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Memories of Ruger
In loving memory of our dear, sweet, baby boy.

Looking back to the first time we saw you -- we knew that you were destined to be our Son. In fact, you chose us! I will always remember how you left all the other puppies and people, and ran over to us. We knew it was meant to be.

As you grew, I remember endless times of watching you and your friends playing in the yard, and laughing uncontrollably! You were always full of excitement, and so loved your friends. Our trips out to the country each weekend for field running & exploring with your best friend, Montana, are very precious memories. The two of you would take off, but every few minutes, your beautiful, smiling face would appear out of the woods to "check in" and make sure I was still there. Then, off you would go again! - Just always so, so happy & grateful. During the week, you made sure that we did our 3 mile run each day. Everyone in the neighborhood knew you, and would watch for us to come by, offering you water & treats, and commenting on what a beautiful boy you were. I was always so proud to be your Mom. I believe you had a great adult life -- tons of dog friends & field romps, in terrific physical shape, and a Mom & Dad that loved you.

When we started our business, we knew that it needed to represent our love for you. "The Happy Hound" was perfect -- and you were its ambassador. I will always remember how excited you were to go to work, and how you would march through the doors so proud to be there. You would take your place in the window and draw the customers in. It was because of you, that we were able to be so successful. Everyone walking by had to stop in and see you -- they were drawn to you. You had such a special way of making everyone smile. Our years together at work are days that I will always treasure.

Soon the senior years were upon us. Who ever named them "The Golden Years", right my love? Growing old is never easy, and you certainly had your struggles. Imprinted in my mind is the look on your face that first time you couldn't stand. You were so scared, and so was I. You kept trying to get up, and couldn't understand why you couldn't. I realized then that the end was approaching. But our wonderful vet treated you with a miracle drug (Adequan), and your daily physical therapy had you chasing rabbits the following Spring. You were strong again, and I felt so, so lucky. But the time passed by so quickly, and the last 3 months, you began to tire. Everything got so hard, and took so much effort to do. You had to sleep so much just to gain strength for your daily needs. You began to fall frequently, and the tumors made you so uncomfortable and were jeopardizing your breathing - your old body was so frail & failing. It made you so anxious & upset when you couldn't control yourself.

On November 24, 2009 we made the agonizing decision to lay you to rest. We had made you the promise to never let you suffer, and it was time to fulfill it. It was, by far, the hardest thing we have ever had to do, and the worst day of our lives. You were our lifetime dog, our lifetime friend, and part of our souls. You took a part of us with you and I don't know if I will ever feel whole again. Words can not express the loss we feel, and how much we miss you. I can only hope that one day we will be reunited. Rest in peace, my dear sweet baby boy. Mommy & Daddy will forever love you.

12/27/09 - Today is your birthday my love - you would have been 16 years old. I went and spent Christmas Eve (1 month after losing you) & today at your favorite park in Waterstone. I sat on the bench, looking over the lake, and sobbed - I can not get over the pain of losing you. I miss your sweet kisses, the warmth of your body always cuddled so close, and your sweet smiling face. Living without your love has changed me - I need to "re-invent" myself. You took my heart with you - I no longer feel whole. We shared a bond that only few can understand, and were connected in a very special way. I pray that you are at peace, and ask you to help give me strength. I miss you just so, so much.

1/24/10 - Good morning, my sweet love. Today is 2 months since you had to leave. It is still just so, so painful living without you. Please, tell me how am I suppose to live without you....after I've been loving you so long? How am I suppose to live without you.....when all that I've been living for is gone? I miss you every minute of everyday.

2/24/10 - It is now 3 months since you have been gone. I believe it will take me years to heal from this loss. You mean the world to me - you are my only.

You sheltered me from harm
Kept me warm, Kept me warm
You gave my life to me
Set me free, Set me free
The finest years I ever knew,
Were all the years I had with you

And I will give everything I own,
I'll give my life, my heart, my home
I will give everything I own
Just to have you back again.

You taught me how to love,
What its all, all above
You never said too much
But still you showed the way
In my new, I'm watching you
Nobody else will ever know
The part of me that can't let go

I will give anything I own
I'll give up my life, my heart, my home
I will give everything I own
Just to have you back again
Just to touch you once again

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