Bowser came into our lives in October 2015 as a foster from Airedale Rescue Group. Surrendered by his owner, he was 6 years old, unkempt, and heartworm positive. We saw him through his heartworm treatments, and he won over our hearts with his gentlemanly ways. We happily “failed” at being fosters and became his forever home!
Over the next four years, Bowser’s companionship enriched our family in so many ways. He came on road trips with us and gave us lots to laugh about. He had the persuasion skills of a Jedi master. He sent kids off to college and became the reason they called home. Meanwhile, in the kids’ absence, he gave me and my husband something to “fuss over,” simultaneously keeping the peace and luxuriating in our attention.
My fondest memories of him are on our daily walks. Because of joint issues, he could never go very fast, so I learned to slow down and better appreciate the things around me. These meditative forest walks could erase the whole day’s frustrations. (Sometimes the walks were interrupted by his sightings of owls and other large birds. He then unleashed barks that resounded like cannon fire!)
Around his 10th birthday, he was diagnosed with melanoma, and it progressed very quickly despite surgery and treatments. We are heartbroken that his time with us was so short, but it was rich beyond measure. Bowser, thank you for the memories and profound life lessons. We send our love to you over the Rainbow Bridge, where we know you are with your predecessors Hector and Sadie, in the place where forever families reunite. – Nori, Joe, Jacob, and Lucy Comello