Letter to Laffie

It seems life is not done presenting me challenges at the moment. After having battled my most severe episode of IVDD the past couple months, ultimately leading to surgery just 10 days ago, my best friend in the world and lifelong mother-figure, Laffie, has just passed away…

This is my letter to her.

“Dear Laffie,

It was just last week that you were by my side, staying with us while your parents were away. By some sort of coincidence, this is when my back took a turn for the worst and I went for emergency surgery. You, the friend I needed most in this time, were there to keep me company as I went off for my operation and to welcome me back home when it was done.

crusoe and laffie surgery

So perhaps it was no coincidence that you should be there with me in this time. You’ve always been a canine-mother-figure of mine from day one, and I feel like maybe your last motherly act was to see me off on a good recovery course.

Those first couple days after surgery, when I cried in my crate, you came and slept by my side to give me comfort. I know it made a difference, you being there, so for that I’m thankful.

laffie by crusoe side

I will really miss you though, and next time I visit your house I will be sad you are not there to greet me at the door, and I will surely search the house for you, somehow hoping you might still be there.

It’s just hard to comprehend how you could just be gone….

I still remember the day I came home as a pup. I was scared and shaking, especially at your towering figure over my little body. But you were gentle and kind, and wagged your tail. You barely even knew me, and yet you gave me comfort and let me snuggle in your warm, woolly fur.

crusoe puppy with laffie

From that day forward, you were my best friend, and although you’ve always preferred to stay out of the spotlight that has found its way to me, it was you who taught me everything I know and made me who I am.

You taught me how to be the adventurer I am. Even as a young pup, I quickly took after your free spirit, doing my best to keep up with you in the bush as you followed the scent of your favorite critters.

laffie hunting rabbits

You taught me the hunter paw-signal.

dog hunter paw signal

You taught me how to play, and how to play tough.

You taught me how to withstand our cold winters, and how to move through the snow as if I were a big dog.

You taught me how to run fast through the forest.

You taught me how to scratch at things I want, which is one of the cutest things I do according to Mum and Dad, but also one of the most annoying. So thank you.

Most importantly, you taught me how to be a loyal companion. Despite being a true country dog as you were, coming and going as you pleased with no leashes or fences, you always came back. And I’m happy to have learned that freedom and control from you.

I’ll miss sleeping on the couch next to you. I’m sorry we couldn’t have done that recently what with my back and all.

crusoe laffie cuddling

I’ll miss our walks through the woods together. I never told you, but it was sort of nice as you got older and slowed down a little, because it meant I could keep up with you a bit better.

I’ll especially miss sharing in new adventures with you. We definitely had some fun times together…

two dogs kayaking

french-brittany-breed

crusoe laffie cruising

I’m sorry your kidneys failed you. At 15 year’s old, you were still so strong in every other way. Part of me wishes you could have stuck around a bit longer, but perhaps that is selfish of me. I’m grateful you made it as far as you did, for there were so many other times where you seemingly escaped death – like when you got lost in the provincial park’s wolf territory for a whole night, or when you ran out the back door and chased away the bear that was eating our garbage… when you fell in an ice cold river, or when you floated away on a piece of ice on the thawing lake… or when you got lost in the woods during the heart of a freezing cold winter night, only to turn up the next morning a mile away enjoying breakfast at a stranger’s house.

(All true stories, by the way).

I think life didn’t fail you at all. You conquered it, and lived it in a way most dogs would envy. You lived on the edge, but there was never a dull moment. Not many people know about you – let alone your story, but fame was never important to you. To me, you will always be the legend I look up to.

Thank you for everything you taught me. Thanks for always being by my side. I always looked to you for support, but now I’ll have to strengthen my own independence so I can be a mentor to my little brother Oakley and any other new pups that enter our family.

