I had a lot of other things to blog about.  I was almost finished with an entire post about a trip I had to Knoxville at the end of June.  Unfortunately, this subject pushed itself to the front of the list last night.

To make the story simple, we got home from vacation yesterday evening.  After a few hours of hanging out with Killer it was obvious that something was very wrong.

We took him to the pet hospital and after talking with the vet we got a chance to spend a few minutes with him and say goodbye.  Killer was put down and we drove home a sad couple.

Some reasons that I really liked our dog:

1. He was super chill.  He wasn’t constantly moving around.

2. He didn’t need a leash.  We used one so that other neighbors didn’t dwell on how awesome he was and be filled with shame towards their own pets.  But occasionally when nobody else was around we would let him off the leash.  And he still listened.

3. He kept good company for Brittany during our first month after the move.  When I had to work nights and we hadn’t had the opportunity to connect with many people here yet, he chilled out with her.  I didn’t have much concern that he was going to make any moves….he was considerably older.

4. He got that he was a dog.  And didn’t try to dominate the home.  That was my biggest concerning before we adopted him 13 months ago.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say, “he knew we adopted him so he was thankful just to have his place in a home and not try to run it.” But I would type it out in a blog.

5. Little kids loved him.  So while walking him a lot of times a new little kid would run over and start talking to me and ask to pet him. I like kids so I enjoyed that. That was much more natural than me running towards a small child that I didn’t know and trying to start a conversation.

Overall Killer was a baller dog.  He made people that didn’t even like pets, like him.  Specifically, he got me to love him over the course of a year.  He was a laid back friend who didn’t bother me and I didn’t have to have conversations with.  Pretty much an introverts ideal pet.

It’s been a downer the last day at the Avera’s home.  Of course there is no comparison to losing a loved one, but last night we did lose a piece of our family as we said goodbye to Killer.

See ya bud.


  1. Ed Petersen · July 16, 2012

    I’m sorry to hear about this, Jason. I feel very lucky to have met Killer that time at your place in Orlando…what a “chill” dog indeed. I know all dogs go to heaven, but surely he will have a special bed up there.

  2. Aaron Harden (@awharden) · July 16, 2012

    I know you might think it feels dumb to call Killer a loved one, but losing a pet is difficult, especially when you are a married couple with no kids. They really do become a part of your family. Katrina and I completely understand and I’m glad you took the time to write this out and share it.

  3. Cindy Miller · July 16, 2012

    I believe God gave us animals or a reason…With that being said they are such an amazing creation that they fit so well with humas therfore becoming part of our families. Like children..I have had to put down 2 dogs in my life and one still bothers me to this day and the other is in a sweet little can on my dresser.Very Very hard to do but part of life and I don’t feel foolish at all that I mourned the passing of my beloved four legged friends!
    Cindy Miller

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