My Rolf was my once-in-a-lifetime special dog. He chose me and I'm all the richer for the many years we had together. I remember his stoic nature, bravery, companionship and love. As a young dog, his intelligence was clear. His patience stood out with how he treated Helga-Sue as a puppy -she turned out to be his life partner - when she was tiny, he let her chew on his neck until it was raw, and the bigger she got, the less chewing was allowed. What a bond they had. I well remember one winter in our townhouse when you caught a total of 6 Oppossum. I'll never forget the stealth and lighting speed you displayed the first night I opened the door for you to see what was in the yard. You were graceful and amazing. |
Halloweens were such fun because you LOVED to dress up and you thought the trick or treaters were there to see YOU. You were so dashing in your James Bond Bow Tie ( and your Mickey red bowtie and your bandanas, etc) - we loved to watch you show off. You were our "Buff Pup." I will always remember the time I had a huge vase full of flowers and you got on the back of the couch and stretched your neck as far as it would go so you could stick your nose right in the middle of the flowers and smell them. Our own Ferdinand! Richard will never forget the time he was very sick and you never left his side for a minute - you just stayed and provided comfort.
I remember how smart you were at Buda's very first wiener dog races when they shot a gun off and the other dachshunds scattered to the 4 winds, you wisely found Richard's legs and stayed put. You were also very stealthy and clever - we'll never forget the day we finally figured out where all our missing socks were -- there were dozens and dozens under your dog bed! After that, we'd watch you out of the corner of our eyes and see you sneak a sock, very cleverly arrange it just so with your nose so that it was a rolled little bundle, and then you would carry it off to some pre-determined temporary spot so that you could take it to your "lair" later on for safe keeping. That never got old for us. We also remember your love of pupcorns and how you would always ask - or demand for just one more.
Ferris too remembers and loves you. He loved when you gave away your rare kisses and would let him pet you. He loved it when all of us would go for walks. Even when you lost your eyesight, you were an inspiration - you found a way to navigate the backyard by using the fence and other markers as your guide back. People were always surprised to learn you couldn't see. Everyone who ever met you remarked on what a great dog you were - and they were right.
I told you daily that you were the best bubby in the whole wide world. Truer words were never spoken. I'll never have another doggie love like you, my wonderful one! Even at the very end, you never gave up being you and carrying out your duties. We all love you and greatly miss you. You will never be forgotten. May we be reunited on the other side of the bridge my Rolf-Rolf! Until then, we wish you peace and happiness,free from infirmities!
Love, Sara, Richard & Ferris
P.S. Well, Bubby, it's been about 11 months now since you have gone and we still feel the sting of your absence. Chief is a good doggie but he will never replace you. You will be happy to know that he loves your Helga-Sue and is good company for her. Thank you for the card you "sent" - it was so good to see you again! I put it on the refrigerator door. I recently ran across a photo of you and me from November 2002 - you were handsome, of course! Maybe I'll add more photos to your album this Fall. Love you, Sweetie! --Sara