Saying goodbye to my hairy friend.

P1060877.JPGChiqui was my first dog. I got him in a package deal when I met my hot Spanish wife eight years ago. He was family. Our beautiful boy. We had to say goodbye to him last week. He had lymphoma. Those of you who have lost a dog know it’s not easy, but we are grateful he is now pain-free and chasing squirrels in heaven.

Santa Cruz, jan. 2013I loved his beautiful smile. I loved that he was on the floor by my feet while I wrote my first six books. I loved how he would get out of his doggie bed every night after I turned out the light and come around to my side of the bed to say goodnight to me. I loved that he always came over to say good morning to me when the alarm went off each day.P1010434 I loved that he ate tuna and Manchego cheese imported from Spain. I even loved when he almost pulled my arm off whenever he saw a squirrel. I loved him. I love the memories I have of him. Enough memories to last a lifetime. 🙂

Comments

  1. Sending you warmest thoughts, and hugs.

  2. Irene E Baker says:

    Ah, so heart felt Rich, I know Gigi cried when she heard the news.
    Even though I never met your dog, I feel the love you shared.

    So sorry for your loss my friend!

    Hugs,

    Irene

    • Debbie Reyna-Silva says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss Rich. I am not looking forward to having to do the same some day with my little girl. She has been by my side through some of the roughest times in my life. She gets so excited when I get home and never leaves me while I’m there. She follows my every command and she IS my family! She’s 13 and she is still very spry, but I do see some slowing down in her. It’s not gonna be a good thing when I have to help her be comfortable by putting her down. I hope it’s not soon. With that said, my point here is that I commend you and your HOT SPANISH WIFE for being brave enough to let your pal go. God Bless you for doing so. He is your angel now and appreciates the love you showed him by not letting him suffer. God Bless you both!

      • Thanks Debbie. 🙂 Sounds you have a sweet little girl to keep you company. Hopefully she has hundreds and hundreds of suns and moons left in her. 🙂

    • Thanks, Irene. 🙂

  3. I am sorry for the loss of your much-loved dog.I lost mine after 14 years and I still miss him everyday. I know you don’t have children yet, but it was close to losing one.Jake was my constant companion. He loved riding in the car, running on the beach, or anywhere else for that matter.He understood when I wasn’t feeling well, and would lay down and snuggle with me.He was 65 pounds of golden Labradoole, filled with love.He will be hard to replace.

  4. Sorry for your loss Rich. I know what it feels like to lose a furry friend. They become such a big part of the family. I had grief for at least six months then i was able to focus on just the good things without tears.

    Blessings.

  5. Sue Fishalow says:

    Blessings to you and your wife for your unselfishness in freeing your beautiful Chiqui from his pain. We’ve said goodbye to six furry friends in the 47 years of our marriage; and though it is never easy, they are always in our hearts and we have wonderful memories. We now have two rescues and I say thanks for each snuggle, each sloppy kiss, and even the muddy paw prints. I hope that you’ll find a new companion soon — somehow I bet Chiqui would want you to.

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