E-mails I Receive AFTER Titus Died
TITUS “Rest in Peace” – Condolences – What People are Saying and Suggesting about the Lost Dog TITUS – AFTER Titus Went to Heaven
Thank you so much for posting the e-mails you have received. It helps to know so many are grieving and feeling the same sadness as I am. I know my sadness cannot compare to yours or even come close. I have been crying as I read all of the e-mails. My little Golden Gracie keeps coming up to me licking away the tears. I find myself feeling the need to keep going out looking for Titus. I guess you and Titus have become such a part of all of our lives that it's hard to let go. I hope in time, when you decide to get a new puppy you will post pictures. Alot of people told me to wait after I lost 2 of my dogs in the same year. After losing the second one Bailey, I got Gracie 5 days later. She was named Grace because to me she was a gift from God.
Today is the first time I can sit down and actually think about your situation without crying my eyes out. As I did many times, I went to check your website Tuesday night before bed. In my mind, I had never entertained the thought of Titus not coming home and when I read "Went to Heaven," I started sobbing uncontrollably. I literally cried all day yesterday. I know we never met and I never got to meet the wonderful Titus but somewhere along the way, I became emotionally attached to your plight and it hurts like hell to know that it did not turn out the way we all had hoped. I have never had an animal get lost but I would model my search after what you did for Titus. You did everything perfectly and did everything you possibly could have to find him. He obviously was a smart dog and maybe too smart for his own good in the fact that he would not let others approach him to help him. He had no way to know who was "good" and who was "bad." He only wanted his daddy back and he searched high and low to find you. He obviously loved you and you loved him. That much is clear to everyone. I hope that time will help you find solace and comfort in the fact that there was nothing more you could have done. You engaged every resource you had to find your friend. I am sorry you never got to say goodbye to him but I am happy that you have closure. If he had never been found, you would always have that unanswered question in your mind. Your post on Monday showed some frustration in the fact that he hadn't been spotted for several days. If that awful answer never came, you would still be anxious about the next call. At least now you can give him a proper burial and memorialize him in your own way. I look out my window now and realize I don't have to be on the look out but I also feel empty knowing that Titus is no longer out there. Knowing he was in the neighborhood created a sense of anticipation...."Maybe I will see Titus on my way home today," "Maybe Titus will come eat the cat food I put out tonight." I so badly wanted to be the one who called you to say I knew where he was. I am so sorry that never happened. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
I have been praying for Titus since I got your flyer on my door. I have prayed daily for his safe return. I am heartbroken for you and a little for myself; as, I have become emotionally invested. I am glad he is not suffering, now, if only I could stop crying.
It's with a heavy heart that i once more write to you. please know that your precious Titus is at peace and has found a new friend with my little Stix.
Still weighing heavy on our hearts. What an impact Titus had on so many lives. His legacy will live on. Our deepest condolences.
DJ, I'm sorry its taken me a few days to offer my condolences. When I heard my heart was so broken for you I couldn't even find the words. My prayer and thoughts are with you and your family during this time. I so expected and believed for a better ending. Thank you for sharing your story, your determination, and most of all your faith with all of us who read your daily blog. We know Titus is in a better place spending his time running on the golden streets. "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him..." 1 Corinthians 2:9 I believe that verse is for animals as well. God is too good to forget them:)
I'm from upstate NY and the photos are so similar to where we live. As a dog lover, you, your family and Titus were in my prayers. I am so saddened by the outcome. I have lost a few dogs and found solace in the following: (Rainbow Bridge poem attached).
I found out abut Titus about an hour after you posted the tragic news. I was beside myself. I was truly convinced that you would find him eventually. I nearly broke down telling my 7 year old son what happened. He was telling all of his extended family and friends about Titus. He was even carrying around the flyer you gave to us. He was very upset to learn his fate. Although I never told you, I spent many hours myself following your blog and driving around looking for your pal at the sites of his most recent sitings. I can't tell you how many times I pulled into the Madison parking lot. The cops were probably starting to get suspicious. I would take the long way home from the store and work just to see if I could catch a glimpse of Titus. I still catch myself driving thru intersections and taking an extra look down the street for him. Im sure you've heard it a million times by now, but I am truly sorry for your loss. I truly appreciate and respect all of your efforts to find him. If you couldnt find him, he wasnt meant to be found. Just know this: There isnt a leaf that falls from a tree without God having a hand in it. Everything happens for a reason. Its all part of His plan. Ask God for the strength to get you though and you shall have it. May Titus' memory be eternal.
DJ, I was so sad to hear the news about Titus. I saw it on my moms facebook page and had to try my hardest not to cry at work. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was really hoping that you would have been reunited with him. I found this poem shortly after Skylar was put down, it always makes me cry but is still comforting in its own way. God Bless!!
"There's a spot"
There's a spot on my floor, that I can not erase
There's a spot on my couch, that's a glaring bare space
There's a spot by my bed, like a hole in the floor
There's a spot in the ktichen, near the pantry room door
There's a spot by the table, where we ate our meals...
There's a spot in my heart, that will never heal.
These spots can't be cleaned, can't be scrubbed or replaced
They're a painful reminder that I now have to face.
All of these spots were made by one friend,
He was soft, He was gentle, He was true to the end.
I will miss him forever, I just hope that he's found
a spot where he's happy, till I come back around.
~ In rememberance of all the loved pets that are in heaven
To celebrate you and Titus, my class has created a Titus memorial in our classroom with all of the photos from Titus’ online gallery. Today, one of my students was looking at the picture of Titus standing tall and handsome in the snow by himself (photo #6 from Titus’ photo gallery). She noticed that the footprints in front of Titus form a cross in the snow. Sure enough, if you look carefully and follow the footprints (or snowshoe tracks) down from Titus’ back paws to the bottom of the photo, and across that path, a cross is imprinted in the snow. My student smiled, turned to me and exclaimed, “The cross keeps Titus safe!” I smiled and instantly thought of you!
i read in the paper about trying to find your beloved titus. i so hoped he would come back to you. i just read you found him and i am just sick about your loss and am crying as i write this. i also am a dog owner and i feel your pain. you and titus are in my heart.
Yours and Titus' story has been on my heart and mind for several weeks- I was excited to get regular updates from my good friend. My heart was so heavy when I heard about his passing. But of course there is good that comes out of tragedy... The day after Titus' passing I was driving back from Wendy's on my lunch hour and saw a shaggy wet little dog running aimlessly around. After thinking and praying about you and Titus the night before, my heart knew I had to help him. So after lots of following, wendy's double bacon cheeseburgers and fires thrown on the ground, and a very kind woman with an extra dog leash and bologne, he trsuted me enough to come near. He is the sweetest of sweet little dogs! Unfortunately no owner has come forward to claim him. So I will find him a home- which may not be mine, since I already have 2 dogs and a 6 month old, but he is safe- and obviously watched over by Titus :) Thank you for sharing your story, for your action, for your positive outlook. My dogs are my best friends and I will continue to keep you in my prayers!
Great story in the Journal Sentinel….You are right a lot of good came out of this tragic situation – people united for a greater cause. It kind of restores your faith in mankind after the spring we had in Madison.
We are sorry for your loss. But Titus was one lucky dog. It sounds like you gave him a wonderful, fun life. That's the best we can do for our dogs!
My deepest sympathy for your loss. We know how much they mean to us and are a huge part of our lives. They are our children. We mourn with you.
I saw the paper this morning, sorry for the bad news about Titus. I remember how bad the day was when our family had to take our Lab to be put down. Saying good bye was terrible. I was very impressed with the effort you put forth in finding your lost family member. You did all you could.
I have been following this story about your dog and even drove to the parkway a few times in hopes of spotting him. I am so sorry. I know nothing I say will make you feel better or take your pain away but know that many, many people are thinking of you, including me. You did everything you could. Please find peace with your wonderful memories of Titus!
Hello, I just finished reading about Titus in this mornings paper. I am still crying. I understand how you feel, and sympathize greatly with you, too. 3 weeks ago, I had to have my buddy Spacey put to sleep. Spacey was 11 years old. 3 years ago he was diagnosed with cushings disease. I did everything I could to help him and make him comfortable and live a good 3 more years. I rearranged my house just for him, with cushings, dogs have issues with their hind legs, Spacey was a little wobbly, but he could walk, he just could no longer do stairs or jump up. I put carpets and rugs down so he had better traction, I built him a ramp so he could get down into his yard, I even dismantled his favorite chair and used the cushions to make a floor level chair/dog bed for him. I did massage and supplements, he did real well and was very happy those last 3 years. Considering with cushings dogs are only expexted to live 36 months, he made it an extra year. Finally, his hind legs gave out, and he just couldn't get up or walk, the saddest part was other than his legs, he was perfectly fine, akert, eating, etc. That is what made it so very hard. But it was the right thing to do. A hard thing to do. I miss him so terribly, as he was my baby, my buddy, we were so close, he was like a child to me, I still have moments when I just start crying, thats how bad and sad it is. So I share your grief, I really do understand. You sounded as devoted to your dog as I was to mine.
You do not know me and I live in Fond du Lac and could not help in the search for Titus. I was praying that you would find him. I cried like a baby when I read the story in the Journal this morning. I have owned dogs for many years, and they are family members---people in furry coats with four legs and huge hearts. I'm sure that Titus is waiting for you at the end of the Rainbow Bridge. He is waiting just like my deceased dogs will wait for me. Perhaps you will acquire another dog when the time is right. This has always helped me with the process of grieving. My heart goes out to you. I admire your courage, love, stamina, and endurance in the search for Titus. You did all that you could and much more. I once read that " the best place to bury a good dog is in your heart". He will be in your heart forever.
I'm so very sorry for your tragic loss of Titus. Although words won't heal your pain now, I hope in time it will be replaced with happy memories of your boy. I'm sure you gave him a wonderful life during the years you shared with him. – owner of 3 Ridgebacks
I wanted to drop you a quick note saying I am sorry for the loss of your friend. I am sure it is even harder when added to what else you are going through. It is said that God only gives us what he knows we can handle. You are a strong person but God maybe be pushing it alittle. You have family and friends that are there for you. If you need or want to talk to someone give me a call.
I read the article this morning…I am so sorry to hear about Titus. I lost my dog of twelve years last October. Someone told me at the time that it takes about six weeks in order to start feeling better. They were right – it did take about that long. My prayers are with you and I am glad that you were able to find some closure.
Saw your website - your dog was definitely loved, and you should be proud of your efforts. You have suddenly become a star from this... but it is so nice to see how a community can pull together to help someone out.
Thank you for sharing your story, I read it on JSONLINE. It definitely brought tears to my eyes. Im a new dog owner myself & will go home & hug my dog a little harder today. Your passion, endurance & love for an animal makes me believe there are still good people left in the world despite all the negative things the media displays. I only hope you will be able to find that love & bond again w/another dog.
You are very welcome for the donation. We feel honored to have met you at the Flyer Frenzy on April 23rd and our hearts go out to you. You are an amazing person and Titus was so lucky to have you as a dad. This whole thing is weighing heavy on our hearts and we are completely devastated to have heard the news. It is incredible how this unfair outcome has happened to you and you still find the "good" out of it all. We hope that the memories of Titus will make you smile and that the love from all of the wonderful people will make the days a little easier. Titus is watching over you and his legacy will definitely live on!
I saw the front page of Local section this morning. I just wanted to say, "I'm sorry to hear about your dog." The article was touching. You have a lot of dedication and desire. It reminds me of our basketball days in high school.
Just read your story from jsonline. I am so sorry. I applaud your effort and perseverance. I am praying you find comfort in the bond you had with Titus and in the knowledge of how hard he worked to find you. The world would be a much better place if people treated, respected and cared for each other the way our dogs treat us. You and Titus are in my families thoughts and prayers and I will hug my dogs tonight with a much better appreciation for the bond we have and the lessons Titus has taught us.
I’m sorry for your loss, he certainly was a handsome fellow who obviously loved you very much. I hope someday in the future you will be able to have another best buddy.
I just read your story in the Journal Sentinal and wanted to write you personally to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Dogs are such amazing parts of our lives and I cannot imagine the pain of not knowing where your baby was all those nights. While I wish your story had had a happy ending, I am glad that you now know that Titus is at peace. I am extremely touched by your story and your faithfulness to your dog. Knowing the kind of love you showed for him in the last weeks, it is clear that Titus lived an amazing, love filed life and you will always have the joy and love that you shared. Peace to you.
I was touched by your search for Titus. All I can hope is that Titus is now comfortably waiting for you to come home to him when the time is right. I know how they can rip your heart out when they go - its a dreadful price yet they are worth it. When time is right, I hope you will be able to open yourself to another dog who is just waiting to be adopted by someone as dedicated to them as you were to Titus. Bless you for being such a devoted "dad" to your guy.
DJ, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear companion, Titus. I live in Ohio but forwarded the info about your search to friends in Milwaukee. Titus touched a lot of hearts, including mine. Some people say animals have no souls and cannot go to Heaven. Clearly they have not looked into the eyes of a dear friend, such as Titus, or they would have seen the soul within. God Bless you and Titus, the friendship and devotion you showed for each other is an inspiration to others. May your heart find peace.
You have my deepest sympathies in the loss of Titus. My husband, John also sends his sympathy. We have 3 dogs and I can not even imagine losing them. I saw the article in the newspaper, DJ, and you (as always) touch my heart. I know that there are no words so I will not try - but please know that you are loved and in my thoughts and prayers!
