Beautiful…and yes I did give my Westie an extra treat tonight in memory of your precious Cisco.

    My thoughts are with you all Zoot xo

  4. secha says:

    I never cry, yet this post is making me bawl like a baby. I’m so sorry you and your family have to go through with this, Zoot. *big hugs* My thoughts are with you all, and especially Cisco. <3

  5. The Bug says:

    I’m so sorry, Zoot. It’s one of the hardest decisions to make, but you are doing the the right thing. The Zoot family is in my thoughts!

  6. Lisa says:

    *sniff*, now I’m crying, just reading this. Hugs to the whole family. Our pets are part of the family. Cisco was so loved and had a great life, I hope you can find comfort in that. We had to say good bye to our Bayley over a year ago and I still miss her like mad. Our Sage is riddled with tumors and we know it’s only a matter of time for her.

    *sniff*

  7. Susan D. says:

    Sending you big hugs and good thoughts today. I’m so sorry that you are going through this. Treats for Z&Z in honor of Cisco tonight.

  8. Anna says:

    I had to go through this same thing just a couple months ago, with my childhood dog. I had no idea how hard it would be. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts, and I’ll be sure to give Capone the Chihuahua an extra snausage tonight in memory of Cisco.

  9. bouncy czech says:

    beautifully said. *sniff*
    losing a loved one is so hard.

    my thoughts are with you

  10. Alli says:

    Excellent tribute. Thinking of your family today.

  11. Cheri says:

    My thoughts are with you.

  12. robin says:

    I’m so sorry.

  13. Carrie says:

    I am crying for you and your family on this difficult day. I am so sorry.

  14. Sandy says:

    My thoughts are with you all today!

  15. jessica says:

    you guys are in my thoughts. the puppies even got potatoes with breakfast this morning in honor of Cisco. Hugs, Zoot Family.

  16. kate says:

    My thoughts are with you and your family today. I have three miniature dachshunds, and they will all be getting extra loves and treats tonight in memory of Cisco.

  17. Kathy says:

    I’m so sorry. :( I’ll give my dog extra hugs today in his honor.

  18. Monica says:

    I am crying, too. My dogs and cats are my babies, and I have been through this twice. It was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve done, so I understand. I’m glad your weekend with Cisco was perfect. You all will be in my thoughts. I am very sorry.

  19. You’d have to have a teeny tiny stone for a heart to not “get” this. I’m sending good thoughts to all of you today as you say goodbye to a dear old friend.

  20. Tracy says:

    I’m very sorry, losing a family member is so hard.

  21. Heather says:

    This is such a beautiful post. I wanted to share that when the time came for this to happen with my parents’ black lab, it was sad but in a way it was also comforting. We stayed with her until she was gone, and I swear she looked thankful somehow. They say dogs will hang on as long as you let them, so we wanted her not to have pain and it seemed like the right thing. It was very sad, painful, and we all grieved, but it was nice to be able to be there with her.

    I will be thinking of you and your family today. I am so sorry this has to happen.

  22. E! says:

    Zoot, I remember losing my cat when I was a senior in high school…the cat who was my pre-school graduation gift, the cat who snuggled with my Mom post-divorce when my sister and I weren’t there, the cat who came running every time tuna was opened. They live on through our memories and seeing them not suffer anymore is the greatest gift I’ve ever received albeit a painful one.

    I do believe all dogs go to heaven. :-)

  23. Krista says:

    I’m so sorry. ~hugs~

  24. Amanda says:

    I’m with E. They go to heaven, and from there they keep an eye on us until we can meet them again. I have to believe this. My two dogs are my babies. The oldest one is eight and a half now… She’s quite the senior citizen now, you know? And healthy though she is… I recognize that one day she won’t be with us anymore. I will be inconsolable that day.

    I’m saying a little prayer for Cisco, for LilGirl and for your family. I hope it helps to know that doing this will keep him from suffering any more. He won’t be in pain, and you’ll remember him as the happy, cuddly dog he’s always been, not the sick, pained dog he would otherwise become.

