Friday, January 22, 2010

My Dog, Demo.

The other day, I buried my dog, Demo. He was one month shy of his 16th birthday. His heart was strong, his will to move forward never in doubt, but inevitably his body could not keep up with his spirit. Old muscles, having given their best, had nothing left to give.



It's been a hell of a ride with the scruffy man. Over thirteen years of constant companionship on my watch; non-stop tail wagging, one-way fetching, countless moments of bad manners, a rain-forest's worth of tree marking, more face-lickings served than McDonalds done customers, and about 6,000lbs of food eaten -- not all of it his -- and every moment of it all fueled by the unmistakable joie de vie gifted by man's bestest friend.

I experience my world in a very tactile way. I'm a dirtdog. I like tastes, touch, sounds, smells. I used to constantly grab Demo and nuzzle in close. Nutty ears I remember the most and his coat always smelled like a stuffed animal's. I remember very clearly when he was five years old, pulling him in while watching TV and holding tight, trying so hard to etch a permanent memory of the moment in my brain -- something to remember in the future when he was gone. Dog's bodies don't live forever, and knowing he was five, I couldn't help but think his life might be half-over. A 65lb Pit Bull can expect to make it to 10-11 years on average, certainly more, but who knows? I remember trying to soak the moment in, and hoping and asking the universe, "Just give me 10 more years with him."



A few years later the project that became Demo: The Story of a Junkyard Dog was hatched. Charles Schulz had died. To me Snoopy was the essence of dog presented in the most innocent of ways. I adored Charles Schulz for having created such terrific characters -- all the peanuts. Strangely, and to this day, still inexplicably, my mom has always referred to me as "Charlie Brown". Her reasons are forever unorthodox, but the connection is appreciated. Snoopy always felt like my dog in my child's mind.

Demo was my Snoopy and I wanted him to become Snoopy for a few others. Time will tell what the book's legacy will be. The shift in cultural perception of Pit Bulls is well underway and I felt like the book was the right one at the right time.



In his quiet moments, Demo was a haunted soul. The runt of the litter from a junkyard mother, he was forever looking for the teat that he had missed out on. He would often grow restless in the house and whine and pace, seeking something he could not find. He'd grab a t-shirt or sock and ball it up and suck on it. I would often comment to people that he was a spirit that had no master. He just truly seemed to be in searching of something beyond what I could provide.

In the lower east side of NYC, on Ludlow St, Demo was a celebrity. Out on the walk, he was gregarious and handsome, an unstoppable force of love and slobber. He wanted to say hi to everyone and everyone wanted to say hi to him. People adored him. Within that energy exchange this dog shined brightest.



I remember one late night back at Beauty Bar so many years ago, I was going to pick up my girlfriend at the time and brought him along as I always did. There was a guy hanging out who upon seeing Demo enter got down on his knees to give an unabashed hello to this strange, handsome dog -- expecting the same in return. I had Demo on the lead, and told the fellow that I'd let Demo go, but Demo was going to probably tackle him in the process. The guy didn't care. So I cut Demo loose and he knocked the giggling fool over, pinning him down and raining slobber all over his face -- to the guy's delight.

I think all Demo really wanted to find was love. Don't we all? Some crave it more than others, prioritize it on a higher rung -- and a dog's sense of it is different than ours, no matter what anyone says. But it's there. And Demo searched for it. Sometimes he found it kneeling down on a bar floor at 4am (hey, who hasn't?) and sometimes he couldn't find it no matter how hard he tried.



My dedication to him knew no bounds. Loves came and went, homes changed, friends faded into memories, but this dog stayed by my side, whether he belonged to me or not; we both belonged to the journey.

Six years ago Demo came as close to dying as a dog can get. His entire head became paralyzed and he could not move any part of it, except for his tongue. Poetic, and fortunate. I was able to feed him blendered food with a gargantuan syringe, squirting it into his gaping, slack mouth while his tongue did all the rest. You can imagine the mess. Especially when he shook his head. While all the muscle in his head shrunk away, and his body wasted from fighting some unknown cause, I did everything I could with my girlfriend's help. His tail still wagged and his eyes still shined. I refused to give up on him. His spirit was alive, even if his body was betraying him. Theories came and went as to exactly what was going on, and how to treat it. Everyone except for my closest friends thought I was a fool.



Then, after three weeks, he started to slowly come back. It took many months, but he made it back. Bit by bit his jaw started to move. Bit by bit, his eyes that couldn't blink, started blinking. Bit by bit, his nose started sniffing. He came back. Muscle and weight returned. He was damaged, missing an eye and wobbly but relatively whole. Together we did it. Our partnership now complete.