I am so sorry to hear that Titus is gone. When I wrote to you a week or so ago, I did not share my own story, since I was still hopeful of a good outcome for you and Titus. But years ago I too lost a dog, who got away one night and was missing for nearly a month before we found his body. Although this occurred in 1994, the scars from that horrible time of helplessness, waiting and searching felt very fresh when I read your story. My dog was finally found dead on the side of a road by my Dad, but we will never know where he was or what happened during that time he was missing. Visiting every animal shelter every day, I spent sleepless nights and desperate days walking, driving, calling out for my dog, and responding to the many calls my "lost dog" posters generated. So many sightings, like a ghost just passing through back yards, but never interacting with people. So much like Titus. It is a unique kind of pain to experience that kind of loss, and I am truly sorry that your story ended as sadly as my own. But we were both blessed to have these amazing dogs in our lives, and hopefully the happy memories of Titus will soon outweigh the pain you are feeling today. Peace to you and your family, and I know that there is another dog out there waiting to be loved by all of you.
We just learned of Titus' passing. We are so very sorry. Our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family. May the angels that carried him home, return now, to comfort you. In Christ Jesus…
I am so sad and so very sorry for your loss. People who have a connection and bond with their pets are very special.. You, sir are an exceptional person. Not many would go to the extreme that you did. My heart goes out to you for your loss. Titus is now in heaven romping with all the other dogs. I have had pets pass on and I know the grief that goes with it. I truly hope you are doing well.
Like many others, I was very sad to read of your dog's passing. I had a Ridgeback for 12.5 years. She died of cancer in 2004. Her name was Zambezi, aka Bezi. I know these dogs are incredibly loving, loyal, soulful, and beautiful animals and I trust that your dog's spirit is carrying-on all of those things.
We are so very sorry at Titus passing. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with him and you. Unconditional love is the gift and lesson they give. So many dogs need a caring home like yours. Another cannot fill that place in your heart, but he can find a new place as you will find in his.
I am so sorry for your loss, I just read the article about your search for Titus on jsonline. I want to thank you for being a most wonderful and caring dog care-giver. I've done dog rescue for a number of years and have seen more than my share of hateful cruel owners so like you I am grateful and surprised on some level of the reminder that there are good people in this world. My wish for Titus is that he is running free at The Bridge and reminded often of the bond he had with you and for you my wish is peace. Have you ever read The Last Will and Testament of a Most Distinguished Dog by the playwright Eugene O"Neil? My favorite is the last paragraph of the book: "One last word of farewell, Dear Master and Mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: "Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved." No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail."
I just read about you and Titus on Facebook. I am soo very sorry for your loss...as a fellow dog lover, I know you love him with all your heart, and the absence of his presence is devastating. I've lost some great dogs over the years, and have a great boy now, Harley. He has been with me through some of the roughest times in my life, including the death of my mom. He is my life. They are family, not pets. Not everyone understands this. Their loss. I'll say a prayer for you and Titus. Keep your eyes open...Titus may very well send you another puppy love, not to replace himself, but to watch over you! Such goodness and love transcends earth and heaven. God bless you and comfort you as you grieve, and always.
Lend Me A Pup
I will lend to you for a while, a puppy, God said, for you to love him while he lives and mourn for him when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen
years, or maybe two or three But will you, 'till I call him back, take care of
him for me.
He'll bring his charms to gladden you and (should his day be brief)
you'll always have his
memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return
But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd's life's and I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take my dog back again.
I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,"
For all the joys this puppy will bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness we'll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay
But should you call him back much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love, we've managed, your wishes to achieve
In memory of him we loved, to help us while we grieve,
When our faithful bundle departs this world a strife,
We'll have yet another dog and love him all his life.
DJ – I’m so sorry to hear the sad news about your beloved dog. He enjoyed a good life with you. This story makes us all hug our own dogs a little tighter tonight! Thinking of you… San Diego, CA.
My heart was so heavy as I read the story online this morning. I remembered the first reporting, but my mother-in-law was terminally ill and all my time and energy was with her in her last weeks. Oh how I would have loved to read that Titus was again running at your side. When my rottie Chessa had to be put down, I was able to hold her in my lap and her last image was looking into my eyes as she passed. I know that is what hurts you so terribly now! I found such great comfort by reading the following words over and over again, and I can vision my Chessa running over that bridge to get to my side. (Rainbow Bridge poem attached).
Heartbreaking. Simply heartbreaking.
I read your story today on Facebook. I was so touched at your devotion to Titus and so incredibly sorry for your loss. I volunteer with Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc. In MO and KS. We have a calendar we put out each year with a ridgeback photo each day! I'd love to enter a photo of Titus and send you a calendar after theyre mailed the end of the year if you don't mind? If this is okay, please send me your favorite photo of Titus (no humans in the pic) via email with his birthdate and I'll send it in. Entries are due end of May. Ridgebacks are special dogs and I can't even imagine how much you must miss your friend... He was so lucky to have had a chance to be loved so much. – Kansas / Missouri
As a dog-lover and fellow dog-owner, I wept after reading your story. Despite your story's sad, sad ending, I shared your same insight with my 9 year-old son. I shared with him that the good in this story is that so many people, although strangers, came together for a common cause. It did not matter that so many did not know you or each other. There was strength by numbers in the search for your beloved companion and although it is a tragic end, you now have strength in support to help carry you through some sad days to come. Last summer we had to put our 13 year old lab to sleep. I think it was the hardest thing my son has endured. I told him that his faithful friend may have left us at this time because she knew it was time to make room for another dog that needed a loving home. The thought was comforting. A month later we found that dog that needed a home (or she found us!). Hopefully you will have the strength to give your love of animals to another that needs a home. It did help us - maybe it can help you, too.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Titus. My husband found your blog and we have been following it. We just got back from vacation so when I came home this evening, I read the latest post. I am crying as I type this to you............I'm a dog mommy, 2 German Shepherds that are my world. I have suffered thru doggie loss and I am so sorry this is happening to you. I feel your pain. I believe in God but things like this make it hard to understand how they can happen. I pray that you find peace and KNOW that Titus will be waiting to greet you at Heaven's gate. My prayers to you DJ. Titus will always watch over you............
Although I never met you or Titus my heart goes out to you. As an animal lover and owner of 3 dogs I can imagine the pain you must be going through. I'm so sorry for your loss. I sat and cried reading your story. I'm still crying as I'm typing this. You were blessed with having such a loving, loyal and faithful pet. He was equally blessed by having such a caring and loving owner. As this story did not have a happy ending, it was enlightening to see that there are people who really do care. It seems all we hear about in the paper are bad things. This made me realize that there are still kind and generous people out there. May you find some peace in knowing that you did everything you could for Titus. He knew how much you loved him. Remember this...dog is God spelled backwards.
I know what the bond between you and Titus is like. Your efforts to find him were so heroic. I can't help but think that somehow Titus knows about them. I'm so sorry that this was the sad end to your journey. Words cannot express the sadness you feel, but please know that although I've never met you or Titus, you have both restored just a little bit of my faith in humanity. Rest in peace, Titus. – Indianapolis, IN
I am so sorry for your loss of Titus. He was a great friend, and the two of were fortunate to have each other during his time on earth. You put up a great fight to find each other again, and while he wasn't able to make it back to you, it speaks highly of his devotion to you that he spent every last minute of his life trying to do just that. I think of my own best friends who are in Heaven, and I know they will welcome Titus and keep him happy until they day you are reunited with him. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
I do not know you, but I read your blog and articles about Titus and cried my eyes out, I am so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet, they are very much our family. When my cat died a friend sent me the below poem. It made me feel better thinking that one day we may be re-united. (Rainbow Bridge poem attached.)
Wishing I was handing out fliers for him today instead of remembering that he's gone…..
I don’t even know what to say to you, I just learned about your and your beautiful Titus’s story and my heart is so heavy for you. You will miss your buddy no doubt more than anything but thank God he was loved and cared for while he spent time on this earth. Titus loved you and I have no doubt he made the same effort to find you as you did to find him. May God bless you and fill your heart with His comfort and peace. – Albany, NY
Just read your new blog. I know what you mean by crying! I have been doing that too since Titus passed away! I went for a walk yesterday...it was such a beautiful day....thinking of how Titus would just LOVE this day...started crying! Today I went for another walk...just as nice outside....really started crying! Here I am walking down the sidewalks here in Burlington..crying my eyes out! I just cannot imagine how you are feeling! I do think crying is good for the soul though. Thank you for sharing all those emails....I cried my eyes out the first time I read them so I had to read them a second time! The second time was a bit easier....all the kind words from everyone....how wonderful!! You have handled everything with such grace and dignity during this time of sorrow....you are truly amazing!! Keep writing your blog please....I know all of us love to hear from you! I went online yesterday morning first thing and saw that you and Titus were in the Journal...how neat!!
So sorry to hear about Titus, I used to see him and you running past my house all the time. He wont be forgotten.
Living near 124th and North I have seen many of your notices posted about Titus and said a quick prayer he will be home soon with his Dog Dad. Now I learn of his passing, which I am very sorry about. There is nothing anybody can do to take away the pain and tears. When our 9 year old Beagle passed very suddenly, we bought another within a week. We still mourn the loss of Cocoa, but having Ginger now in our lives helped. Pets should live to be as long as humans, but this is not reality. I know you will be looking for another dog/puppy soon and that will help ease your pain. God Bless.
This is heartbreaking. I am so sorry for your loss. I posted his flyer at my office on 31st and North Ave. I would look at his smiling face every day hoping he would be found. I watched for him on my drives through Tosa but I never did see your beautiful friend. RIP Titus.
I just read your latest post on your website. I have been wanting to email and thought it would be just what everyone else was saying and didn't have the words. I am sorry, I cried, my neighbor cried, I'm crying again now. It's a process and I really realized that yesterday when we were in the car and my 3 year old said, "Mommy, let's look for the dog." I said, "Let's look for Titus?" She replied, "Yeah, for Titus!" It was then that I had to tell her that his daddy found him and that Titus went to live with the angels. I made it through the conversation without losing it. I couldn't have done that on Tuesday or Wednesday. Just so you know Titus is friends with Zippy and Bootsie (family cats that passed in the last year). :) Per my daughter. I still catch myself looking for him when I'm out. I also want to tell you that this helped me in another way. We have a dog that we got before having our children. She was our life, our child before the human ones came along. She is a good dog, great with the kids, and a protector of our family. A lot of the time I saw her as annoying and a little bit of a burden. Since joining you on your journey to find Titus (I started following your craigslist posts) I have become closer with my dog agian. She is a sweetie and I look forward to spending more time with her and having fun with her. I want to give her the life she deserves! Titus was a very lucky dog to have you for a dad! What you did to try to find him was above and beyond what is expected of a pet owner. I know that Titus can never be replaced but I hope after a lot of healing you get another buddy and I'd love to see a pic. The picture of Titus as a pup melts my heart! I went back so many times to see it. And oh the name possibilites after having a big bro named Titus!
I'm so sorry. I started following you and this story after hearing about it on 620 am. I never expected it to end this way! I'm sorry. Big hug. Cherish the memories! He knows he was loved! Give your self some time to grieve... then celebrate his life with a new Ridgeback.
I am so sorry for your loss and have followed your progress and updates. Thank You for involving us in your search. You did all you could and I doubt anyone else could have done more. God is in you DJ and those who don't know you have witnessed His love thru you.
I have been following your search for your dog and now sit with a heavy heart. I know there are no words to ease the pain. I just wanted to let you know that you are not grieving alone. Anyone that has lost a beloved pet is hurting with you, crying with you, and trying to make sense of it all. If there is any bright light to be extracted from any of this, it's that overall faith in humanity has been restored a little bit. There is so much sadness and negativity in the world, but to hear the way people have banded together over this, from all demographics is truly inspiring. Let that be Titus's legacy. I will pray for you and your family to find solace. – State of Massachusetts
I am another stranger that has been so touched by your love and devotion to Titus. Ever since the flyer was put on my door, I have traveled my neighborhood, with the hope of sighting Titus. I so wanted to find him for you! Deeply saddenned to check your blog and hear of his death. My prayers are with you! Keep blogging and let the world know about your special companion and as you struggle to go on without him.
I know that I have already sent an email to you offering my condolences but I wanted to let you know what an affect your journey has had on me. I feel as if I have lost my own dog. I have been just so upset and I am typically not an emotional person. I wanted to thank you for all of your updates, though I'm sure many have been painful to write. Through those updates I have really felt like a part of your journey. I can't imagine what you are going through and I am so sorry. I do hope that you can heal from this by knowing that you are thought of and Titus is loved by so many that never had the chance to meet him. Thank you again for being strong enough to share a part of your life with all of us. I am forever changed.
I just read your news and there is no way I can ever adequately express my sympathy to you. Every day and night I have looked and prayed for Titus. Since the beginning of his journey my daughter and I have driven crazy routes “in the hopes of” a sighting. As I’m sure hundreds of others have as well. Titus has become our dog “a community dog” and have you to thank for that experience. But our loss will never ever equal that of you, his owner, friend, companion, dad. I believe you however have a wonderful strength, attitude, endurance, energy, love, willingness and adventuresome nature that will help you heal . It is evident Titus had that same spirit. He wouldn’t have done the things he did or lived the life he had if he had not been given the courage from you. He was a lucky dog to have you in his life. My thoughts and prayers are still with you and with Titus.
