146 thoughts on “Lyle: 2009-2012

  1. Once again, I come up with a Dr. Seuss quote even if it might not be a consolation right away: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” It seems to me that Lyle made you smile a lot while he was there.

  2. So very sorry for your loss. Lyle, look up my mini red named Tinker Bell or as her ‘daddy’ called her ‘Killer’. She loved to play and run but she barked at anyone who dared walk down her street.

  3. Jenny, Lani, Alastair, Sweetness & Light (Plus all of the furry members of Lyle’s family),

    I am so sorry to hear of Lyle’s death. He truly was a terrific dog and, with his indomitable spirit, a role model for all of us. He didn’t care that he wasn’t supposed to survive as long as he did. He lived his life with spirit and fun. Lyle gave freely of his affection and accepted love and care from all of you just as freely. Rest easy, little guy.

    Thanks for sharing him with us through the blog.

    Hugs and condolences to all!

  4. ((((hugs))) to all of you. I’m so sad for you, but so happy for all you were able to share with each other during your time together. You were all lucky to have one another.


  5. He had a great life with all of you, and I’m sure he’ll be missed.
    I think if there’s a heaven for dogs, it’d be full of rank smells and things to roll in. Little bowls of cheese cubes and meat chunks whenever they’re hungry. Unlimited access to inside and outside, for playing. Tug-of-War ropes and toys to chew. And never-ending head skritches.

  6. Very sorry to hear about your loss. Each time one of them goes they just seem to take a little piece of your heart with them.

  7. What a sweet little face. When grief rubs you raw, keep reminding yourself that he got to spend his life loving people who loved him back.

    My deepest sympathies, Jenny.

  8. Oh, nooooooo. I knew this was coming eventually, but he’d hung so long and seemed like such a feisty little guy, I hoped he’d magically beat the odds and live a long life.

    It’s so hard to lose a dog – I don’t think anything can prepare you for it or soften the blow. Huge hugs to all of you who knew and loved Lyle.

  9. Oh, no. Lyle. *sniffles* It has been a privilege to follow along with Lyle’s journey. I thought of him all the time while I was jabbing my little Samhain with her fluids.

    Lots of love and sympathy to Lyle’s family. He was a lucky dog, by Cheesus. *HUGS*

  10. So sorry to hear about Lyle. If ever there was an example of how to live your life (human or canine), he was it. I’m sure he’s taking names. making friends, and rolling around in dirt (or other things) up in doggy heaven.

  11. Jenny – ((((hugs)))) Thanks for sharing him with us. I loved having a state of the Lyle (and the rest of the herd) address every now again. He knew he was loved. You knew he loved you. The world doesn’t seem half bad whenever I can experience the tongue lol grin of a dog or a happy squeal of a baby cuz that’s just pure happiness right there.

  12. So sad…. almost lost my Misty a few weeks ago… I told her about Lyle and she’s still kickin’ it with me. What a sweet- ultimate attitude dog. I’ll miss hearing about his awesomeness!

  13. I’m so happy for the time you had together. My kitty JackFace and I are sending all of you hugs. And are thinking of Lyle today. :)

  14. Thank you for sharing Lyle with us. His life was too short but filled with love – I know he will be missed ((Hugs))

  15. Oh, Lyle. Big hugs to you all and especially those precious girls. I lost a beloved pet when I was their age and the sadness is great, but the joy of a life well-lived and loved does comfort. Lyle was a great dog, happy and special to the end.

  16. What a lucky dog he was to land in the Crusie household. When we lost our canine baby last May, I read Cynthia Rylant’s “Dog Heaven.” It helped to ease my grief. So, so sorry to hear of your loss.

  17. Jenny and the rest of the family (both human and canine) at Squalor on the River,

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Your love and care for Lyle were a wonderful example of pet ownership. Lyle was so very lucky to have you for his people.

    Many hugs. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  18. Oh no! So sorry to hear this. You have my sympathy on the loss of such a great dog. Lyle had such a wonderful, exceptional will to live. Really an inspiration, one of those mysteries of life. He was very lucky to be yours and probably few dogs have been more loved and cared about than Lyle. I’m sure you will miss him–and we’ll miss the great stories about him (thank you)–but he’ll be whole and well wherever he is now. (( Hugs )) to you and your family.

