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My Life As Otto

Richard 9/5/48 - 7/31/09

August 2nd 2009 2:00 pm
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As dogs, we rarely have to suffer the loss of a loved one. Today, I learned how humans feel all to often.

I have lost a dear friend. His name was Richard and he was a very special man. He died in a bike accident in the French Alps on Friday, but his family was only notified today.

We are in England and were planning to stay with Richard next weekend. Now we'll be going to his service instead. With my sensitive canine spirit, I weep silent tears for the friend with whom I shared such wonderful times. The walks along the headland at Port Issac, the visit to the Edan Project, Brighton, the Quantocks, the concerts and more pubs than I can name are just a few of the memorable times we spent in the short time we had together.

Life is fragile. Life is short. But we need to celebrate a life full of sharing, full of adventure and full of love.

Richard is survived by his his Mother, his brother Martin, his sister-in-law Helen and two nephews. The number of friends he has left behind is beyond counting. My family and I are among them.

Godspeed, Richard. You will always hold a special place in my heart - you were the only person who let me play with your cricket ball!


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Barked by: Kiko (Dogster Member)

August 2nd 2009 at 8:20 pm

I'm sorry, Otto. The loss of a friend is a terrible thing, no matter how short or long you were friends. Richard was blessed to have had you as his friend, and obviously he understood that. He knew that sharing a cricket ball was a generous act! I'm glad your family will be able to attend his service--what timing. We will include all of you, and Richard's peeps, in our prayers tonight.

In Sympathy,

Kiko & Josie
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

August 2nd 2009 at 8:29 pm

You are in our hearts.. as he is.

There is no fairness.. just things that are. You had so much of the best if each other.. and THAT.. is worth so very very much.

That's what we ask.
The truth is,
we may never
be able to know
for sure why.

But we do know
that there is no single
"should have done"
or "could have done"
or "did" or didn't do"
that would have changed that why.

All that love could do
was done.
Barked by: The Roo Crew™ ©® (Dogster Member)

August 3rd 2009 at 12:35 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Of course, you know loss... and it hurts.

Godspeed, Richard. May you rest in peace.

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