We have never met but I had been checking your site multiple times a day hoping for a happy reunion. I cried for you and Titus when I read the news on Tuesday night. I am soooo sorry for your loss. Titus walks (and runs) now beside you on silent paws.
I am so sorry for your loss. It angered me at first to think that so many prayers could go unanswered, but I know in my heart that God always has a plan. Your love and dedication to Titus has inspired so many. Titus is surely with the angels now, but while he was here on Earth you were his angel. He was so lucky to have had you for a "dad". Remember, death is not an endless night, but rather a way; a thoroughfare that closes in soft twilight and opens into the light of eternal day. Someday you will be reunited, and what a joyous sight that will be. Keeping you in my prayers.
I feel so sad for you not being able to get Titus back. I was praying for a safe return. Thank you for all your post and keeping everyone up to date. It was exciting and fun to follow. Yes Titus is in heaven and will be waiting for you and what a Great day that will be. Grief is a difficult thing to deal with, I always go to the Bible and read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 A time for Everything, it helps to understand the seasons of our lives here on earth. So sorry again.
I am so sorry for your loss....no words can express the feelings. I did not know Titus, but spent the last three weeks looking for him every day. I live between Hampton and Silver Spring on Hwy 100 and just knew I would see him one day. I am a dog person and love my Curry Park family of dog owners. Your story of hope and determination, love and loyalty, perseverance and friendship, grief and acceptance, loving Titus and loving God, all of these things have made a difference in our community. Thank you so much for sharing your story, the day to day happenings, the sadness of your loss, the joy of bringing people together for good. I hope as the days pass the grief lessens and the joy of Titus shines through. God Bless you through these trying times....
What would you think about the idea of a memorial service for Titus, a celebration of his life and remembering all the things you loved about him? It might give you and your family and his extended family a chance to say goodbye.
I've been following your search for Titus online. My heart sank when I learned that he didn't make it home. It felt like a personal loss. I'm glad you are looking for some good to come out of this.
I am truly sorry to hear what happened with Titus. It is hard to lose a such great friend.
So sorry to hear about Titus. There is no other pain like losing a beloved 4 legged member of the family. He obviously had a very good life which will hopefully give you and your family comfort at this time.
We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Titus. We live right on the Menomonee River Parkway and watch for him often since we received a flyer weeks ago. I was just at my vet on North Avenue the other day and they indicated as well that they had been watching. We were truly inspired by your devotion of Titus and prayed for his safe return. We are truly sorry for your loss.
Oh, DJ, I am so sorry about Titus. I have followed this story and prayed for both of you. I have tears as I write this. Please know you did everything you could to find your beloved dog. I really wish this had a happy ending, but Titus is in heaven with all of the other dogs before him.
I received your update from my sister and read the horrible news. As I am typing this, I am crying because I know what it is like to lose a loved four legged family member, but have never had to endure the pain and shock that you and your family have. I AM SO SORRY! I can tell by the way you wrote about Titus, and the pics that you shared, that he was a great friend, pal, and best bud. I hope you know many thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, and I will especially hug my dog extra tight for Titus. He will always be with you.
I'm so saddened to hear of your loss. Know you did all you could and Titus had a great dad. I got your email from people as far away as Chicago and as far north as Grafton. I got it from people that don't normally forward email because it was easy to see what a great happy dog he was and how hard you were working to find him. It will take time but eventually, the good memories become stronger than the sadness. Know that many people have shed a tear with you.
DJ, I'm so sorry. It broke my heart to hear the sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I've been praying that Titus would find his way back to you. I cried when I checked in today to see if there had been any more sightings. It was sounding so promising; I really thought you'd get him back. It's very obvious how much you loved him. Titus will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Right now he's running through the fields and woods in heaven. God loves these special animals every bit as much as we do; he'll take very good care of him. My heart goes out to you. I'm so very, very sorry. Take care and know there are many out there that care about you and share in your heartbreak, wishing there was something they could do to help, but knowing that there's not. The bond we have with our pets is so special; you are one of the lucky ones who knew firsthand the love of a wonderful dog, a trusting and loving friend. Not everyone is so lucky. You were blessed for 8 1/2 years, as was Titus. Cherish your wonderful memories, and know that your faithful friend is in good hands. You and Titus have touched so many lives. You are not alone; there are many who share in your grief this day.
I know you are getting hundreds of messages already. I hope you hear from everybody whom this story has touched so you can feel the full impact of the positive healing wishes of the community. When our family first heard about Titus missing in early April, our hearts sank and we immediatley started saying prayers for your happy reunion. We live near Mount Mary College and saw a flyer posted nearby. From that moment on, we kept our eyes peeled for any sign of Titus. We drove thru the parkway often and walked on the Oak Leaf trail with our dog, with hope of a Titus sighting. We so much wanted to assist in his return, in some part to repay the cosmos for the kindness that had returned our lost dog just a few months earlier, and so you could experience true joy. We truly felt your pain. Our dog had been bumped by a car in February and immediatlely ran off and was missing for two days. Not knowing where, or how badly injured, she was, made for an agonizing few days. I found myself often thinking that it would be better to know, even if it meant knowing she was dead. It was impossible to focus on anything other than searching for our dog. We were blessed by the fact that our dog was found and returned by two kind-hearted strangers who rescued her from the deep February cold after only two days. I cannot imagine how you managed to endure the pain of those 26 days. We are truly saddened by your loss but marvel in your positive attitude. We do agree that the good spirit of the community shone through clearly and it restores faith in those around us. We will always remember the Titus story and the faith and tenacity of his loving dad. It will be an inspiration in times of adversity. We hope you are able to find your way to another puppy with whom to share your trail-running.
My wife called you when we first heard of you missing dog “Titus”. We would be looking every time we drove towards the parkway or anywhere near that area. (We are on 90th & Center St.) I was always looking as if I would find your dog Titus, always feeling close as we drove past Mount Mary college and following the parkway. I am so sorry we did not find him. Our dog Amber had been missing this winter, so we could relate to the pain you felt for your companion Titus. I am certain you could not have done more, and God’s plan would prevail. I believe you will find peace soon, knowing you did all you could to rescue Titus.
Like yourself and so many others, I was devastated when I refreshed your page yesterday and read of Titus' untimely ending on this earth. I started crying as I read it aloud to my daughter. I can't offer any explanations or reasons, but even though Titus was wondering a big city, I never for one moment thought that he would not make it home. I am glad that you are able to find the good that has come out of such a tragic experience. I am thankful that you were blessed with a faithful companion for 8 1/2 years. I am looking at our faithful companions as I write this and I have a new appreciation for the love and faithfulness that they show us every day. Benny, Lady, Fancy and Brutus are receiving a lot of extra TLC because of Titus. My hope is that Titus now knows how hard you and all of his earthly family looked for him and/or prayed for his return. In the grand scheme of things, his life now is eternal and much better than we could have dreamed. He is no longer lost or alone. I am glad to know without a doubt that you and he will meet again!
There are no words to comfort you, no words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I have been following your website since the beginning. Someone posted it on facebook and I kept reposting and checking in waiting to hear the good news. I kept cheering you on, excited to see Titus getting recognition from everywhere. My heart was filled with the outpouring of people that helped, searched and prayed for this sweet dog and his friend. I just opened Facebook saw the new posting, and I immediately broke down. I feel like I know Titus, like I know you. I certainly know your love for your friend. I just don't understand why this story has such a sad ending. My thoughts and my prayers will remain with you, hoping that you will find peace in the memories you have of your time with Titus. You were both blessed to have shared the time you did together. Below is a prayer that I came across and held onto knowing that someday I would need it. And even though healthwise it wasn't yet time for Titus to go I think the prayer reaches beyond that. I have also included one of my favorite pieces about a dog:
Just a Dog
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise." "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog." just smile, because they "just don't understand."
Dude, I'm so sorry. I really thought you were going to find him. I wish you all the best.
Sorry that Titus did not survive the separation between you, but, the great legacy he has left ..his gift to you...he always knew you were a great guy....now many Wisconsin readers know the same. Thanks Titus.
I just wanted to extend my condolences on the loss of your beloved Titus. I know it hurts like crazy right now, but he is at peace and will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.
Hi, I have been following your quest from Washington state. (I am a former Milwaukeean). I truly feel for you. I believe that he will greet you when you cross over, so you will see him again. He is with god now til then. When the time is right, I hope that you will honor his life by getting another dog. I did, for my Lady. I like to think she picked Quincy out for me.
Im so sorry to hear about your bestest friend Titus. My heart goes out to you on this very sad day. God Bless you and keep you in his care.. may your sad heart mend in due time..knowing that Titus is in God's hands.I have faith and I believe there is a Rainbow Bridge..Im waiting for the day to run and meet my beloved pets and be with them once again. On Wednesday ( one week ago tonight ) my 3 1/2 yr old Bloodhound came up on my deck Howling in pain. It was devistating to hear him that way. I knew what had happened without even batting an eye. He ate a little ..drank a little.. and went out to romp a little. In doing so.. He ended up with Bloat and Stomach Torsion. His stomach twisted and flipped over, causing extreme pain. I lost my Big boy because of it. It ripped my heart out, Im still in shock and now Im worried about my female Bloodhound. I wish I was pre-warned about this .. so i could be cautious about how i fed Him and his exercise. I will say a prayer for you and Titus.. there is no pain ever like the loss of your best friend in life. I lost 2 of my beloved Labradors last summer... My pain is endless, and the recovery has been hard to come by. Take good care of yourself in your days to come. Remember your time shared with your best friend, and Never look back saying what if.... I beat myself up all the time.. please don't do that !! Hold your memories close to your heart, you and Titus will meet again .. I believe that with all my heart.
I am so sorry to hear about Titus passing. I was hoping and praying he would be found on Easter weekend when the weather was kind of nice and more people were out. I have 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks now and I had 2 others who went to dog Heaven. I was so sad when they died, but I tried to think of what a good life I had given them. Your blog was very uplifting, even though it was hard to think of Titus still being lost. Your faith and love for your dog are very inspiring. Know that there are many of us who know what it is like to have a strong love for an animal with all the ups and downs that go with it. Peace to you.
As a Rhodesian owner and a Rhodesian by birth, I feel every
bit of pain you are going through. They are more than family.
There is a saying and a song, Rhodesians never die. They come back
in another form. He was loved. He crosses the bridge in peace.
My thoughts are with you.
I live on Menomomee River Parkway and was looking for Titus every day as soon as the lost signs went up. I'm not a "dog" person - have had cats forever - but have been checking in daily hoping to see that you found him. I cried so hard last night when I read that he passed away ... I think your deep care and love for him made us all love him too! I keep thinking he had a grand adventure that few dogs get the privledge of having - roaming free and exploring at will. In a world that feels increasingly distracted and impersonal at times, the caring community you attracted with your search for Titus gives me hope that the goodness of people is still out there! Thanks for sharing your positive approach to life with us - inspires us all to be better people. :-)
We were so sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved Titus after your endless search. Being pet owners ourselves, we truly understand the devastating loss of a "pet kid" and how heartbreaking it is. Although we were not part of any of the search efforts, we followed your story on-line and like everyone, hoped for the perfect ending. I noticed that someone mentioned in their post that Titus will be waiting for you someday at "Rainbow Bridge". I wasn't familiar with this myself until I saw it on the memory board outside the doors at HAWS in Waukesha, and it truly made an impression on me (even though it makes my cry every time I read it!). I am sharing it with you and your family in the hope that is brings comfort to all of you in some small way.....We will think of you often in the days ahead and hope that in time you will be ready to open your heart again to a new friend. We experienced this ourselves after the loss of our beloved cat, Charlie, in 2003. Our plan was to wait a year and grieve our loss and then move forward. But an empty house proved to be too difficult, and w/in two weeks, and we went in search of a new "someone" to share our love with. We adopted a beautiful cat from a shelter who was abused and had been to three different homes at the time we adopted him.
May God bless all of you as you work through your loss. I know that a person who is passionate for animals like yourself will in time be ready to search for a new friend. Whether it be through a dog rescue or other avenue, I'm sure Titus would want another dog to be as fortunate as he was to have you!
I am so sorry for the loss of Titus. I know this was not the outcome that you or any of your followers expected. I feel that I have come to know Titus and I too was devastated by the outcome. Titus fought as hard to find his way back to you as you fought to find him. It is very hard to understand, but we must believe that God has a plan for Titus and for you. Please find comfort in knowing that he is happy and well cared for in Heaven. He will be waiting to be reunited with you someday. If you haven't already, please read the Rainbow Bridge poem. It may bring you some comfort at this tragic time, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I don't know you personally, but I've been following the story of your lost dog. I just wanted to write and say I'm so sorry for your loss, it was obvious how much you loved him. I'm sending you prayers & good thoughts as you heal & grieve during this time. I'm sure he's in a better place now and you have another angel looking down on you.
I just want to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. I know how much it hurts. I am saddened to learn that your best friend is no longer with you, will keep you in my prayers because I've been there
I am deeply sorry and saddened. I kept sharing Titus' story so often on Facebook that friends were asking if he was my dog. He really did become everyone's dog. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Losing Titus who has been a special friend and part of the family is not easy. But his presence is felt and the love he gave you will never depart. We hope it brings you some comfort to know the one you love now knows only peace.
