I have some very sad news to share about our wonderful Sydney. She went over the rainbow bridge Saturday morning.

I’ve been sharing with you on Instagram and Twitter the amazing pictures of Sydney. I had that photo session as I knew that her time was limited because of her health challenges. She was a two-time cancer survivor and last summer she had a stroke and then we discovered kidney issues.

But the issue that arose Saturday was one none of us expected. What I learned was Sydney was suffering from pericardial effusion, a condition in which a large amount of fluid collects in the sack that surrounds the heart.

Sydney had become unable to walk, her breathing was labored, and effusion was so severe the doctors could not hear her heart beating. It was through a sonogram that they determined how severe the issue was. All of the top reasons for this with Sydney would be the result of cancer.

Sydney, in the midst of my conversation with the doctors, as she rested on the table with her labored breathing, gave me a look that said “it’s time.” My selfishness wanted to do everything possible to keep her here, but our biggest job as parents of floofs is to know and accept when it’s time 😔

I’m happy to be able to say that despite everything she experienced in life and until the sudden collapse Saturday, she was enjoying life.

Sydney had a good and adventurous 14 years. She was brave through it all and loved everybody. Never once in her life did she bite or hurt any other living creature. She was, by all measures, a Good Girl.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could send prayers and vibes up for Sydney to help her on her new adventure.

To honor Sydney and her origin as a shelter puppy, I have decided to continue Sydney’s walkies by having her walker provide them to shelter dogs every week.

And if you are inclined, it would be terrific if you could donate to your local animal shelter either financially, with goods or volunteering. There are so many angels in shelters, of all types, holding onto their unconditional love for the human ready to accept it. They wait for us. All we need to do is act.

Photo: Xanthe Elbrick Photography

UPDATE: While Sydney’s death & absence remain surreal, I have been truly overwhelmed by all of your kindness, prayers, sympathy & love. Reading your comments here and in the Sydney posts on social media has moved me deeply & is something I rely on helping me thru this inexplicable time. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart ❤️

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  1. Mickey says:

    I’m so sorry, Tammy. It’s so painful to lose them. Their only fault is that they don’t live long enough. Prayers for you and Sydney today, and in the days to come. You are loved.

  2. Alain41 says:

    Condolences. We all Loved Sydney.

  3. PinkPistol says:

    So sorry to hear this, you’ll treasure those recent pictures forever.

  4. Pat_S says:

    Condolences Tammy on the loss of your beloved friend. Sydney had the great good fortune to spend her life with you as her loving human companion. Grief is sometimes called the price of love, but, in fact, love is priceless…and everlasting. She will be with you forever.

  5. Chuck says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Tammy. Sydney lived a beautiful life with a wonderful owner. It’s hard to say goodbye to such a special companion. 
My thoughts are with you and I hope you will be comforted by the memories you have of her.

  6. Christie says:

    Your tribute to Sweet Sydney is so beautiful, Tammy. Sydney was one lucky dog to have you. Prayers for Sydney.. RIP. Prayers for you to heal from the pain. Many of us know how real that pain is. Syd had a wonderful life… because of you. Hugs! xoxo

  7. tngrrl73 says:

    I hated to hear that our beloved mascot crossed over the rainbow bridge. I know that all of the TAM pets who’ve crossed over before her were there to welcome her with lots of love & treats. I love what you’re doing for the shelter animals in her memory. We’re praying for you both! ♡

    • ReardenSteel says:

      I hadn’t thought of that. Im sure our departed cat Angel was one of many to greet Sydney on the other side. We will see them again one day. God Bless you Tammy.

  8. Trampis says:

    So sorry to hear about Sydney. RIP. I always enjoyed listening to Tammy’s musings about his ongoing adventures. I know from personal experience (4 Persian cats all over 14 yrs old) that it is difficult to let a family loved one go, but they have a special way of letting you know when it is time. God bless you Tammy for what you do for the country against all the evil perpetrators amongst us.

