Heartbreaking. This week, Glenn Beck shared with his audience that Victor, his 13-year-old German shepherd, is suffering and the family will have him put to sleep today.

If you’re a long‑time listener of this program, you know that we have been on the verge of losing our dog. Quite honestly it has been a battle where I have felt like the bad guy because my family has not been able to let go and I have been watching my dog… suffer. And I have stood quietly trying to ask, ‘Please, family, let’s let him go.’ My son and I are going to dig his grave on Friday, and Saturday at noon at our home, we’re going to put him to sleep. Sunday we decided to do it, and my son, who is 8, took it exceptionally hard on Sunday. I think the reality truly set in, and we as a family cried all Sunday afternoon and all Sunday night. And we were all down on the floor.

Beck also described Victor as his family’s “best friend” and “guardian.”

Last night and early this morning, Beck tweeted about Victor’s final hours.

On Tuesday, Beck tweeted this photo:

Prayers have poured in for Beck and his family.

https://twitter.com/mtadude/status/315463589500694528

Update:

Beck tweeted a photo of Victor covered by a quilt sent to him by a listener.

Thank you to Phyllis Mielonen a special listener.  We save all of the quilts that people have sent us. We went up and chose this special for today. Victor's last day with us.

RIP Victor.

Update:

  • Taxpayer1234

    Reminds me of the long days before I had my kitteh put to sleep. Hardest thing I ever had to do.

  • beebop1952

    Lost my wonderful companion of 15 years the first week of December. Her loss was accute, but I knew I was doing what was best for her. A wonderful, crazy and charming 5 month old of the same breed is laying next to me while I am fighting with my taxes. We need them and they love us for it. Its that easy.

    • kate_middleton

      IMO, the best thing to do is get a new pet pretty quickly. You almost feel like you should wait and mourn out of respect, like you’re disrespecting the old dog/cat by trying to replace them.

      But there are so many pets that need loving homes out there. It’s really the best thing for everyone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

        Agreed. I’ve got 7 dogs, and there is always room for more. We generally pick up the strays that “people” dump off out here in the country where we live. Happens all the time, too.

      • stellatruman

        I agree with you completely. It helps ith the pain when you have another pet to love and take care of..

      • DisqusId2012

        As a friend told me after I lost my boxer of 11 years – She knew is was time to go to make room for another. Within 10 days of her passing I rescued two more boxers.

      • Billy Bob

        You never replace them. You just add a new chapter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sondra.strong.3 Sondra Strong

      After we lost our dog Hemi a few years ago, I didn’t want to get another for a while. But, then a few days later,(and to my last day, I’ll swear it’s true), Hemi sent us to Sidney. After we got her, we ended up with two more. Though they can be a trial on occasion, I wouldn’t give them up for anything. They truly are our furkids.

  • Hiraghm

    I just discovered it, but I intend attending a candle ceremony Monday in remembrance of Victor. http://www.mondaycandleceremony.com/
    #ACandleForVictor

  • Snarky D

    “Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.” -Thornton Wilder

  • JesLHW

    It’s heartbreaking to have to make such a decision about a beloved pet. I feel for them.

  • lillymckim

    Touching words from a card I don’t know who wrote it but it helped me:

    “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 they gave us never departs.”

    With deepest sympathy to the Glenn Beck Family & for your beloved Victor.

    • Debbie Oswald Brewster

      This quote you shared brought tears to my eyes and chills. It’s so very diffiult to lose a beloved pet; our furry family members.

  • Robert A Mitchell

    Over the years after being around neighbors and friends who have animals and then being owned by a cat named Minka, reading this has simply confirmed my belief that as much as we may try to make these animals inconsequential they are truly family. Their loss to the family is profound and mind numbing.

    They leave your life with a big hole in it, but so many good memories remain. My cat Minka had that type of impact since the day she died two months ago. My wife and I expect at certain times that we will see her and then we realize she is gone. These animals are certainly our best friends and protectors.

    • Clayton Grant

      “The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.” – Hippocrates

  • NeoKong

    Uh hoh damn…I must be peeling onions.
    Why is it that filthy chimps can live to be fifty but man’s best friend has such a short time…?
    It sucks.

    • Hiraghm

      Maybe there’s something about the environment in D.C. that extends their lives…

      • NeoKong

        Ok…that was funny.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

        Ding..ding..WINNER…you get a chicken dinner!!!!

      • Lady 12

        Brilliant.

      • Lady 12

        Brilliant.

      • Judy B

        Serious hat tip here.

    • $45065723

      How about those Galapagos turtles that live to be well over 100?

    • $45065723

      How about those Galapagos turtles that live to be well over 100?

  • Adela Wagner

    We depend on them when they are strong and they depend on us when they grow weak. I really do believe all dogs go to heaven, how could they not? Mr. Beck, the fact that you have struggled with this and I have seen you cry over it, shows me what kind of man you are. No more pain for {{{Victor}}}

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

    Tears and prayers for the entire Beck family and, of course, for Victor, whose duty here on earth is done, and his loving family grieves as well as celebrates his passing. God Bless, y’all…….