I promise I will carry on your legacy. I promise I will get better from this back surgery, and I promise that as soon as I am, I will chase those critters for you. And every new adventure I live, I’ll imagine you by my side.

crusoe and laffie1

Goodbye my friend. Until we meet again,

Keep ballin’,

~ Crusoe

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61 Responses to Letter to Laffie

  1. What a lovely tribute. Laffie had an amazing life!
    I’m very sorry for your loss and send my heartfelt condolences to all who are mourning.

    That you for sharing your memories.

    Love, Gayle

  2. Dear Crusoe, once again you’ve made me cry but this time with the love you and Laffie had for each other. She will continue watching over you from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. You had such a special relationship, one that humans should strive for. Much love to you and the family <3

  3. So sorry for your loss Crusoe. Laffie is now at Rainbow Bridge a young pup again and having a great time. No pain or sickness any more. I bet she is BALLIN just like you keep telling everyone. Thoughts of comfort goes out to you and all the families of Laffie. Chin up little pup.

  4. We love our pets in ways that at times you just can’t imagine any other way.. They give us so much love and trust.. it is truly a Gift that the lucky pet Parents know about… I am sorry.

  5. Sooooooooo sorry you lost Laffie. I’m sure you were the best friend ever to her and she cherished every day she had with you. I know Laffie would want you to get better and be pain free.

    We all love you Caruso and I look forward to your updates. You make everyday special for me.

    Thank you
    Rhonda

  6. So sorry for the loss of your friend,and your teacher.she will live on thru you and will be watching over.she is in doggy heaven playing in the woods and not having no pain anymore,I know you will miss her but just remember she lives in your heart and mind

  7. oh cru that’s so sad . it does with so sorry you at this difficult time even Laffi lose . I hope that they do not have to suffer long . it has now gone over the rainbow bridge and probably happy . I think they will watch over you . Your letter made ​​me cry. I wish you heartfelt condolences . hopefully it ‘s your move at least a little better . keepballin

  8. Crusoe, Mum and Dad. I’m in tears reading this as I know how hard it is to loss a family member, especially one that was by Crusoe’s side most of his life. It is hard not but this too shale pass. Below is the poem of the Rainbow Bridge I hope this brings you some comfort. Kay, Fergus & Cooper.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

  9. So sorry!
    So beautiful and touching ; crying so hard.
    Precious tribute and memories.
    Thank you for sharing the love.

  10. I’m so sorry your buddy won’t be coming back to comfort you. I know you have watched for her, and wondered what happened. Maybe your daddy can comfort you. You need a lot of TLC in your life right now.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m here crying my eyes out. I’ve lost many pets over the year. I have 8 cats & my dog Wiener. He’s 16 1/2 & I dread the day that I loose him. He’s my baby. Our hearts go out to you all. Love you

  12. What a beautiful tribute to your friend. You will see her again. Stay strong. We are all praying for you and sending thoughts your way.

  13. Oh my, Crusoe…what a beautiful letter you wrote for your mentor, Laffie. I am so sorry for your families loss. I too, wish she could have hung around a bit longer, until you are further along in your healing. I’m too, am sorry you won’t be any more adventures with her. But know she is waiting over that rainbow bridge, some day we will all see her again. I look forward to meeting her when the time comes.

    • Sorry, Laffie belonged to my Mum’s parents.. so we didn’t live together but I saw her often. And when I was growing up we lived a lot closer so I was with her everyday.

    • A sweet, loving tribute to what seems like the best adopted pet mommy. As I write this through tears I can only think of how grateful we are to have these amazing creatures who love us unconditionally. Life with pets is a life filled with a special love; Laffie will take that love with her over the rainbow bridge. RIP Laffie ?

  14. Dear Crusoe,
    While reading your tribute to Laffie I came to know and love her and to know you better. Laffie was your mother, playmate, and teacher, and she must have been very proud of you. I hope your memories of her will comfort you. You must continue to heal and be there for your family, friends, and thousands of fans who love you.
    Joan Oxendine, a fan

  15. So sorry for the loss of your friend, seems like Laffie had quite a few adventures and lived a great life, my condolences to everyone ,I know how much our fur babies mean to us. Rest in Peace Laffie!