Demo had never been a good listener. I took it as partial evidence of his detachment and "masterless" ideology. While commands never bent his ear, there was a shift over time after his sickness. He seemed to develop a bit of an inner peace, maybe an understanding of something fundamental. His whining faded away, and whenever he went looking for something, it was usually me.



After all those years, my search too had completed. I could finally see that he was my dog. He had found me. Maybe it just took a while for the two of us to realize. Maybe the conversation was begun that day over10 years ago. Maybe when I was holding tightly asking for 10 more years it was Demo who did all the listening.

Godspeed good buddy there will never, ever be a dog like you.




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92 comments:

  1. John, this is a sweet article! Beautiful sentiment and prose... ~ Rob G

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  2. That made me cry....it is so hard to say goodbye to our most loved friends. Rest in peace sweet boy, you were obviously very loved and will be very missed.

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  3. Just goes to prove what I have been telling many people who don't understand. Dogs are very giving. They remain true to us, not like many humans who do not remain true. I am sorry for your lose. I have a eight year old Pit Bull, who had mass cell cancer. I used what money I had to have him get radition treatment. His first checkup was fine. I hope the second will turn out good. My prince is my soul. These dogs get such a bad rap for no reason. It is the person, not the dog. May God bless you. I am sure your Demo is at the Rainbow Bridge looking over you.

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  4. Jon, Tears and sympathies and gratitude for all that Demo inspired in you and us! Be in Grace, dear Demo.

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  6. January 24, 2010 1:05 PM
    who wouda thunk it?? said...

    as a pitbull junkie, I have said farewell to Buster, Byrnie, and Chuckie, held on to them and cried as the last breath left.
    Now I have Roscoe, who sucks on his toys, or pulls up a mouthfull of his bed to suck on as he falls asleep. I hope you will soon rescue another , you know that you should not go to long with out slobber kisses. Demo cannot be replaced ,but he would never want you to be alone
    (had to delete prior comment -typos)

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  7. A fitting tribute to an amazing dog.

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  8. Lovely tribute to a very wonderful, dearly loved (and loving) dog.

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  9. Mine are only 6, and I often find myself stopping to soak in the picture of the girl curled in front of the fridge as I cook, or inhaling the boy who smells like corn chips...I thought I was the only one asking for more time, hoping at the possible halfway point I've made them feel as loved and happy as they have made me. I am so sorry for your loss and so grateful for your reflection.

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  10. Thank you, Jon, for this beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. I will share it with my dog loving friends, who will understand completely.

    Kudos for hanging in with him during his illness!

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  11. Bad Rap sent me your way and I'm grateful. What an inspirational story. A great tribute to Demo, a very fortunate companion. Hang in there. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Twink!

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  12. Found this featured on Bad Rap, all I can say is wow! As an activist and a pit bull promoter, I must say the love a pit can give is just astounding! I cannot believe your giant baby was 16! What an amazing tribute, I will feature it on my blog as well. Sorry for your loss.

    Jenna @ anticrueltytaskforce.blogspot.com

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  13. RIP Demo. You live on in our hearts.

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  14. RIP, Demo. You were a great dog and an inspiration to many.

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  15. I can tell with just one look what an incredible dog Demo was. I'm so sorry he's gone but the two of you were clearly meant for each other. You enriched his life as he did yours. Thank you for telling his story.

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  16. What a beautiful story. What a beautiful life! You did great, Jon, and thank you so much for your wonderful book.

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  17. Jon,
    Please no all your friends are with you. Old and new. Keep the faith. :)

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  18. What a beautiful tribute. The animals in our lives teach us so much about endurance and guts, about partnership and love. We lost our beloved Hammer (aka Bubba) on Octover 19 to a splenic tumor. He was a week from starvation when we found him, and he had 10 rockstar years with us...Camping, hiking, playing. So sorry for your loss.

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  19. Hello,
    I linked here via BadRap.
    This was a very good story/tribute. I thank you for sharing. I lost my first pit bull last year, January 10th (cancer) and I'm now just beginning a new relationship with a second rescue pit. It's been a strange transition in these few weeks I've had the new girl, but your story is a healthy reminder that these relationships we have with our dogs are always unique, and always different.
    thank you.
    (Lastly, my heart and prayers are with you in this time of loss. )

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  20. Jon, your story made me cry, thank you so much for sharing your love and care for Demo. He obviously had a wonderful life with you, to have made it to 15. Bless you for really, truly seeing Demo.

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  21. I'm so sorry for your loss. Demo was a beautiful dog., and I love his story.

    My pit bull has completely changed my life, I think that is what they do. I got all teary after reading your post. I smiled at the part where Demo's fur always smelled like stuffed animals, I think the same thing about my girl. Sometimes I just stick my nose to her face and breathe in deeply. I try to cherish every minute, because I know my time with her will never be enough, no matter how long. I'll keep you in my thoughts and heart during this difficult time.

