5/21/2002 - 9/18/2020Hi Happy,

It’s been three months and I still can’t write this without crying. 18 years and sounds like a long time but it wasn’t long enough to do everything that I wanted to do. I’m sorry I couldn’t do them with you earlier before you lost your sight and hearing, before your hips got bad. We still have your winter coat hanging on the wall the one that daddy never wanted to get rid of, the one he always put on you to take you out in the winter. Your bed is still next to ours and your dad still turns on the night lights in the living room like he used to for you every night to help you when you wanted water at night. Happy we miss you very very much. I still remember the first day we brought you home from the pet store, when you were walking around with a pig ear hide and couldn’t see cuz it was so big, I thought it was the cutest thing when we saw you. I remember how you wouldn’t stop crying until 4AM the first night because you didn’t want to sleep alone and how small you looked when you stared up the staircase. And I guess after that, we spent many years sleeping on the same bed. You followed me everywhere.. and I mean everywhere. How you waited for me and James to come home from school, I remember seeing your little head poke out through the curtains. Or how I feared the leash burn when we took you out for walks and you ran after the squirrels. Or the times you’d run away and we had to chase you and you’d run even faster. I remember how afraid you were of lightning and when it rained, I could always find you under dads desk if you weren’t with me. I remember how every time I’d cry you would nudge me and try to climb on my lap until I would acknowledge you. I still can’t seem to clean up half your stuff without having a meltdown.. Happy you’ve filled my life with so much joy and happiness. You never left my side when I went through the toughest patches on my life. Happy, we miss you daily. We miss when you would push us away with your head because you were old and crabby, we even miss those sleepless nights when you cried all night because of dementia. Happy, we love you very much, thank you for always being Happy. For always having your tail wag even when you couldn’t see or hear us, even when your hips hurt and you didn’t remember where you were, or even on your last day when we knew we had to let you go.. thank you for always wagging your little tail. You chow hound you. And I’m sorry that I didn’t spend enough time with you, that I didn’t do enough things with you until later in your life. I will always miss you very much and I will always be grateful that I got to spend 18 wonderful years with you. I love you, always. We love you always.
Happy MinaWillow Springs, IllinoisDecember 16, 2020
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Happy, a name never had a more perfect fit. You embodied joy to its fullest. Even when you were tired and weary, nothing could stop your tail from wagging. I know that your love and joy was an inspiration to everyone that you met, and I am so blessed that I got to witness it.Maura Lehmann - January 5, 2021
We miss you Poo Momma. It's not the same without you.Michael Fernandes - December 16, 2020

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