Goodbye, Sweet Boy

Just shy of 2 weeks ago, we had to make the decision to let our sweet boy, Ozzy, go. My heart is broken. This is the reason that I have not posted in almost a month. What we thought to be a pulled muscle from a fall while we were at work, turned out to also be a probable internal tumor that was leaking blood inside.

But I am not here today to focus on what went wrong, as much as I am here to convey a weak attempt at all that he meant to us. He was 13 years old. If you have followed me for a while, you’ll know that he had emergency surgery to save his life 5 months ago. We regret nothing about paying the money to do that because we got 5 more months of him being the happiest boy and making more memories with him. So much snuggling, a few more adventures and lots more pizza crusts.

We adopted Ozzy from the Flint animal shelter when he was 10 weeks old. He has been the joy of our lives ever since.

He was a once in a lifetime dog. He was a ride or die. We read SO many books together over the years. He was down to snuggle or adventure. He traveled like he was born to do it. Every stranger was just someone who didn’t know they loved him yet. (And they ALWAYS loved him once they took the time to meet him.) He was the most empathetic creature I’ve ever met. Sad? He’s got you. Angry? He knows it and gives you your space. Tired? Cuddle time. Excited? Let’s bounce around the house together.

I reread what I’ve wrote and all I can think is, this doesn’t do him justice. He was that amazing. I would look at him and my heart would swell so much that I had to rush over and kiss his forehead and squish his cheeks.

Our lives will always be emptier without him. At the same time, we were so damn lucky that he chose us, and we got to be his parents. We went through so much together in 13 years and created so many wonderful memories that we’re lucky to have.

His sister misses him.

His dad misses him.

I miss him.

I think we all will for every day that we have left on this planet.

Goodbye, sweet boy. We will remember you and miss you and love you. Always.

26 thoughts on “Goodbye, Sweet Boy

  1. I had to come check out your blog when I saw your comment on IM’s. I’m crying reading this, which just shows you how much Ozzy could reach someone who never even met him. We were only able to get my Kin-mei one chemo treatment before he went, but I don’t regret that money spent even if it didn’t do much. Proper pet parents will do anything they can for them because you know they’d do the same for you ♥

    1. He felt so much better and was back to his sassy self in those 5 months, I would do it over and over again to see him that way. It bought me a little more time to love on him and I am thankful for that.
      I love that the love for Ozzy spans even the internet. ❤
      I know Kin-mei passed awhile ago but I am so sorry for your loss. Losing pets is the worst because they deserve to live longer than humans. ❤

      1. Honestly that’s how it is with animals. The love is instant and it transcends space AND time. I was reading what was written on some Ancient Roman tombstone for a cat. I was bawling my eyes out because it was like someone any one of us could’ve written. I think because they’re love is 100% unconditional, and I couldn’t agree with you more. If I could trade the lives of assholes for pets, I’d do so in a heartbeat.

  2. I love all the photos here and am grateful you’ve shared photos of various gifts and treasures with me that people have sent you since Ozzy passed. When you wrote that you got him in Flint, I immediately pictured him in a shelter bench pressing his weight. Gotta stay tuff in Flint!

    1. I have never met a tougher dog. Through all his health issues over the years, the ONLY one he ever whined about being in pain was the bladder stones. He represented Flint with the toughest of them!
      Thank you SO much for being there for me through this. I’m not good with words these days but it truly has meant a lot. ❤

  3. My heart is broken for you!! I am so, so sorry. But seriously, what an absolutely gorgeous and moving tribute to him. I feel like I got such a wonderful sense of what he was like and what an amazing, once in a lifetime companion he was. You were so lucky to have him, but he was even luckier to get to spend his whole life with you! ❤ Sending you a big hug!

    1. Thank you! ❤ It has been a very rough 2 months without him. He was a part of our lives for so long, it's like we have to figure out how our household works without him now. He was a one-of-a-kind dog, and we were very lucky that he chose us. ❤

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