Friday, April 23, 2010

Tucker, A Tribute

I miss this dog so much. Thanks for everyone's kind words. I haven't had the energy to even respond individually. He had such a sweet soul.. everybody was his immediate friend. If you
ever said a friendly word to him, he remembered you the next time he saw you, and would greet you with joyous enthusiasm. Almost without exception, everybody who knew Tucker immediately sensed this special spirit about him, and loved him. He loved my son, who was with him as a puppy, but then went in the Army and was gone for several years. No matter, when Tucker would see him, he would literally jump into Josh's arms, singing and howling with pure love. That was something to see for an 80 pound dog. He came upon tiny newborn deer fawn twins on a hike onetime, and gently sniffed them but didn't touch them. However, if you were a squirrel or a marmot or groundhog.. watch out! And of course, he was convinced he was going to catch an elk one day.
The cats would come rub up against him, and he'd just lay still. He used to give us "hugs" by pushing his head against us and just loving us that way. He had the softest fur - everybody thouht he was still a puppy because he was so soft. We never figured that out, because the breeds that he was a mix of have course hair.
He had great trail manners. He would always go way off trail to do his business, and didn't
hog the trail or get in your way. He was in his glory out there - especially if there was snow.
He didn't like water, though.. and would only swim across a stream or river if it was choice between swimming and being left behind.
He was so friendly, that I often wondered if he would be protective if I were ever threatened. I never really had to test that, but only once, I passed some pretty rough looking young men while out on a run, and instead of his usual tail wagging and greeting, Tucker slowed down, head went down and he stared at them intently as they passed. No aggression, but it was as if he sensed that they were a possible threat by their negative energy (I certainly felt they were a possible threat!). So I do think if it had ever come to that, he'd have done his best to protect me.
Well I have so many great memories of Tucker.. he was one in a million, and we were so lucky to have spent 8 years with him. I wish I had him back.


RunSueRun said...

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful dog, Deb. And what an incredible life he experienced with you two! Love the shots in the San Juans - Tucker seems to be in his element. He was one lucky dog.


Deb said...

Thanks Sue.. I can't stop crying.
He was a beautiful guy, wasn't he?
One in a million. I hope he's out there on some trails now , happy and free.

ultrastevep said...

Thanks, Deb....that's a great video and so many memories we have.
It's too bad he won't be going back to New Mexico with us....he loved it there, but his spirit will always be with us.

billspaintingmn said...

Deb, I don't know what to say..I too had a dog named Boe. He was a
shepard/ malmute mix.
He been gone now over 20 years. I
still have his coller with his scent still on it.
I have tears in my eyes as I type this to you.
Doesn't life hurt!? Deb I want to reach out to you, you wonderful person :) Your love for your Tucker has moved me to tears, just know you were the best friend that
Tucker could have.

Mary Bullock said...

We have our animals for such a short time on this earth - and Tucker was so lucky to have had you as his owner. The real tragedy would have been if he had spent his last years with someone abusive. I know you will always hurt when you think of him, but you were a blessing in his life.

Deb said...

Thanks, Mary.. he really was a one in a million dog. If God truely "holds the soul of every living thing" then
I believe He has this gentle doggy soul in His hands, and that give me great comfort. Billy Graham once said that God will provide everything we need for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes our dog to be there to do that, then our dog will be there. I like to think that might be true...