    He loves you. And he’s not scared. You’ll meet again.

  25. Sam says:

    I’m so sorry, Kim, and Cisco is truly a very handsome, sweet puppy. He is so blessed to have such a great family to love him like y’all have. And YES – there is a great big heaven for dogs, where they can run and nap and get as dirty as they want. And they always, always catch that dang squirrel!

  26. I’m so sorry…. thinking of you and your family.

  27. Christina says:

    This made me tear up (mostly because I am at work and cannot cry out loud…) I will give our wee pups an extra treat in honor of Cisco. I have no idea what I will do when our dogs, Santana and Lucy, get to this point. I am so so sorry for your lose.

  28. Sheryl says:

    Ok, totally crying now. I’m so sorry. Goodbye Cisco, thanks for making your family’s life so much more awesome.

  29. Melizzard says:

    Thinking about you and the family today. We went through this almost exactly a year ago – it sucked. But in the end because it was the right thing to do there was peace.

  30. Hazel says:

    I know how you are feeling and there are no words. This poem may comfort you in a few weeks.

    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…

  31. zootsmom says:

    I love you honey…I love you too Cisco. You will be missed..

  32. Amy says:

    Zoot, I’m so sorry. I think losing a beloved pet is so damn hard because they love unconditionally. They don’t hold grudges, and they are always happy to see you.

    Knowing it is the right decision doesn’t necessarily make it easier, but knowing that Cisco will no longer suffer can hopefully soften the blow.

  33. Lauren says:

    I am sitting at work sobbing right now. I truly do know what you are going through – have done it before and will have to do it again (our black lab is 15 and has been with me for more than half of my life). As someone else who spent many years in Catholic school and has strayed, my mind still managed to immediately turn to Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals, and I have said a prayer for Cisco. [God, I can't stop crying] I truly, with all of my heart, believe his soul will move on and you will see him again in all of his happy, healthy, snuggly, big-tongued glory. Kim, Donnie, LilZ, NikkiZ, AndyZ – I am so deeply sorry for this loss and the pain. Please know I will be thinking of you and Cisco all day.

  34. Randi says:

    Kim, I’m so, so sorry about Cisco. I love the Rainbow Bridge story, and truly believe that our pets will either be there to welcome us…wherever we’re going…or that they will come back to us some other way.

    I pampered all three of our dogs last night with some leftover ham and a huge ham bone and though of you and Cisco the entire time.

    ((hugs))

  35. Tracy says:

    weeping at my desk again. goodbye sweet little dog.

  36. Tina says:

    Many hugs and kisses to you and your family. I was reading your blog this morning and I shed a tear for you. God bless you and your family.

  37. bessie.viola says:

    Hugs to you & your family. You will see Cisco again, of this I’m sure.

  38. Susan says:

    Cisco certainly is a handsome little guy and clearly brought your family tremendous joy. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  39. Beachgal says:

    There are just no words. What a loving tribute. I’m so sorry.

  40. Carrisa says:

    My heart is breaking for you. Goodbye Cisco. You’re a great dog and you won’t ever be forgotten.

  41. stace says:

    oh girl……… my heart hurts. i’m so glad i got to love cisco, and i’ll miss him too. that was a beautiful tribute! i wish everyone could know him. i know this day; it’s too familiar and fresh. i’m so sorry…… can i bring you bean dip and beer…….. :(

  42. Mary says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My dog (also named Cisco) died last year on Christmas Eve. I miss him so much.

  43. Alias Mother says:

    I’ve lived through too many pets and I know the heartbreak, especially for the really, really special ones that become a part of you.

    You are doing right by Cisco, which is all any of us can for our pets. Lots of sympathy here.

  44. Jessica says:

    My deepest sympathy – what a lovely tribute.

