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Gary Longfellow Draplin, Dec. 28th, 2004 - August 4th, 2010

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A SAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Leigh and I gave Gary back to the universe Wednesday morning here in Traverse City.

That’s the best way to put it, really. A long time coming since his spinal chord rupture last September, it just felt right to do it back home.

We gave it a good fight these last 11 months. Things just weren’t the same anymore. His injury was just too much of a game changer.

He’s buried in the doggie cemetery on my parent’s property in a box Dad made for him. I carved his name into the little lid. Wrapped him up in his favorite blanket with a tennis ball and the only stuffed animal he didn’t completely rip to shit.

He had a good run.

Gary was 5-1/2 years old.

Think about the little man and smile. Think about that bark of his. Good lord.

Thank you to everyone who left a nice note on Facebook or wrote in. I sent a little notice to all his buddies yesterday and thank all of you for writing back.

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Our first photo of the little man.

Our favorite shot of Garold. Shot by Nakamoto.

How he’d catch some shut-eye. DDC “Pants Optional” policy in effect.

How I used to hold the little man.

Exhibiting his plush, healthy coat.

Proud son to pretty Leigh.

Making nice with Uncle Coyle.

His record-setting tootsie roll.

With trainer Eric Lovejoy. They got off to a slow start.

No endorsements from Milk Bone.

Up close Gary nose.

Just chillin’.

Those diapers never stood a chance. A losing battle.

Gary at his favorite park.

Gray hairs, starting to come in.

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OUR OFFICIAL “GARY” MOVING PICTURE: Ewan made a little tribute movie for the G-Unit. Here it is:

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01. His breath smelled like earthworms or trash. Or both.
02. His coat smelled like maple syrup. I shit you not.
03. He had a soul-piercing bark. Just loud as shit.
04. He had a bone to pick with the USPS.
05. At his heaviest, he was 7.5 pounds.
06. He had the cutest paws. Ever.
07. After he was fixed, we kept his balls for six months in the fridge.
08. Like two instances of fleas.
09. One time he ate a bag of chocolate cookies and swelled up.
10. He was fast as hell. Man, he could run.
11. Loved tennis balls. Both big and mini ones.
12. Destroyed any/all stuffed animals with a record-setting fury.
13. One time he got caught in the arm of my Carhartt jacket.
14. He hated cats. Couldn’t argue with that one.
15. Man, his bark was loud. Too loud.
16. His little “begging prairie dog” stance would melt you.
17. He did great in the car.
18. He loved to sleep right up against you. All hot and shit.
19. One time he puked while sleeping up against me. 4:30am.
20. He didn’t like getting his nails trimmed. Like any dog does.
21. Took on a couple big dogs. And lost.
22. Set us back for $350. The right price.
23. Never took to any of the vets who looked him over. Not one.
24. Took precisely three minute 42 seconds to warm up to you.
25. Had a good, strong pissing stream before the injury.
26. Loved to play tug-a-war, growling the whole time.
27. Certified World Champion Miniature Smooth Red Dachshund.

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ONE LAST LINE: We’ll miss you, buddy.

There Are 103 Comments

Nooooo! :( Oh, man. I never met Gary. But through your many tributes to Gary here and elsewhere I almost feel I knew him. I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn‚€™t know he was ill until I stumbled across your video on Vimeo. I was so glad to see he was recuperating.

You have my most heartfelt condolences. It is a testament to your love of the little guy, and your generosity of spirit to share your life with him here, that your announcement moved me to tears.

Rest in peace, li‚€™l fella. My heart goes out to you, Aaron.

Posted by: Abby on 08/05/10 at 10:12 PM

Sorry to hear :(
One of the kings of the king of the breeds.

Posted by: Ryan on 08/05/10 at 10:14 PM

Godspeed little G-dude. Your awesomeness knew no borders. My thoughts go out to his humans.

Posted by: gary b on 08/05/10 at 10:42 PM

R.I.P Gary.

