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Parker....I love you.
ASCA/AKC/INTL CH Melodys Park It In First PT CGC DNA-VP
April 8, 2001 ~ July 7, 2009
Thank you Melody Aussies, for my beautiful boy.
All photos of me and Park courtesy of RJ Willey ~ THANK YOU RJ!!
***July 7, 2009***
Well, I am so very sad
to say "Super P" has left me. He died as he lived, with the
heart of a champion. I love him beyond anything I am able to
express.............and I am so very thankful he did not suffer. I will hang
on the the memory of that goofy sneer of a smile, the upside
down greeting that was the spittin' image of his mother, his incredible
athleticism, his demanding nudges and his sheepish gentle wiggles. I
will remember him squished up in the corner of my kitchen underneath the
pull out cutting board waiting for something to fall. I will
remember he will always choose the cool tile. I will remember he slept
across my bedroom door, our gentle guardian. I will remember he is the
only dog who wanted to visit the neighbors in their open garage or
"drive by" and lick my dinner with no regard for the consequences.
I loved him dearly.
There are no words for the hole he
has left. His kindness and love for the world was very special and very deep.
He knew nothing of "reserved with strangers". When he was a
puppy, he and Emma were deeply connected. But when Baron came on the scene,
the two of them were inseparable. I hope Baron's loss will not be as great as
mine. He was my friend. And I will miss him every day.
This is where I come to visit my boy. Just 4 days after he died, it already
feels like an eternity without him.
His tissue and blood have been donated to Aussie cancer research.
To honor Parker and other dogs that have fallen victim to hemangiosarcoma,
his parents, offspring and littermates are encouraged to donate blood for
research as well.
Go to: www.ASHGI.org
THANK YOU for the numerous generous donations made to ASHGI in Parker's name
THANK YOU for the incredible out pouring of love, support and
It really DOES make a difference.
Linda & Gerhard
We will never forget Parker, We loved him too, even though we met him only a
few times. Gerhard is still in awe of his amazing athleticism that he has
passed down to Cisco. He would have stole that boy away from you in a minute
if he could! Parker had a blessed life in your home, with everything he could want and
much, much more. He will live on in our memories and in Cisco's grins, his
love for "dangles", and the way he buries his head in your armpit
for neck scratches.
Raine, I am so full of sorry. I think I understand
what Parker meant to you, because Joy is so much like him. Joy
is the sweetest dog I've ever seen, the goofy sense of humor (she loves
to flip the cat and dart off), the "snile" (half snarl, half smile),
the constant nudging, so much like Parker. Even her kissing
ability--quarter tongue for babies, half tongue for children, full tongue for
adults. I really wish time wasn't passing so quickly--I want Joy around
forever. My deepest sympathy, Greg Hill.
Trish & Susan
Susan and I were talking about
some of our favorite Parker moments last night. Like the time he jumped over
the back of our living room couch into a super small space! Or, the night I
stayed with you at Dixon’s Motel 6 and he gave me a facial until you made
him lie down! And my favorite – our deep throat, French kiss :> Parker
was a very special boy.
Peace, gorgeous Parkie P. Raine, thank you SO much for letting me come over yesterday evening, it meant
the world to me to be able to say goodbye.
Rosie & P
sooo sorry to hear about Parker. He truly was a special dog and a lot of his
personality, beauty and his enthusiasm was passed onto Ethan. From the
sneer, the goofiness and the snorting, to wanting the bed all to himself.
And let's not forget that lizard-quick kisses!
I still remember the day I met Parker, how he slammed
into the back of my legs then flipped right onto his back for a belly rub. He
was so charismatic and goofy!
Your heart must be breaking. I hope your fond
memories of him ease your pain during this time of grieving.
saddened to hear of Mr. P's passing and know it has left a big hole
in your family. Flash has a lot of his daddy's characteristics and
the best one is he is such a lover, such a sweetheart. Although he
does not have his daddy's "super tongue" he does love to bury
his head in your lap and wiggle that butt with happiness. May the joy that
Parker's get bring to their families give you some comfort.
