B U S T E R|
OCTOBER 09, 1996 -- JULY 01, 2010
"You will always live within my heart; now you can touch the moon and the stars...
" I love you forever, our hearts entwined; I love you forever, until the end of time..."
My Dearest Buster (aka Boo-Boo and "The Senior"):
Our Song(s): "Me and you and a dog named BOO" by Los Lobos, 1971
You were a rescue spaniel that, in the end, rescued me. We met in September, 2002 thru Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England (www.CSRNE.org). I lost Beaumont, at the age of 12, in July of that year. I wasn't sure if I was ready to take-on another spaniel; I still had Bentley but he was very lonely without his big brother, Beaumont, here any longer. I decided to slowly investigate rescue dogs, Bentley and I would spend our weekends driving all over New England to meet potential new "best buddies" for him. We met several spaniels and even spent one weekend driving all the way to Vermont for the day to meet a spaniel...Bentley and that dog had no interest in each other and the visit lasted less than 10 minutes; the drive took 4 hours each way from Boston.
The following weekend, CSRNE called me and had arranged a meeting in CT with a spaniel that was placed in a local shelter because of a divorce. After our previous experiences, I was less than optimistic but we drove down to CT on a hot, September afternoon. We pulled into the driveway and this jet black spaniel came running to meet the car. Bentley was so excited in the rear seat that he began weeping in anticipation of meeting you. I took Bentley out of the car and before I knew it the two of you were running off into the fenced yard. You hit it off from the very first moment...I knew, in my heart, that you were the right fit for our home.
You joined us a few days later. I picked you up from your former owner and you settled right into the blanket that I had laid out for you in the backseat of the Range Rover. We arrived home...Bentley greeted you at the front door...your proceeded to run up and down the four stories of our home like a bull... just released from a china shop; you then stopped, urinated on my dining room carpet, jumped onto the Great Room sofa and went to sleep. Hmmm...I wasn't pleased but CSRNE told me that I needed to be PATIENT!!! That was the first and last time that you ever exhibited that type of behavior...I guess you were just "marking" your new FOREVER home.
As I begin to write this chapter of our life together; it is July 21, 2010 at 4:24 p.m., Boston is experiencing a terrible thunderstorm and rain...It's GOD crying!!!
-Buster passed away on Thursday, July 01, 2010 at approximately 3:15 p.m. at Angell-Memorial Animal Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
The following are random thoughts and experiences that we've shared over Buster's lifetime; I hope they make you smile...
-Buster LOVED just being in the car. This was his OBSESSION...I've never seen anything like it, the car didn't even have to be running or moving...Buster LOVED laying on his doggie bed in the back of the SUV and sleeping with his pink piggy stuffed toy for hours. At the house in Maine, Buster would run around the car in the garage until I would put him inside just for him to nap...occasionally, he would get up and poke his head out of the window just to check on his yard and watch us doing yard work or watch his younger brother, Bongo, playing. Most days, I would need to physically pick him up from his dog bed and take him inside the house for his dinner. Buster LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the car!!! That's a memory that brings a smile to my face.
-Saturday and/or Sunday have ALWAYS been "Family Day." Each weekend brought a new adventure...some weekends were spent just roaming the yard and conservation land at our home in Maine...some weekends were meant for road trips; Buster visited Washington, DC...Savannah, GA...Fort Lauderdale, FL...Miami, FL...Provincetown, MA and he enjoyed roaming off-leash at Lincoln Woods Park in Lincoln, RI.
-Buster REFUSED to walk on iron grates or manhole covers on sidewalks or when crossing the street. He would go out of his way to avoid them and he always knew even before stepping his paw on one. I don't know how this behavior originated but it was always the case from the first time that I brought him home to Boston at the age of five (5). As I previously stated, Buster was a rescue spaniel that saved me in so, so many ways...He opened my heart and home again to new beginnings and love.
-When I adopted Buster, I was fortunate to meet his original owner that had him from the age of 12 weeks...She got divorced and had to move into an apartment and could not take him along. Buster was well loved by his previous owners; so smart, so intelligent, so well-trained...he knew all of his commands. Buster was like a person looking back at you, his eyes understood my every word and emotion.
