Morti Died Today

MORTI McCURDY Born: February 3, 2004 Died: June 7, 2016 "GOD IS LOVE"

Born: February 16, 2004
Died: June 7, 2016


Morti died today. At exactly 10:45 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in the office of Dr. Marshall Ewald at the Kirkwood-Memorial Animal Clinic in west Houston.

Euthanasia became unavoidable once the bone cancer made it totally impossible for Morti to walk, eat, or even stay awake for long.

My son, Casey McCurdy, and I took Morti to his appointment together. I could not have handled it alone. Casey and Morti, as were my wife Norma and Morti, almost inseparable. Norma had to work and could not be with us this morning, but she also was mom and Morti’s chief nurse to the very last minute of her availability before leaving for the hospital and the needs of humans.

My last goodbye to Morti occurred in the moments prior to Dr. Ewald’s arrival in the treatment room. Morti’s eyes and mine met for the last time of so many familiar face-to-face occasions over the past twelve years. For the first time , however, I was aware of seeing the reflection of my 0wn face in both his eyes, as we kissed our goodbyes. It comforted me. Morti remains in our heart forever now through our memories of his playful little life – through his craving for and unlimited capacity for giving affection – and through the essence of him as true love itself in bounding barking, romping, furry to fuzzy form. It’s how he earned his eternal nickname in our house as – “the world’s tallest caterpillar.”

GRADUATION DAY PetSmart School August 2016

PetSmart School
August 2004

Morti, my beloved youngest son, in life, you were always the personification of joy, the everything vital, sweet, beautiful, sensitive, and yet strong little guy – and to very end, everything that this whole world needs to be – was to be more like you. Even the bone cancer could not defeat your strong heart, the damn disease had carried you to a point in which you might have lived on in a coma for weeks – or even months – because your powerful heart could not be defeated by the cancer alone. Maybe we should have named you for former Rockets Coach Rudy Tomjanovich. “Never underestimate the heart of a champion” fits you, Morti, as completely as it once fit our local, but world famous basketball championship coach, Mr. T.

Goodbye for now, Morti McCurdy! Today your soul flies on to wherever canine spirits next go, once their careers as loving human heart healers is done. For me, personally, the envisioned course is that same one taken across the summer skies of Houston by the Pecan Park Eagle, so many years ago, from my poem of the same name. In honor of the faith and hope that we shall be together again someday, I say goodbye for now  to you – you little winged dog soul specter – as you now streak the wild blue yonder as a spirit that fills the memories of my Houston summer sky on this day, from here to forever  – with love, faith, and hope – if only in my mind’s eye, heart, and soul you do fly – at this very moment in time –  over the biggest rainbow that awaits us all.

In closing for now, please allow me to humbly add this additional lifting air to the place beneath your wings. After all, you did the same for us – for over the twelve years we spent in your loving company. We are still with you in loving spirit, sweet Morti, and we always will be:

“To soar once more in spirit, like the Pecan Park Eagle,

High above the billowing clouds of a summer morning,

In flight destiny – to all that is bright and beautiful.”

~ excerpt, The Pecan Park Eagle by Bill McCurdy (1992)



Morti's Living Grave site Houston, Texas

Morti’s New Living Grave site
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Morti Romps In Greener Pastures Now.

Morti Romps In Greener Pastures Now.


Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas


17 Responses to “Morti Died Today”

  1. bobcopus Says:

    Sorry to hear this Bill. Sounds like Morti benefited greatly from having you, Norma, and Casey as loving owners. God Bless and peace be with you.

  2. materene Says:

    Bill, so sorry for the loss of a family member. I too know what it is to lose a good friend, like someone once said before ” they give more than they receive”. I think that sums up what man’s best friend really is. There was actually a time when our dogs were not dying from cancer but of just normal natural cause such as old age but this processed food, and lord knows what’s in it is the problem. I had a wonderful dog that was smarter than a lot of people I’ve known and she too died from cancer. I hope you get a new friend I’m sure there is another out there that needs the love.

  3. bluedeveil Says:

    Bill, that is a beautiful tribute to Morti. We are so sorry for your loss.

  4. Fred Soland Says:

    Sorry for your loss Bill. I know Morti was a cherished member of the family and that is tough. He is always with you in your heart.

  5. vdpittman Says:

    So sorry for your loss, Bill.

  6. Tom Hunter Says:

    Condolences, Bill. Especially poignant for me was the listing of Morti’s birthday. My dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Rockne, was born on February 16, 2008.

    There is an episode of the Twilight Zone entitled “The Hunt” about a man and his dog and Heaven that you may find consoling.

  7. Sam Says:

    My dear friend, I know the pain and sorrow you are presently experiencing. I know it all too well!!!

