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RIP Arlo

Posted Sunday, August 1, 2010, at 1:07 AM

My very best friend. Goodbye Arlo
Those that know me, know that I am an absolute animal lover. My favorite animal is the dog, man's best friend. Today, I lost my best friend, Arlo. He was 12 years old. His journey was quite the interesting one and I am overjoyed that he got to spend it with my family.

When we first saw Arlo we immediately knew he was a Hendricks. We were at the dog pound in Russellville in 1998 to get my younger brother a dog for Christmas/his birthday. We were looking at all these dogs and none were quite what we were looking for. Then we saw him. A new born half black lab, half Dalmation puppy that was actually climbing up the gate. He was our dog.

We took him home and introduced him. I was living in McCook at the time attending McCook Community College so it was up to mom and Will to train him.

At the time they were living in a duplex that had a strict no animal policy. Naturally they were eventually caught and were told to either get rid of the dog or move out. Mom took the simple solution and gave Arlo to my older brother Brandon.

When Brandon went off to the Navy his then girlfriend offered to look after him while Brandon was gone. No one at the time foresaw that the living situation would not change. As you all know we lost Brandon in 2001. My mom let his girlfriend keep Arlo and she sent her money every month.

In 2004 when I made the decision to move back to Russellville, Will moved into a house with a fenced in back yard. Naturally he wanted his dog back. So Will and mom went to get Arlo only to find out that Brandon's girlfriend had given Arlo and her dog away a few weeks earlier.

Fortunately the people that had taken Arlo were more than happy to let Arlo back into our family.

Shortly after my mom bought herself a house Will moved out of his house and Arlo came to live with us in the last house he would ever live in.

Arlo and I quickly bonded again. By now he was 8 and close to 90 pounds and yet he still believe he was a lap dog. He always slept in my full size bed with me.

When I married Nicki last year I left Arlo with mom.

Yesterday we found out that Arlo had cancer. It felt like a punch in the gut. I went over to see him today around noon. Mom and I walked into our living room and Arlo, naturally, followed us. That is when I noticed the limp. Mom started feeling around and Arlo reacted in sever pain. I left to go back home.

At 6:30 as I was headed for work, mom called to inform me that Arlo was probably going to have to be put down. That is how fast this went. By the time the doctor arrived Arlo was no longer even moving. They gave him a shot to let him relax and he passed. Mom assured me that he was never apparently in pain and the doctor herself said that Arlo would have died naturally within a half hour. He had died from complications of internal bleeding. There is no telling what caused it and it was not caught because it was simply not looked for.

Arlo would have been 12 in December. He was my buddy, my friend, but more than anything he was my best friend.

Thank you Arlo for giving me 12 years of unquestioning love and loyalty. Your time is over. Now it is time to go keep Brandon company and play like you did right up to the last days.

I was not prepared for this. I thought I had time. He was just diagnosed with cancer on Friday. We all thought that the cancer would be removed and everything would be fine. I was not ready for him to be gone the very next day. I got to see him on his last day before the internal bleeding took over. He was his usual self, tail wagging, sniffing all over me. I will never forget how he actually smiled whenever I came over.

The last two days have been very painful and immensely saddening for me.

I am going to mourn now.

Goodnight friends.

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I can feel you loss Mike. One day about 16 years ago a stray showed up in my yard. He may be Cocker/yellow lab mix. He turned out to be a great pheasant and quail dog. His presence predates my wife and kids.

We are the only males in our household, so the other don't understand. His hearing is beginning to fail, his eyes are taking on a grayish hue. He walks with a limp, yet never breaks his routine. He looks up at me with a face that says, "thank you for taking care of me". And I look back and tell him, "and thank YOU for taking care of me".

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, Aug 1, 2010, at 8:27 AM

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Our pets are family and it is terribly difficult to lose them. Take care.


-- Posted by coolidge on Sun, Aug 1, 2010, at 8:48 AM

CPB the only solace that I can take with the quickness of Arlo's death is that he didn't have to go through the growing old phase of being a dog. The dog we had before Arlo by the time she passed was both blind and deaf.

Arlo had arthritis in his back legs but that was pretty much it. I'm brokenhearted that he is gone forever but thankful his death was peaceful with no pain.

I hope you have quite a few years left with your dog.

-- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Sun, Aug 1, 2010, at 10:34 AM

I had a pet for 12 years. That has been 25 years ago. I still miss that cat. Some pets are irreplaceable.

My sincerest condolences. I bet that old dog could make you smile and feel better with just a look and a lick.

-- Posted by wallismarsh on Sun, Aug 1, 2010, at 2:25 PM

His smile was unparalleled when you walked through the door.

-- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Sun, Aug 1, 2010, at 2:28 PM

I know how big a bummer it is for some of us pet lovers to lose our best friends. Sorry Mike.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Mon, Aug 2, 2010, at 9:54 AM

Excellent eulogy Mike. Sorry for your loss of Arlo. Arley Steinhour

-- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Aug 2, 2010, at 6:56 PM

Our "Arlo," known as VanDyke to this family for more than 14 years, has been repeatedly eulogized now for more than 16 years -- what a blessing those memories are yet today and may yours always be so for you.

-- Posted by newdawn on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 6:57 PM

It takes time to "heal the wounds" of a loss like Arlo. I still miss my last true companion and still can't replace my Towie.

-- Posted by Online on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 1:18 PM

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