  19. My sympathies to all of you. And I commend you on the excellent care you all took of him.
    Lyle, look up Maximilan, ask him to be doggy angel and help teach puppy how to fetch and not only play keep-away. Thanks.

  20. My sympathy to all of Lyle’s family. I think animals, unlike many humans, are tuned into the whole cycle of life thing. I think they know when it’s time to go and go without any fear – and I believe absolutely that just like with people, their spirit doesn’t stop for a moment. But I know it hurts when they go and I’m so sorry. I have no doubt that right now, this very moment, Lyle is running, jumping, hitting on Killer, and wondering why in the world you’re all sad. Feel better, dear people – when you’re ready.

  21. You all gave Lyle so much. He came to the right place, a place with the patience and love to make his life wonderful while he was here. You gave Lyle a wonderful gift, and Lyle gave you a wonderful gift, he stuck around longer than he had any right to. Thanks for sharing Lyle, he’ll always be a bright spot in my world.

  22. I”m not going to read the comments because I’m already crying. Lyle had a life well lived and well loved and that’s all anyone can ask for. Big hugs to all of his people.

  23. I’m so sorry for your loss. The stories of Lyle, peeing on Death, enjoying the hell out of his life while he had it, were always day-cheerers for me. My sympathies to all of you, human and canine. I’m sure even the squirrels will miss him.

  24. I am so sorry for your loss. It’s the unfortunate price we pay for the incredible love they bring into our lives. It doesn’t matter if we have them for a few months or 14 years. Their love is powerful.

    FGBVs for everyone at Squalor-on-the-River.

  25. What great stories he inspired — and what a happy face in that picture. So, so sorry for your loss.

  26. Oh, Lyle. I’m so sorry for all of you. I know how much he meant to you. He was well and truly loved. There is no greater gift from one soul to another.

  27. I’m so sorry to hear about Lyle. His years with you would have been the best. I’m sure he told you every day how much he appreciated being loved, cuddled and cared for.
    I’m holding back the tears because we’ve been there too. Our rescue dogs, Vivian and Rhani gave us so much.

  28. Oh, I’m so sorry. Like everyone else, I knew the story and that this day would come, but I really hate it for all of you. Take care of one another and lots of hugs and peace to all.

  29. Aw. Well. Shoot. Today will be a tough one, and tomorrow, too, I’m sure. Jenny and all, sending hugs and condolences your way. I’d hand you a handkerchief or two, if I could.

  30. Oh, so sorry to hear the news. Lyle had a great life on the river with his favourite people and doggy pals. Loving thoughts to everyone.

  31. This is very sad news. I too was thinking he’d just keep going. Thank you for sharing him with us. May everyone of his family remember the good times. Hugs and sympathies!

  32. Oh, such a sweetly crazed, happy dog face.

    Helps me to imagine your Lyle and my Jack are woofing around together in the mid-level grass being lovies together, running and rolling and sniffing. (doing some sniffing my ownself.)

    Sending out comfort and condolence.

  33. Aw, I am so sorry. Sincere condolences to Lyle’s family–the four legged and the two legged.
    How are Sweetness and Light and the rest of the family taking this ?

    Love & Hugs all ’round.

  34. So very sorry for your loss. Lyle brought all of here on argh joy. He was a a great companion and will be missed. May you have one more angel looking after you.

  35. OH, what a sweet sweet face, brought tears to my eye’s, It’s so hard to lose one’s special
    friend .

  36. {{{HUGS}}} to everyone. It’s so sad they live such short lives. But you all took wonderful care of him. He will be missed.

  37. Oh hell. I’m so sorry for your loss. Are you sure it was only three years? That dog filled up way more than three years, almost as if he knew his time was short and decided to make the most of it while he could. What a gift.

    We found out a couple weeks ago that Quincy the Wonder Dog has untreatable cancer. His days are numbered, we just have no idea what that number might be. It never gets easier. Nor should it.

    Hugs and love to all of you.

  38. Oh no! Lyle always looked like he was enjoying the heck out of this life and I’m sure he’s enjoying the heck out of the next one but (((HUGS))) for all the humans left behind. Three years is just not long enough.

  39. Coming out of lurkdom to offer my condolences on the loss of Lyle. I have loved reading every post about him. Hugs from me and Bijou, my Lhasa.

  40. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Stories of the indefatigable Lyle were always cheering. A much loved dog who defied the odds. Sympathies and hugs to you all.

