A Once In A Lifetime Pet



Have you ever had that once in a lifetime dog or pet? My daughter Jessica has.

Our 14-year-old Gus passed away on Feb. 20 leaving a large void in our lives. From the time we picked him up at the Payson Humane Society and he looked into our daughter’s 8-year-old eyes, it was love at first sight.

She proceeded to take the opportunity to write every paper due in school about the love her life, Gus.

The large, white shepherd mix was well known with the Soroptimists when he won many of the awards at the dog shows, by the folks at Paws in the Park, by becoming a semi-permanent fixture at Mr. Stevens agriculture class in high school and not to mention all of the many pictures taken over the years by the Payson Roundup, as he was about the most beautiful dog many have ever seen.

He is responsible for the path our daughter has chosen to become a dog trainer for her career.

We will miss him greatly.

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me and I’m not there to see, the sun will rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today, remembering how I’d lay my head in your lap that special way.

I know how much you love me as much as I love you, and each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and petted me with her hand.

She said my place was ready, in heaven far above, and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to heel away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life I never thought that I would have to die. I had so much to live for, so many sits and downs to do, that it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.

I thought about our lives together, I know you must be sad. I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.

Remember how I’d nudge your hand, and poke you with my nose? The squirrel I would gladly chase and the bad guy “I’d bark and hold.”

If I could relive yesterday, just even for a little while, I’d wag my tail and kiss you, so I could see you smile.

But, then I fully realized, that this would never be; for emptiness and memories will take the place of me. And when I thought of treats and toys I might miss come tomorrow, I thought of you and when I did, my dog heart filled with sorrow.

But then I walked through heaven’s gate and felt so much at home; as God looked down and smiled at me from his heavenly throne. He said, this is eternity, and now we welcome you. Today your life on earth is past, but here it starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last; for you see, each days the same day so there’s no longing for the past.

Now you have been so faithful, so trusting, loyal and true. Though there were times you did things you knew you shouldn’t do.

But good dogs are forgiven, and now at least you’re free. So won’t you sit here by my side, and wait right here with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart. For every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.

— Unknown

Julie Ruttle


lwhite 7 years, 10 months ago

Jessica-my heart goes out to you and your family! My dogs and I have participated in many events with you and Gus over the years (and you both won many times). Your love and dedication to him and him to you was very apparent. I am sure he will always hold a special place in your heart forever.

Linda White AZ Border Collie Rescue


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