On March 27, 2010, a fat little wide eyed demon joined the WooCrew and made himself if not exactly at home, at least known to all. He was Harley, and he was gnarly and he Flambed his way into the hearts of many, including me.
And today, 11 years and a month later, he was TWooie and he went out with the same minimal fanfare in which he arrived, and he’s Getting The Bunnies in the big farm in the sky.
He enjoyed many adventures during his time on this earthly plane. Wherever so went his “brutha” Woo, so TWoo did he.
He ate Terrible things for breakfast whenever he could.
He braved the scary waters of the pacific ocean so he could go fishing.
And to Get The Bunny he fully committed and became the bunny.
He challenged us all in many ways. He was independent minded and I was never sure if he loved me or even liked me, but he was a big fan of the cookies I always carry. He made Dexter’s life if not miserable, at least difficult. It took a lot of work and learning to teach him to ignore other dogs, because doG knows he Did Not Like dogs who were not in his Gang. When I first got him and I reprimanded him for being a dink he chased me across the yard to bite me in the pants. It was not an auspicious start.
But over the years we reached an understanding and a mutual respect. He was not my favourite dog (sorry fans) but I loved him and today when I set him free, I was – and am – far, far sadder than I ever thought I’d be.
Tonight the dogs will enjoy the canned mackerel I optimistically bought for him this weekend, because old age and his body betrayed us both. And wherever it is that not-actually-very-good-dogs-but-very-good-bois go when they leave us, I hope Snarly TWooie is there already, and that he gets to be as crabby as he wants.
I miss you little buddy.
Carol Cole says
I am so sorry for your loss. This wonderful eulogy of a special dog that I never met brought me to tears. Sending you hugs and love.
Christy T says
I’m so glad he had you for his family, and got to have the life that every dog deserves to have. I have loved his stories.
Susan Meitz says
Oh, god – just reading the title made me cry & now I’m sobbing. I’ve loved him from the first photo, just like I’ve loved the rest of your dogs. But he was special to me, as we had a border collie who was so TWooie himself. It’s always had & they leave huge holes in our hearts. I’m so, so, sorry, Food Lady (aka Sheena.) So many hugs for you and the 8.
Laurel Hodhgead says
I’m so sorry Sheena. Your talent with words always paints the beauty in your furry kids, even while making it clear that they are imperfect. I ache for your you enduring this loss, all while your world is in turmoil. Hugs to you.
I do understand the sentiment of not being a favorite though. I have a cat who is not a very good cat and not my favorite cat by far, who I suspect I will be very sad to see go, in the near future, too.
Judy Stampler says
God bless him and you.
Ahhhh Sheena I’m so sorry. Twooie was one of my favourites, probably because I didn’t live with him, and I loved his begrudgingly-given not-quite-friendship with everyone but Woo, and the love he clearly had for his brotha-from-anotha, Woo.
I can relate to the sadness of losing the challenging, not-favourite but also much-loved pet, (for me it kinda feels like losing the super racist grandparent that you still loved even though they were really inappropriate and sometimes hard to live with). As always, you’ve nailed it, caught the essence of a dog that was loved and feared and tolerated.
I hope that Twooie’s spirit gets to spend some time covering vacation time for the Lucifer of small animal hell until he can be reunited with the pack he loved.
Hugs to you, and to Woo, too.
Cheryl Young says
Tears and smiles, a true Twooie eulogy. Sometimes seeing them get old is even harder than NOT seeing them get old.
That’s a beautiful eulogy for a good boi who never wanted to actually be be a well behaved dog. He was all the sweeter for having salt and vinegar tang in his soul.
Janice in GA says
We’ll all remember him. Run free, Twooie.
And love to you all.
So sorry for your loss – I really enjoy your feed and he was always a hoot, one way or another. I’m guessing the Rainbow Bridge is a little more interesting place now.
Sending healing and peace for your heart. Twooie is doing all the things he wants to in a place made just for him. Blessings to you for having him as a part of your family and your life. 💕
I am so sorry; it is always so hard to say, “Good-by” May the memories of his shenanigans replace the tears with smiles before long. He had a wonderful life with you and the puppy gang!
lisa neely says
I’m sorry for your loss…your eloquence has again brought me to tears…
Ann Reiland says
I am so very sorry. We know when we sign up for loving a dog that our heart is going to be broken. It’s so hard to do the right thing, but he is running free in good company at the Rainbow Bridge or where ever our much loved dogs go. Thinking of you all.
So very sad to read this……he was one of my favorites………..
I’m so sorry for your loss. There was never any doubt that you loved him, at least not from me. I’ve followed your blog and posts for awhile now , silently.
Run free Twooie <3
Fay Hulett-Nelson says
It makes me very sad when our old ones leave us. He has been, in seems, a perennial part of the gang, and his enjoying strange things for dinner had a big part in your book…. and my enjoyment of your blog, and his story. /Fay
I’m sad that he is gone…and that place where crabby pets go when they cross the rainbow bridges has lots of small and large spaces so everyone can have the space they need and not have to ‘share’. At least I like to think that is the way of it.
He was a curmudgeon, and lovable in spite of himself. But not easy to love. Take care.
I’ld like to think that there is a heaven and Twooie is up there, getting into the trash, or something!
Bug hug for you. Thank you for sharing this K9 Rasputin with us.
Oh, so sad. So sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing him with us for the past 11 years.
Mayumi Kim Spencer says
So sorry for your loss of Twooie. I’ve followed your adventures with this good, bad boi from the beginning.
Thank you for loving him and giving him a wonderful life with Wootie.
Thank you for sharing your splendid blog, a family, we’ve loved and mourned along with you.
Goodbye Twoo, run free and continue your hunts.
Debra Moody says
Laughing and crying, crying and laughing. Perfect.