Submitted by Stacey R:
After years and years of begging my parents for a pup, we finally got one when I was in high school. Lexi was a one-of-a-kind, sweeter than any dog I know, black lab.
She knew how to “not peek”:
And sometimes, she was a “ninja dog”:
She was often scared of going up and down stairs, but she would temporarily forget about that if there was a BBQ, tennis ball or car ride involved.
She was very loved by me and my parents and when I moved out, she took my place in the car and always got to go out to lunches and dinners. And at these meals, there would always be a paper napkin laid out on the table filled with a couple treats…a piece of steak, a french fry…to bring back to the waiting pup in the car. Some people were really confused by the napkin on the table. But the dog people knew.
Lexi was hit by a car over the weekend and did not survive. I’m sad for so many reasons.
I’m sad that I didn’t get to say goodbye. I’m sad that her last minutes here were likely painful and I’m sad for my family who lost a very special family member and companion.
I’m happy that Lexi has forever made me have a special place in my heart for black labs and every time I see one, she will be the first thing I think of. I’m happy that doggy heaven must certainly have an endless supply of tennis balls, they must surely BBQ every night, and cars must definitely be lined up waiting to take dogs on daily rides. I’m happy for all the wonderful memories she has brought to me and my family and I am thankful that she is the first dog I had the pleasure of having in my life.
It feels unreal still. Like when I go to my parents house next she will be there waiting for me. And then I remember, that won’t happen. I miss you, Lexi. Thanks for all the smiles.
And to all of my friends that took the time to say some words of comfort to me, I appreciate it more than you know. Make sure you give your pets extra love tonight.