It is with great sadness that I'm writing to you today about the passing of Beaumont. As many of you are aware, Beaumont was my loyal, trusted, loving companion for nearly thirteen (13) years. He passed away peacefully at 2:01 p.m. this afternoon; surrounded by Frank and I; his loving family. I will miss him more than any words could possibly express.
The following is a letter that I wrote to Beaumont earlier this week when it seemed his time was drawing to a close. I would like to share it with you.
I love you...perhaps, more that you could ever know, maybe it's because you and I share a special bond; we've always been the "outsiders" and, at times, when neither one of us seemed to "fit in," we always had each other to love and depend on...I keep replaying snapshots, in my mind, of all the wonderful adventures that we've shared over these past thirteen (13) years.
THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS TAKING CARE OF ME...
I remember the day that you came home with us, you were so tiny (8 weeks old) you could not even climb from the street over the curb to the sidewalk; you always walked between my legs to provide you with a sense of security. As you grew, we encountered the "TERRIBLE TWO'S" together, you would bite and chew anything and everything that you could fit your small mouth around. This was also the time that you learned how to "breakout" of your room. Whenever we went out, we rarely found you in the same place that you had been confined too. Those episodes brought us to Canine College; you graduated but your determination and perseverance remained, it became clear...it was YOUR house and YOU ran it. We adapted. The good times far outweighed the trying times. Our trips to the beach, your circular dog paddle routine, lying at the shoreline with the waves crashing at your backside, all became part of our summers in Truro, Eastham, Provincetown and the shores of Maine.
As you got older, you mellowed. Although, when Bentley arrived you made it clear that he knew that he was entering your domain. You would walk past his training crate and GROWL...just to let him know that this was your home. Bentley succumbed to his big brother and took on a more submissive demeanor.
Saturday's were always FAMILY DAY and each one brought a new adventure. Trips to the Cape, the Pond and the Arboretum were always greeted with enthusiasm... You were happy just to go for a ride in the car. I remember walking Marginal Way in the spring and fall and then you jumping into the freezing water...you LOVED IT... I remember the way that you would howl at fire truck sirens...I remember the way that you would sprawl out on you stomach with your four legs going in opposite directions...I remember you getting so excited over D-I-N-N-E-R every night. I could set my watch by the time that you knew it was time for your food... I remember you flying around the kitchen and then getting grounded once your weight no longer cooperated... I remember that you HATED going for baths and always looked at me with those sad brown eyes as if to say: "I'm really not that dirty, don't leave me..." I remember when you got a sunburn on your nose and it blistered over...OUCH. I remember that you always disliked thunder, lightening and summer storms... I remember each morning you would follow me to the shower, lay down in front of the shower door until I shutoff the water and said..."BEEP, BEEP, BEAUMONT..." then you would get up, walk over to the vanity and lay down once again...it became our morning ritual. I remember that you always preferred to ride in the front seat of the car as my co-pilot... and I remember days when the only reason that I would get out of bed in the morning was to care for you. You always had a sunny disposition for me. Many days you were "my only friend" but everyday you were" MY BEST FRIEND."
I've loved you for so long...I wish that I could make you young and healthy again, your my best, best friend. I LOVE YOU. The thought of you spending another night in the Intensive Care Unit at Angell-Memorial Hospital brings yet another round of tears to my eyes I know that you don't like it there and our home just isn't the same without you. I miss your snoring in the TV room; waking you to come upstairs to bed just to hear you settle-in in our bedroom and the snoring begin again.
I think of all the people's lives you've touched just by being you...All the love you've given and received...The one thing that brings me comfort is knowing that you always loved me unconditionally, trusted me and felt secure by my side. HOME IS WHEREVER WE ARE TOGETHER.
Good night my dear friend.
I will always love you.
and your brother, Bentley.
Beaumont's Quote of the Day:" YEAH...WELL...HEY..."
12-22-02 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU :) Love does not end with the passage of time...You are and always will be the love of my life.
