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Goodbye, Chocolate Chunk

We said goodbye to Chocolate Chunk, our CC girl, last week. For days, we were in shock. I think we’re still in shock. We echoed the same sentiment over and over: She’s gone. I can’t believe she’s gone. She was 11 years old.

Today, I want to celebrate the dog that she was – the matriarch of our family, an instrumental part of our family unit. She was the peacemaker, the caregiver, the lover. She sat like a human, outstretched legs, floppy belly and all. Her Pittie grin had the capability to take on Grinch-like qualities (you know, like when his heart grew three sizes?). She made a dog lover out of those who swore they don’t love dogs. She made everyone – everyone! – smile.

How CC got her name

After an exhaustive search looking for an adopted sibling for Jack, a friend texted us the bio for a pup named Trea. She said, this is Jack’s dog. Trea had been with a foster family for a long while, had even been adopted (and returned!), and was looking for a forever home. The first line of her description on the adoption landing page read:

You’re going to fall in love with this sweet chocolate chunk!

We set up a meet-and-greet with Trea and Jack the next day. And unlike all the other potential dogs that Jack sniffed, shrugged and walked away from, he pounced! Jack and Trea ran in circles, lapped at each others’ bellies, nose-bumped and, eventually, collapsed into a puppy pile. Jack chose Trea. Trea chose Jack. We saw that they could barely contain their love, and we signed those adoption papers on the spot. We told Trea, welcome to our family, you sweet chocolate chunk! And then, CC came home with us.

That was 6 years ago.

We feel so lucky that Jack chose CC, that we had 6 years of joy and laughter with CC, but more importantly, that Jack and CC had each other. They were bonded from the start, and Jack was the only dog that CC ever loved. We learned that quickly; no other dog held her attention or received her affection. She only had eyes for her big brother. Together, they were a duo of breed ambassadors to be reckoned with.

CC Fun Facts

  • Her nickname was any variation of ‘Mom’. As in, Momma CC, Mommers, Mommy. (We very rarely called her CC!)
  • CC was a cancer survivor. Her long tail was amputated after a suspicious group of cells were discovered during a check-up. Her nubby bottom suited her well, don’t you think?
  • She reminded everyone of something. She was a potato, a Tootsie Roll, a piglet. Lucy would see a hippo at the zoo, point and giggle. It’s CC, mommy!
  • She never greeted a visitor by jumping on them, instead choosing to charm them with her wiggly nub and a snort.
  • Every evening, we read a bedtime story to Lucy – and CC.

Our girl can never be replaced. There are holes in our hearts that need time to heal and a numbness that is only beginning to subside. She radiated warmth, and I crave the feeling of her soft ears, wet nose and pink tummy. Lucy is aware that she is missing, and she’s slowly starting to understand that she won’t be back. She says, CC is sleeping with Jackie now.

Her last night with us, we had piled onto the couch, business as usual. Scott and I joked that she was being extra snuggly, burrowing deeper into the blanket, peeking her head up only to get a better sniff of my drink, or to give us a lazy wink. That same night, we awoke to the sound of her last breaths. We hugged her and cried and hugged her again and cried some more. We feel peace in knowing it was painless, in knowing her own broken heart has healed, in knowing she’s with Jack again.

Goodnight, Mommers. We’ll love you always.

PS: CC’s Gotcha Day story is right here, if you’d like to see, and here’s a video to make you smile.

