Rest In Peace

June 17, 2017
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Asher

Asher

February 7, 2006 – June 15, 2017

 

Asher was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma on June 8th. The disease ravaged his body but could not touch his sweet soul.

Neither surgery nor chemotherapy were viable options. Besides, he wanted to spend his last days chasing imaginary coyotes at Asherpark with his beloved Journey.

During the last week of his life, Ash continued to shower the world with licks and kisses. He barked rudely for his ball, played a little bump and run with Journey, and enjoyed every meal, bone, and treat that came his way.

Despite his growing discomfort, Ash never withdrew. He had to put on a show for his friends. He followed his mom everywhere and lay quietly at her side as she wrote this post.

 “He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave.” 1

Godspeed, Ash. You will be forever missed.

 

 

1Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

3 Responses to “ Rest In Peace ”

  1. liz on June 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Dear Asher..
    heartbeat of his humans, gatekeeper ushering human and canine beings into the pack….fly boy, wakeup patrol leader for the guest bedroom, stealer of shoes (one of each pair), ball of fur, slobber, energy and love…..asherpark will never be quite the same having had you as its guide.
    thinking of you this longest day of the summer,
    asher— the perfect dog.
    liz

  2. Joani Kiehn on June 18, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Dear sweet Asher: What a legacy you leave. A welcome greeting from you always let us know how happy you were to see us, and the feeling was ever so mutual. You showed us all what inclusivity looks like, in the special way you cared for each dog that was lucky enough to live at your house. You knew how to respond to each one, in just the way they needed. And little Journey could not have had a better mentor to show her “how it’s done.” Thanks for all the joy and laughter and sheer entertainment that you brought to us all. You sure had the “joi de vivre” in spades. We are so glad we were able to spend one of your last fine days with you – and though you weren’t feeling your absolute best, you still gave licks and kisses, and were determined to be your usual ever so social self. We too, will miss you always!! Love, Joani and Art

  3. Jeanne Pascal on June 20, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Asher blessed this world with himself, his people and his changing pack. He welcomed other dogs in need, and was patient and loving, and devoted. Tirelessly helping those who did not learn to live in love and plenty, how to live with and accept abundance in their lives. With his people, Keven and Bob, he touched many, many lives in a positive and beautiful way. He changed all who knew and loved him for the better. His bark will be forever heard, echoing into the future, speaking of a spirit strong and alive, reminding us of his beautiful soul and his blue eyes, and blessing every soul he loved with the beauty he brought to us all.

    We love you Ash, and thank you for blessing our lives.

    Jeanne, Dallas and Nico

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