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Memories of Shaq
From the 1st day we brought you into our lives you brought us joy, happiness and tons of love. You are a king among dogs, a gentle giant. Everyone that came across your path was a better person for knowing you and the love you showed. We put you through a lot in your life time with so many surgeries. You always came through like a champ. You were like a brother to Jimmy Jr. and another son to us. Never before did we have such an animal that seemed to be 90% human and 10% pet. You were a guardian and protector to your mom and your brother. I remember those trips in the car where I would buckle you in the front seat and you were so big that your head would hit the roof on the inside of the car. Or the times we would take off and walk the beach, our nightly walks until you got to be too old and it hurt too much to walk that far.
Never before in my entire lifetime did I ever think I would be saying goodbye to my loving pet, Shaq you were always like a rock for me, someone that I could sit and talk to without having to hold back, one that would listen and not worry if I were sick with this cancer, one that loved me to the fullest of his heart. One that I knew I would not be afraid to cry in front of. I love you so much and miss you. I know that you are enjoying your life with God and playing with all the other dogs, showing them that not only are you the biggest Rott they have ever seen, but one with the biggest heart that anyone has ever seen.

There are so many things to remember about you and the family enjoying the good times, I can't help but smile and laugh as we look back at those times. Bringing warmth and happiness to our hearts was something that you did every day.

Both Mom and I know what we did was for the best, but it hurt so bad to let you go. Please forgive me and wait for me to join you one day.

With all the love in our hearts

Mom & Dad

4-21-07 Shaq how we miss you. Everyday goes by with you in our hearts. I knew that the day would come that you would give me that sign that you were ok. Thank you so much for coming to visit me last night. I could feel you with me, and smiled and cried that same time..Shaq I know that you are the king and like always protecting those around you. We love you so much and miss you with all of our hearts. Dad & Mom

4-30-2007
hi my friend...Dad still misses you so very much. I wanted to wish you a happy birthday. Mom finally knows now that she has to accept that you are on the bridge and playing with others. She misses you so very much every day does not pass where we are thinking of you and all the wonderful times we had. Mom has decided that we need to get another little puppy to love and cherish the way we did with you my king. We are going to get another Rotti, you have spoiled us Shaq. Kirby is very lonely without you, that is the other reason we need to get a puppy so that he can carry on the way you did by teaching the new puppy the in's and out's around the house, the same way you taught Kirby when we brought him home for you to love and protect. It is very hard to sit on the swing and not be able to tell you my troubles, but I will continue to do so, as I know in my heart you are still there listening to me. I hope that you are playing with Sam and Bo, and will save a spot for me when its my time to come join you. I love you my gentle giant. Dad

5-3-2007
Hi my baby boy, I'm sorry I haven't talked to you. I'ts been to hard for me to accept that you'll not here with us now. I can't let go of you, cause it hurts me so much. I still feel like your going to come home like you always did. When you left us, you took a part of me with you. I'll never be able to fill that part of me, until I see you again. Not one day go's by that I don't think of you, remembering how happy you made us, and how happy you were. Always with your happy ears and your big clown smile, you always made me happy when you looked at me. I hope your happy now, and free of all your pain. Kirby misses you too, he has a saddness in his eyes. I hope your looking after him to, cause he misses you as much as I do. I love you my big baby boy, and I'll never stop missing you till I see you again. I guess dad let you know that we got a new puppy. A new one to love, but never to take your place. I better go now, and I'll talk to you again later. Be happy my sweet love, mommy loves you always. Bye love

6-1-2007
Hi my King
I wanted to let you know that I feel you still every night next to me. We wanted to say thank you for sending us Axel, he has helped mom since you are gone, never to replace you becasue that is impossible, but to let us love the puppy you have sent to us, there is only one King my Shaq and that is you baby. I do miss you very much since spending more time now at the doctors and things are getting a bit worse, I know that you will look over me as well and try to protect me as well. I just dont have you there to hug, when I need that, but I still talk to you and know that you are listening and that helps alot. Shaq I do love you and miss you so much...love Dad

