3/3/2005 - 9/5/2020It is with sad news, and a very heavy heart that Junior, our beloved four-legged family member of almost 16 years, we have decided it was time for him to cross the rainbow bridge.

It was time for him to leave us as he has had enough time to guide us, love us and watch us grow.

When we had rescued Junior out of a bird cage, stuffed with 13 of his other brothers and sisters from the hot Florida sun, we had not even imagined that he would be with us for most of our adult lives.

At just four weeks old bringing him home, was the start of a love affair that neither one of us knew could exist. He was always by our side, taking him everywhere we went and enjoying life to the fullest.

Mickey and I being just young “kids” ourselves, we did not know how to manage life yet, let alone a dog to care for. Sure, you may think….meh, a dog…..easy peasy….not in the slightest. We had times where we did not even have enough money to feed us, let alone a dog. But when it came down to it, Mickey and I would share a $2.00 meal and spend the $8 for dog food for him.

Time went on as we enjoyed our time with Junior, taking him to the local water hole, the beach, go for bye-bye rides, playing frisbee, he was even great at fetch! Life could not have gotten any better. Junior was growing up with us, with no other thought in the world that phased us.

It was then, Junior at a mere two and a half years old, our family grew. We brought into this world a tiny human named Emily. I don’t think he really knew what to do with her, he sniffed her and was curious to see what this tiny human was all about, he loved her with all his being.

Emily and he became the best of buds, as she grew, so did he. This is it! Junior finally thought, this tiny human can do things with me! And that she did, she was throwing any food she had on her highchair table to him for his “treats”. She would throw balls for him to fetch, mind you she could only throw it a foot in front of her, and Junior would excitedly fetch it and bring it back for her to do it over and over again. Junior didn’t care how far it went, he just loved her.

Emily being at walking age things got crazier. She would taunt him and run away with his favorite toys, he chased her and next thing you know the house would be tore up from the two of them destroying everything in their paths playing keep away. I would cook dinners and Junior kept her occupied playing anything they could, even dress up sometimes….and make up. Junior has wound up with mascara and pink nails more than a few times.

Life was passing by and next thing we knew, we were moving to Oklahoma to help take care of family. Junior experienced snow, he learned what chickens were, he never heard a donkey before and thought our horse was scary. Junior watched Emily grow into an amazing softball player…but this time he couldn’t catch those balls she was throwing.

His most favorite thing in Oklahoma was our pool, I truly believe that Junior and Emily were both born part fish. The both of them would spend hours and hours everyday swimming, running and jumping in the pool together, diving to the bottom of the pool for toys (yes Junior could dive) and basking in the sun to warm up and dry off.

With Junior being the only four legged inside animal his whole life, we found another dog to rescue. We named her Letty, boy was she a spitfire! Junior being almost 12 years old, he wasn’t so sure about having a youngin around. But alas, he loved her too.

We spent ten years in Oklahoma and after family passing, we wanted to go back home to Florida. Off we go again, packed up and moved, but this time he was older, almost 13 years older. I’m not sure if he was ready to start all over again, but he was faithful and by our side he stayed. Letty came too and helped Junior with moving and ensured him that everything was going to be alright.

As the last few years has gone by, Junior’s age was starting to reflect on the things he loved to do most. His greetings when we came home weren’t as quick as they used to be. No matter how tired he was, he still used every bit of strength to get up and come see us when we came home, but Mom….I’m tired. His love of fetch was reversed, this time we could only throw the ball a foot for him, but Mom…I’m tired. He couldn’t swim anymore and the phrase “wanna go swimming!” didn’t matter, but Mom…I’m tired. He couldn’t hop on the bed in the middle of the night and cuddle when he wanted to, but Mom…..I’m tired.

He was tired.

Junior watched so many things in his almost 16 years of life. He watched Emily come home from the hospital all the way to celebrating her 13th birthday. He moved to two different states, one of them twice. He watched Mickey and I grow into our careers. He watched us grow and develop into a family that we are today, and we couldn’t have done it without him.

The times has come, and it wasn’t easy for any of us to make this decision. We knew that we were only holding on for ourselves, not easy to let go of something you have loved for so many years.

But he was tired.

We aren’t sure how our lives will be without him; we aren’t sure how he has been with us through all of our milestones in life if anything will be the same anymore.

Letty will have a hard time, she is a very emotional girl, she doesn’t go to potty without making sure he comes too, she patiently waits for him on everything he does…just to make sure he is alright. She will miss their tug of wars they did together and the snuggles she would get when she would lay next to him.

I’m sure with time that our hearts will heal, but our memories will never fade.

Getting up in the morning to say goodbye one last time on my way to work was hard.
Coming home from work to say hello one last time hard.
Going to bed and kissing you goodnight one last time was hard.
Waking up and greeting you good mornings one last time was hard.
Emily saying goodbye one last time before going to school was hard.

“We lost a special friend today the kind you can’t replace
and looking at his empty bed we can still see his beautiful face.
I know he’s in a special place our Lord has for such friends,
where meadows, fields & flowers help make them strong and whole again.
I know he’s watching over us and he’ll be with us when we cry,
so with one more kiss on his beloved head, we told our friend goodbye.”

Forever with us, we will always love you Junior. Goodbye best friend.
March 2005 - September 2020
~Mickey, Christi & Emily
Christi BrownSpring Hill, FloridaSeptember 8, 2020
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Such a beautiful tribute to your sweet boy💜Megan Wehrwein - September 27, 2020
I have notified Sadie, Zeek, India, Honey, Sparkler, Chloe and Shelby to B.O.L.O. for Junior.
They'll all take good care of him until we get there.
Steve Thompson - September 8, 2020
“To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though in as much as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman.”

Hermione Gingold

“The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – but the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.”

Hilary Stanton Zunin

So happy for you guys to have been so lucky to have such a wonderful love in your lives. If only they could live forever!

Big hugs to you all! I know he was a happy pup till the very end and he is running and jumping free of pain and tiredness, so happy in all of the memories you all made possible for him!
Crystal Deleon - September 8, 2020
Dear Christi, Mickey & Emily,
Best friends come in all breeds. And Junior was a very special best friend. I only had the pleasure of meeting Junior once, but I know he lived a beautiful and happy life with your family.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Paula Thompson - September 8, 2020

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