02-14-03 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY :) Time passes; nearly seven months, the season's change...our love endures. I miss you and love you BACKSEAT BEAUMONT aka THE BIG ONE. Daddy Paul
07-23-03 ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY - A year has passed, it doesn't seem possible...We've created a beautiful "Memory Chest" of our life together; not a day passes without thoughts of you. "TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE..." We love you and miss you!!! Gramma, cousins Palani and Sue-Ling send their love too!!! All our love, Daddy Paul and Brothers Bentley and Buster.
07-30-03 We lost Cousin Palani (10-31-89 to 07-30-03) this morning...Please watch over him as he crosses over to Rainbow Bridge to join you. We love and miss both of you.
12-22-03 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU..."If memories could build a staircase and tears a garden path; I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home again." We love you and miss you :) Daddy Paul, Bentley and Buster. I hope you're visiting with Palani...I visited his pet cemetary, he has a beautiful granite headstone that reads "Gentle Little Man." We love you and miss both of you.
02-25-04 We lost Cousin Sue-Ling (06-25-89 to 02-25-04) today. Please watch over her as she crosses Rainbow Bridge to join you and Cousin Palani. I know that the three of you must be happy and healthy; running and playing and I know that one day we will all be reunited again. Until that day, we send our love...Daddy Paul, Bentley and Buster.
07-23-04 TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY - The time has passed so quickly since we lost you, not a day goes by that you are not in our fondest thoughts. We love you and miss you so very much...I LOVE YOU!!! Daddy Paul, Bentley and Buster.
12-22-04 HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Today is a beautiful, mild winter day. You always hated the winter cold and the New England snowstorms but today you would love the crisp air. We miss you; you're in our thoughts every day. We love you :) Daddy Paul, Alberto, Bentley and Buster.
02-10-05 - Dear Beaumont,
Alberto lost his family canine today; her name is Sussie, please welcome her as she crosses over to Rainbow Bridge. She has a similar "cow print" to you; she's white with chocolate brown spots. I'm sure one day all of you will welcome us as we join you over Rainbow Bridge. As always, you're in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Daddy Paul, Alberto, Bentley and Buster.
07-23-05 THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY - We love you and miss you!!! Thank you for watching over us from heaven. Grandma adopted a new Pekignese puppy that she named Mango. He's a bundle of energy, he would make you crazy!!! As always, you're in our thoughts and our hearts. Love, Daddy Paul, Alberto, Bentley and Buster
12-22-2005 HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!
Today is your 15th birthday...It doesn't seem possible that you left me over three years ago...It broke my heart to lose you but you never went alone; part of me went with you the day God called you Home. I love you and miss you!!! Daddy Paul
07-23-2006 FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY: It doesn't seem possible that 4 years have passed; our lives have changed in many ways but in many ways they remain the same. Our love for you is constant with each passing day. We bought a weekend home in Ogunquit, Maine this summer; you always loved swimming on the Maine coast. My thoughts turn to you each time we're walking the beach or Marginal Way. I love you and miss you!!! Daddy Paul
12-17-2006 Your 16th birthday is approaching this coming Friday,12-22-2006, an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you today!!! We love you and miss you. It will be the first time we spend Xmas at our weekend home in Maine, I know your spirit is there with us. Every time I see a white butterfly, I know you are watching over us from heaven. I'm writing a few days early because your brother, Bentley, has been very ill. We are doing everything we can to help him but he's been diagnosed with a rare liver disease. When the time comes, please make sure you are waiting for him at the gates to Rainbows Bridge to welcome him into your beautiful kingdom. I know in my heart one day we will all be reunited again. Until that day...All my love Daddy Paul