6-5-2007

Hi my King

I wanted to let you know how much I miss you and love you ...everyday doesn't go by where i see you in the house or in the backyard. I hope you are hearing me in the evening when i sit on our swing, the way you use to cuddle againest me and listen to me. I am asking for a big favor from you, I need you to look over a dear friend that is coming to the bridge, she is beautiful. Her name is Hope and will need someone to share the bridge with. Someone to show her around and someone to keep an eye on and play with. Shaq you are my King and my love and always will be with me. Thank you for sharing your love with me..I am very honored that you choose us. I will be back my king until then take care of Hope and take good care of her. Love Dad

7-18-2007

Hi My King
As you know we took Axel to see Tony at the Vet. You remember Tony he took such good care of you and loved you as if you were his own. The funny thing was we were in the waiting room and they had the computer on. The slide show was showing all that they did. We were sitting watching the slide show and there you were, after one of your surgeries...you were always so strong. I miss you alot Shaq...everyday goes by with you on my mind...just wanted to say I love you and thanks for stopping by and checking on Axel. Oh yes and thanks for looking over Kirby during his surgery..you know what a softie he is....he misses you alot shaq....well time to go ..but I will be back..love you big fella DAD

9-18-2007

Hello Shaq :) I could not wait any longer to say how much I miss you. You are still the king and I miss you so much. Axel is doing better at home now, and that is thanks to you, as I know you are watching over him. Kirby is still taking his time to warm up but getting there as well. I know he misses you so much. Mom saw a shooting star last night and I told her you were just making sure we were ok. I will stay in touch more as everyday I see your huge loving face next to me..Mom still thinks of you so much...We love you and miss you so very much. love Dad

10-24-2007

Hello my king...Just wanted you to know that you are in my heart everyday I wake. I miss you so much. There are times that I wish I could be with you sitting there as you lay your huge but gentle head on my lap. I know you can sense the things that I am trying to say. It is very hard to express here as you know me I am afraid to open up to those I love, just how things really are. Shaq my King...I love you and miss you a great deal. Kirby misses his mate as well..Axel well he was a blessing sent to us from you and for that we all thank you. Well I Better get back to work, but wanted to say I miss you big fellow...love Dad

Dec. 8, 2007

Hello my King..Wanted to say I sure miss you, ever more now that Christmas is so close. Not sure how it will be without my big fellow taking his treats from my lips..or watching you rip up the christmas paper...everynight I hope you see me walk out the back door while taking Kirby and Axel out and blowing you a big kiss. And speaking of Axel..did you have to send us a puppy with so much energy. We love him alot but he is just a ball of energy, I think Kirby really misses you alot..even now I see him look to where you use to be. Axel sometimes is so powerful that Kirby will just run into another bedroom. Unlike when you two would cuddle up next to each other. I will sit outside tonight and let you in on the doctor stuff..as you were always a good listener. I miss you Shaq so very much..and love you with all my heart...Mom and Jimmy miss you to very much. We love you my King... love Dad

Feb. 29, 2008

Hi Shaq

I have been thinking bout you alot, wondering how you are doing? Jimmy told me that you have come and visited him a few times lately. Thank you for checking up and looking after he and Tracy. I know how much you love them both. He and Tracy are getting married in November so I want you to join us. Take a moment and send your love to them. Mom everyday picks up your picture and looks at the goofy grin of yours. She misses you a great deal. Axel is growing like a weed and still full of tons of energy. He will be a great dog as you are to us, just takes time. You sure sent us a handfull didnt you. Kirby still misses you alot..he has lost a bit of life after you left, we have tried and tried to keep him happy, but there are times he just wonders over to your spot and sits. Shaq I love you and miss you as you can tell when I go outside and talk with you. One day my King we will meet up again and you and I will embrace that loving feeling we have. We miss you and hope that you are truly healthy and happy now. I still till this day wonder in the back of my mind if I did the right thing, I know what the Vet said and I could see the pain you were going through, but I don't know if I should have tried more without putting you through more pain. I love you Shaq.
Dad


