We said goodbye to Portia on the 15th of August and to be honest, the rest of August has kind of been a long, washed out blur. I was so surprised the other day to realize it was nearly the end of the month. Didn’t I just start August? But saying goodbye to Pcakes has really hit us hard. I call this picture her Disney Princess shot – the eyelashes! the tail! so precious!


Letting her go was definitely the right decision, but it’s still pretty shitty. When we knew she was sick, and that it was serious, I prayed that the decisions I knew I would have to make would be clear and obvious. And they were. I’m quite grateful in that respect. It’s never easy to lose a pet, but it was completely obvious it was what was best for her.


For a large dog, she was surprisingly quiet and I wasn’t sure how that would translate to our household. She’s left a really big hole. While she wasn’t loud, she was always THERE and she had a big presence. Her personality really was larger than life!


She was a very HAPPY dog, although sometimes she got a little pissy at us for not giving her enough food. I always said, anyone who says dogs don’t or can’t smile must not have seen Portia’s face!


We’ll be missing her a long time for sure.

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3 comments on “Feeling blue

  1. Samantha T.

    I’m so sorry for your loss!
    A baby with a smile like that must be having loads of adventures in doggy heaven now and you made the best decision anyone could in that sort of position. I don’t think I could have been as strong as you.
    Best wishes.

    1. margaritagakis Post author

      Aw, thank you! You know, the other day, I told my sister I wished I had a sign Portia made it okay to the other side. And my sister said,”Like What?” and I said, “I don’t know. Like snow?” because Portia’s FAVORITE THING WAS SNOW.

      and then IT SNOWED ON FRIDAY OF LAST WEEK. Now, I live in Calgary, AB, and we’ve had some crazy weather, but I don’t know that we’ve ever had snow in August!
      So I’m sure she made it there okay and is frolicking in doggie wonderland!

      1. Pauline Sarasin

        I do believe in this sort of stuff. Sorry to hear about the dog. My brother just lost Duke after 15 years. Just finished reading Ravenwood. The best story ever!!! Please write more under that pen name. You have a good day and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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