Rex “The King”

My companion for almost seven years is no longer with me. A life I was responsible for everyday is gone. My daily hiking and exploring partner will never take another walk with me. My protector from all that could harm has been sent to guard the gates of doggie heaven…….

The very first and last day I was blessed with our sweet Rex

Right before Halloween my Rexy became ill and then the week before Christmas we were given the terminal news. With a caring vet sending us home to enjoy our last Christmas with my knight and shining armor, our entire family was able to say their goodbyes and smother him with the love he gave us everyday of his life.

He would have been seven on Valentines Day 2018 sharing the birthday of another loved one taken too soon. In his short time on this earth he walked by my side whether it was good or bad days, laughing or crying, Rex was there for me to reach over and stroke either to share in the happiness or comfort during the sad times. He was the last eyes I looked at before going to sleep and the first when I woke up. He was my responsibility and child at home to take care of when all of ours became adults and left to start their own lives. He became the big brother to our grandchildren and let no harm come to them.

Since the age of 6 months old he traveled everywhere we went. He peed in every Great Lake on the way to the U.P. of Michigan and has been up and down the east coast to swim in countless lakes and rivers while we fished. He has walked on the Appalachian Trail on Mount Katahdin in Maine, named by the Penobscot Indians which means greatest mountain. He has tenderly licked tears from many cheeks and equally brought tears of joy to countless. Rex protected our family and friends from would be assailants or predators and gently nuzzled us at night.

Rex is Latin for King and a king he was to all of us. He was my friend, my confidant, my protector, my child, my responsibility and a part of my daily life I will forever miss.

I and my family are forever blessed by having Rex part of our family unit for as long as we did. You will be missed and always loved.

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  1. jedi dad says:

    Thanks for sharing. Sorry for your loss. Saying goodbye is hard, but grateful you can be grateful.

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  2. AJ says:

    I’m so sorry! It’s never easy to lose a pet:(

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      no it is not, they become a member of the family. thank you

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  3. Whippoorwill says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Noel, I’ts hard to let our loved ones go. They are part of our lives, part of our families and always and forever in our hearts. Thank you for sharing your memories of Rex with us. It looks like he was a very happy good boy. ā¤

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words and thoughts. He was the best and I will miss him dearly.

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  4. I am so sorry for your loss. May you be granted strength in this time. šŸ’™šŸŒ¹šŸŒ¹

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you very much

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  5. What a lovely post and wonderful tribute to your dear Rex, a special member of your family. May your memories be of comfort in this period of learning to walk without him. Blessings to you and your family. šŸ™šŸ»šŸ’•

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you very much

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  6. Renee Espriu says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I have a four legged companion who has been a comfort and safeguard to me since I rescued her four years ago. They capture your heart and love you beyond what we could ever expect. Have a good 2018 and I know you will carry him in your heart with every step you take. Be well.

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you so much. I appreciate the kind words. It’s amazing how fast they become family.

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  7. He will live forever in your heart. Beautiful.

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      yes he will. thank you so much

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  8. KDKH says:

    Iā€™m sorry to hear of your loss. We love them so much, and they never seem to live long enough.

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  9. Noel Hartem says:

    So true. Thank you for the kind words

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  10. Daniel Kemp says:

    We something in common. My wife and I were blessed with a Boxer who we named Rex. He died suddenly from a massive heart attack about 18 years ago.

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Our Rex was a boxer-Lab mix. We referred to him as a boxador. They are so part of the family that you really feel the loss. Thank you for reaching out.

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  11. Shelley says:

    Aw, my heart is touched by the love you shared with Rex! You are both lucky to have shared so many warm memories. Sorry for your loss.

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you so much. He was truly a beautiful soul. Our family was so blessed by having him.

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  12. dtills says:

    Such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute, so sorry for you loss! I hope the New Year will bring you much joy šŸ™‚

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you so very much and the same to you and your family.

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  13. Amy says:

    I am so, so sorry you lost your wonderful Rex, much too soon. After a year of grieving over my own Lexi, I have opened my heart to our little Xena, who is once again filling it with love. May your heart again be filled with the love and the wonders of a dog, when the time is right.

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you so much. I am glad your heart will be filled with a new love. Im sure we will go looking but things are still a little raw to open that door just yet. I hope you have a wonderful new year with your new fur baby.

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like Rex was a loved and cherished member of the family. How fortunate for you all to have found each other. When the time is right, your next dog will find you-they always do.

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Yes it will. Rex found us. Thank you so much for the kind words.

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  15. So sorry for your loss, but it must be such a joy to have fond memories of a companion with whom you shared so much.

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  16. M.B. Henry says:

    I’m so sorry šŸ˜¦

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you very much. We miss him

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  17. It is devastating to lose a beloved dog. I have known several people who have been to counseling to ease the pain. Eventually the loss becomes a beloved memory

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    1. Noel Hartem says:

      Thank you. We miss him every day but smile when remembering who he was

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