  45. stacey says:

    I am so sorry. It is the hardest thing to have to do. Your animals are part of your life, your children. I know my animals have been and will continue to be. I hate it when an pet has to go away. Hardest thing ever to do. I wish you all the best of luck today getting through. This was a lovely tribute and I hope it helps in a way.

  46. shokufeh says:

    I’m so sad for you, and all of your family. And I’m not even a pet person. But your last few posts have made me cry, because I can feel how much your heart is breaking.

  47. Charmed says:

    (((hugs))) to the zoot family. I’ve never commented here before but AS I was reading this post, my bff called and let me know her 15 year old toy poodle passed this morning. Losing a pet is HARD.

  48. Kim says:

    I am so sorry. I have been there. A couple of years ago we had to put our miniature Schnauzer, Festus, out of pain. We had him for 14 years. Today we have a year old Black Lab, Pepper, who is a sweetheart. But we will always miss Festus. You will be in my thoughts today. One thing that helped my family is we knew in our hearts that Festus had a great life and was very, very loved. That is what it is all about. Take care.
    Kim

  49. bad penguin says:

    Goodbye Cisco. And hugs for the whole Zoot family.

  50. Jennifer says:

    I went through this in August and it is still hard for me to think of it. I feel your pain. Even though you know you are doing the right thing, it does not make it any easier. I will be thinking of you.

  51. katie says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry. He is an ADORABLE little guy!

  52. alimomof3 says:

    I’m so sorry. Before we had kids, we filled our life with pets. We had 2 dogs and 3 cats all about the same age. We only have one cat left, and it has been a hard few years. We were able to be with each of them at the end, and I am grateful for that.

    Cisco was a lucky dog.

  53. Jessica says:

    What a lucky dog to have been loved so much. And what a lucky family to have been loved so much by Cisco. I will give extra hugs to my black and white kitty tonight in honor of Cisco!

  54. Elaine says:

    I’ll go home and give my Cady a big hug and a treat tonight in honor of Cisco. He must have been a great dog and I’m really sorry you guys have to lose him.

  55. Sandy says:

    This was such a great tribute for Cisco!

    I don’t have any children, so my pets have become my children. Pets sure have a special place in our hearts.

  56. Jenera says:

    I am almost crying for you ::hugs:: I don’t know the feeling of losing a pet but I do know how it is to feel they are a part of your family in such a way.

  57. Tara says:

    I was crying for you & Cisco this weekend, especially as I had to help our aging, sickly 14-year-old border collie go outside to pee. He still has his good days, but he probably won’t be around this time next year, and we already said goodbye to his brother last year.

    NikkiZ may remember more than you think. I didn’t think our son would remember Max much, but it’s been a year since we lost Max, and Dylan still asks about him sometimes. (Dylan was a little over 2.5 at the time)

    Hugs to all of you–I know this is terrible. Cisco was so lucky to have you, just as you were to have him.

  58. april says:

    So very sorry. Sending good thoughts your way and best wishes to Cisco on the next phase of his journey.

    Jack and Cooper send woofs your way and I’ll give them a little extra love in honor of your sweet boy.

  59. Tiffani says:

    That was beautiful, Zoot. Sending hugs and good thoughts. I’m so sorry. It makes me think of our Eb and how much we miss her. She was our first dog as a couple, and she was so soft and sweet and cuddly. It’s been 5 years.

    We’ll give our Carlo extra hugs and treats tonight in honor of Cisco.

  60. steff says:

    I am sooo sorry.

    Zoie will get a scrambled egg tonight, her favorite treat, in honor of Cisco.

  61. Coleen says:

    Kim, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will give Sherman an extra treat tonight for sure.

  62. Jessica says:

    I’ve been following your updates on Cisco and it makes me so sad to hear that the test results did not come back with good news. Your post today and Friday were very touching and I feel so sad for you and your family. I don’t have pets and didn’t grow up with them, but I cannot imagine how you feel now. While it’s sad he won’t be with you anymore, you have so many great memories with him and pictures to share with NikkiZ and AndyZ. And LilZ will be able to share stories too. He’ll always be with you.