I Am So Sorry To Hear About Your Dog. I Hope You Are Holding Up. It Seems Like Titus Was A Good Dog. I Send Out All My Condolances Out To You And Your Family. I May Only Be 16 But I Did Try To Help. Major Love To You And Your Family And Also Titus =) R.I.P Titus
I am sorry to here your story came to this conclusion. Titus has crossed over the rainbow bridge and now is playing with all the other dogs up in that special place. Don't worry you will see him again when it is time for you to leave Earth and he greets at the entrance to our next place above.
I am so sorry to hear about Titus, I know he was part of your family. Thank you for sharing this and I am sorry but I don’t know what else to say, except I am sorry.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray God’s grace surrounds you and you are able to find peace during this horribly sad time. Know that Titus is in God’s great care, and you will have a glorious reunion one day. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Titus.
Where does one begin to find words to comfort you in this terrible time. I cried after reading the posting yesterday on hearing of Titus. How sad it must have been for you to pick you buddy up and take him to his final resting place. If you have him cremated it might be a nice thing to sprinkle some of TItus ashes along some of the paths you two ran together. I took some of my goldens ashes and sprinkled them over the lake she so loved to swim in. Time does help and someday there might be a new little Ridgedback to step in for Titus. He probalby would like that for you..I am sure he is looking down on you and asking you not to be sad but to remember with a smile all the good times you shared. It was an unfortunate ending for sure but take comfort in knowing you went to the extremes to try and get him home safe. Just was not meant to be for what ever reason.. Have you been able to figure out how Titus passed away. Probably a combination of the elements and lack of good food and shelter... Hopefully he had visions of you and him in his head as he passed over to the Rainbow Bridge.You two will meet again, I truly do believe that. My heart breaks and wishes you comfort ..
I am so incredibly sorry to hear about Titus. I've been following your story for the past few weeks, ever since seeing posters along Menomonee Parkway. I wish there was more I could say to make the situation better. But, know that he's looking down on you from Heaven.
You don’t know me but I have been following your posts on www.godsinsomniac.com for awhile now and I just wanted to send you a quick note to say how sorry I am for your loss. I work near 124th & Burleigh and since Titus disappeared I was on the lookout for him each day driving to and from work, hoping to spot him. I am so sorry your search has ended this way. As a fellow dog lover, I know how hard it is to lose a pet and can only hope that your pain eases with each new day. Hopefully the wonderful memories you have of Titus will get you through this difficult time and it will comfort you to know that he’s in heaven, running through endless fields of grass, playing with other dogs and feasting on a never-ending supply of bones J Our pets will always hold a special place in our hearts after they’re gone, but you will see Titus again someday – I believe that. I’ve attached a wonderful poem called “The Rainbow Bridge” which you may have seen or heard of before. Hopefully it will bring you some comfort during this difficult time.
I was reading your blog about your dog Titus and wanted to express my sympathy for the loss of your good friend Titus. I lost my feline friend of 15 years with the same sad outcome. I also received a phone call from someone that my cat was found dead on the railroad tracks. It has been a mystery as to why a cat would run near the tracks when a train was approaching. We have concluded that he may have become startled and bolted towards the track instead of away. I recall crying at the tracks too so your story made me want to tell you how sorry that I am that you lost your dog. We have had dogs and cats since that sad day on the tracks that we have loved and you will hopefully also share your love with a new pet when you are ready. New pets do not replace old ones in our hearts, but it allows us to have out lives enhanced again as well as better the rest of the world by loving an animal that needs a home. I hope that your heart is comforted with each passing day this spring…
I do not know you or Titus but your story broke my heart. I cried like a baby when I heard the news that Titus is no longer with us. Please know you did everything you could to find him. You are a hero in my eyes for all you did to try to find your companion. Know that many people like myself have you and Titus in our thoughts. I am so sorry for your loss.
I'm a grown man sitting here sobbing after reading about Titus's death! He was very lucky to have you in his life! Take care and remember the good times, Bellingham, WA
I am so saddened to hear about Titus’ passing. I work at MCW and kept looking at the flyers, keeping my eye out around the neighborhood hoping that I would hear the news that he’s been found or spot him running around Tosa! What an absolutely beautiful dog...I’m sure he is running around the “dog park” Heaven without his collars on and is watching over you every day! I wish you peace and strength as you mourn the loss of a great companion.
I am so, so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in the fact that he had a great life with you. You gave him unconditional love and he returned that to you. You gave him everything he wanted, took him out with you on adventures, gave him a nice home, friendship and a loving family. Cherish those memories forever. I lost a dog and now I have 2 new dogs. It took me a long time though. I didn't own another dog for about 10 years because I was afraid to deal with the pain and loss again, but that love and friendship is priceless and so worth it. I have great memories of my dog that was hit and killed by a car, but I have so much love and good times to share with my 2 new dogs, one is a rescue dog. You can never replace Titus, but you can give and get that unconditional love again some day with another dog that will be a loving and loyal best friend. I absolutely feel your pain and would never wish it on anyone. I know your heart is literally breaking. Cherish the memories with Titus! Laugh and talk about him often. Cry anytime you want about him. Put more pictures up of him and still keep him alive in your house and forever in your heart. What helped me through the pain is knowing my little Tucker had a great, great life, even though it was cut short. I'm so, so sorry for you.
My daughter and I helped with distributing flyers last week. We just heard the news about Titus and are both so very sad. While he had never met him, he became an "adopted dog" in our little family. Everywhere we went, we looked for him and were hoping to bring him back. My heart truly aches for you. I don't think Titus could have had a better owner. Your dedication in trying to find him is nothing I have ever seen in a dog owner. God picked a wonderful person to take care of Titus and I know you will be with him again someday. Please remember that you have a huge community of dog lovers who are mourning with you and praying for you. May God give you strength in the days ahead.
I just heard about this story yesterday and all I can do is to say how sorry I am that Titus is no longer with you. I can only imagine your pain right now. He is a proud and beautiful dog and will make a great companion for those who need one in heaven. I’m going to go home and give my dog a big hug and check my back fence as she has been finding her way out lately. I wish you peace.
Let me start by saying how sorry I am for you and your family about Titus. I have been watching for him the week after he went lost. I live by Men River Pkwy, north of the dog park. I walk my dog regularly and was approached by someone giving me a flyer. It stayed on my fridge. During my walks I would always keep an eye out for him. I have seen the cages and numerous flyers. I wish any of those attempts would have worked. On FB today, I was sent a link of your blog. I was saddened to read about his passing. I was emotional reading how you were connected with him and stayed by his side when you found him. The Lord has His plan, we may not fully understand but all we can do is have Faith in Him.
I am so sorry to hear about Titus. My little Westie died last year after he was almost 15 years old. They become such a part of the family. We ended up adopting 2 Westie's since then and we now have Romey and Bella. Although they won't replace Bailey, they sure are a great addition to the family. Again, so sorry D.J. I was so hoping you too would get reconnected with a different outcome.
You don't know me, but I just wanted to express my sorrow about Titus. What a wonderful friend you have been to Titus. As a fellow dog owner, I can imagine how much you miss your boy. He is not suffering. Just try to keep that in mind as you mourn the loss of your friend. Take care. My deepest condolences on your lost............breaks my heart. Read about his passing while at work and it brought a tear to me.....
Today I am saddened to hear about Titus. A pet is such a special part of our lives and they will always have a special place in our hearts.
"They are gone from our sight....
but never our memory,
gone from our hearing....
but never from our hearts,
gone from our touch....
but their presence is felt,
and the love that they gave us
I just wanted to write you and offer my deepest sympathy for your loss. My heart breaks for you. I have been following your search and have felt helpless as I live 200 miles away from you. Being an animal lover myself I know the pain of loosing a "family" member. I offer you words of encouragement during this difficult time and know that he is in a better place where he can run and have the fun that he enjoyed so much. You are an amazing pet parent and every animal in this world should be as lucky as Titus was to have you in their life.
I just wanted to say how truly sorry I am about Titus's
passing. There were so many caring people out there looking for him on a
daily basis. I myself ran into many volunteers while out there with my
dog in my searches. I said many, many prayers for you and Titus, and that
he would come home safely. I'm so very sorry it had to end this way, but
at least you know he is in heaven, is safe, is running around, happy, with plenty
of food. And one day you will see him again; I truly believe
that. You NEVER gave up, and did
everything you could. And Titus truly knows this!
I'm so very sorry about the loss of Titus. I can hear through your words how much you love him. Since I heard your story, I kept checking the news for anything about your beloved pet. I pray our pets do go to Heaven. Wouldn't that be great? My best friend was my golden retriever. He was 18. The vet said he was the oldest golden that they had ever seen. We went missing for about days once. It was scary. I live in Colgate and have a cholcolate lab that's 2 years and 4 months. If you ever want a good lickin and to be jumped on, we could stop by and visit briefly. Hang in there during this period of grief. You know, Titus would want you to get another dog once you're able to. He'd want to see you happy.
I just read about your dog and I am so so sorry. I found a dog back in December and she is a wonderful dog, but we just can't keep her. We are on a waiting list at Shelter from the Storm in Madison, but we really want to find her a home. You seem like the kind of person we'd feel comfortable giving her to. Her name is Lucky. If you have any interest, please let me know. We believe that someone abused her and dumped her off "in the country" where we live. She loves us and I'm trying to remind myself that we are probably her "foster" family, and to keep from falling in more love with her than I have.
I'm so sorry to hear about Titus - I know how you are feeling and I wish there was more I could do from up here in Green Bay. Please know your companion is whole and well at the Rainbow Bridge and will be waiting there for you when the time is right for you to join him. Best wishes always from all of us.
I was just browsing through the news and came across the sad update about Titus’ passing. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family. We lost our beloved lab retriever several years ago and don’t have the heart to replace him yet; something that I don’t think is possible. I hope the fond memories you have of Titus will make his loss easier to bear. God Bless.
Being an animal lover myself, I was very sad to hear that Titus has passed away. My heart goes out to you and your family!
I am so sorry to hear about Titus. I live in Menasha, Wisconsin and haven’t been able to be of any help to you but I read your blog every day and was really rooting for you to find him and was so sad every day that I went online and heard you didn’t find him. I am crying for you & Titus now because I know that you loved each other and fought hard to get back to each other. I am a big animal lover and have a very heavy heart right now. I’m so sorry. I am also so proud of you for fighting as long as you did to find him. It takes a really great man to do what you did. I love to hear that someone loves an animal as much as you did Titus. There are too many mean people that don’t know how wonderful animals are and how much unconditional love they give to you and that they also have feelings and are a part of the family, not just something to kick around or push into fighting. You are a good person and I hope that you are able to find peace with this.
I am sooooooooooo sorry for your loss. Dogs are family and I know how much this much hurt. You're right, God must have needed a good running pal.
My heart is truly saddened for you and your family. I pray Titus did not suffer. Your email is beautiful, the explanation you have written shows you truly Love our Lord. Many tears have been shed over this saddness so prayers for happiness will follow.
What a tragedy you have been through. I just wanted to let you know that I read your story and it truly cut me to the core. I am an avid animal lover as I have 5 cats and a big, beautiful 90 lb mutt. I am crying tears for you and Titus and am sorry you never got to hug him again. I believe though that he is looking down on you and waiting until you can meet again. God Bless!
I read this morning that Titus will not be coming home. I am
so sorry to hear that and my heart aches for your lost.
I just was linked in to your search yesterday and prayed last night that it would end well. Unfortunately, I read today that Titus has left us and is running with my former companion and sweet puppy, Vixen, in a place we can only hope to visit one day. I hope it brings you comfort that so many people share your loss and grieve right along with you. Although we can never ever share the kind of love with Titus that you had, we have all lost those wonderful little creatures that give us such unconditional love and affection, and we shed tears for them…and for your aching heart as well. I will smother my two border collie derivatives with extra hugs and kisses tonite and I wish you peace and warmth.
I have been following your blog about Titus. I was so shocked and heart saddened to hear that you lost your Herculean effort to bring him back home. Titus was such a beautiful boy and lucky to have you as an owner. Your story is so amazing. You are the definition of what a hero is. I wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. Again, You are a wonderful person and have a terrific community around you.
I'm from Tampa, FL. I've been following your journey from afar, and I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Last year, on April 18th, we came home to find that our 6 year old basenji had suddenly passed away. Lucy showed no signs of sickness; she simply went outside at night and never came back.... we found her the next morning under a tree. My heart still aches for my Lucy.... and as I sit here and cry, I'm mourning your Titus. I know the feeling of being cheated... not getting that chance for that last hug... that last run... that last special memory. Even after a year, I sit here and wonder, "if only I would have...." I hope you believe that Titus is happy, and if there really is a "rainbow bridge", I hope that he and Lucy are happily chasing each other... sniffing butts too, of course :).... and after they are done, I hope they are curled up together, basking in the sunshine. My Lucy needs a runner like Titus to keep her curly tail wagging! I bet he will entice her to "roo", too! Hugs to you, DJ. They say that "time heals"... but they never say that it will be quick. No, it won't be quick... but please know that you are not alone. I will keep you and Titus in my prayers.
I am so sorry to hear about Titus. My partner and I live in the general area where Titus went missing and we have two dogs. WE went looking for him several times and always kept in eye out when driving. I always paired he would come running out to say hi to our dogs. Just wasn't meant to be. Our prayers are with you.
