Davidene Remembers Joshua

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Most of you know that the Joshua entry has generated a tremendous outpouring of love and support; this pint-sized pup was loved by many people. Nobody loved him more than Davidene, and I had the pleasure of meeting her several days ago when I stopped by the Triple Crown Motor Inn. The counter in the lobby was still adorned with flowers, along with pictures of Joshua. Davidene was also kind enough to give me a mini-tour of the hotel, and I was quite impressed; I’ll post some more images and observations about that later.
I asked Davidene if she would like to share her thoughts here, and this is what she had to say:

Hello Everyone –

It’s been a sad month since my dear friend and companion, Joshua, passed away at the age of fourteen. At the same time, my heart has been filled with joy seeing the tremendous expression of love in the community in remembrance of Josh.

I brought Josh home when he was just eight weeks old and we became best friends from the start – true soul mates. I could not have asked for a sweeter, more loyal companion. Also our “mascot” here at the Triple Crown Motor Inn, where I work as general manager, Josh was a companion and friend to all. Our unofficial “greeter,” he would go out into the lobby area and welcome guests at check-in. We laughingly called him our watchdog—quite the special distinction for a miniature dachshund. We also featured him in television commercials and that is how he became our resident “movie star” as well.

Joshua’s passing has generated an amazing outpouring of condolences, love and support from his many friends and fans. To date, we have received over fifty floral arrangements, plants, and trees donated in his memory. What a special little boy he was, touching the hearts of everyone he met!

Thank you all so much for your kind words, your generous gifts, and most of all, for sharing my love of Joshua. Knowing you will miss him too makes my burden a bit easier to bear. I am sure that little Josh is smiling knowing how many friends adored him so.

We miss you Joshua!

Thank you, Davidene – and everyone else who has posted memories of Joshua. It’s been many, many years since I had to say “good bye” to a dog, but I did have to put one of my adopted cats out of her stroke-induced misery a few years ago, and if you’ve ever had to do the same for a beloved pet, you understand how painful it is. Of course there is nothing that can make it easier, or more bearable – except time, to some degree. It’s just important to remember only the love and the companionship.

UPDATE: comments on this entry have been closed; please leave any comments about Joshua in the RIP Joshua entry.

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  1. I can only imagine how upset you are that Joshua died. He was always a special joy to you following you everywhere, providing you with many enjoyable hours of companionship and love.

    I will always remember how excited you were when you brought Josh home almost fourteen years ago. And, how you wondered if you did the right thing by bringing him into your life. You did, as was constantly clear every time I visited you.

    I’ll miss that cute little guy too.

    RIP JOSHUA!

  2. I’m really sorry that Josh passed away last month.

    I know that Josh meant a great deal to you, and I know you will miss him a lot – I miss him, too (everyone who knew and loved Josh misses him).

    I offer my sympathy and understanding.

  3. When we lose a beloved pet,
    we lose part of our family.

    Pets don’t just live with us,
    they laugh with us,
    they share with us
    and they love with us.

    May the love you shared
    live forever
    in your heart!

    RIP JOSHUA!

  4. Davidene: May the peace which comes from the memories of the love you shared with Joshua comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    We’re sharing your sorrow.

  5. May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.

    Please know my loving thoughts embrace you.

    RIP JOSHUA!

  6. I was deeply saddened by the untimely death of your beloved friend, mascot and soul mate, Joshua.

    Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolence at this most challenging time.

    He was such a friendly little guy and an inspiration to all because of his unconditional devotion and love for you, Davidene.

    I have always known you as a strong and calm character and I know at this moment of loss those qualities will be of immense help.

    My thoughts are with you and the staff and guests of the Triple Crown Motor Inn at this most difficult time of loss.

    With caring and sincere respects.

  7. A piece of your life has died,
    Your beloved Joshua is absent.
    I cannot imagine how you might feel,
    But I want you to know I acknowledge
    And empathize with your loss.

    Though no other pet can be the same,
    Take the love you gave and received,
    As a message to you, of how important you are And how loved you can be.

    Your bond with Joshua is eternal.

  8. Joshua-

    What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more wag of your tail, one more of your sweet kisses.

    We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived.

    And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

    RIP JOSHUA!

  9. Davidene: Through the pain and loss you feel over your beloved Joshua passing away, you can count on my ‘support’. Although I can’t travel to Great Falls to comfort you in person, I’ll be with you, in spirit and in mind and heart and thought.