  9. Maynard says:

    It’s a heartbreaking part of life that we outlive loved ones. Sometimes I wonder why God put us in this position. The only answer I can imagine is that it’s beyond our comprehension and we shouldn’t try to understand.

    For the passing of a beloved pet, we can take some comfort from knowing this creature had our love for all of her days. If one had to outlive the other, it’s best that we be the one to carry that burden, rather than having the pet go on alone and yearning for her missing friend.

    • Dragon Lady says:


      It’s hard to lose loved pets.

      BUT, I think of what my life would have been without experiencing their antics, personalities, love and devotion no friend (human) could ever give me-even for such a short time of 14 years as Tammy had with Sydney-the lovey!!!

      I hope I’m better for it.

      Look at Tammy…she has blossomed, and I KNOW Sydney was a part of that.

      Hugs and the best to you, Maynard,

      The DL

  10. Dr. H says:

    No! I wasn’t ready for this. So sorry Tammy. Sydney stories were an important part of your broadcasts and if we were lucky to get a long one, it made your show extra special. Thank you Syd for being a part of my life too. RIP.

  11. Katharine the Great says:

    Remember the time when Syd earned herself a steak after alerting Tammy to the derelict camping out under her home in LA? This was shortly before their move to NYC. Good girl, through and through. May God rest her peace.

  12. SheVee says:

    Our four-legged friends are also our children and when they pass, a piece of us goes, too. Sydney had such a great life with her mom, Tammy. She will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for the time when they can be together again. In the meantime, she’ll play with the other puppies and kitties who were also well-loved by their human moms and dads. God bless Sydney and God be with Tammy in her time of grief.

  13. hrobinita says:

    I’m so sorry Tammy. She had a great life. I remember when you got her.

  14. Dragon Lady says:

    God bless Sydney-she’s in a good place- and especially God bless YOU, Tammy.

    It’s hard on you, but you did the right thing for Sydney. I believe all animals have souls and we WILL meet them again.

    I had a wire fox terrier (Wilhelmina) who had the same outcome, and people said to not get another puppy-it would be too traumatic.

    I had another WFT within a month, and her name is Siobhan Wilhelmina.

    When asked why so soon?-I told people I had too much love to NOT share it with another puppy. I am so glad I did this. She’s 13, but I’ll love her as long as I can, God (and St. Francis) willing, and will continue to share the love I have for puppies. (We rescued a cairn terrier (a “Toto”), and the two are BFF.)

    Sydney’s in a good place, so be at peace, Tammy…we’re thinking of Sydney (and you) in our prayers.

    The DL and Cholmondeley

  15. Super_Cat says:


    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Sydney. I have never experienced such a loss, so I can only imagine the pain you must be going through right now.

    You loved Sydney — and still do — with all your heart, and she loved you — and still does — just as much, if not more. That love the two of you share will transcend both space and time; its energy existing forever for all to know and remember.

    Sydney will always be by your side, Tammy, in some form or fashion. I’m sure she will pay you (and Snoopy) a visit from time to time, and will be waiting at the end of the bridge on the day your train is set to arrive.

    Sending all of my good vibes (and thoughts) to you and Sydney. May you both be happy forever.

    –Super Cat

  16. Shifra says:

    After Tammy had her gallbladder operation, we took an Uber back to her apartment and I hung around until I was sure she would be ok on her own. It was late, I was exhausted and I had been up since 5 a.m. I rested in a very comfy chair in the living room, and fell into a restful sleep, until I heard Syd walking towards me. She gently put her paws on my lap and I scratched her head. She seemed to like it, and then left. I thought, “ok, that went well” and started to doze off again. But I heard the pitter-patter of dog feet. It was Syd, with her paws on my lap, back for more. I happily obliged. I’m not sure which one of us enjoyed this more 🙂

    • Christie says:

      Shifra,, that is so sweet. Thank you for sharing.

