-You taught my children to love animals. Before you, they were afraid of baby ducks. (Baby ducks, for goodness sake.) They were a little timid with you at first, but you never growled, nipped or bit, and quickly, the Beetle and the Goose learned to trust you.
-You were my constant sidekick. The whole family thought you were our dog, but really, you were MY dog. I knew it. You knew it. You stayed by my side day and night for 13 1/2 years.
-You patiently endured the Goose. While she painted your toenails, spray painted you and even dressed you in baby clothes, you looked at me longingly, asking me to save you. Sometimes, I did. Sometimes, I didn't. But either way, you endured.
-You survived the summer of the hurricanes with us.
-You were there to comfort the Goose after she scraped her forehead so badly the skin had to be glued back together.
-You were there to comfort the Beetle when he had his tonsils removed.
-You gave the same comfort to the Goose when she had hers removed.
-You were a quiet comforter for us all.
-You were there with us when we had to leave our home. (In fact, my furry friend, you were the last remaining piece of "home" I felt like I had left, and now that is gone. You will be sorely missed.)
-You were there for us when we moved.
-And moved again.
-And....again. And regardless of where we were living, you were happy, as long as you could be with us.
-You were there to comfort us when we lost 2/3 of our income in a fire. You didn't even care that we were broke.
-You were there to comfort me and calm me when Mr. E had his face burned. You tried to lick away the tears, though I really, really did not want you to do that. (Sorry. I've seen you eat poop.)
I could go on and on and still not name all the ways you have given to us. While we thought we were saving you, you saved us.
You were a true friend, when I sometimes felt like I had no others.
You made me feel accepted when I otherwise felt rejected.
I am so thankful you did not suffer, and I am also so glad I did not have to make a decision about when to let you go. You went naturally. Even your death was as low maintenance as you had been for all those years with us.
As I sat there and watched you take your last breath, I knew I would never find another dog like you. Surely, I couldn't. You were weird. That's probably why you fit our family so well. There could never be another dog like you, that's for sure. You were my companion. You were my constant buddy. You were my Pepe Chihuahua. -Al