Posted by: Michaylira on 08/05/10 at 10:54 PM

I too never got the opportunity to meet Gary, but it really has been great getting to know him through your digital world. He will truly be missed. Luckily, memories are stubborn things, too.

Posted by: Andy Westbrock on 08/05/10 at 11:47 PM

Good night, sweet prince.

Posted by: Nate on 08/05/10 at 11:57 PM

R.I.P. Gary

Posted by: Gerrit on 08/06/10 at 12:04 AM

Oh fuck Gary is a badass. There is just so much proof.

Thanks for being a part of this life.

Posted by: Raymond on 08/06/10 at 12:29 AM

Dogs truly are man’s best friend. And losing a true friend is never easy. You were lucky as hell to have the time you did with him. Take care of yourself.

Posted by: Chris on 08/06/10 at 12:37 AM

Sounds like he was an amazing piece of the universe indeed.

Posted by: Josh on 08/06/10 at 12:49 AM

Wow. Feeling for you today. Losing Willamina just over a year ago is still fresh in my mind so I know where you’re at. Louise Wiener barks a little love too.


Posted by: dano on 08/06/10 at 1:25 AM

All Dogs Go To Heaven, Gary: give ‘em hell!!

The world is a little quieter now that Gary is ruling the roost in heaven.

I will never forget you, my sweet boy. You put the ‘grand’ in GrandDog!

Posted by: momma d. on 08/06/10 at 2:18 AM

tore me up. sorry drap.

Posted by: todd on 08/06/10 at 4:37 AM

Very sorry for your lose. The stories about him on this blog always brought a smile to my face. RIP Gary

Posted by: Harpey on 08/06/10 at 5:53 AM

I am so very sorry to hear about Gary.

He was a great gift to you and you cherished every moment with him, you loved that little guy, making him so happy.

He will be remembered forever, and in our hearts always.

I had to put my pup to sleep a while back, the hardest thing I ever had to do, but he was in my arms when he took his last breath.

Hang in there man, thoughts and prayers are with you in this time.

Gary may you rest in peace.

Posted by: Nick on 08/06/10 at 6:00 AM

Aww, man. I’m sorry to hear the rough news. Stay strong. One tough and well traveled pooch. We should all be so lucky as to have a “Gary” in our life.

Posted by: Gene Ullery-Smith on 08/06/10 at 6:02 AM

So sorry to hear that, Aaron. He was a good little dude. I hope you guys are holding up.

Posted by: Reilly Brennan on 08/06/10 at 6:10 AM

Oh man. Very sorry to hear the news, Aaron. It has been a pleasure getting to know the little guy through your designs and posts, through which he will be remembered. Stay strong, bro.

Posted by: James White on 08/06/10 at 6:17 AM

I wrapped my pup in her favorite blanket, too, when I buried her. You were a good dad. I’m very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Jesse R Ewing on 08/06/10 at 6:19 AM

There are no words… So sad man. I’m sorry. Stay strong!

Posted by: jonathan on 08/06/10 at 6:22 AM

Oh man, so sorry for your loss, I know it must have been tough as hell. Hang in there.

Posted by: Mike in Cincy on 08/06/10 at 6:23 AM

Sad news, man. That’s some tough dealing but he’s probably runnin’ all over the place now. RIP.

Posted by: Pete on 08/06/10 at 6:28 AM

Long may you bark, Gary. You were a great dog, and you will be missed.

Posted by: Joseph Hughes on 08/06/10 at 6:31 AM

Sorry to hear the sad news, what a great life you gave the little dude. Some of the best friends we have in life are 4 legged. My condolences to you and all that new the little guy.

Posted by: Daron on 08/06/10 at 6:33 AM

King of King’s right there… Sorry to hear the bad news man.

Posted by: Streger on 08/06/10 at 6:37 AM

Poor little guy, He had a loved life. Sad I never got to meet him. You guys should be proud for having given him such a wonderful experience in this world, RIP Gary.

Posted by: Gregory Hubacek on 08/06/10 at 6:48 AM

Three things I know about Draplin:
1. His Design is great.
2. He‚€™s honest.
3. He loved his dog.

