(North Hollywood, CA, USA)
My pups, Rocky
I was 10 years old when my dad brought you home. You were only a few months old, very cute and fluffy. I was a child, not knowing what lay ahead in life. You were a puppy, and we were glad to bring you into our lives.
Since then, you brought us so much light, laughter, and joy. When I was feeling down, you made my life a little brighter. Having you by my side gave me strength. We went for walks, up to the mountains, swimming, played fetch and soccer, among other fun things.
As I grew up, you came along for the ride and grew up with me. Now, I am 23 years old, have just graduated from college, and am about to start grad school. For the past three weeks, I have been touring Europe and on the day I flew back to the States, I was informed that you got sick and that you had to be put down.
Before I left for my trip, I got out of the car and went back to say goodbye to you. I rubbed your furry head and you wagged your tail. You looked at me the way you always do. I didn't know it would be the last time I would see you.
I was deeply saddened by your passing, knowing I wasn't going to see you again nor hear you howl. I'm sorry that I wasn't there to see you go nor to say my final goodbye. With you gone, the harsh reality of life has suddenly hit me.
Here I am, again not knowing what lays ahead. I may be older and wiser, but I'm still a child at heart. It is now time to face the real world and life.
Rocky, you were with me since childhood and have left me as an adult about to take on life. I'm glad you were with me on this journey. I'll never forget you, puppy. You were the best dog ever and my best friend. I'll miss you, pups.
I don't know if dogs go to heaven, but if so, I hope to see you there. I love you Rocky, and I'll never forget you. Woof (won't forget your famous howl either...bye, puppy).
Your owner and friend,
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