-Buster's original owner told me that his full name was SHADOW BUSTER BOO; she said that when he was a puppy, he would lay in the sunshine to nap and when he would wake-up, he would scare himself when he saw his own shadow and bark... hence, the name...SHADOW BUSTER BOO!!!
-Buster lived his nine (9) plus years with me at his homes in Boston's South End, Boston's Waterfront, Ogunquit, Maine and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He had his own bed and toys in each home always awaiting his arrival.
-After Bentley passed on June 15, 2007; we adopted a puppy in autumn, 2007 as a companion for Buster. In retrospect, I think it was a little more excitement than Buster would have preferred at his age. However, Buster, in a very short time, grew to love "The Baby" aka Bongo; he was always so protective of Bongo inside and outside of the house. Buster was an incredible "judge of character," he could sense trouble approaching whether it was animals or people. Buster "bit" four people during his lifetime and each time, Buster's judgement was correct.
-Bongo loved to lick and clean his big brother's ears. I have no idea how the pattern started; they would curl up together in ONE dog bed, even though they each had their own, and Bongo would lick and clean Buster's ears endlessly...and Buster seemed to LOVE it...I never understood it because both of their ears were cleaned daily by us; they were never dirty. I think it was more of a show of affection from Bongo to Buster and Buster appreciated the gesture.
-Buster was ALWAYS in the most amazing physical shape...He had a beautiful body with a defined waist and chest...I used to refer to Buster as "my little fashion model."
-Buster was DEFINITELY my companion. He would follow me everywhere, even if I moved for a minute, there he was by my side. I believe, he loved me so much because he knew that I rescued him and saved his life; in return, he was eternally grateful to me. The love was mutual.
-Buster would spend hours laying on top of his pink piggy or pink heart stuffed toys. He was so gentle with his toys, he would lick them endlessly so they smelled like him, then just lay on top of them and fall asleep for hours (see attached pictures below).
-Buster was NEVER in a hurry except for his dinner. On his daily walks, it was always a leisurely stroll and he would have to take-in every smell and scent. Sometimes, it drove me crazy especially if I was running late for work or an appointment; most days, he won out over me.
-Buster, Bentley and Bongo had/have the BEST dog groomers in DEWBERRY DOG in South Boston, MA...This family is the most caring, loving pet groomers that I have ever met. As Buster aged, they could tune-in to his moods and some days they would call and tell me..."he's just not into grooming today" so he'd just get a bath. On good days, he'd be groomed and walk out looking beautiful with this shiny black coat of fur and his gray snout. Buster was a jet black spaniel but he had pure white fur between the pads of his paws on two of his leg's.
-Buster knew time without ever looking at a clock or calendar. Every day, he knew within 30 minutes when it was time for his dinner and he would do circles around himself and bark until he received it....Also, he knew the number of days between "Family Day" from week to week...During the week, he would go for his morning walk, have breakfast and then settle back in his bed for his morning nap...Once Saturday arrived, he would be pacing in circles and barking at us to remind us it was time to go...So smart, Buster has so much intelligence and character.
-Dinner was cooked for Buster on a bi-weekly basis; it consisted of six (6) grilled chicken breast that were mixed in with his gluten/grain-free dry food. Buster also LOVED cooked pasta noodles, shells and rigatoni...sometimes, we would sneak his medication into the pasta but he was SO smart, he would eat the pasta and return the pill to the kitchen floor. Buster loved Wheat Thin crackers!!!
-Bedtime was always a challenge because we made the mistake of letting him take over our bed. Throughout the night, he would jump up/down for water or if he got too hot on the bed, he would jump to the cool hardwood floor. Ultimately, every morning at 7:00 a.m., he was pushing ME off of the bed...he may have gotten up and down throughout the night but he always woke right next to me...I miss his warm body and the sound of him breathing next to me ☹
-Buster had the LONGEST tongue of any dog that I've ever met. I have no idea how that long tongue made it all the way back into his mouth!!! He loved to give big, wet spaniel kisses to me...I miss them ☹
-Buster ALWAYS made a mess when he was drinking water; probably because of his long tongue. Most days, more water ended up on the kitchen floor than he actually got into his mouth. It became my routine to grab a sponge whenever I saw Buster going for his water bowl, I knew the floor would need to be wiped up!!!
