So Long Buddy!

This morning I walked out my back door, as I have most mornings for the past 11 years, but it was silent… something was missing. It was like a big hole; a vortex of emptiness.

Yesterday afternoon, I lost my good Buddy of 11 years: Kipper.

Every day he greeted me, trusted me, adored me, loved me and never argued with me. I’m sure he told me off a few times in his own way but he always spoke to me in a nice way.

Kipper was my dog. Born January 2000.
Passed away Sunday 9th January 2011.

Saturday night he was fine but, as dogs do, he gorged himself on something delicious and ended up with a stomach twist that he couldn’t be saved from. I carried him into the car and took him to the vet on Sunday afternoon. He underwent surgery to see if we could save my old Buddy, but it was too late. So, I had to give the go-ahead to end it for the old fellow.

It’s pretty tough to approve having your Buddy killed, especially when you know he trusts you 100% unconditionally, when you know your kids grew up with him all their life and looking in your Buddies big  sad eyes for those last moments he is awake before the needle puts him to sleep forever.

I was his best friend. He adored me like nobody else.

He went to sleep for the surgery and when it was established that he couldn’t be saved, I got the call with the news. He just stayed asleep so he went through no pain. Happy and fully fit one day; gone the next. Such is life!

I’m grateful for having had such a Great Buddy for 11 years and happy that he went fast; just like the way he chased the cars on the inside of my fence, the way he greeted me in the driveway every afternoon and chased the occasional Rabbit in the back paddock.

I hope you’re chasing cars, rabbits and kitty cats somewhere nice Buddy! Sleep tight!

Today, I’m taking my first sickie in 6 years. In honor of my mate Kipper!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2011

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Sean, my eyes were all teary as I read your post. Kipper sounds like he was the greatest friend you could ever ask for. When I take my puppies on their walk this afternoon, we’ll walk a lap of the park in Kipper’s honour. Here’s to all the awesome Buddies out there who make this world a better place!
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  2. Such a sad occasion Sean, and I have had similar experiences with a couple of my ever faithful mates over the years. My condolences & goodbye to Kipper, I have had the pleasure as you know of giving the old guy a friendly pat.
    Life is full of memories both good & bad, and I know that you will have some wonderful and emotional memories with Kipper, so enjoy those memories Sean as you say goodbye to him.
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  3. Hi Sean and all the family.
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss yesterday, I know exactly how you are all feeling and it hurts.
    Our pets are usually the first thing we talk to and the last one we check on so it will leave a huge hole for you all. Take heart and know he had the best time and loved every minute of it.
    Our children are older than yours and we have said goodbye to 5 much loved pets.
    Cheers and hugs to all<3

  4. So sorry to hear about Kipper Sean, as is with every one that has passed there regards I to do the same.
    I have my dog Pepper who is 16 and it is only a matter of time now.
    I figure if he is happy and not in pain and eating OK then we will have him with us for a little longer.

    Regards to you and the family
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  5. You brought a tear to my eye too Sean.

    Beautifully written and heartfelt.

    There is certainly something very special about the unwavering, unconditional loyalty of a dog.

    That deserves a sickie in my book!
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  6. Hi Sean,

    I am very sorry to hear that you (and your family) lost your good friend. I know how hard this is, even if you had lots of great years to spend together. It might even make it harder.
    Remember all the good things and great moments, and he will stay alive in your memories.
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  7. Here’s to the memory of Kipper. Sounds as if he had a good life as a loved and important member of the family. He left behind the example of unconditional and enduring loyalty. I think we’re privileged to experience the example of our dogs.
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  8. Hi Sean & family,
    so sorry to hear about the loss of your faithful friend Kipper. May the good and fun memories of Kipper make these days of sadness a little brighter for you all.

  9. That is SO terrible. I have 2 beautiful old dogs and I can feel your pain. They are one of us, members of our family. I don’t know what I will do when the time comes for us. It’s good you took the day…a good memorial for your buddy.
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  10. Michael Nielsen says:

    Hi Sean and family,

    Sorry about your loss.

    Here is a link to a danish song that will be a very good tribute to Kipper.
    It’s by Shu Bi Dua and the songs name is VuffeLiVov. You might know it?

    Kipper is the one that is the least sad and worried right now. He is on cloud seven.
    For all the good memories…………

    Michael, Perth

  11. Hi Sean and family.
    Sorry to hear the sad news about your buddy Kipper.
    He sound like Kipper was a great companion, and one you have many great memories of.

