Monday, April 7, 2014

Goodnight My Sweet Stinky Angel

It has been years since this blog has been updated. The numerous passings of so many old friends was too much to bear. And with this post I bring more sad news. Many changes have happened in our lives, and with time comes aging. Ike was a few months past 13 when he succumbed to a brain tumor yesterday. His decline was mercifully short, beginning with some cognitive dysfunction that lasted a few months and only seemed a minor concern, normal aging. Twelve days ago, he had a seizure in my arms and another the following morning. My fabulous work colleagues were quick to consult a neurologist and get him on a drug program to stop the seizures and decrease the swelling in his brain. Thankfully, he only had those two seizures. But as it often goes with older dogs, the decline is swift and death is greedy. We released him from his body-prison surrounded by friends, and I watched the last flicker in his dimming candle go out.
Ike was a giant soul. He was funny and adorable and endlessly cuddly and sweet. He loved road trips and hotels and pepperoni pizza. He would happily ride on my lap for 6 hour stretches and endure a shower of kisses. He loved sitting on chairs in restaurants like a little gentlemen waiting for his meal. He hated snow and rain and celery and most other dogs. He loved his big white cat, Odin, and his grandma and his mama and papa.
Even the day before his death, people stopped us on the street to meet him and tell him how cute he was.
His gas was noxious and he snored like an eighty year old alcoholic, but I wouldn't trade one moment I had with him. He is embedded in my soul; my sweet Ikenstein, my Steiner, my Buttface, my Snorey, my Buddyface. There will never be another you, but I know there are many of your descendants out there. I see their faces on Pinterest and You Tube. And I hope to encounter one who needs a home. Or, you can come back to me, my sweet, just jump into new body and find your way home. I will be watching for you.


Duke said...

We adored you from the start and have always loved you. We're sure going to miss you, buddy. Huge hugs to your ((mom and dad)). Angel Maggie is waiting to greet you. Godspeed, Ike ♥

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Dexter said...

Oh Ike, how you will be missed. I will always remember your sardonic demeanor and unrelenting flatulence. Run free, little one.

Dexter and Mango Momma

D.K. Wall said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our best thoughts and wishes are with you.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

We've been feeling your pain over the past weeks -

But as some commented over the weekend, you gave him the best gift we can give them: PEACE in the form of angel wings -

Fart Free Angel Ike -

We know Angel Joe Stains has greeted him with some good ones!

And yes, it's not's just...fur now -

Khyra and Her Mom

The Black and Tans. said...

Run free Ike. <3. We are sending hugs to your pawrents. x

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Ike...we know that you are at the Bridge running and farting and eating hot dogs with Joe...we love ya, buddy....and send our love and hugs to your mom; we know she's missing you....

All our love and we're barking right now to ya!!

Scruffy, Lacie, Stan and their Mumsie

Jake of Florida said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. As you say, we've lost so many of our dear friends... but at least they are all waiting to greet Ike and share the wonders of the Rainbow Bridge. My Jake is just one of the many pals who will be happy to see him, remembering the "good old days."

With warm thoughts to comfort you at this sad time,

Joan and Just Harry(of the Barkalot Boyz)

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Ike. But your post shows how much he was loved in this life and will remain in your heart forever. We bet Joe Stains was thrilled to greet him at the bridge.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Lorenza said...

We will keep in our hearts the best memories of Ike!
Thanks for sharing him with us.
Take care
Lorenza and mom

Michele said...

Ike has always been a wonderful inspiration...he was the reason we started blogging. I know he is going to be running with all his friends pain free, eating all the pizza he wants.

Lots of Lick, Ruby, Speedy and Michele

Emily and Ike said...

Thank you everyone. I am certain his buddies were waiting for him and they are having a rootin' tootin' good time! These past weeks have been heartbreaking.

Emily and Ike said...

Thank you everyone. I am certain his buddies were waiting for him and they are having a rootin' tootin' good time! These past weeks have been heartbreaking.

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello emily its dennis the vizsla dog hay we wer sorry to heer of ikes passing but we ar shoor that he met up with gud and flatchoolent frends inklooding joe stains and owr own beluved tucker the other vizsla dog and they ar having a grand time kompayring stinkiness sumware beeyond the rainbo bridj!!! ok bye

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