Siberian Husky, Lead Dog, Therapy Dog, Working Partner, Alpine Hiking Partner, Best Friend
The words I write on this memorial have been in my head and heart for awhile but to painful to put down until tonight. My wife and I lost our beautiful and beloved Siberian Husky suddenly earlier this summer. To both of us she was a central part of our lives. We took her everywhere we traveled. She visited dozens of states and traveled within 2 countries. A typical Husky she loved all things winter especially playing in the snow. She was also an enthusiastic swimmer and loved water almost as much as snow. I adopted her from a family that had to give her up needing to tend to a new baby. When our eyes first met at the adoption pound it was love at first sight. She chose me as much as I chose her. Over several years I worked with her to train her to follow in the paw prints of my Samoyed Kimo who was a working Therapy Dog for individuals I work with who have special challenges. I never thought I would find another dog who had the right combination of heart, patience, discipline and compassion that he had. Over the years Skye displayed all of these. She proved she could measure up to Kimo which was no easy task. Over a period of 10 years she worked with me side by side every day. She helped me foster independent life skills to individuals born with or who had developed challenges in life. When she wasn't working with me she was happy at home taking walks with my wife, playing with her toys, lounging in her favorite leather chair or laying in front of a wood fire. She tolerated our 2 cats and loved her family. She stayed in 5 star hotels in several cities, hiked over 100 mountains near our home in Vermont, and took thousands of rides in our Jeeps. She survived a horrific accident with me thar neither one of us should have survived. We even performed physical therapy together. Skye was a working Therapy Dog who touched and helped change the lives of dozens of individuals. She paid her respects while attending the Memorial Sites of Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT as well as Boston Marathon shortly after the tragedies occurred. She was always a dignified girl who was very gentle and affectionate to people she encountered in the community. She knew when she was on duty working and she knew when it was time to play and conducted herself accordingly. My wife and myself miss her more then words can say. I always knew losing her would be hard. It is harder then I ever could have imagined. Outside of my wife, I lost my primary Working Partner, Hiking Companion, and Best Friend. When it was time to say goodbye I whispered to her to head to The Light and to not wait for me as I would find her when I got there. Although I know she has crossed Rainbow Bridge and is with God, it's still so hard not having her by my side. I want to share what I think everyone that loves their pet wants to share. How special she was to us and how much we miss and love her. Skye we love you forever and we will see you again. Until then run through all the streams, fields and mountains that Heaven provides. My Lead Dog and Best Friend forever! We Love You Skye!
In Loving Tribute,