My heart goes out to you. I am so sad to hear this. I felt like I knew him by all of what I’ve read through the weeks… It’s like losing a child. I thought about you and Titus so much & hoping it was going to be a happy ending.
Sorry to hear about Titus, I know how hard it is to lose a friend. I have lost several. I like you thought the Lord had some miracle in how this would end. Maybe we have to write and publish the book we talked about long ago - A Tribute. Keep the faith and well Press On.
I live on Long Island, NY and have been following your blog, I am so sorry for Your loss! I am just so happy you have closure. Prayers for you and Titus!
Well, I just don't know what to say. I heard the news on my way back from Houston yesterday. I was praying the WHOLE time. I must admit, I know God does things for a reason, but he really is testing me here. I wish I could of been here to help more and I wish he would have answered my prayers. I'll still say this though. I've never met/seen a nicer guy that had to go through this tremendous amount of pain and still stay positive. You are an inspiration DJ, I hope you realize that. I know it was tough and you cried and you felt hopeless. I was talking with a friend and I can't imagine having to go and pick him up. It is just a horrible situation and thing that happened. I am so sad for you. I showed my co-worker today and her response was "WOW, it wasn't like he didn't try". Made me think, you did EVERYTHING you could. Hang in there DJ and I'm glad to see you still have faith. I know mine was tested and Titus wasn't even my dog. Take care DJ...God Bless and may Titus R.I.P.,
I'm so very sorry to hear about Titus. I've been following your blog from St. Francis. I know what it's like to lose an animal and I'm crying as I type this. I have had numerous dogs and cats in my life, but I had one special siamese cat named Sinatra. I had him 19 years and had him put to sleep about 8 years ago. He was and will always be my Titus! While it's hard to replace that special animal in your life, you obviously have a lot of love in your heart for animals. I just know there's another animal who would love to have a wonderful owner like you. I hope you'll give another dog your special kind of devotion. Good luck to you!
I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Keep your eyes to the light, and may God give you peace.
The tears of many are being shed for you and your sweet boy. I have never had any doubt that the gift of love God has given us in the form of our pets is something he will continue to share with us in Heaven! As to why these things happen, I have to say from following your efforts that your faith is evident, and that you were able to share that faith with many, many people who might not have otherwise crossed your path. That is our great commission, and sometimes it may come at a high price, even as we think of the price our Lord paid to save us! Ultimately, I know you will be reunited. In the meantime, I’ll be praying for God to give you some peace, and at least the closure in knowing Titus is no longer lost and afraid, but at peace. May the Lord continue to bless you and to put people in your path who share your compassion!
I am so sorry to hear about Titus. I cried with you!! Having the unconditional love of a dog is a precious gift. I often wonder why bad things happen to good people, but in the end I know that the faithful, like you, will come out on the other side of tragedy stronger. Know we are thinking of you in this difficult year you are having!!
I am sure you are getting a lot of emails regarding Titus. I just wanted to say how sorry I am for the loss of your boy. I know how hard it is to lose a furry family member. Please know my heart is hurting for you. I will remember both you and Titus in my prayers. I will send a donation in to the shelter I adopted my Jessa Belle from, and also the next time I donate food to the Milwaukee County Humane society I will do so in Titus’s name. I truly hope time will heal your hurt and your memories of Titus bring you joy and peace.
You don't know me, I heard about Titus through Lost Dogs of Wisconsin. I am so sorry to hear about Titus. You obviously had a special bond with him and loved him very much. My heart goes out to you, I know the pain of losing a part of your family . Cherish your memories and keep his spirit alive in your heart. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
I am SO sorry for your loss… I don’t even know what to say. I’m overwhelmed with sadness. I just want you to know that I'm thinking about you and praying for you in your time of sadness. Stay strong.
We are so very sorry for your loss of Titus. Your search for him has been truly amazing and we have been following it from the beginning and wish we could have helped. Not many people would conduct such an extensive search for their missing "pet" aka family member. It sounds like Titus truly had an amazing life with you and your family! I hope you find peace in knowing you did all you could to find him. Our thoughts are with you!
I know you don't know me, but I feel I know you and Titus so well. Since finding out about Titus weeks ago, I have driven around looking for Titus on my lunch hour or on the weekends. I always carry a leash and dog treats, water, boxes, cat food, as I am an animal lover who will never leave an animal wandering a street alone. When I read the news last night, I immediately gasped and started sobbing. It lasted atleast an hour. Then again later when my husband asked me what happened. I couldn't bring myself to tell him so passed him my laptop with your website on it. At work for the past 26 days, everyone asks me for Titus updates and I've hung flyers all over the Medical College and Froedtert. You are a very amazing man -- there are not many people who would have gone to the lengths you did to find Titus. I'm so sorry your search ended so sadly. May you find some peace in these days and in your tears and memories of your close friend. Know that you and Titus have really touched a community and brought it together.
I just wanted to send you a quick email expressing my condolences for your loss. I can't even imagine going through what you've been through. Even though the outcome of your search was terrible, I'm glad that you can move forward without a continuing feeling of loss. I've been following your plight ever since you posted on Craigslist. You and Titus were in my thoughts every day, and every time I went to the site for an update I prayed for a break in the case. I'm sorry I wasn't able to help, but your determination to find your friend was incredible, and says a lot about what kind of person you are. You will continue to be in my thoughts, and I pray that everyone's support helps you through this tough time. I'm so sorry. Thank you for letting me be a part of your search, even though it was only through thoughts and prayers. I'm so proud of you, DJ…….. Stay strong, brother.
As a fellow "best dog in the world" companion, I sobbed when I received word of your story's ending. Your running route was where my very first canine companion and I would train when I lived on 92nd Street in my pre-marriage days. I know the area well. It's an athletic dog's paradise. I don't know all of Titus's character strengths, but I've no doubt that they were too numerous to count. I do know that Ridgebacks are fiercely loyal and supremely intelligent... some of God's finest work here on earth.... and your companionship helped him live his purpose to its fullest. For being the member of a breed known for their wariness towards strangers, Titus sure did an amazing job of bringing a city full of strangers together in loving companionship. Canine companions bring out the best in those that love them - truly gifts from Above to teach us to be kinder souls. Thank you for sharing Titus and using a difficult situation to bring out the best in our city. You are in my prayers, DJ. I am truly sorry for your loss.
I am so so very sorry for your loss I've read the blog every day and searched for him in my free time hoping I could catch a glimpse of him to help How devastating to read he has passed away.... I can't imagine how great your sorrow must be. My heart is broken for you and your family.
I'm sure he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is waiting for you on the other side Again, my sincerest condolences
I heard the news yesterday, DJ. So sorry to hear about Titus -- not sure if knowing is better than not knowing, but will be keeping you in prayer. I know life has been difficult to say the least. Kind of you to think to share the news, and I appreciated what you wrote.
I have been following your search. I just wanted to let you know I am so sorry. You are right, God must have needed a good running partner.
I live in Union Grove and have been following your blog regarding Titus. I read the status this morning and want to send out my condolences to you on Titus' passing. I was so sorry to hear that he passed away and began to cry when I read your most recent blog. I just think it is amazing all of the hard work you and everyone else put in looking for Titus. It made me realize that not all humanity is lost. Our basset hound wondered off recently for 4 hours and that was a very scary time for me. I can't even begin to imagine what you have been going through for the past 26 days. You did everything that you could and just know that when Titus gets to heaven they will let him know just how hard you looked for him. He will always be watching over you and forever thankful for all that you did for him. He was very lucky to have you as his owner.
I dont think I've ever cried so much for a dog that I never met but your dedication to try to find him has made us all love this angel. I am so sorry that you were not able to give your friend a proper goodbye but know that he is probably watching you from above so he will always be with you. Continued thoughts & prayers to you and your family that you find peace in knowing that he lived 8 years full of love. RIP Titus, run free sweet boy
I am so sorry to hear about your dear dog. I had prayed to St. Anthony of lost things a couple days ago. St. Anthony always comes through. I wish I would have thought of that sooner. Thank you so very much for letting me know. I have kept the picture of your dog in my car and on my desk and have looked for him every time I’m in that area. Just remember all of the great times you’ve had together. Sometimes that helps. My prayers are with you and your family.
I was brought to tears this morning when I heard about Titus. I am so very, very sorry. My heart and hugs and healing wishes go out to you. I am so sorry for the loss of your family member. Our dogs are our families and we love them with all the pieces of our heart. I am currently reading a wonderful short book by a Franciscan Friar, Friar Jack Wintz, called “I will see you in heaven”. His book details the parts of the bible that support the belief that animals and our dogs WILL go to heaven. It is a very comforting book. You did everything you could. Every decision was the right one at the time. No regrets. Keep his memories close to your heart.
Me and my son would like to send you our condolences for the loss of Titus. Being animal lovers ourselves your story has really touched us. We spent many afternoons and evenings searching for Titus in hopes of finding him. This morning my heart broke when I read your blog that Titus had passed away, I have not had the heart tell my son because like so many people in the community we felt a connection with you and Titus and wanted this to have a happy ending. We are sure that Titus was a wonderful friend and companion and will be missed. We have lost pets to illness and old age and know that it is never easy but they always live on in our memories and stories we have of them. Titus brought together a community and will not be forgotten. Please know that Titus touched many people lives without ever meeting them such as us. We will say a prayer for you, your family and Titus.
DJ – I am just heartbroken to hear this sad news, as Christians I know we believe that we are all better off once we cross over but that doesn’t lessen the pain for those of us left behind. May God watch over you and keep you now and forever and may you someday be united once again with your very wonderful running partner.
I am so sad to hear about Titus. I was not on any of original emails, but Bridget Lynn was keeping me in the loop. I was truly looking out for Titus and feel so bad. I do not live to far from Best Buy. I am surprised that no one in my neighbor saw him nor was able to help. Just like everyone else, I really thought there was going to be a happy ending, but like you said in your last update, the good may have come through a community pulling together to help DJ and Titus. I am so sorry for his loss.
I wanted to come give you a hug before I left last night, but it was all still too fresh. I heard you typing like mad so didn’t want to interrupt. What a wonderful entry you made on the website. We’re all feeling your pain. If it had to happen, at least you know for sure that you don’t have to search any longer. You are an amazing man and I pray the Lord gives you the peace and wisdom you need for all you’re going through in your life right now. God Bless You!
I only now just came upon your story and was so saddened to hear of the outcome. I lost my boxer, Contessa, a few years ago when she ran out of door that had been left ajar. She wound up being hit and run over by a car right in front of our home. We did all we could to save her but she died in surgery the following day. May you find some peace in knowing that Titus awaits you at the Rainbow Bridge.... and that he is running and loving his new home, awaiting your arrival. I have several who will be waiting to greet me, and likely several more before my time on earth is done. You did what you needed to do and now you can honor his memory and cherish the time you did have together. I was so sad and sorry to learn about Titus this morning. I am crying for him, and you and your family too. The loss of a beloved dog has always been much harder and more intense for me than losing most people. So I grieve for you and with you. But as you said, it is an extraordinary experience when so many come together to help-family, friends, acquaintances and strangers—Titus did that. What an amazing creature. Take care.
Please accept my deepest sympathies for Titus. I was heartbroken to hear that he died, as I was certain we would find him. I live along the parkway, right off of Hwy 100 - very close to the dog park. I do drive along the parkway to and from work, but I added an extra loop to my drive to be sure to catch a glimpse of the dog park after I read he was seen there. You seem to be a genuinely nice and caring person - which I think is so rare to find in people today - and I think that makes it even harder to hear that I was not able to help bring Titus home to you. I know you've lost a wonderful friend, but I hope that the good memories you have with him comfort you. I wish you the best.
I feel your pain so much. I hugged both my dogs last night and said a prayer for Titus not knowing until this morning of the devastating news. Titus will stay in my heart forever.
So sorry to hear of your loss. My daughter lost her dog last August and still thinks of him every day. I am sure he had a great life with you. God Bless.
We are so sorry to hear about Titus. Our pets are truly our family members.
Wanted to pass along my Sympathy as a fellow dog owner, the connection we have with our best friends is indescribable. I know you have probably heard it quite a bit, however know Titus is in a better place and time will heal the pain.
I truly thought there’d be a happy ending to this story. I’m so sorry for your loss.
DJ...oh man I wish I could say something to help. After we put our second dog down I said I never wanted another one because it's just so hard to let go. They give everything they have and only ask for love in return. The good news is we went ahead and got another one and he's such a great dog. He won't replace Mo because she was so great with the kids, or even Tucker whose life was cut short to cancer, but Miloh has been a great addition to the family. So, nothing I say will help you feel better today, but your story and the way you have chosen to handle this has moved people in a special way. Thanks for being a special man. Take some time and go shopping. There may not be a Titus, but Brutus is waiting for a new Dad. Your friend.
