Monday, March 19, 2012

My Best Friend

My very best friend of 15+ years went to heaven yesterday. Carbon, my big black flat-coated retriever, was my best friend, constant companion, my encouragement and support, a good listener and took care of me more than I took care of him.
Carbon and his little kitty friend, China.
At 16+ years old (I didn't have him when he was a puppy), he had a good life and I'm grateful that I could be a part of it, and he a part of mine. He found me when he was about 1 and half years old (from what the vet could determine) and has been with me since through ups, downs and everything in between—dogs love you unconditionally, you know. He was with me when my husband proposed, and gave Larry his "doggie approval" to move in with his mommy.

Carbon, the Alpha Dog of the neighborhood, knew that a look or a bark would suffice over a brawl, and he led by example. We went to dog school together and learned to work together, but over time, I think Carbon taught me more than I taught him. He was so smart, gentle and graceful. He was the best jumper in his class. He had a sweet disposition, but because he was so smart, he could be sneaky at times. (You know what I'm talking about, Carbs.) He never whined or complained and, though he was no doubt in pain from the bone cancer in his leg, his will and spirit was fiercely positive. He was above and beyond a better human than a lot of humans I know.

He loved to go for rides in the truck and run in the yard. He loved snow, the water and to take walks in the rain, though he did not like thunder or loud noises like fireworks. He laid at my feet while I worked at my computer or my sewing machine and often walked around with colorful bits of thread in his long black fur. He was good with other dogs, cats and people alike, and didn't have to prove himself—like people do. He took care of his family—his humans and his furry siblings. What a wonderful, amazing dog.

My heart aches for him and I will miss him forever. I trust he was met by his uncle Jason and other dog friends and I will meet him at the Rainbow Bridge when that time comes. Carbon, you are the best dog and mommy loves you very much... always.

10 comments:

  1. Oh Veronica, my heart goes out to you. What a wonderful dog and what a wonderful tribute you wrote about Carbon. May your good memories be ever present.

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    1. Bonnie: Thanks for your kind thoughts. He will forever be a big part of my heart.

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  2. It's so hard to read. I still haven't had the composure to write about Buddy, but maybe someday I will. Carbon will be missed. And rest assured, i will miss him in my daily saturday routine.

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  3. Veronica, so sorry for your loss. I had a wonderful dog like Carbon and can sympathize. Love to you.
    Gayle

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  4. Anonymous3/21/2012

    Veronica, that was such a wonderful tribute to Carbon you wrote. He sounds like the best dog ever and so missed. Jane O.

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    1. Thanks, Jane. Dogs like Carbon are the best friends to have. He is very much missed.

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  5. Veronica, I am so sorry to hear of Carbon's passing. I know he was a very big part of your life and will live in your heart forever. That was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful dog/friend.

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    1. Thanks, Sandi. Carb was my best dog friend.

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  6. liz Armstrong3/30/2012

    Each one of us will loose something while we are on earth, that is a given, however when that something is a very special creature from God it gives us a jolt that is not soon forgotten. Your euolgy to your pal, your very special pet was indeed touching and well done. Loyalty personified.......One can only express sympathy and feel for you and your pain. Know that Carb is missing you also, for who could have been a better pal than you?

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Carbon and I will always be connected and I know he is sending dog kisses to his mommy from heaven. I just wish I could pet him in return, in person.

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