-Each morning before leaving for the restaurant, I would make sure Buster was comfortable either on his bed or our bed and make sure he had his stuffed pink heart pillow to fall asleep on...I would give him a kiss on his forehead and say..."Daddy loves you." Many days, I would come home for his noontime walk and he would still be asleep exactly where I left him 3-4 hours earlier.
-Buster enjoyed Peter's Dog Park in his Boston neighborhood; he would go off-leash and socialize with the other neighborhood dogs or go off on his own just to take-in all of the smells and scents of nature. He LOVED to sniff!!!
-As a family, we began watching the television show entitled "The O.C." Buster always reminded us of the character, Ryan, on the show; Ryan was the "tough guy" from Chino, CA who was being raised in the affluent Orange County. Ryan always had an "edge" to him; he had "street-smarts" and was never too trusting. Buster's life experience can be described in the exact same terms.
-I see myself in Buster; an independent, loner with a BIG heart!
-Buster was ALWAYS the perfect gentleman when getting a bath at home. He understood AND did everything asked of him..."turn," "give me your ear (and he would tilt his head to one side)...other one." He would wait patiently until his "final rinse" then wait to be dried off and settle into his bed.
-Buster would routinely have "nightmares." We could only imagine who or what he was fighting about in his sleep...was it over toys? food? or some past experience from his previous life with his former owners. We'll never know...
-Buster had a reoccurring blood blister on his upper right eye-lid and a small mole on his upper right lip...I would joke with him that we were going to take him for cosmetic surgery and recovery in Florida.
-Buster would love to search and find chicken bones and other trash on our daily walks. On the rare occasion that he managed to pick something up, he would go into "lock jaw" mode and refuse to release it. Eventually, we learned if you offered him a real treat, he would drop the trash instantaneously!!! Buster was such a strong willed, intelligent gentleman.
-Buster was the cleanest, most perfectly housetrained companion that I've ever had the pleasure of sharing my life. Every walk, he would do all of his business; rain and snow...done in 2 minutes and back inside the house. On nice days, we would take long walks through our Boston neighborhood or Maine.
-Buster was raised in his former home along with two (2) cats; he always loved kittens and cats; he approached them so gently as their friend. No cat ever came after or attacked Buster, it took a few seconds for them to figure him out; they realized he was their friend.
-I always used to say to him..."Buster who? Buster who? Buster BOO that's who!!!
-June 17, 2010 - We had a spontaneous evening outing at Castle Island with the spaniels after an early dinner at Metropolis. The sun was setting and the spaniels ran, off-leash, around for an hour or so...we sat down and watched the planes take-off and land at Logan airport as the spaniels chased them through the sky.
-June 19, 2010 - Saturday, we spent the afternoon at Castle Island with the spaniels for our weekend exercise...we ran, played, relaxed and watched the planes departing/arriving and the sailboats gliding thru Boston Harbor.
-June 20, 2010 - We went to grandma's house for the day; the spaniels played and wrestled with Mango (grandma's Pekingese); Bongo was exhausted. Buster just wanted to sit in the car so we left the car running, in the driveway, with the air conditioning running as he slept. Buster LOVED the car!!!
-June 21, 2010 - I kissed Buster and Bongo "good-bye" and told them..."Daddy loves you," as I left for the airport. I never thought this would be the last time that I would see my beloved Buster alive ☹
-Daddy Alberto took the spaniels to the groomer's; Buster had his "summer buzz cut" on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Buster crossed over to Rainbowsbridge freshly groomed and very handsome the next afternoon...
-Buster collapsed while out for his afternoon walk on July 1, 2010. He was rushed to Angell-Memorial Animal Hospital and met at Emergency by our veterinarian, Dr. Brum.
-Buster knew that it was his time to transition; he was quiet and at peace. Alberto was by his side, Buster laid his head on Alberto's lap and Alberto was scratching him gently behind his ears, Buster appeared to fall asleep before Dr. Brum approached with the serum. I don't doubt for a second that Buster wanted to stay with us longer; unfortunately, his 29lbs. body was shutting down on him...
Looking back on the memory of
And now I'm glad I didn't know
Holding you I held everything
Your body was tired; there was nothing more I could do
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
by Garth Brooks (edited)
"If it should be that I grow frail and weak and pain should keep me from my sleep, then you will do what must be done, for this --the last battle-- cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand, but do not let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than all the rest, your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years; you wouldn't want me to suffer so.