  16. Rest in peace Laffie. I am very sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is to lose a beloved furry friend. May Laffie’s sweet memories always live in your hearts.

  17. We just lost our 12 year old dachshund Rambo. That made your letter to Laffie an even stronger tear jerker. Our hearts go out to you and all of Laffie’s family and friends.

  18. OMG I crying my eyes out. What a good dad and mum you have Crusoe. What a nice letter you have written about your best friend. My Henry is looking at me now and wondering mum why are you crying. What Henry don’t know I think he also might be in trouble and he is only 8. He has started getting lumps and I know what that means because I have been thru it before. I am so sorry for your loss and some day you will see again in doggy heaven.

  19. Hi Crusoe. I am really sorry for the loss of Laffie. She must have been an amazing friend to you. I know what it is like to expierence loss. I lost my 10 month old dachshund puppy named Rosie 2 years ago on June 6, 2014. She had a brother named Patch who still lives with me, but now has 2 half sisters named Daisy and Mini. Rosie got very sick around Christmas of 2013, but got a little better after, but then got much worse in February of 2014. My parents knew it was time, so they made the tough decision to put Rosie down. I am here for you if you need any support or if you need someone to talk to on the subject of loss. This must be a really hard time for you right now because first of all, your back and now Laffie. I will keep you and Laffie in my prayers tonight. I love you Crusoe and everything is going to be okay.

  20. Crusoe, I’m sorry for your loss. Laffie will be 4-ever in your heart and soul. You have a lot of special memories of you and Laffie. My condolences to Laffies parents. You my friend have been through rough roads lately. Remember what Laffie has taught you. Be strong. My heart aches for you and Laffie. Your letter was true from your heart. Thank you for sharing. Love you Crusoe. Hugs to you, your family and Laffies. Get well soon ?

  21. I am heartbroken for the physical loss of your Laffie, sweet Crusoe. Yes, she stayed a little longer to be with you and comfort you when you came home. Such a beautiful love. She will be around you, still, visiting you and checking in on you. She will always be with you and you will be with her again someday. It will be confusing for a little while when you go to her house, but in time you will understand, honey. God comfort you as you get all better now and God comfort your Mum & Dad, Oakley, and darling Laffie’s parents. Prayers for Laffie, sweet angel, and all of you.

  22. Crusoe, I’m so sorry for your loss, but I’m sure she’ll be watching from afar and you will make er proud! Be strong and continue your recovery–that’s what she wants for you! Love and kisses to you and your and Laffie’s families❤️??

  23. Dear Crusoe & Family, I am so so sorry for you all. Sweet Laffie is a wonderful Mama,Teacher & Friend. She will still be around you all in spirit, for Love never ‘leaves’. While she is adjusting to her ‘new’ form & the beautiful place that is her original home, please know that before long, you will know when she is around you, Crusoe, because you have that special knowing, being closer to Nature as an animal. As you go through these sad & painful experiences, Crusoe, you & your Family are receiving lots of love & prayers for the smooth, total & lasting healing of your body & the comforting of your hearts. Laffie has freedom now of body & spirit. She can go anywhere she wants now,.. ‘in the blink of an eye’, rest assured.

  24. God bless you Crusoe and your wonderful family. Sounds like Laffie had a wonderful life. May she rest in peace . You get stronger and she will live on through you! Schnitzel sends his love he lost his big brother Fritz last year.He was 16 and we miss him everyday. We love you Crusoe! Keep on ballin

  25. Crusoe I am so sorry to hear about you friend Laffie. You Mum and Dad have had a very stressful time. They say when one door closes another one opens. All Laffie would want for you is a speedy and uneventful recovery. You, Mum and Dad are in my thoughts and prayers. Ball’n! mm

  26. So sorry for ur loss Crusoe !! I know how hard it is to loose someone so close to u . We just loss one of our babies (Dachound) she was 17 n she has two brothers n one sister n mum n dad that miss her so more. So I no that pain that u n ur family is going thru. I no that Laffie would want u to be strong n get btter so that u can teach Oakley all the things that she taught u. God bless u n comfort u , Oakley , mum and dad !

