Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Mr. Pezzo"

This photo of Mr.Pezzo touches me deeply as it was taken only a few weeks before he died. His one eye had clouded over some time ago. He was a best friend when my life was at it's lowest. He and i spent many nights and days together roaming the hills behind our house. I, dreaming of a better life, he, playing in the tall grass running a zig zag pattern to make me laugh. A dog can be so intuitive when their people are hurting. He knew just what to do.  God, i loved this little guy.

As you can see by the photo he was quite a lovely, sweet boy. A Boxer is unlike any other dog i believe. They are difficult to manage in the earlier years but as time goes on they become such a devoted and loyal companion. It is hard to be with one and not have them underfoot at all times as they want to be with you no matter what you do. Expect to share your popcorn and the couch when you watch a movie! They are considered to be the "clowns" of the dog world and can make you laugh out loud at times. I'm not so sure i could ever own another kind of dog.  Pezzo was almost twelve which is getting up there for a Boxer and had been losing a lengthy courageous battle with cancer.  We had to take him to the vet for the last time which is such a difficult thing to do. The hardest thing i have ever had to do. With his one good eye he looked at us, at me, not sure what was happening. But he loved us with his last breath as we watched the light fade from him. Yes, a most difficult thing to do. Never thought i could love a dog so much.
I hope to honor him with a new painting and will post when done.
God bless everyone.


  1. Ross, I can't help but comment on this post. I first thank you for your kind words that you wrote back to me.. Losing a son did not harden me to losing my animals .I'd almost wished it did .
    I do want to say in reply to your doubts about putting him down as opposed to letting him die naturally,, If it may ease your mind a bit I will tell you I've had both happen..
    I put down a 16 year old dog and I've also seen my 15 year old cat die from sickness. I didn't expect it, got up one morning and I will not tell you how traumatic it was for both me and ''Red ' my cat. They don't always just close their eyes, and you would not want to see that..
    I say this .. If Pezzo could have talked , he would have asked you to do what you did, it is by far the most humane thing to do for a faithful animal.. I hope you will feel just a bit better.. I have been there.. regards, BJ

  2. Doubt always creeps in - but know this - you gave the last, best gift you could to Mr Pezzo, you released him from his pain. Never, ever forget that - and send the "I wonder"s packing. *hugs*

  3. Ross, don't have any second thoughts. You acted out of love!

  4. Felt sad and heavy inside thinking about Pezzo..I am sure he knew, you did the best for him..

  5. My heart goes out to you, Ross. I have had to go through similar and it really is the hardest thing. Our beloved dogs enrich our lives like nothing else. (((HUGS)))