Posted by: Josh on 08/06/10 at 6:51 AM

Man, what a bummer. Sadly, I can relate to the feeling of having to help an animal out of its misery. It’s never easy, but they really do somehow stay by your side even after. Thinking good thoughts for ya, man!

Posted by: Matt Fetterley on 08/06/10 at 7:27 AM

G, you lived large little man.

Posted by: Nate on 08/06/10 at 7:28 AM


I have two dachshunds and once you are initially trapped by their gaze, it is a permanent love affair with them.

R.I.P Gary.

Posted by: Alvin on 08/06/10 at 7:42 AM

Goodbye Gary! You will be sorely missed.

I remember many hours of tennis ball fetch at DDC HQ in NE Portland. I remember your vicious bark at any newcomer, and then the quick turnaround with slobbery kisses to anyone who gave you attention.

Here is a Flickr set of photos taken on a sunny day in Portland with Gary showing off his amazing tennis ball fetching skills.

Posted by: Cameron Barrett on 08/06/10 at 7:54 AM

Sorry to hear he’s off to greener pastures, chasing whatever, doing whatever in the grass and barking like hell at mailmen. He’s in good company, Loved dogs go there.

Posted by: Skegger on 08/06/10 at 8:26 AM

i am honored to have watched the little shit. my first beer today will be for him. stay strong

Posted by: finkinkt-s on 08/06/10 at 8:29 AM

Best wishes to the Gary family and to brighter days ahead.

Posted by: Cory Remjeske on 08/06/10 at 8:45 AM

Sad day indeed. Wish I’d met the lil feller. Great photos (and memories) for you to cherrish!
Best to you.

Posted by: Greg on 08/06/10 at 9:02 AM

Goodspeed Gary Draplin. Condolences to you Aaron, and to all who knew Gary through photos or being barked at.

Posted by: Andy on 08/06/10 at 9:06 AM

Reading this, I am practically in tears man. I can’t imagine loosing my 9 month puppy. What is it about these creatures that capture our hearts so much? I feel your pain man, and I am sorry. I think you did the right thing and thank you for doing it at the right place. Big bear hug to you.

Posted by: Eric W on 08/06/10 at 9:35 AM

Bye Gary. Love you.

Posted by: Geoff on 08/06/10 at 9:41 AM

Again Draplin, mine and Kara’s hearts go out to you. I downed a drink in his honor last night. May he keep whatever forces attend to this cosmic stew on their toes. Into the mystic Mr. Longfellow, into the mystic.

Posted by: Mike Kirkpatrick on 08/06/10 at 9:50 AM

Man, so sorry to hear this. Gary, seemed like one badass pup. My condolences Draplin.

Posted by: Matt Braun on 08/06/10 at 10:06 AM

RIP Gary. He looked like quite a character. Our beloved family dog was a dachshund we kept alive a few too many years longer than we should have, but it was too painful to let him go back to the universe.

My best friend, who passed away 19 months ago, is survived by his dachshund and I feel his spirit still lives on in that short little guy.

Posted by: The Guilty Carnivore on 08/06/10 at 10:08 AM

Your pup will be remembered by even those who never knew him. A fine testament to Gary’s life and more importantly the love your family gave him. Sorry for your lose.

Posted by: Justin Cravalho on 08/06/10 at 10:30 AM

I never met him but I sure enjoyed his presence on the Draplin website…RIP Gary

Posted by: Joshua on 08/06/10 at 10:37 AM

So sad to hear. I nearly lost my dog a few weeks ago. He is still here, but those days when he almost didn’t make it were so sad. I can imagine what you are going through. Sorry for your lose.

Posted by: Javier on 08/06/10 at 10:43 AM

Farewell, brave Gary. May you forever guide our way from the Great Doggie Gig In The Sky.

Posted by: Kent Hernandez on 08/06/10 at 10:44 AM

Goddammit. Rest in peace, little weiner.

