Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Rest in Peace

Trooper Di Silvestri

August 2006-July 9, 2013

Dear Trooper,

Today you left us and went to another place where good dogs go.  I'm not sure where that is, but I know that, wherever you are, you are feeling much better than when you were here.  The last few days have been rough on us all, but especially on you.  You were miserable, and I am happy that you are no longer suffering.

When you were full of life, I liked to go on and on about how disgusting you were with your viscous drool, snoring and terrible odor, but I really did love you a lot.  You were a wonderful dog and always so careful with my kids and friendly with people who came to visit.  I will always remember how the greatest gift you could bestow on someone arriving at the house was a stuffed animal or shoe.  You always seemed so proud to bring over this offering, although you never voluntarily gave it to whomever you presented it.  I had to wash many, many things that were covered with drool due to this sweet quirk of yours.

Last night, all the kids but Sam got to say goodbye to you, and I am so glad they did.  Sam is in Mexico right now with the person who loved you most on this earth...Jay.  They are so sad that they could not say goodbye, but I am also glad that they did not have to see you suffer as the rest of us did.  We all cried today in sorrow over losing you.

The last few weeks have been pretty humiliating for you, I know.  So, out of respect, I choose only to remember you as the strong, happy dog who accompanied me on walks through the desert, chasing jack rabbits in a spectacular burst of energy only to fall back, exhausted, after a brief engagement.  You always seemed so surprised that you couldn't catch one!

I am honored that I could hold your head while you went to sleep for the last time, and kiss your furry brow as you departed this world.  Thank you for being our dog.  We will never forget you.


Jen Savard said...

I am so sorry about Trooper! I am one of the ones who complained about him the most and yet he still stood guard over my room every night while i was there! I will always remember him especially since my hip and tail bone will never be the same from when I slipped and fell in his lake of drool! :) He was a well loved dog and had the best family any dog could ask for.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tribute to your precious friend and loyal family member.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry! That's very, very sad. My boys loved trooper too! Hugs to you and your family! mary Herbert

Susan Moser said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!! TROOPER????!!!!!! :((((((

I really loved that dog so much and always told so many of my friends about his wonderful temperament and lovable-ness (that is a word, at least it is now!!) I just saw him on the 1st of July and he seemed like his normal, lovable drooly self, I am truly shocked and saddened. I know he is in a better place though and he could not have asked for a more perfect family to share his life with. Praying for you......