You grew into a handsome, charming, clever boy and soon became the Lieutenant in our pack, assisting your brother Bo in chasing squirrels out of the yard, tormenting your sister Mia with endless wrestling matches and helping Dad spread the new straw when it needed to be changed out in the yard.
You made us laugh, you made us cry, you made us pull our hair out by the roots, but you enriched our lives with your quiet confidence, your gentle love and your unwavering commitment to your duty to us and to your pack.
The discovery of your illness came as a shock, and it's brutal attack on your body after just a week left us with no choice but to send you to the Bridge. You were ready. We were not.
And now we are left with this huge gaping hole in our hearts and in our lives that nothing and no one will ever be able to fill.
Others in the pack have stepped up to play with Mia, but they are mere amateurs compared to you! No one appreciates basking in the sun like you did and no one, not anybody, can craft such a wonderful bed out of straw as you liked to do. And let's not forget the foot races you and I had to get to the fresh poop that one of the other dogs had just deposited in the yard. My goal was to beat you to it so I could pick it up before you had it as a snack!
Who will help the other dogs find the weaknesses and holes in the fence line? Who will help Bo bark at the squirrels? Who will bark like a wild thing to egg on the "chase-me" games every morning and afternoon? And who will take your place as supreme "I don't wanna come in and you can't make me?"
You faced your illness with the same courage, grace and humility as you lived your short life. We are forever changed for the better for having known you, loved you and been loved by you.Thank you, sweet boy, for all that you gave us without expecting anything in return.
After spending our last day with you walking in the park in the beautiful sunshine with your brother, we sent you to the Bridge with your bags packed with enough love to last until we get there. So, bask in the perpetual sunshine, chase the millions of butterflies and keep Heaven safe from those pesky squirrels.
You will live on in our broken hearts. Until we see you at the Bridge ...
Mom and Dad