Take me to where my needs they'll tend; only stay with me till the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me until my eyes no longer see.
I know, in time, you will agree it is a kindness you do for me.
Although my tail its' last has waved, from pain and suffering I have been saved.
Do not grieve that it must be you who has to decide this thing to do.
We've been so close--we two--these years, don't let your heart hold any tears."
"Shed no tears of sorrow...
"Energy does not die...
-July 9, 2010 - A single white butterfly appeared while walking Bongo at 1:12 p.m. Is that you? We saw you fluttering outside our window; thank you.
-July 11, 2010 - A rainbow appeared in the late afternoon sky, it didn't even rain...Is that a sign from you? Are you telling us that you've reunited with your brother's, Beaumont and Bentley, and crossed over to Rainbowsbridge? In my heart, I believe, that was your rainbow and your message to me.
-July 15, 2010 - It's been two weeks, today, that I lost you to the beautiful, peaceful kingdom of Rainbowsbridge...I'm hopeful that you've connected with Bentley and Beaumont and the three brother's are healthy, happy and playing together. Time passes, LOVE endures. Hugs, (spaniel) kisses and Much Love, Daddy Paul
-July 19, 2010 -- A single white butterfly @ 3:20 p.m. Hmmm...We love you!!!
-August 1, 2010 - We traveled to Manhattan this weekend with Bongo to meet some rescue cocker spaniels at an organization named New York Abandoned Angels (www.nyabandonedangels.com). I spoke to their founders, Dolores and Ellen, earlier in the week and we were considering "fostering" a spaniel until a permanent home could be found for him/her. They had about 15 dogs that needed placement so we thought Bongo could socialize with a few spaniels and PERHAPS we would agree to a foster arrangement. We arrived at Dolores home and she was having an adoption open house with alot of people coming to meet the available spaniels. We met a 2 year old male spaniel that was an owner surrender from the Upper Eastside, Manhattan animal shelter a month earlier. We took him for a walk to a local park and spent some time with him and Bongo...He walked terrible on his leash, he reminded me of the first time that I met and walked you :) He reminded me alot of you; a very lean body, very smart, very loving...Needless to say, we spent the night in Manhattan and picked him up the next day at Dolores home. We named him "Bronx" to honor his history...He's happily, settling into his new life at his forever home in Boston, MA.
-October 9, 2010 - We decided to spread your ashes in Ogunquit, Maine; next to your brother, Bentley on your birthday...TODAY. We left Boston at 10:20 a.m. for the trip to Ogunquit, Maine it was a beautiful, sunny, cool (60 degree) day. I thought that I had read the Atlantic Ocean tide charts correctly... low tide was scheduled for 1:09 p.m. I was wrong...we arrived and it was HIGH TIDE!!! Since I wanted you to be next to Bentley and the tide was all the way up to the end of the Footbridge Beach boardwalk, we decided to come back in about 4 hours. We put your ashes on your dog bed in the back of our SUV; you always loved riding there, and drove around your former town. We arrived back at Footbridge Beach at about 4:00 p.m. and the tide was going out to sea. We had a bouquet of 14 white roses to spread along with your ashes; one for each year of your life. We also filled a container with a memento from each of us to bury with your ashes...your favorite treat, your blue ball, your prescription and your scarf from your last grooming appointment the morning that you crossed over to Rainbowsbridge. We gathered the items from the car that we wanted to spread with your ashes and walked to the location of Bentley. From the end of the boardwalk as it touches the sand, we walked 184 steps to the North then 168 steps to the East (there is now a #10 marker at the top of the sand dune at the approximate location of where we need to walk East towards the Atlantic Ocean). We finally reached the destination when we realized...we FORGOT your ashes on your dog bed in the backseat of the SUV!!! We thought it was a sign from you about how much you loved riding in your car and weren't ready to leave just yet...I stayed on the beach with your other items and Daddy Tico returned to the car to retrieve you!!! I found the Josh Groban song "To Where You Are..." on my iphone, put it on speaker and played the song while we dug a shallow grave next to Bentley to release your ashes. We said a few prayers are we released your ashes; placed your items next to you and placed the bouquet of white roses on top of your ashes. At that moment, a big wave crashed and just about reached you...the water filled up the shallow grave we created and very quickly the sand began to cover your ashes and the roses...We stayed and talked to you for awhile. We crossed the boardwalk back to the parking lot at 4:40 p.m. and we saw a man walking two spaniels...one buff and one black...we cried!!! It was like walking you and Bentley all over again!!! The same beach that we all spent so much time running and playing on in the surf and sand!!! It was deja-vu...Again, we cried!!! We love and miss you so very much; one day we'll be together again!!! Thank you for watching over us from Rainbowsbridge...WE LOVE YOU!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
December 25, 2010 - Merry Christmas to you, Bentley and Beaumont...We miss and love each of you. I'm sure you're all celebrating with lots of new friends in heaven at Rainbowsbridge; we miss you here!!! It's our first Christmas without our Buster-Boo; I miss you and love you!!!
