Ode to Louie

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For lunch, I had a wrap with 1/2 a baked sweet potato, black beans, and spinach.  Always a great combo!


And I had a plum tomato + carrots…


Honestly…. although delicious… it just wasn’t a very filling lunch.  I’ll need more fuel soon.


My mid-morning snack was yogurt + granola.  Sorry I’m repetitive sometimes!


17 Rockin’ Years


This morning, I received some bad news. My childhood dog, Louie, is going to be put down tomorrow.  Obviously, I’m very upset… I’ve had Louie since I was 8 years old! Now that my mom and I live in different states, it was always nice to think of Louie "taking care" of my Mom.


At 17 years old, his health is failing… it’s just not humane to keep him alive at this point.  He was always my friend when I was little, and I’ll miss him very much!


A Dog’s Prayer


When I am gone, release me, let me go-
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have each shown.
But now it is time I traveled alone.

So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust,
It is only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.

I will not be far away, for life goes on,
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can not see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone,
I will greet you with a smile and "Welcome Home".


Tell me about your pets! What gifts do your animals give you? Louie was my great friend through my childhood, always bringing me joy and making me laugh.



  • VeggieGirl October 9, 2008, 9:45 am

    Scrumptious lunch!!

    Such a devastating piece of news about Louie; but that ode is incredibly touching. Hang in there through this.

    Please check out the post that I wrote this past August, about my dog Kiwi (when she died):


  • mealsfromthegirlinthelittleblackdress October 9, 2008, 9:48 am

    Omg. Caitlin, I am so incredibly sorry. Louie looks like the world’s best dog. My deep sympathy for with you and your mom.

    She certainly has had a long, fruitful life, and I do truly believe All Dogs Go to Heaven!

  • lauren October 9, 2008, 9:57 am

    That poem made me teary-eyed. I am so sorry to hear about louie. I remember when we had to put down our family dog – it was horrible.

    My dog, Oscar, brings a smile to my face, no matter what, and never lets me miss a day of getting outside and being active – even if it is just or a walk in the park.

  • Julie October 9, 2008, 10:04 am

    Aw, I’m so sorry about your dog! He had a long and wonderful life, I’m sure.

  • Bridget October 9, 2008, 10:16 am

    I’m so sorry about Louie, sounds like he was a great companion! What a blessing to have had him in your lives for 17 years.

    My chocolate lab Lucy is my first real pet and she brings me so much happiness and unconditional love, I can’t imagine life without my 85-pound teddy bear!

  • Sharon October 9, 2008, 10:19 am

    Oh my goodness, Caitlin. I am so sorry to hear about Louie. He is the cutest thing and just looking at his sweet little face made my eyes well up with tears. How hard this must be for you and your mom. My thoughts are with you both… I just got married in June and my husband and I got our puppy in August. We had been planning on spending our early married life together with his Beagle, but poor little Quincy died 2 months before our wedding. It was devastating, so I know how you must feel. Our new puppy has been such a source of joy for us and put the light back in my husband’s eyes! Dogs are the absolute best! Anyway, sorry for the long post, but I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear the news 🙁

  • Lauren @ Team Giles October 9, 2008, 10:19 am

    Again your lunch looks YUMMY!!

    I’m so sorry about your dog. It’s always hard to lose a pet.

    I had an adorable puppy named Chole… but sadly everytime I wasn’t around she would tear up the house, I had to give her to a family who was always home because my busy schedule didnt fit what she needed. But while I had her, she was such a fun dog to have. I loved the Hello Greeting I got everytime I came in the door. Didn’t matter how my day went, she always put a smile on a my face, great memories!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina October 9, 2008, 10:23 am

    Oh no! I am so sorry to hear the news about Louie. thinking about you all!

  • Amanda October 9, 2008, 10:33 am

    So sorry about your news. That poem made me teary! My parents are away right now and I am caring for their cat, who we’ve had since I was a child. He’s sick and on medicine (chinese medicine, actually (!)) and very thin – but his personality is still wonderful, so hopefully he will get through this. He’s only 11, which is relatively young for a cat. Sigh.

    I hope FH is extra nice to you tonight and gives you some TLC…

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 9, 2008, 10:38 am

    veggie girl – that post was beautiful.

    thanks for your well wishes, everyone. it makes me feel better to read about your pets and know that louie’s wonderful doggy spirit will continue in on others…

    amanda – chinese meds for a cat? awesome! my neighbor’s dog got acunpuncture. 🙂

  • jenngirl October 9, 2008, 10:49 am

    Yummy lunch, maybe if you’d added a little protein/fat to the wrap it would help the fullness factor? some yummy cheese would be a nice addition to your wrap 🙂

    So sorry to hear about your dog, I know that in my family, our two bichon frises are like extra siblings, it is always painful to let go of pets. You and your mother are in my prayers 🙂

  • just me October 9, 2008, 10:49 am

    Ah Caitlin, I’m sorry to hear about your dog…i know exactly how it feels to lose a pet like that you’ve had for so long.

