Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Read Sarah Silverman's Touching Obituary for Her Dog

Comedian Sarah Silverman's beloved dog Duck sadly passed away on Monday. Silverman adopted Duck, a chihuahua-pug mix who was 19 at the time of his death, from a no-kill shelter 14 years ago. He quickly became her self-described best friend and even turned up on her Comedy Central series, The Sarah Silverman Program. "It always tickled me that even though we were different species, he was my best friend," Silverman said. "Duck left me today but I forgive him." Yesterday, she wrote a heartfelt "obituary type thing" about Duck, which you can read in its entirety below:

I wrote an obituary type thing:

Duck "Doug" Silverman came into my life about 14 years ago. He was picked up by the State running through South Central with no collar, tags or chip. Nobody claimed or adopted him so a no-kill shelter took him in. That’s where I found him — at that shelter, in Van Nuys. Since then we have slept most every night together (and many lazy afternoons.) When we first met, the vet approximated his age at 5 ½ so I’d say he was about 19 as of yesterday, September 3, 2013.

He was a happy dog, though serene. And stoic. And he loved love.

Over the past few years he became blind, deaf, and arthritic. But with a great vet, good meds, and a first rate seeing-eye person named me, he truly seemed comfortable.

Recently, however, he stopped eating or drinking. He was skin and bones and so weak. I couldn’t figure out this hunger strike. Duck had never been political before. And then, over the weekend, I knew. It was time to let him go.

My boyfriend Kyle flew in late last night and took the day off from work to be with us. We laid in bed and massaged his tiny body, as we love to do – hearing his little “I’m in heaven” breaths.

The doctor came and Kyle, my sister, Laura and I laid on the bed. I held him close – in our usual spoon position and stroked him. I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love. The doctor gave him a shot and he fell asleep, and then another that was basically an overdose of sleeping meds. I held him and kissed him and whispered to him well passed his passing.

I picked him up and his body was limp – you don’t think about the head – it just falls. I held him so tight. And then finally, when his body lost its heat, and I could sense the doctor thinking about the imminent rush hour traffic, I handed him over.

14 years.

My longest relationship.

My only experience of maternal love.

My constant companion.

My best friend.


Duck on The Sarah Silverman Program

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  • steve

    Very well written. Pets are amazing!

  • The Pet Matchmaker

    It's always hard to let them go. God bless you!

  • lynne

    lovely eulogy…a tear and a smile

  • Tom Mansfield

    Many prayers for your healing, and prayers for Duck's happiness at Rainbow Bridge.

  • notafan

    who knew silverman had a working heart.

    • jlg

      Lude yes but she is a real person with real feelings whether you see it or not

    • jean_luc_turbo

      Who knew that you still looked at people by your limited perceptions…

  • jlg

    Rip Duck. so sorry for your loss Sarah. What a beautiful tribute.

  • Keith Earle

    RIP Duck

  • Barbara Lovett

    Lovely tribute, Sarah,

  • Krista Lough

    RIP Duck. Play on, little buddy.

  • Anna Crosby

    Sarah, I hope you'll take a little comfort in knowing Duck will have loads of friends when he crosses the rainbow bridge: Buster, Rusty Boy, Peanut, Rye Dog, Buckwheat, Dooley, Ethel, Gracie, Buoy, Mopsy and Flopsy. He'll always miss you and when you miss him, touch your heart and he will always be there. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Kathie

    R.I.P. Duck, beautiful eulogy Sarah…..

  • Donica Fornero-Reese

    The Reese family is so very sorry for your loss and send your heart positive healing thoughts. We send love & light to Duck for his peaceful journey to the Rainbow Bridge where he will run & play until the two of you meet again.

  • late4game

    So sorry for your loss, Sarah. I had to put a beloved 11 year old Guide Dog, Courage, to sleep on the same day as you. Her blind mom was too sick to leave the house, and my heart broke as she was telling Courage good bye on the phone. It was gut wrenching. I raised Courage from a 7 week old puppy, and then stayed in contact with her "mom" when she graduated from guide dog school. Since her illness came on so quickly, she was never formally retired, so she died as she lived…in service to others. My heart breaks along with yours. Your tribute is beautiful, and Duck was a very lucky dog.

  • Maria Pryor-Gunther

    So sorry Sarah:-( I am in tears after reading your tribute to Duck. What a beautiful life he had…Bless you Sarah.

