The sunshine of our lives furry child (Walker) was born on March 5,1995 and that was one of the happiest days of our lives. March 24,2006 was a completely horrible day that no one should have to indure because we had to say goodbye to our most precious and handsome little man. Mookie, you were meant to be our's right from the start and from then on you were our "son". We had eleven wonderful years to learn that you always gave us more than we could ever give to you. How blessed we were to have you in our home, our lives and forever in our hearts. When thinking back it's impossible to count the many folks that we talked to because you were so gorgeous and they just had to tell us that (like we didn't know) you were. You always were so excited to see everyone and you let them know. The memories began when you were no bigger than the palm of our hands. Remember how you laid under Poppy's arm in the recliner. You were a beach bum from the time you were just a pup. How funny it was to see you basking in the sun and running along the shore. You would go out in the sea as far as your Poppy went. Of course crabs were such a curiosity to you. Once you dug a huge hole in the sand it seemed just to have Pop fill it back up. You thought that golf carts were made for you to visit everyone and to have them see you (the big dog). If we went to the pet store it didn't matter how many other dogs were there, it was you that everybody had to talk to, talk about, or pet. This always made you so happy and Mommy and Poppy so proud. Camping was a favorite time for you to explore and play. Then of course something off the grill always had your name on it. You and I know that Poppy didn't really mind not getting to fish because you wanted him to take you wherever he went. If Poppy and you were playing hard it sounded as if you were so mad but it was just noise. Poppy always joked that if we had burglars you would let them in, help them pack and then leave with them. It was just that you were so sweet and loved everybody. It did not take long for us to realize that you allowed us to drive YOUR truck. There's no telling how many miles you racked up. Riding was always something you loved to do. Of course, you loved your treats, biscuits, bones, pig ears and especially the occasional ice cream on a hot day. When we realized that you had a brain freeze one time we just had to laugh although it never slowed you down. It was so cute the times we let you have the big ham bone from Christmas dinner. What a hoot to see you carry that thing around like it was your new best friend. One of your favorite things was to stay with Mommy in the kitchen because you knew you'd get something good. Of course your favorite treat was peanut butter. Mommy looked forward to you coming in the bathroom while she was taking a shower because you would wait so patiently until she finished. Plus you would stand and lick the outside of the shower door as if you could taste the water. And until you came along she had not realized that you had to accompany her wherever she went in the house. This was just to keep her from going alone. Another favorite activity was waiting and looking out the window for PopPop to come home from work. By the time the garage door went up you were already waiting at the door for your Buddy to come in the house. Gosh it had been so long since you saw your PopPop last (ten or twelve hours) at least. It was only after a very long day that you then would finally relax laying on your bed with Baby Duck. We still remember when you finally learned to squeak all of Baby Duck's four squeakers. It was unbelievable how excited we were to hear that. One of the funniest things we figured out about you was when we realized that if you were mad at us you would literally turn your back to us pouting until you were no longer mad. Generally this wasn't for very long. When you were exhausted and we could lay down with you and snuzzle with you will always be one of our favorite things. It was also one of the last things we got to do with you. On the few times we could not take you with us and you went to "camp" you always made new friends. Who ever got to take you to exercise was under your spell. But the people you were always the happiest to see was your Mommy and Poppy. It did not matter to you what time it was or what else was going on in the world. The only thing that mattered was that we were together again. You had always acted like a puppy until shortly before you got sick. Even when you got bad you kept your dignity. We have never witnessed more spirit then what you displayed at the worst of times. You became our hero. Never giving up and to even help us to accept the inevitable. Thank you for everything Puppy. We will miss your unconditional love and those precious sweet as honey kisses until we see you again. Now our little angel plays and runs free happy and healthy with brother Tucker. Happy trails Mookie. Miss you Buddy. Love you always and forever Manny.|