April 10, 2008

Good Morning Shaq..... Where do I start. It's been a year now since we lost you to that awful cancer. But not a day goes by where I don't look to you for support and that big ol loving smile of yours. There are times where it still hurts so bad that you are not with us. I know in my heart that you are happy and out of pain now, I guess I am just being selfish. I do know that Kirby still misses you, he hasn't been the same dog since you left us. Axel is a handful and I think Kirby is used to your loving ways. I am sure Axel will become that giant protector as you were to him. Jimmy and Tracy are getting closer to their wedding date, and I know they love and miss you a great deal as well. You probably see them when they come on here to visit you. I still see your Mommy holding or looking at your picture with tears in her eyes, she loved you so much. Its just very hard to believe you have been away for a year, not gone, as you will never be gone. I am still having some problems, they don't seem to be getting much better. So do me a favor and save me my spot will ya. Shaq you are my strength and will always be my king. I love you big boy....Dad


August 10,2008

Hello my king. I know its been awhile since I have written to you, but it does not mean as you know that I don't think about you every day. Jimmy and Tracy's big day is coming up and I'm sure you will be there watching somewhere. I know how you loved that boy. Mom is doing great, misses you a bunch, but the gift you sent us (Axel) he keeps her pretty busy. Kirby is getting up there Shaq so please keep an eye on him for me will you? As for me I think you know already, you always knew when I wasn't doing to well. Things haven't improved at all and well now I will leave it in God's hands. You just get that spot on the bridge open for me. I love you Shaq very very much. You will always be the KING..no one or thing can ever replace that. I better get going but I promise to come by more often. If you need anything ...you know where to find me...Just remember my big bog..Dad loves you.

Love Dad

Nov. 12, 2008

Hello my King. I wanted to ask you a big favor. I know that you are busy playing and watching over the others up there, but yesterday you got a new friend his name is Scout and is a tiny guy. You remember Steve my assistant well he lost his puppy yesterday to a very bad sickness. But I know that he is out of pain now and wondering around up there as he probably is not sure what to expect. Please watch over him and take him under that big heart of yours. Shaq there isn't a day that I dont look at your picture or send you a hug. I miss you so much. Axel and Kirby are finally getting along better. He is very much like you were when you were a puppy full of energy and full of love. Jimmy and Tracy are getting closer to that day so please remember to clean up and look down on the 29th as your big brother will be getting married to your favorite sister in law. Mom is pretty excited and has been doing lots around the house to get it ready for all the company that will be coming by. Jimmy sure has grown into a very responsible young man. As for me....I am still fighting this cancer stuff and wondering when I will be able to come sit on that bridge with you. Please remember to take Scout around ...

love you my King... Dad

April 1, 2009


Hello my King. I wanted to stop by and say thank you for watching over your Kirby. I know that soon he will be running with you on the bridge. Not one day goes by where I am not thinking of you. I miss you my friend very much. Axel is axel a gift from you. Thank you for letting us take him in and love him the way any loved one should be loved. I hope you are having fun and enjoy the pain free life you have. Make sure you take care of those shy ones coming to the bridge. Love you Shaq....Dad.


April 10,2009

Hello my Precious King. I went to bed with you in my heart and not wanting to get up today becasue this was the day that I had to take you in. I to this day still am not sure if it was the right thing to do, but that is only becasue I was being selfish and didnt want to let you go. The Vet and everyone said it was best, but then to see you there laying on my lap as you looked up at me, made me think who am I to do this. Please forgive me. I miss you and everyday doesnt go by without looking to the stars to say I love you. I again tonight will lift my heart towards the sky for you to touch me once again. I pray that you are doing well and havent forgot about saving me a space right next to you. I miss you so much...love your Dad

