Buddy, I sit here struggling to write the words you deserve to hear one last time. You have been one of the biggest parts of my life for the past 13 years. I still recall going to get you in an ice storm in Indiana from a barn.
You never left my side when I was home in between rounds of chemo. You knew exactly which leg hurt giving it the occasional sniff. When I adopted Bella, you greeted her like the sister you never had and welcomed her to the family. When I moved out you would occasionally come to visit me if I didn’t come to visit you. Did I mention your love of peanut butter. You loved it so much that you once ate all the buckeye balls before we could dip them in chocolate.
I know you are no longer in pain but I still can’t help but selfishly miss you given the impact you had on my life. Losing someone you love is tough. Losing the dog that was with you through the toughest times in your life is just as rough. Rest easy big brother brown bear.