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  22. a beautiful tribute to a special dog.

    demo, the book, has a special place on my bookshelf.

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  23. thanks jon for this lovely tribute to a fine companion who will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched and most especially, by you, his constant and true friend. i extend my condolences to you at this difficult time. thank you for sharing demo and his story so generously with the world. pax.
    oxo in harlem

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  24. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time, thought, and caring to prepare this loving tribute. You should be proud to have made it to almost 16! I will be getting your book for our humane ed folks.

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  25. What a beautiful tribute to a special boy. There is something about pitties that speaks directly to our soul. Their spirt and hopefulness and steadfast love is such a gift. Wishing you peace.

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  26. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jon. Run free and hard ant the bridge, Demo. Your legacy will live on!

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  27. RIP Demo. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful dog.

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  28. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing dog. I could really relate to what you wrote about your dog being your side over the years while homes, loves and friends come and go. It seems like Demo was a very loyal and wonderful companion to you and you to him. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  29. Rest well Demo. And thank you so much for writing about him. My sweet little 3 year old boy has the book and it's a cherished book in our house. I hope in time the memories help to fill the hole in your heart.

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  30. Thank you for posting such a wonderful tribute to your companion, he no doubt is waiting for you on the other-side to give you kisses sometime in the future. The love of a pit bull is one of the strongest I know and their tongues usually match it. Your part about when he was 5 is specially touching because that is where I am with my girl...whenever her age pops in my head it's usually quickly followed by a prayer to anyone that will listen for many many many more years. I can't imagine life without her and can't imagine what you are going through.
    Thank you for sharing Demo with us, he will no doubt be the snoopy of the pit bull world!

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  31. Travel on Demo. He will always be with you Jon. We know. -Petal, Joshua and Beepetal Berkey

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  32. Thank you, Jon for sharing this beautiful story, and sharing DEMO with us. He will be missed by many, and always remembered with love and devotion.

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    WE love you... and DEMO!

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  33. My heart goes out to you, Jon, and rest in peace, Demo. I know what it's like to miss a big blocky headed girl that was a good pal for 16 1/2 years until her body gave out. Now we have another pit-sweetie sharing our bed, but I still miss my girl. I, too, inhale this new girl's scent so it's ingrained on my memory (after all, I think that's what they do to us). Thanks to both of you for what you've done for this great breed.

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  34. You have a way of making my family cry, my daughter-inlaw Mel, when I gave her the book for christmas. Myself watching Mel cry (also bought a book for myself) and again when I won the pawagraphed copy. And once again we both cried when we read this tribute to a great friend. Mel and my son Jason help do rescue work with Pit Bulls so this story is very close to them. I will cherish this book forever.
    Thank You for the book
    Thank You for a wonderful story
    Ellenita Bell

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  35. Your eulogy of Demo brought burning tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it -- and him -- with us.

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  36. Everybody, thank you so much for your incredible words of support, your shared tails about your own special doggies, and your dedication to do right by them. I'm speechless and humbled. Thank you. xoxo

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  37. Rest in Peace, Demo. Jon - my sympathies.

    I love my dogs more than anything else in this world, I can only imagine your pain.

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  38. So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute to a great dog. I'm glad you had as many years together as you did - and no, they are never enough.

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  39. You write so beautifully of your best friend. Such a great love will never go away. Memories will keep you together always.

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  40. Jon, I am so sorry for the loss of your Best Friend, Demo. Wow! What an amazing life you shared with each other! I Love the Book & will cherish my copy always. Demo will live on forever in many a dog lovers heart, for his story has surely touched all of us deeply. I lost my first Pit bull to bone cancer, a few years after he had nursed me through my own battle with cancer. I don't know how I would have made it through with out him. Almost a year later, along came another Pit bull in need & I knew he was sent to me from my Smokey boy, to fill the huge void left in our hearts with his passing. There is no love like that of a Pit bull. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tribute to Demo with us. Hugs, Starla & Phil aka: the Green Eyed Bully

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  41. I'm so sorry for your loss Jon. He was a good dog. Thank you for sharing Demo with the rest of us, and for giving him such a great life.

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  42. I, last summer, got to meet the dog that inspired the book (and Brinks too)...It was a pleasure to meet him Jon. I'll send you the video footage that I captured from my visit so you'll have one more memory to add to your many...I know I will watch it in a different way from now on. My thoughts are with you.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Theman

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  43. what a beautiful life that demo had....so glad you gave that to him. :)

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  44. I rescued a blind pitt bull that has that sweetness and love you describe, demo was one of a kind and he was lucky to find you. I am so sorry he is gone, but you sure loved him!

