Fly High & Sweet Dreams my Butchy Bear x
On the 2nd March 2021, our Butchy Bear gained his furry wings and crossed over the rainbow bridge and life will never quite be the same. I was with him as he took his last breath as I cuddled him, held his paw and softly sang his favourite song to him “You Are My Sunshine” and I know he felt my eternal love as he flew to the stars.
Our hearts are in a million pieces and words cannot express the deep loss that is felt knowing we will never see or cuddle our boy again. The world has lost one of the greats.
No tribute or amount of photos will ever do Butchy justice so bear with me as I write this.
After rescuing Butchy from death row, I realised I had a greater purpose on this earth - because of him. Fate was working its magic and he came into my life for a reason. He made me realize that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping animals and he is the reason World Animal Warriors began. He was my inspiration behind everything I did and I would often tell him "Butchy, do you realize how many amazing things you & I are doing together to help other animals?" and he would smile, because he knew. To put it simply, he was and is my soul bear.
Butchy was more than a ‘pet’ and everyone who met us understood the deep and once in a lifetime connection we shared. He was my everything, my reason for waking up in the morning, my reason for being the best human I could be, he changed my life.
Butchy was a king among kings, a showstopper, the alpha male, the leader of the pack with the mind of a stubborn mule, the courage of a lion and the heart of a true Alaskan Malamute. Everywhere he went people would stop and smile, dogs would follow him wanting to be in the shadow of his greatness, he was a strong, proud, stoic bear who did what he wanted, when he wanted. I sometimes felt bad that I was the ‘leader’ of the pack because truth be told, he was my leader.
I know he is looking down at me as I write this so Butchy, these words are for you.
“My Butchy Bear,
Who would have thought when we came into each other’s lives 9 years ago that the worlds greatest love story would evolve. Fate was working its magic and I didn’t know it at the time, but I wasn’t rescuing you, you were rescuing me.
Life was never the same and from that moment our worlds collided and the greatest wolf pack of all time was born.
Everywhere I went you went, everything I did you did, everything I felt you felt. We never sat inside a restaurant again because sitting inside meant you couldn’t come, we only went to outdoor cinemas so you could watch the film with us, we only shopped inside dog friendly stores so you could help me decide what to buy, we snuck you into every human activity so we could make sure you didn’t miss out, life became full because you were by our sides through thick and thin.
We became two best friends doing life together, you were my right hand and I was your left paw, we knew exactly what the other was thinking without having to say or bark anything, we had our own inside jokes that only we got, we understood each other deeply and our connection was pure.
We saw the world together through my eyes & through yours. I have lost count of how many road trips we did, from wineries, coast lines, snow and everything in between.
You were there for me every step of the way, you were my partner in crime, my best buddy, you taught me how to be a better human, you helped me learn lessons of life, you inspired me to reach for the stars and you taught me what unconditional love felt like.
I want you to know that I couldn’t have got through the last year without you by my side. You were there for me through my darkest of days and darkest of nights and I would often tell people “I don’t know how I would have got through this without Butchy” because the truth is, I wouldn’t have. You would give me your paw or nuzzle your big head onto my hand when you knew I was down, you slept next to my bed every night to protect me, you would wake up in the middle of the night and rest your head on my bed just so I knew you were still there, you made me laugh when I was sad and you always had a watch over me making sure I was going to be ok. And I was, because of you.
My life will never be the same and I will miss you for the rest of my days. I will cherish the memories of our walks together and the time we would spend at the beach just being there together in the moment, I will miss opening the front door and hearing you howling at me with my excitement, laying on the floor next to you and having our endless cuddles, making you breakfast and dinner just how you loved it, being barked & howled at until you got your endless treats, taking you to PetBarn and watching you terrorizing the cats and shoplifting all the treats you could get your teeth on, hearing your big bear paws walking through our home, watching you bury your pig ears in the garden with such concentration, waking up in the morning and seeing you laying beside me, the endless mess you made every where you went, your grizzly growls when something didn’t go your way, watching you swim so peacefully and rescuing you from endless puddles/swamps/lakes/oceans/pools, your big fury wonderful smell, the feeling of your soft velvet ginger ears, seeing your contagious smile, burying my head into your beautiful fur and never letting go and planning my life around you, but most of all I will miss your love.
Butchy, you will always be my greatest love and this will be the greatest loss of my life. I am so proud of being your Mum and forever grateful knowing we have given eachother the best 9 years of our lives. I will share stories and talk about you and your legacy will live on through me, I promise. A little piece of my heart will always be missing but I know you have that with you forever.
For now, have fun up there, remember me, feel my love and be a good boy. I will celebrate your 14th Birthday on the 8th April and I know you will be with us in spirit.
Sweet dreams Butchy Bear.
I will love you forever x