Atticus watches the sun set over the Cascade Mountains
at Pine Mountain Observatory on July 2, 2012.
Atticus Finch Andrews died last night at the age of 13, surrounded by family and friends in his backyard. He had experienced a decline in mobility over the last year due to a growing sarcoma on his leg and arthritis, but remained happy and relatively active until Thursday evening when he fell seriously ill. Symptoms suggest he was bleeding internally from a ruptured tumor—it’s possible the leg tumor had metastasized to the spleen or liver, or he may have been suffering from an undiagnosed hemangiosarcoma.
A more lengthy obituary may be posted at a later time.
Please share your favorite memories of Atticus here, whether you only knew him through The Daily Atticus or if you had the pleasure of knowing him in person.
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Today would have been Atticus’ 14th birthday, but he’s been gone a little under five months.
Gone, but by no means forgotten. Today’s plans include a hike and dining on his favorite birthday dinner, eggs and potatoes, all in his honor. It’s what he would have wanted to do.
This may be the final shot for The Daily Atticus—then again, it may not.
In the meantime we warmly invite Atticus’ followers to check out Rain in the Forecast, a newish blog focused on Rain, who I refer to as Atticus’ niece. (They’re not actually related.)
Rain in the Forecast is not a replacement for or imitation of The Daily Atticus. They are two different beasts, literally and figuratively! But we’d love to see you be part of our pack over there.
It’s great to see Atticus’ memory honored while doing good for other animals.
We’d love to see more giving in memory of Atticus. Could you part with the change jar on your dresser? Get it counted and donate the amount in honor of Atticus! Do you have a bag of tennis balls, dog food, or other items that you don’t need and Clackamas Dog Services could use for the shelter? Donate them! It doesn’t need to be much. Show your love!
One of Atticus’ postcards was returned as non-deliverable, and we learned of another that never made it to a fan. If you didn’t get yours, we have more and can try again! Just let us know that you’d like one.
This week I sent out a batch of postcards as a combination death announcement/memento for the friends Atticus collected over the years.
If you haven’t received a postcard and would like to, let me know! Comment on this post and I’ll contact the provided email address to get a mailing address. There are plenty of cards and postage left (even international!), so don’t be shy.
If you received that postcard and you’re here looking for information about donating in memory of Atticus, I’ll say a few words about why I’m putting it out there as a thing people may want to do, and why I’m suggesting specific organizations.
Atticus was a great dog, and touched the lives of many over his 13 years. He was much loved, and I suspect I’m not the only one who’d like to see him memorialized beyond this blog and in the hearts of his friends. It’s also an opportunity to help out some organizations that help animals.
• Clackamas Dogs Foundation
When Atticus was a puppy, Clackamas County Dog Shelter was a fairly miserable place, underfunded and housed in a tiny, outdated building while the county population was quickly growing. Things have been improving—they finally moved into a newer building in 2009. A fledgling non-profit, Clackamas Dogs Foundation, is dedicated to supporting the shelter through procuring supplies, raising funds, and engaging the public in outreach.
Many local people may default their animal rescue giving to Oregon Humane Society, but it would be nice to spread the love to an up-and-coming resource a little closer to Atticus’ home.
• Oregon Humane Society
Oregon Humane Society publishes donations in their quarterly magazine, and they certainly take donations in honor of a deceased animal. It’s really convenient to donate to them, and they’re a very worthy organization.
• Compassionate Care Home Pet Services Husky Fund
Atticus’ last vet appointment was provided by Compassionate Care, a group of vets who aim to provide the most peaceful end possible. Their service meant his last afternoon was spent in his backyard, in the shade on a sunny day. Compassionate Care offers the Husky Fund, which provides cost assistance to families who need the same end-of-life care for their pet that Atticus received.
UPDATE (August 22, 2015): The link to The Husky Fund is currently down because funds are not currently available to Compassionate Care clients. The fund still exists! Get that URL out of 404 status by calling or sending an email to donate.
• DoveLewis Pet Loss Support
Over the last few weeks, Atticus’ humble assistant (that’s me) has discovered the pet loss support services available at DoveLewis. The program, spearheaded by certified grief counselor Enid Traisman, is run on donations. It would be great to raise enough for a leaf on the DoveLewis memorial tree.
Any of the above organizations should be able to take donations in memory of Atticus Finch Andrews—even if that donation is just a few dollars.
I’ll be making a contribution to each of the organizations too! Atticus was a special dog and he deserves to be remembered publicly.
It’s tough when your boss just up and leaves you to fend for yourself in the physical world! The last two weeks have been very roller-coastery. What do you do when your boss doesn’t need his twice-daily meds, or his morning walk? Who will silently appear by your side when you’re making eggs, waiting to provide quality assurance?
It’s been a weird transition.
That having been said, I’d like to present a couple pieces of art.
This is a piece of fused glass, about two inches wide by three inches tall. I made it Sunday at the DoveLewis pet memorial art workshop which is held once a month. Once someone explained how fused glass is made and how to put a piece together, I sat down, focused in, and the time flew as I tried out my mosaic idea. It was a lot of fun to focus so intensely on something that was also fun!
This is a painting that arrived yesterday from Florida! Our friend Amanda painted it, who got to know Atticus when we lived in Missoula, Montana. She has since moved to Florida, but she has been doing lots of art lately and painted this beautiful portrait of the boss. Atticus’ fur has a golden tinge, matching the frame. And those eyes really pop out, don’t they?
Hope you like these creations inspired by Atticus’ life just as much as I do!