Rosco has been one of my best friends through some of the hardest and greatest years of my life. December is his 10th birthday! He is my body guard and has protected our house from burglars, and raccoons, to snakes, and shadows. He has been the best bird/squirrel dog a man could have and an excellent riding partner. Whether it was in the truck or on the golf cart, he is riding shotgun!
He has been a ride around the yard and a gentle nudge when your hotdog was smelling too good to pass up. He has been the greatest Labrador anyone could ever ask for and so much more. Rosco has touched the lives of most people he has met. Some in a good way and others where not particularly pleased with his “cat skills”. Lets just say he wasn’t a fan. He has been a furry garbage disposal. You drop it, it’s gone! It’s that simple. One thing that has never changed is that he has always been a friend. A shoulder to cry on, a reminder that life goes on, and the best dog that our kids have ever had.
Three years ago we found out Rosco had a small tumor. The doctors said it was better to let him live out the rest of his days happy with his family. Yesterday, he was laid to rest. The only thing harder than letting him go is knowing that I wasn’t able to tell him goodbye. They say “all dogs go to heaven” and for his sake, I hope it’s not the same for all those cats.
To Rosco, we have shared many laughs, tears, and years. Even a few debbie cakes after the kids went to bed. Thank you for always loving us and most importantly, letting us love you. You have left a void in my heart that will never be filled. Driving home today was absolutely heartbreaking. There was no 100 pound hug or begging for a snack. There was no scratch at the door because the kids closed it before you slid in. There was no after dinner talk on the front porch. All of these things have changed but the love and joy you have given me will be my strength to let you go. As heartbreaking as losing you is, I wouldn’t trade my time with you for anything. I hope you’re chasing all those squirrels in heaven and know how much we love you.