Mischief Managed




At approximately 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 12th… Rascal died.


He did things his way always, and decided to leave us before anymore vet visits or medical intervention. Whatever was going on with him caused massive internal bleeding, and I held him through his last breaths as I promised him I would years ago. 

It’s been five days, and I still have no beautiful tribute or inspired thing to say to this wonderful community. I can only inform you all that it is over, we won some battles, but lost the war.

After over half my life spent with him only two words are appropriate for the end of his life.

Mischief Managed.

Rascal and Co.

6 thoughts on “Mischief Managed”

  1. I went back and read your blog. Two things that stood out to me that were very inspiring: 1. your attitude 2. Rascal’s attitude. You were always accepting Rascal for who he was and you managed the diagnosis, surgery and recovery with strength, determination, as determination. As did Rascal. I’m so sorry that the amputation didn’t beat the cancer but am happy you had six more months with Rascal who was obviously well loved. My heart breaks for you.

    Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

  2. I am sitting here in sadness thinking of your pain, I am so sorry for your loss. Rascal is now in a better, happier place, healthy and running around wagging his tail in full force. He was loved very much and he lived a beautiful happy life. You did this for him and he will forever be in your heart.

    Thinking of you,
    Jesse and Tripawd Chloe Sasha

  3. I’m so sorry! This whole tripawd nation has you in a huge hug(((()))). Unfortunately when we love with our whole heart like you did Rascal the hearbreak is also huge. Hoping your joyous memories of Rascal will be able to make you smile someday in the future.
    Linda & Max

  4. I am crying tears for you all…. I was looking for an update earlier and had hoped that things had turned around. There is nothing I can say or do to take the pain away. I know he was met at the bridge by many angels, including Shelby, who preceded him.

    You had an amazing extra time with him and in his heart … that was the world! Rascal will always be with you .. in spirit, in your heart , in your soul.

    Allow me to offer my deepest sympathies and I hope you know you are never alone. Please come back and share more adventures and stories with us when the time feels right. Know that we are always here for you.

    Much love and many, many hugs…
    alison with spirit shelby in her heart

  5. It just rips my heart out to read this. I saw it several hours earlier and just could not hold the tears at bay long enough to try and write. It’s no better now.

    I just want to reach through the screen and give you a hug. I know Rascal k ew we would be here to help hold you up duri g this seemingly unbearable time. I also KNOW that Zac and Kira were the first ones ro greet him at the Bridge…the Bridge where everyone is free ro run, healthy and whole.

    Every single post you have made has been a beautiful tribute to your Rascal. Every single heartfelt word you have written! The journey you have shared with us will inspire and touch loves for an eternity here. Rascal will give hope to everyone starting this journey, but ESPECIALLY seniors!

    You allowed us the privilege to get to know this delightful fella’! I knew the second I saw the name of his blog…MISCHIEF MANAGED..we were in for a fun ride! And he, and you, did not disappoint!

    From the time he trained you to being him his water bowl while he lounged on the couch, to making you carry him inside. I just love this guy!

    Rascal jumled out of his earth clothes on his own terms. He was home surrounded by your love and comfort and his “sibling” that Kira vetted for him.

    Your love for Rascal knows no limits. His love for you knows no limits. Your connection can NEVER be broken! Your bond truly is eternal. You did EVERYTHING possible to give this boy THE most joyful life any dog could have! He definitely jad your name stamped on his heart the day he was born…as did you.

    I hurt for you and with you. The waves of grief will be with you for a long time. The intensity of this journey, the caregiving, the watching for every little hiccup, the worry, the making the best of every sacred second AND the soul deep love, cannot ever be explained to others. We understand here.
    The void, the break in routine, it will bring you to your knees.

    This is not what Rascal would want.

    Rascal needs you to remember all the thousands s d thousands lf glorious days he spent with you. He wa ts you to remember how he enjoyed sticking his head out the car window and enjoyed all the scents. He wa ts you to remember cuddle time…even if he didn’t do it as much as he used to. But most of all, he wants you to remember how much he loves you and that he k ew he was loved back!

    Please stay connected. To keep Rascal’s blog updated with more photos and fun memories would please Rascal greatly! As it would all of us!

    Pay attention, because I KNOW Rascal will be sending you signs that he is doing just fine AND that he his still here with you!!

    Sending you all the love in the world

    Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie

    PS. That delightful Rascal will NEVER be forgotten here! Impossible!!

  6. My heart broke when I saw this and I send my sincere sympathy and condolences to you, I’m so very sorry.

    You and Rascal fought long and hard and please please know that you did win, you won a beautiful life together with memories that no illness can ever take away. The last few days of his life are nothing, nada, compared to the long life you both had together.

    Your fight and your spunk after amputation will be a legacy here for others to look up to and strive for, please never forget that.

    We are here for you always. You are in our hearts and Rascal’s spirit will always shine brightly here.

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