    I had two dogs growing up from when I was 4 till when I was 20…A laborador retriever named Sam and a Golden retriever named Abby. They were so close to each other two which was great; unfortunately it meant that as one left, the other became sad like us and because he was so old (abby went first) so did he about a year later. But, they were wonderful dogs!

    hugs for you hun!

  • Meghann October 9, 2008, 11:01 am

    Aww… is this the same dog your mom brought to Jacksonville last weekend? So sad. Atleast you got to him one more time.

    My parent’s dog, Scooby, will always be my puppy in my heart. He used to stay up late with me and follow me around the house to protect me. He still does taht when ever I’m at home. He’s the perfect companion and that’s what I love him. And of course Abbie is the love of my life who brings a smile to my face everyday 🙂

  • Krista October 9, 2008, 11:07 am

    My cats are the best! They’re always good for a laugh, cuddle or company! One of my cats is 12 and was pretty sick during the summer. I thought I was going to have to have him put down and it broke my heart. He’s been with my hubby and I since we moved out together and was our “first” child. They may misbehave sometimes but they’re just so darn cute that I’m never mad for long!

  • Susan October 9, 2008, 11:16 am

    I’m sorry about your dog Louie. I’ve been through losing a pet before too when I lost my dog of 16 years, Maxie. I’m sure Louie lived a long and happy life with such good people. 🙂

  • BeachRunner October 9, 2008, 11:57 am

    So sorry to hear about your dog. But he will leave many great memories, I am sure. R.I.P. Louie.

  • amy. October 9, 2008, 12:12 pm

    Oh I’m so sorry you have to experience this…how terrible. But you will always have precious memories from your childhood, and all of the years you spent with Louie to look back on. Hang in there 🙂 Your lunch look fabulous, by the way!

  • Best Soy Latte October 9, 2008, 12:23 pm

    aww I am so so sorry to hear about your doggie 🙁 I cry my eyes out over stuff like that!

    I grew up living in the country, and we always had a few cats – outside though (my mom was allergic but I couldn’t get enough of them!). they always stayed safe on our porch/yard, but then one day my FAVORITE kitty, her name was Venus, got hit by a car. I was SO devastated, seriously, it felt like losing a best friend. I loved the poem you posted, I remember my mom showing me a similar one after Venus passed away called “The Littlest Cat Angel.” we just have to believe that they really do go to a better place, right? 🙂

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 9, 2008, 12:31 pm

    Aw, so sorry to hear about Louie. Hang in there!

  • eatingbender October 9, 2008, 12:38 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear about Louie. Your tribute to him was absolutely beautiful. It’s quite apparent that he was cared for and loved throughout his long life.

    We never had many pets in our household because my dad is severely allergic and asthmatic – which is another story, as he amazes me with what he is able to put up with on a daily basis – but we did have a bird throughout junior high and high school named Kirby. He lived much longer than most parakeets, and although we were all sad when he was gone, it was nice to know he had such a long (and hopefully pleasant!) life.

  • shawna October 9, 2008, 12:43 pm

    Oh, Caitlin, I’m so, so, so sorry! I really have tears in my eyes thinking about Louie and reading the poem. ((HUGS)) Think of all the good times you’ve had together and know that the right thing is being done.

    I can’t even think of the day when my poor pug Harry will be too old to be with us anymore. He’s such a PITA, but I love him so much. He’s almost 12.5 yrs, which is really getting up there for a pug. He’s fat and lazy and doesn’t do much, but there will definitely be a void in our house once he’s gone. Ugh, I hate thinking about it!

  • Chic Runner October 9, 2008, 12:51 pm

    So sorry to hear about your dog Louie.

    Thanks for making me literally drool at my desk over those pictures… Sooo good 🙂

  • whatiateyesterday October 9, 2008, 12:53 pm

    I am sorry about Louie, hang in there 🙁 The poem is very touching and nice way to remember Louie.

  • tfh October 9, 2008, 1:00 pm

    I’m so sorry about Louie! Hope your Mom is doing okay– how lonely the house will seem without him around.

