Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Doggy Cousin ~ Murphy Forever 2002 ~ 2017

Today Dog-Guy said he wanted to have a blog post all about his doggy Cousin, Murphy. So we the WBS contingent of kitties in this blogging furmily agreed, cause we knew Murphy a bit too, he having visited here a few times.
So therefur this Sunday Selfie post is dedicated to our dear doggy Cousin, Murphy.

Sorry its kind of long...but the memories are so precious.


Murphy was a Cairn terrier...aka terrierist...he was born about a week before MrJackFreckles, hence not only were they cousins, they were kind of like twin brofurs from other mothers, BOL! (Almost like us kitties, who are only a few days apart too!)

MJF visited Murphy at his own den a few times, starting when they were both very small puppies of about two months old. Murphy came to visit here, too, starting from when he was about 3 or 4 months old. The last time they saw each other was here in Michigan, a few years ago.
Due to various circumstances they were not able to visit and have play dates after that, Murphy was not a good traveler, and MJF couldn't go to Murphy's den because after his Auntie got new floors they were very slippery and petcretary was scared he would fall and break a leg or worse. Esp now that he has this trouble with balance, and sometimes staggers very 'drunkedly'. MJF will not tolerate those kind of doggy slippers made to prevent such sliding on bare floors...sigh...

Anypaws, petcretary did see Murphy back in November 2016, when she was there visiting her own Aunt and her sister; our Auntie. He was definitely aging...poor pup. But he still perked up when he felt good.

On Jan 12, 2017, petcretary got this message, which speaks for itself:

"Sadly I have to tell you that I had to help Murphy to the Rainbow Bridge today.  Monday I took him to the vet for dental work...we had been there on Dec. 22nd for a torn off nail on his paw, and had discussed this.  I thought that this would help his appetite but the situation was far worse.  He had blood work done just prior to the surgery which revealed thrombocytopenia, and he could therefore not have the surgery.  Prednisone was started along with stomach stuff...but still no appetite.  This morning he could not pee...but could poop.  We went to the vet again and Dr. Ball suggested blood work again...but gave me little hope when he saw Murphy’s almost white gums and eyes.  The bloodwork confirmed that his red cells had dropped dramatically.  It also revealed that his kidney and liver functions were ‘crashing’ as the vet put it.  I received a call from the other vet we had seen and she said she was very sorry but there was nothing to be done, she also thought he had cancer somewhere.
Here at home he could barely stand and when I took him outside he was very lethargic.  Inside he could not find a comfortable spot....therefore the time had come.
Remember in November you said it seemed that he was depressed...perhaps this was already the beginning of the end. It had been a struggle to feed matter what I tried, and he had lost weight too."
Rest in peace, dear little Murphy, you were a great cousin pup and I loved you. I will miss smelling you on petcretary's clothes after she visits your mommy's den, and when she comes here to visit s well.

Here are some pictorial memories of Murphy and some of us together as well.

Murphy, Nov, 2016

Murphy begging for a treat!
Murphy practicing his singing skills

Now he wants a treat for his performance!

He isn't sure where to go...

 Murphy's last selfie...Nov, 2016

At my den, fall, 2002..."Chewing is so relaxing."
Fall, 2002
Fall, My den...."I can see your chew..."
"About to destroy the ball. Murphy seems to be thinking what kind of guest destroys the host's toys?"
"Prepare to see your ball destroyed, I kill balls for a living...even when they're not mine..."
Summer, 2010
Freckles and Murphy: Wanna kiss?!
Summer, 2009


Summer, 2010
A nice selfie...summer 2009 or 2010??
"June 5th, 2013 There he is...he is sitting in petcretary's jungle of irises."
"Murphy and I have spied something in the neighbor's yard..." (Nov 2011, at  Murphy's den)
"We found a kitty!! GRRR!"
" We just don't want to get too close...too hot!" (May 2011, at my den)
"Keeping to the Shade..." (May 2011, my den)
"We are on a break from their early morning beat the heat stroll..."(May 2011, My den.)
"We are on  my back porch" (May, 2011)
" Having A Little Chatty-Woof Together...we are plotting about some good digging"(May, 2011, my den)
"Happy Canada Day! Not sure when this was taken, we were one or two years old here...I am here with my bossboy, human brofur, aunt, doggy cousin, great aunt and pawppy."
"June 5th, 2013 My den... We are waiting to get a treat from my auntie..."
"June 5th, 2013; I am licking my anticipation...truly, its not a raspberry, BOL!"
"June 5th, 2013; I am doing a double high five, and Murphy is sitting pretty...aka begging! BOL!"

May 2012
May, 2012

Will ya play fetch with me??
May, 2012  I brought it back!!
June 5, 2013 He sees a varmint in the tree up there. At my den.

