Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Farewell to OBG Alum, Pepe Butler

Rest in Peace, Pepe

OBG Alum, Pepe, passed away last month at the wonderful age of 19!  It is a testament to senior adoptions -- he was adopted at age 10!  His mom, Teresa, talked about him the day after he passed away. 

Pepe came into our home as a foster dog 9 years ago at the age of 10. I never dared expect him to live to be 19 years old, but somehow it still wasn't enough time. It was a good quality of life for him, too. Earlier this summer, he was still running around the back yard. In early September, it was like he suddenly woke up one day and realized that he was old. He deteriorated quickly. The kindest thing we could do was let him go. He always loved for me to hold him so I kept him on my lap even at the vet's office. He died in my arms. 

Many of you met my sweet "poodle boy" either at events or years ago when I had a board meeting at my house. I remember I had tried to clip the hair around his face myself before the meeting and that was a disaster (first and last time I ever did that!).  OBG friend Debbie did her best that day to fix his haircut and he was so good while she worked on him with the scissors. He loved that board meeting as he took turns trying out different laps. I think friends Jen and Debbie were two of his favorite laps that day :) 

I think what most people who have known him for years remember the most is that he was a jumping bean. Whenever we were out and I wouldn't pick him up, he would just jump, jump, jump and keep jumping until I would lift him up and hold him (he would get heavy after a while!). Until 2 or 3 years ago, he could still jump high enough to jump into my arms which was pretty amazing at his age. He couldn't jump like that any more, but he would still try to crawl up my leg for me to hold him any chance he could get.

You are missed so much, sweet Pepe!

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