Losing a pet can be one of the most painful losses we experience in life. Our pets aren’t like our family; they are family. And when one dies, whether from old age or illness, it’s a crushing blow to everyone who loved them.
Our pets support us during the rough times and enjoy the good times. It’s during those hard days that they can bolster our spirits and make us smile. When our favorite pooch is gone, their loss can leave a void in our lives and hearts.
Lee Dibella adopted Brian, a pointer, lab, greyhound mix in 2006 after her father passed away. Just two at the time, Brian came from a local rescue. According to Lee, Brian’s presence helped her through some of the most challenging times in her life.
Lee said: “I wanted something to bring comfort to not only myself, but to my mother.”
She spoke of what it was like having Brian at her side: “When you were with him, that dog was a snuggle butt. He just wanted to lay next to you, and snuggle, and kiss.”
Though the ten and a half years Lee had with Brian were excellent, they weren’t without their trials. In the beginning, Brian suffered from separation anxiety, which gradually improved over time: “It was 10.5 years of snuggles, going hiking, my original running buddy, the first one wagging the tail at the door when I come home, assuming he didn’t destroy something.”
When Brian died, Lee decided to pay tribute to him in one of the sweetest ways: She wrote his obituary and submitted it to her local paper.
The Connecticut newspaper refused to publish her tribute, so Lee took it upon herself to spread the news about her darling dog’s life. She used social media and contacted @NBCConnecticut who published the touching obit which reads:
“A lover of couches and Blankets, Brian had many hobbies. Some of Brian’s favorite activities included barking at things not there, cuddling alongside you, taking over his mother’s bed, licking his butt, acting like a spazz when it was time to be fed, and trying to figure out who exactly was ‘the good boy,’
“Being able to destroy any crate, gate, door handle or trim and molding in his way, Brian quickly began building loving relationships with all those who came in contact with him.”
Lee spoke of how she came up with the idea: “I thought you know if he was a person and there was an obituary what would it say? I just started running through it in my mind, and I went home and was like, ‘I’m gonna type this thing up,.”
Lee’s other dog, Frigo, also had a tough time dealing with her buddy’s death: “Even today, we went for a long walk, and I’m trying to bring her on adventures, whether it’s long walks or swimming. She’s constantly looking. We saw a dog that looks similar to Brian. As soon as she realized it’s not him, she could care less. It’s depressing is what it is,” Lee said.
Lee will always remember Brian; she decided to have him cremated. Lee ended her loving tribute with a message to all dog owners: “At the wishes of Brian’s family, give your dog an extra hug, belly rub, and treat.”