Linda and the Flash
"I am soooo sorry to hear that Parker has passed. He was
one of a kind. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to know
him and honored to have shown him. Britt and I will always
treasure the memories. He sure made us laugh!!!!"
My heart is with you. I am so happy to have
known Parker and had him in my classes. He is an incredible guy...
Cathy & Ken Thormahlen
This is beautiful. Each time I read it, it brings tears to my eyes.
I'm very sorry Parker has passed on, he was such a special boy. Ken
and I feel greatly blessed to have so much of your handsome boy in our
Our hearts are with you,
Cathy and Ken
"My heart goes out to you with the loss of Mr. P….he was a wonderful
and loving gentle soul who will be missed….thank you for sharing him with
"I'm so sorry to hear about Parker's death. ..
These dogs give us so much love, happiness and laughter - why do they have to
leave so soon? Truly, the worst part of having dogs. With time you will
remember Parker with a smile and laughter (as he would want it). I know I will
remember his beautiful face, his wagging nub, him standing happily with his
buddy Baron, and him upside down for a belly rub. He was a Good Dog."
He is so darn
HANDSOME!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your special time with
Parker...I really enjoyed getting to see you and Parker and Emma on
Saturday. I'm lucky to have gotten to spend some time with them and the
pictures of Parker and Sam together will be priceless.
" What a gorgeous boy......... and a super friend, best buddy he must have
been. Grampa Parker to me, (I hope!) I sympathize more than you know......... he was very loved"
You’ve been blessed to have Parker in
your life and he to have you. He lives on in our dear puppies
Raine ... I am so very sad to hear Parker is gone. I feel fortunate and
honored to have met him. He was so very, very beautiful and will live in the
memory of many who had had the pleasure to meet him. We send you our thoughts
and our hugs and our love. We think of you and
mourn sweet P
we never had the chance to meet Parker, but would frequently stop to
admire pictures of him on your website. He was a stunning dog and
his charm and sweetness are apparent in every image of him. When I
looked at the memorial, I burst into tears. How painful it is to
lose a best friend, especially when the end comes too soon. All
our love, Ariela,
Daniel, Naya and Capri
For now this time is yours, belongs to the two of you, it will be
timeless and as you know, you will treasure it always.
"I am so so sorry to hear about Parker. You are in my thoughts and
prayers. I can imagine....I have been there. Time will heal but you are
This was really, really beautiful. I’m in tears. My
heart is just breaking for you. Sending you lots of love (puppy and
My heart bleeds for you. Laurie and I
were talking about you and your loss today. I am so, so sorry to hear
"When I think of Mr. P. I see the picture of him below.
(Superman) I just love
that pic of him. You wrote some great words about Parker, Hang on
I am so sorry for your
loss, Parker was a beautiful boy (his mom Courtney was one of my all time
favorites and he reminded me so much her). I know it never gets easier
losing our doggie children, they just don't stay with us long enough.
Hugs from Jewel & the Gang
Sooo sad to hear about Mr. P...he is a great dog, and will be sadly
missed. Give him a hug from us, and tell him to say "hi" to Max
and Libby when he gets to doggie heaven...he has had a great life with
I just wanted to let you know
again how very very sorry I am about Parker. I have always
loved that silly boy and feel lucky to have so many great
memories of him in his early years.
***July 3, 2009***
I am afraid it is time (or almost) to say
good bye to my beloved Mr. P. He has filled my heart and life with
joy and love for 8+ years. He knocked my socks off as a premier
show dog-ever elegant and serious in the ring or in front of a
camera. And the biggest goof ball I know all the rest of the
time. His incredibly sweet nature and KISSING ability are known
friends, family and vet wide. :) Told so well by Trish when
she said "Parker owes me dinner!" <GRIN> He has
the fastest tongue in the West!