    • LucyLadley says:

      Shifra, WOW – what an incredible memory of Sydney. Tammy, your Sydney was such a precious dog. On & Off for years we TAMs have held both you & Sydney in our prayers. Our hearts hurt for you right now Tammy. Sydney was truly our four legged TAM!

  17. jll101 says:

    So sorry for your loss Tammy, I know she brought great joy to your life.

  18. idaho_karen says:

    So Sorry Tammy. I know you loved Sydney and Sydney loved you! What wonderful years you had together, and what beautiful pictures you have to remember her. Praying for your peace during this time of mourning.

  19. Cynthia says:

    As a rescuer, it always amazes me when I find I still have tears left to cry. I shed them now for you Tammy and your dear heart. I still remember when you got Syd. She had a great life and you were a devoted mom to her. No regrets.

  20. Doing what Sydney wanted, as excruciatingly difficult as it must have been, was the ultimate act of Love. Even when our hearts feel like they’re broken, a bond like that is indestructible. Saying prayers for you and Sydney and Snoopy, a family now and always.

  21. katieh09 says:

    Sorry about your loss of Sydney. The stories you’ve shared about her have always been enjoyable and shown how special she was to you.


  22. LavaMama says:

    I am so truly sorry. She will be greatly missed. You are both in my prayers.
    Rest In Peace, Sydney Bruce

  23. KCBob4Tam says:

    I’ve made a donation to one of my local shelters in her name. God bless. The day I lost my baby boy of 13 years was, until the death of my father 30 years later, was the worst day of my life. They are as much of our families as anyone.

  24. RobW says:

    Sydney lives in our hearts forever. Sleep well, my sweet friend.

  25. Los2000 says:

    OMG Tammy, I just heard the news. So sorry for your loss. God Speed Sydney.

  26. flint91 says:

    Tammy, I’m so sorry to hear about Sydney. She has become a part of all us. I’m grateful for all of the stories you’ve told and for the priceless pictures. Sydney was and is so loved that I’m sure she’ll visit from time to time. You may see her standing there watching you, feel her walking across your bed and hear her breathing; then you’ll smile.
    Our pets have such a presence that it fills the whole space and keeps us warm, comfortable. When they go, we feel the void. I think Snoopy was feeling that when she stood in the middle of the room. Give her a hug.
    The Bruce family is always in my prayers. Thanks for being there, Tammy. Please keep sharing your Sydney and Snoopy stories when you feel like it. I always enjoy them.

  27. Vintageport says:

    Damn these leaky eyes…Mascot Sydney, gone but never forgotten.

  28. Bill_D says:

    So sorry for your loss. I’ll miss hearing about Sydney.

  29. midget says:

    I’ve always believed we will reunite with our loved ones
    someday, not just the human ones. Hope to meet gentle
    Sydney there as well.

  30. fuzzball says:

    OMG Tammy, I just heard the news. So sorry for your loss.
    She will be greatly missed, and you both will be in my prayers.
    I am not a real active army member, but I have been with the Bruce girls
    Since you use to fill in for the Lara Ingraham radio show.
    When she was going through the adoption stuff.
    Sorry for the rambling . You are the strongest lady I know.



  31. Bill_D says:

    The Animal Rescue Site https://tinyurl.com/y6d6w2dy provides free pet food to rescue shelters. Click once a day at no cost to you.

    The parent site also provides support for other worthy causes, such as Hunger, Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Veterans, and others. Same deal: click once a day. I like to hit the site first thing every morning to get the day started right.

  32. Kitten says:

    Heartbreaking news about our beloved Syd. Thank you for sharing her with us, Tammy. We will ALL miss her dearly. RIP sweet, sweet pup.

