My sweet sweet Bubba Bear,
Words cannot express the love I have in my heart for you. You were the greatest baby boy anyone could ever ask for. Everyone is so saddened by your loss. It was so incredibly hard coming home without you and Gracie is very confused. I miss hearing your big feet "thudding" on the hard wood floor. I miss hearing you drink out of the toilet b/c you refused to drink out of your water dish. I guess it taste better??!!??
I even miss the mess you left from all the drool and excess water after you got done drinking out of the toilet! You were the craziest thing rolling around when you would scratch your back all over the rug, making your crazy Bubba noises. And oh how you loved it when I would rub your big basset ears. You would moan and moan. As crazy at it seems, I miss you barking at all the "nothings" on the back porch. It was sad not being able to get on to you at Din Din and Poppa’s. You weren’t there to let all the neighbor animals know Bubb was in town for the weekend! What I would give to hear you howl at me when I would sing to you.
You were always my best critic! You rubbed your nose on the carpet so much that your black nose began to match the color of your orange spots. You always cracked me up when you would do your "tricks". Such a big boy that you couldn’t quite roll over, but you were persistent so that you would get your treat. I have come to cherish the holes you dug in the carpet of the closest. It was annoying at the time, but now I am so glad you did all you could to make your self comfortable at bed time!! I miss hearing your last moan before you dozed off for a nap or bedtime. You always made me laugh when you would "growl" at the kids. We all knew you were harmless, but nonetheless, you tried to scare them away so they wouldn’t crawl on you! I miss all the slobber you would sling. Never though I would say that
I will go as far as saying that I will miss the Bubba hair all over the carpet, hardwood, clothes, couch and anything else you got near!! I will never forget the first day we got you. You were so proud! And we were more proud that you were ours to cherish and love. I’ts crazy the things I miss and will forever hold close to my heart. You are now a memory that will NEVER be forgotten. As bad as we hurt now, I know that the hurt was worth having you here all these years. The pain is worth the memories you created for us. It helps me to know that you didn’t suffer from old age or arthritis. I hate that you went before your time. Maybe I should say, before the time I had chosen for you. We knew it was inevitable, but it is something you can not prepare for. I am glad that you didn’t hurt for long and that you made it to your daddies arms. We are all hurting so bad. I want you to know that anytime I ever scolded you, I am sorry.
You were such a good boy. And maybe we demanded too much from you, after all you were a dog. I am sure if Gracie could talk, she would apologize for all the times you got punished for her wrong doing! I am sorry for ever being mean to you because I had a long day and needed to be alone. You lived to make us happy. You worshipped us. Just as you were our everything, we were your everything. All you asked for was a warm place to sleep, a full tummy and a fresh toilet, and in return you gave us more than we ever expected. I am sorry for pushing you away when all you wanted was a chest rub. I am sorry for leaving you outside in the rain, cold and heat. I am sorry for pushing you off the bed when "there just wasn’t enough room". I am sorry for making you stay off the couches when Ty was born. I am sorry for making you go outside when company came, all you wanted was to meet them and steal some love from them. No one could resist you Bubba. You are one in a million. Please know that if we get another dog, maybe even another basset, that we are in no way trying to replace you. But you have marked our hearts forever and ever with your Basset style. Your temperament, personality, attitude, stubbornness and obedience can’t and never will be rivaled by any other dog. I knew we wouldn’t have you forever, but I was expecting to have you around longer. Nine years isn’t nearly long enough. I wish we could have helped you. I would give anything to have you back. I still hear you at night and in the morning .it is going to take some adjusting. Please know that daddy is so sad, but he won’t talk too much about it much. You know how you men aren’t supposed to show emotions.
You were awesome Bubb. I love you more than I could ever show you. Don’t get lost chasing all those rabbits. Don’t quit barking at all the nothings and know that I will come back to get you one day. Also know that not a day will pass with out you in our thoughts and conversation. You left a mighty big paw print in out hearts Scrubba Bubba.
I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND ALWAYS…