Trooper

Trooper

After a incredible 14 years of life, Trooper passed away on Thursday.

Trooper was Jeff’s first and only dog, a chocolate lab, a great companion and friend.

I only knew Trooper during the second half of his life, but I have many great memories. Him grabbing my sleeve, humping Jeff when he was picked up from my house, the first seizure he had in my care (he was epileptic), his intolerance for Zeus, his puzzlement at Sally, the way he folded his front paws, his drool, his insistence on opening the bathroom door everytime I was peeing so he could get to his waterbowl for a drink, the tooth marks he left in my metal spray nozzle on my garden hose, and his love for noisey toys.

It is hard to watch a dog get old. I watched Winger and Surf get sick and pass away relatively quickly. It hasn’t been easy watching Trooper slow down, grey, and age these last few years. I hope his spirit has now been rejuvenated and he finds his old buddies Winger and Surf in whatever afterlife awaits us.

Here are a few memories of Trooper:

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It is strange having just one dog in our house now.

Lisa

Lisa (Verkley) Schuyler is a blogger reporting live from her new home in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Often found wearing a hoodie, covered in pet hair, Lisa is a mis-placed forester who now spends her days engineering happiness for WordPress users. Lisa loves nature, animals, and most importantly, her handsome husband Jeff.

4 Replies to “Trooper

  1. RIP Trooper.

    I loved the way he crossed his paws funny while sitting, and his eye rolls toward Monty’s youthful exuberance.

    He will be missed.

  2. Lisa and Jeff, I am so sad to hear of this news.
    My thoughts are with the two of you and Monty!
    This beautiful chocolate lab added to the love that grew in your family.

    This is a lovely remembrance page.
    *Hugs*
    Rest peacefully Trooper.

  3. Hey Lisa, I was so sad to hear of Jeff’s dog passing. I know you had told me he was getting old. Please give Jeff a big hug for me. I know the pain he is feeling. I know yall have to miss him and especially Monty. Such an emptiness they leave in the house. I remember it so well when we lost Maggie. He had an awesome life and was very much loved.

  4. Thanks everyone. He is definitely missed and it will take quite some time to get over him. I think about him every day.

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