Wednesday, October 12, 2005

in loving memory


Last night we lost a very special and precious part of our little family. Spike, our baby cocker spaniel, past away. His curious and rebellious nature got the best of him as he tried to explore our parents backyard pond. By the time my sister found him, it was too late.


It was only a few months ago, in June, when Jenn and I first saw him. He was tiny and scared, but it past as Jenn held him on the way home. He even ventured off to sit on my lap as I drove, curiously looking up at the steering wheel. Even trying to drive himself. We named him Spike, after the vampire from the Buffy and Angel series.


We made our new home in San Diego, a few weeks later. Spike was as rambunctious and daring as any little boy would be. He constantly wrestled his older brother, Kinno. And you can see it in his eyes when he was about to make trouble. A notorious panty thief, anything that wasn't nailed down would find its way into his mouth. He was my little shadow who followed me everywhere and wouldn't leave my side. I would, on occasion, accidentally lock him in the bathroom from not noticing that he would follow me in. And since I like to work late at night, he would wait with me until I was done before heading upstairs to bed. He was also our little alarm clock. He just couldn't wait to wake us up to get the day started. He was affectionate and loving, and made the short time he was with us one of the most happiest times of our lives.



Spike, you were the best puppy two loving people could ever have. I hope you know how much we love you and how thankful we are to have had you in our lives. You will never be forgotten. You will always be missed. You will always be loved.





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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Long rest spike :(

carla said...

I'm so sorry! He looks like he was such a sweet, sweet little guy. I feel sad for you...I know how animal friends become such a part of a family. Those are lovely pictures you shared of your little family.

StrawberryCode said...

A beautiful life taken away in such a short time. Im sure he was loved as much as he loved.My heart broke when I read about your loss. I feel your pain, in the past I've lost loved animals. He probably is up in puppy heaven being al naughty running around, looking down and watching you and thanking life for giving him a wonderful family that took him in their arms and blessed him with love and joy.

Gee said...

Sad to hear for your lost. I remember when y'all first picked him up from the airport...the little fella was playful and filled with energy. Spike brought smiles to folks and kept Big K up and about. Such a shame he had to go in a short time. My condolence to Haya Fam.

frank said...

May spike rest in peace. Although I only knew him for a short period of time I could tell he was a sweet loving dog with a curious spirit. I'm sorry Erwin and Jenn, I know he wasnt just a pet, but part of your family.

kg said...

i truly got a little choked up reading your post! i too had a dog named spike once, back when i was a teenager. from reading your post, i can tell that spike must have had a wonderful life and was well-loved and cared for.

Anonymous said...

omg!!! i can't believe what i just read! jips and i just saw spike last friday :-( we're sorry for your lost....he was such a hypher, playful,and cute puppy with a bladder problem. i remember how he kept jumping on me when jp and i were trying to sleep before the convention...we're going to miss him. i hope you two are doing okay.
rest in peace spike

violetismycolor said...

what a sweet illustration and what a sad story...I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our dog of 12 years in May and I know how painful that it is...

SKOOLBOI said...

sorry for your guys' loss.. i miss spike a lot.. while i sit here typing this, he would have been sitting here next to me looking at me with those droopy eyes.. i miss his soft steps, barely hearing him as he runs across the hardwood.. i miss picking up his little poopies.. i even miss him begging for food.. i would give him some right now.. WOOPS!!.. he knew who to come to for a little treaty-treat..

i'm sorry there was nothing i could do last night.. spike will me severely missed, and i know he will never be forgotten..

R.I.P. spikey-wikey aka WUBBIE!!!..

Holly said...

Oh I feel for you big time. He looked like a real sweetie. This was a nice entry in his memory. Very heartfelt.

Courtney said...

i'm sorry for your loss. the illo you created for him looks so sweet and precious.

Leezy said...

Aaaw, that;s so sad. I hope that all the wonderful happy memories of little Spike will comfort you always.

MYE said...

I am so sorry guys. i really wish i had came home sooner. if only... he would still be here. if i knew that he would be here for such a short while i would have let him take all of the underwear from my room... i loved him like he was my own. . and ill never forget my little "Wubbie".

mom says: "Now Grandpa has a puppy to play with."

keep your heads up, guys. things happen for a reason.
love you both. and kinno & gunther too.

