RIP, Joshua

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The Triple Crown Motor Inn, located downtown, mourns the loss of their mascot, Joshua.

triple crown motor inn mourns the loss of joshua

I assume (?) that Joshua was a dog that “lived” at the hotel and was loved by staff, residents, and visitors. Does anyone know anything at all about Joshua?

wow – thanks, everyone, for sharing your thoughts about Joshua. Well, except for the first commenter, who is certainly entitled to his opinion, but who might benefit from the wisdom of “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” At least in the first few days of the passing of a beloved friend. Very poor taste. Does anyone have a picture of Joshua that I can post here? If you do, please e-mail me at david AT

UPDATE: Here’s a picture of Josh – what a cute little guy!



  1. As you grieve know that I am remembering you and honoring the memory of Joshua.

    I pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.

    I send you thoughts of comfort.

  2. Davidene: As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Joshua.

    We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. We send you thoughts of comfort.

  3. I was so sorry to hear that Joshua died two months ago. From the many photos that decorate your front desk counter, I know he was a light in your life, and I realize that you will miss him deeply.

    Thank you for making me a part of his Celebration of Life this weekend – bravo to Josh on a lfe well-lived.

    And, Davidene, please accept my condolences on your sad and sudden loss and know that I am sharing it with you.

  4. Davidene: It feels like you’re alone but you’re not really. Joshua will no longer be in that soft furry body that you love so much to hold, but he will still be with you. In your heart and soul, yes, but also around you. You know that, I think. You may not feel him at first because of the
    intensity of your emotions but he’ll be there

    I know how your heart is breaking. But just hold on to the knowledge that this is your gift of love to him, to free his beautiful living spirit from the body that can’t go on. It is we who are left behind who suffer, surrounded by all that is familiar and that reminds us of his leaving.

    But you’re not alone. Joshua will be with you. This will be the beginning of a different part of both your journeys but the closeness that you shared indicates that you have always touched each other through time and will again, countless times.

    Bless you.

  5. Joshua
    Today–A celebration of your life.
    How could such a tiny soul touch so many hearts?
    You were small, but you stood tall.
    You made your Mama so proud!
    You won championships, swam in the deep blue and chose chicken over your birthday steak.
    I remember the day we met, you came in out of the rain after your daily walk with Cece. You were all wet and shivering. I grabbed a towel and picked you up to dry you, and in that instant you touched my heart too.
    I didn’t know you long before you had to go.
    You were tired and weak and you knew your job here was complete. You showed so many the greatest love they’ll ever know.
    So, today we celebrate your passing also because we know you were happy here but now you are jumping and running around through grassy fields, just waiting to greet us again, perhaps on the Rainbow Bridge.
    Peace, Love & Joy to you My Dear Joshua!

  6. Davidene: The deep sadness you feel over the recent loss of your beloved Joshua comes from the loss of companionship, loyalty, and “unconditional love” that he gave so enthusiastically.

    For the staff and guests of the Triple Crown there is no eager-eyed, tail-wagging little dachshund to greet them when they enter the lobby. In many ways, since Josh’s death the motel stands silent and empty now.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. I will be thinking of you in your sorrow

  7. I’m Still Here

    Dear friend, please don’t mourn for me
    I’m still here, though you don’t see.
    I’m right by your side each night and day
    and within your heart I long to stay.

    My body is gone but I’m always near.
    I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
    My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
    as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

    I’ll never wander out of your sight-
    I’m the brightest star
    on a summer night.
    I’ll never be beyond your reach-
    I’m the warm moist sand
    when you’re at the beach.

    I’m the colorful leaves
    when fall comes around
    And the pure white snow
    that blankets the ground.
    I’m the beautiful flowers
    of which you’re so fond,
    The clear cool water
    in a quiet pond.

    I’m the first bright blossom
    you’ll see in the spring,
    The first warm raindrop
    that April will bring.
    I’m the first ray of light
    when the sun starts to shine,
    and you’ll see that
    the face in the moon is mine.