Posted by: Tim Lahan on 08/06/10 at 10:58 AM

RIP Gary. My condolences go out to the whole DDC operation. Gone but not forgotten.

Posted by: Tim Kapustka on 08/06/10 at 11:11 AM

Man, so sorry to hear this, Aaron. Must sting like hell.

- Michael (Kurt’s friend, who you said with in Chicago a few years back)

Posted by: michael on 08/06/10 at 11:14 AM

Rip little guy.

Posted by: A_smith on 08/06/10 at 11:16 AM

Hey Aaron, so sorry to hear about Gary. Glad I got to meet the little guy on an occasion or two. I had to put down Evad last year and it was the absolute pits. May both their memories long endure. My heart goes out to you brother.

Posted by: Adam Haynes on 08/06/10 at 11:39 AM

Gary and I shared a birthday…sorry Draplin…hope you and Leigh are doing ok. xo

Posted by: Tara White on 08/06/10 at 11:58 AM

Man. There are no words. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting the long guy, I feel like I have lost one of my own. My most sincere condolences to you and yours.

Posted by: Rae Alexis on 08/06/10 at 12:09 PM

Most heartfelt condolences. Gary was a true warrior. Class act. Can’t be beat. He will be missed, but never forgotten, and I smile when I think of all the fun and mischief he is getting into up there.

Posted by: huckleberryhart on 08/06/10 at 12:22 PM

Hopefully Gary is now running and playing with Maggie, Taz, Susie, and Blitzen. Yes, I had a bad ass German Shepard named Blitzen. He was my best friend growing up. I will never forget him. Take care Aaron. -Tim (patron of your designs)

Posted by: Tim on 08/06/10 at 12:35 PM

It’s never easy, I’m sorry you had to make that decision. Gary was legendary and will live on. Rest in Peace Mr. Gary.

Best to the Draplin family.

Posted by: Brian on 08/06/10 at 1:22 PM

So Sorry for your loss.

Posted by: James on 08/06/10 at 1:23 PM

Sorry to hear this.

Posted by: John Allen on 08/06/10 at 1:43 PM

Sorry to hear about your loss. Even though I never new him personally, I had mad love for the little fellow.

Peace out G-Unit.

Posted by: Brent on 08/06/10 at 2:00 PM

So sorry for your loss. RIP Gary!

Posted by: Clint on 08/06/10 at 2:04 PM

Deepest sympathies from ours to yours.

Posted by: Cam on 08/06/10 at 2:13 PM

Rest in Peace little homey.

Posted by: Dave on 08/06/10 at 2:20 PM

Gary held on long enough for the dog days of summer.

Posted by: Chris on 08/06/10 at 2:22 PM

Cam told me about the sad news. I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Bonnie Barrett on 08/06/10 at 2:27 PM

R.I.P Gary

Posted by: max on 08/06/10 at 3:04 PM

So sorry to hear about this. No one could doubt how much you loved the little guy. He was a lucky dog to be cared for that much.

Posted by: Patrick on 08/06/10 at 4:12 PM

shit. sorry to hear this. My condolences.

You’ve ruined me forever. Each and every time I see a dachshund, I can’t help but hear ‘King of Breeds’ in my head.

Posted by: Casey on 08/06/10 at 4:16 PM


Stew told me about your loss.

I am so sad and sorry to hear about Gary!

If there is anything DailyDoggie can do, please let me know!

Our prayers are with you and Leigh.

We know he’s in a good place with no pain, lots of doggie bones, tennis balls, and stuffed animals to tear to shit.

All our love,

Jacque and Stew

Posted by: DailyDoggie on 08/06/10 at 8:09 PM

Man sorry about the news. Following your journey with Gary over the past couple years has been a great read and brightened many a day of mine.

Posted by: Jerms on 08/06/10 at 9:58 PM

Wow, that sucks. Our condolences man. Long live Gary!

