b. Aug, 2005 – d. May 24, 2014
I remember bringing you and your sister home, no idea of the wild ride I was in for.
I remember never knowing what to do with you and how to control you.
I remember sitting on the floor hugging you and crying when I thought I would have to put you down for being aggressive.
I remember deciding to give you a chance.
I remember you teaching me how to be patient and willing to try.
I remember the fear I used to have when I took you to dog parks.
I remember those early days in the field, when you first learned to come out of your shell, when you made friends with other people and dogs for the first time
I remember you becoming what you always had it in you to become.
I remember the glee with which you would chase down anything; ball, Frisbee, stick, and bark incessantly for me to throw it again and again and again, until you just couldn’t anymore.
I remember the day you let Abby eat carrots out of your hand even though I was so scared that you would be scared and bite.
I remember watching you do shows with her on the front porch in Florida; you gave her continuity in a time of major chaos.
I remember the year I withdrew from the world; how you stayed there with me and wouldn’t let me detach completely
I remember the first time someone walked in to the house and there was no problem.
I remember coming home from countless business trips to you hopping and barking at the door.
I remember crying over you in the vet’s office when I thought you were done
I remember bringing you home and watching as your strength returned
I remember thinking how proud I was of you and how strong you were to beat the disease that was causing your body to kill yourself.
I remember sitting on the grass with you on the last day of your life, stroking your fur and looking in your eyes.
I remember how much I loved you and how much you meant to me and how I knew you were done fighting
I remember getting the call and knowing.
I remember them telling me you were in cardiac arrest.
I remember asking the doctor to stop, to let you go.
I remember sitting with your lifeless body and feeling your fur, which still felt like it did when you were alive.
I remember you. You saved my life and made me a better man.
I remember 8 years of wonderful friendship.