by Joseph Gutierrez
It's the third day and I can't believe he's gone, even though I personally had witnessed a silent howl as to let those who had went before him and those he was leaving behind know that he was truly changing worlds.
My wife, Zhenie, cried "Rikki Boy wake up, wake up Rikki Boy" but the brave, loyal Jack Russell who has been with me three years longer than my wife would not be waking up again. He lay motionless now after contracting heat stroke like every summer before, only this time it was fatal. We did our best to cool him off but his little body got hotter and hotter until the moment of the silent howl and he went with God. This will be a page in my book of life that I will have to fold. To ask the Glorious Father someday, "Why did you take my Rikki Boy when we needed him so much?" Only on that day will it be revealed why Rikki Boy had to go.
I love you, Rikki Boy, with all my soul and so does Mommy. Your brothers are sad at their loss of your companionship, and mourn constantly. Rikki Boy, my son, go forward and sit at the throne of our Father where we will all be reunited someday. Get to know all of the relatives who have gone before you and ready us to meet them. Reserve our place in the House of the Lord and watch over us for all of our days just as we watched over you.
I miss your smile, I miss your nudging touch, I miss the warmth of your body and how no matter where I was in the house, you'd lay at my feet. Lay now Son at the feet of Our Holy Father and please guide us all home to him soon. Just like the way you would put yourself to bed, you travelled first from this world to guide us Home. I miss you and I love you my son and I always will...
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