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  • whitney6.22.20 - 5:32 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You gave her a beautiful life.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa6.22.20 - 5:37 AM

    I’m so sorry for your lost. I felt connected to CC just seeing  her on the blog. From this dog momma sending you comfort and peace at this time.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Blair6.22.20 - 6:20 AM

    She was clearly so loved. I’m so sorry for your loss 💔ReplyCancel

  • GJ6.22.20 - 6:46 AM

    ❤️💔❤️ReplyCancel

  • Karen T.6.22.20 - 7:19 AM

    Oh no!! I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Em6.22.20 - 7:38 AM

    I know how much CC was loved and I know how empty your home feels now. Thanks for sharing your love of your pups with us! ReplyCancel

  • Bridgid6.22.20 - 7:43 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear about CC. From the day she met you, she was the luckiest chunk ever. She never looked back at the less than stellar start to her life because of all you did for and with her. Thanks for loving her and giving her such a great life. ❤️ B ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.22.20 - 8:35 AM

      We owe you a million thank yous for sharing her with us! Our life was never the same after we met her, and you gave us that gift.ReplyCancel

  • meredith6.22.20 - 8:07 AM

    So, so sorry for your loss. ReplyCancel

  • KB6.22.20 - 8:10 AM

    I gasped. I’m so sorry. What a sweetie she was, and a wonderful life you gave her. ReplyCancel

  • Lori6.22.20 - 8:11 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I’m really going to miss her adorable expressive face in your posts.ReplyCancel

  • lak6.22.20 - 8:16 AM

    So sorry for the loss of your beloved “CC”.  I always enjoyed seeing her in the photos regardless of what you were really photographing.  You gave her a wonderful home and terrific life!  Nothing can be better than that.  Thank you for  sharing her with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy6.22.20 - 8:16 AM

    My heart aches. I’m so sorry for your family’s tremendous loss. ReplyCancel

  • holly6.22.20 - 8:18 AM

    My heart goes out to you all…never enough words to convey empathy.  Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories of her.    ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Simon6.22.20 - 8:24 AM

    Sending lots of love to you all. We lost our two senior dogs this year as well. We don’t deserve dogs, but I’m so glad they choose us. ReplyCancel

  • Mj6.22.20 - 8:24 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. 💔ReplyCancel

  • Victoria6.22.20 - 8:30 AM

    The time we have with these puppers is never long enough. She was as lucky to have you as you were to have her. Thinking of you through this very difficult time. ♥️ReplyCancel

  • Rachel6.22.20 - 8:46 AM

    I’m crying. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful member of your family. Sending love and hugs to all of you! Having once lost both of ours within 7 months of each other I’m imagining the hole in your household right now <3ReplyCancel

  • Danielle6.22.20 - 8:47 AM

    What a beautiful tribute to the unique, loving, beautiful, and spunky CC. I can’t begin to imagine the loss in CC and Jack passing so close to each other, but it’s clear that they both had a home in the truest sense of the word with your little family. Thank you for sharing these heart melting pictures with us. I hope that after the numbness and hurt passes, they can provide you with joyful, sweet memories. You certainly provided sweet, joyful lives for your pups.ReplyCancel

  • Becky wolf6.22.20 - 9:04 AM

    Such a beautiful tribute to your “CC”… she also chose your family too! You gave her the best years of her life. Treasure the memories.❤️ReplyCancel

  • Christina6.22.20 - 9:07 AM

    CC was the greatest! Her sweet face, her soft little belly. That bath video gets me every time. My dog sits like a human too, and I will never get used to it-  it makes me giggle every time. Our girl turns 9 this year (we think – rescue dog life!) and I get anxious thinking about this day, which I know is coming. I will squeeze her a little extra hard today. Dogs’ lives are never long enough. 
    I’m so glad CC went peacefully, and that she’s with Jack and Libby now. I’m so so so glad that she was adored and cared for by your family. What a lucky doggo. Sending you guys ALL the love this week. ReplyCancel

  • Jim O'Neill6.22.20 - 9:08 AM

    Scott & Kim, so sorry for this loss. First Jack and now CC….. My heart weeps for both of you. ReplyCancel

  • Angela6.22.20 - 9:30 AM

    My heart breaks for you. Our furbabies are treasured members of our families and their loss resonates deeply. ReplyCancel

  • Janie6.22.20 - 9:39 AM

    Soooo loving this tribute to your momma cc. I feel for you and hope it gets easier. ReplyCancel

  • Jaime6.22.20 - 9:48 AM

    So sorry for your loss. Your family has had a tough time with the losses of your pets, my heart hurts for you. May she be running free and cuddling with Jack to her hearts content.ReplyCancel

  • Erin6.22.20 - 9:49 AM

    Oh I’m so sad! I’m glad cc had you all!ReplyCancel

  • Toni6.22.20 - 9:50 AM

    So sorry for your loss of your precious fur baby😢💔ReplyCancel

  • Jessica6.22.20 - 10:15 AM

    Oh my goodness. Your words are as beautiful as CC’s presence. I’m so very sorry for your loss. 
    Happy that CC is back with her Jack. 💜🌈ReplyCancel

  • mockginger6.22.20 - 10:20 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sobbing reading this post and knowing the emptiness you feel right now. Sending all my love your way. <3ReplyCancel

  • Wendy6.22.20 - 11:30 AM

    Sending so much love to you all. ReplyCancel

  • Krissy6.22.20 - 11:51 AM

    Sending you the most love and the warmest hugs. How lucky all of you were to have loved each other so hard, jack & cc forever <3ReplyCancel

  • Lynn6.22.20 - 12:08 PM

    So sorry for your loss and yet so happy for all the love CC brought to you all.❤️ReplyCancel

  • Sally6.22.20 - 12:39 PM

    I am so incredibly sorry for your family and your loss! I can’t imagine the pain you all have been through this year with losing both of your sweet pups. Just before your post about losing Jack, we found out our sweet boy had a brain tumor, and we had to let him go a few weeks later. He was only 7. It is soul crushing, and I can’t imagine going through it twice so close together. I swear losing a pittie is so hard partly because they love so hard. I love the pictures of CC with Lucy. Our daughter was born last month and it breaks our hearts that she never will get to know her furry big brother. I hope your families sweet memories of them both brings some small comfort. They were both so loved and are surely together again now. ReplyCancel

  • Sam6.22.20 - 12:44 PM

    Our two pitties “chose” each other too (10 yrs & 5 yrs old).  My heart goes out to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Ana Fabella6.22.20 - 1:31 PM

    CC will be so missed. She was so beautiful. ReplyCancel

  • Tara6.22.20 - 3:17 PM

    I’m so so sorry. I saw on Insta that this post was coming and almost didn’t want to read it, knowing it would be sad. You have a wonderful tribute to your sweet 4-legged lady. Your blog will feel a bit empty without her. Sending your family comfort as you grieve the loss of your pets. We animal lovers understand and I hope you feel the collective love everyone is sending to you. ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Kim B,6.22.20 - 3:36 PM

    I am so so sorry for your loss.  And following so soon on the heels of losing Jack.  I am so so sorry and so glad that you had a beautiful life together with them for so long.  Sending big hugs, ReplyCancel

  • SG6.22.20 - 3:55 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Hugs to all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn6.22.20 - 5:47 PM

    I cannot imagine the pain in your hearts having lost all four of your furry loves. Please snuggle Lucy tight and know we are all thinking of you and feeling your pain from afar. ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.22.20 - 6:50 PM

      Thank you, our family feels so… small.ReplyCancel

  • Erin6.22.20 - 6:00 PM

    Oh, you guys! I’m so so sorry for your loss. Such sweet photos. ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Yessenia M.6.22.20 - 8:16 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. 💔ReplyCancel

  • Lisa6.22.20 - 9:20 PM

    You made me cry. What a lucky dog, and what a lucky family, to have so much love.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia6.22.20 - 10:02 PM

    Such a beautiful story about CC (and Jack). My Mutti just lost her beloved Coco Chanelly Belly. She’s devastated. She doesn’t do well alone. I understand that love. May your memories bring you comfort❤️ReplyCancel

  • Jen6.22.20 - 10:39 PM

    I hope it brings a measure of peace knowing she’s with her beloved Jack again.  ReplyCancel