  • Junie3

    I’m sorry he had to put his dog down, but do I have to be involved in everything concerning Beck’s life? No. no I don’t that’s why I changed the channel. Don’t tell me I’m cruel, I just had to put one down. But for pete’s sake, men don’t cry for two days on the radio, they man up and make it the family matter that it is. I’m seriously about to cancel my subscription to his show. I’m sick of feminine, pms crying men.

    • fvd

      You’re such a nice person, you know that? No one made you read the article. If hearing about someone’s grief annoys you, then just STFU and unsubscribe.

      • Junie3

        Ah how sweet, I heard it for 2 days on the radio, both times about 30 minutes of Glenn dramatizing it, long pauses, then more of the story. I just don’t get why he had to make it a national day of crying.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

      You probably SHOULD cancel your subscription. I don’t think Mr. Beck would miss the likes of you at all, either.

      • Junie3

        If he keeps crying on air for 2 days there will be more than me canceling. I want the old Glenn back, where he was informative, had very well researched stories. Now it’s about Glenn, his daughter, his dog, his wife, his Mormon faith, his Texas ranch, his drive to get you to call companies to get him on cable tv when at first he was going to transform the media via the internet and roku. He’s turned into an attention seeking man child. I think the man is bi-polar. Had a sister that was. I am familiar with it.
        Do you think Ted Nuggent would be making a sad, two day drama out of having to put his guard dog down? No, because he’s not a girly pms man.

        • Evil Otto

          Where have you been? Glenn Beck cried ALL THE TIME on his show, talked about Mormonism all the time, on and on.

          Why did you subscribe if you weren’t aware of that?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

          Good. I would hate to enjoy and appreciate the network if it meant sharing anything in common with you. Then again, since he did not cry on yesterdays show (college student roundtable) or the day before, so I doubt you were ever a subscriber to begin with.

          • Junie3

            Yeah he did, but then he had radio shows of substance, now they are about his family, Texas and how he predicted something,
            To otto not JK

          • Junie3

            Been a subscriber since he came on the air, subscribed to his roku channel. Saw his tv show yesterday, Santorum’s daughter was one of the college students, young black guy asked about hypothecation. I really don’t have to prove anything to your false accusations of me though. Grow up, Beck is not a god,

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

          Good. I would hate to enjoy and appreciate the network if it meant sharing anything in common with you. Then again, since he did not cry on yesterdays show (college student roundtable) or the day before, so I doubt you were ever a subscriber to begin with.

        • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

          Gee…I guess you really told me, right?? Douche nozzle.

          • Junie3

            You’re a christian, right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Right. You far prefer the cave man/Chris Brown variety, no?

      • Junie3

        You got that from my comment, lol really?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

          The absolute dichotomy of a man who is too sensitive was where I was going with that one…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Right. You far prefer the cave man/Chris Brown variety, no?

    • ZoriahShepard

      Men can’t win, can they? If he hadn’t shed a tear I bet that you’d be calling him an unfeeling monster. Showing emotion (yes even for 2 days) to the public is more than just manly. It’s human.

    • ZoriahShepard

      Men can’t win, can they? If he hadn’t shed a tear I bet that you’d be calling him an unfeeling monster. Showing emotion (yes even for 2 days) to the public is more than just manly. It’s human.

    • lainer51

      so i guess our president riding a girls bike, helmet in tow and Mom jeans on made you sick too…. and let’s not forget that princess-in-pink first pitch at the All Star game and his bowling score of 37..
      Everyone grieves differently. Maybe you have a cold heart, maybe others don’t.

      • Junie3

        Maybe you can’t read, I just put my Great Pyrenees down a few months ago. Hardest thing to do, spent thousands trying to get him well, but nothing worked, he was dying. Me and my husband cried our hearts out. We just didn’t feel we needed to tell everyone for their sympathies, Why can’t someone have a different view of Glenn? I’m not his sheep.

    • lainer51

      so i guess our president riding a girls bike, helmet in tow and Mom jeans on made you sick too…. and let’s not forget that princess-in-pink first pitch at the All Star game and his bowling score of 37..
      Everyone grieves differently. Maybe you have a cold heart, maybe others don’t.

    • Adela Wagner

      That’s the thing, you DON’T have to be involved. Seems you are typing quite a bit about what you don’t want to be involved with. Calling attention to the fact that the Liberal media air time FAR outweighs any other choice is a good thing. Al Gore’$ Al Jazeerah is being broadcast into a lot of homes, and in order to get the Conservative side out there, sitting in the corner and only talking about what Junie wants, ain’t gonna do it. And Glenn is not Ted and Ted is not Mary…difference is also a good thing.

      • Junie3

        Get a grip, imagination is running a bit wild there chiclet.

    • Indynana

      REALLY???

    • Sara Nichols

      You are bullying Glenn, it’s ok for a man to cry. What kind of guy do you like? some loser like Brad Pitt or Chris Brown. Leave Glenn Beck alone and stop being a bully, you are no better than Kim Kardashian, sweetheart! STOP IT, YOU STUPID B**CH!