You don't know me, but you emailed with my wife after she went door to door with flyers in our neighborhood. We have been following Titus' story from the beginning. We have flyers in our cars, in our wallets, at our jobs, everywhere. I run twice a week in the parkway, and have been hoping & praying that I would find him for you. I would give just about anything to have had this end with Titus being found safe & sound. We are devastated. We don't have children, but we have many pets and love them dearly. They are our kids. We have twice had to say good-bye to cats over the years. The first one was due to a long 11-month illness. We were told he would not survive, but we devoted ourselves to making his quality of life good for as long as possible. We know how it feels to feel helpless, as I am sure you felt in the last month. Our second boy left us in a span of only 2 weeks. It was 6 years ago last Saturday. We still miss him deeply. The saving grace for us was that we were able to hold our boys as they passed, something you were not allowed to do with Titus. I can only imagine how that feels. One thing I can say is that the pain will lessen over time, and you will begin to remember Titus' life in a good way rather than how it ended. I have sometimes heard people say that animals don't go to heaven. I find that way of thinking crazy. Our pets are huge parts of our lives. If they weren't in heaven with us, then it wouldn't be heaven. I believe with all my heart that Titus is happy & content and is waiting to see you again in heaven. It will be a glorious day for both of you. The best thing you can do for Titus now is to remember him. Live your life knowing you made him happy and did your best for him. And, until you are reunited in heaven, remember him.
I am so sorry to hear about Titus. He was an amazing dog and I know he will be waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge. May God bless you and your family during this time and always,
I've been keeping an eye out for Titus for weeks and watching your website. I saw a flyer of him just yesterday that someone had taped in their window while driving down Brown Deer Road. I'm so sorry to read that Titus has passed away. He sounds like he was an absolutely wonderful dog. I just read your most recent post to my family here. We're all thinking of you, and of Titus, and hope your memories help you through this very tough time.
I am so sorry for your loss of Titus. I checked his website every morning and night to see the latest updates and actually started to cry at my desk at work when I read the news this morning. I have a 2 year old German Shepherd/Hound mix that actually somewhat looked like Titus and I know if it was my Rex that was lost I would have done everything in my power like you did to find him. I'm so sorry the search had to end this way but he is happy in heaven now and looking down on you every day. You will always have the wonderful memories of him.
My very sincere condolences. This is a heartbreaking event that one can never prepare for. I wish it had ended differently for you and Titus. My thoughts are with you. Titus' story has touched so many people. One of my coworkers has been following the story closely and I didn't even know it: Soon after I arrived at work last night, I opened your blog for the update, saw the news and cried out, "Oh, no!". We sit in cubicles which are about four feet high and can easily hear each other's comments. My coworkers heard me and said "What's wrong??!!" I said, "A dog that's been lost... " I didn't know if anyone else knew the situation so I didn't immediately launch into a full report. One of the voices from an adjacent cubicle said "Yes, I saw the news earlier when I came to work. I sat here and cried. I went to Milwaukee and walked around looking for Titus last week. It was the least I could do." I'm giving a lot more hugs to my dog this week. Thank you for sharing Titus' life with us. We are all sad with you and, for those of us who are strangers, a new and very important chapter has been written in our lives. – Madison, WI
My prayers are with you...was so very sad to hear the news. Please know there are lots and lots of people thinking about you.
I am so sorry. I didn’t know Titus but I am sitting here crying knowing what you’re going through and feeling your pain and sadness. I just yesterday emailed a friend that had forwarded your info to me and asked if Titus had been found yet. On the way into work this a.m. I prayed and called on angels to protect him and bring him home. Little did I know they did bring him home only to his home in heaven. I have two dogs and would be devastated if they were ever lost or if they passed away. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and pray that you will somehow get through this very difficult time.
DJ my heart is broken, I am sitting here at work weeping for you and Titus. I know he is with God now and all our other beloved animals, but I still find myself asking why. I am praying for you and I will be giving my 3 Ridgebacks some extra loving today. My male looks very much much like Titus and he is 8, his name is Lestat. Just know that we are all grieving with you.
I am so sorry. I love animals and sympathize with you.
I am so sorry to hear about your Titus. I have been keeping up with your search for him, spreading the word about him and looking for him when I was in the areas that he was spotted. I, along with so many others were praying for his safe return home. My dog, who I quite literally grew up with, passed away when she was 15 and I remember the pain and hurt that I know you're feeling - it's literally losing a member of the family. I know that God was watching out for Titus the entire time, and providing you with the strength and encouragement you needed to keep looking for him, just as he will now provide healing and comfort to you and your family. I hope you're getting many emails like this, and I hope that they are bringing you some comfort. Please continue to keep everyone updated as to how you are doing, I think the strength you are showing in this time can be a huge encouragement to others who are also coping with the loss of a pet, knowing that others are going through the same thing they are.
I'm sorry to hear about Titus. You mentioned the good things that can come of this and I believe God has worked through you in this difficult past month. You have shared your faith and beliefs with others and have been a great Christian example to those around you. Remember that all things work together for good to those that love Him! I'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there!
I have been following your story about Titus and have been hopeful. I live around 95th and Capitol. As I walked my dog, Oscar, Monday morning in the neighborhood, I saw chalk signs that people had put out in the street. "Lost Dog Titus" "Fighting for Titus. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
I was shocked when I read the "updates" last night on your website for Titus--my heart just dropped. Myself, my husband, daughter and sister have been following your website every single day. Each day as I clicked on your page I was hoping to read the status of "FOUND". I am SO very sorry for your loss. I know how much we all LOVE our pets and treat them just as family, but I have never seen someone with so much determination as yourself. You should be very proud of the kind of person you are. I am sure Titus had a wonderful life with your family!! Unfortunately, sad things happen and we have no control over that. Your whole story has touched me in a way that will stay with me forever. Thank you for sharing your story, there are many people who are feeling the sadness and pain over Titus as you are. Best of luck to you and your family!
You don’t know me. I used to live in Milwaukee and I learned of your story on twitter and continued to share with others on facebook. I followed every day hoping to see he had found his way home to you. I’m so very sorry for your loss. He has found his way home, just to the rainbow bridge where he will wait for you and be warm and happy and can run and run and run until you get there. I hope you find some comfort in knowing he is no longer lost. Having lost pets before, I promise, there will be a day when you can talk about him again with a smile rather than this intense grief you feel now. They do leave their paw prints on our hearts forever. Condolences to you and your family.
Titus was and is in my prayers, and so are you and your family, it is so sad to think that all he wanted to do is get to see you again and be hugged by you. I even put up more flyers last night. He is at his second home with God and he will be forever with you.
I am truly sorry for your loss. I never got to meet Titus, but was one of the fortunate in recent weeks to get to know and love him through you. He was truly a great, special dog and will be missed deeply by his extended family. I know he will live on forever in your memory.
I am so sorry to hear this news. I know only too well the loss of a friend in a dog. Two years ago I had to take my bestest animal friend in the whole world to her final place. I have had a number of dogs, but this one was extra special. I cried like a baby at her side almost uncontrollable. My wife was also at my side. I understand you may not be so fortunate. I don’t know why a man of God can be tested so harshly, but then again if we look at Job, why not. I have been praying for you DJ. I know you are suffering right now. If there is anything I can do, a guy to talk to or cry with please call me.
We are all very sorry for your loss. We did not want to see that outcome whatsoever. We may not have known Titus, but he touched our hearts. Here is something that I know that will never take away the pain or loss, but I hope this helps:
I'm Still Here
Friend, please don't mourn for me
I'm still here, though you don't see.
I'm right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I'm always near.
I'm everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I'll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.
I'll never wander out of your sight-
I'm the brightest star on a summer night.
I'll never be beyond your reach-
I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.
I'm the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.
I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.
When you start thinking there's no one to love you,
you can talk to me through the Lord above you.
I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.
I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.
Just look for me, friend, I'm everyplace!
So Sorry to hear of this DJ....sending our love from England
Sorry to hear about Titus. We have been praying for you during this time. I have been driving to work over the last few weeks through the Tosa/Milw area keeping an eye out. I have been communicating with my customers regarding Titus. And, my whole family has been waiting for updates. We feel awful regarding the news. We will continue to pray for you.
R.I.P noble Titus!
I sit here crying as I type this, I am so very sorry to hear this news. I don't know you or Titus but I have felt as if I was on this journey with you. I checked your blog several times everyday. Each time waiting with baited breathe that the word found would be emblazoned across the page. I prayed each night that he would find his way to you. I am just so sorry that this is the way it ended. You are an amazing man and dog dad!! Your resiliency and dedication is inspiring! I know that you did everything in your power to find him. Know that you have 8 1/2 years of amazing memories. You have the support and adoration of friends, family and total strangers. Again my deepest sympathy. My heart goes out to you!
So sorry to hear the news about your Titus. I would've called you, but I just looked at my email now (midnight your time). Hope all the support you've received over the last 3 weeks helps ease the pain of losing your dog. I don't really know what else to say except that, as new person to the dog world, I can really empathize what you must be going through and, of course, you have my sympathy. Stay strong, DJ.
You don't know me, but I saw all your fliers for Titus at the Granville Dog park and I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. I also want to tell you what a great job you did trying to find him. There were so many fliers, so I took a small one to keep in the car to remind me to keep a look out for him, and have your numbers on hand if I saw him. A lot more dogs would get back home if their owners did half of what you did. Which is why it's extra sad that things turned out the way they did for Titus... But like you said, you did find the good in it, and realized how wonderful the people of Milwaukee are. Another good thing: You now have a wonderful guardian angel! And he's running free and happy in heaven while he waits for you to join him someday. My thoughts are with you and your family. I followed the updates on the search for Titus very closely. I prayed for a happy reunion. I was saddened to hear that reunion will be postponed. But I know one day, you two will be together again. The love and dedication you displayed in your search for Titus was heartwarming. Titus was lucky to have such a wonderful friend. I know this is not an easy time but you should feel pretty proud about how nice you were to him and all the time you had together.
As a dog lover and former Ridgeback owner I was sorry to hear your news. My family and I wish you and yours peace on this day.
Sorry to hear about your loss. I do a lot of work on that side of town and always kept an eye out for him. I lost my 14 year old Husky Simba a little more then a year ago to mostly old age. A good man I know gave me this poem as he lost his dear companion not too many months before mine. I won’t lie every time I read it, it brings a tear to my eye, but it always makes me remember all the great times we had too!! Again sorry for your loss. Poem:
TREAT ME KINDLY
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend,
For no heart in all the world is more
rateful for kindness than the loving
heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick,
For though I should lick your hand
between blows, your patience and
understanding will more quickly
teach me the things you would
have me learn.
Speak to me often, For your voice is
the world's sweetest music, as you must
know by the fierce wagging of my tail
when your footsteps fall upon my ears.
Please take me inside when it is cold
and wet, For I am a domesticated
animal, no longer accustomed to the
bitter elements. I ask no greater glory
than the privilege of sitting at your
feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with water, for I
cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well,
to romp and play and do your bidding,
to walk by your side, and stand ready,
willing and able to protect you with
my life, should your life be in danger.
And, my friend, when I am very old, and
I no longer enjoy good health, hearing
and good sight, do not make heroic
efforts to keep me going.
I am not having fun. Please see that my
trusting life is taken gently. I shall
leave this earth knowing with the last
breath I drew, that my fate was always
safest in your hand.
DJ...I am so sorry for your loss of Titus! It is very devastating when a member of our "family" dies. I'll say a prayer for you in this time of sorrow and am sure that Titus is running in a beautiful spring meadow in heaven. I am an avid animal lover and know the sorrow you are experiencing. Again, I am sorry for your loss.
Words can’t express how deeply sorry I am for the loss of Titus. I have been following your story ever since I had seen it on the news and I would check your website 5x a day. I too believe that God needed a runner up in Heaven and he wanted Titus. As a family we still pray for you and Titus every night and we will continue to do so. May the days ahead get easier and continue to remember all the good times you have shared. That is what Titus would want.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I live I the area by the dog park and I've been following the story since I saw you guys on the news. I put out food for Titus and I dreamt I would find him for you. Just know that we are thinking of you and your family. I'm truly very sad and so very sorry for your loss. Titus was a lucky pup to have you for a daddy.
I just wanted to offer condolences on you loss of Titus. I have been a reader of you blog, and your story is very moving. I too am a ridgeback owner and you have put a song in our hearts, thank you so much for that!!!!! May God be with you, as he is with Titus.
Even though I don’t know you, I do understand the pain and grief you feel, we just lost ours unexpectedly from the result of a puppy illness when she was first born – she was almost 8. But our loss is not yours, your loss is personal and devastating for you, you continue to have our prayers while you go through this.
I am so sorry for your loss that you have suffered. I know that Titus never gave up and now that he is in heaven he knows that you never did either.
He is in heaven now with all of the other family pets, companions and even wild animals that have left this life either too soon or right when they were supposed to. He is with his animal friends and maybe even some family members that he hasn't scene in a long time :) He is safe, warm, comfortable and loved. Just like when he was here with you.
I'm in Philly - my friend from MKE sent me your news about Titus. I am so sorry. Your energy to find your dog is really inspiring. The animal advocacy community needs more people like you. I hope you consider finding solace in helping a local shelter once you've had a chance to grieve. He will be waiting for you at the bridge now: http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm Our thoughts here in the City of Brotherly Love are with you -
I checked your web page at least twice a day hoping that I would see that Titus was reunited with you. I was saddened to see that Titus had gone to heaven. I am so very sorry for your loss of your faithful companion. It is very apparent to me that he loved you very much and you loved him. As you grieve, please do not feel guilty for not finding him. He was searching for you, his Dad. Your persistence and never ending search for him showed your love and devotion to Titus. I firmly believe that our pets greet us when we arrive at heaven. You will see him again. I found this poem that I hope you find some comfort:
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to
you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close
to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with
you at the shops today. Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with
you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."
so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is
over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "Good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the
time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many
things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be with me.