April 8, 2006 I am trying to figure out just exactly how did I live before you came along? Can someone tell me? And the answer is that I only had a shell of existence until you came along. You brightened up our world so much yet we didn't even know how much it was needed. Now someone needs to tell me how to go on. I have the heaviest heart because I just knew we had another year at least since you were so healthy. But then something reared it's ugly hand and scooped your healthy body away never to return. It was so hard when we knew it was time. During that short month we tried to accept it because you could no longer stand much less walk. But our little tough man still kept trying to stand even after he couldn't any more. Our hero was so determined but his body wasn't. Then you would look up at me wondering what's going on Mommy? We tried all kinds of meds and you hated every one of them but that last night we began to see what had to be for you. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever my baby. You must have loaned Mommy and Poppy all your courage just to get through it. What a good boy that I will forever be so proud of until the day I die. My precious Mookie you were almost always a good boy and I would give anything just to hug and kiss you. I know that would make me feel better. But only if you would be as you are now running free and healthy. You look for me and Dad when we cross because you owe us hundreds of hugs and thousands of kisses. I'm going to hold on so tight we will look like one. I miss you so much my Mookie and it can be the smallest thing that makes me start crying over not having you. I'm so selfish even though I know you had to go, I still want you here with me to do all the things we normally did for all those eleven incredible glorious years. Summer is coming and we had plans didn't we baby? Soon the tears will fall less and we will remember all the many good times and things we did. We feel some peace because no matter what, we could not let you suffer. We loved you much more than that. For we gave our hearts to a dog to tear. And so goes the poem by Rudyard Kipling
THERE IS SORROW ENOUGH IN THE NATURAL WAY
BUY A PUP AND YOUR MONEY WILL BUY
WHEN THE FOURTEEN YEARS WHICH NATURE PERMITS
WE'VE SORROW ENOUGH IN THE NATURAL WAY,
IT'S VERY HARD ADJUSTING TO YOUR ABSENCE. NOW YOU LIVE ONLY IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. ALWAYS AND FOREVER YOUR MOMMY AND POPPY WILL LOVE YOU. OUR PRECIOUS AND HANDSOME LITTLE MAN WHO BROUGHT SUNSHINE INTO OUR LIVES AND HEARTS. HOW WONDERFUL YOU WERE! HAPPY TRAILS MOOKIE. MISS YOU BUDDY. LOVE YOU MANNY
MARCH 5, 2007 HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRECIOUS BABY BOY. TWELVE YEARS AGO YOU BECAME OUR BEST FRIEND GIVING US SO MUCH JOY AND HAPPINESS. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU TERRIBLY. ALWAYS AND FOREVER, HUGS AND KISSES, MOMMY AND POPPY
MARCH 24, 2007 ONE YEAR AGO WE HAD TO LET YOU GO AWAY FROM US AND IT WAS SO HARD TO DO. WE THINK OF YOU EVERY DAY AND WISH YOU WERE STILL HERE. OUR HEARTS STILL ACHE AND THE TEARS STILL FALL BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU EVEN MORE THAN WE DID THEN. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR PRECIOUS HANDSOME LITTLE MAN. LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER. MISS YOU BUDDY. HUGS AND KISSES PUPPY, MOMMY AND POPPY
MARCH 5, 2008 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY BOY!! MOMMY AND POPPY MISS YOU MORE THAN EVER AND THINK OF YOU ALL THE TIME. IF ONLY WE COULD LOVE ON YOU. WE LONG TO KISS AND HUG YOU, HONEY. FOR SURE, YOU WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE IN THE TRUCK TO GO FOR A RIDE AND GET AN ICE CREAM. ALWAYS AND FOREVER, WE LOVE YOU, MOOKIE
MARCH 5, 2009 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY BOY!! MOMMY AND POPPY MISS YOU SO MUCH AND LOVE YOU EVEN MORE.
MARCH 5, 2010 ANOTHER YEAR HAS COME AND GONE WITHOUT YOU AND OH HOW WE WISH YOU WERE HERE TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY. MOMMY AND POPPY MISS YOU MORE THAN EVER AND SEND HUGS AND LOTS OF KISSES TO OUR PRECIOUS ANGEL. ALWAYS AND FOREVER, WE LOVE YOU MOOKIE
MARCH 5, 2011 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABYBOY! WE CAME VERY CLOSE TO SEEING YOU IN JAN BUT IT WAS NOT TO BE YET. BUT BECAUSE OF IT WE MISS YOU EVEN MORE. OUR LOVE FOR YOU GROWS DAILY AND WE WILL LOVE YOU LOTS ALWAYS AND FOREVER. WE NEED LOTS OF HUGS AND YOUR SWEET KISSES THAT ARE SWEETER THAN HONEY. MOMMY AND POPPY
MARCH 5, 2012 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOOKIE! MOMMY AND POPPY MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU SO MUCH. LET'S SNUZZLE TOGETHER AWHILE AND POPPY CAN HOLD YOUR PRECIOUS FOOTERS SO YOU CAN'T SCRATCH YOUR MOMMY. OH, HOW WONDERFUL IT WOULD BE TO JUST HUG YOU REAL TIGHT AND KISS THOSE SOFT LIPS. LOTS
MARCH 5, 2013 HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRECIOUS MOOKIE! SAME WORDS BUT THEY MEAN EVEN MORE THAN EVER BECAUSE YOUR MOMMY AND POPPY MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU MORE THAN EVER. WE LONG TO SEE YOU ONCE AGAIN BECAUSE THE TEARS STILL FALL SO EASY AND THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM AT TIMES SINCE NOTHING WILL EVER FILL THE SPACE YOU LEFT. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MOMMY'S BABY. HUGS AND KISSES SWEET BOY. A NICE TRUCK RIDE AND DEFINITELY SOME ICE CREAM JUST FOR YOU. WE THANK YOU FOR SO MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND ALL THE GOOD TIMES. MISS YOU BUDDY. LOVE YOU MANNY
MARCH 5, 2014 A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PRECIOUS BABY BOY MOOKIE. YOU WERE SO MUCH HAPPINESS AND THAT'S WHY WE MISS YOU LIKE WE DO. 8 YEARS SEEMS LIKE FOREVER. IT WOULD BE SO GOOD TO HUG YOU AND KISS YOUR PRETTY SWEET FACE. MISS YOU BUDDY. LOVE YOU MANNY.
MARCH 5, 2015 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOOKIE! WE LOVE YOU
MARCH 5, 2016 SURE MISS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU PRETTY BOY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY. YOU TRULY WERE THE SUNSHINE IN OUR LIVES. WISH WE COULD HUG YOU TIGHT AND GET ONE OF YOUR SWEET KISSES. MISS YOU BUDDY. LOVE YOU MORE EVERY DAY, MANNY.
MARCH 5, 2017 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY! WE MISS YOU SO MUCH AND TALK TO YOU EVERY DAY. WE LOVE YOU EVEN MORE THAN WE DID ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. WISH YOU COULD SEND US ONE OF YOUR SOFT SWEET KISSES AND A BIG HUG. MOMMY MISSES HER PRECIOUS BABY AND POPPY MISSES HIS BUDDY. WE LOVE YOU LITTLE MANNY & ALWAYS WILL