April 19, 2009

Hi My King

I miss you even more today then ever. A dear friend of mine lost there puppy the other day, Im sure you have notice a beautiful new dog there named Kashmir. Could you do me a favor since you are my King and Im sure in control of things up there, I am asking you to show Kashmir around and introduce her to your friends. Her mommy and daddy here are hurting alot as we were when we lost you. I know if they know you are taking care of her they will be at ease a bit more. Shaq I lvoe you and miss you so much...Love Dad
P.S. Thank you for sending Axel to us. He is alot like you ...a handful but we love him with all of our hearts. Kirby seems to be taking to him alot more..I konw that Kirby misses you a great deal to...Love you My King.


July 11, 2009

Hi My Handsome King

I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by on the 4th..Your Mom seen you in the house and what a nice surprise to. You put a bit of a scare into her but she loved seeing you. I know it was you becasue I saw you in the Garage as well. I miss you alot shaq and hopefully one day we can walk again together and talk....I miss that with you. Axel is getting better but still a puppy sort of. You been teaching him stuff at night..boy he sure is like you in alot of ways..so if you are knock it off..and just teach him the good stuff..hehehe...I miss you big guy...Don't know if I ever will get over letting you go, and hopefully you will forgive me by now, I did it for you. Otherwise I would still have you. Kirby is doing better so when you come down next time, please give him some of your strength ok..he still misses you alot...as we all do. I love you my king so very much. Bye for now but I will be back as I know you will be.

Love Dad


Hello My Friend and King

I wanted to let you know that everyday I think bout you ...Im sure you see me sitting outside looking up at you. Wondering how you are doing and hoping that you are at peace and happy. Kirby is still missing you big time. I only wish that you were here when we brought Axel into the house, he has that little stubborn streak that you use to have and needs someone like yourself to break him of his bad habits. He is learning slowly like most young kids or puppes. Mom sure misses you ..I can see it when she sits and thinks bout you ..tears never seem to be able to hide from her. Jimmy and Tracy finally got into a house, which is great. I sure miss you Shaq, and still think to myself what did I do, I can only pray that I did the right thing with you. I could not see you in all that pain. The cancer seems to be moving a bit more and faster, not sure what Im going to do about that, so may be on that swing talking to you about that as well. Not as easy fix for me, not that I wouldnt mind being put down so that I can spend my time with you. But I really want to see Jimmy and Tracy have that child. Would make me so happy and well as your Mom to be grandparents, then I think I can go in peace. I have reached my goals and those I love will be well taken care of. I love you Shaq so very much...I know its been almost 3 years now, but still seems like yesterday. Sorry it took so long, no excuse to not come say hello to my best friend..Love you very much my gentle giant...

Your Dad

March 25, 2010

Shaq

My Friend my King

Im so very sorry that it has taken me so long to write you. I miss you so much, as you can tell when I'm sitting on the swing. Thank you for being there for me...As you know I'm going to be talking to you more and more especially if this doctor stuff goes the wrong way. Well enough of that. Axel is doing great.. We helped get your brother Jimmy and Tracy a condo..they are very happy..you need to bite that boy on the butt when you get a chance...he has become a big time cat lover..hehehe but that is ok...you loved everyone and everything..I miss you my friend so very much. Axel is just the opposite of you ...but that is what makes life so great..no one the same..we go for our sunday walk at the beach. You would have loved playing with him...Kirby is getting up there..older and slower..so please keep an eye on your little pal ...I know he still misses his big pal.. I love you Shaq...'

You dad...


Shaq

I konw it's been awhile since I have sent you a message on here..but as you know I have been talking with you from the swing almost every night..I know you wont let me go but a few days without giving me that big ol push you use to give me to get your attention. Im asking for two little favors from you my king..one as you know Kirby is getting much weaker and he will need your love and support so if you could send him all that love from your heart and soul ..and also mom needs some of that to, Now the second one is you will be seeing a new friend up there ..his name is Sugar...he is beagle and lab mix..kinda of like Kirby...you wont be able to miss him ...he will be the one looking for someone to help him find his way...and I cant think of a better mate for him to play with on the bridge but you ...so please take good care of him as you did the others so that his mommy and daddy know that he is ok....I love you Shaq..and not a day goes by that you are not in my heart..trust me..Axel is keeping me busy and loves me a great deal...so thank you for sending him to us...but no one could take your place...