October 9, 2011 - HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY to you...Boo!!! We went to visit you and Bentley at Footbridge Beach on Wednesday at about 2:30 p.m. and the most amazing thing happened as we pulled into the parking lot, a RAINBOW filled the sky!!! I took about 20 pictures, it was beautiful, stunning and ironic... I believe a welcome sign from my two boys!!!
July 01, 2012 - TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY...Today is the 2-year anniversary of you leaving our lives so abruptly; in time, I've realized that I'm thankful that you never suffered any serious illness and you lived life to the fullest until your very last breathe...A heart attack, during your afternoon walk, may have taken you from our lives on earth but not a day goes bye that we don't remember your spirit, energy and independence...WE LOVE YOU and I know in my heart, we'll see each other again...Sending hugs, (spaniel) kisses and much love to YOU, Bentley and Beaumont over Rainbowsbridge....I LOVE you!!!
October 09,2012 - HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY!!! It doesn't seem possible that you would have been sixteen years old today!!! Your energy and spirit carries me each day...I was planning to visit you in Maine this past Sunday however, it was raining plus a holiday weekend (Columbus Day) so I decided that I will visit you with your "foster" brother, Bailey, this Saturday, October 13, 2012. I know in my heart that your always by my side... This will be Bailey's first visit to you and Bentley's memorial at Footbridge Beach. The weather is supposed to be pleasant and it's NOT a holiday weekend so the beach shouldn't be crowded...I'm looking forward to it...I miss you, your energy, your spirit...Life continues to change but the love that I've shared with "my boyz" is unwavering!!!
July 02, 2013 - THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY...Dear Buster, I'm so sorry for being a day late in your tribute but I'm sure you've already reunited with GRANDMA over Rainbow Bridge. We lost your GRANDMA and my mother, Lorraine C. Spyrka Lemay on June 24, 2013. It's been a horrific year!!! Tico and I spent the last 37 hours and 45 minutes of GRANDMA'S life by her side and she passed from this life peacefully. We are all still in a state of shock...how could this happen? I was on the telephone with her 3 minutes BEFORE her fatal attack; I'm devastated as is our entire family. Please watch over GRANDMA and make sure to give her LOTS of spaniel kisses and let her know that we send our love from this dimension to her...We love her, miss her and are still struggling to understand her loss :( May you rest in peace Mom, you left us far too soon. Your devoted, loving, heartbroken son...Paul.
October 09,2013 - Today, we celebrate you and your 17th birthday. Thank you for being a part of my life for 8 fun-filled years. We did so much together and created so many memories, I miss your gentle spirit. I think of you, your brothers (Beaumont & Bentley), GRANDMA and all that I've LOST...I'm reading a lot about "Heaven." I just finished "Heaven is for Real" by Colton Burpa....I was happy to hear that animals are in heaven :) I MISS all of you soooo much...I still can't believe my Mom and your Grandma passed away nearly 4 months ago....Most days it seems like a BAD dream!!! You and Grandma were both so strong-willed, please send me that energy in the days, weeks and years ahead...I'm in desperate need of it. Give Grandma a big hug and kiss for me...let her know that her former white Steiff teddy bear, that she had in her bedroom, still retains her perfume, Tresor by Lancome-Paris; as the breeze blows through the open windows tonight and past her teddy bear, her scent fills the room and my mind fills with memories of her :( I love and miss you Mom and Buster-Boo...hugs, kisses and much love Paul.
