Anonymous said: duke & duke's family - i just came across a photo of a Pekingese named charlie on squishfacedogs (it won't let me post it here) and was reminded of duke. duke will always be in my heart, his face had so much personality and you could tell just from the photos and captions how much he was loved. we miss you duke!
Thanks for the note! We miss him, too. He was the best.
I found Charlie on squishfacedogs and oh my goodness, he really does look a lot like Duke.
Amy and I think about Duke every day. We made a 2012 calendar using photos of him so his photos are always there in our kitchen.
When we lost him, we had this big hole in our hearts. Every day for the least two years, we put all this love into taking care of him, and when he was gone, that love had nowhere to go. We couldn’t channel it into anything. It hurt.
Then, in January, Amy found a orangish brown Pekingese on Petfinder. Apparently he’d been sealed into a cardboard box and thrown into a dumpster in the dead of winter. Someone heard him rustling around in there and took him to a nearby vet, who took excellent care of him, and now they were trying to find him a home. As soon as he was healthy again, we went to visit him and within hours we were taking him home. We named him Barnabas, or “Barney” for short.
But Barney was young, and we figured he might want company during the day. So, in April, Amy found a fluffy white Pekingese on Petfinder. His name was Jay, and his owner had given him up because she had to go back to school while working. We met him at a PetSmart adoption event. I hesitated at first, because it’d been so long since I’d had a small white Pekingese on my lap. (You ever break down in a PetSmart? It’s… awkward.) But in the end, we took Jay home, and now he’s ours.
And that’s how it works, I guess. I wasn’t a dog person before Duke, and then I grew to love him, and now I’m a dog person. Then when he left, I was still a dog person, I just didn’t have a dog. That love had to go somewhere, so we found Barney and Jay, and now they receive all the care and attention that Duke taught us to have.
Duke may be gone, but his memory lives on as we take the love he taught us and pay it forward.