I am crying right now as I read about Titus. I looked for him for about 45 minutes last Thursday before I went into work, around Currie Park. I didn't realize how close it was to where I work on Burleigh. I saw the signs for Titus everywhere, even at the busy intersection on Capitol by Target. Wish this would have ended differently, but I am glad you found him. Not knowing where he was or what happened can only be torture, I imagine. It reminds me a little of when the two Milwaukee boys went missing, Quadravius and Purcell I believe their names were. I followed that story, just as I have followed Titus', and grieved when the boys were found accidentally drowned in a pond. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I was out this evening: went to Outpost then thought I would drive up the parkway on some fluke I would see Titus. On the way back I saw that I had an email from Ludington Neighborhood Association. I cried when I read the news. My heart goes out to you. At least you know he is not lost anymore.
I am writing this in tears. I just read today's update and couldn't believe what I read. How awful for you and your family. I am a dog person and have lost dogs that when I did, broke my heart. The only thing I can say is that Titus had a loving home and owners so his life was (I have no doubt) what he would have wanted it to be. My mother and I live in the area and have been some of those who forwarded your info, pix, and even posted his pictures on our church bulletin board, hoping to see him and help him get back home to his daddy. No thanks needed, it was our privilege. I pray the Lord heal your hearts and comfort you.
So sorry Titus. I don't want to believe this is true. I was so sure it would be a matter of when and not if. I hope somehow he knows how much his family wanted to be reunited with him...
Tonight I checked your webpage to get an update about Titus. I did this because I wanted to get a closer look at Titus. This was because I wondered tonight if what I saw on my street in Wauwatosa last Saturday night might have been Titus. It wasn't. What I saw was a wild coyote that came up Hillside Avenue from Menomonee River Parkway. Titus didn't look like that coyote. Sadly, upon checking your website, I learned the news: Titus is no longer with us. I am so sorry! Tonight was also the first time I realized Titus belonged to someone I knew. That really blew me away. As one of your former insurance clients, it hit home to realize Titus was DJ's dog. I've been on the lookout for Titus in recent days. I have also been impressed at the enormous organizational efforts to find him. I am the owner of two dogs myself who mean the world to me. I can only imagine the loss you feel. Please accept my deepest condolences.
My heart breaks for you. You will never forget him. The pain is very raw now, it will heal in time. It will never go away but it will get easier to bear and then one day you will only remember the good times. Those good times memories will heal your pain.
So so sorry. -A Canadian friend
Hi DJ. Everyday I've checked the website every hour hoping and praying for good news. It's taken some time for me to gather myself so I could respond to this incredibly sad news. My heart is just broken for you - I'm so terribly sorry. I will continue to pray for you as you grieve. Words are difficult to find at a time like this but my 10 year old daughter said to me as I sat bawling tonight "Titus is safe now". We will talk soon I am sure but I wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you.
Sorry to hear about Titus!!! So totally not what I wanted to hear. You are in my thoughts and prayers, made me cry as well..there will be a day that you will meet again!!
I am Brazilian and have been since I heard the news following her blog, waiting for you to find Titus. I was very saddened to read the news of the death of the dog. Strength to you and may God be always on your side. You can be sure that Titus, a great dog, as youdescribed it, is in heaven, having a great moment. Hugs.
Sorry to hear about Titus!!! So totally not what I wanted to hear. You are in my thoughts and prayers, made me cry as well..there will be a day that you will meet again!!
So sorry to hear this DJ. I was hoping you were going to find him. I know how tough it is, having grown up with dogs all my life. Titus is on a better place now.
You don’t know me, but I have been following your blog for many weeks daily to hear daily updates on Titus. I am devastated to hear of his passing. I am sitting here just crying my eyes out. I am so very sorry. I am a huge animal lover, and I know the pain you must be feeling. I know you know there are so many people that share in your grief during this very difficult time. I just wanted to offer my condolences to you and hope you can heal. It looks like you and Titus had a fabulous bond that I’m sure you will never forget. He is now in heaven with my Abby that I lost in September. She was my cat and lived a great long life of 19 years. I still miss her dearly. Please take care. I will continue to pray for you that you can heal from your grief.
With great sorrow I was reading your last entree. I cried with you. I, we all feel your pain. We all were hoping that you will be reunited with Titus. You just have to wait a while for that. He will be waiting for you "up there", and then you can run with him again.
Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear this. Ever since we heard about him missing, we have been walking and driving the area daily. I so wanted the opportunity to meet him. I so wanted him to come trotting out of the woods when we were looking for him. He was such a beautiful boy. And you were such a caring father. The bond the two of you had was obvious. He was loved by you and he gave you love back. He will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy.
DJ, I'm so sad to hear about Titus. Best friends come in all breeds. May you be comforted by the wonderful memories you have of him. Take care
You don't know me, but my name is Kristen. I first heard about Titus a few weeks ago from the WISN website. I was very touched by your story and the great effort you put towards finding your dog. I have a dog of my own and couldn't even imagine what you were going through. My husband and I volunteered last weekend to hand out flyers and then drove around the neighborhoods looking for him. I checked your website several times a day, it was the first thing I looked up in the mornings and the last thing I checked before going to bed. You seemed so close, so many times. I wanted nothing more than for this story, that I had become emotionally vested in, to have a happy ending. I would have your website minimized on my computer at work and I would frequently hit refresh, hoping there would be a new update. I checked it one last time before leaving work today and was devastated to read your last entry. I cried all the way home. I just want you to know that I am so sorry for your loss. You did everything you could have possibly done, so I hope you have no regrets. Thank you for sharing your story with me. It was very touching and inspirational, and I will always remember Titus. I hope that you can find comfort and closure in knowing that he is in heaven and you will meet again.
I'm so sorry. My family was among those looking and we care. I wish I had enough words to comfort you. You and Titus have touched many lives. Take good care of yourself.
My husband and I just wanted to send you our deepest sympathies regarding the loss of Titus. He was so lucky to have such a loyal and faithful owner. Thank you for inspiring us DJ. Despite your loss, you still found it in your heart to see the positive side of the situation and recognize the kindness of those around you. It is a great reminder for us all to live our lives this way. You are in our thoughts.
I am so very sorry to hear about Titus. It brought tears to my eyes reading your latest post and I'm still wiping them away. He was very lucky to have such a great dad and he will always be looking down on you.
Just so, so sorry to hear this sad outcome. I think you must be a special person to have cared so much. I hope better days come your way very soon.
Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. I am so very sad today. Any dog owner/dog lover can understand the bond you had with Titus. Dogs are such special creatures and as human beings there is much to learn from them. They love unconditionally, hold no grudges, are so loyal to their families, and they comfort us when we are down. All they want in return is food, water, a nice comfy pillow, a walk with you, some playtime, and several cuddles a day. They remind us to be grateful for everything we have, to give of ourselves without expecting anything in return, take pleasure in life's little joys, and most importantly to LOVE each other. Maybe you would consider keeping the website active in some sort of positive way. I mentioned in my first email to you that I checked the website daily (sometimes more often). I told you how inspired I was by your actions. I said: I am amazed at your perseverance and dedication. Your energy, sense of humor, faith, and general attitude are admirable. And I love your take charge attitude, instead of just sitting back helpless, you are being proactive. Again, I'm truly inspired. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of Titus, and I will pray for you and your family as I have been doing for the past several weeks.
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill, Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still. Where the friends of man and woman do run, When their time on earth is over and done. For here, between this world and the next, Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest. On this golden land, they wait and they play, Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day. No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness, For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness. Their limbs are restored, their health renewed, Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued. They romp through the grass, without even a care, Until one day they start, and sniff at the air. All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back, Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack. For just at that instant, their eyes have met; Together again, both person and pet. So they run to each other, these friends from long past, The time of their parting is over at last. The sadness they felt while they were apart, Has turned into joy once more in each heart. They embrace with a love that will last forever, And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together." I am so very sorry for your loss. I had prayed every night for his return to you safe and well. Now Titus is at Rainbow Bridge waiting for you. Once you meet again, you can cross Rainbow Bridge together. Until then, he will be watching over you. RIP sweet Titus."
You haven't heard from me before, but I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to see that Titus has passed away. I live near 89th and Center and have been training for a half marathon and have been on the look for your beautiful dog on the parkway. I'm so saddened by this news! I've been checking your blog daily, and your story has brought me to tears. I give you credit for your determination and strength. Titus is gone, but I think we all learned a lot about the good people of Milwaukee. Titus brought people together. Hopefully this can ease your pain slightly. I wish you the absolute best! You are the best example of a pet owner I have ever seen, and you should be proud.
We are so sad to hear about Titus. Your love for each other was felt in every report you gave.Titus was very lucky to have you as his daddy.You gave him a beautiful life of fun and unconditional love and in return he gave you the same.Titus touched a lot of lives in ways you will not know until we get to heaven. God will give you His comfort and peace . He will never leave you or forsake you .He walks with us during trials and when we are tired He carries us. He will carry you.
So sorry to hear about Titus :( Your devotion and dedication to him was wonderful to read.
Checked everyday hoping to see a post with news of your reunion....sorry to hear the news today. We are thinking of you and sending our prayers to you. Your dedication to bringing him home was beyond amazing....your love for him is very admirable.
Our hearts grieve with yours tonight for your lost friend and companion, Titus. I’m truly sorry to hear that he is gone. We are keeping you in our prayers to heal your hurting heart. Here’s a hug until we see each other in person.
We are so sorry DJ - very sad to hear the news. He was a loved dog, and will be happy in Heaven with all the other doggies running around.
My deepest sympathies to you on the passing of Titus. I just checked the site, like I have been doing several times a day for weeks now, and I'm now sitting here sobbing and holding my dog tight. I guess I wasn't prepared for anything but a happy ending to this story. There hasn't been a day since the first day I saw your flyer that I didn't think about Titus and pray for his safe return to you. None of it makes any sense to me right now, there are so many animals out there who are unwanted and neglected and abused and here was one beautiful boy who was loved and cherished more than anything - by you and by total strangers. It absolutely breaks my heart that it ended this way, but I will have faith that God has a plan for you both and this is part of his plan. I know in my heart that someday you will be reunited with your special friend and I just hope that one day Titus will be there to greet me on the other side.
Even though I do not personally know you, I have followed your updates and have spent every weekend since Titus went missing, looking for him. I own Camp Bow Wow Waukesha and would like to extend an offer of 50% off boarding to you in the event you choose to add a new faithful friend to your family someday. Your loss is something we all, as lovers of our pups, unfortunately have had to face. But your situation is something that is unbearable to me. My wish is that God gives you the strength to cope with this. As having lost pups too soon, one never gets over it, but at some point move forward a little at a time. God's plan is often so confusing and seems unfair. Your faith is the only thing that will get you through this. Thank God for all your friends and family that are there for you.
I am so sorry for your loss, my friend.. Titus was a lucky dog to share his life with you for so long. I don’t think you would have ever given up on him. I like to think that you’ll see him again someday. Take care and I hope time heals your wounds. -California
Sorry to read about Titus. My heart is broken for you and your family..sending healing thoughts. You should be proud of all that you did in an effort to bring him home..he was much loved!
We have all been following your quest and sending prayers that Titus would be found and you would be reunited. I have generally said those prayers while giving Angus a pat on the head, or contemplating my own reaction and emotional state if I was in a situation similar to yours. I truly am sorry for your loss, and you should know that some of the devastation that you feel, as well as your celebration of his life, is palpable 2000 miles away in California. I was talking with my girls the other day about Angus (now 7), and that the blessing and the curse of dogs is that all of their love is packed into a relatively short time on earth, so they give alot. What I told them we need to do is try to love them back as much as they love us, and always keep a part of our heart open for their memory once they are gone. I know that Titus was one of the privileged dogs that received as much love as he gave, and will always be remembered and loved. Apparently, not only did Titus feel the love from, and will be remembered by, his family, but the whole community. That is awesome! We will continue to keep you in our prayers, and file away our personal memories of Titus in his honor.
I am so sorry for your loss. May Titus find my dog and may they run, rest and play together in fields of grass and flowers and sunshine for ever and ever.
we just want you to know we are thinking and praying for you
-- my kids followed the updates on your web page and were really sad for you
tonight. Just remember even within this God can use this for good.
We live in the parkway and we looked for Titus every time we were out and about. We were holding out hope that you would be reunited and it was so sad to read of Titus's death. Please know that many people will be thinking of Titus and of you in this difficult time.
I want to express my deepest sympathy in your loss of Titus. Be comforted that you have done so much to raise awareness of the problem of lost dogs, and their struggle to get back to us. Thank you for sharing him with us.
I am so, so sorry to hear of your loss. As another RR owner, I've been keeping up with your page, and praying for Titus to return safely. I thought of Titus many many times each and every day, and you and your dog have touched my heart deeply. I guess that knowing that your search has ended allows you to finally rest. My condolences go out to you.
