Goodbye to the greatest dog that has ever lived: Perlita, 1993-2008

Alameda, CA - August 2007. On the morning of May 3rd, 2008, my best friend was euthanized after severe health issues made her life too miserable to go on. She was beautiful, intelligent, and had such a large personality that I am now left with a huge void in my life. She was a fierce protector (known as "Four Pounds of Fury"), who thought nothing of flinging herself at the face of a Doberman, Rottweiler, or any other big dog if she felt my safety was threatened (which it rarely was). She was famous: she did the dog noises voiceover for the Tim Burton film, "Ed Wood", starring Johnny Depp (see article). She also provided the hidden track at the end The Tantrums' "Motels" CD (and was pictured on the back). Perlita survived being mauled almost to death by raccoons in 2005, and surgery for a dislocated shoulder in 2007. She was the smartest dog I have ever known; her problem-solving abilities were legendary. She was the best. I loved her more than words can express.

  • Batman63 PRO 7y

    I'm sorry for your loss...I will have to see that movie again and listen for your dog's voice overs....She looks like quite a pal...


    -B63
  • The Real Devil Doll PRO 7y

    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the sympathy and understanding. You guys are awesome.
  • Erin Tyner 7y

    I'm so sorry that you have lost your little friend. Perlita was definitely a one of a kind! My deepest sympathies to you.
  • The Real Devil Doll PRO 7y

    Thank you.
  • Patrick PRO 7y

    so sorry. best wishes to you.
  • pintavelloso PRO 7y

    Wow an amazing dog! Who had an adventurous life! Our heart goes out to you! So sad=(
  • The Real Devil Doll PRO 7y

    PFEYH and PINTAVELLOSO, thank you very much.
  • Atomic Cactus 7y

    I just heard, I'm extremely sorry for your loss.
  • The Real Devil Doll PRO 7y

    ATOMIC CACTUS, thank you.
  • Happyshooter / Joe M PRO 7y

    I am so sorry for your loss... I cried with you. I have a very weak spot for our friends. I don't have any words of wisdom for you yet I wish I could say something soothing to heal your broken heart. This smart, beautiful dog had the fortune to spend her life with you when she was on this earth and you were lucky enough to receive all the unconditional love she was able to give you. It's unfortunate that we must learn to let go of the things we've leaned to love in this world. It's inevitable yet it is a very difficult thing to accept. Cherish the beautiful memories you've created together and believe that she is now with you every moment spiritually. She is looking down at you feeling no pain, once again she is that happy dog herself you remember very well. She is feeling very happy, not remorseful at all, jumping, playing and loving being together with others. I can hear her thanking you for the wonderful life you've given her when she was together with you and you know she won't forget none of the precious time she spent with you because YOU were also HER best friend. God bless.
  • The Real Devil Doll PRO 7y

    Joe, thank you so much for your kind, heartfelt words and sympathy. I also believe that she is still here with me, and it brings me comfort, even though I miss her terribly.
  • Vintage Roadside PRO 7y

    So sorry to read this. Good thoughts your way.
  • Marc Evans PRO 7y

    I am so sorry to learn of your beloved friends passing. May The Four Winds blow her safely home.
  • The Real Devil Doll PRO 7y

    VINTAGE ROADSIDE and CLEARLIGHT1971, thank you for the condolences.
  • Stephanie Manuel PRO 7y

    Sorry about your poor baby. It's hard to lose an animal.
  • The Real Devil Doll PRO 7y

    It sure is. : (

    Thank you.
  • Monica and Rob 7y

    Awww I am so sorry!!! :(
  • aliywhilly 7y

    ooohhhhh...so sorry!!!


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  • beach_huts 3y

    What lovely memories for you! Just feel glad that you were the one who was able to share her life with her!
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