Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Munson 2008-2017

Munson passed away peacefully at 1pm today, held by Mike and Gustav. As with Bondi's loss in 2009, for me this is like losing several limbs and a heart. Although cancer hit him early at age 5, Munson had an extraordinarily packed life, accompanying me through about fifteen countries from Gibraltar to Stockholm, and walking half the length of Offa's Dyke. He swam in Mediterranean, North Atlantic, and Baltic waters. A quarter of his life was spent on Grasspunk Farm in the sleepy southwest of France, where he chased chickens, wild boar, deer and rabbits.
His later life in Sydney was spent swimming in warmer Pacific waters and in thoughtful commentary on the antics of other dogs at Enmore Park. I can only imagine him now, travelling peacefully without pain, accompanied by the ghost of the predeceased roomba that chased him from slumbers around the house as it attempted to consume a bale of hair each day. We all have happy memories of Munson. Let them chase away the sorrow of this day. - Mike


  1. Anonymous2:16 am

    So very sorry to hear this about Munson. Although the posts about your travels and life with him have been few in the past year or so, many were the times when I would ask myself 'I wonder how Mike, Gustav and Munson are doing?'
    Healing hugs from across the miles. Munson had a *life* to be envied by pooches and people alike! he has earned his restful spot at the Rainbow Bridge.
    Laura Walsh

  2. Godspeed puppy dog,

    NukNuk & family

  3. Anonymous4:15 am

    From us over here in France, we wish you the best. Tough, tough times and our hearts
    go out to you.

  4. Mike & Gustav, so sorry to read this. Munson was a great dog and he always seemed to have a smile on his face. We're glad to have known him.

  5. Anonymous6:03 am

    So sorry to hear about this. I loved your blogs from Europe, with Munson featured prominently. Every time one of my dogs leaves, it is so sad. But a new puppy helps make it better.

  6. Anonymous2:17 pm

    Hi Mike
    Thanks for sharing this lovely memoirs of Munson and his travels. He is now in a better place and out of pain. Kind regards
    AH (your work colleague)

  7. Munson was a sweetheart at heart. Walt had told me of his passing but I hadn't looked at your blog post until today. I'm sure you know that Callie left this world last June. She was far too young to go, as was Munson.