  27. Many tears and much love from your friends in the swamp. Our little girl has a great big brother who loves and watches over her. We know how special that kind of bond can be. Wishing all of you peace and blessings for your loss.

  28. I love to read about Crusoe on Facebook and I’m terribly sorry to hear about Laffie, Crusoe’s friend. I recently lost my beloved Chiweenie, Taco, and it’s something I’ll never get over. He was my baby and every time I read and see about Crusoe, I think of my Taco who was part Dachshund and the other part Chihuahua.

  29. So sorry Crusoe for your loss. Laffie looks like she was a wonderful and sweet friend. She was pretty too. I know you will miss her. It appears that you have a lot on your plate lately. Please take care and listen to your Mum and Dad. Keep close to Oakley as well. Love you.

  30. Hold on a sec, just have to wipe my tears a bit, I am so, so sorry that you lost your best friend, she sounds awesome, I di remember you talking about her, I am thankful for her that she was always by your side when you needed het, thankful that she was such a good Mom to you and that she taught you all that you know, and I am sure that you will miss her a lot. She had a long, good life, I was imagining all the things you mentioned, but her enjoying breakfast at a strangers house when everybody worried sick about her, that brought a big laugh out of me. Remember that one day you will see her again!!! You will always be loved by your fans!!!

  31. Oh Crusoe: I have read your letter several times and cry and feel so sad each time. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  32. I am deeply sorry, Crusoe and Family. I see that you must have nestled into dear Laffie’s fur all of your life, whenever you with her. My heart goes out to you, little one, and to all who love her and miss her. Only smooth sailing from now on: I wish for you.

  33. Such a touching dedication, indeed you had a true friend and the best part is that they were there till the end even if they themselves were to feeling well. May Laffie rest in peace.

  34. Oh, my dear sweet Crusoe. I just went on your site to check up on you & see how you are healing. I started crying when I read your heartfelt goodbye letter to Laffie. Your friend & doggie Mum. So sad that she has left you. She stayed around long enough to see you through your back surgery. What a good girl she was. Keep up your strength & get better. Laffie would be so proud of you. Remember Crusoe, her pawprint is forever etched on your heart.
    On Aug 26th, my Dachshund Heidi turned 16 years old & my Chihuahua Dory turned 18 years old. Please think good thoughts for them for me.
    Keep ballin’, you SuperStar!
    Love Tracy, Heidi & Dory

  35. Laffie is playing and watching over you from heaven, little buddy! I am so sorry that you feel such a loss and understand perfectly, losing my 14 year, 7 mos. furry baby, Kipper only 2 weeks before Christmas. My Dachshund Dexter missed her as much as we do, but luckily we feel we were guided to find another dachshund named Dixie to join our family the following summer. And I swear Kipper whispers to her to do things that he did to Kipper, and do silly little tricks Kipper invented. Kipper was an honorary 48 pound Dachshund!

  36. Well said Crusoe!! Laffie was a special friend and when we have a special friend like that they are forever in our hearts. Bless you and your family in the loss of such a special friend. “Keep on Balling”, as you would say. Best wishes to such a dear Doxie. Love and care form our six dogs=Diggory and Dobby, brothers who we raised from 12 hours old -soon to be 10 years old – Skeeter a pom who wandered into our yard weighing less the 5#-about 9 years old, Holly an American walker hound, who we got from the neighbor when he could not afford to feed all of his dogs-about 6 years old, then the last 2 =Lexie a full blooded doxie, black and tan like crusoe, who had had her 3rd litter when she and 6 pups were given to us-she is about 4-5 yrs old and her pup-Abby who is 1/2 doxie and 1/2 shatzue(sp) who will be 4 years old in November. We all love to keep updated on crusoe!!!

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