Barkley from the moment you picked me and I brought you home to Brooke you have been the light in our lives. I remember how nervous you were the first few weeks. I would hold and comfort you in the middle of the night. You quickly trained us to cater to your wishes and in return you gave us a love I didn't know existed. I remember the day you discovered your "voice". Who would have thought such a big voice would come out of you! We have spent every day together. My office was your office. We had all those special mornings, car rides and trips for coffee.|
You have been a special brother to Brooke. She was only 5 when you came to our family and now she is 16 and dreaming of her future. You were there after my mom, brother and Mark died. You guarded Brooke after two surgeries. I had to bring you food and water because you wouldn't leave her side.
You were so playful, silly and liked to wave. All the neighbors would stop to talk to you first and then to me. You liked to have a voice in the conversation and would talk over us. You had a very big personality and everyone thought you had the best comedic timing.
You coped with two years of diabetes and being poked and prodded. Poor baby you lost most of your eyesight but managed very well. I knew in the last few months you were slowing down. During the past two weeks big changes happened for you buddy and I couldn't let you suffer. Today I held and kissed you for the last time. I feel like my heart has been ripped out. The house is so empty without you. You were there for all the dark days. I love you my sweet handsome boy.