All Dogs Go to Heaven

Seymour Wilke

1998 – 2015

Our beloved canine companion went to the great doghouse in the sky today.

Our final picture this morning

The final picture this morning

Seymour’s gone.  The quirky, lovable dog that’s been a part of our family for 16 years went to sleep peacefully at the vet’s this afternoon.  I can’t imagine life without him…he’s just as much a part of ‘home’ to me as my parents.  Even on this first night in our house without Seymour there’s an overwhelming sense that someone is missing.

We all knew the end was near but you can never fully prepare yourself to say goodbye.  As much as my heart aches I must remind myself that Seymour is no longer suffering.  His old age, arthritis, and debilitating end of life ailments– gone.  These past few weeks were exceedingly difficult.  And that’s not how I want to remember our dog.  I take comfort in the fact that Seymour lived one hell of a life.  Ever since he came to us as a puppy in the fall of 1998 he was surrounded by love and humans who treated him like the canine royalty he is.

Christmas Day 1998

Christmas Day 1998

I choose to remember Seymour as an avid squirrel chaser.  I choose to remember the sound his toenails made as he jogged across the floor to greet me.  I choose to remember Seymour running along the beach in Florida during our family vacations.  I choose to remember his bewilderment when I first brought home Bubbles Kitty– and the delight I felt when they stopped chasing each other around the house and became friends.  I choose to remember Seymour flying through the backyard so fast my head would spin.  I choose to remember his good humor as my children took turns riding him like a pony.

With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,



About Cocktails With Hemingway

I'm blunt and opinionated. Virtually everything I say or do is a contradiction but I'm not a hypocrite. I never hesitate to speak my mind and never fail to leave an impression wherever I go. You love me, you hate me, but you'll never forget me.
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2 Responses to All Dogs Go to Heaven

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Seymour sounds like an amazing part of your family. You are so right. These family members are true gifts in this life.

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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