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It came so so suddenly without the least bit of warning.

Tessa's Last Photo 2-27-16

My dog, Tessa, was such an integral part of all I did every day.

She was in the prime of her life, healthy, spunky, so well-behaved and appreciative of everything we did with her.

She went hiking with me before breakfast every morning, no matter the weather.

And for three more long walks every day —

right after lunch (which she shared with me),

right after her dinner for her five-o-clock promenade,

and again just before her bedtime about 10:30 every evening.

My wife, Joy, was her trainer, chef, coddler and lover-in-chief!

Tessa always laid next to Joy with her head on Joy’s lap when we watched TV after dinner.

I’m sure you have all had similar grief.  It is just so very tough to go through. We’ll get over it, too.  But not just yet.

7 Responses

  1. Heidi Sparkes Guber
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    What?? We’re devastated… what a beautiful spirit…. and so sudden we can’t believe it. Please accept our sharing in your loss and sorrow, dear Bill and Joy. With love and comfort, Zev, Heidi, Elizabeth, Nugget, Marisa and Dave, Sarah and Michael and Boo

    • BackpackerBill
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      You are such good friends. Thank you very much. We’re going to get over it. But it won’t be soon.

  2. Lee Kemsley
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    I am so very sorry for the loss of Tessa. I don’t believe we ever stop missing them.

    • BackpackerBill
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      Thank you so much. We’re still in denial. We so much appreciate your condolences.

  3. Ted
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    I’m sorry to hear this. It is a surprise because she was one spunky mutt. And for a dog, she wasn’t bad at all. It’s gotta be quiet around there, but then the day will come when you’ll laugh at her silliness, and share fun stories about her. A good dog, sorry to see her go!

  4. nortryder
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    Bill, I’m sorry to here about Tessa. It’s never easy losing a friend like that. Someone once told me that you don’t really lose a dog. They are somewhere waiting and when the time comes they’ll be waiting to run and play. Doesn’t really make it easier but it can bring a smile none-the-less.

  5. Katie
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    This is such a shock. I miss her and can’t believe she’s gone. She was such a sweetheart, and a wonderful companion. She’s still watching out for you, I believe that.

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