By The Right Scoop


Most of you know that Mark recently lost his dog Pepsi and thus was not on the radio last week. He took a few moments last night to tell Pepsi’s story and what happened to him in recent days:

Since Pepsi’s death, Mark has established the “Pepsi, Griffen & Sprite’s Legacy Gift” to help “rescue dogs and cats facing euthanasia in overcrowded shelters, and place them for adoption in loving homes.” If you want to donate to this cause in honor of Pepsi, Griffen & Sprite, then please click here to donate.

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  • Jaynie59

    I hope Mark gets another dog. Soon. I know it’s the last thing some dog lovers want. When a dog dies it’s so hard that you don’t want to expose yourself to that kind of heart ache again. Never again, some people say. But I don’t look at it that way.

    I always think of that next dog and how I know that any dog that comes to live with me will live a damned good life. It’s like it’s my duty to have a dog. There’s another one out there and I have to bring it home.

    I’ll always have dogs. Always. You can’t replace them. But you have to bring that next one home. As long as I’m able, I will always have a dog.

    Sam Blaze
    1987- August 16, 1999

    • smokymountaintn

      I think exactly the same way…I will always have a dog! I love cats as well but find it harder to replace them…I had my dearest little Louie put to sleep days before this last Thanksgiving and it has been very difficult to “let go” and get another one. I am sure we will in time!

      Mark will get another dog to love soon I am sure!

  • http://whitewolf1963.blogspot.com/ whitewolf2009

    I feel very sorry for Mark but I couldn’t bring myself to watch the video.

    • Debby

      It’s a wonderful tribute——–try and watch, you won’t be sorry.

      • http://whitewolf1963.blogspot.com/ whitewolf2009

        I took your suggestion and I did watch/listen to the video. You were right too, I am not sorry for it. Thanks for the nudge.

  • patriot077

    Thank you for posting this Scoop. I heard Mark’s recollections of Pepsi last night and was very moved. He captured so many of the feelings we dog lovers share, and my heart goes out to him and his family. I too hope the Levins will be ready to welcome another four legged buddy into their home soon as it does make the pain of loss more bearable.
    And Mark, if you read this, please know that many millions of your listeners heard your every word and did not tune out. Thank you for telling us even though it was obviously very painful for you to do so. We care. God bless you and yours.

  • DCGere

    Thanks for sharing Mark’s story…love the work he is doing to help save animals.

  • Debby

    Thank you Mark for that. Losing our best friends and recounting their story is so hard. So with tears in my eyes for you and Pepsi and all the others, I say thank you for sharing and caring and loving man’s best friend!

    God bless you and God’s creatures big and small.

  • 22227

    I am and will compare it to losing a child. For some, their dogs are their children. I have had a lot of death in my life, people I love dearly, family members and friends, but no one has ever come close to the pain I had when I lost my dogs. They were my children. One of God’s greatest gifts he has given to me is for my dogs to pass away at home w/me holding them in my arms.

    I know many people that would love to have a dog but simply cannot afford it. Vet bills are outrageous. Maybe at some point that would be something to consider help partner dogs w/humans that have the ability to love and care for the animal but need help w/the expense of owning a dog. It’s great to save them, but would be even greater to help them have a real home w/a human of their own.

    • HopeHeFails

      Good point. Vets in our area have made no effort to curtail expenses during this catastrophic recession, and pets are suffering as people just can’t pay. Groomers say customers are skipping grooming’s until dogs are just a mess and then are difficult to groom properly (and painlessly).

      Sucks for everyone.

      • 22227

        I hadn’t thought about the groomers, UGH. Terrible for the animals that need to be groomed.

  • NJK

    I heard this on Mark’s show last night, and it made me cry. It made me feel as though I knew Pepsi. He’ll be waiting for you someday Mark, along with Sprite and Griffen. Those tails will be wagging when they see you.

  • Jimbo

    “The Great One” is amazing.

  • Persephone

    ::cough::
    This choked me up.
    Poor Mark…I know it will never go away, but I hope his grief is beginning to ease a little.

    Dogs are one of the Lord’s greatest gifts to us.
    They are superior life forms.
    We could learn a lot from dogs.