Posted by: NastyJames on 08/07/10 at 5:18 AM

R.I.P. little man. “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

Posted by: Greg Meehan on 08/07/10 at 6:14 AM

We’re all choked up here at Ft. Ryno. Remember’n that little fucker curled up right between my ankles and my asshole while I conked on yr couch. And his skull-splitting bark first thing in the morning. Maybelle sends her greatest sympathies and knows she’ll be chasing his extended angelic torso around that ol’ dog park in the sky somewhere down the trail.
Godspeed, little G.

Posted by: Ryno on 08/07/10 at 7:51 AM

Very sorry and sad about your loss, Aaron. This too shall be made right.

Posted by: Matt C. on 08/07/10 at 8:53 AM

Very sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Brad on 08/07/10 at 10:10 AM

So sorry to hear about Gary he was such a good little trooper with all he went thru. Hard thing to go thru but I am sure he is running all over god creation up there in doggie heaven with all four legs running full speed. Take care Arron you were the best doggie daddy Gary could have had.

Posted by: Randy Jones on 08/07/10 at 6:30 PM

So sorry to hear about Gary he was such a good little trooper with all he went thru. Hard thing to go thru but I am sure he is running all over god creation up there in doggie heaven with all four legs running full speed. Take care Arron you were the best doggie daddy Gary could have had.

Posted by: Randy Jones on 08/07/10 at 8:21 PM

I give you Godspeed as you travel through that big universe Gary. You were a true gentleman in dog form.

Posted by: Jacob Rosenburg on 08/08/10 at 6:43 AM

I’m real sorry to hear about Gary.

Posted by: David on 08/08/10 at 7:00 AM

Obviously we all felt like we knew Gary b/c of these posts and it’s hard not to feel the loss. Maybe it’s easier to go through things like this as a community.

Flags at half-staff for a proud little guy.

Posted by: jj on 08/08/10 at 7:15 AM


so sorry to read this brother. that shit hurts… i’ve been there and it really does hurt deep. sounds like you did the right thing tho - proud of you man. RIP little gary.


Posted by: ETK on 08/08/10 at 8:34 AM

Sorry you lost yer little buddy. I’d be lost without mine. You have my condolences.

R.I.P. G-Unit

Posted by: PIxelnate on 08/08/10 at 10:23 PM

Sad to hear this. Reading stories of Gary, here, has put a smile on my face so many times over the last few years. Loved how you loved him so, and said it often, loud and clear. Very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Michelle on 08/09/10 at 12:32 AM

Heartfelt condolences from Maine. R.I.P. little man.

Posted by: Chris A. on 08/09/10 at 5:58 AM

I just logged on to order my second Gary t-shirt and just read the heartbreaking news. I’m just a stranger ordering a shirt, but I wanted to say, from one dog lover/owner to another - your Gary will never truly leave you. It’s so hard, I know. I’ve been where you are now. But know that he’s smiling down on you. Trust in that.

Posted by: frank on 08/09/10 at 8:01 AM

So sorry to hear this, Aaron. RIP Gary.

Posted by: MMO on 08/09/10 at 8:40 AM

Hola! por rmi vida pasaron tres Gary… maravillosos!… Me mor√≠ de Amor!

Posted by: susana Russo on 08/09/10 at 8:58 AM

I just saw this post, so sorry Aaron. He was a cool little guy and you gave him a great life.

Posted by: Scott Steele on 08/09/10 at 2:05 PM

So very sorry man. Godspeed to that little fella. The universe is lucky, and his life made our days brighter thanks to you and everyone else on your end.

I lower my hat for ya.

Posted by: Glass on 08/09/10 at 9:52 PM

Aw, I’m so sorry, dude. Gary was awesome.

Posted by: Lauri on 08/10/10 at 8:00 AM

I came here to check up on the DDC, as I have not visited in a week or so, and I am so sad to hear about Gary. I had thought he was doing better since the accident, so this comes as quite a shock.

I am so sorry for your loss, Aaron. You were the best daddy to that frisky little Dachshund, and I love how you incorporated him into your life and your blog. Like others, I feel like I knew the little man from your posts and photos.

