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In Loving Memory

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For the last 9 years, I was a very lucky human because I belonged to a dog named Burrito. He was around 3 years old when he joined the family, he was 12 when he passed away 5/8/12. No matter the age, our animal friends have never been with us long enough. Burrito was many things: steadfast companion, defender, confidant, comedian, best friend.

His last 7 months were impacted by cancer and weekly chemo treatments, through it all he was a happy and sweet dog. The vets and techs at Alameda East who treated him cared for him deeply, I was touched by everyone's kindness and so appreciative of the 7 extra months they gave him.

Burrito's health declined over the past few weeks and chemo was no longer of any benefit. Just the day before he passed, however, this very difficult time was not without its small thrills for him; Burrito was able to go for a short walk with Tere and me on Monday evening. His breath as well as every step was extremely laborious at this point. Tere's cat Mojo was sitting in a yard as we walked by (keep in mind they got along like, well, cats and dogs). Surprising all of us, Burrito dashed after him as best he could and Mojo scrambled for the safety of the fence. Burrito's heavy breathing after that sounded damn similar to laughter. One last lunge and scare for B. totally worth it!

The time to say goodbye came yesterday. Tuesday morning he enjoyed a breakfast of sirloin and tuna, by late morning his appetite was gone and he was barely able to lift his head. He spent his last hours resting and enjoying a cool breeze on the front porch with loved ones stroking his fur. Only a few people knew and I am grateful they could come: my mom Connie, dad Jim, dear friend Sarah, his oncologist Christie and assistant Lana, Dr. Jason, and of course my wonderful Tere. I know that many more human and doggie friends were with us in spirit.

Burrito passed away on a sunny afternoon on the porch at home with Jason's kind assistance, surrounded by friends and family. I held him as he took his last breath, told him that I loved him and kissed his head.


No coming, no going, No after, no before.
I hold you close, I release you to be free;
I am in you, And you are in me.

— Thich Nhat Hanh


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