Love Dad

March 21, 2011

Hi Big Boy

I know ...I know..but I'm here now writing you. Things are going ok as you may know. We sure miss ya..Axel is Axel..stubborn like a teenager. But he is a wonderful Rotti as well. Kirby is having a very rough time now and not sure how much longer he can keep this up. I want you to look over him as much as you can..I love you Shaq..and I know that Kirby was like a little brother to you. So please help take some of the pain away that he has..he is such a strong little guy, I don't know or can tell if he is hurting. Sure miss you Shaq...

Love Dad


April 10, 2011

Shaq...my king..my best friend..how I miss you. Even to this day I carry you in my heart. Its been 4 years now since I made that decision to take you out of your pain. It still pains me that I had to do that, but I do know it was for the best. Your mommy thinks of you all the time. Kirby is not doing to well, ever since you left us, he has not been himself and slowly started to part from us. You will have your little Kirby by your side soon. Jimmy misses you as well..more then you know. I will be on our swing tonight looking for you. You give me the strength I need Shaq...I love you and miss you so so much. I know that you sent Axel to us and we love him very much as well. But as you know ..YOU ARE ONE OF KIND...you are my Shaq...

Love Dad

Shaq

I'm coming to you now for your help. As you know Kirby is not doing well, and getting weaker every day. I cant decide what to do as when I sat with you it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, was to let you go. I dont want to make that mistake with Kirby but then I dont want him to suffer becuase of me being stubborn. I miss you so much Shaq...I love Axel to death but you are my King... Please help me Shaq..some kind of sign...I know that you will take care of Kirby when you see him..he misses you a great deal..love you my king

Dad


May 30,2011


Shaq my loving buddy

I want you to know that I got your sign the other night about Kirby. Please take care of your little buddy as it won't be long now before I send him to you. I love Kirby so much he as been the last thread between you and I. But I do know its time to let him go and to stop being selfish about this. I know he will stay with us and try as long as he can dispite any suffering and pain he may be in because he loves us so much..remember Shaq to watch over him when he comes..I will let you know when..but it will be soon..love you big boy...
Dad

June 9, 2011

Shaq

As you are aware because of your little KirbyKoo is biting your ears, or legs right about now..we put Kirby to rest on this earth..so that he could join you on the bridge..he loves you big boy as I do..so show him around and smile as the two of you are together again..now remember to save me a spot..love you...Love you to Kirby...miss ya..alot...you guys...

Hi Boys

I am just checking on you both..making sure you are together and running free of pain. Axel is alone now so we are trying to spend more time with him...he misses you alot Kirby..Miss you to my big boy.. love you both..Dad

Oct. 9, 2011
Hi my boys

I am checking to see what kind of trouble you two are getting into. Shaq Im sure you are letting Kirby do as he likes..you always did. We sure do miss you both so very much..but Axel is a great dog...thank you Shaq for sending him to us...We love him too..so very much. NOW I want you to know you had a new puppy come to the bridge last week...so please take care of him..His name is Patches..he belongs to Les and Kathy...they loved him so very much..but I know they will feel better knowing that you are taking care of him...Mom wanted to say she loves you both and misses you alot...Well I will check in again..love you guys..Shaq I know you will be saving me that spot on the bridge too..dont forget that ok..
Love Dad


April 10, 2012

Hi Boys...

