June 19, 2011


My mom's little cavalier Tess passed away suddenly this morning. She was born on the fourth of July, last year, and made fast friends with every one she met.

She laughed with her tail, she frolicked with the clouds . . . She loved to watch television {especially the hunting scene in Bambi}. She could be counted on to chase Ben for hours, and I think, had she had a little more time, fetch might have become their favorite game.

I don't know if you've ever been hugged by a dog, but Tessie hugged you hello every chance she got. This hug she gave {nearly indescribable} involved a slow crawl up the torso until she reached her victim's neck. Before one could even protest, those skinny spaniel arms would tighten their grip and she'd kiss every spot she could reach, all the while her entire body wagging with enthusiasm.

She burst through my dad's newspaper every morning, after running full throttle through their house, only to land on his head and cover him with hugs and kisses. Every. Morning.

We will miss you, Little Imp.

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. -Unknown


  1. love the dog!


    A couple of lovers sailing around the world.

  2. What a cute little puppy. I'm not a dog person (yet!), but my sister and daughter are, so I've gotten a glimpse at how special they can be...and how hard it is to say goodbye. Such sweet words you shared.



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