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In Memory of Our Beloved...



Our amazing boy Gus, named after the fat little mouse from Cinderella, left us with nearly 11 years of wonderful memories that will keep him alive in our hearts forever. We laugh at many of them and cry at others. My favorite memory is the one where after returning home from a long day’s work, we found that he had chewed the arm off of our borrowed couch just days before we were set to move out of the country. Along with the newly exposed couch frame, all of the house plants were overturned and a few throw pillows had been “unstuffed”. I knew then that if we could survive raising that puppy, we would make amazing human parents one day.
“Guppy” as we affectionately called him was our pick of the litter. His mom KD is still prancing along, albeit slowly, at 14 years old. He was one of eight beautiful puppies born on February 2, 1997 in Kitzingen, Germany. He followed us to the frozen tundra of Fairbanks, Alaska and then onto Anchorage. What a trooper he was to make the trip all the way to Manhattan, KS and then finally up to Fort Lewis, WA three years ago. He kept our family company during military field exercises and through a deployment to Iraq. His companionship will be forever missed, but I am so happy that he is now chasing squirrels and eating McDonald’s hamburgers anytime he wants. We couldn’t have asked for a better pal.
I would like to thank the staff and doctors at the VCA Pacific Avenue Animal Hospital, but especially Dr.  Scharer, for the outstanding care Gus received. He became ill at a kennel over the holidays and the owner took him there. Since I was out of the state and my husband out of the country, they took a lot of time to speak to both of us regarding the care plan. When it became apparent that we had to euthanize him, they waited for one of my dear friends to be with him. I was able to say my good-byes on the phone and will never forget their compassion.

“The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals.” -Anonymous

The Brockett Family




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