  • nspaso

    I am so sorry for your breaking heart. Try and take comfort in the fact that over the Rainbow Bridge, Duck is happy and healthy again. You were a good mom.

  • Daisy

    All dogs should be so loved for so long. A beautiful tribute, Sarah.

  • plm

    So sorry for your loss! Thank you for giving your love to your Duck!!! He had a wonderful life and a peaceful death!

  • AZheat

    7 weeks ago we had to let my husband's beloved Guide Dog Rusty go…the most difficult day of our lives. Like you, we held him close, talking, cuddling, and whispering to him, kissing his dear face and raining tears on him as we let him go.

    The grief is crushing sometimes, as is the difficulty in knowing he is really gone from this realm–but we believe his spirit is close, and I'm sure your dear little Duck's spirit will envelop you as well. This is when you realize that love really DOES live on. What a gift they are to us, but it is so very, very difficult to say good-bye.

    And for those who do not understand this depth of connection and pure LOVE–you know, the insensitive assholes that say "It's just a DOG…" F*&@ em. They'll never understand, but WE who are here do. Sending healing love and energy from Arizona.

  • angela

    I'm so sorry for your loss, I loved Doug on your show!!!

  • Lynn

    I have sent you on a journey to a land free from pain, not because I did not love you, but because I loved you too much to force you to stay.

    Take Time to Heal Now
    > Dying is the easier role
    > Returning Home to God, the angels
    > The spirit world of peace and love.
    > Our animal loved ones are there now
    > safe, whole, loved and ever loving.
    > It is in staying behind
    > on earth
    > feeling alone
    > without the animals we love so dearly
    > that is the harder role.
    > The anguish of it comes unbidden,
    > when least expected,
    > seemingly unending, inescapable,
    > dark hours of pain.
    > Yet relief from pain
    > and healing and growth are possible too
    > Nourishment and support
    > are all around
    > in people, the animals, the sun, the rivers
    > in forests, in flowers, in books, in tapes,
    > in pictures, in song, from angels, from God
    > and the strength and wisdom
    > of our own souls.
    > We must only open our hearts
    > to the love waiting to help us heal.
    > Pouring our love and care and nurturing
    > onto our animals
    > must shift now,
    > to loving and caring and nurturing ourselves.
    > It is time for us now.
    > As one who has loved so completely
    > so fully
    > You are just as important as the one who has died.
    > You do not dishonor your loved one
    > or their memory
    > by taking care of yourself.
    > Take time to heal now.
    > Make choices to grow now.
    > Love yourself as you love your animal.
    > Love yourself as your animal loves you.
    > ~ Teresa Wagner ~

  • AFF

    What a touching way to honor such a great friend. RIP Duck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503590994 Debra Reece Simons

    well, this did it for me. now the tears have come as anyone who has loved dearly and lost a best friend knows..

  • Darlyne Dolap-Reece

    Thank you for sharing your love and loss Sarah. I too lost my elderly fuzzy companion Yuki on August 15th of this year, and it's truly the little fuzzy things that he did that I miss. I share in our sorrow, and in that special loving bond that only owner and dog could have.

  • Mary

    I'm so sorry for your loss, Sarah. I've been in your shoes so many times and I know how painful of a loss it is, Duck was very lucky that you chose him from the shelter and loved him so much and for so long. I'm sure he died a happy dog, surrounding by so much love. Wishing that the wonderful memories soon wipe out the grief…

  • Garcia Nayeli

    Couldn't hold the tears. :( RIP Duck.. see you in rainbow bridge.

  • Silaio Wasbashas

    Sarah, as a fellow pet owner I can relate what you have gone through as I had to ease the suffering of pets I have had…. As long as they and yourself know that they was and is still loved in your heart you will never really lose them……

  • The Bile Ball

    God speed, Ducky boy.

  • Debbie Murphy

    So sorry for your loss. I feel your pain as I just lost our beloved Rottie. She was our baby sitter to my 3 sons as they grew up. Never letting any harm come to them and keeping her eye on our family. Such a sweet dog that asked for nothing in return but love and a treat! She was our "daughter", not just a "canine companion". I rescued her from a home of a woman that had medical issues, unable to care for her at 6mos. GOD BLESS DUCK and all our canine fur buddies. They are truly Angels here on earth.