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Giving Thanks For One of God's Creatures

          "All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
           all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all."

As he aged, he started taking on a whole new shape of his own due to numerous lipoma on his sides and belly, but recently we found an ugly knot on the inside of his right rear thigh/knee among the many lumps. We had it biopsied, and were told it was a mass cell tumor. He was just beginning to understand 'better living through pharmaceuticals' when he said 'enough is enough'.

We know "All Dogs Go to Heaven," and we wanted for him a good death. So today we let him go. It was both hard and it wasn't hard. We enjoyed him for some 13+ years. They were mostly good with some episodes along the way

He was Huckleberry when we found him. Given our Old Testament tendency to 'claim and rename' when adopting animals, this Hound-mixed-with-German Shepherd (making him an industrial strength, armored car division of dawg) became Mulligan.

Many names was he known by over his time with us: Mulligan Man, Goofus, Doofus, Basset-Butt, Stewpot, Hunka Hunka Lumpy Love and so on ...but he will always be remembered as "The Big Guy." Here he's doing the Cockroach!


Throughout the years, he romped with Monte Bianco, Tobias and Gibbs before his last (current) partner in crime, Lazarus.

He was certainly one of the most handsome bassets I've ever known. We were blessed to have had him in our lives. As a big-time shedder, there will be traces of The Big Guy around here for years to come. 
I love you, Big Guy. Mulligan Man, you will be missed. 


May. 28th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Your web site farewell to Mulligan is a wonderful tribute. Basset hounds have been a part of the Crosby family ever since your Mom and I got two wonderful gift the summer of 1958. Your were the first and "Crosby's Admiral Sampson", better known as just plain "Sam", just before we were transferred from Norfolk to NAS Glynco, Brunswick, Georgia. The pictures of Mulligan are precious. Love, Dad