Dear Boomer… My Forever Handsome Boy,


You were wandering a busy street in the rain back in 1998. You clearly escaped from a home. You were trained. You knew the meaning of a leash. You were about a year and half old. You were also not neutered. I always suspected you had been out looking for a girl; I can only hope I met your expectations.

We had a beautiful life together, with your other playmates. You loved our hikes through the North Carolina mountains and then naps by the fireplace.

I was heartbroken when you were diagnosed with SARDS, an eye disease that left you totally blind at the age of 10. As your mom, I was so worried your life would change for the worst. However, you surprised me. You never missed a beat. Blind, you swam in the pool while your sighted playmates layed on the deck. Blind, you still enjoyed your hikes at full throttle. You were still the happiest dog I ever met.

Two years later, when we found out you were dying of cancer, the only saving grace I had was knowing Shelly lifted you to Heaven and watched over your journey.

You were such a presence in my life.

It has been almost two years since you’ve been gone and I still find myself crying over my loss, but I know you’ll always be in my heart and I know Shelly is watching over you…as she does with all animals.

You will always be the love of my life and my very happy handsome boy who I miss so much.


  1. Jaime Perez says:

    Your story about Boomer touched my heart, to tears. I too lost a beloved Saint Bernard to cancer. My heart goes out to you. What a handsome and beautiful boy he is!

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