I was reminded how short life is tonight when I got a call about an friend of mine , in fact my first love, from a mutual friend saying that he had passed away last Wednesday. I was shocked as he was in perfect health last time I spoke to him online, but that was 5 years ago. He was a great looking guy with a smile that lit up the room and was very successful career- wise, but he was slightly misogynistic and very narcissistic. I was in love with him for 4 years but never entertained the idea of living with him as he never let anyone too close him. He was sarcastic and very stingy with compliments but then he could blow your mind with his philanthropy ( donated to many charities) and his love of kids and animals.
He had 7 (!) German Shepherds and they were all purebred winners at obedience shows. He helped me pick out my first dog. Even more than Dan, the purebred Pekingese I called Rudy was the love of my life. I would never have known how much I liked dogs if it wasn’t for Dan. My sister couldn’t stand Dan but quickly became obsessed with pekes and bought her own. My Mom and I have Leo for last 5 years, we went to an Ottawa Breeder to get one that looked just like Rudy.
We were still texting and FB friends until 2 years ago when he said something offensive and I just ignored him. When I deactivated my FB account didn’t add him back. He was only 48 but he did live life to the fullest. Makes me realize how right the quote is Seize the Day Gather your Rosebuds while you may ! I will be more forgiving of friend’s imperfections in the future and will strive for unconditional love like our canine friends give everyday ! Rest in Peace Dan 1964-2012