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For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Jul 20, 2012

Rupert

My sister and brother-in-law lost their beloved Weimeraner, yesterday. He had a long and wonderful life with them. He was a wonderful dog and their hearts are heavy with grief. It was a difficult decision, but they had Rupey's best interest at heart. I realized I don't even have a picture of him, but I don't want his passing to go unnoticed as he brought so much joy to those who loved him.

My sister and I live far apart so we don't get to see each other, often, but she has always been, and will always be, my best friend. She has the best memory of anyone I know, and she can recall the tiniest details when relating a story. Rupert provided much fodder, and she'd have me laughing until I cried at his antics. He was a true "dog comic" and will be remembered for his incredible personality.

I know she and my brother-in-law are hurting very badly and their hearts have big holes in them, now. I wish I had words to fill them, but I don't. I can't even fill my own holes.

I've played this many times, but it seems so fitting--I always think of Lizzie and Jack when I play it, but tonight, this is for you, Rupey. Rest in peace, dear pup. You made a difference in this world.
Rupey Song

I was able to get some pictures.




Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And, beloved master, should I be deprived of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
--Beth Norman Harris


15 comments:

  1. This has been a day full of grief for many people. I am so sorry about your sister's loss. I will give my girls an extra love tonight.

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  2. Thank you, Sandie. I gave Jack an extra hug, too. Seems when I'm not traveling, all I have to post about is sadness and loss.

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  3. This is just lovely Nancy. What a fine tribute to their wonderful companion. Losing our four legged friends is a very difficult thing. They give so much and ask so little.

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  4. Having just gone through the pain of losing a long time canine friend, we can appreciate the feelings involved with this loss. That's a nice tribute to a fine dog. Always difficult to share these losses, but it does help to know that there are friends out here in blog land that do care and offer support. We certainly appreciated your kind comments and support for us during out times of sorrow of late. Thanks for sharing and thanks for caring.

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    1. Thanks for writing, Russ. Seems I've reached the age where either people or pups are leaving.

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  5. Please tell you sister how sorry I am for her loss and that I will hold her in my heart and in my prayers. RIP Rupert.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. You're always so kind. I will tell her or maybe she'll read it, here.

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  6. Nan, so sorry to hear about Judy's pup, I know she loved him the way you love Lizzie and Jack. Please let her know we send our best, anyone who has loved and been loved by a wonderful dog has a share in her grief.

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    1. I told her, Gail. Thank you for understanding and caring.

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  7. so sorry to hear about Rupert. He was a lucky boy to be so loved by all who knew him. RIP Rupert!..Rainbow Bridge is welcoming another great dog.

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    1. Yes, thank goodness for Rainbow Bridge, Sue. Thanks for writing.

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  8. What a beautiful pup he was. RIP Rupert.
    It always makes me sad when I read or hear about some one loosing a loved friend. They are so loyal
    to us and trusting of us. And in turn we feel the same.

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    2. Boy, am I getting old. Fingers on the wrong keys in my reply! LOL Thanks for commenting, JoJo. Give Fred and extra hug, today, and a pat from me.

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