  33. hotdogz says:

    I am so sorry to hear we lost our little Sydney – she had the best Mom a dog could have, my little Piper will be waiting for her up there. Love & hugs, Lauri

  34. jiaconis says:

    Dear Tammy, God gives us our Fur Babies to be companions though Life; You Blessed her as much as She Blessed You. I also truly believe that we will be reunited with our Precious Pups in the Hereafter. Blessings Always Friend Tammy and for Sydney until we meet again be Good…

  35. sandyl says:

    Tammy I am so sorry about Sydney! We knew her through you and we loved her too. Animals bless our lives and make us all better by loving us unconditionally and teaching us that there is something bigger in life than ourselves. Tears today for the loss of a friend, but also tears of joy for the happy times she gave you, and through you, the laughter she provided to us. Prayers going out to you and for Sydney. I’m sure she is romping around like a puppy, free from pain and suffering. Blessed because she had such a wonderful friend in you…and vice versa.

  36. antonianyc says:

    Tammy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you much love and hugs through this grieving process. The joy dogs give us is immeasurable and their love, Divine. I enjoyed hearing stories about Sweet Sydney and thank you for sharing them. I won’t be surprised if she is making hearts swoon in dog heaven, and smiling at her amazing, beautiful mom from above.

  37. Pushy Galore says:

    I’m so sorry. This made me cry. My little Alphalpha died in my arms two weeks ago and it brought the grief right back up to the surface. Blessings to you, Tammy. And prayers to our Sidney.

  38. Gregger171 says:

    I’m so sorry about Sydney. I lost my dog of 18 years two years ago, and it’s one of the hardest losses I’ve ever suffered. They mean so much. Sydney had a wonderful and adventurous life with you. You did well. God bless.

  39. dennisl59 says:

    Tammy, I’m extremely sad to hear this news. And when I go to the vet with my cat, I dread it sometimes knowing that someone could be there after just losing a pet; it breaks my heart. So I will join all the others in wishing you sincere condolences on your loss.

    Round Rock

  40. deaves1 says:

    My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the entire Bruce family. Reading about this made me stop and think that my Rocky is also getting on in years when the day will come that I’ll need to make the same decision. He’s a good dog. Doesn’t know any tricks, and only come when you call him if he feels like it. But he’s my dog and a good one. RIP Sydney Bruce, your work is done here.

  41. MaryVal says:

    Cried with you, Tammy. You did the right thing. It never FEELS like the right thing, but it was.

  42. Shortall says:

    Sorry Tammy, you were her best friend, I know what it’s like, I will say prayers and think about you and Sydney as I do about all my dogs everyday, that’s probably the most constant thing I don’t forget about everyday.
    Sydney was a great soul, and so are you.

  43. IndieGal4USA says:

    Dear Tammy, so very sorry to hear about your beloved Sydney. I do believe we see our pets again in another place and time. They are our guarding angels. You were a devoted mom to her and you did the right thing. It will take time to heal and you will. You are a great force! (I miss my Leo, gone only a few months.) Sending healing vibes to you. Be well. Thanks for posting those beautiful photos.

  44. suede123 says:

    Tammy, you need to write a book. and introduce myself and others who know of Sydney, but not how you met her, etc….

    we could hear all the stories, funny, and blessed.

    ( when I put my Moosie down, he’s a Doberman, I cried so hard. ) but it was needed. he was 16, and couldn’t stand up. but it still hurt.

  45. NotableAmerican says:

    Hi Tammy,
    Having weathered losing a 16 year old dog to kidney disease, I feel your pain. When a pet dies, it leaves a little void in the soul, similar to losing a best friend. I comforted myself by placing pictures of her in the places she liked to sleep and, even went so far as to have a picture of her placed on a coffee cup with abbreviation “BFF” in red on the front of the cup. I hear people compare losing a pet to having an amputation. You feel like the limb is still with you and you have ghost pains. It took six months of grieving before I realized that I am a dog/cat person and, I had to fill that void and love again. I think the important thing to realize is that it is better to have loved and cherished than to not have had the opportunity. This special creature blessed your life in so many ways and made your life and the lives of others so meaningful. With the blessing of the animals in church just a few weeks away, it reminds me that God loved his animals so much, that he built an arc not only to save humanity but to save them. It is honorable and noble to love and to grieve the passing of such a wonderful friend. She will be missed.

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