Six days ago, we celebrated his thirteenth birthday.

Almost thirteen years ago, on a cold February day, I took a spontaneous drive with my brother to another state. I came home with two puppy brothers, who we lovingly named Moose and Otis. They seemed to be destined to stay together. Together they’ve been ever since-part of our family before we ever were a family.

Moose’s health has had some ups and downs over the last few years. There were several moments we thought would be his last. But, he always seemed to rally. We knew each day we had with him was a gift. He has been a constant in our lives, always right in the middle of whatever was going on…

On Christmas morning, he got right in the middle of Rose and I as we worked to put together a new toy. He sniffed around as we ate breakfast and happily accepted a scrap of toast. He was happy to be with us. It was as simple as that. He was a constant and, now, our memories of Moose will live in our hearts.


9 thoughts on “Moose.

  1. I am so sorry about Moose – it’s heartbreaking to say goodbye, but so powerful to share love with a dog. I love the way you ended your post – a glimpse of the simple joy and presence of Moose. May his memories live long in your heart and bring smiles of joy when you think of him.


  2. Oh Jess! Moose’s pictures are so adorable. 13 years! Such a part of your lives. It looks like Moose had the happiest life and was surrounded by much love. What more can we ask for? We have our dog Teddy for two years now. I love him fiercely and dread the day that we have to say goodbye. I am sending you and your family much love.


  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our fur-babies really are a part of our family, and their passing hurts and leaves an empty space in our hearts. Only through the love and comfort of our Snug have I been able to endure the past month and a half w/out our Puck. Hold tight to your family, your memories, and your other pup. Peace to you as you grieve.


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