I knew when I saw the email it was likely sad news. My lovely friends, John and Maynil, had long since moved to Colorado with their wonderful dogs, Duke and Pitch. I hadn’t heard from them since they lost their boy “Pitch” back in 2012 and my hunch was correct – they had recently said goodbye to beautiful Duke.
When I got the news I emailed John and Maynil a private message which in part read – “I knew when I met you, John, and the dogs I had met real “dog” people. I also knew in that instant your hearts would be broken. That’s what happens to the “real” dog people.”
And with Maynil’s email I knew that was exactly what had happened. I also knew there were just so many happy memories. I went instantly back to that day in 2009 when we visited their lovely Virginia property and spent a spectacular fall afternoon roaming the woods with these two characters. Pitch – less than enamored with the camera (but too afraid of missing anything to stray far from the fun!) and Duke, constantly trying to decide which side was his “best” and posing enough for the two of them.
That afternoon was filled with joy and laughter and the most beautiful example of the human-animal bond I have had the honor to witness. These boys are both gone now. But their memories and spirits remain forever wrapped around the hearts of Maynil and John. And thanks to that fine day in November, around my heart too.
Rest Sweet Duke.