  • Lizzie October 9, 2008, 1:19 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a famrend (family/friend combo, for what else is a furry pup? All dogs to me are “puppies”-17 years or 17 days). I almost feel like I don’t wanna ask this question now because you have so much to deal with!……(but)…I know that you don’t count calories, but I’m having a really hard time keeping my weight consistent and so I think that, for at least a spell, I’d like to count. I’m familiar with some of the formulas used to get a number for what one should eat, but there are just so many out there and some of them quite frankly I think give a WAY too high number to couch against being accused of encouraging unhealthy lows (does that make sense?) The really hard part for me is to figure out a multiplier based on activity level. I try to work out (usually weights) an hour a day, and then try to do some moderate activity (cleaning, cooking, anything to keep me on my feet) for at least 2 hours. Thanks so much! Oh, AND, your wedding vows should probably be in a movie or a novel (in a good way 🙂 )

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 9, 2008, 1:31 pm

    thanks again everyone! it means a lot!

    lizzie – i can’t type a long response right now, but when i come back from dinner, i’ll respond to your question in this post. i’ve got some ideas for you!

  • bitesoflife October 9, 2008, 1:36 pm

    I’m so sorry about Louie. It sucks to have to put a pet down. I’ve done it far too many times than I’d like to. You have my sympathies.

  • Katie October 9, 2008, 2:35 pm

    I’m so sorry about Louie. Losing a pet is about one of the hardest things, especially one that’s brought you from childhood to now. I’ll be thinking about you and your mom.

  • sportsnutritionliving October 9, 2008, 5:17 pm

    Last summer I had to put my golden retriever to sleep… I had her since i was 9 years old. My parents ive in florida half the year so I did not get to say goodbye… I know how that feels and I am so sorry! I will pray for you and yoru family because it really is a member of your fam!

  • Bridget October 9, 2008, 5:30 pm

    I’m so so sorry about your dogs!! My dog is actually my moms (lives at moms), but she is the best. I really feel as strongly about pets as I do people…they just give unconditional love and are always there. We have a 7-year old Shi tzuh, WIllow! My dad passed away, 2 years ago this Jan, and I think for my mom having Willow just made an empty house not seem so empty anymore. I also feel better knowing the my little puppy is there with her to keep her company. I really am sorry 🙁

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 9, 2008, 6:35 pm

    lizzie –

    first of all, i’m not a nutritionist or an RD. so this is just based on my opinion!

    you lead a pretty active lifestyle! if you are eating normal portions of healthy, whole food, it is hard to overeat. that’s why i try to just focus more on the type of food i eat, instead of how many calories it is. because whole, unprocessed food is usually good for your body.

    calorieking.com has a good calculator, but i usually tell people to add 100 calories to their result! i think calculators are a little LOW. calorie king says i should eat 1632 to maintain my weight with no exercise… ECKKK!! i eat anywhere from I eat around 1,800 to 2,500 calories a day! a young, active woman eating whole, healthy food burns “a lot” of calories. if i ate 1600 calories, i would crash and burn! my metabolism would go nutty!

    the way i figured of a healthy baseline of calories for non work out days (1800 calories) and workout days (usually 2000 – 2300 calories….since I burned 200 – 500 calories in a run) is by keeping a food diary for 10 or 12 weeks. i diaryed about 6 days a week on a notepad, which i would enter into an excel spreadsheet. i did it out of scientific curiousity, actually! i weighed myself one a week or so and eventually figured out the “key” to my maintenance.

    but really… try just focusing on the food as a whole, not just a calorie! i think that’s the way for maintaining your weight loss long-term.

    good luck! i hope this made sense.

  • Meg October 9, 2008, 6:44 pm

    Again…my thoughts are prayers are with you in this hard time. The gift my dogs give me is unconditional love!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) October 9, 2008, 6:54 pm

    I’m sorry about your dog 🙁

    On a happier note, your wrap looks really good, I want to taste it!

  • B_Hlthy October 9, 2008, 7:15 pm

    So devastating! How hard it must be for you! At least you have your two pups now to keep you company and remind you of the happy times you shared with Louie.

    My FF’s ( future fiance!? haha) dog is my best friend too now. He runs with me and likes to curl up in my lap even though he isnt a lap dog ( 29 pounds~) and I am allergic to all dogs and cats… except him sort of. It’s like it was meant to be…

  • Bill October 9, 2008, 7:31 pm

    Your pictures are always so clear and beautiful! I love coming to your blog to see some of that Florida sunshine 🙂

  • Angie Eats Peace October 9, 2008, 8:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear about Louie 🙁 My thoughts will be with you tomorrow.

    In May, we had to put down my doggie Lucy, of 15 years. You can read all about her in my “Lucy” tag, in my blog.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 10, 2008, 3:19 am

    awww angie–how beautiful! thanks for sharing!

  • HangryPants October 10, 2008, 3:42 am

    Aw I’m sorry to hear about your dog. At least you have lots of good memories.

  • Erin of Care to Eat October 10, 2008, 6:20 am

    Oh sweet Louie!
    I’m so sorry that you’re losing your childhood friend. What a sweet face. This was a very touching post.

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