I’m sure it won’t be the last time I mention him, but now the Doug has passed, we’re going to be seeing a lot less of him around here. And well, quite honestly it breaks my heart. It doesn’t mean however, that there hasn’t been a lot that has spurred me on to feeling truly grateful.
* “…that zoe (aka ivy) didn’t have a dog name doug (or skip)… and that zoe put her car back together during ‘the Vacation Trip of last summer’ with nothing but duct tape, and that, sadly, there is not enough duct tape in the world to put back together her heart, now that doug/skip is gone.” Clark, The Wakefield Doctrine 7/9/16
Virtual friends have poured out of the woodwork. So many lovely things have been written, texted, phoned in, What’s App-ed, and IM’d. We have an amazing community out here and grateful isn’t a strong enough word for how I feel about every one of you…THANK YOU , from deep in my heart, thank you.
* My real life friends are exceptional people too. This is an excerpt from a text with Doug’s vet who over the years has become one of my favorite people:
“Skip died on my birthday. I’m so honored. I’ll always think of him and you!!”
My niece had this made:
My friends Judi (Doug’s unofficial love interest) and Mike spent tons of time with Doug and are as sad as I am. Judi would often bring Douglas to her hair salon for the day.
The day after he died my friend Andy came in for a haircut and Mike happened to be there for lunch. Apparently there were a lot of tears and a conversation took place about how Judy always used to help shave Doug. I guess Andy and Mike started to panic that perhaps she was using the same razor on them. So I made sure he and Mike each got a copy of Doug’s will.
* it was really no secret that Doug had a deeply rooted Napoleon complex. He often took on animals twice his size his favorite being the Bears in the area. This guy showed up for Doug’s last 2 days. Probably just coincidence, and while Doug no longer had the energy to run after him, he seemed to really enjoy watching him for a few minutes.
While being an internet sensation was more his forte, Doug was featured in the Smiling Dog section of Bark Magazine and he was featured in a photo shoot for Dogs on Furniture… no really it’s a thing!
Most of all Doug was a sport. I had so much fun putting words to his facial expressions. Some would say it was pure anthropomorphizing but , I’m okay with that.
He was contemplative.
He aged with style. People who have dogs often tell me that there is one dog that is extra special. Skip was that dog,
but most of all, he was mine.
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