Murphy is watching...
Murphy is thinking...
He does like to stand and think...I just run like a silly pup!
Murphy sure likes these irises...they seem to put him in a meditative mode:)
June, 2013. I am showing Murphy around my yard. Its way bigger than his, BOL!

I even do this thinking at my own den, BOL!

Singing the song of my people...and singing the blues too, because MJF didn't come to see me this time...that shiny floor has a lot to do with his not coming...
I am a nice sweet pup!
July, 2013
This is my kitchen where I can snag treats...sometimes!
I can do a cute head tilt to snag more treats, right?!

Hi, there I am Murphy!!
Nov, 2014. Its only November and I have to wear Christmas decor already?? OMD!!

This was Murphy's fave toy...he would 'suckle' it for ages, evfurry was a 'Crabby Patty'! BOL!
Once when we both were young and silly we would play 'catch me' with this big old jug...its so full of holes, couldn't hold anything anymore, BOL! Here we are resting befur we start again, maybe we are deciding who gets first dibs!
Its a hot day, Murphy, we need to go and slurp in the water bowl.

Thanks so much for staying her to see all my memories of my dear late cousin Murphy. We shared a lot of fun together over the years...once we even got to bark at each other on the phone, BOL!

This memorial post for Murphy, 2002 ~ 2017 is part of the Sunday selfie blog hop, hosted by The Cat On My Head


  1. I'm so sorry about Murphy! Purrs to his family.

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  3. We did not know Murphy, but know he will be missed ..

  4. We are sorry that your cuz Murphy went to the rainbow bridge. I bet his momma is lonely without him. Hugs to the family.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your cousin Murphy. He was a cute little guy, I enjoyed seeing the photos of you 2 together and the ones of just him. Rest in peace sweet boy. XO

  6. Ohhh we are just heartbroken. We can see how much you loved are blessed to have these wonderful photos that I know you will cherish forever. We send our deepest sympathy to your entire furmily (((hugs)))) xoxoxo DakotasDen

  7. we is so sorry about Murphy. He was furry loved and he loved furry much. PURRRSSS and hugs to all of you

  8. That was a wonderful tribute to your best doggie friend and cousin, Murphy. We loved all the pictures. So sorry he had to cross the Bridge. POTP to you and his family.

  9. We're very sorry about your cousin Murphy. It sounds as if he had a good life and was greatly loved. Those are some great memories. Murphy was a little cutie. He looks small next to you, Jack. We send a warm hug for the humans.

  10. Mee-you yur Murphy Brofur Cuss-inn was a beery hansum doggie! Wee are so sorry hee had to go to Pure Land. Hee sure was a fotogenick doggie an so happy lookin!! Mistur Jack you mus tmiss him a lot...
    Mee sendss you **nose rubsss** an sympaffiess....
    Siddhartha Henry xxxxx
    An {{{hugsss}}} frum LadyMum all so.

  11. Such good memories ! Run free, Murphy !

  12. We are sorry to hear that Murphy has gone to the Bridge. What a cute guy he was. We send lots of comforting purrs.

  13. We are happy we stayed to the end. Barking at each other over the phone sounds like fun. Murphy was totally precious, and it appears as if you two always had fun together. RIP Murphy. You and MJF will meet again and have just as much fun as you used to. Please accept our condolences. Thanks for sharing Murphy with us. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy.

  14. Wowwzers! Murphy was one handsome doggie (not as handsome as yous Mr Jack Freckles) and mes looked closely...and mes thinks that mes can see the family resemblance.
    Its sad that he was feeling so poorly, but mes knows that happens near the end.
    Mes sends yous and your family many many comforting purrs and kisses and strength.
    Your Nellie Bellie

  15. Godspeed your journey to heaven Murphy; we are truly sorry and send our sincerest
    sympathies to your entire family ~~~~ ♥♥♥♥♥ hugs from boomer, dai$y, tuna, and dude
    and sauce too ~~~~~~~~~~

  16. Murphy clearly had a wonderful loving family, and a world of pals. This is a fine tribute to him and one that will make him so pleased to see from his porch over the rainbow bridge. Thanks you for sharing this lovely guy with us. Gentle purrs Erin

  17. Aaaaaaaaw How sweet. We're sendin' hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

  18. Murphy was quite the dog wasn't he - such a character and a good buddy.

    Our condolences of your loss, I know Murphy will be missed - he was so very well loved. Fly Free Murphy!

  19. We are sending big hugs to you, Mr. Jack and family. We enjoyed seeing you with your best friend. He was a special guy. Purrs, Bibi & Meep

  20. So sorry that Murphy went OTRB, many soft purrs and gentle hugs to mew all!

    Gentle purrs

    Basil & Co xox

  21. Murphy was SUCH a handsome dood! We know his human must be heartbroken. Your tribute to your cousin was wonderful!

  22. Thanks so much for all the support and love here...and my auntie was pleased to know so many were thinking of us.