  41. Oh Lyle Baby! I’d been hoping you’d just stay an anomaly and live at least another 20 years. You made us all laugh, thanks to your minions who shared you with us… have a fabulous ever after with no needles and lots of flirting 😉

    Hugs and love and condolences to Squalor On The River. It’s never easy when one of the pack stops showing up. Lots of slobbery puppy kisses from Angus and Emma too.

  42. What an amazing little guy. I hope he gets the chance to live on in one of your books. If any sweet puppy should be immortal, it should be Lyle.

  43. Love to your family in this difficult time. Lyle was a joy to read about, he had a wonderful life and so much love. At the Rainbow Lyle please look up Snoopy, Abby and Rose some wonderful dogs that have been in my life. We only had Snoopy for 2 years we rescued her at 8 years old and she had cancer but we gave her the two best years of her life. I hope you all carry happy memories with you of Lyle, love to you all and the entire pack <3

  44. Jenny, So saddened to hear of your loss. I know that he was well loved and happy that you were with him in the end. Sending you hugs!

  45. Oh. I am so very sorry for your loss. I loved Lyle from afar. By proxy, if you will. His stories of Mona and Cheezus and getting intimate with pillows or anything else that he decided to “romance” just made my day a little better. I’ll miss him too.

    For some reason I have the feeling that Lyle is in a mead hall in his version of heaven. He is drinking and wenching and fighting and bragging all about it.

    Skål, Lyle!

  46. Aw, Jenny…so very sorry for your loss. I know it’s been coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Lyle was a trooper and you have lots of fun and happy memories. Focus on those. Big (((hugs))).

  47. I’m thankful that you shared Lyle with us all this time. He not only enriched your life but ours as well. He was a great dog.

  48. So sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a member of one’s furry family. Cuddle the other ones a little closer today.

  49. Lyle was a lucky, loved family member, and his life was full of love and dogs and kids and sunshine and dirt and treats and all the things that make life worth living. Big hugs to the family and my condolences on losing him after such a short time together.

  50. Thank you all very much. It was a hard day yesterday, but your thoughts were very comforting. It’s so good to know that Lyle is remembered.

  51. How lucky was Lyle to have belonged to such a loving family. I am very sorry for your loss. He will be waiting for you over the Rainbow Bridge where you will once again be together.

  52. Oh no. I’m so so sorry. Lyle was a special dog and he made this a very special place while he was here. Hugs and love to all of you.

  53. Sopping tears here at work. Thankfully, no one came in…I sent a message to my beloved Niki to greet Lyle at the Rainbow Bridge. She’ll show him around and get him acquainted with everyone there. So sorry for your loss.

  54. I am so so sorry for your loss. As soon as I saw the blog title, I started crying. I know he meant so much to all of you and his continued disregard for his health problems was such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing him with us, with your words and stories about him.

  55. Even when you know it’s coming and that you can’t stop it, it rips your heart out when they pass. You just want to hold them forever and keep giving them lovies and promising the impossible – that everything will be okay. Thank goodness they don’t know any of this. They only know the here and now and that you love them.

    May you remember the good times together and find peace as the days pass.

  56. I always loved hearing about Lyle and his zest for life. I’m truly sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you, and for the rest of your dogs who have just lost their pal.

  57. We learn our greatest lessons from those who do not know they teach. We should all aspire to be like Lyle. He lived a life rich in quality, he perservered when the odds were against him, and he loved his life and the people in it. He didn’t waste time ( as humans do) wishing for a life he couldnt have. And he gave back every ounce of love he was given with enthusiasm and joy. He inspired so many of us to never give up.
    I know the loss of his physical being will be painful, so I hope you can find some small comfort knowing the spirit of Lyle will always be a part of your family, and of the people who loved him even from a distance.

  58. Poor Lyle. At least he had a good life with people who loved him and that’s what counts. I’m sorry for your loss.

  59. Oh, man, I was beginning to believe Lyle would outlive us all. I am so sorry to hear, but happy that Lyle managed to get a few more really good months in thanks to his loving two-legged family.

  60. So sorry to hear about Lyle. Big hugs to all at the house of Squalor. How lucky you all were to have been graced by his sweet sweet spirit. He was blessed to have had you all and you were equally blessed to have been able to love him back.

  61. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jenny. I had to put down our dog, Zeus, last summer, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

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