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    Posted November 28, 2012 by
    Worcester, Massachusetts
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    Loving and losing a dog: Your tributes

    Absolution by a thumping tail ...

    This topic was an interesting departure from the rest of the topics regarding world affairs .... and I felt compelled to share.

    Whether it's our dog or children (which I have none, but I've met you crazy parents) we all know that ours were unlike any others.

    Tyr was German Shepherd who was with me for almost 10 years. He was purposely (because I appreciated the irony) named after the Norse God of War. The irony comes in the fact that he was named after the God who had his hand bitten off by Fenrir (Wolf) and not because I mentioned to someone I had been dating and ran into that it was her replacement.

    It wasn't only my life that he enriched, but also those in the neighborhood. I didn't really know anyone in my neighborhood before I got Tyr, but he certainly became a social butterfly. People would stop by with treats on their morning or evening walks. He would great the kids off the school bus. He was about the most docile German Shepherd I have ever had, or met.

    I lost him suddenly in May of 2011, a few months after his normal check-up. To say that it was devastating would be an understatement. People still stop in to reminisce about him.

    He did get his own Facebook obituary, which I'll share (note: there are some quotes, however the authors are unknown to me):

    "If life is a system of balances, of birth and death, light and dark then the proof of the indelible mark he left on my heart lies in the void Tyr’s passing has caused. He was my stalwart and faithful companion these past 10 years and immeasurably enriched my life with his presence. Mistakes washed away by a lick; absolution by a thumping tail.

    And of course … demonstrating to little girls that the line always starts behind him when the ice cream truck pulls up."
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