Hugs to you and Leigh and the rest of the family as you cope with your loss.

Posted by: Beth S. from Chicago on 08/10/10 at 11:46 AM

Dude I hate to hear this. We are so attached to our little man as well. I’m sitting at work and this made me tear up. I can’t wait to go home and give Moose a big ol hug.

Posted by: Tim on 08/11/10 at 1:03 PM

This makes me so sad - I’m so sorry. I have a fierce little fur man too so I can only imagine how hard this is for you. Fly high Gary.

Posted by: Amber on 08/12/10 at 5:47 AM

RIP G-man. Aaron.. so sorry to hear. Peace.

Posted by: Steve on 08/12/10 at 9:38 PM

Have a good time, li’l Gary, ‘cross the stars.

I am a cat-lover and i am an animal rights supporter, I also had many friend dead - almost by cars - and I know how we can miss them, once departed.

A great hug to u and Gary, the gretaest thing is love, so I know that the grief is great, a direct function, more the love, more the grief, but the truth is all great time spent together with your friends, it’s eternal and everlasting.

be happy and start a new page. Gary was really loved and everrithing is OK, even when it seems so sad.

be strong. best wishes.

Posted by: Furio Detti on 08/16/10 at 6:02 AM

Thanks for sharing Gary’s life with us, Draplin. He was a great dog.

Posted by: DB on 08/17/10 at 7:37 PM

R.IP. Gary :(

Posted by: Big D on 08/20/10 at 5:35 PM

So sorry for your loss. It’s been a joy to watch Gary’s antics on your site over the years. He inspired my wife and I to get a doxie of our own. Thank you.

Posted by: Ben Shapiro on 08/21/10 at 7:57 PM

I never met Gary, but just received an email about the very sad news. Our mini doxie Bean suffered from the same injury last August. He had the surgery & has fully recovered although we try to limit his jumping and stairs. Everything on Gary’s list sounds almost identical to our Bean’s characteristics. I love these little weiners & am sad to hear about Gary’s passing…RIP little guy.

Posted by: Claire on 08/27/10 at 10:33 AM

I’ve never met Gary. but being the owner of two doxies myself (Maui and Pono) I know how loving these guys are. that list is so right on. I’m man enough to say I teared up reading this and seeing the pics of that little G-Unit… I’m wishing gary the best in shredding the universe a new one. Bye Gary.. Maui and Pono say ‘woof’ and ‘tail wag’ Aloha Oe!

Posted by: Brian on 07/05/12 at 8:54 PM

Gary’s teaching those dogs their shit up in dog heaven, I bet, and he’s doing so in style (and Futura Bold).

RIP, Gary. You will be missed.

Posted by: Yashwina on 07/22/12 at 8:09 PM

Thanks for posting this. I have a cat (tho I get you don’t really like them) and I’ve had her for 17 years, and this year, I’ve been facing the possibility of having to have her put down. She has been “my little buddy” for a long time. Hearing your story is helpful to me, so thanks for that. She is doing fairly well so I expect she’ll be with me a while longer. I can see in the pics that little guy really loved you : ) Thanks again.

Posted by: Kaye on 12/04/12 at 4:44 PM

I have a miniature red-haired dachshund and he is my baby. I love him so much! Your post was very sweet.

Posted by: Laura on 08/18/14 at 2:59 PM

My heart swells when I read this! I know it was a while ago but I have a weenie dog and she is my world. I can’t imagine what it will be like whenever she will go. I’m very sorry from the bottom of my heart. And sweet Gary lives on in memory and in everything you do. I will miss Gary too. Long Live the Weenie!

Posted by: Mashall Smith on 09/25/16 at 6:04 PM

I just lost my French bulldog Odin a couple of days ago to a spinal cord problem associated with something called IVDD. It has been so fucking hard losing my boy. He was young too, a little younger than Gary. As a jr designer who is a fan of yours, I need to say that this tribute you did for Gary makes me feel a little better. Thank you for sharing this.

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