    • ozconservative

      If you don’t like what Beck says or does on the radio there is this amazing feature on your radio. It is called the ON/OFF switch.

  • Rob M

    God sure knew what He was doing when He made dogs. Man’s best friend indeed. prayers to the beck family & to precious victor as well

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    We lost our family dog to cancer and it was utterly heartbreaking. I feel for the loss of their friend, their guardian, their family member.

  • sqeptiq

    When even conservatives embrace men crying in public, you know America’s officially become pussified.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

      Oh come on, SepticTank…even YOU can’t be this stupid, can you?? Never mind…..You can…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Your life must be rather sad and your soul rather jaded if you cannot let go of politics and have empathy for one of the hardest things a family can go through together.

      • sqeptiq

        Lol! You’re just butthurt that instead of relentlessly hating on liberals (the norm at Twitchy) I do it to conservatives.

        • ForTheRepublic

          Wow. Just…wow. You are a special kind of slimeball. Not only are you such a bad troll that you don’t know when to drop it, you come onto a thread that has NOTHING to do with Liberals, and you drag your sad little mind behind you on a rope. Also, “butthurt”? What are you, eight? That’s pretty pathetic, even for a low-down maggot like yourself. You know what? You aren’t a troll. You’re just a sad, lonely, petulant little child who didn’t get enough love from daddy. Am I right?

        • ForTheRepublic

          Wow. Just…wow. You are a special kind of slimeball. Not only are you such a bad troll that you don’t know when to drop it, you come onto a thread that has NOTHING to do with Liberals, and you drag your sad little mind behind you on a rope. Also, “butthurt”? What are you, eight? That’s pretty pathetic, even for a low-down maggot like yourself. You know what? You aren’t a troll. You’re just a sad, lonely, petulant little child who didn’t get enough love from daddy. Am I right?

        • ZoriahShepard

          No. We’re just appalled that you can’t set aside your vitriolic hate and pretend to empathize with someone who has experienced a loss. You should really be careful about what you put out there because it’s going to rebound in a way you never saw coming, cupcake.

          • sqeptiq

            Glenn Beck is a foul demagogue, conspiracy-monger and swindler. He deserves no empathy.

          • jeff spence

            Phucque you

          • ZoriahShepard

            Then neither do you and the people who call you their friend. Truly, class cannot be taught just inherited and you missed the boat. Peace out.

          • ozconservative

            Yet Chicago Jesus pals around with a known terrorists and marxist activists, bows down to Middle East dictators and insults Americas allies and you’re cool with that, right???

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            What conspiracy?
            How is he a demagogue?
            How is he a swindler? If you’re referring to Anthony Weiner’s bizarre “Gold Line” screed, I’d advise you to check out one of the prominent advertisers on CNBC at this moment…..which is Gold Line.

        • ZoriahShepard

          No. We’re just appalled that you can’t set aside your vitriolic hate and pretend to empathize with someone who has experienced a loss. You should really be careful about what you put out there because it’s going to rebound in a way you never saw coming, cupcake.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

          That would imply that anyone valued your contributions enough to be hurt by them.

      • sqeptiq

        Lol! You’re just butthurt that instead of relentlessly hating on liberals (the norm at Twitchy) I do it to conservatives.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Your life must be rather sad and your soul rather jaded if you cannot let go of politics and have empathy for one of the hardest things a family can go through together.

    • Adela Wagner

      And when people give up their gun rights, and join the liberal progs pissing themselves in the corner waiting for the Nanny to come save them, America’s officially Way Beyond Pussified. To use an old sweet dog’s death to spout your hate show’s the type of person you are.

  • http://twitter.com/AlisaConklin Alisa Conklin

    “If there are no dogs in heaven then when I die I want to go where they went”-Will Rogers

    • Frank Drebin

      “Travelers to unknown regions would be well advised to take along the family dog. He could just save you from entering the wrong gate. At least it happened that way once, in a mountainous area of The Twilight Zone…”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L1BSnxH4b4

      “The Hunt”, episode written by Earl Hamner, Jr., of ‘The Waltons’ fame

      • AlCashier

        we have ALWAYS remembered that episode, an absolute family favorite. ~goose bumple chills~

  • $27789750

    Making me cry….we’ve probably all known this loss and it always hurts a little no matter how long ago.

  • nc

    Dogs give so much love and are never grumpy. They are a gift from God.

  • GaryTheBrave

    George Carlin’s routine on dogs is classic.
    “When they die, take it to the pet store, plop it on the counter and say, ‘I want another one that looks just like that but, you know, alive.'”

    • ForTheRepublic

      Not a good time, man.

    • ForTheRepublic

      Not a good time, man.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      While so many are reflecting upon the memories of their own pets, do you really think this is the right forum to repeat that?

  • mdtljt

    I had to put my sweet Akita Harrier mix Bandit down 3 years ago due to cancer. The vet, tech & I sobbed from the minute we got in the exam room until I left. He was so tired & in pain I knew it was the right thing to do & the look in his eyes as the sedative took effect confirmed it…pure & unconditional love. I will always be honored that God allowed me to take care of & love him. God Bless & comfort the Beck family….

  • stellatruman

    We lost one of our dogs a year ago, although he was only with us for a year and a half. He had lyme disease and ( vet told us ) it had been dormant in his kidneys for quite awhile. We had no clue he was sick until it was too late to help him. We were devastated. I have also lost other pets , mostly because of age. It always hurts but when they are young and it’s so unexpected it is very , very hard

  • waltzingmtilda

    Returning one of the Lord’s gifts…I never thought of it that way. What a wonderful expression, it gives such comfort.

    We had to let go of our beautiful Berner, Gloria, on New Year’s Eve. It’s been almost 4 months and it still hurts so bad. But I know she’s waiting for us. I bet she and Victor and all the beloved companions are having a great time.

    Prayers up for Glenn and family.

  • waltzingmtilda

    Returning one of the Lord’s gifts…I never thought of it that way. What a wonderful expression, it gives such comfort.

    We had to let go of our beautiful Berner, Gloria, on New Year’s Eve. It’s been almost 4 months and it still hurts so bad. But I know she’s waiting for us. I bet she and Victor and all the beloved companions are having a great time.

    Prayers up for Glenn and family.

  • TracyJean

    The oldest of my three dogs turned 13 today and I am starting to see signs of decline in him. I fear that I may not have much time left with him, and it will be hard to let him go, as I’ve had him since he was an 8-week-old puppy. I do not have children, so my dogs are my children.

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      Our oldest kitteh-we’re crazy cat people-is also 13. we adopted her from a high-kill shelter almost 10 years ago. I refer to Sasha as my ‘furry Jewish mother’ because she nags so much. While I do have a child-little b’stard turns 19 in April. LoL-my kittehs are as much my children as he is.

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      Our oldest kitteh-we’re crazy cat people-is also 13. we adopted her from a high-kill shelter almost 10 years ago. I refer to Sasha as my ‘furry Jewish mother’ because she nags so much. While I do have a child-little b’stard turns 19 in April. LoL-my kittehs are as much my children as he is.

  • TracyJean

    The oldest of my three dogs turned 13 today and I am starting to see signs of decline in him. I fear that I may not have much time left with him, and it will be hard to let him go, as I’ve had him since he was an 8-week-old puppy. I do not have children, so my dogs are my children.

  • ZoriahShepard

    I’m raising a glass to all of us animal lovers who have ever lost a precious member of their family.

  • ZoriahShepard

    I’m raising a glass to all of us animal lovers who have ever lost a precious member of their family.

  • Kurtis

    It’s truly a sad experience having to put a pet to sleep. But when they are in pain you have to do it for them. That being said, I personally would refrain from sending pictures to the world of my suffering pet. You can write about it and share the difficulties and anguish involved, but at least attempt to keep some of it personal. Not everything needs to be watched by the entire world.

  • http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-atlanta/harriet-baldwin ★♥ Harriet Baldwin

    Glenn Beck and his family helped untold thousands of people who have coped, are coping or will cope with the loss of a beloved “pet” family members. They showed the country how to do it with deep thought, prayer and grace. I will forever be grateful to them for sharing this very private occasion and all the emotion that accompanies their tragic loss.

  • Martha Brothers

    Five weeks ago today my sweet dog Pooh boy went across the rainbow bridge. He was 13 years and 9 months old. So I totally know how you feel.

  • Paul

    Grieving is part of loving… RIP Victor.

  • Rita Robbins

    It’s so hard to lose a pet. They are more like your kids. So sorry for your loss.

  • http://twitter.com/LindaC103148 BuckeyeNutGoBucks

    How I hurt so much for Glenn and his family today knowing that pain after having to put our 15 year old Bobbie Sue down 16 years ago. It still hurts like it just happened! But I hope they don’t wait as long as we did to get another dog, not to replace Victor, but to enjoy the companionship, fun, loyalty, protection, and love of the most wonderful pet anyone could ever have….a dog! I never thought I would ever want another dog again, to let myself fall in love like that again knowing someday we’d probably have to go through that pain again. But then we got Lacey, a labradoodle about 10 mo. ago and even though she has chewed up my husband’s $500 pair of prescription glasses, his cell phone case that we couldn’t find a replacement like it, and this past week his electric razor, plus whatever else she can chew, we couldn’t bear the thought of not having her. The joy and entertainment they bring to a house is beyond description. The Beck’s have our deepest sympathy during this terribly difficult time. But it’s nice to know that it’s only a separation, that we will see our pets again in Heaven! I truly believe that!

  • sallie mullinger

    Tears are burning my eyes right now as I read these tweets and comments. Anyone who has ever loved a pet and then lost that pet, feels that pain all over again as they read Beck’s comments.

    There is a bond that only those who give their hearts up to a pet, can truly understand.

    Peace to the Beck Family and hugs and kisses to Victor as he finds his new home in Doggy Heaven :)

  • Rip Jones

    Lyn and I had to put Gizmo to sleep about five years ago. He was also 13. We cried @ the Vet’s office. When it was over, I told the Vet that we treat our pets with more dignity, than we treat our family members. Remember, you will see Victor again, over the Rainbow Bridge.