  63. Hugs for you and your family! I know how hard it is to lose a pet. Thinking of you.

  64. dori says:

    I’m so sorry Zoot and whole family!!!!!

    Cisco will be dancing in the fields with our 12 hamsters that have passed along and my old dogs Cocoa and Blackie…

  65. AKLadyJ says:

    Big big treats for my dogs tonight in honor of yours. In our family, pets in need of moving on “go to a farm”…here’s hoping Cisco the biggest and best farm out there.

  66. Karin says:

    I know how hard it is – having been there twice. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Picture him running happy and painfree in the green grass and remember all these happy times. And know that I understand exactly what you’re saying and how much it hurts to lose your precious dog. *hugs*

  67. SupaCoo says:

    I am crying so hard :( I can’t even imagine how hard this must be for you and your family. My heart is breaking for your loss.

  68. Lisa says:

    A beautiful piece. My heart hurts along with yours and your family’s. I’ve said “thank you” and I’ve said “good bye” to the most loyal friends I’ve ever had. Thank you for the unconditional love, the joy, and the privilege of being your “person” in this life, the privilege of having you in my life. As for good bye? I believe that there’s more, and I believe, with all my heart, that happiness exists for our furry family out there in the great unknown… I look forward to meeting them again…. I hope you do too…

  69. Samantha says:

    I am so sorry about Cisco. I know how hard it is to lose a dog, I still miss ours and it has been 4 years. Hugs to you and your family.

  70. Kelly says:

    Crying here… so very sorry that Cisco is so sick.

    This was an amazing tribute, to what very obviously is an amazing pup! :)

  71. MrsGroovy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets become our children even after we have real human children. My thought go out to your family today and in the days to come.

  72. Carolyn says:

    So sorry for all the Zoots. I had to put down my 18 yr old kitty two years ago – and I had absolutely no idea it would be that hard and that awful. Can only imagine what you’re all going through. hugs to everyone. :(

  73. Stefanie says:

    My heart just breaks for ya’ll. I’ll give my babies extra hugs and kisses tonight in honor of Cisco.

    I still miss the cats I grew up with. They are a part of your family and there’s no forgetting them.

  74. Marilyn says:

    Oh Kim… *hugs*

    You made me cry. Losing a pet is always so hard and I hate that it ever has to happen at all. Cisco looked like an awesome pet. And awesome FAMILY MEMBER, actually, because that’s what they are. It looks like you have some great memories to hold close.

    Godspeed, Cisco.

  75. What a sweetie he was. I’m so sorry.

  76. Amber says:

    I’m so sorry, honey. You’ll all be in my thoughts today.

  77. gabrielle says:

    I’m so sorry that y’all have to go through with this, but I think you should be proud that you are doing the right thing for your sweet doggie. Our thoughts are with you, and we will hug our sweet doggie and kitties extra hard tonight in Cisco’s honor.

  78. Brenda says:

    Lots of (((HUGS)))

  79. ksmaybe says:

    My heart goes out to you Zoot family-two and four legged members. I will give my two an extra treat for Cisco tonight.

  80. amanda says:

    Oh, Zoot family. I am so sad for your loss. And you’ll see a healthy Cisco again one day, of that I am sure. Hugs to you all.

  81. jayne says:

    hugs to you all today. so sorry !

  82. Melissa says:

    I had to make the same decision in December for one of my girls, so I know how hard it is. I will give my remaining two dogs an extra squeeze and some cheese for Cisco tonight.

  83. Chrissy says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Cisco. My thoughts are with all of you.

  84. Cat says:

    Beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss.

  85. Mimi says:

    I am so sorry you have to go through this. Cisco looks like an awesome little guy! I will give my furbabies extra love tonight in honor of him. My thoughts are with you.

