An Ode to Pete


Exactly a year ago we lost Pete. Pete wasn't just a family pet, she was a beloved family member. She was 16 when she died. I never talked about it here on the blog because, well, I didn't want to. I remember the day she died vividly. When we got home from the vet, I fell asleep in a chair in the living room. I woke up about an hour later and looked around. At that moment, when I realized she wasn't there anymore, my heart literally hurt. I'd never felt a pain quite like that before. Slowly but surely, we've all started to come to terms with the fact that she is gone and now we can look back fondly at the years we were lucky enough to spend with her. 


Pete was definitely one of a kind. During the week she would go to work with my Dad every day. His customers looked forward to seeing her each time he went to their homes to do their plumbing. She was quite the little sidekick, sitting next to him in his truck, even crawling under houses with him. Nobody had ever met a dog quite like Pete, and I don't think anyone ever will again.


Although a year has passed, it's still hard to look through these old photos and talk about her, but I guess that's normal. I look back now and I'm happy that I was lucky enough to spend 16 years of my life with her. I'm pretty sure she was happy to spend those 16 years with us too because we spoiled her rotten, but after all, she deserved it. 

10 comments:

  1. Aww I'm so sorry. Pete was so cute! You are so lucky to have had such a wonderful dog who meant so much to you and your family.

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    1. That's definitely the best way to think about it. We were lucky to have 16 wonderful years with her!

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  2. this is the sweetest thing. was there anything pete couldn't do? plumber's assistant, highly sought-after model, larger than life star of the pete report... the list goes on. i'm so happy i got seven fabulous years with her! i miss that sassy little lady.

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    1. Hahaha... "highly sought-after model"! It's so true. I mean, look at that top photo. What a ham! Too bad I had to put a pancake on top of the camera to get her to look at me!

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  3. So sorry about your loss. What a cool dog! My heart aches and eyes tear up while reading this. I savor every moment with my sweet Boston Terrier. I tell myself, they bring us years and years of happiness, and only one dreadful day of sadness. Thanks for introducing Pete!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. I definitely wish they lived longer.

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  4. It is so weird how they crawl up in our hearts so quickly & when they leave it's as if we've lost a good friend. She seemed like a very interesting & smart little pup. Spoiled pups are the best pups!

    I read something somewhere, a story about a boy & his dog passing -I am not quite sure the exact story, but when his dog died he mentioned to his mom that perhaps dogs only stay here on earth for a short time because they already know how to be good. They sit when you ask them, they learn tricks...but people need to be on earth longer so that they learn to be good.

    It was really sweet. I wish you all the best!

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    1. Thanks, Moe. I love that little story. It sounds spot on to me! :)

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  5. She was a special girl and will always be missed.
    Marcia

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