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.