This tribute goes out to Richard from Martha's Vineyard, MA. He sent in his Tribute story about Buster, his dear and loyal Jack Russell companion and Heart Dog. Thank you Richard for sharing your heart felt tribute. May Buster be forever with you in spirit.
A Dog and a Heart
Life has been interesting and an adventure for the last fourteen years, as it is now. The constant in all of that journey has been my Jack Russell Terrier, Buster. Now, I must find the joy and intensity of every day without him. I have never known one of God’s creatures that had more heart, courage, and devotion. His character was so pure and intense, there was no choice but to allow his world to join mine. He will always be with me because his unconditional love became so much a part of my life. This small tribute in grieving is an outpouring of the respect and gratitude he earned.
Buster's heart was broken when I picked him up abandoned at the rescue, and he came to know the truth of my heart. My heart was broken too, and I came to know the truth of his heart. Our bond was that we learned to believe our hearts again in the trusting and loving of each other. Since then we have traveled far and faced much together, but always with heart and courage.
Buster never cared where we were going, only that we were going. He never cared what we were doing, only that we were doing it together. He accepted nothing less than being my companion and went everywhere with me. My heart is too heavy to recount the stories and memories of my co-conspirator right now. I can only bear witness that there was not a day that he did not make me laugh, not a day that he did not made me feel love, and not a day that he did not renew my belief in a world worth exploring. There was not a day that I ever took these gifts for granted.
If you see an old man sitting alone on a park bench, don’t jump to judgement or unfair stereotypes. He may just be like me, a good man with heart and many stories to tell, and he still misses his constant canine companion no longer by his side.
It may seem that these feelings for a dog may be excessive in this world of distractions. Yet my awareness and gratitude for this valuable bond is something I wish to express, just as I do my belief in the truth of all the important bonds of friends and family that I hold dear. The connections with the animals God entrusts to us is a noble endeavor. Buster was a noble dog.
The house is not right tonight; a heartbeat is missing and a heart breaks. Some things can never pass. Our life well lived together will always be in who I am, and who I become… I am a lucky man. I would not trade one moment of our time together to ease this incredible grief. Thank you, Buster, Sun Dog, Funny Little Dog, Funny Big Dog. Funny Old Dog, and my friend. Thank you from my heart that you came to unconditionally trust and believe.
Thank you again Richard for your genuine and heartfelt expression of your love for Buster. Your Heart Dog Tribute is the epitome of the shared connection not only between each of us and our Heart Dog, but between all of us who grieve them. Today marks the 9-month anniversary of losing Maverick and your genuine and authentic words resonate deep in my heart.
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This website and blog originated from the experience of learning to let go of my beloved Heart Dog, Maverick. By sharing my story and offering the opportunity for you to share yours, I hope we can all truly celebrate their lives. pay tribute, and heal from the loss of our one true canine companion. I hope this website will also raise awareness of the meaning of a Heart Dog because it is a concept that is not largely understood.