In Memory of Woody (July 13, 1999 - July 9, 2013)


Dear Dad and Mom,

Thanks for giving me a wonderful life. I look back and only see the most wonderful moments. I certainly wasn't perfect but I don't remember those times.

I do love you both but my daddy was always the special one for me. Thanks Dad for training me in the things I was born to do. I loved learning to retrieve and going out looking for ducks and tramping around in the woods with you. I will always cherish those moments. I know I was probably the most ball obsessed/retriever you ever knew and I thank you for the many long hours of throwing the frisbees and balls.

I want to thank you Dad for being there at the end of my earthly life when I was having seizures. You stayed with me all day and put a cold wash cloth to my head. And finally for staying with me when I took my last breath.

I know it was rough during the last year of my life with my struggles in old age. Please know that I am young again and swimming, chasing balls and remembering the great times I had with you both.

Dad, I will always be with you when you are watching the sun rise or sun set. Especially in the fall when we would sit and watch the flocks of ducks and geese flying together. I know you promised that we would see each other again, I will be waiting, please remember to bring a ball.


P.S. Give that annoying cat, Bully, a head rub for me and my forever sister Sally a hug. I'm sure they both miss sharing a bed with me.



Dogs Who've Shared our Lives

"They will not go quietly,
the dogs who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them...
and always will."

"Sometimes it helps just to know someone cares...and I do."