What a wonderful whirlwind of a time we had growing and learning together! We have certainly kept each other on our toes. There was a never dull moment!! Every morning at 5 a.m., my alarm would sound and then so would your tail– wagging and flopping in your kennel. That was your way of letting me know it was time to start the day already with some ball playing, a five-mile walk, and then finally some floor cuddles and breakfast.
Then we would seize the rest of the day and go on adventures and trips. Whether a big or small trip, it was just always fun to be out and about together. Everywhere we went, you educated people about Hero Dogs and what you do, and then you would become fast friends with whomever we met. You showed me just how easy it is to strike up conversations without saying a single word. I helped you see how easy it really is to step inside of a glass elevator and board the Metro. Helping each other learn both big and little things became the way that we rolled, day in and day out.
We took exceptionally excellent care of each other. You always made sure you could see me, no matter what adventure we went on, and I always made sure that you were safe, happy, had good snacks, and that you were always nice and clean. I know you still are not a big fan of “puppicures” or baths, but getting tiny brie cheese squares drizzled with honey made doing those things sort of enjoyable, right?
People would often comment that you must be a lot of work and sacrifice to have you around. I would always tell them it really was a pleasure and an honor to have the opportunity to raise you and watch you grow up. It never felt like work or sacrifice because I that was how much I loved it!! From taking you to school, on field trips, and road trips, to the more mundane things like doing your bedtime ritual of teeth brushing, and ear cleaning, and telling you how great you did that day: I loved doing all of that with you each and every day.
Boomer boy, you have experienced so much, and I have done the best that I could to prepare you for anything and everything that may come up in the future. Among other things, you have been to baseball and football games, dressed up for Halloween parties, ran a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, listened to Christmas carols, stayed up until midnight on New Year’s Eve, and sent Valentines out to friends. You went to beaches and lighthouses, rode on a train and a plane, and went to kids’ birthday parties. You went to the library, a fair, stores, movies, fundraisers, museums, hospitals, schools, public offices, a carnival, parades, a fancy gala, and restaurants. You went to different states, went on road trips, and even attended a wedding!!
You have grown up into quite a confident, smart, funny, and handsome dog, and you are ready for “K9 College” now. It has been over a week since I brought you back to Hero Dogs, and it feels very strange not having you by my side all day and every day anymore. Originally, I meant to have written you this note before you actually entered into college, but I didn’t want to spend a second of our time writing a letter when we could be out doing something fun! I hear you are being a rock star at college, making good dog friends with Molly and Mitch, and being good in your class. Don’t worry Boomer– Becca and Jennifer said the coconut oil for your de-stressing and paw rejuvenating massages is on order, and James said the brie cheese should be in soon, too. If it takes longer than expected to get those items, still don’t worry– you will be fine!! One of the many great things about you, Boomer, and what I am trying more and more to emulate, is your most awesome adaptability. You are the most go-with-the-flow guy I know and it makes riding the rough waves of life that much easier. So what if things don’t go exactly according to plan, right?! So what if things and paws sometimes get messier than usual?!
I miss your fun-loving attitude, your goofy grinning face, your louder than life personality, and your excitement over the simple things that life has to offer; all of that, oh so much already, Boomy-Booms. The entire village of Shirlington, all of your friends in other Virginia towns, DC, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, all miss you very much, too. Keep doing your best, Boomer boy, and I look forward to eventually seeing you graduate from college with your very lucky Veteran!!