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Hello dear friends. I know that we don’t usually post on Sunday’s, but this isn’t a usual post.
Our hearts are heavy as Thursday we had to say goodbye to our sweet Starbuck.
Starbuck was our faithful friend and loyal family companion for 15 ½ years.
Jennifer and John gifted me Starbuck for Christmas in 2000. Little did I know at that time how much this beautiful little fur ball was going to impact my life. In the beginning my family joked that Starbuck was “Jennifer’s Replacement”, to help prepare me for when Jenn went to college and the house became too quiet. Obviously nothing can replace Jenn, but Starbuck was the perfect distraction.
He was full of energy and loved to play – but more than that, he loved to follow me all around the house. Wherever I was, he wanted to be right next to me…even if it was the bathroom 🙂
On the few occasions that I was sick or recovering from surgery Starbuck would help nurture me back to health. He wouldn’t settle down until I picked him up and he would lay on my chest and fall asleep. He instinctively knew that I wasn’t feeling well and something in his little world wasn’t right. It made both of us feel better.
In the last few years John has started practicing daily yoga. I would find Starbuck lying on the end of his yoga mat every single day. John accommodated him and would do his practice around him. We have joked in the past that the yoga helped Starbuck age well and have a longer life.
I always referred to Starbuck as “Perfect Boy”. When a friend asked me why I called him that I said “Because he’s the perfect man. He doesn’t argue, he does whatever I ask, he doesn’t let me out of his sight and he worships the ground I walk on.” All of those statements are true – even if I didn’t live up to his expectations.
One thing I can definitely proclaim is that Starbuck liked to be dressed up…I wouldn’t have done it otherwise. He always patiently stood while I dressed him – never running away. When I would dress him you could almost see him puffing his chest out in pride. He knew he looked good 🙂 He definitely loved sweaters in the Winter, bandanas in the Summer and costumes for Halloween. He never shook off a hat or garment his entire life. Cute doesn’t even begin to describe how adorable he always was.
While we are on the subject of fashion, it occurred to me as I was going through photos that he also had many hairstyles over the years. His groomer Mrs. Hunter always made him look good…and he knew it 🙂
Starbuck liked to be front-and-center in everything I did, especially my DIY projects and crafts. It was sometimes hard to complete a task as he was underfoot and harder still to take photos without him in them. Don’t even get me started on the time he brushed up on a piece of furniture I was painting in Aubusson Blue. Thank goodness his gorgeous fur cleaned up with soap and water!
When Starbuck was six-years-old he was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease. This is an adrenal condition and it effects humans too. We learned John Kennedy had this disease. Thanks to our super fantastic veterinarian, Dr. Rox, Starbuck became her longest survivor with this disease. Until this past 7 months, you would never know he was ill. And in the end it wasn’t why he declined. His little body was just giving out. After meeting with Dr. Rox this week we were told that he wasn’t having an Addisonian episode and what was happening couldn’t be fixed. We all agreed that the time had come to do what none of us wanted to do.
So on Wednesday John, Jennifer and I gathered and spent the day and evening doting on and loving our Perfect Boy. For the first time in his life he was fed deli roast beef – and he loved it! We each took turns holding him while we sat around pretending it was a normal Wednesday, even though deep down we all knew there was nothing normal about it. Thursday came a little too quickly as our final day with Starbuck. We knew we were doing the right thing…no matter how hard it was.
We loved our little dog very much and we know there will never be another like him. We miss him terribly but are so grateful he enhanced and enriched our lives for so many years. Happy trails Perfect Boy. Saying goodbye is never easy…