DJ, I admire your relationship w Titus. I look forward to spending eternity w you both. I look forward to seeing how God will open new doors through this sad chapter. How is the dogsitter holding up? I'm praying for him too.
i don't know u but i first saw your sad story on the news and i began to pray that u would be reunited as i am a dog lover. then i bookmarked your site and i checked it everyday with your updates. i was so hoping that when i pulled up the lastest news it would read FOUND!!! and then tonight he went to heaven i'm, so sad for you, i had a pit in my stomach to tell u the truth!!!h ..... titus had a wonderful life and a wonderful dad. what do u think he died from? u tried so hard to find him you did everything possible, i just was hoping for a different outcome..losing a pet is devastating and heartbreaking but at least you can bring him home. and now at least u know where he is!! the not knowing and worrying is awful!!! u r one great animal lover and there should be more people like u in this world, you truly are wonderful!!!
i hope you will cherish the memories and the fun u 2 had together...
Just read your last update. I am so sorry – but also glad that you found Titus. Just remember that, for reasons we don’t know, Titus needed to continue his journey. He left you behind for a reason. Obviously, you are a deeply caring, passionate, and intensely devoted human being of great heart – this seems to be the reason you’re still here. Continue being a positive force of good energy, deep compassion, and inordinate determination in the world – we surely need people like you! On Sunday night I sent energy - across the vastness connecting all spirits - to my beloved dog, Sancho, and asked him to find Titus. I suspect Sancho did just that – and helped Titus find his way to wherever they are. And they are amidst boundless joy, I’m certain.
I am so, so sorry to hear about Titus. Our whole family was praying that you and Titus would find each other and again enjoy your runs and special friendship. We all followed your web site hoping for that update. Please know that we surround you with our love and hugs and share your tears. Those of us who have dogs understand what a special spot they hold in our hearts and families, but you and Titus had an exceptionally strong and special bond. God be with you, D.J. Just know how very many people are sharing your grief.
I am so sorry. My heart is so heavy right now. Please know that Titus knew how much you loved him. I wish so very much this would have turned out the way we all hoped for. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I'm so glad I got the chance to meet you. It has reaffirmed my belief in mankind.
Just remember, you will be with him again.
Our hearts go out to you. Just remember he was doing what he loved to do "running in the woods". Titus touched a lot of different hearts. Keep looking to God for your strength and peace.
I am so sorry for the loss of Titus, but glad to know that he is not scared and suffering.
If you might have an interest in any of the books I've recently read and which mentioned that the authentic believers who saw Heaven included in their books that they saw dogs romping in the meadows there, if you would just e-mail me and let me know, I would very gladly mail them to you.
I am so so sorry. This is such devastating news. Although this story didn't end as so many of us hoped, your love for Titus shone through in your devotion to finding him and that is truly an inspiration. It is amazing how many people were touched by your search and as you pointed out in your post, it shows that there is still so much kindness in the world, and good people, and so many people that love animals. Hopefully your story might inspire people to help out a lost animal which they may not have done before.
Titus will not be forgotten. Take care of yourself and know that there are so many people who are sharing your sadness.
I’m so, so sorry to hear this D.J., it breaks my heart. I couldn’t help but break out in tears when I saw the subject line. We were so sure of a happy ending for you. Our 4 year old daughter was also very concerned and would so sweetly use her eagle eyes out the car window to see if she saw Titus. You are a true inspiration—the love and care you have shown for Titus is wonderful. You are in our thoughts- God bless you.
My son Pete just forwarded to me your e-mail about Titus' "graduation" to Heaven, and I feel a sense of sorrow with you, having gone through losing so many of our beloved German Shepherds ( 6 to be exact ) over the years. I am very sorry for your great loss. I would like to share with you and encourage you that I have recently read four or more different books authored by authentic Christians who for some reason unknown to the rest of us have been allowed a glimpse of Heaven and experience in It, and then were escorted back to earth and commissioned by Jesus Himself to tell the rest of us that Heaven and He are very real...and also to say that Jesus stressed to each person that, "There is a little time left, but a very little, so we need to choose between Jesus and satan while we still can" Almost every one of these authors reported in their books that they definitely saw animals in Heaven, specifically, large, friendly lions, sheep, and quite a few dogs! That said, I believe with all my heart that you and Titus will see each other again when one day, you two are reunited in the glorious Presence of Jesus. For now, I know very personally how loss hurts and you will have my heartfelt prayers along with the prayers of many others, I'm sure. May you know the Lord's love, His comfort, His deep peace, and a sure and certain Presence with you in a very keen way in the hours, days, weeks, and months ahead. If there is anything you can think of that I could do for you in the days ahead, please just e-mail me back. The Lord bless you and keep you, D.J., now and forever.
My sister-in-law forwarded your sad news to me. My heart goes out to you as I lost my 15 1/2 year old dog on 12/28. We were with relatives in Cincinnati and friends were dog watching Kodie back in Pennsylvania. She let Kodie out without a lead with her dogs who have electronic collars. She went inside for about an hour and, of course, when she came back out Kodie was gone...probably trying to find me. Despite a $1000.00 reward, thousands of posters, countless hours and hours of searching, newspaper ads, radio, tv, etc we have never found her. I know your pain! I have never cried so much in my life. I am glad you had some closure and know she is in heaven. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Maybe Kodie and Titus are now friends romping around and at peace. We just adopted "Lizzie" a 9 year old Jack Russell/fox terrier from Paws. She is not a replacement for my best friend, but we adopted her in honor of Kodie.
I just read your latest update about the passing of Titus. I am so sorry for your loss. I give you all the praise in the world for seeing the positives that could come from this sad event and the new relationships you've formed and connections you've made. Hang on to that. I'm sure many are saying you were lucky to have Titus for the time you did, but I see it as Titus was lucky to have you -- someone who went to all extremes to find him. What a great relationship you two have.
We just wanted to send our deepest condolences to you. Our family was sadden to hear about your lose. We can even begin to imagine the sorrow that you are going through right now. Even though, we didn't know Titus that long, he was a great dog! Too bad that Maggie (our dog) and Titus didn't get to play more often. Take comfort in knowing that he has gone on to a better place. We are truly sorry for your loss.
At times like this we vividly realize that we live in a broken and dying world. We also know that all things work together for good to those who love God. Many times we don't understand how God writes straight with crooked lines in our lives, but we know through strong faith that Jesus cares and is closest to us when he seems farthest away. The love of a dog is a precious thing that transcends a lot of the pain in life. The loss of that friend is hard to bear. But be thankful for the time that he was given to you. My prayer has been that you and a healthy Titus be reunited if it be God's will. God has answered and he knows best. Be thankful that Titus was found! Now you can morn and then let God fill the void with a closer walk with Him. As fellow dog lovers, my wife and I understand your loss and hope that you realize you are not alone in your sorrow.
Not what we wanted to hear at all and made me cry as well. I just hope you know that he is in a better place and will always know how much you loved him.
DJ, I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost Goose this last Thursday, I feel your pain and am praying for you.
I am so devastated to hear the news about Titus. I'm so sorry beyond words. If it hurts this much for me, i can't imagine the pain for you and your family. There are so many people broken hearted tonight that were hoping to see a FOUND status. I so wanted to spot him on a walk, or at the least, meet him someday after he found his way back to you. I helped you pass out fliers last Saturday (northwestern sweatshirt) and i wished I'd introduced myself, but figured I'd get a chance at the next flier event or at Titus's welcome home party. you're love for him, and your quest for his return was an amazing and beautiful thing that was rewarding for me to experience. In a strange way i felt that i knew that special guy and i think i'm really gonna miss him, my most sincerest condolences to the family.......
I only became aware of Titus being missing yesterday.... I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart sunk when I opened the email and saw that he was deceased. Words, obviously, cannot do anything to help relieve the pain I know you are feeling. I know you worked long and hard to find him. He knows it too. It is such a tragedy that he didn't allow anyone to come to him... I guess the only small bit of consolation is that you did find him, and you did get to say goodbye... It's hard to imagine it at this terrible time of grief, but knowing what happened to him is better than never knowing the outcome. Many people lose their dogs or cats and never do know the outcome. That doesn't make his loss any less painful, but at least it takes away the mystery. And I know the regrets and "what ifs" will always haunt you... what if you had done x, or been in a certain place at a certain time... what if one more sighting had been called in... etc. All of those things will always be with you. But like you said, God had a plan, whether we know what it is or not. And certainly the hard part is not knowing what the plan could possibly be.... What purpose could Titus's death serve?? When I lost Gunner, my Best Dog Ever, in 1993, I couldn't imagine what purpose that could have served. I had so many regrets. It was all my fault, as he was hit by a car. Not until a year or two ago did I realize that losing Gunner prepared me for the suicide of my Dad in 1994. Until Gunner's death, I had never lost anyone close to me. I don't know what purpose there is in the death of Titus - it certainly seems like there can be no purpose in the death of a wonderful, loyal, regal soul like Titus. I know how much he loved you. You may not know for a long time what purpose his death serves.... But as you said, there must be a purpose.... there must be.....But in the mean time, you will cry... and cry... and cry....So drink lots of water, so that the tears can flow, and you don't get dehydrated and get a headache.... I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I am sorry we all lost Titus. This earth was a better place with Titus in it. He will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge, where he is healthy, happy, and running like the wind. My sincere condolences....
OMG! I looked for ten days but never did I think this would happen. My heart is with you.
DJ - You loved him and gave him a great life. You'll see each other again.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I am in tears hearing this news. You are so right, Titus did bring many people together. We've prayed for him, and God must have needed him. I'm sure Titus will be keeping an eye on you now, and knows how much you love him.
My family and I are so sorry to hear about Titus. We have been looking for him as we drive around every day. We live on 71st and Capitol and our son is a senior at MLHS. We also all have been checking your website multiple times daily for updates and praying all the time for you. It is so difficult to lose a "furkid". We had a difficult pet loss a little over 10 years ago. Our husky mix Princess had a terrible seizure that they could not stop. She was only a year old and we had to put her to sleep. It was so hard, I was out of town with the kids and my husband was home alone with her. I only made it a few days and had to get another dog. We adopted a rescue dog - a black lab mix named Tyler - from the Humane Society. We have been so blessed to have him the past 10 years. Not that you have to get another dog right away or at all, everyone mourns in a different way. Do what is right for you. I just can understand a bit of what you are going through. Your search has touched so many people. It is about more than a man and his dog. You and Titus had a special relationship. You also had the chance to witness to people - not only locally but also across the country. You could share your faith and your cause (TMOC) with who knows how many people have never heard of one or both before. That is a chance not many of us get. What a blessing!
I just read your blog and am so devastated that Titus passed away! I just cannot believe it!! I am crying right along with you! I just gasped when I read the first few words. I am so sorry....words may not comfort you right now but you have so many new "friends" that will be there for you...me included. Titus was lucky to have you for his dad and you were lucky to have him for your companion. He obviously was a super sweetheart...just like you! Your words are always comforting to all of us...you truly are a remarkable person!! Keep us posted on how you are doing please...we are all feeling for you right now! May God comfort you in this time of deep sorrow.
I have been following your story since I first read about it hoping that Titus would be found. I am so very sorry that Titus is gone. I would go on every single day hoping and praying that there would be a happy ending. I just wanted to tell you that I wish there were more wonderful people like you who showed so much love for their pet and would go to the lengths that you did to find and bring home their lost pet. You did everything you could. The only consolation to this story is knowing that Titus had a wonderful life with you and was deeply loved. Again so very sorry that Titus is gone. I would have been out there looking for him but I live in New York. He was a beautiful dog!!!
So sad....just breaks my heart."
D.J., so sorry for your loss. You are right, you met a lot of nice people during your search for Titus
Hi DJ. I have been following your story with Titus for weeks. I live on 81st and Appleton, and have been thinking of Titus on my daily drives home and keeping an eye out for him. I felt compelled to write to you, after checking your website today, as I am as sad as if he were my own dog. I am deeply sorry that this has happened to you. I admire the strength you have shown through this. Even though we are strangers, I wish you nothing but the best. You gave Titus the best life anyone could have. Take care.
OH DJ, I am so sorry for your loss! There isn't a day that has gone by that I didn't pray over you. This is a sad, sad day indeed. Your love and devotion for Titus is inspiring. When I lost my dog Peaches a couple of years ago (put down) I went for a walk with God. I had to know if in fact our dear companions do indeed join us in heaven. As I walked along a butterfly kept fluttering around me. It would'nt leave. I bet it stayed around me for several minutes. My spirit told me that God was speaking to me. I asked God to show me where Peaches was and another butterfly came and joined the butterfly that was by my side and then the two butterflies flew off into the sky together. I knew that someday we get to spend eternity with our beloved pets.
So, so sorry for your deep loss...we were really praying that he would slow down long enough so you could get to him. I was telling your Mom today that Titus and our good friend from church who passed, are probably meeting Jesus at the same time. You're in our prayers!
I am heartbroken at hearing your news. I am crying as I write this. I prayed every night that the angels would bring him back to you safely. Dear Titus, we all loved you so, even those you never got to meet. Some day DJ will meet with you once again at the Rainbow Bridge.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I was moved to tears at the thought of what you've gone through. I do hope he didn't suffer and that you find comfort with his memory. I'm so so very sorry, DJ.
I'm so sorry DJ that Titus was found the way he was. But at least he was found and you know what happened. He loved you so much. He proved that by running to his house the first chance he got. Don't forget that. I'm sorry. God bless you and rest in peace Titus. We'll all miss you.
I am soooo sorry to hear that you lost him, but now he is in God's hands. One good thing is that you did find him and that you at least know what happened to him, rather than not knowing if he was still out there somewhere. it's sad to think of what he had to go through for those 26 days, but now he is at peace.