  • MAX1950

    MY CONDOLENCES TO THE BECK FAMILY

  • conservative007

    Celebrate the joy Victor brought your family over the past 13 years and find peace in knowing that Victor went to sleep knowing that he had a family that loved him his whole life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/peggy.a.newport Peggy Adams Newport

    So sorry….praying for your family…we had to say goodbye to eight friends during our children’s growing up years…..three of them German Shepherds and it never, never gets easy….have a pet cemetery on our property with many friends buried there!

  • Joan Rogers

    I am so sorry Glen and family, dogs are very much loved and certainly are a family member. I pray God heals your hearts and souls, in just knowing that Victor is not suffering anymore, and he more then likely is playing with all the other dogs in the universe!! God loves His animals.

  • poljunkie♪

    Awww. I’m going to give our doggehs extra chicken jerky, and let them sleep on the bed tonight in Victors honor!

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.jones.319 Suzanne Jones

    I am so very sorry for your loss…..I’ve held five as they crossed the Bridge, and it isn’t easy, but it is the best gift we can give them. He was a beautiful pup.

  • Mark

    Digging the grave was so hard for me. Being the dad, it was my duty. I sad duty it is.
    I talked to Dixie, even as she lay lifeless, the whole time I was digging.

    • Amy

      Between your post, Mark, and the previous one regarding the Rainbow Bridge, I am a teary, weepy mess on this Sunday morning! I’ve always wondered what went through my dad’s mind since he, too, felt it was his duty as “head of the family.” I believe you hit the nail on the head. Hugs to you, and I know you’ll see Dixie again one day. :)

  • claudia jones

    I had to do the same I .hope he was in his home with all family
    around him, I just hugged my dutchess as she went , it is so hard to let a beloved dog go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joann.saam JoAnn Saam

    Last June we lost our Beloved Basset Hound Belle.She was 10 yrs old and always healthy til one day she was fine one minute and 2 hrs later she was gone.She had a tumor that burst.I was distraught with such a big hole in my heart.After so many tears I had to think of a way for it to make sense to me so I told my husband that I knew why God had called her home.I told him that theres a little girl in Heaven who needed a very special friend and Belle fit that description perfectly. I know they are taking care of each other and I will be together with her again. I now have a Corgi named Chloe and we tell her about our Belle all the time. RIP Victor!

    • ceyanne

      We had a beagle that had the same thing happen. He was 14 and had a large tumor in his belly. We had an appt. with the vet to put him down that evening but he didn’t make it to the appt. :o( He was my husband’s dog before we even met. Thankfully I am a stay-at-home-mom and was here when Chub passed. Hubs was at work and the kids were at school. I had a love-hate relationship with Chub, but I am glad that he at least wasn’t alone at the end. But it still wasn’t the ideal situation. It should have been my husband there with him, both for his sake and Chub’s. 😮 And by love-hate relationship, I only mean I hated some things he did (like peeing only on MY things). I didn’t hate him, he was a cute, sweet dog, he just annoyed the ever-lovin’ heck out of me with some of the things he did. I still loved him and was sad when he died. But he was my husband’s dog and it would have been better for him to have been with him in the end.

  • Don

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

  • DisgustedinTexas04

    One of the most difficult things in the world to do. We had to put our beloved Chihuahua to sleep last year. We got her when she was 5 weeks old. She was 17 years old and suffering from illness . It was heartbreaking. Last year our JRT of 8 years had to be put to sleep,because of cancer and so much pain. Miss them both so much. But couldn’t stand to see them suffer. They were our babies. My heart goes out to Mr. Beck and his family as they mourn the loss of a beloved member of their family.

  • luciemon

    Still praying for you and your family. Fighting back tears. Remembering saying good-bye to our Kiki. Mickey, Lucie (who had to go to emergency clinic this morning) and Zoey are all saying doggie prayers. Asked Kiki to watch for and welcome Victor. God be with you.

  • http://twitter.com/freelinesville MERRY SMITH

    GOD Bless

  • Russ Buchanan

    If dogs go to a different heaven than we do, I want to go there. I prefer the company of animals over humans. Their love is unrequited and absolute. You have my sincere condolences, Glenn, you and your family. God bless.

  • disqus_1tnjz1cOSQ

    I don’t know who wrote this, it was sent to me a couple3 of years ago when I had to let my Husky of 14 years go. It brought me comfort.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    • stellatruman

      someone sent that to me when my pupper died. Still makes me well up now :(

  • tomstur

    Celebrate the victory of the greatest family protector and security blanket our lord provided. As a tribute to you and your compassionate family,s steadfast commitment toward humanity,s short commings in our life time. Victor knows his ability has passed and a humble, respectful release of all your love be transformed to a peaceful release of his greatness. As humans realize their potential has outlived our competitive edge we find a reason to survive. Animals will bite their limbs off to protect their masters life. Their actual pain felt is failure. Victor never failed and actually out did himself with all the rebounds experienced his final years among his special friends .Allowing his pains be removed will complete a peaceful reward awaiting his next journey.

