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Dying miserable and alone is taking a lot longer than I expected.
Dying miserable and alone is taking a lot longer than I expected.

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Viktor
02/17/2002 – 03/04/2016

Today I had to say goodbye to my best friend of the last 14 years. I’ve lost many dogs before. Dogs that were like losing family but Viktor was different. Losing him is like losing a piece of myself. A great big gaping hole in my very being that is gone.

For over a third of my life he has been faithfully by my side. We have travelled all over this country. We’ve walked on the ocean’s shore. Explored forests, deserts, mountains, and everywhere in between. He has been my constant companion. Ready to head out for whatever adventure awaited us. Equally excited whether it was just a trip down to the store or a week long ramble across the country. His enthusiasm over just being in my presence has never once faltered.

He has showered me with his unconditional love. Helping me through all the trials and tribulations my life has thrown at me over these years. A bright shining light in the darkest of times. Never once complaining as my tears wetted his fur or I hugged him too tight. Content to lay for hours with his head on my lap being petted. Sharing all my secrets and never telling them to anyone. Listening to all of my problems and never condemning me for my mistakes. Always there to help heal my wounds with his quiet comfort. Now that light is gone.
Viktor has never wavered from his duties. No matter what I put him through, his love for me never lessened. Even as his body was failing him he still would be sure to bark at anyone coming to the door. Scaring off many would be assassins and robbers. He protected me, my family, and home to the very end. Always there to help finish off leftovers, to offer his love and comfort to anyone who needed it. He would drag himself even when he couldn’t walk just to be in whatever room I was in. Always assuring that he was by my side if I needed him. Making a point to end each day sleeping wherever I lay my head.

I don’t know what I did to deserve a dog as great as Viktor. I don’t think I ever did, but I am so very glad that he blessed my life with his presence.

So goodbye old friend. I know you would have stood by my side until the end of time if able. You will be forever missed and always remembered. I know we will meet again, even if it is just in my dreams. I love you buddy and I always will!
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