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Bidding farewell to brave Odysseus…

It’s a dread we’ve learned to live with. I wrote about this day in fiction a couple of months ago so I would have the choice not to write about the facts today. I can make death beautiful — big deal. Nothing can make death tolerable, nothing but time.

But: He died as he lived, game and eager, his face alight with love for everything. Cathleen was there to hold him and his favorite vet, Doctor Blackwell, was there to say goodbye and I was there to make fun of the most adorable big dumb doofus I ever knew and he left this life with a smile on his face.

One last time: “Lay down, Puppy. Go to sleep…”

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  • 8 comments

    8 Comments so far

    1. Teri Lussier June 5th, 2013 2:38 pm

      Such a beautiful soul. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    2. Geno Petro June 6th, 2013 9:20 am

      The rest of us are mere men in comparison

    3. Jeff Brown June 6th, 2013 12:27 pm

      My deepest sympathy for both of you.

    4. John Ducey June 6th, 2013 4:59 pm

      What a touching tribute. It brought a lump to my throat. The love is very apparent in the words you used. My sympathies.

    5. Thomas Johnson June 7th, 2013 6:53 pm

      There is a hole in the world tonight. My sympathy is with you both.

    6. Andrew June 8th, 2013 8:32 am

      One of the hardest things in the world is losing your pet,my sympathies

    7. Damon Chetson June 8th, 2013 9:34 am

      Very sorry to hear about your and Cathleen’s loss. We have an older English bulldog, Lollie, who still acts like a puppy but is beginning to show her age. And we are dreading what you’ve had to endure.

    8. Jim Whatley June 21st, 2013 8:20 pm

      losing any dear friend is a terrible loss.