  86. Sierra says:

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute and his tongue really is the cutest thing ever.

  87. Amy says:

    I’m so sorry that your family is going through this immense pain. We’ve been there before and are crying with you today.

  88. alfredsmom says:

    I am so sorry zoot family. I will give my dogs extra love and treats tonight.

  89. Jenn says:

    I’m mostly a lurker but I just wanted to let you know that I will be thinking of your whole family and sweet Cisco today. I consider my dogs my children and the thought of them getting older and possibly getting sick just makes me cry.
    I am wiping away the tears now after reading your post.
    Just know that all of us will be thinking of you today.

  90. jen says:

    I am so sorry about Cisco. I will give mine an extra hug and treat tonight.

  91. margalit says:

    Losing a dog (or even a cat) is heartbreaking. To make the decision to help the dog over ‘the rainbow bridge’ is even more difficult, but you have honored Cisco and you have taken special care of him this past week. You done really good, Zoot. Really good. I’ve been there more times than I care to remember, and the pain is tremendous. We’ll be hugging our pets extra today to honor Cisco.

  92. Janet says:

    I’m sorry, Kim…goodbye and peace to you, Cisco :-)

  93. Shina Hart says:

    Tears are streaming right now. I’m so sorry. I’ll be thinking of you all the rest of the day. (((Zoots)))

  94. Nienuh says:

    (((hug))). I’m sorry. Take care.

  95. Michelle says:

    I’m trying to control my tears here at work. I know how horrible this is. Cancer/kidney failure caused me to make the same decision nearly eight years ago for my sweet Katy, who got me through one of the hardest years of my life. It still hurts. But the memories are fond.

  96. Gayle says:

    Zoot, I feel so sorry for you and your family.

    Cisco was fortunate to have you guys, and you were fortunate to have him.

    You’ve written such a tender tribute.

  97. Jen says:

    Really rough. It takes courage to make the difficult decisions for those in your care. All the best to your family (those with 4 legs and with 2), with hopes that 10 years of memories will help to cushion the pain of the current loss. Godspeed Cisco!

  98. Angela says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. We lost Luna (our cat) to kidney failure back in May, and, well, I still look for her when I come into the house. She was Jeff’s roommate before he knew me, and stuck with us through three moves, our wedding and the birth of both kids. It sounds like Cisco and Luna had a lot in common.

  99. Jamie says:

    Oh no, Zoot. Hopefully you guys will get a little bit of peace knowing that he’s no longer in pain – even if that means that he’s no longer with you. I’ll give my Doc a big squeeze and a special treat tonight in the name of a gentleman named Cisco.

  100. Anne B. says:

    I am so, so sorry that you have to do this today. Your post was very touching and I am thinking about you and your family today. Losing ANY member of your family is incredibly difficult.

  101. Erin says:

    I am so, so deeply sorry. I have cats (dogs in catsuits, truth be told) and they are my family. My heart and soul. I have tremendous sympathy for you.

    I’ve done a lot of reading on eastern religions and I believe the consciousness lives on without the body. You are setting him free from pain and suffering… he won’t be gone, not really, and even though it won’t be the same, he’ll still be with you. Always.

  102. erin says:

    I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I’ve also been through it (not the cancer in my dog, the putting to sleep) and it’s still hard. It gets easier to remember the good times, definitely. But you never forget. I’m sorry.

  103. I am so sorry, you guys are good doggy parents. Now I am headed to a faculty meeting with runny mascara, but once my sister (RaisingSteamboat) made mention of it, I needed to check on you. This blog world is a weird one.

  104. Katy says:

    I’m sat here trying not to cry right now. You have the hardest decision to make and I know if it was my dog, I honestly don’t think I could do it. Your all in my thoughts. Goodnight Cisco.