01-25-2007 Our dear friend, Maureen lost her horse named Jenny today, please welcome Jenny as she crosses over to Rainbows Bridge. I know in my heart that one day our extended family will be reunited in a beautiful kingdom; it's just a breath away. Thank you for watching over your brother Bentley, he's stablized and at home with us. Please keep watching over and protecting us from heaven above. Hugs, kisses and much love Daddy Paul
03-14-2007 My dearest Beaumont, I'm writing to you today because your younger brother, Bentley, isn't doing well. He's faced many battles; bravely, cancer surgery x 2's; both rear legs replaced and countless hospital stays. I'm not sure how much more his 39 lbs body can tolerate. He gave me three big kisses on my face on 03-11-07 which is unusual for him; he's usually very stingy with kisses. Today, he enjoyed the mild Spring weather on the beach in Ogunquit at our weekend home. Unfortunately, his body is failing him and there is not much more we can do for him. PLEASE; you know how INNOCENT he still is at 11 years old, guide him and watch over him as he crosses Rainbow Bridge. One day, we will be reunited again!!! I LOVE BOTH OF YOU !!! THE LOSS OF BOTH OF YOU REPRESENTS AN END OF A PART OF ME...XOXOXO DADDY PAUL
06-15-2007 Beaumont, By the time that I am posting this message today,I know that you've already seen your younger brother Bentley. Bentley crossed over to join you at Rainbow Bridge at 10:20 a.m. this morning. I was by his side; kissing his whole body and telling him that his big brother would be on the other side to welcome him into God's kingdom. I LOVE AND MISS BOTH OF YOU; BEYOND WORDS. THE TWO OF YOU CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER AND I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. God bless...Daddy Paul
07-23-07 Dear Beaumont- Today is the FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of your transition to Rainbow Bridge and God's kingdom. It doesn't seem possible that many years have passed; I think of you daily and miss your love and spirit. I'm confident that you and Bentley are now my Guardian Angels, watching over me from up above. Until the day that we are reunited, a poem for you... "I THOUGHT OF YOU WITH LOVE TODAY, BUT THAT IS NOTHING NEW. I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU YESTERDAY AND DAYS BEFORE THAT TOO. I THINK OF YOU IN SILENCE, I OFTEN SPEAK YOUR NAME. ALL I HAVE ARE MEMORIES AND YOUR PICTURE IN A FRAME. YOUR MEMORY IS MY KEEPSAKE, WITH WHICH I'LL NEVER PART. GOD HAS YOU IN HIS KEEPING, I HAVE YOU IN MY HEART." HUGS, KISSES AND MUCH LOVE, DADDY PAUL
06-15-08 Dear Beaumnont- Today is the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of your younger brother, Bentley, crossing over to join you in Rainbowbridge. I think of you both daily with warm, loving thoughts and miss you both beyond words. I hope you and Bentley are "playing nice" together and have made lots of new fur friends. God bless you both and I know in my heart one day we will be reunited for eternity. I love you....Daddy Paul.
07-23-08 Dear Beaumont - It's the SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY of your passing to Rainbowbrige; I miss you and Bentley so, so much...I know in my heart that one day we'll all be reunited. I hope you and Bentley are playing together daily. Our friends, Rhonda and Sharon, lost their cat named Molly this month, please welcome her to Rainbowbridge and befriend her; her parents miss her very much just like I miss you and Bentley. I know that you already know this but...I got a cocker spaniel puppy named BONGO...he's crazy!!! He's like the energizer bunny....play, play play!!! He drives BUSTER insane but it keeps 13 year old BUSTER young too. I love you, miss you and will see you soon. Hugs, kisses and much love...Daddy Paul.
12-22-2008 Dear Beaumont - I can hardly believe that today is your Eighteenth (18) Birthday; it doesn't seem possible that you've been in Heaven for 6 years. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you !!! Your brother, Bentley, has been gone for 18 months from this earth and I'm sure the two of you are at peace over Rainbows Bridge. I know that it's a beautiful kingdom and know that one day both of you will be waiting for me with spaniel kisses when my time on this earth ends. Until that day...hugs, spaniel kiss and much love...Daddy Paul.