  • marlies harms

    So very sad when a family has to go through something like that. Just think of all the wonderful years you had with Victor and how happy he was when you returned from work. That was the only way I could handle my sadness when my pooch went to dogie heaven.

  • gainesgang

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You might check out Rainbow Bridge. It’s a wonderful website for grieving families who have lost their furry babies.

  • Mame

    Elvis Presley’s song always got me: “old Shep he has gone where good doggies go…….”. Sleep well Victor!

  • Amy

    Losing a pet…the hardest part of owning one. A few years ago, when I
    lost my little kitty very unexpectedly, I came upon a quote and it has
    truly helped me get through those tough times, the tears, the grief,
    which eventually turns into a glimmer of happiness whenever I think of
    my beloved friend(s). Only true animal lovers will understand. My heart
    aches for you, Mr. Beck, but it’s obvious Victor’s life was a well-lived
    one. Who was luckier?

    *If you are an animal lover like me, the loss of a pet is as devastating as the loss of a person. Let me tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, our pets will be waiting for us on the other side.* ~Sylvia Browne

    • stellatruman

      I don’t know how I will handle all of that furry love coming at me

      • Amy

        I don’t either, stellatruman. :) I do know that I look forward to that moment, whenever it happens!

  • http://twitter.com/nestrack Nancy Strack

    I’ve always believed that being able to let a beloved animal go just means you love them so much more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erik2 Erik Peterson

    I feel for him…I just had to put my dog & best friend to sleep this past thrus. Heartbreaking.

  • just Dave

    this will sound like I’m trolling, I’m not. I know the pain Glenn is going through I’ve made the same tough decisions, but.. on Friday, when did you start wondering how he was going to switch from the story to the commercial? … and that’s why I recommend goldline urns to my friends. Just triying to make you smile after reading this depressing story.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Did you realize that Goldline advertises on MSNBC and CNBC, or do you only single Beck out for having them as an advertiser?

    • Sara Nichols

      He was too distraught to read the commercial and also he was trying to express his feelings out. Those were two reasons he didn’t read the commerical in the second hour break.

  • Daniel Kuttner

    Here’s how I dealt with the loss of one of my beloved pets. I made a video in his memory:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LizboKbTl5w

  • Paula Noakes

    Gah. I can’t watch Glenn talk about Victor right now. We don’t have a dog but we do have a spoiled rotten tabby cat named Apollo that is now almost 8 years old. He is so important to our family. He gives us lovies (rubs his cheek against hands, faces — marking us of course), has us trained to scratch him when we come in the door. Meows for food when I ask him “what do you say?” He is such a huge part of our lives that I shudder to think of losing him. Last year he was sick and it was very hard. Luckily it was just a tricky infection that ended up responding well to antibiotics (finally, after trying everything from creams to non-allergenic food), and he’s fine now. But it was scary and I worried a lot about losing him. Handsome fella below … *Sniff.* Hugs and prayers. I’m sure Glenn & his family will see Victor again. I don’t think a loving Heavenly Father would deprive us of the chance to see our furry family again.

  • http://www.lidsamy.com/ Lidsamy

    heartbroken for you. RIP Victor, you leave good ripples

  • Sophia

    OMG… I am crying my eyes out for them all… R.I.P. BEAUTIFUL HANDSOME VICTOR… GO WITH GOD… You go and play at the Bridge now boy and enjoy yourself until it is time to meet your family again… Prayers to the Beck Family… I totally understand how you all feel… GOD BLESS…

  • Daniel Kuttner

    this is shorter than a movie, but may console you with comedy. It’s an episode of Bonanza called “Any Friend of Walter.” Walter is a dog, possibly not unlike your beloved Victor:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kefBUMU3j5Q

  • http://www.facebook.com/elmer.herbert Elmer Al Herbert

    Glen, we had to put our little Fitzzie of 16 years down. I feel the pain you are going through. Don’t wait too long before you get another. He will love you and you will quickly love him. He can never be a re-placement just another loyal family member.

  • Sherri Ronning

    Glenn – that was quite possibly one of the most beautiful tributes to a fur-kid that I’ve ever had the privilege to hear!! And to those that are your detractors – sorry if nothing else this just proves that even if you don’t agree with Mr Beck and his beliefs – he is a good person and his heart is in the right place! Glenn – you and your family have my deepest sympathy and my prayers! I’ve had to do what you just did and for a while it feels as though someone reached into your chest and quite literally ripped your heart out and showed it to you! The hurt is beyond awful! The only thing I can say is that as an animal lover and having had a number of fur-kids in my lifetime – I firmly believe as do many that there is a place called the Rainbow Bridge where our fur-kids know no more pain, they are well and they are happy! The only thing they miss is us! But thankfully, the Good Lord in his infinite wisdom will one day allow us to meet our fur-kids and on that day, Victor will see you coming in the distance, his tail will wag, he’ll let out a happy “woof” and race towards you and from then on the two of you will be together forever! :~) I know that thought has kept me going many times when I am missing one of my babies! :~) As for the near future – remember Victor and all the happy times you had together, cherish the fun you all had and even his good bye as all of the Beck’s surrounded him with love for his final journey! He knew you were there for him! And hopefully someday in the future – when the pain isn’t quite so new – you will be able to accept a new fur-kid into your life, that needs your love and your forever home just as Victor did! In fact, I’m pretty sure knowing how loyal and how much he loved you that Victor would want you to do that. But for now, you need to grieve and to take comfort in your family and memories of happier times. Blessings to you Glenn and all the Beck’s and no disrespect intended – from one dog lover to another – Dog Bless You!! :~)

  • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.h.peek Catherine Holly Peek

    We had to put our part shepherd,
    part beagle down a few years ago at the age of 17!!! She went down hill very quickly but brought us so much joy! More than we deserved in a lifetime.God bless you and keep you through these difficult days!

  • captaingrumpy

    I know how they feel.Lost my mate after 17 years. Very hard to take.Still talk to him at night.

  • Sara Nichols

    I feel Glenn’s pain today, I will keep Glenn in my prayers today. I heard that segment yesterday, was almost in tears and thinking, “I feel really bad for Glenn and his family today.” I have lost a cat that my dad had for years several years when I was a child and my Nana lost her dog a few years ago so I been down the same road as Glenn. Glenn, we are all in your prayers today and the next few days. Your dog is with God now.

  • El Train

    I dread the day our “babies” Simon (cat) and Ozzie (dog) are no longer with us. Our pets are our family as much as anyone else who loves us unconditionally. But I am comforted by the knowledge that we gave them the best life possible and the cherished memories of our time together. Prayers for theBeck family.

  • Sharon Foley

    Sorry to hear about your dog, I know that pain all to well It’s just horrible, you’ve lost your long time friend but when you go to heaven he will be there waiting for you, I’m so sorry God bless Victor an the Beck Family!

  • Betty Sperry

    Had to put down my sweet Kia yesterday. I can’t stop looking for her. I know she wishes we could be taking our walk today. My heart is broken for both of us Mr. Beck. So many times we humans are not worthy of their love and dedication. Your champion had a wonderful life full of love. RIP…until meet them again.

  • G. Alexander

    Prayer and thoughts are with you and your family. I am so very sorry for this loss.

    I’m am trying to think of him catching a ball that Jesus threw to him. Saying Victor don’t worry they will be here before you know it. They love you too!

  • Debbie Waldron

    I am so sorry for your pain. After I am forced to put a pet to sleep I swear I won’t get attached to another and then something miraculous happens you see that puppy in the shelter and know in your heart that without someone to take it home it won’t survive. You convince yourself that you are just doing it to help the animal BUT it’s really the animal that helps you. I cried for you and your family for what you have to go through – I don’t wish that on anyone. You, your family and Victor are in my prayers.

  • vino veritas

    My condolences go out to the Beck family as I know exactly what they are going through. Nothing is harder than watching a member of your family, animal or human, slowly pass on while knowing there is little or nothing you can do but provide comfort. This is one reason I will not take another pet into my family because they will always live for a much shorter amount of time than you and it is too painful to go through the process of letting go. Even when you spend so much in vet bills (which eventually almost always become financially onerous) and treatment works you are only prolonging the inevitable. God bless Glenn Beck and his family. Even though (from what I hear) he is either agnostic or atheist, I hope he will find comfort in the fact that Victor is not suffering anymore and eventually realize they will be reunited when the right time comes.

  • Linda Bobenda

    We just returned our faithful Odie, a german shorthaired pointer, to his Heavenly Father after having him in our family for 12 wonderful years. We are still missing him. Best wishes for you and your family.

  • bidentime

    Our prayers go out to the Beck family.

    I’ve always thought Jimmy Stewart’s poem “Dog named Beau” that he read on the Carson show to be very comforting at times like this. You can watch it on you tube.

  • David Maguire

    We lost a companion we had for 10 years. Yes I cried. Tears came to my eyes reading this and brought back not just the memories of the day we had to put our companion to sleep but of all the great memories our companion brought us.Our companion was never a “pet”, she slept with us and played with us. She was always there and I miss her still.

  • The Praetor

    Sad times. RIP Victor.

  • Mike Nickell

    George Graham Vest (1830-1904) served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1879 to 1903 and became one of the leading orators and debaters of his time. This delightful speech is from an earlier period in his life when he practiced law in a small Missouri town. It was given in court while representing a man who sued another for the killing of his dog. During the trial, Vest ignored the testimony, and when his turn came to present a summation to the jury, he made the following speech and won the case.

    Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

    The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

    If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.

