My Dearest Ruggy Ratt:
the time has come for me to say my last goodbye to you and I do so with a
most heavy heart. Dearest, most precious, companion of mine, I thank you for
the joy and affection you had given me and your human "Mom."
Without failure, you started our every morning with wet wake-up kisses, which we will never again feel on our faces. I will always remember how patiently you waited for your mom to wake up. And how, as soon as she dared to open one eye, you pounced on her chest and kissed her at least a zillion times, while you wagged your stumpy tail into a blur.
Every sunrise, I will be reminded of your constant love and I will miss your lapping kisses forever. With your incredible antics, you had made us smile, giggle, and outright roll with laughter. We will never forget your foolish bravery when you attacked the throat of a 100-pound Rottweiller. Luckily he was your buddy! But he did send you flying, just by shaking his head. Your love affair with the little red bird yard toy was something to see. You pranced and danced and scratched in the dirt in front of that little wooden Cardinal.
Did you think it was alive? We loved how handsome and proud you always looked, after you came home from the groomer's. She spoiled you and always sent you home with a new bandana, but she never touched your little fumanchu mustache. On warm sunny days, the outdoors was your favorite place to be. You looked so funny when your nose twitched as you sniffed the air each time you ventured out. Our morning walks were so very special. You explored everything! I loved to see you running toward us as fast as your skinny little legs would allow, to catch up. You had been busy, investigating some mysterious scent and leaving your own mark on it.
To you, the only thing better then a walk was a car ride. Standing on my knee, your tiny butt firmly anchored to my chest, looking out the passenger window, you were the regal king of the road. I loved taking you with me. I only wish that I had taken you even more places! Wherever you went, you captured hearts instantly, especially at the drive-thru window of McDonald's. Unfortunately, even their cheeseburgers failed to make you gain weight. You understood so much. Even when you were hiding under our bed, we dared not say aloud words like "outside," "ride," "grandma's," or "cheeseburger" for fear of being coerced into taking you on yet another new adventure. Your amazing little face had so many many expressions. You managed to communicate your feelings with it and tug at our heart strings so very well. It was so hard to say "no" to you! Your life started in a poor environment where you endured much abuse. Hunger, thirst, cold, and fear were your companions. You never got over that and trusted very few people. The best thing I ever did was to take you away from that life. That allowed you to experience care and love as you always should have. Your gratitude was endless. For all the genuine and unending love that you gave us, you expected so little in return. Your favorite place to sleep, day or night, was softly nuzzled against your mom's warm breast. You always prefer a soft pillow on which to rest your head! A doggie cookie, a special people snack, some petting along the side of your face, and you were blissfully content! So faithful were you that even in the last moments of your terminal illness, you waited for me. And when I arrived to take you home, you put on such an incredibly brave little show. Your tail wagged for the first time in many days. I'm sure that I saw you smile! As I took you into my arms, I could feel your labored breathing and hear little sighs. You stretched full length and rested your precious head on my arm, as you had done so many times before. And then, there in my arms, you took your final breath.
Thank you for waiting for me. As I look at you now, peacefully at rest in your final slumber, I want you to know that I never considered you a dog. You were my precious baby. My dearest little son, who never took off his little fur coat. You will always live in my heart!
Tomorrow morning, I will take our walk alone, but I will look for you to run towards me, to catch up. Hurry, hurry, my lovely, perpetual puppy.
If it is true that all dogs go to heaven, then I know that there you will be a little doggie angel. For now, close your eyes my beloved baby and sleep in peace in the great outdoors that you loved so much, until someday we see each other once more, across the Rainbow Bridge.
Until then, I will miss you terribly. I LOVE YOU!!!!!
Your human Dad
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mi manchi da morire piccolo mio.
Ti voglio bene.
Ti abbiamo amato come non è possibile spiegare... e ti abbiamo dovuto
lasciare andare, Charlie adorato. Dormi... adesso, puoi.
Rossana e Donatella
Ti vogliamo tanto bene
Luca, Cinzia e Stefano
La nostra Evi e il nostro Lordy sono gli ultimi che ci hanno lasciato,
li incontreremo per primi al di quà del ponte, per fare il resto del cammino
Nonna Lilian e nonno Silvio
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