I Lost a Dear Friend Today
I wrote this tribute to my Dog, Brewster a month after he passed away. I miss him as much today as I did in January 2007.
I lost a dear friend early this morning. I lost a faithful companion. I lost a good buddy. I lost Brewster.
Brewster was my German Shepherd Dog. He was 12 years, 3 months old. He died at 12:02am. He developed Canine Bloat. The onset was rapid and he passed away within 8 hours.
Brewster has been with me since he was 7 weeks old. He was whelped on November 12, 1994. My daughter Dee and I picked him out of a litter of 8 or 9 other happy, jumping GSD puppies. His markings were what struck us, so we picked him.
We took him immediately to a Veterinarian to establish a record and care plan. The doctor that examined him called him “Bright Eyes,” because of his attentive gaze at everything.
He was ever vigilant, even as a young puppy. Whenever I was outside doing any kind of work, he would patrol our yard. He would circle the perimeter making sure I was safe. He did the same with my wife as well. He stayed on high alert as long as we were out working the yard. When we stopped to rest, he would continue his vigil, until we quit and went inside. Then he would take the luxury of rest.
He loved to walk. He loved to jump. He loved to play. He was comfortable outside, but he slept indoors, keeping watch over us and the house, his domain.
He was getting older. He was moving slower, but still kept up his vigil. He was showing signs of arthritis, but did not let that slow him down. There were times I had to restrain him, so he wouldn’t be in so much pain after a day of yardwork. He was a good dog.
As I said, he was my friend, my buddy, my companion. I will miss him.
Brewster, my friend, you have gone to the Rainbow Bridge. You are free of pain now. You are once again that young and vigilant dog, keeping the demons at bay. I know that one day I will re-unite with you. Remember that you were always loved and that I will forever miss you. Thank you for every moment of joy you gave me.