    And though it will be difficult in the days ahead of you, try to face the future bravely as Joshua would want you to.

    My heart is filled with sorrow also.

  10. Josh, If We Could Bring You Back Again

    If we could bring you back again,
    For one more hour or day,
    We’d express all our unspoken love;
    We’d have countless things to say.

    If we could bring you back again,
    We’d say we treasured you,
    And that your presence in our lives
    Meant more than we ever knew.

    If we could bring you back again,
    To tell you what we should,
    You’d know how much we miss you now,
    And if we could, we would.

    RIP JOSHUA!

  11. Pets are truly special, God’s gracious gifts to us, and Joshua was no exception.

    I find it difficult to talk about Josh. As your faithful companion, I know he loved you more than anything in this world – you could see the unconditional love he had for you, Davidene, whenever he looked at you.

    I know your grief over losing Joshua has no boundries or end, and that you will miss him more than words can say. It is with the greatest sympathy that I post this short message to you in your time of sorrow.

  12. I know that losing Joshua was a terrible loss for you and I wanted to let you know how sorry I am.

    I know that Josh wasn’t just a pet to you; he was your companion, co-worker, friend, soulmate – you’re everything. Every time I saw you, Josh was there with you behind the front desk, always attentive, loving, and ready to do whatever you wanted.

    Special dogs are rare but you were fortunate to find him, and Joshua was lucky to have you as hisloving owner.

    My deepest sympathy.

    RIP JOSHUA!

  13. Our animal companions leave us all too soon, but their footprints will dance gently on our hearts forever.

    We may want them with us always, but they have a way of letting us know . . . when it’s their time to go sleep with the angels.

    The pawprints Joshua left on our hearts will never be forgotten. Your sadness is shared.

  14. To: Davidene and Joshua

    You have shed your body and your pains and are able to dance the dance of true life, and that is the life of the soul. I can dance with you in my dreams, and in my heart. So, you are not dead, your soul still lives, lives on a higher plane, and in your loved ones’ hearts.

    You’ve taught me the most important lesson, what life and love is.

    Love is complete and sincere respect for another being…
    It is the ecstasy of the true self…
    Love extends beyond all planes and is limitless…
    After a million lives, and a million deaths it still lives…
    And it only dwells in the heart and soul…
    Life is of the soul, and of nothing else…
    Love and laughter ride with it, but so do pain and anguish…

    Wherever I go, and whatever I see
    In my heart and soul, you’ll always be with me…

  15. JOSHUA

    J – Is for “Justifiably” handsome and never mean to anyone.
    O – Is for “Overly” playful and loving to us all.
    S – Is for “Sharp” as a tack and always proving that.
    H – Is for ‘Happy”, Joshua always was.
    U – Is for “Unbelievably” spry and loved to play with you and I.
    A – Is for “Affectionate”, an absolute doll of a dog to all who knew him.

    This describes Little Josh, our loving, very affectionate mascot of the Triple Crown Motor Inn. To know him, as I did, made me love him very much.

    Now with his passing, we are all very sad. But, he will remain in our memories, good and bad, forever.

    Praise to Joshua, the king of the Triple Crown. I see no reason for him to ever lose his crown.

    So, now Lord, take care of Josh and his loving mom, too. Always remember, Joshua, we all love you.

    Dedicated to one of the greatest little dogs ever!

  16. Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there. I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sun on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you awake in morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the stars that shine at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and cry.
    I am not there. I did not die.

  17. Davidene: The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.

    RIP JOSHUA!

  18. If tears could build a stairway
    And memories were a lane
    We would walk right up to Heaven
    And bring you back again

    No farewell words were spoken
    No time to say goodbye
    You were gone before we knew it
    And only God knows why

    Our hearts still ache in sadness
    And secret tears still flow
    What it meant to lose you
    No one will ever know

    But know we know you want us
    To mourn for you no more
    To remember all the happy times
    Life still has much in store

    Since you’ll never be forgotten
    We pledge to you today
    A hallowed place within our hearts
    Is where you’ll always stay

  19. I know for certain that we never lose the animal companions we love, even to death – especially one as special as your darling Joshua. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make, just as Josh will with you, Davidene.

    Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

    Remembering you and Joshua in my mind and in my heart.

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