"Beginnings are never easy, endings are usually sad; it's the in-between that matters the most, remember that at each new beginning..." |
Hope Floats, 2001
"He warmed people's heart's and put a smile on their faces, simply by; "being Mango."
April 23, 2018; began as a sunny, 63 degree Spring morning in Boston. Mango was scheduled for a routine dental and he needed to be dropped off by 8:30 a.m. I walked Mango and Bailey, took a quick shower, fed Bailey and then put Mango into his harness, kissed him on his forehead, said "I love you..." and we walked out the door. We were both enjoying the walk over, with Mango frequently marking his scent along the way. When we arrived, there was a French Bulldog in the front yard and Mango stopped to say "hello." We then walked-in, checked-in, signed forms and the technician came to take him; I began to walk out the door, Mango wasn't moving and he was looking back at me, I turned around and said..."Go, Go...I'll see you this afternoon."
Looking back, it was as if Mango was saying "good-bye" to me and I didn't realize it. Mango trusted me and I let him down.
Mango passed away at 12:40 p.m. after suffering a massive stroke post-dental in recovery.
I received a call with the devastating news. How could a routine dental take Mango's life? I blame myself. He had a dental 4 years earlier; his primary veterinarian said he needed another, his ophthalmologist agreed. I then took him for another opinion and was told that based on the purple/black molars at the back of his mouth, it was necessary.
Mango was a happy, spry, loving dog with no previous health/medical issues.
I arrived at the veterinarian's office within 20 minutes. I wanted to see him. They brought me into a private room and shortly thereafter, they brought Mango in wrapped in a white blanket looking at peace. I prayed over his body, I kissed him and told him that Grandma, Beaumont, Bentley and Buster must have already greeted him over Rainbows Bridge. I kissed his stomach and his forehead, the same spot that I kissed hours earlier when I promised he would be home this afternoon.
Mango WASN'T my dog.
Mango had a PRESENCE.
-Mango LOVED car rides and trips to Sturbridge Lake with my Mom. They would sit by the lake for hours and my Mom would read and Mango would make new friends. :)
-"To live on in the hearts we leave behind IS NOT to die."
- Mango was 13 years, 2 months and 5 days old.
-A little dog; 16 lbs., with a HUGE personality.
-Mango was the family connection to Bentley, Buster, Bongo, Bronx and Bailey. The only spaniel that Mango didn't meet was Beaumont; Mango wasn't born yet.
-He was ALWAYS the "perfect" gentleman for ear cleanings but would never sit still to be brushed.
-Whatever toy Bailey had in his mouth, Mango would walk-up, FEARLESSLY; take it away...then RUN !!!
-Mango RARELY chewed his food, he eagerly anticipated breakfast/dinner/treats yet he would simply swallow. I remember giving him small pieces of leftover chicken and he would have his mouth open in anticipation, I would drop it and he would inhale it; he NEVER even tasted the flavor of it.
-Mango was like an Energizer Bunny, he re-charged overnight ☺
-One day, we were walking around Castle Island and an older Jamaican woman stopped to admire Mango. He was immediately drawn to her and gave her kisses, she asked his name...I replied: "Mango..." she responded: "Ah...a Tropical Baby."
-Every walk was stairs down, elevator up...
-Most morning's when we walked out the front door, Mango would race to cross the street, I used to tell him that he is going to be the only dog to get
-I used to say to him..."How does so much poop come out of such a little dog?" A few times, complete stranger's made the same comment.
-Mango is the only dog that I've ever shared my life with that had NO issue with walking THROUGH animal feces on the ground instead of around it.
-My neighbors don't know me, they know Mango...
-Mango was synonymous with "Cher" or "Madonna," you just had to say his name and people knew the canine that you were talking about ☺
-Mango NEVER had a bad day. He was ALWAYS happy, playful, running and squeaking his toys.
-Mango enjoyed his weekend excursions to Lincoln Woods, Ogunquit Beach, Provincetown and Castle Island.
-I remember the time that you were being a "busy-body," running around the back of our SUV and you fell into the well behind the driver's seat. We had to
Our home is empty without Mango underfoot, sniffling for treats and running with his toys. I miss him not running to greet me EVERY TIME that I walked through the front door.
April 26, 2018 - At 6:20 a.m., I was awoken to the sound of birds chirping outside my bedroom window; it's never happened before. It lasted for just shy of 5 minutes, ironically; it ended, when I heard Bailey get out of his bed in our Great Room and do his morning stretch and shake. Traditionally, this was "OUR" time in the morning, before Bailey awoke, for us to cuddle.
May 18, 2018 -- Mango's remaining ashes will be laid to rest along side his canine brothers: Beaumont, Bentley and Buster at Angel's Rest located at Best Friend's Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. He entered my life for a reason and I'm grateful for every day we shared.
February 18, 2019 - Happy 14th Birthday over Rainbow Bridge!!! I'm sure you are running and playing with Beaumont, Bentley, Buster and Mom today; enjoy the warm sunshine and have a hearty dinner for your special day. When I'm walking Bailey, I still pause and reflect about you and your favorite spots along our morning and afternoon walking routes, you had such a presence and made people smile just by being you!!! I love and miss you...yesterday, today and tomorrow xoxoxo P-
APRIL 23, 2019 - ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, it's hard to believe a year has passed since you left us. I think of you often and you ALWAYS put a smile on my face. You had such a friendly, happy, loving demeanor that was enjoyed by everyone you met. Bailey and I miss your presence at home, it's not the same sleeping without my "little dragon." I'm sure you've connected with Mom, Beaumont, Bentley and Buster; when it's my time to crossover the RainbowBridge, I hope ALL of you will be there to welcome me. I love you...yesterday, today and tomorrow. xoxo P-
September 5, 2019 - Mango, at the time of this posting, I'm sure you have already reunited with Bailey. Bailey crossed over the Rainbow Bridge today at approximately 3:30 p.m. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure on April 4, 2019 and through medications we were able to "control" if for 5 months, he lost his battle today. We left home at about noontime and I carried him down the stairs to the car and put him on his bed in the car. We drove over to Castle Island and spent 75 minutes sitting under one of the big oak trees across from the ocean. Bailey enjoyed the fresh air and his ears blowing in the wind; he knew. We traveled to the veterinary hospital and I was by his side kissing his body telling him how much he was loved and that Grandma, you, Beaumont, Bentley and Buster would be there to greet him. He passed from this life with peace and dignity, the way he lived in this realm. I'm heart broken, my only consolation is that when it's my time to cross over, I'll be reunited with all of you for eternity. I love and miss all of you!!! yesterday, today and tomorrow....Daddy Paul