  105. Jenny says:

    I am so very sorry. We had to do the same thing to our little Bailey 3 years ago. It still hurts but it gets easier. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  106. Liana says:

    Hugs to you all…

    And I hope Cisco’s journey does continue in some way and that it’ll be beautiful and with no more pain.

  107. Hilary says:

    I am so sorry. There is nothing like losing an animal you love. Wishing all the best to your family and promising to give Ben and Nora (my cats) extra love in Cisco’s name tonight. <3

  108. Ambry says:

    My heart goes out to all of you. Cisco, you’ll be dearly missed. Much love to you Cisco, & to the rest of the Zoot family from a fellow dog-lover & her precious two – Zoe, Loki, & Ambry.

  109. Holly says:

    words cannot express my sympathy

  110. kali says:

    My deepest sympathies.

  111. junkie says:

    oh, girl…….i can barely see through the tears to type this. over the years i can’t even begin to count all the people i’ve told about cisco….how he’s the best cuddler ever, how his tongue is the best thing ever, how he is THE dog that made me fall in love with bostons (no offense to lil girl, of course), and that no matter how many bostons i’ve been drawn to throughout the years b/c of him……..NONE of them have compared to him. and that goes even beyond bostons as well.

    my heart (and ariel’s) break with you for losing such a precious gift and integral part of your family. i too hate it for the babies who won’t be so lucky to remember him in their lives as we will.

    i love you all so much and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. i will definitely go home and love on our sweet boy extra tonight….and probably for many nights to come…each time i remember how blessed i’ve been to know cisco and have him.

    i love you….and cisco always. and i know he’s not finished…….he’s loving wherever it is he is and making all those around him just as happy as he made all of us.

  112. Scott Whitlock says:

    Oh, honey. I remember when I first met that beautiful little dog, his shake, his tongue. As you know, I’m not even an overt lover of animals, and he melted my heart. I’m so sorry to hear about this. My thoughts are with you and MrZ and LilZ.

  113. Mandee says:

    What a sweet, sweet tribute. I am so very sorry for your loss and will give my girl an extra squeeze tonight in honor of Cisco.

  114. Haley says:

    Thinking of you today.

  115. Lynn says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  116. brit says:

    Thanks for sharing Cisco with us…hugs

  117. Kate says:

    I am so sorry.

  118. Jezer says:

    I’m so, so sorry, and so sad for you all.

  119. Heather says:

    Aw Kim :( I’m glad you’ve had such wonderful times with your dog, and I’m sorry that they have to end. And you’re right – the tongue thing is about the cutest ever!

  120. Mrs. Flinger says:

    I’ve lost a dog. I’m so sorry.

  121. Janna says:

    Just started reading your site a few months ago and wanted to say I’m so sorry about Cisco. Your pictures and post, naturally, produces tears. Our beagle Howie is getting extra snuggles and treats for Cisco and all of you. :-(

  122. Dani says:

    What a beautiful tribute! He will be gone, but not forgotten. That is evident in your loving words and memories. My thoughts are with you and the Zoot family.

  123. Belinda says:

    Oh I’m so sorry.

    I stayed with my cat Sage until the end. My Vet told me most people don’t do that but I also felt like I owed him that much and I wanted to hold, hug and kiss him when he left. What you’re doing is very hard to do but meaningful all the same for all of you, including Cisco. I don’t regret that decision to this day and I would be there for all my pets that way.

    You’re a lovely Momma, to your natural born and your furry kids.

  124. Z says:

    I am so sorry!

  125. Valeta Brown says:

    *cries* Bye bye Cisco. I’m so sorry. ((hugs to all the zoots))

  126. zandor says:

    Hug. That was such a great post. I’m sorry. I love that his tongue is almost always sticking out. Those pictures are great. Hugs.

  127. Shannon says:

    I’ll miss your loving photos of Cisco. He was certainly loved.

  128. Bonnie says:

    I’ll give Ginger an extra snuggle tonight in Cisco’s honor. So sorry to hear the news. They really come into our lives for a reason and add so much to it, don’t they.

