Saturday, February 6, 2016


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's
 soul remains un-awakened." 

Last week we had to send our sweet, beloved Hooper over the Rainbow Bridge. It was one of the hardest things our family has ever had to do. We only recently found out that he had lymphoma and had declined rapidly. 

For anyone who had met Hooper, you know that he wasn't just an ordinary pet. He was sweet, funny and had a loving personality. We were so lucky to have had him in our lives for the time that we did, even if not long enough. Hooper never thought he was a dog, he thought that he was human like the rest of us. When the kids climbed on the couch to watch a move, so did Hooper. When we all sat down at the dining room table for supper, Hooper sat under it. Usually under Alyson's chair, because her food always seems to miraculously fall on the floor when she said she was "full".

Hooper adored attention and even if you accidentally grazed your hand on his head, he was your best friend. He would adoringly sit at your feet, looking up at you with his beautiful brown eyes begging to be scratched or played with. His love for water, snow, stolen blueberry pies and roast dinners are something that we will laugh about for years. 

Hooper held within his heart secrets that our family whispered when we needed to talk but couldn't find the words. He held patience for all the trucks that Jonathan has drove over his fur, for Alyson dressing him up in all of her clothes and covering him in blankets. He held love for everyone in our family, the way he greeted Scott at the door each day, the way he nudged Destyni back out the door when she came home from school because he knew that was his walk time. 
He was incredible and amazing and he kept our family happy and protected,  and we will miss him with our entire hearts. 

Until we meet again...

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