My next door neighbor Bourbon crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week. He was pushing 16, so it wasn’t unexpected and he had become frail in the past few weeks. He looked to be part Rhodesian Ridgeback with some hound and shepherd thrown in the mix. He was an all around, very cool dog.
Bourbon and his humans moved in next door around 2007, I think. One of the first things I noticed, he was rarely on a leash. Carlin would be working in the yard and he would lie patiently under a tree and watch her. He’d hang out in the backyard while they cooked out and would occasionally score a burger off the grill. That’s not to say he didn’t take off every now and again. Last October, he left one Saturday night and took a dip in the lake (actually a large pond, but they call it a “lake”). He always came home.
It’s hard to lose your dog. Next Wednesday will be 4 years since I lost Zoe and it’s been 2.5 years since I lost Dudley. I knew after I lost Dudley that I needed to wait about a year before I got another dog. I never thought I’d love a dog like a did Dudley. I loved my Z-Queen, but I luh-huh-huh-ved my sweet baby Dudley.
Along comes Louie. He is very different from both Dudley and Zoe. He looks a bit like Zoe with the sweet hound face, but she was an excitable mess, while he is almost a Zen master. Louie is most demanding about scratching his ears and the occasional full body massage, but is content to go hang out in the bedroom by himself. Dudley loved an ear scratch, but scratching right above the base of his tail made him dance. He never left me alone in a room for more than a couple of minutes. I might love Louie a little differently than I did Dudley and Zoe, but I certainly love him as much as I did those two. Bourbon, everyone loved you. We will mourn you and miss you and that’s more than I can say about some people. I hope Dudley and Zoe greeted you and we’ll take extra care of Kenzie who misses you very much.
Often attributed to Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss, but no one seems to know where or when he said it . . .
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”