Shaq I wanted to say I love you and miss you very much. Im sure your little buddy Kirby is running you around some. I still feel as if I maybe didnt do the right thing, but everyone tells me that it was your time to see our lord. Seems like just yesterday that we were together. Axel sure misses Kirby I hope you two are running and having fun the way you use to at home. So many things going on I have failed to tell you how much I miss you. Mom misses and loves you very much she misses you both a great deal, now Axel keeps her busy, but she still talks and misses you guys. I love you boys, Shaq you make sure you save me a place when its time. I will be back more often..I promise...love you my King and take care of that little trouble maker Kirby...I sure miss that little scoobydoo. Just make sure you dont let him go chewing on your back legs as you know he loves to do that to his daddy...Love you Shaq..you are my king...

Love Dad


July 5, 2012

Hi Boys

Shaq my baby...Seems like just yesterday we were playing together, with that little Kirby or as he was known around the house as our little scoobydoo. July 4th how I remember that day. That was the day we brought you home, stopped by Dave's house and you were playing with there pug...and even bigger then him, even tho you were only 3 months old. I miss you Shaq...Im struggling a bit with my health, but have to be strong for your mom. Kirby you always knew how to cuddle up and make things better...I miss you boys a great deal. I love Axel with all my heart, but he will never replace either of you ...save me a spot boys...

Love Dad


March 18, 2013

Hi Boys

Well Shaq and Kirby give me a little sign that you both are having the time of your lifes. I miss you both so very much..I love Axel with all my heart, so thank you Shaq for sending him to us. Mom loves him a great deal, don't worry we will never have another like you ..you and axel are way two different..You were like a mature human..and Axel is like a wild teenage clown..but we love him. Kirby Kirby how is my little sccobydoo doing. I look at your picture and smile, I can't help but laugh as I remember you running around your shaq and biting him and running like heck as you knew he couldnt catch ya. Axel doesn't have that as after you went to heaven Kirby we thought it best not to get another. I love you both a great deal..Save me a place ok guys. I have done everything I need to do to make sure Mom is taken care of as well as your brother Jimmy...Love you guys very much...

Love Dad


Hi Boys

I wanted to say that everyday doesn't go by without me thinking of you ..talking to someone about you. And the same goes for you my little Kirbykoo...Axel is starting to move a bit slower. So keep an eye out for me...I wanted to just stop by and tell you boys we love you and miss you a great deal..and hold my spot Shaq...remember what i said about saving me a spot on the bridge with you.

Love you Dad

Hi my Boys

Just so you know we miss you both so very much. I love Axel is he is my rock as you were Shaq..and Kirby I can only say mom doesn't go a day without thinking of you ..and Shaq. I am getting older and starting to slow some so remember to keep a spot open for me on that bridge with you. I'm sure you are playing with your pals. Jimmy and Tracy are cat people but they don't go a day without remembering you both. Shaq there are times I know you are hearing me when I am alone asking for some of your strength. This cancer stuff is creeping up on me..faster then I thought. I miss you both so very much and still to this day hope that you forgive me for everything. I just loved you both so much I could not see you suffer. Send me a message to let me know you are both ok...I love you and miss you both so very much. See you soon.

Love Dad

3-21-2015

Shaq and Kirby

I wanted to say I miss you both so very much. Shaq you are still my rock you always will be, Axel is my best buddy now. I am having some issues as you know from hearing me talk with you at time and hopefully I have taken care of your Mommy just incase. I love you both so very much. Everyday something reminds me you both. Jimmy and Tracy are doing ok as you know. I wanted to thank you both for sending me Axel I needed him after everything happened. Time is getting closer I can feel it and wanted to know you guys save Daddy a spot.

Love Dad

6-16-2016

Shaq,Kirby and Axel.

I know its been a long time to write to you..but that doesn't mean that you have not been on my mind and in my heart. As you probably know that Axel has joined you..he was a true brother to you both. I miss him so much, so please take care of him...Kirby you remember playing with him...Axel you were a warrior and a very loyal son to us. I am very sorry but I could not let you suffer one more day. I know one day I will be on the bridge playing with all 3 of you. I miss you boys you were everything to your mommy and daddy ..don't ever for get that please...love you ...and remember to save me a spot on that bridge with you all




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