Remembering Buck, Greatest Dog Ever

By Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our home is sadly quiet these days. I never realized how many every day life sounds a dog contributed to a home. The foot-patter, gulping water from a dish, heavy dog sighs, barking at doorbells and the thumping of a happy tail on the floor—these are all sounds we never really noticed until now that they are gone. It’s taken me several weeks to steel my emotions enough to tackle this topic. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is the most difficult, but inevitable right of passage a pet parent endures. It’s true. You do know when that time comes. On July 10th, we said goodbye to Buck, our beloved 13 ½ year-old yellow Labrador-chow mix. Although Buck was a tough-guy who embraced life, despite a myriad of painful orthopedic and emotional anxiety issues, we knew what he was trying to tell us when his sleeping time increased dramatically, and his precious face began to look tired and worn. Buck left us peacefully, in my arms while sitting shotgun in his golf cart after a long ride around the ...