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Bob Mitchell

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Bob Mitchell: Saying goodbye to a beloved pet

When my daughter Meredith first introduced me to Gunner, my first thought was “what a skinny little dude.“

For the next year, we were nice to each other, and that was about it.  Then she asked if he could move in with us and of course I said yes.  You fathers out there know how hard it is to say no to your daughter, even when you are not keen with her idea.  Little did I know that he would be become my best buddy over the past 17 years.  

When I would complain about life’s problems, he would just listen.  He was a great listener.  Sometimes he would nod his head or roll his eyes but mainly just listen.

When I had to make the 13 hour drive back to Slidell after Katrina, he eagerly jumped in the car, so I would not have to make the hard grueling drive alone.  This past weekend I had to say goodbye to him.

I literally stroked his head as he passed from this world to the other world. The story does not end here. The true love of his life was my wife Clair.  When she was sick and I was at work he was at her side every minute.  When we sat down to watch tv he was on the couch right by her side.  When we came home he always greeted her first.  Was I jealous?  Yeah, a little, because I could not wag my tail like him or roll my eyes the way he could roll his eyes. 

I will miss my buddy Gunner.  People always ask “do all dogs go to heaven?”   I don’t really know but that answer.  I know my boy Gunner is there waiting for us. How do I know? Because my wife received this letter in the mail from him.   

Dear Mom,
Guess who?  It’s me, your boy Gunner. Yes, I can speak the same language as you. I’m using one of those voice type machines.  It’s real cool.

You can’t believe what happened.  I was walking into the den, and I saw this light.  It looked like a hole in the fence. I walked through it and here I am at this special place where I can see and hear again!  I can run like when I was a young pup, and I will never grow old again. Remember those squirrels I used to chase? They are here too! I finally caught one, but the Big Guy up here made me give it back.  I think there is some rule that nobody ever dies again.

I want to thank you for giving me such a great life.  We had some great times taking care of each other. I always felt so special when you allowed me to take care for you.  Those are some of my best memories.

I remember the day when Meredith rescued me from that awful prison. I thought I was going to have to spend the rest of my life in that cage. I thought that was the happiest day of my life. It was, until you, my real Mom, came into my life. Then I knew what real love was all about. No one could ask for a better Mom. 

Tell Dad that I saw Dot.  She looks great, and was chasing this rainbow-colored lizard.  Well I gotta go. I see a couple of ducks getting too close. Don’t feel sad mom. In heaven one second is equal to one year on earth.  So I’ll see you in a minute.
Your boy,  

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06/27/2014 4:32PM
Bob: Saying goodbye to a beloved pet
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06/27/2014 8:24PM
John and Deborah Hannon
Thank you so much for this wonderful story ! We just lost one of our five furry children of which 4 are rescues. A lot of people do not understand our love for our pets but that's okay because they do not know what they are missing in their lives!!With all the horrible stories in the media it is wonderful to read a worthy one. God Bless you and Gunner.
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