Kirby, The Best Puppy In The World

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There is a gaping hole in our hearts: Kirby has passed away. He was almost 16 years old, and he LIVED a happy, wonderful, puppy-perfect life. Almost up until the end, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between Kirby and a frisky, frolicking puppy – he was bursting with life and joy and happiness. He was known and loved by so many people, and probably had been in more business establishments in Great Falls than most people.

He loved steak, antelope, chicken, and of course treats. Not a big fan of seafood, though. Tolerated being dressed up occasionally (Underdog, pirate, dinosaur, king, etc). He picked his own name: the names Elvis and Mojo were offered when he was a tiny pup, and he said NO! He knew that he was a Kirby, and that is what he chose as his name. And the term “shoot the duck” took on a whole new meaning with Kirby.

And what breed was Kirby? He was half poodle, half yorkie, and all man. Dog fanciers call that type a “yorkie-poo” but that somehow sounds too dainty. I think he preferred to think himself as a “porkie.”

Kirby, the best puppy in the world

Truly the bestest pup in the world, and as I mentioned in an entry a few months ago, my bestest little buddy in the world. Now he’s chowing down on ribeye and sipping beer somewhere else. We will always remember how happy Kirby was, and how much joy and love he brought into our lives.



  1. Dave, I am so sorry about Kirby. I know what it is like to lose a best friend. My dad (the veterinarian) used to say that one of the greatest injustices in the world was that our best friends don’t live as long as we do, but that the silver lining to that cloud was that we are allowed to have many best friends. My condolences!

  2. My heart goes out to you David! Judging from the pics, Kirby was indeed a fun-loving dog and companion!

    There are lots of sweet dogs up at the Shelter that I am sure would love to be at your side, once/if you muster up the desire for another dog.

  3. David, I’m so sorry for your loss. What a special little boy Kirby must have been. I know that if I lost my Jinx or Cobie the world would be a darker place for me for a while. You’re in my thoughts.

  4. I’m sorry to hear the news, David. At times like this I like to take solace in a saying The Missus found: There are some simple truths in life …and the dogs know what they are.

  5. There will never be another Kirby…… There are really no words to express the hole in your heart. Kirby was so special and there are years of memories. Bless you and a big hug for Krista.

  6. Sorry to hear of your loss David.
    As a fellow dog lover, I can empathise.

    Aside from children, I think dogs rate right up there as one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind.

  7. Many warm hugs to you both. I know what it feels like to lose one of your best friends. They love you unconditionally and totally, and you love them back the same way. There will always be the wonderful memories and a place in your heart for Kirby. I’m giving my little Taco Belle a bunch of hugs and kisses and she sends her love as well.

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