    George Graham Vest – c. 1855

  • Bill Board

    Last spring, I was faced with a similar decision. My beloved 14 year old Golden Retriever “Rudy” was having a hard time in just about everything he tried to do. Tho he never so much as whimpered, I could plainly see it was time to let go. I received this little bundle of joy when he was just a pup. In fourteen years, Rudy never really grew up. He lived his entire life always a puppy at heart. I spent the fourteen years believing I had taught Rudy so much, it wasn’t until his last day on Earth, I realized it was Rudy who had taught me more than I could have possibly imagined. Among the things I learned was the respect of mutual loyalty between a man and his best friend. Rudy had been my faithful friend all those years, the very least I could do was to have the heart to say goodbye, so I did. Rudy always loved to go for rides in the car, so I put his blanket down on the back seat of the car and took him to the vet. As I waited for the vet to come out to the car with the shot, I hugged my best friend and told him I was so very sorry he would not be coming home with me. I looked into Rudy’s eyes as the vet administered the shot and whether it was my imagination or not, Rudy seemed to say “thank you, my friend”, and then he was gone. Will Rogers once said….“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” My sentiments exactly!

  • http://twitter.com/RWBBobb Robert P Moscato

    My Parents had a Chocolate Lab some one named Emmy. She’s been gone for over a year now (she was 13yo) and I still look for her in the garge at my parents everytime I visit. I understand how difficult it was when my parent sent her to the Vet for the last time. May God bless Victor through the intercession of St Francis as he enters through the Gates of Heaven

  • Barbara Eisinger

    Every person we meet as we journey through life changes us in some way. Somteimes good and sometimes, not so good. It is the same with the dogs who come into our lives and become a part of our families. Their sweetness and exuberance and forgiving love and loyalty and affection become such a part of us that we are changed and grow for having known and loved them. Therefore, all the members of the Beck family, having been changed, become different…a little better, carry the essence of this precious family member as an important part of their own personalities for the rest of their lives. He lives on in you because who he was is now a part of who you are. Dogs are God’s greatest gift to humankind.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    A Dog’s Prayer

    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all
    the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should
    lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will
    more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

    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 footstep
    falls upon my waiting ear.

    When it is cold and wet, please take me inside… for
    I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements… and
    I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside
    the hearth… though had you no home, I would rather follow you through
    ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all
    the land… for you are my god… and I am your devoted worshiper.

    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should
    not reproach you were it dry, 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, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to
    deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather
    hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon
    of eternal rest…and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew,
    my fate was ever safest in your hands.

    –Beth Norman Harris

  • Guest

    sorry to hear this news,I remember when you got him, about the time we had our greyhounds. dogs do not fear death, they fear the loss of their masters, what a great and hard thing to do but be with him at the end. we went thru this too, holding them.

  • Mark

    To Glenn: This helped when I lost my friend:

    THE BEST PLACE TO BURY A DOG

    “There is one best place to bury a dog. If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call – come to you over the grim, dim frontier of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel, they shall not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing. The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.”

    — Ben Hur Lampman —
    from the Portland Oregonian Sept. 11, 1925
    [AKA “If A Dog Be Well Remembered”]

  • irishgirl91

    All I asked is God have mercy on me and let me know clearly when it was time to put my beautiful girl to rest. Toughest part of being a good owner and still hurts 3yrs later. I now have a couple of silly girl pups filling my days and doing their best to fill my heart. RIP Victor.

  • luckycat76

    “Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears,
    But laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. . .
    I loved you so —
    ‘Twas Heaven here with you.”
    This was in the card sent from our vet clinic when we lost our 15 year-old Welsh corgi. It was eight years ago, and I still can’t read it without tearing up.
    Yes, they are family.

  • Ginny Snowden

    Dog children are the purest of love. Breaks your heart when you realize you will sadly have to live without just one of them!

  • Sue Brown

    I have no doctrinal substantiation for this, but I truly believe that animals are special angels sent to earth to serve mankind. Especially pets- they are the most special of the angels because they love unconditionally and they forgive freely. That is why they are so short lived, they do all they were meant to do without all the hassles and mistakes that we make.

  • cscape

    FYI….. the Uber Liberal (so-called) Animal Rights organization PETA is responsible for the deaths of thousands of perfectly healthy pet dogs and cats in their “shelters” each year – Just in case you thought that POLITICS couldn’t possibly enter into this discussion!

  • Mapache

    The older I get the less I like people and the more I like my dog.

  • marion schneider

    My heart is with you and your family. It is so difficult to make that decision but you know you must do it. I went through the same experience just last year with my Simon. I still miss him and am very lucky to have had him in my life. I still at times look for him where his bed was right next to mine. Rest in peace, Victor. You will never be forgotten.

  • Couch Cat

    13 is a great run for a ‘Shep. He must have been well cared for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Warren/100001648091118 Stephanie Warren

    I know how he feels. when our cat prince died I was devastated.

  • Gaylon

    Mr Beck & Family…I am sooo sorry for you & your families’ loss….I cry for you & your dog, as my wife & I also have dogs; they comfort & protect us as well. Good bye, for a little while, Victor…

  • AlCashier

    our family having sent on 4 beloved “elderly” dogs ahead of us, to wait for us, in these last few years … it’s been the kindest thing for them no matter how excruciating sad it is for us left behind. maybe sending them on ahead is the greatest act of Love we can ever show them. they all knew it was Time and they all showed us they loved us for it too. God bless everyone who’s lost a beloved furry family member; we’ll see them again at Rainbow Bridge just inside the Pearly Gates.