Thursday, March 17, 2011

Henry 3/15/1995 - 3/16/2011

Henry, a bichon frisé of unusual coloration, went West last evening. He was 16 years old. At the end, he left us peacefully, held in the arms of someone he loved and trusted.

Henry owed his non-standard fur color to a quirk of genetics but he had a full measure of the haughty attitude common to his breed. In his prime, he considered it to be his job to provide security services and intruder alerts for the Van Haste household and he pursued these tasks with zeal.

He had a long life by the standards of his species and it was full of canine satisfactions. His last years were of good quality and his final illness lasted just a few days. Henry is survived by his "pack", Rich, Pat and Frank, who are left now with a treasury of memories and a feeling of something missing from our lives that will persist for some time.


Stephanie Belser said...

My condolences, Frank. I know how deeply a dog can burrow into one's heart.

Don Brown said...

Sorry to hear about it, Frank.


Sarah said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Frank.

Frank Van Haste said...

Stephanie, Don, Sarah...

Thanks so much. Henry had a long and happy doggy life, so in the end we are feeling sorry not for him, but for ourselves. It's not a bad thing to be reminded that every story has a final page.