July 01, 2014 - FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY...It doesn't seem possible that it's been 4 years since you left us so unexpectedly; SO MUCH...has happened and changed our lives FOREVER...My Mom and your Grandmother passed away on 06/24/2013; it's been a year for Grandma...I'm sure that you, Bentley, Beaumont, Palani and Sue-Ling have already greeted Grandma...We MISS and LOVE all of you that have gone before us, one day, we will be reunited....I LOVE and MISS my family!!! Until we reunite...
October 9, 2014 - HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY BUSTER BOO!!! I can't believe that its' been over 4 years since your sudden departure from this life...I think of you every day along with all of our family that has crossed over RainbowBridge. I just finished reading a book entitled "A Dog's Purpose," it was an amazing book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It made me cry (a lot), think and appreciate (even more) the fur family members in our lives. I took your brother, Bailey and cousin Mango over to Castle Island today, you used to love our time spent there!!! It's a beautiful fall day, the kind of day that you would have preferred to sit in the car, in the driveway with the windows down on your dog bed sleeping and enjoying the cool autumn breeze. I never met another dog that ever LOVED just sitting inside the car...even just in the garage or driveway...You are a character :) I love and miss you...hugs, spaniel kisses and much love, Daddy P-
July 01, 2015 - FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY...I can't believe 5 years have passed since you left us so suddenly and unexpectedly; a massive heart attack on your mid-day walk :( You are/were a "little" gentleman...you understood everything that I said and would cock your head to the side in acknowledgement...you are/were SOOOO very smart. I'll never forget the day that Bentley and I met you and the fun the two of you shared, a few days later you joined our family and my heart FOREVER!!! There's been sooo much loss the past few years..my Mom and your Grandma, Auntie Vera, Auntie Barbara...there are so few of us left in this realm...one day we will all be reunited, I find comfort in that belief. I read the sequel to "A Dog's Purpose," entitled "A Dog's Journey," another beautiful story...the ending of the book is my HOPE for my afterlife...being surrounded by those I loved and loved me in this lifetime. I LOVE you Buster Boo...hugs, spaniel kisses and much love...Daddy Paul
July 01, 2016 - SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY. It seems IMPOSSIBLE that you left us for Rainbowbrige 6 years ago today. I miss your 'PERSONALITY;" you were the most loving and protective companion that I could ever hope to have by my side. I'm sure that you've reunited with Bentley and met Beaumont; along with reuniting with my Mom (and your grandma)...Love doesn't END and we WILL reunite in the future. I love you...yesterday, today and tomorrow. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Daddy Paul
October 09, 2016 - Happy 20th Birthday!!! I miss you. You were always a person inside of a cocker spaniel; your facial expressions told me that you understood everything being said to you and happening around you. I'm thankful that you graced our life for over 8 years and you passed away just short of your 15th birthday. I love and miss ALL of you that have gone before me; in my heart, I believe, one day we will be reunited for eternity. I love you an miss you; yesterday, today and tomorrow. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Daddy Paul, Bailey, Bongo, Bronx and Cousin Mango :)
July 01, 2017 -SEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY. It's hard to believe that it's been 7 years since God called you home; so much has changed. I guess the only thing constant in this life is change :( Every time that I think of you, it brings a smile to my face. You were a mischievous fella and we shared so many wonderful memories. I love you yesterday, today and tomorrow xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Daddy Paul
October 09, 2017 - Happy 21st Birthday in Heaven!!! I love and miss you; in my heart, I know that one day we will be reunited for eternity. I made the decision to place you, Bentley and Beaumont's cremains in Angels Rest at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. I've created beautiful Golden Flagstone markers for each of you including your pictures and text. It's a very peaceful beautiful place, I'm traveling there in May, 2018 to volunteer and for the placement of your cremains. I love you yesterday, today and tomorrow xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Daddy Paul, Bailey,Bongo, Bronx and Cousin Mango :)
April 23, 2018 - At approximately 12:40 p.m., Mango transitioned over to the Rainbow Bridge to join you, Bentley and meet Beaumont. I remember when we would go to grandma's house and Mango would be so excited to see you and Bentley, he would chase you around and you'd get annoyed and jump on the sofa. Mango was 13 years and 2 months old. He was a very good boy, he mellowed with age. Greet him at the gates along with your brother's and grandma; in my heart, I know we'll be reunited for eternity. I love you yesterday, today and tomorrow...XXXXXXXXXXXXXDaddy Paul