RIP Spikey-Wikey aka WUBBIE

Cindy said...

I am so sorry guys. I can't believe this happened. He was such a fun loving pup. Who could resist those puppy-dog eyes of his?? I'm glad at least we got to get a family pic with him when we visited. I'm sure he is just as sad that he left his family. You both gave him a wonderful and blessed life.

TRAGIK1OSI said...

im sorry for the loss guys... i know how it feels.. an animal or a person, it still hurts.. i just lost my grandpa this weekend but life shall go on.. the bright side is.. you can look back at the fun times and smile.. a dog or a person.. they will always be a friend no matter if its in heaven or earth... they watch what we do... so keep your head up guys.. thats all we can do now.. we still got eachother...

Mill said...

I know how much you both loved Spike and what happened to him is such a tragedy. I'm sure it's difficult to feel anything but pain right now but I really do believe Spike's short time here was well spent because of the all the love you both gave him.

One of my favorite memories of Spike was how much he enjoyed chillin on the beige leather couch upstairs in U.C. Spike was such a hy-fy little pup he would mess with Kinno to the point where the old boy would lose his patience.

I am deeply sorry for your family's loss. May God bless you all (Spike, Kinno, Jenn, Erwin, & Gunther) during this difficult time.

"E"rik James Olsen said...

I am so sorry for your lost....Spike looked like an awesome dog to have been with...I bet though your dog is living it up with all the other dogs in dog heaven....god bless you....

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear the news bro. I'll pour and burn one for the little homie. RIP Spike. -jips

Lisa said...

I am so very sorry. The poor dear little fellow. My heart just breaks for you and your family.

Pajara Pinta said...

I cannot tell you how sorry I am for you and your wife... this is really a sad, sad day... hope you guys feel better soon...

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rosyje said...

This is heartbreaking news. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved little Spike. My heart goes out to you. May Spike Rest in Peace.

Aravis said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I don't even know what to say. I wish I could give you all BIG HUGS right now. My heart goes out to all of you!

Love, Mayrasol

Helen said...

I just read this from the bulletin...my gosh I never met Spike but heard so much about him! He may of lived a short life but he seemed to have lived a life filled with love and the freedom of what a puppy is suppose to have. My thoughts are with you guys at this time..stay strong guys!

christina said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that Spike is in puppy heaven right now. You guys gave him as much love as you guys could give him and he lived a wonderful life. Big hugs to all of you guys.

Irma said...

Oh this is so sad. I'm so sorry to hear it. What a beautiful little puppy, and a terribletragedy. My heart goes out to you and your family. It's devastating to lose a part of your family like that. Even if he was so "new" those buggers grab onto your heart right away don't they? R.I.P Spike.

chacha said...

awwww, sorry to hear the news. he was such a cute little guy. i use to have a cocker spaniel myself when i was growing up and we had to give him away when my little sister was born because he got soo angry and jealous of her getting all the attention, so we had to give him away. it was a horrible day for me, so i know how you guys feel. take care and sorry for your loss.

Mark & Cil said...

Hey Guys, we're sorry to hear about your loss and we send our condolences.
You're in our prayers.

josey said...

i'm so sorry to hear about spike. he was such a cute and playful puppy. i know how hard it must be for you to suffer an unexpected loss of a close pet. it happened to me twice in a row. when you love and care for them so much they really become a part of your family. i hope you're hangin in there. at least we have the good memories ...God bless...

Ray Dillon said...

Aww, that's so sad and sweet. My puppy is getting on 13 years old and I worry about her passing on occasion. She's been with me through everything.

:o(

Poor Spike. What a sweet tribute.

daisy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. I finally know what it's like to love an animal as though they actually were of your own flesh and blood, but I could never imagine what it would be like to lose them in such a way. God will Bless Spike and he will watch over all the other young Spikes like him.

Valerie said...

It's my biggest fear, losing my "girl" of 18 years!! I'm so sorry about spike I know how much a dog can mean...and how much you must have loved him.

I'm thankful everyday I still have my girl.