  129. ShortyMom says:

    My thoughts are with you!

  130. aly says:

    i’m so sorry. i bet he’s off playing with two of my puppies “somewhere”. they’ll hang out and show crisco around….. :) {{{{HUGS}}}}

  131. vanessa says:

    Im sorry.My heart aches for you and my eyes are filled with tears ,he is so obviously loved by you all!

  132. Stacy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. That was a beautiful tribute.

  133. WonderSpot says:

    What a great tribute – and wonderful pictures. You encouraged me to give Tonks extra hugs tonight. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  134. phancynancy says:

    Beautiful tribute, and thinking of you all. I was about LilZ’s age when our 17 year old poodle (Cola) had to make his last trip to the vet.

  135. You made me cry with this one. My best to your family.

  136. I’m so sorry, Zoot. I almost cried with this entry, remembering our family cat, Shadow, who was put to sleep just over a year ago after nearly 20 years with our family. I still miss her, and I know Cisco will be remembered and missed for a long time.

  137. Hol says:

    My heart is aching, and I’m crying. What a touching tribute to Cisco. He will be forever loved, and missed. The Zoot family is in my thoughts.

  138. Rachael says:

    He is completely adorable. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  139. beanery says:

    I am just catching up on blogs today. I am so, so sorry for you loss. This was such a touching tribute.

  140. Valerie says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll keep all of you in my thoughts.

  141. blogversary says:

    What a sweetie. Sorry for the loss.

  142. elena says:

    So sorry for your loss. I am so glad that you have so many great memories and pictures to always remember him.

  143. Tam says:

    Well, now I’m crying. I’m so very sorry. I know the pain. Hugs to you all.

  144. Rebecca says:

    My husband and I know the special love a Boston can give. My heart would break if I lost Maggie. Hugs to your entire family.

  145. Rae Ann says:

    I weep for you. Cisco’s spirit will return to you.

  146. Maria says:

    (((((HUGS)))))

  147. Jem says:

    Awww. He’s adorable. I’m crying to read this too – I know what it’s like to lose a pet. I think they become closer to us than most humans because of their inability to do anything towards us except love us. I’m sorry that he has to leave you. I like to think that the ones who leave us are laughing at us from wherever they go, like “Hello! We still exist, just in another form! Oh well, you’ll find out one day…” I guess I like that ’cause it’s comforting, but also because I can imagine it to be true. Anyway I hope you’re all doing okay, you guys were such an amazing family for him. <3

  148. Awww I’m so sorry. It’s so nice that you shared him with us – he looks like he was an awesome dog.

  149. Kristin-mom24boys1girl says:

    i am sorry about your loss
    i lost my two year old cocker spaniel right after my 22nd birthday and i cried for days on end. she was like my baby. i know how you feel and how your family feels.
    i will keep you all in my thoughts.

  150. Jill says:

    I’m new here and just bawled while reading this. It’s the 2nd post today I’ve seen where people had to put their pets to sleep. As I sit with my 7 year old Labrador, I shudder to think of the day she’ll no longer be with us.

    Good thoughts are with you.

  151. Shawna says:

    So sorry for your loss Zoot.

  152. Courtney says:

    My heart breaks for you guys. Cisco will always know he was loved.

  153. Dawn says:

    We lost a pet this past week too!
    I feel your pain…

    :(

  154. oh, z, i’m so sorry. i just saw this today. how rough for you guys. i will make sure the Jersey girl gets some ‘nanner (her fave — weird little dog) tonight in honor of Cisco. :)

  155. Jolene says:

    I just stumbled on your blog because I was searching on MY dog’s name – which is Zoot! Being an animal lover I saw all your cute pics and then read this post about the loss of your little Cisco. What a lovely tribute, in thought and in photos. It made me cry, but also made me feel happy that your sweet little dog was so well loved in his life. What a lucky little dude. Take care from me and my Zoot.

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