12-22-2010 My Dearest Beaumont - Today is your 20th BIRTHDAY!!! Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday my dear Beaumont...Happy Birthday to you. As you know from Rainbowsbridge (aka Heaven) there has been so much loss this year. We lost your brother, Buster, on 07-01-2010; while out for his afternoon walk, he collapsed and crossed over to join you and Bentley over the rainbow. Please watch over him and celebrate your lives together at Rainbowsbridge...one day, we'll all be reunited. I LOVE each of you more than words can express; Beaumont, Bentley and Buster...my three men. God Bless, Daddy Paul
07-23-2012 Dear Beaumont - It doesn't seem possible that today is the TEN (10) year anniversary of your passing over to Rainbow Bridge. I LOVE you and MISS you; you're forever in my heart. I have the large photo's of you, Bentley and Buster; that where taken during our summers on Cape Cod, framed and hanging in our Great Room, I see your smiling face each and every day :) I hope and pray that you, Bentley and Buster are happy and healthy and I know that one day we will be reunited along with your three (3) crazy brothers here on earth...Bongo, Bronx and Bailey. Hugs, (spaniel) kisses and much love Daddy Paul
07-23-2013; My Dear Beaumont - It's with a heavy heart that I honor the ELEVENTH (11) anniversary of your passing over to Rainbow Bridge (07-23-2002) this year; as you know, Mom and your Grandma passed away unexpectedly on 06-24-2013. I'm sure that you greeted her with spaniel kisses upon her arrival in God's heavenly kingdom. I'm still LOST here on earth...I don't understand and hope to find answers to questions that will forever remain unanswered. She loved you dearly as she loved all of our fur family members that entered her home...she was and always will be a "Lover of Animals." I LOVE you and MISS you sooo much Mom; my only comfort is knowing our animals that passed before you are now reunited with you in the wonderful kingdom of heaven. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo me
07-23-2014; Dear Beaumont - Another year has passed but you are never far from my heart; it's been TWELVE (12) years since you left us and one year since your Grandma (and my Mom) joined you over Rainbowsbridge. Today is a "challenge" because it also would have been your Grandma's birthday. I love and miss ALL of you so very much. It seems like everyone that I love has crossed over to your realm and many days I think that my BEST years are already behind me. Give spaniel kisses to ALL of our family residing at Rainbowsbridge, I love and miss ALL of you... hugs, kisses and much love....Daddy Paul
07-23-2015; My dearest Beaumont, you began the "chain" of rescue cocker spaniels that would enter my world; Bentley, Buster, Bongo, Bronx and Bailey...THANK YOU for opening my eyes and heart to "RESCUE." EVERYONE deserves a "NEW" beginning and I'm humbled and thankful that you taught me that lesson. I love you, miss you and know one day we will ALL be reunited!!! hugs, spaniels kisses and much love....Daddy Paul.
12-22-2015; HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY!!! We LOVE and MISS you. I'm confident that you; and other family members that left us too soon, will be there to welcome us when its OUR time to crossover Rainbowbridge. Much love and spaniel kisses... xoxo Daddy Paul 07-23-2016; Dear Beaumont, it has been 14 years since you departed this earthly world for another realm that I refer to as "Heaven." I miss you and ALL of those that I've lost over these years. I'm confident that you are ALL reunited in paradise. Today would have been Mom's birthday so I'm traveling to the mausoleum with fresh flowers. One day we will ALL be reunited for eternity; until that day...I LOVE you!!! yesterday, today and tomorrow. xoxoxo Daddy Paul 07-23-2017: Dear Beaumont, today is the 15th anniversary of you crossing over the Rainbowbridge. I look back with love, happiness and sadness of our life together. Your spirit inspired my lifelong love of cocker spaniels and the adoption/ rescue of your brother's Bentley, Buster, Bongo, Bronx and Bailey. Your life changed the lives of so many, thank you for that gift. I love and miss you!!! yesterday, today and tomorrow. xoxoxo Daddy Paul