    Please take solace in the words of ― Irving Townsend

    “We who choose to surround ourselves
    with lives even more temporary than our
    own, live within a fragile circle;
    easily and often breached.
    Unable to accept its awful gaps,
    we would still live no other way.
    We cherish memory as the only
    certain immortality, never fully
    understanding the necessary plan.”

    Morti was so blessed to have received the care and love you, Norma and Casey bestowed up his life! And, he appreciated all that you and your family did for him! He was courageous and demonstrated the heart of a champion!

    I will miss his barking in the background during our phone conversations!

    Take care my friend,


  8. stanfromtacoma Says:

    I know the pain of losing a pet but I also know the joy of remembering how special all of my pets were in my life. RIP Morti.

  9. Doug S. Says:

    RIP Morti – may God help guide your family through your time of grief. Rest assured that Morti is at the Rainbow Bridge and cancer free now.

  10. Rob Sangster Says:

    Your gentle words touch the hearts of all, especially those of us who have shared a similar (none are the same) experience. My empathy is with you.

  11. Mickey Herskowitz Says:

    Bill, my heart goes out to you. Morti was precious and a beauty and I know — I’m sure nearly everyone knows — what you are feeling. You and your family were so fortunate to have had each other for those dozen years.

  12. Wayne Roberts Says:

    Bill, my heartfelt condolences to you. The bond between us and our pets is tight and tangible. Two weeks ago yesterday I lost my first Great Dane a day before her seventh birthday due to a sudden case of bloat (stomach twisting) even though her stomach had been tacked to prevent it. Danes have short lives, 9-10 years but this was too short. She was her happy bouncing self at 6:30pm and dead at 7:45pm…as we drove into the emergency vet’s parking lot. Her younger brother is not handling her loss well…nor am I. I grieve for her more than some human family members I’ve lost. Sounds bad, but she gave a lot more than they did. Bless our beasts.

  13. gregclucas Says:

    You have already heard from many pet owners. I concur with everything they have said. A dog that lives with its owners is a ver lucky animal, but the humans that have that dog in their lives are every bit just as lucky.

  14. Rick B. Says:

    My condolences to you and your family, Bill. I know how much love there is between humans and their animals. We had a beagle named Snoopy when I was a kId (can you guess my favorite cartoon?). One year we had an extreme cold front blow through, and the room in which he slept on an old love seat got to cold for him. He scratched at the door to my bedroom until I woke up and let him in, and then he waited for me to get back in bed before he hopped on the bed with me. He slept with me for two more cold nights; then, after the front had passed, he went back to his love seat in the spare room. Even as a kid, I was glad that he thought of me as a companion in the same way I did him and that he knew he could count on me.

  15. Bill McCurdy Says:

    Dear Friends and Thoughtful Readers of The Pecan Park Eagle,

    You have all been so kind and loving with your comments and emails. My family and I cannot thank each of you enough on the personal level.

    I’ve added one final picture that I yesterday Photo-Shoped into the Morti column. Now I’m going to let the visuals and writing about Morti go for a while. – I need to just loosen up and let this tide of mournful emotion within me find its natural flow to the surface.

    It always has been that way with me. It’s just the way I am. – Quick to take in. – Slow to let go. – The good – or the bad.

    As a family, we want to add special thanks to Morti’s wonderful vet, Dr. Marshall Ewald – and to his excellent and intuitive staff – for all their warm and highly professional care in the handling or Morti’s life care – and right to the very end. They were there for our little Morti – and for our family – we when all needed them most. We shall never forget any of you for all your little kindnesses, in good times and bad, you were there. All the way.along the way.

    Enough said. – It’s time to heal – and in the supported awareness and reminder from your comments that our current experience just happens to be one of our latest family times to travel through the significant loss process that all the rest of you also know by heart – and in a couple of instances, at least – from very recent painful personal experience with pets. Wayne, my sympathies go out to you especially over the recent loss of your eldest Great Dane, That’s a lot of dog-soul to miss at one time – and I feel your pain also.

    We are born to say goodbye. Love is it the thing that makes the trip worthwhile.

    Live for life. Love for life. Leave it all out there on the field of play,

    Thank you again, all – and God Bless You!

    Love and Peace, Bill

  16. Patricia Zimmerman Says:

    Oh so sorry for your and Norma’s and Casey’s loss. I know the feeling all to well as we experienced that back in August of 2015 when we lost our little majestic prince Mac. The hurt dulls but never goes away. God bless and RIP Morti

  17. Shirley Virdon Says:

    Bill, So sorry for your loss. I can feel your pain! We lost our precious Beau many years ago now, but he still lives in our hearts as he was a loving member of our family. He was a white toy poodle—-We have never replaced him, but we have Grand-dogs now—-They are blonde and black Labs and they love for us to visit as we always bring ” treats”!😍. Thinking of you.

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