Goodbye Sweet Friend

Last week we lost a family member.

Our dog Bookah was our first born.  He was the constant in the 15 years that Doug and I have been together.  We picked him out and brought him home from a farm in Illinois when he was only 7 weeks old.  We had not even been dating a year yet.

Fifteen years is a long time.  During his life we moved from Chicago to Seattle.   We got engaged.  We moved from Seattle to New Hampshire.  We got married.  We bought a house.  We had four children.  He was there for all of that.

He had a lust for life as most dogs do.   He was the highest jumper, the fastest runner and the most beautiful dog I have ever seen.  He was the quickest learner at puppy school.  He would spin in circles when we said “be a spinner”.  He would steal food any chance he could.  He even ate a bag of flour one time.  Yes, flour.  That was a trip to the  emergency room.  He would wriggle and cry when we came home just because he was so happy to see us.  Even if we just went to the store.  He was here for us no matter what.  He was here for our children.  He was happy and he was loved.

This is so hard to write.  I’m weeping.  I’m missing him being by my feet as I work on my computer.  I miss his presence in our home.  I still can’t believe he’s gone from our lives.    It’s been over a week and I still find myself saving a pan for him to lick out.  I find myself looking for him.  I hope he knows how much we love him.


Here is Bookah as I will always remember him.

Where I believe he was most happy.  By our sides, chasing a tennis ball, swimming in the ocean.

At our wedding.

And as an old man.

Last week we held Bookah in our arms one last time.  We told him how much we loved him.  We told him not to be scared.  We buried him with his face to the sunrise.

Goodbye sweet friend. We love you.

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  1. jenny says:

    You have me in tears, so sad, so sorry. 🙁

  2. Nancy says:

    Kate, what a beautiful and loving tribute to Bookah. He really was a fantastic dog. We’ll miss him very much, but at least we have the Book of Bookah that Doug made for Brendan, all those years ago. Our thoughts are with all of you. Love,


  3. Margaret Olesen says:

    Katie, I so wish I was able to write as eloquent a memoir about our Rosie that we had for 16yrs. She was there thru everything, for me, for the girls, for my new love, Eric, who she secretly loved most of all, and wanted to only be with him in the last years. Such sweet companionship is hard to find, may you find comfort in all those memories.
    Love Margaret

  4. Neisha says:

    Hugs Kate. I too, wept as I read your post. He’s a beautiful dog, and it’s true, a dogs love for their master is more than they love themselves. I hope your boys are doing ok. xox

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