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World’s Tallest Caterpillar

May 11, 2016
Morti McCurdy, 2004-2016 "World's Tallest Caterpillar"

Morti McCurdy, 2004-2016
“World’s Tallest Caterpillar”


Today is a sad one at our house. It probably would be a better idea if I didn’t even try to write, but I cannot help myself. The day looms for what it is – a day of physical separation looming, but also a day of gratitude for all the good times and mental pictures forever of Morti, 0ur little 10-pound, 12-year 0ld Shih Tzu canine son – and the smallest McCurdy family member – the high-pitch barking one that I shall always best remember as “the world’s tallest caterpillar.”

A couple of months ago, our vet discovered a small internal swelling near Morti’s rear left upper leg. The immediate prognosis was foreboding,  and time proved the worst. Morti has an inoperable cancer that has reached the point of inevitability. Our son Casey and I will be taking Morti back to the vet one last time at 2:00 PM today, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 for euthanasia. My wonderful wife Norma had to say her tearful goodbye to Morti this morning before leaving for a busy day at the hospital.

Today is the day that our little family has to say goodbye to our smallest canine channel of so much love and laughter, but it is far more than sadness that we embrace – again – today. It is the latest reminder of the stuff that really is important in life:

True Love is not a commodity that comes and goes with birth and death alone. Once given or received, Real Love – not appetite-driven love – is forever – because “God Is Love” – and God is also the name for every other source of eternally nutrient spiritual energy available to us, even when it comes bouncing through the door of our lives one golden moment day – looking like the “world’s tallest caterpillar.”

Goodbye, Sweet Morti McCurdy! – Our Love for You is Eternal too! – And you shall live forever in our hearts, especially in all shared smiling family moments that simply seem to find us when we most need them, no matter what.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 8:15 PM

The outcome of today’s ordeal is summarized in Part II of this report,

Morti’s Reprieve,  Thursday, May 12, 2016


Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas