Murphy "Murph" Collins, February 21, 1998 -- September 16, 2009|
At approximately 7:15 p.m., Wednesday night, as the sun was beginning to set, September 16th, 2009, loveable, loyal, faithful Murphy "Murph" Collins departed this life in Georgetown / Sun City, Texas. He was born Saturday, February 21st, 1998, in Whitney Point, New York. In "people years" he was 11 years, 6 months, 26 days old. (The general "rule of thumb" regarding "dog years" to "human years" was believed to be 7 to 1. However, scientific data now suggests that ratio to be lower during a dog's early years.) We calculate that Murphy's age would probably be about 70 years old.
Murphy joined our family during Easter Week, April 1998, in Binghamton / Chenango Bridge, New York. He quickly adapted to the Collins household along with "Bubba" the cat. He enjoyed taking long walks in the neighborhood. It was there that Murphy first "attended" obedience school. Even though Murph was "neutered," he was all boy! There was no question as to the type of his breed: He was a Labrador Retriever. He traveled with us to our yearly summer vacations in Canada. "Labs" are known for their ability to swim; it was in Canada where he finally got his swimming legs.
In August 2001, the Collins family moved into their home in Sun City, Texas. He quickly adjusted to the warmer climate and being able to spend plenty of time in his backyard. He traveled to Pensacola, Florida, for Kyrie's graduation. Later, Murphy frolicked on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, on another vacation with his "Mom" and "Dad."
Murphy loved his treats and his appetite never seemed to be satisfied. He was fond of riding in the car with the windows open. Yet, certain sounds did bother him such as thunderstorms, fireworks, and "howling" winds. Nail trimmings and baths were activities that he would often try to resist as well.
In so many ways, he was the best dog ever! He always demonstrated unconditional love. Just his presence in our home was a joy to behold. He could "work" any room and become the center of attention.
Eventually due to his health and age, he began to slow down. We deeply appreciate Dr. Koy's help and attentiveness as we put Murphy into a "doggy hospice program." We were able to share another year and one-half with Murphy.
Murphy leaves behind his family to remember all the wonderful moments shared together over these very blessed years of his life: Michael & Judy Collins, his "parents," Sun City, TX; Kyrie Collins, his "sister," Houston, TX; Kevin & Melody Collins, his "brother" & "sister-in-law," Wyoming, PA; and Caleb Collins, his "nephew," Wyoming, PA.
Do all dogs go to Heaven? We might never receive the answer to this query in this life. If there is truly a Dog Heaven or if dogs are in Heaven, there is no question Murphy is already there!