Kingsway Hogdog Hurley
1/1/2005 - 2/23/2021Which is worse: being devastated or heartbroken? How about devastatingly heartbroken?

Our boy is gone. Our delightful boy who was so good all the time, is gone. I'm not sure how I'm going to function. He was not just a dog - he was a Force. Not in a Star Wars type of Force - or maybe he was exactly just that. Something not of this world.
I have no idea where he came from, but he found us on that day in 2007 when he was a "stray." I choose to believe that he was led to us. He was meant to be part of our family. And I can't believe he's gone.

From the instant I saw that dog, I had a connection. WE had a connection. It's much different from the other dogs that we've had. Yes, I loved all of them totally and completely, but Hurley was different. He was my protector, my confidant, my rock, my heart, my joy, my comedian, my teacher, my child. He was so much more than a dog. Everyone says that, whenever they lose their beloved pet, but Hurley somehow seemed so much more than a pet. He was truly a member of my family. He was so much more than I ever could have imagined. I never expected to learn so much from him. I learned about rescue, trust, misconceptions, advocacy, loyalty and more than anything, unconditional love.

Yes, I call him a Force. With a capital F. Never have I experienced a being so pure, so completely trusting, so completely dedicated, so completely loving and so completely loyal. He was more than 16 years old, we don't know his exact age. He was with us for almost 15 of those years, and every minute with him was a gift. Yes, his body was breaking down; he couldn't eat, he couldn't drink, he was weak. But his heart remained strong until the moment that beautiful creature left this world.

There will never be another like him, nor would I seek to find another like him. I've always believed that the best way to honor a pet who passed is to rescue another, and I will do that. However right now it's not possible. Maybe that's a good thing, because now it's Grace's turn to be the top dog. Now she's the only dog and we're not used to that - we usually have a whole crew. So to only have one is new territory for us. It will be okay because she's a sweet soul and she deserves her turn.

It's strange to not have him constantly following me. I miss my Great White shadow. May the Force be with me...Always.
Michele Ritter-EllwoodSan Antonio, FloridaFebruary 27, 2021
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