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Rest in Peace: A Tribute to Our Boy Gus

 

wood sign of dog's epitaph
R.I.P. Gus. We will miss you.

 

Gus ‘Lucifer’ Jolley, Born 6/4/03, Died 4/16/14. One of the most noble, faithful and selfless companions passed away. We miss you. This is your tribute. Celebrated 4/19/14.

 

 

 

I’ll miss your loving ‘alligator grumblings’, those deep, vibrating growls when I would dare look at you, or heaven forbid, scratch your ears as I left our house every morning without you…

When caught with contraband items in your mouth (like the kids’ toys) your guilt was immediately clear: ears pinched back, tail tucked, and eyes down..  Lucky for you, you were so funny that your only reprimand was a chuckle and a teasing “What did you do?”…

When the kids set up their lemonade stand, you were right out front selling with them, your big brown eyes questioning every customer “Are you sure you want to buy just one glass?”…

 

german shepherd playing with water
Playing with water

 

 

Happiness could always be found with a sprinkler or hose. It was tough to tell who had more fun – you or the kids…

 

 

 

 

 

Whenever you wandered outside unnoticed, you would wait patiently on the front porch…

german shepherd with stick
Playing fetch

 

 

We will miss your focus on fetch. How many times did you have to drop the stick at our feet or in our laps and say “Stupid human; here is the stick… ““I’m looking at it…” You would tilt your head and stare into our eyes. “Do you see it? Let me hand it to you again…” This was repeated until said stick was eventually thrown. There was always time for one more throw…

 

 

 

Whether putting out laundry, doing a workout, or simple house chores, you always figured out the precise way to closely follow us, be under our feet, or lay down in exactly the spot where we needed to go. You were never far away…

You serenaded Mom every morning and evening to tell her it was time to feed you…

You gave Mom the ‘head tilt’ when she left the house without him – “why can’t I go too, mom?”…

german shepherd in costume
In costume

 

 

Always an enthusiastic and patriotic wearer of costumes, whether fourth of July parades, playing princess, or Ohio State scarlet and gray…

 

 

 

 

You joined in with the kids at bath time, making them giggle as you tried to catch their splashes…

 

german shepherd sniffing baby
Curious and comforting

 

 

Your curiosity and intrigue was endearing as you sniffed, investigated, and guarded over new, little members to the family…

 

 

Mom always appreciated that you knew where her “lost” slippers were… Most of the time they could be found in your mouth…

 

german shepherd playing with his food pan
Playing with my pan

 

 

Who would have known the fun that could be had from pawing, sliding, and biting your dog food pan back and forth across the deck and kitchen floor…

 

 

 

 

Likewise who would have known the fun that could be had from ‘self-soccer’ play with a plastic purple Jolly Ball. Many a would be opponent stumbled or took a spill attempting to steal it away…

You were always vigilant protecting us in the bathroom and shower…

Always quick with a lick of our faces as we worked out on the floor…

You were balanced and steady and never tipped a canoe or spread a camp fire, although you were known to bark at an occasional raccoon…

You were our 95 lb lap dog and captain of the recliner…

german shepherd with a no solicitor sign
Ambushing the mailman and no solicitors

 

Your ambush skills were legendary as you laid in wait, hidden in the Hosta bushes for the mailman…

You helped Mom implement an effective no-solicitor policy…

 

 

 

We never resented the delivery man for leaving our packages halfway down the driveway for his fear of the big

brown head lurking behind the screen door…

When there wasn’t a stick, water, or snowballs to be found, a flashlight beam or a shadow could be chased…

You loved to swim although it looked like you were drowning with the stick in your mouth…

Never was a used Kleenex safe in the trash. We have no idea why…

When you let yourself out to greet the new neighbors, they ran inside afraid of the “wolf” in their yard…

You dutifully listened to bedtime stories and tucked the kids in every night with Mom…

There is little you couldn’t get with a head tilt and big brown eyes…

You were gracious enough to say you needed a walk; when in fact you knew it was Dad who needed it. And you taught him its importance…

You taught us the simple pleasure of fetch, a hose, and snowball fights…

Your presence was always felt and made us invincible…

You were fiercely loyal and your flock meant everything to you…

When Mom needed to cuddle, you were always ready to jump on the bed or couch and snuggle into the crook of her legs…

You were gentle with the leash. Even for a 5-year old master a third of your size…

You never understood why people were afraid of you…

When Dad was gone, you took your job as man of the house seriously, barking at everything and taking his spot on the bed…

You were an excellent ride-along companion. When asked “Do you want to go?”, the answer was always “Yes”…

You helped others overcome their fear of dogs…

We trained long and hard together and you were always excited to learn…

This Easter weekend we celebrate you…

You taught us to appreciate that life can be as simple as fetch, some water, snowballs, flashlights and shadows, plastic balls, and dog food pans…

You never let on to your illness and were a warrior to the end…

Although you could barely walk your last evening, you still stumbled up the stairs to listen to bedtime stories and to tuck the kids in one more night…

You kindly and lovingly snuggled with Mom that night when she slept in the den to be close to you…

And you waited to give your last breath to Dad, quietly passing away in his lap…

You shepherded your flock through challenging times, brought us together, and made us stronger…

You were our four-legged angel, complete with a bushy tail, big head, gray beard, and knowing eyes whose work here was done… •

We never truly realized how much we needed you…

And always know that we loved you and will truly miss you…

One day each of us will cross the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ and know you will greet us with a fetch stick and a lick on the face…

pictures of a german shepherd
Our Gus

 

 

 

We will continue to walk, play, and honor your memory, our Gus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 responses to “Rest in Peace: A Tribute to Our Boy Gus”

  1. Nate says:

    Best tribute to a dog ever. You had a beautiful pup, John.

  2. David Fermamdez says:

    An amazing tribute to ‘unconditional love’, known as Gus. Made me tear up!

    This is what life is all about. I’m so glad that you and your family felt this depth of love and freely express it, so that others might recognize what they currently have in their lives.

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