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Over the weekend, I decided to make a short video in memory of Bubby dog using some random clips from my phone of the last few couple of years of his life. I've been meaning to do this for a while, but every time I attempted it I started crying. I figured I needed to wait until I was able to look at the tribute as a celebration of his life rather than something sad, and this weekend just felt right. I'll be honest - when I was done and added the music, I cried. A lot. But I didn't cry because the video was sad (it's not, promise), I cried because he was SO SPECIAL, and I felt overwhelmed by how lucky I was to have such a magical companion for nearly 16 years of my life. Plus, he was such a ham for the camera. Seriously. That dog could have been a movie star. The video is about 3 minutes long, and make sure you have your volume on so you can hear him barking. One of his old vets called him the "goose honk dog" because he had the funniest bark ever.
And now for the request part. I mentioned shortly after Leary passed that I wanted to put together a written tribute to him, and possibly eventually write a book. He was the most amazing dog, and he had a really unique and interesting life. From the time I rescued him from under a trailer in 1996 to his final days, he overcame all kinds of crazy obstacles, traveled the country (and beyond), and had all sorts of incredible adventures. He also met and got to know a LOT of people - both in person, and online through this blog, message boards, and my businesses. So we decided to ask for friends and family who met him (or even just knew him through how much we constantly talked about him!) to be a part of it. Many of my readers have followed Leary's story, and I felt that it made sense to include you guys as well! What I'm looking for is just a couple of sentences (or more, if you want) about something about him that struck you, a way he touched you, a little note or message for him... Anything, really. There is no pressure to do this of course, but if you want to contribute, just email us at bubbyandbean (at) gmail.com, and be sure to include your name. Once the tribute is complete, I'll share it here.
I hope you like this special video. Thank you for being a part of Bubby's life and story!