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Tribute to Mr. Denny


Mr. Denny was a quirky little dog with a huge heart. He didn’t trust just anyone, and was always on guard against anything scary. Even if it was only in his imagination.

Denny (the redhead) and his brother Reilly.

I met Denny a few years ago, but I’d watched him grow up on his big brother Reilly’s Cowspot Dog blog since he was an adorable puppy.

Denny loved to hang out with his brother.

When I first stayed at his house he wasn’t sure about me, barking every morning when I left the guest room, as if it was the first time he’d ever seen me. But eventually he sauntered by and sniffed the hand I’d left dangling for him. And during my next visit months later he didn’t bark at me quite as much. By our third visit he was actually letting me tickle his tummy.

Keeping track of those scary birds.

When we all went out he was ever vigilant, making sure there was nothing dangerous, ready to warn us if need be. But, just to be safe, he liked to stick close to his brother, Reilly, and to his mom and dad.

Still, even though they could be scary, he loved a good walk.

Keeping en eye on me while walking the beach with his mom and brother.

The last time I saw him was this past April. We were good buddies by then, but you could tell he wasn’t feeling very well.

Spending time on his sofa with me.

He’s had health issues, allergies, and even surgery on his knee. But the latest problem were his kidneys. And two days ago they gave out; Denny crossed the rainbow bridge in the arms of his devastated mom.

He had to leave and make the journey on his own and I can’t help but wonder if he’s scared over there without his family. But then I remember that across the bridge all things are possible, so I know that now he’s healthy and happy and curious and brave.

One of my favorite images of Reilly, Denny and Katie

And I know, for sure, that his heart is just as big as it always was.

We always imagine a dog running free when it travels over the bridge, but for Denny I want to say “run brave” little one. Be happy, find all the best things, the best food, the best tummy rubs, the best places to nap, the best beaches to run on.

On his own.

Oh, and definitely find the ice cream, sweetie…there has to be ice cream over the bridge!

Ice cream makes everything better.

More ice cream please?

So, until we meet again Mr. Denny, thanks for the cuddles, I am honored that you trusted me. Your family and I will miss you forever. You were a very very special little boy.

Watch over your brother sweetheart.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

34 thoughts on “Tribute to Mr. Denny

  1. Oh, Dawn….. The ‘on his own’ photo is so beautiful. Denny–I didn’t you know, but I know a sweetheart when I see one. Rest in peace, sweet boy.


  2. Well this made me cry. What a beautiful tribute to a sweet beautiful dog. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and of course for his mama too I am especially sorry. It is just so hard.


  3. this is extremely sad news. I remember Mr. Denny, his Mom hasn’t blogged in ages and ages. I am so sorry to hear this, your tribute was so beautiful. Sending you our deepest sympathy and please send our sympathy to his Mom as well. I am so sad to hear this news.


  4. So sorry Mr Denny has left us. I’m sure he’s happy running around and enjoying eating ice cream.


  5. What a loving tribute. Crying my eyes out here.


  6. So very sad and incredibly moving. Sending warm hugs to all.


  7. It’s so beautifully written, Dawn. I miss this little guy too! As you said,” Run brave, Denny!” Wish you’re happy and get lots of ice cream across the Rainbow Bridge. You’re loved a lot, Denny!


  8. Thank you… is absolutely beautiful……I haven’t had the strength to do a tribute yet …but this is just perfect.


  9. What a beautiful tribute. Maggie and Mitch will take you under their wings and introduce you all around, Denny. Hugs to Reilly and your mom and dad♥


  10. Aw…I’m sniffling back tears. What a lovely tribute and a beautiful sendoff over the rainbow bridge. It is the toughest part of being a pet-parent/pet-grandparent. Hugs to you – he was one lucky dog to be blessed with such a loving family. xxxx


  11. When I read back in May about Denny’s kidney issues, and then didn’t read any more in forever, I just *knew* the unthinkable had happened. Dawn, I’m glad you got to be friends with “the dweeb,” and I know everyone who loved him will be sad for a long time. Since my Dallas was diagnosed with kidney issues (we still don’t believe he really has them — denial is great, huh?!), I was keeping a close watch on Denny from afar. Condolences to his pawrents and Mr. Reilly — run free and brave, sweet boy, and enjoy that ice cream and belly rub time! Eight years is just too short for one so loved — even twice that would be short.


  12. Poignant, sad, beautiful. it is obvious he was well loved.


  13. Oh, Dawn, I am so sorry. Your post has me in tears. I wish our dogs lived longer. It is so heartbreaking to lose them. I am glad that Denny is now free of pain and is patiently waiting for his friends and family at Rainbow Bridge. My condolences to Denny’s family, you and sweet Katie. I always enjoyed your pictures of Katie with the boys. Sending you a **hug**


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