Murphy Update III

Ugh, more bad news. This poor pug. These posts are getting harder and harder to write, but I’ll give you guys a quick update because I know a lot of you are thinking about our little guy. Again, thank you for all of your kind words and prayers. We really appreciate them and they mean a lot to us.

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Ok, so things haven’t gone well since Murphy’s surgery, and we’ve needed to visit the vet every day since. The first two times were to manage his pain and then we went back again this afternoon to deal with an abscess (and infection). (The vet thinks it’s related to his original ear infection.) Basically, the poor dog was put through another surgery. And, this is awful too, Murphy developed a tremor in his leg, which might be related to the infection or a totally separate neurological issue. Ugh, all of this is just too much. I am so sad for Murphy. My heart hurts so much for him.

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I’m not really sure what else to write/think/say at this point, but we’re going to do our best to nurse Murphy back to health. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


  1. Poor Murphy! Wishing him a speedy recovery. Dogs become such a huge part of our lives.. mine are like children to me. I can tell how much Murphy means to you from your blog.. you guys are in my thoughts and prayers!

  2. Prayers for Murphy! My 12 year old doggie is going through surgery now, so I totally understand! They are a huge part of our family!

  3. Is it that bad that you might wake up one day and he will have passed or is this copletely healable and treatable?

  4. 🙁 So sorry your lovely little family is going through such a difficult time. Sweet puppy Murphy, hang in there little guy:)

  5. So sorry things aren’t going better. This must be so difficult for you and your family. I’ll be thinking about you guys 🙁

  6. Boston terriers, Hank and Pinto, and I send our healing thoughts and best wishes to Murphy and your family!

  7. You may have already done this but I definitely recommend some google searches to see if other pugs have had these issues and if other owners have any recommendations for things you could do. We have a boxer who has bladder cancer and I’ve spent countless hours researching it and educating myself. Good luck to Murphy.

  8. Stay strong for the Murph Man!! He will pull through. There is lots of miracle survivor stories of animals all over the interwebz. Sending y’all positive vibes!!


  9. I’m sorry for murphys bad luck. I have a dog, an know how much it hurts when there in pain. There your family. I’ll keep Murphy in my prayers. I hope he feels better very soon!

  10. Thank you for updating – you know so many of us love that little man! My pup and I are sending Murphy & your fam so much love and well wishes. Stay strong, pug!

  11. I’m heartbroken for you. No matter what situations we’ve all been through it doesn’t take away anything you’re feeling right now. I want to cry for you all and for Murphy, thinking and praying he gets better. Stay strong and love the crap out of the little guy 🙂

  12. OMGosh, poor poor Murphy – Mal and Tina – my heart breaks for all of you, especially Murphy. Our fur friends bring so much unconditional love and happiness it’s so hard to see them unwell. I will keep in my thoughts and send good vibes to the Dog God to help him through. Poor guy!!!

  13. Hang in there! My husbands pug had similar issues & related surgeries at 8 years old; he’s now 14 & going pretty strong! I’ve read that pugs unfortunately are very prone to tumors like this.

  14. I have been following your blog for years now but rarely ever comment. I feel compelled to tell you that murphy has brought so much joy and smiles to my life. Although (obviously I do not know him), it feels like he is a part of my life and I am truly saddened that he is sick. Murphy and your family are in my thoughts and I am praying for you all<3

  15. Ugh Haupert family my heart aches for all of you. I”ve been thinking of Murphy non-stop – am so, so, so very sorry for what you’re going through. Murphy has made me smile since I started reading your blog wwaaayyyyy back in the Harvard days- and secretly I have played back his videos because he’s so cute and he makes me happy. Please be kind to yourselves during this time and just love him.

  16. Poor Murphy. I’m so sorry. I know this has to be so hard on you ( my eyes are watering just reading this). He will be ok. You guys are fantastic parents and with all your love and support i know he is in great hands. You all continue to be in my thoughts.

  17. I am so, so sorry. Our dogs are like children….and when they hurt, it makes us hurt right along with them. I am sorry you and Murphy and your boys are having to go through this right now. I am sending lots of healing energy Murph’s way. It’s made even more difficult because he can’t tell you what hurts. My heart goes out to you. I know how I’d feel if it were my Ella “bear” (chocolate Lab)…she’s my fur baby, as Murphy is yours.

  18. Oh poor Murphy. I really hope he gets well soon. Please keep us updated about him. He is so adorable especially around Q!

  19. So so so sorry about this. I can’t even imagine how hard this is. Just keep telling yourself you are doing the best you can for him. I’m sure he knows how much you love him and are trying to help.

  20. Oh man, I am so SO sorry about Murphy. Poor little guy. I know how much you love him. I love reading your posts about him so this just breaks my heart. I’m a dog lover and know how hard it is to go through something like this. Sending Murphy the best of wishes for a speedy recovery!

  21. Poor Murphy!! So sorry you have to go through this, hopefully everyone will feel better soon, sending lots of love!!

  22. This literally breaks my heart for you and your family. I have a pug and she is my world and brings so much joy and happiness into my life. I can’t even imagine what you and poor little Murphy are going through. My heart goes out to you and I am praying for a speedy recovery for this little guy!

  23. Murphy is so, so lucky to have such a devoted mom, dad and brother — I know that things may look very grim right now, but remember this: You are taking SUCH excellent care of him and doing absolutely everything you possibly can for your little pup. I’m sending LOTS of healing vibes your way and keeping all of you in my thoughts. <3

  24. ALSO! I am sure things will take a turn soon and he will start perking up and healing and returning to his little pug-self.

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