10/15/2016There aren't enough words to describe what a special boy Irwin was. He came into my life at a time when I really needed him. About 8 months before I adopted him, I had lost another very special dog named Shadow, which put me into a deep depression. I didn't think I would ever get another dog. Then my best friend went on her honeymoon, and I kept her dog Mocha for her. She is an awesome dog, and having her in the house made me realize I needed another dog, because life isn't the same without them. We adopted Irwin from Stray Rescue of St. Louis. I had always wanted a very big dog, and Irwin was that. When his foster mom brought him to meet us I was so excited. He was such a big, handsome boy. We kept him for the weekend to make sure we all got along, but my husband and I knew that night we would never let him go. We rescued Irwin, but I always felt he rescued me. It wasn't until we adopted him that my depression started to get better. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog.
Irwin was the calmest, sweetest dog ever. He was the kind of dog you could do anything to. All that mattered to him was being with his people. He was the kind of dog who just loved to cuddle, and was always right by our side. I tripped over him many, many times in the 9 years we had him. :) When our son was born, I was worried about how he would accept him, but before long, Irwin knew he was part of our pack, too, and they became best friends. Our son is 5 now, and he always called him "Best Friend Irwin."
Recently, Irwin had been losing a lot of weight, even though he was still eating. I thought he might be diabetic, although cancer was in the back of my mind, too. I was still shocked to learn he had cancer. Even with surgery, the most he would live was 6 months, and he was already about 12 years old. That is pretty old for a hundred pound dog.
After all he gave us, we knew we couldn't let him suffer any longer. As good of a dog as he was at home, he hated the vet. We knew we couldn't take him there to be euthanized. So we called Dr. Dawnetta, and Irwin passed peacefully at home, in our arms. My husband, son and I were all there to give him love and tell him what a good boy he was. Our other dog Kula was also there. Even though we were devastated to lose him, we knew he would no longer be in pain.
I wish I had a way to really convey his personality and how special he was. I've never met another dog like him. He was so loyal. When they came up with the term "man's best friend", they had to be describing a dog just like Irwin. They are all special in their own way, but Irwin was one of a kind, and we will always miss him. I'll always be grateful for what he did for me.
We love you, handsome boy!
Tricia GarstangImperial, MissouriNovember 1, 2016
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I miss you Irwin. You will always be mommy's very special boy. Thank you for 9 years of unconditional love, and changing my life forever. I will always love you.Tricia Garstang - November 2, 2016
I cried reading your beautiful tribute to Irwin. He is a beautiful doggie and he sounds like he was very special. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know the huge hole they leave in our hearts when they go. Hoping you find some peace soon.
Mike Murphy - November 2, 2016
We love and miss you Irwin. I hope you and Mocha are playing ball and eating endless treats! Till we meet again, Rest in paradise!!! You're forever in our hearts!!!Katie Davis - November 2, 2016
I loved reading your words about Irwin's sweet story <3 He was an amazing boy, and I know he knew JUST how much he was loved! <3 You guys gave him a great life, and I know the memories will always bring a smile to your faces! Big **hugs** being sent your way, today and always! <3Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff - November 2, 2016

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