Goodbye, Sunny

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His papers carry the name “Sunshine Patch” as chosen by my sister-in-law when she bought him as a puppy, but we all called him Sunny. He lived with her for a time, then with my in-laws, and finally he moved in with my family.

It would be tough to find a better dog. He was very friendly, yet would bark his fool head off when strangers approached the house (which is exactly what I wanted). He never bit anyone, and he was amazing with the kids, even when they were just starting to crawl and would pull on his fur, ears, or tail. He played catch from time to time, and he was always content to just lay near our feet and chill. In the summertime, he liked to stay outside and lay down in a shady spot in the grass.

This week, Sunny got sick. We didn’t think much of it at first, but then he stopped eating, and finally stopped drinking. My wife took him to the vet this morning, this afternoon we learned he was suffering from pneumonia.

My oldest son and I went to visit him shortly before 4pm, when the vet closed. The nurse took us back to the cage where they were giving him his IV of fluids and antibiotics. He perked up when he heard us, then stood up. The nurse opened the cage, and he walked out to greet us. I patted his head and held his chin.

A moment later he settled down to the floor, then rolled against the cage. I petted him, I gently tucked his tongue back into his mouth, and then I said goodbye as he breathed his last.

Goodbye, my friend. We miss you already.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. I am so sorry. I know the pain of losing a pet. (((hugs)))

  2. Noah L says:

    Sorry to hear that, Mike, but it sounds like Sunny lived a good life. I hope that the kids are all taking it okay. If you are wanting to get another dog someday, let me know, since I just spent the weekend at Best Friends, which is a huge animal sanctuary, and I met a lot of great dogs that could use a good home.

  3. Cullen Bunn says:

    I’m real sorry to hear that, man. I don’t even like to imagine how tough that must be for you. Cindy and I have your family in our thoughts.

  4. Troy says:

    Sorry for your family’s loss especially at the holidays.

    Take care and I’m sure there is a nice shady spot in dog heaven for Sunny.


  5. Greyhawk68 says:

    Sorry man, I was really hoping that it didn’t come to that. I know how much it sucks, and Sunny was a great dog. At least he waited to say goodbye to you. Hope you are doing okay, I know what you are going through. :-(

  6. Brady says:

    Jesus, Mike. I’m sorry to hear about your dog and everything else. I’m one of those people that holds animals in the same, or higher, regard than I do most people. So, for what it’s worth, I’m thinking of y’all.


  7. Mike says:

    Thanks for the condolences, all. I appreciate it.