Good bye, dear friend

Today, I said goodbye to a very dear friend. He was only 8 years old and walked with me everywhere. I spent a long time howling and crying until there were just no more tears and all that was left was an empty hole that started at the base of my throat and goes all the way through me.

I will miss him terribly. I never thought I could be this sad.

But he gave me things that I could not get from anyone else; fond memories of good times. He allowed me to go places I would not walk alone. He let me be free to be a dog and I showed him how to kick back a little. He touched a lot of lives, even though he may never know it.

So, God, if you’re listening, my friend requires three walks a day; 6:30, 11:30 and 9:00. And don’t try taking the short block in the afternoon because he knows when you’re cutting corners. And every morning, he needs two honey-dipped Tim Bits.. the fresh ones, not the day-old stuff other dogs get. And he gets to ride shotgun everywhere you drive.

And a large cone from Dairy Queen every few months would be a nice touch.

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8 Replies to “Good bye, dear friend”

  1. I never got the chance to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Rufus was a very special dog, and he will be greatly missed. It has been a privilege to have cared for him. I know an old gal named Sydney who is a new resident up there. She probably has him chasing the squirrels with her:)

  2. Guinness has been chasing squirrels since May 2002. She caught one that first month but my wife made her drop it. She’s been trying for number two ever since!

    I am so sorry for your loss. As you know, “The love of a dog is the only true love that money can buy.”. But in your case, and mine, I think we were able to acquire that love for free.

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