Tribute to Tucker

their best Christmas ever

On February 3, 2010, a precious 4 month old golden retriever puppy named Tucker, while being walked in his neighborhood by his owner, was viciously attacked and killed by a dog. Tucker was a gorgeous, happy and healthy puppy from the repeat litter of Scurry and Finnegan, born October 13, 2009. He was adored by his human family, especially three children.

Nothing will ever take away the horror and pain of Tucker’s untimely death. His family didn’t do anything wrong– it was an unexpected attack by a clearly unstable and dangerous dog. But how can anyone explain to these childen that terrible things happen sometimes for no apparent reason? That Life can be horribly unfair and cruel?

I can only hope that the children always remember their connection with Tucker– how he climbed into their laps and their hearts and curled up there. I pray that they don’t give up on the miracle that is the human-canine bond. And when they have healed enough, I hope they will once again take the risks that loving another living creature always entails. Most of all I hope one day they come to realize that what they have gained is greater than what they have lost.

For myself, I am comforted by the vision of Tucker frolicking at the Rainbow Bridge with kids who love him as much as these children and their parents did, licking their faces and making them squeal with joy.

Tucker, you will never be forgotten. My most heartfelt condolences go out to his breeder Denise, her family who helped dam Scurry and Denise raise this special litter, and Tucker’s loving family, the Carlsons.

Arete’s Tucker Carlson, 10/13/09 – 2/3/10.

Tucker at 3 1/2 weeks old

"Blonde Boy" at 5 weeks old

Early explorations

stacked at 6 weeks old

at the litter's 8-week evaluations

stacked at 8 weeks

Tucker with cream cheese on his muzzle

Blonde Boy liked his bird wing

Starlings in Winter

Chunky and noisy,
but with stars in their black feathers,
they spring from the telephone wire
and instantly
they are acrobats
in the freezing wind.
And now, in the theater of air,
they swing over buildings,
dipping and rising;
they float like one stippled star
that opens,
becomes for a moment fragmented,
then closes again;
and you watch
and you try
but you simply can’t imagine
how they do it
with no articulated instruction, no pause,
only the silent confirmation
that they are this notable thing,
this wheel of many parts, that can rise and spin
over and over again,
full of gorgeous life.
Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,
even in the leafless winter,
even in the ashy city.
I am thinking now
of grief, and of getting past it;
I feel my boots
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard. I want
to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

-Mary Oliver


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dimity Mueller
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 15:38:10

    I am so sorry to hear about Tucker. My thoughts are with you all.
    Life is sure not fair.


    • Alison Carlson
      Feb 07, 2010 @ 20:37:06

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. We are a devastated family but hope that in time we will heal.
      The Carlsons


  2. Brenda Douglas
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 16:02:19

    So sorry to hear. He was such a beautiful fluffy boy… I hope your hearts heal over time and you are able to bond with another fluffy golden boy. You’re in my prayers.


  3. Lisa Newton
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 17:30:45

    I just wonder about life sometimes. How especially cruel that three young, very sweet looking children had to experience this unexpected and heartbreaking loss. I know there is another golden out there just waiting to jump into their arms and hearts.


  4. Michelle Pressel
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 20:04:55

    I can not express how sad this makes me. I cant imagine losing my puppy. I hope that time will help heal your hearts and you will be able to find the joy that these special pups can bring with them.


  5. Christine Andersen
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 20:54:05

    My heart goes out to all of you during this very sad time. I pray that you will soon be comforted by the knowledge that you filled Tucker’s first months with all the love he could have wanted. He will always hold a special place in your hearts, but I know he would want another warm puppy to become a part of such a loving family. My deepest sympahies for the loss of such a beautiful boy.


  6. Val Erickson
    Feb 06, 2010 @ 21:51:11

    I will continue to pray that some day I might understand the wisdom of His ways…for such a dear soul as tucker to have this happen to him is incomprehensible…God bless this dear puppy’s sweet soul…the dear little face, with the dark eyes and button nose and the breath that I haven’t found words to describe…and the ever present wagging of the tail, and the 100% total love of life and everyone around…That other dog…there is no excuse for this…


  7. Katie and Paula
    Feb 07, 2010 @ 20:54:43

    It breaks our hearts to hear such a tragic story. Our hearts go out to the Carlson family!
    Larissa (Ryka and Finnegan)


  8. Kathleen Moore
    Feb 09, 2010 @ 10:20:12

    I hope that the Gods have something wonderful n mind for little Tucker. That such a horrific thing should happen to this baby boy and his loving family is so unjust. I am so very sorry that your family has had to endure such pain.



  9. Rebecca Gatterdam
    Feb 09, 2010 @ 11:53:36

    We hope that your family is starting to recover from this horrible act. We are heart broken for your children and for your little puppy.

    Becky and Gilly (Ticket and Finn)


  10. Ro Vinson
    Feb 11, 2010 @ 07:49:30

    I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you. We had considered owning one of Tucker’s littermates so I feel a special bond to this litter. I know words may not ease your pain right now but I pray that time and love will do so. I know Tucker will be mentored well by all those who have gone before him to Rainbow Bridge. Again, I am so sorry……


  11. Karen Brandvold
    Feb 11, 2010 @ 13:51:17

    Al, so so sad about the cutest little Tucker. It really isn’t comprehendible. Our hearts go out to all of you guys. I will talk to you when we get back. Lots and lots of hugs and love.
    xoxoxox Kar


  12. Kelley McNair
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 19:35:33

    So, so sorry. My husband & I are heartbroken for you and holding our boys closer than ever. Our hearts go out to the kids, who’ve lost their new best friend.


  13. Kleidermacher's
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 21:41:12

    Days will heal your broken hearts but the memories of Tucker will be with you forever. Hold on to those precious moments, the laughter, smiles and those “middle of the night” wake up calls Tucker gave you as those will help you during these difficult times.
    Lots of love, The K’s.


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