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ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

To say that the week starting at 6 PM on the evening January 31, 2012 and culminating at 10 AM on February 2, 2012 was one of the worst weeks in living memory for me would be an understatement of biblical proportions.

On the 31st of January 2012 I lost my baby boy Moby.  And then, just two days later, my baby girl Ripley decided that living without her pit bull was just too painful so she succumbed to heart failure.

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I spent fourteen years as the privileged guardian to these two amazing dogs, and their deaths — just two days apart — is something I have yet to get over and most likely never will.

I’d like to take some space here in order to commemorate the joyful life that was my little girl.  And so, without further ado, here’s Ripley — the last surviving officer of the starship Nostromo.

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And here are my two babies together, as they should be — forever.

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20 Responses to “ONE YEAR AGO TODAY”

  1. Bob Says:

    Have been thinking of you the past few days, Scott. The fact that you were up and at the computer at midnight, probably to get the task of posting this behind you, is very unusual.
    I can’t say anything to make it better, but I can say for myself that it was inspiring to follow your caring for them through the illnesses that preceeded their deaths. I am going to quote you, for those who missed the unfortunate saga:
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    Ripley is home, comfortable and resting with her Pitbull Moby. She has a mass on her heart that caused her to go into distress yesterday but has bounced back a bit after spending a night in an oxygen tent and after getting her meds tweaked a bit. Thankfully the vet says there’s no need to […]
    IT SUCKS — but I, who had little decent companionship in the years you had those dog friends, am envious of your good times with them.

  2. loyal seattle (formerly) reader Says:

    May their memories and souls live within you forever bringing you the peace and happiness that their physical presence once did.

  3. jdw Says:

    I have looked forward to the Ripley pictures all week. I know they are together. Obviously it couldnt be any more painful if they had died together in a house fire. I know your heart is good , because more importantly than loving another man , you love dogs . Dwight Williamson

  4. Brian Says:

    Despite the circumstances, beautiful photos and I’m sure beautiful memories to go with them

  5. Porter Says:

    Sometimes the obvious has to be stated.
    Those dogs were loved.

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  6. Bill Says:

    RIP, Ripley. Just imagine how fucked Scott would have been without you there herding him in the right direction.

  7. Bill Says:

    Love you Scott!!!

  8. Alexandra Says:

    Reading that makes me so sad. What cheers me up is knowing that your babies had a great life with you, and you had a great time with them.

    Ripley must have been the cutest and funniest looking puppy of all times. That pic of her galopping towards the camera is hilarious.

  9. Damien Says:

    That last shot is precious.

    How lucky you were to have two such wonderful and steadfast companions for all those years.

    Hug for you and blessings for Ripley and Moby Sir.

  10. Mikey Says:

    Hey Scott, so sad but they were beautiful. Man’s best friends indeed. Remember the precious times. Take good care Buddy.

  11. Will Says:

    Yes, man’s best friends, but also you were theirs’. I always thought of the three of you as inseparable. Sadly that wasn’t the case, but you were so fortunate to have each other as long as you did.

  12. KDNA Says:

    hugs to you, scott and cosmic belly rubs to ripley and moby!

  13. ben Says:

    Lucky you to have known them both.

  14. Gregorio Says:

    I know at this very moment the life of a dog is destined for happiness becoming your next best buddy. I have no doubt that Ripley and Moby will have a hand in it, smiling down on that blessed new friend and letting him or her know what a special life he or she is going to have.

  15. TJ Says:

    WAY too long to go without a fur child, Sir.

  16. Paul Bashline Says:

    I know the feeling. I had two dogs that were brothers – I adopted them both as pups and they died one after the other. The younger brother couldn’t live with his protector. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  17. Frederick Says:

    This may be a tad inappropriate, and at risk of seeming like a cold hearted bastard, but I must say…

    I would kill to get my hands on those old school adidas shower shoes… (not to mention the toes in them.)

  18. RLS Says:

    I miss Ripley and Moby everyday. I was thinking about them remembering they both died a year ago. I know they will be with you in heaven.

  19. franco Says:

    Had to put my 6 year old Boston Terrier down last August- I think about Rocco EVERY DAY. I know how you feel, one was painful enough for me. I can’t imagine losing 2. Pictures help in the healing process. Read book “Camera Lucida”. Thanks for your posts. Sending good thoughts your way.

  20. Patrick Says:

    I regret the loss of your pup-pups. I just discovered your blog and have been reading it through.

    When our pets leave us, they take away from our heart only as much as they need to get by without us until they see us again. These creatures take no more than that for they do not know greed. They take far less than the amount of happiness they have given us through the years. Were it not for this balance, we would not be able to bear their passing, although it is difficult enough as it is. I know your pups are in a place where pain and suffering are banished, where happiness and health abound ever more, and where courage is no longer needed. I am very sorry they have left you..for the time being.

    Pat

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