Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Missing Link

You were always a soft-spoken gentleman; as a pup you didn't even chew on shoes...you just nibbled shoe laces.


You were named after a video game character known for his bravery, selflessness, compassion, and kindness. Well...your bravery seemed to fall a bit short, demonstrated by your fear of...dogs. But you didn't let that timidity keep you from excelling at the ever-important duty of herding your family safely down the treacherous walking paths of the dog park. Yes, what you may have lacked in courage, you more than made up for in fidelity and devotion. You skillfully guarded your charges from day one...


...come snow, rain, heat, or gloom of night...


...for all your years.


And you warmly welcomed all new members to the family along the way, regardless of size or shape, be they the human sort, the four-legged variety or...not.



And, oh, how you absolutely dominated on the agility course. Your athletic prowess deserved so much more acclaim than you ever received. You routinely beat dogs with national standing; you could have easily been a formidable competitor in the agility world. I'm sorry I didn't give you the opportunity to shine as brightly as I know you would have.





Despite being a world-class athlete, you never shied away from helping with the mundane chores of the household. You kept me company through many a load of wash to fold, garden of weeds to pull, and yard of leaves to rake.


And now you leave us to savor the fond memories you so generously provided over the years. I thank you dearly for each and every one of them. I will miss you, my friend. You were a good, good boy.





Link
July 10, 2001 ~ October 31, 2016 

21 comments:

  1. A beautiful post!
    Sorry for your loss Stephanie.
    Rosie Russell

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    1. Thank you very much, Rosie, for taking the time to read my post and for your kind words! Take care and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  2. This post is so beautiful. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your special boy. What a lucky pup to have such a kind and loving mom. Hugs. xoxo

    Best,
    AnneMarie

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    1. Thank you so much, AnneMarie, for taking the time to read my post and for your condolences and kind words. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  3. So sorry for your loss Stephanie.

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    1. Thank you again, Lilian; I truly appreciate your supportive words. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  4. So often people do not realize the ppowerful impact a pet has on one's life. They can be so "human". Sorry about your loss.

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    1. Thank you very much, Gracie, for taking the time to read my post, for your condolences, and for your oh, so true words. Pets add so much love to our lives! Thanks again, take care, and have a wonderful weekend! :) ~Stephanie

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  5. So sorry, really moving post for a wonderful friend who'll always be missed. I nearly cried

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    1. Thank you so much, Geoffrey, for taking the time to read my post and for your very kind words. Take care and have yourself a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  6. Wonderful post. It brought a tear to my eye. RIP Link.

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    1. Thank you so much, Wendy, for taking the time to read my post, and for your very kind words. Take care and have yourself a wonderful weekend! :) ~Stephanie

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  7. What a beautiful tribute to a loving companion. So sorry for your loss.

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    1. Thank you very much, Hindy, for taking the time to red my post, and for your kind words and condolences. Take care and have a wonderful week! :) ~Stephanie

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss. I have 3 shelties, one who is not doing so well and it is truly heartbreaking because they are members of our family. I am so glad you have such wonderful memories of Link!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachel, for taking the time to read my post, and for your kind words. Best wishes to you and all of your Shelties, especially the pup who is having some rough times right now. Give them a little extra lovin' from me! Take care and enjoy the rest of your week! ~Stephanie

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  9. Beautiful tribute, brought tears to my eyes. I am sorry for you loss.

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  10. Very touching. I am sorry for your loss of a devoted companion.

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