When I took him into the house to break the news to my wife, she also did
not immediately see him on the floor next to me. But when she finally did
see him she immediately fell in love with this beautiful little animal.
had never had a pet before and often told me that she could not believe how
much love she felt for Diego and never would of believed she could have such
feelings for an animal. But that's what Diego was all about. I never saw him
not getting along with any person or animal. He somehow projected his love
to all he touched, young and old.
story about my relationship with Diego that regularly comes to mind is
during the one and only time my parents came to visit my wife and I for a
weekend. I wasn't allowed to have a dog when I was growing up, so I proudly
introduced Diego to my parents when they arrived. Diego wasn't one to do
"pet tricks" and I never attempted to teach him to "fetch" or other such
games. All I asked of Diego was that he listen and respond when I call for
him, which he always did. But this one time during my parents visit, as we
all were taking a walk through the local park, I picked up a tennis ball
from the ground and threw it for Diego to get. And with my parents watching,
Diego did just that, he got the ball and brought it right back to me! He
never did it before or since, but we both knew that he did it when it
mattered, as my parents watched.
almost 14 years, Diego gave me his unconditional love, for which I will
always cherish. I taught him a few things but he taught me many things. He
was a good dog and he made me a better person.
died yesterday, just 2 months after he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor
on the back of his tongue. He lived a little more than 1 month longer than
his doctor's prediction.
coming to grips with our loss and trying to put the grieving behind and
focus on all the good in Diego's life. He was with me on Earth for almost 14
years but will be in my heart and thoughts forever.
is a photo of Diego taken just one month ago, already diagnosed with cancer
but still the most beautiful boy in the world.