But today his heart is filled with fluid
and his body is riddled with aggressive cancer. The vet will do a
heart tap and we will see if that will buy me the rest of the
weekend with him or maybe even a little more.
If you don't hear from me, you can bet I
am spending time with my boy. I don't imagine there will be much
to say between now and his passing.
I thank you all for your love and
support. As you know, Parker loves you too!
My heart is broken, as you can imagine.
***Note: Parkie came home from the vet on Friday evening, July 3,
after a successful heart tap to remove the fluid. His lungs were
clear, but he had bleeding masses on his heart and spleen. I knew I
didn't have much time.
Saturday morning Parker was feeling his old self!
However, I was a wreck. Parker collapsed the Thurs before and I
hadn't slept since. We were packed and ready to go to a show that
weekend with the entire RaineDance gang......all except the puppies
who had round the clock babysitters. We didn't make it to the early
show, but I was determined to make the most of his remaining time.
Parker is the social butterfly of RD and I knew, if he was up for
the drive, he would like to go and see his little fan club. And
ready he was! Even if I wasn't. :) so I drove up to Gridley with
just Park, Emma and Emmit. He had a great time, got his bath and
WONDERFUL RJ Willey took one MILLION priceless pictures of him. And
he enjoyed all the fuss.
When it was over we headed home. I wanted him to rest, and I wanted
to be close to our vet. I also had a long list of MUST DOs. Starting
with the most important.
The next priority was to capture his
relationship with Baron on film. Sunday morning Park and I hung out
in bed until noon. Then I took the boys out to my parent's property
and took many pictures. Sadly Baron was very nervous with Park and I
felt it was too much. But I did get some nice shots of them together
in the short time we were there. Baron had been very hyper and
nervous ever since Park collapsed on Thurs. I hoped now that they
were together again he would settle down.
everything in the house surrounded around Parker. My roommates
gushed over him, he got MANY special helpings of people food, and he
sat in the corner under the cutting board. Too cute!
Monday he stayed
with Em and Baron like usual, while I was at work. I checked on him
at lunch (cried all the way home) but he was doing very well. And
Baron returned to his normal self. I took pictures of Park
w/Merry, taking care of an old request from Flash's Mom. Monday night Rosie came
over to see him. We had just discussed finding some agility matches
for her to run Parker in, as he was ready to compete in Novice. I
was also looking forward to working Park in Obedience, as I have
always felt this would be his MOST successful venue. Of course those
things were far from my mind at the time. But I was starting to hope
I was going to have him through the next weekend as well. Many
people wanted to come by and see him, and he had visitors scheduled
morning, July 7, I left Parker in my bedroom instead of outside. Not
sure exactly why...
I cried all the way home at lunch again...this time with good
reason. I knew, when I didn't see his face in the cat door...it was
He made it
downstairs to the entry. There I asked him to lie down.
We stayed in
the entry, in a spot of morning sun in front of the open door, on
the patch of tile he loved so much. He was peaceful, his breathing
normal. He was on his side, looking around. I tried to soak in the
feeling of his coat. I pet the shaved section, the site of the heart
tap. I tried to memorize his face. I said what I needed to say,
although I don't remember exactly what.
I know I thanked
him. For love and life well spent.
rest is not important. Except to say THANK YOU to the vet staff that
came over and helped me get him in the car. And to the vet who made
sure everything was in order for the tissue donation, to Megan who
gave me the biggest bear hug I have ever had, and to my beloved dog.
Who happily visited with the staff and refused the blanket of the
floor....choosing the cool tile one last time. He died in my arms,
quietly, without pain or concern. He was a gift.
If you have read all the way down to here, thank
you for your time, and thank you for being a part of Parker's story. I
realize everyone who comes here will leave crying, and I don't want that!
The sun continues to come up everyday, just like it always does. Life goes
on. And now Park's memory lives on in you too. :) Never to be
you will also find Mr. P on the Stories
page and his page and soon, Foundation.|