    When you start thinking
    there’s no one to love you,
    you can talk to me
    through the Lord above you.
    I’ll whisper my answer
    through the leaves on the trees,
    and you’ll feel my presence
    in the soft summer breeze.

    I’m the hot salty tears
    that flow when you weep
    and the beautiful dreams
    that come while you sleep.
    I’m the smile you see
    on a baby’s face.
    Just look for me, dear friend,
    I’m everyplace!

  8. Josh provided you with unconditional love and acceptance and was a true and loyal friend, teacher, guide, healer and confidant. He offered you a safe haven and the opportunity to be who you genuinely and truly were without façade or pretense or affectation. He allowed you to lower your guard and to display emotions and share feelings you might not feel comfortable sharing with another human being. He brought out the best in you!

    Josh decreased your worries, fears, stress, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Simply petting him always had an amazing calming, soothing effect on you. You were truly blessed to have Josh in your life, what a wonderful, wonderful boy. He will be sorely missed by all who knew (and loved) him.


  9. Davidene: You’re in my thoughts, and I wanted to let you know that I remember Josh passed away three months ago on September 3, 2008, too. I’m so very, very sorry for OUR loss!

    Thank you for inviting me to his Celebration of Life on August 16, 2008, what would have been his fourteenth birthday. It was an honor to be included in his memorial service.

  10. Joshua came into our lives, left pawprints on our hearts, and we are forever changed. It’s difficult to believe that it’s four months tonight since he passed away.

    Davidene, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Davidene: Please allow me to convey to you and the staff of the Triple Crown my sincere condolences for the recent loss of Joshua. I didn’t know he had passed away until I stayed with you last weekend.

    In the hearts of all who knew him, his memory lives. May you find strength and comfort to help you through this time of sorrow.

    In the days and weeks to come, grief may cause you to find many of the routine tasks of life difficult to perform. It is during these times that I as your friend would be glad to help. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    RIP Joshua,
    Good Night, Sweet Prince!

  12. It’s painful looking into your eyes. I can see you haven’t begun to heal from the loss of your beloved Joshua … I wonder if you ever will.

    Remember the wonderful gifts he taught you … compassion, mercy, patience, and understanding. And, his biggest gift of all, what it means to receive unconditional love. What a truly wonderful, wonderful boy he was – missed by all who knew him.

  13. I was so very, very sorry to learn that your little “right-hand man”, Josh recently passed away. I had not heard the news until I checked-in last night at the Triple Crown. How sad not to see him “on duty” guarding the lobby while you worked the front desk last night, Davidene.

    Oh my, how different the check-in process was without my little friend there to greet me with his enthusiastic wag of his tail and sweet kisses on my hand. You always said that Josh was the “heart and soul” of the Triple Crown. Now that he’s gone, I understand your statement … there is a huge void where he should be, it’s just not the same at the Triple Crown without him.

    Interesting how such a tiny soul could have such a profound impact on so many people.
    You will be sorely missed by all who knew you, Josh, but you will never be forgotten!

  14. Sorry about the recent death of the mascot of the Triple Crown, he was such a friendly little fellow. In recent years, he’s what provided the ‘flavor’ to the motel. Learned Josh passed away when I stayed at the Triple Crown this weekend.

    We always stop in at the City Bar because we receive a complimentary drink card for their lounge at check-in at the Triple Crown. For those who love a good hamburger, check it out – its not your typical lounge fare. We always add bacon and cheese, its wonderful, definitely a different cut of meat than your normal burger!

    Anyway, Rest In Peace Josh, you will be sadly missed be all of us who got to know you when staying at the Triple Crown.

  15. Didn’t know my little buddy, Josh recently passed away until I took my son Trick-or-Treating downtown on Halloween.

    When we walked into the Triple Crown my son immediately ran to the front desk area where Josh sat. No Josh. Then he ran up and down the first floor hallway looking for him yelling “Josh”, “Josh” the whole time. No Josh.

    About that time the woman behind the front desk pointed outside, I turned, and saw the sign “RIP JOSHUA”. Oh no! Neither of us knew what to say to my son, so I said nothing.

    How do you explain ‘Dog Heaven’ to a five-year old?

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