July 01, 2018 - EIGHTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Time passes, love endures. I can't believe that it's eight years since we lost you, I remember it like it was yesterday. "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die..." I think of you, Bentley, Buster, Mango and grandma EVERY day. I have ALL of your pictures on my nightstand and begin each day saying "Good Morning," to ALL of you. I love you yesterday, today and tomorrow...until we reunite again....Much Love XXXXXXXX Daddy Paul
OCTOBER 09, 2018 - Happy 22nd birthday in heaven, Buster-Boo!!! It's hard to believe that you left us over 8 years ago, not a day passes that I don't think of you, Beaumont, Bentley, Mango and Mom...I love and miss you ALL so very much...I know in my heart that you are celebrating with your brother's and grandma today :) We laid your cremains along with Beaumont, Bentley and Mango at Angel's Rest located at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. It's a beautiful, peaceful place and will be preserved for eternity. We already scheduled our trip for 2019 to visit and volunteer!!! I love you yesterday, today and tomorrow...I know one day we'll be reunited for eternity, until that day, run, play, eat well and love...I love you...XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Daddy Paul
July 01, 2019 - NINE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. I love and miss you Buster-Boo!!! The only thing constant in this life is "change," and we're about to start out on a new beginning in middle age; everything happens for a reason. I hope you are with Grandma, Beaumont, Bentley and Mango running and eating well over Rainbowsbridge. I placed your cremains along with your brothers in May, 2018 at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. Angels Rest is a beautiful, peaceful pet cemetery overlooking the red mountain cliffs of UT; it's a very special place. I love you yesterday...today...and tomorrow...All my love, Daddy Paul
September 5, 2019 - Buster, at the time of this posting, I'm sure you have already met your younger brother, Bailey. Bailey crossed over the Rainbow Bridge today at approximately 3:30 p.m. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure on April 4, 2019 and through medications we were able to "control" if for 5 months, he lost his battle today. We left home at about noontime and I carried him down the stairs to the car and put him on his bed in the car. We drove over to Castle Island and spent 75 minutes sitting under one of the big oak trees across from the ocean. Bailey enjoyed the fresh air and his ears blowing in the wind; he knew. We traveled to the veterinary hospital and I was by his side kissing his body telling him how much he was loved and that Grandma, you, Beaumont, Bentley and Mango would be there to greet him. He passed from this life with peace and dignity, the way he lived in this realm. I'm heart broken, my only consolation is that when it's my time to cross over, I'll be reunited with all of you for eternity. I love and miss all of you!!! yesterday, today and tomorrow....Daddy Paul
October 9, 2019 - Happy 23rd Birthday over RainbowsBridge :) I love and miss ALL of you that have crossed over; one day, in my heart, I believe that we will ALL be reunited for eternity. I hope you enjoyed your birthday with Grandma, Beaumont, Bentley, Mango and have welcomed, your brother, Bailey over the RainbowsBridge. I love you yesterday, today and tomorrow..My Buster Boo!!! xoxoxo Daddy Paul
July 01, 2020 - TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY. It's amazing to me that 10 years have passed since you were by my side. SO, SO, SO much change...2020 has been a HORRIFIC year; there is a global pandemic. Our restaurant that we've co-owned for 30+ years was shuttered based on a Governor's mandate for over 3 months; I don't know if we will ever recover. You LOVED going to the restaurant and the fresh grilled chicken or hamburg and rice that the kitchen would make for you :) I miss you and love you. In my heart, I know, you are reunited with Grandma, Beaumont, Bentley, Mango and were introduced to Bailey. I know that you are aware that I adopted a chocolate brown parti-color spaniel, his name is Baker. He's 18-months old and LOVES to destroy his toys. He arrived from Colorado; it's been an adjustment for him to acclimate to living in the city. I love you...yesterday, today and tomorrow xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Daddy p-
October 09,2020-HAPPY 24TH BIRTHDAY my Buster-Boo!!! I love you and miss you every day!!! Re-reading what I wrote after your passing 10 years ago, brings a smile to my face. We shared a beautiful life!!! I'm sure that you are spending your days with Grandma, Beaumont, Bentley, Cousin Mango and Bailey over Rainbowsbridge; one day we will ALL be reunited for eternity. I love you yesterday, today and tommorrow.