  • Rayna6.23.20 - 2:02 AM

    Jack and CC were so lucky to find so much love in your family. Sending healing thoughts your way…ReplyCancel

  • Tails Around the Ranch6.23.20 - 8:34 AM

    As a huge fan of ‘pibble’ dogs, my heart just aches for your loss. Hopefully the tender memories you shared in those 6 years provide some measure of comfort. Thinking of you and sending thoughts of peace and comfort. ☮︎ReplyCancel

  • Victoria6.23.20 - 9:52 AM

    So sorry for your loss….pitties have a special place in angels hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Carswell6.23.20 - 10:23 AM

    Oh my gosh – you have really had a full season of loss. You all must be reeling. 
    I recently lost my cat suddenly – here one moment and quite literally gone five minutes later with no warning. I can sympathize with the shock of such a sudden passing. The only silver lining is knowing they didn’t suffer a long decline or painful illness. 
    We can only be thankful for the time they shared our lives and the love they so graciously bestow on us. My condolences to you. ReplyCancel

  • at home with ashley6.23.20 - 10:33 AM

    I’m so sorry you lost your good girl. ReplyCancel

  • Liz6.23.20 - 11:33 AM

    I’m so heartbroken for your family. CC just seemed like the most special pupper. I’m so glad she had you guys for more than half her life. I know she and Jack must be ecstatic to be reunited. Sending you all peace <3 ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB6.23.20 - 6:25 PM

    Awe, that’s crummy news. Sending hugs to you guys <3ReplyCancel

  • Susan Wodicka6.23.20 - 6:43 PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Chocolate Chunk.  Forever and always in your hearts.  Until you meet again~~   <3 <3 <3 <3 ReplyCancel

  • Gayle6.26.20 - 12:17 PM

    Aww Im so very sorry…what an amazing dog she was with a great forever homeReplyCancel

  • Megan6.27.20 - 11:27 PM

    I had to wait a few days to read this, so sad with your family. I’m sorry you lost your sweet girl ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Abby P6.28.20 - 2:13 PM

    What a beautifully written tribute to CC. I am so sorry for your loss. There is nothing quite like the love of and for a pup. ReplyCancel

  • Claire6.28.20 - 2:59 PM

    Your tribute brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful life you all gave one another. Thank you for sharing her story with us. ReplyCancel

  • HILLARY A MUELLECK6.28.20 - 7:30 PM

    That last paragraph is what got me.. we’ll miss you CC!!ReplyCancel

  • Maddy6.29.20 - 11:29 AM

    I’m so sorry for all of your losses. Reading you blog and following your Instagram with CC and Jack definitely pushed me to adopt a pittie and I can’t thank you all enough for being the best breed ambassadors out there. ReplyCancel

    • Scott6.29.20 - 12:59 PM

      Thanks so much for the kind words and we’re so thrilled to have even the slightest influence over your decision to bring a pittie into your home!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi Chamberlain7.6.20 - 2:16 PM

    I don’t even remember how or when I discovered YBH, but the minute I saw those pups I said, “these are my people.” I cried when you lost Jack, and now I cry again at the loss of your sweet CC. May time heal your broken hearts. ReplyCancel

  • Amanda7.6.20 - 6:41 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was the cutest chunky tootsie roll pittie angel! Thanks for giving her a great life ReplyCancel

  • Becky7.13.20 - 8:49 AM

    Oh boy, this news stopped me in my tracks. The loss of one dog is so incredibly difficult, but to go through this twice in such a short period of time…my heart is breaking for all of you. Wishing you lots of healing time and many happy CC (and Jack) stories you’ll continue to tell for years to come.ReplyCancel

  • Sara7.13.20 - 12:22 PM

    I know I’m late to this, but I am so, so sorry. This is just a beautiful tribute. You certainly made her life a wonderful thing after her early years. She clearly knew she was loved and cherished.ReplyCancel

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