Stomp –a tribute to a special dog by his family

Wouldn’t be nice for those terminally ill or in perpetual chronic pain to have the opportunity to choose a sendoff like this surrounded by  loved ones.                                            ——————————————————————-

Mindy and I helped our closest friend, family member and a soul who radiated love happiness and joy all around him take his next steps in his adventure. Stomp’s new journey began just after his 13th birthday in a ceremony we had at at home in his favorite surroundings. The day began with a walk through the area banked by trees, snow and peacefulness. After relaxing after the stroll Stomp enjoyed a steak meal in front of the fireplace with a few cheese puffs as dessert. Before the vet came over we went outside for a last play with his current favourite toy (the red smiling face) and some bonding time. And then as he was relaxed and chilled lying on his bed which we set up in the living room in front of the fireplace, with music in the background, candles, incense and crystals around him, he took his next step forward. He let out a last breath with both of us around and holding him, his toys beside him and we knew he was relaxed, at peace and ready. 

Stomp has been part of every aspect of our life for the last 13 years from the first day he came home as a giant puppy slightly scaring his brothers. He brought continuous joy. He would accompany me on my walking phone calls and was always in tune to the flow of the conversation and would get up to move when he sensed the call was done. He especially loved the outdoors – from the pits he would dig in the sand to stay cool to chasing squirrels, birds and imaginary intruders, almost always with this favorite toy of the moment either in his mouth or close by. He was so loved that a maskot was even created for the FAME events of him so he can put a smile on people’s faces even when we wasn’t around.

He was there for us through so many challenging times, growth, life changes, transformation, moves, travels and everything in between. It is his love, support, compassion and amazing personality that I believe helped us keep everything together.

I am sure you playing with your brothers Boskoh and Dude and doing all the things you love and enjoy. I Love you. and I miss you Stomp. You taught me the joy of being in the moment, of enjoying nature, of living in love and I thank you for everything, always and forever.




About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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2 Responses to Stomp –a tribute to a special dog by his family

  1. Oh I remember reading about Stomp! Loved the footprint. (Maybe I should copy this for my family and tell them this is what I’d like my last day to be like.)


  2. epsnider says:

    Hopefully that last day doesn’t come for any many years.


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