    I remember when I lost my kelpie, back when I was 14. I was very greatful that I had a chance to say goodbye to my mate, and remember the good times.

    We are blessed with the love and loyality that our dogs give unconditionally, and they will never be forgotten.
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  12. Dogs are definately mans best friend, always there to listen and I know Kipper would have had a wonderful life with your family. I hope your grief will ease over the loss of your good friend.

  13. Hi Sean and Family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your gorgeous pet and best buddy Kipper. As the proud owner of a much loved and treasured 11 year old Golden Retriever ‘Brandi”, my heart goes out to you all.


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  14. Hi Sean,
    Sorry for your loss, dogs are definitely mans best friend as they are always there to greet you and love you even when you have lost favor with everyone else, they will still be there and never let you down, they love unconditionally, a wonderful gesture of friendship, taking the day off in memory of kipper.

  15. Hi Sean and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss and I know it is hurt and sad. I also know how yours feeling now because I myself also a dog lover. I know dog loves us more than we love ourselves. My condolences to Kipper. Hope you and your family will be fine soon.
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  16. Sorry to hear about the loss of your great mate Kipper. I am sure he will be well remembered. Losing the family pet is like losing a member of the family. I am sure he is happy in the place where good doggies go and bless his great big heart.

  17. Jenny Locke says:

    It’s just a really hard time and specially when you see your own children upset.
    Ages after our dog, Sam passed away, I thought I could still hear his paws walking across the tiles making a click, clack sound.
    Thinking of you all and sending cyber hugs.

  18. stellarseeker says:

    My heart aches for you. The mystical bond between human and canine is a constant source of amazement to me. It truly is something magnificent. Kipper sounds like one of the lucky ones to have had you as a caretaker and companion.

  19. So sorry Sean to hear about the lost of your buddy. There really is nobody quite as loyal as your four legged best friend is there.
    Sleep well Kipper, may you rest in peace.
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  20. Sean – So sorry for your loss. We also lost our 10 year old black Lab just before Christmas. There is a wonderful book titled “Dog Heaven”. It was written for children, but I have passed it on to many adults who were grieving for a lost pet, and they found great comfort in the book. If you can find it, you should read it. It will make you feel so much better.

  21. Oh no!!! I am so sorry to hear this! I am dreading the day when it’s my dog’s turn. Nobody loves you like your dog. 🙁
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  22. Hi Sean
    Sorry to hear about your loss. I am not sure what you are feeling right now, but I too have a buddy called Brutus (german shepherd) who is now 13 and has got arthirits in his right hip. Am dreading the day when I too will have to make that decision.
    God bless!

  23. Sad to hear about your loss Sean. Kipper sounded like he really was man’s best friend. And he was there all that time during your epic transformation. No doubt he comforted you and celebrated with you through dozens of times.

    About two years ago I had to put down my dog of 12 years. A truly sad moment that’s still sad now thinking about.
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  24. I always suspect people with dogs. Humans have a balance of love and cruelty and when they focus their love on dogs, many times they divert that from the love destined to their fellow friends. I feel sorry you miss him, but you can try now real, human friends.

    • Good point, Gerard. I’ll exclude myself from that rule though. I believe that I have enough love in me to love people even when I have a dog to help me on my 20 acre property. 😉

  25. Hi Sean, just found this post. I can totally empathize with your loss as today it is six months since we lost one of our dogs, Chelsea. She was our great mate too, with us since she was eight weeks and died just one week short of turning 13.

    After I lost my husband suddenly at the end of 1996, I got Chelsea to be our buddy for my two sons aged 6 and 8 at the time and to keep me company when they were at school. So she watched my boys grow up and was always there for them. We were told she had cancer only a few days before she went. I am grateful that she went peacefully at home in our arms.

    I have a tribute to her on my Facebook profile. I miss her heaps, she was extremely special and had a real majestic feeling about her.

    Only yesterday, I was at the vet for our other dog, Jessica, now 10, who has had two operations now since Christmas. I had not seen this vet since our loss and was showing him some photos of Chelsea. Tears came into my eyes while I was showing him the photos as he was very fond of her too. Currently, we are waiting for a verdict on Jessica to see what is wrong with her. We are hoping things will work out for the best, as it feels too soon if are to lose another special little mate.

    I wish all your family the best in recovery. All I can say is pets are each extremely special and a great source of happiness and love. God bless. Wendy

  26. Dear Sean,
    I can really understand how you feel as I have two “best-friends” myself and I can just guess how hard this was for you.
    Thanks for sharing this touching story with us.

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