I remember the first day I laid eyes on you. You were running around with your brothers and sisters trying to keep up because you were so small. You stood out like a sore thumb with your floppy ears and all black fur next to the typical looking German Shepherd pups. You were anything but typical and you were my baby boy the moment I picked you up. I brought you home and everyone loved you immediately, you fit right in.|
As cute as you were, I knew we had to do something about those big floppy ears, so after much advice I decided to go the old granny pink roller method. I glued two pink rollers into your ears to "train" them to stay up and after a few weeks it worked! Sure we laughed at you and called you "roller boy," but you had the most handsome ears I ever seen after, and you were pretty damn adorable!
You were my handsome boy, you grew up to be so beautiful. Every time I took you out for a walk people stopped to ask questions about what breed you were and to comment on how handsome you were. I was so proud of you. More importantly, I felt so protected by you. Every deployment, every new and strange place we were in, you were always there as a constant reminder that I was safe and that I was going to be okay. You stayed up with me when I cried at night or to stand behind me like a chicken when I heard strange noises - I would always laugh and ask who was protecting who? Lol. But even still, I felt comfort with you being there. You were home to me no matter where we lived. I always knew you would be waiting on the other side of every door we ever called home with your chewed up tennis ball ready to welcome us with such excitement. Things will never be the same. Life will never be the same.
As I walk around the house I keep thinking you're going to pop up out of no where seeing what I'm doing, but you're not there. You'll never be there again.
You will always be in our hearts and a part of our family forever. This is not a goodbye. I cant bring myself to say goodbye yet. I will say I love you, you are my boy and we will miss you every single day. Sweet dreams boy.