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Milo’s Eulogy

The thing Milo loved most was to be near.

Most people would argue that chasing a squirrel or anything small and fuzzy was more important to him. Or others might say that food was the most important to him, which includes anything from his home-cooked meals to cigarette butts to animal droppings. But at the core of this big guard dog was a giant puppy who just wanted to sit on your lap – all the time. From the way he would look at you on the couch, telling you something via his mind control abilities, insisted on sleeping on the bed or how he would crawl up between our pillows in the morning; we always knew he just wanted to be near.

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When Milo was just a young puppy in 2005, had told us that he had a goal of traveling the world, which became a reality when he convinced us to drive across the US and fly to London where we all made a variety of great new friends. This is where he met his first girlfriend, Daisy the yellow lab, who happened to be an American from Washington State. Although the long hikes with Daisy outside of London were fun, walking to all the parks and through all the cemeteries (where all dogs are leashed) in southwest London were always his favorite walks.

Since he wanted to be close to so many people, he never really knew how tough he could look. Although, most of those people never saw what he looked like when taking a bath. After all, he would give a look while in the bath that certainly did not hide his mood.

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It was Milo’s youthful energy (he was only 6 ½) that most people noticed. When we all moved back to Seattle, we introduced him to houseboat living and snow sports, but in his heart, he remained a lovable lap dog. Yes, he was big enough to cut off the circulation in your legs if he sat on them for too long, but he always managed to squeeze in and make himself fit on the couch somehow.

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This morning, February 12, 2012, Milo suddenly died. Something ruptured inside and according to Gretchen & Michael (he was staying on the farm while we moved), he didn’t seem to be afraid or in much pain as they (and we) raced to the closest vet. Despite all of his previous self-destructive acts in life, in the end, his death didn’t involve any sort of dramatic disaster, he just dropped and died shortly before we arrived at the vet.

Milo was our troublemaker, our garbage disposal, our buddy, our best friend, the center of our family and our lovable companion at all times. And we know we will always miss him terribly.

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  1. Lourdesie
    February 13, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Beautifully written. Milo was amazing. So loved and I am heartbroken. Hugs to you guys & high paws to MIlo.

  2. Lourdesie
    February 13, 2012 at 4:43 am

    PS-the profile portrait is so beautiful!

  3. fred
    February 13, 2012 at 4:49 am

    We are so sorry. How terrible. Poor Milo. Clifford sends his condolences.

  4. Aren
    February 13, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Milo was a very special guy and will be missed.

  5. February 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Very sorry to hear the news, Brian. I think that one of (among many) the lessons pets teach us is how to confront, and eventually deal with loss. But it’s not easy, and I guess it isn’t supposed to be. R.I.P. Milo

  6. Kris C
    February 13, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Milo, I love all your stories and your photos and I hope you meet up with lucy & Randy in puppy dog paradise! xoxo, Kris & Ruby dog

  7. February 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

    So sorry Brian, really, I can’t imagine your feelings for this loss.
    Have a happy life up there, Milo…

  8. February 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    So sorry Brian and Lorie. You are right…all he wanted was to touch his humans and his friends. Touch, sit on, lean on, etc. He had such a great heart. And you, his humans, made his dream happen of seeing to world…driving him cross-country, living in another country, his daily tours of the NW. Way to fill his heart and desire. He will be missed by so many of us. R.I.P Milo.

  9. Keith
    February 14, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Wonderfully written you touched on all of Milo’s sides except his great ability to vehemently protect my sand castles. He will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss. The rest of the heard is here for you anytime/always.

  10. Odele
    February 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    We are so very sad to hear about Milo leaving us. Milo introduced us to the parks and pubs of London and he was a great tour guide! He will certainly be missed. Hugs!

  11. Taylor
    February 16, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Im gunna miss him!:(he was such a great dog even tho he was a hassle.;)we love u guys.were here for u.rest in peace milo we love and will miss you!!!!!!!!!so sorry uncle brian and aunt lorie we love you guys!!:D
    Love milo forever and more

  12. Loretta
    February 22, 2012 at 12:19 am

    So sad to hear about Milo.
    May you be comforted by all your happy memories of life with him.

  13. Corinna
    April 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    how sad, he was a wonderful dog.

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