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  45. This is so beautiful! My heart goes out to you! I must comment because Demo is one of my almost-3-year-old son's favorite books. We got it for him for Christmas, complete with Demo's paw print and your signature (neither of those probably mean much to him, but to me and hubby, it is pretty special) and he asks for it often. We initially thought it would be a bit long for his age, but he adores it, so needless to say, Demo caught his heart too, just like he has so many others.

    Amazing the impact one dog can make, isn't it?! It takes a special human by their side though too, bless you both.

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  46. Goodbye to our dear sweet Demo. Yes, he belonged to all of us with his sweet, gentle, incredible energy. A magnet and inspiration to us all. Loving your smiling face and bubbly personality from the Rainbow Bridge Demo !! Extra big hugs to you little buddy. Your love shines on and surrounds us all like a warm, tender blanket of hope, dreams, peace and gentle tenderness. You are our boy and we thank you for being on this earth to share your essence with the rest of us. Shine on Demo !!! Georgina, Mukwah and Miss Wetta

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  47. I too, have a pitbull named "HANK". I found him in a yard dying from parvo. I visited him almost everyday prior to this, cause his owner didn't care about him. When I found him like this , I could smell the Parvo. On the way to the hospital; I called his owner and he told me to put this wonderful 6mth old pittie back in the yard to die. He said something just weren't saving. Well, instead I took him to a doggie er, and after 5 days they gave him a plasma transfusion that saved his life. $6,ooo.oo later, credit card maxed out, alot of furniture in house sold, and lots of begging to animal rescues for grants, Hank came home with me. He is my boy, my little monster. LOL. He jumps around like peppy la Pu. Always into trouble, always having to be touching me . So I know the love you had for him , and your loss too. Thank you for loving Demo and saving his life and making his home his first heaven on earth.

    carolyn lindsay

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  48. Hello, Jon, I have read this post with my 13 years old Siberian Husky sitting be my side. He is still healthy and strong, but I am so afraid of the time that is passing by!!
    I know how short dogs' lives are, and I can´t accept it. I also ask for many years more and can´t help becoming sad.
    I do my best to keep him healthy and happy, but fear is always there.
    Rest in Peace, Demo!!!

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  49. Demo is at Rainbow's Bridge waiting for you to cross. He's running with all the other fur babies. Thank you for sharing your love with us. I can't even imagine losing a pet let alone Demo. RIP Big Dog! Blessings.

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  50. Jon, thank you for sharing Demo's story here, I hope to get a hold of your book and learn more about Demo. Your writing style is memorable. I too have a whining, anxious blanket/pillow suckling Am. bulldog x pit? kinda guy. He was a mangy stray and had been on his own for a long time. He has been with me for a year and has improved greatly. He loves his pack and I love watching him enjoy comfort & warmth. Hopefully in time he too will find himself. My thoughts are with you & Demo. Thanks again for sharing.

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  51. I have an original Demo 'Paw Print' signed copy of the Demo book that I purchased as part of a fund raiser from a rescue in Ohio last year. I will treasure all the more now. Jon, I'm so glad you were able to share Demo's story with SO many people.

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  52. Oh my God you made me cry. You captured the love between us and our soulmate companion dogs beautifully....thank you.

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  53. I am proud to have purchased a pawprint copy as well, for a child friend who loves this book, it is his favorite!
    :)
    RIP Demo-a true inspiration 2 us all!

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  54. Oh Jon, I'm so, so, so sorry to read this. I know firsthand how hard it is - I'm 2 months passed my 14yr old Juno passing and I just seem to miss her more.

    I am sending you the biggest, baddest, wiggly pit bull hug imaginable right now.

    Thank you Demo for your sweet legacy that certainly shifted many opinions on pit bulls. Shine on sweet boy...and give Juno a hug from me.

    Chin up Jon...sending you strength and hope. Just think, it's kind of nice to know you have one of the coolest guardian angels imaginable. Rock on Demo!

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  55. So sorry for your loss. I was directed to your tribute to Demo from BadRap's blog...wow..tears flow. I purchased a book and will put it in our main office...lots of people will see it and I hopefully more will stop and think about these wonderful dogs....again..sorry for the loss of your beloved friend...how I wish there were more people like you in the world....Godspeed, Demo

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  56. It's impossible to sum up a life so wide and deep with mere words, but this was well done.

    Very well done.

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  57. Thank you for sharing the story of Demo's life. I am a firm believer that he is now in heaven and he can run and play as fast and hard as he wants! Demo is now an angel in heaven watching over all pitbulls and pitbull owners!

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  58. Amazing story! I feel for your loss and can only hope you never lose the love you had for him. Its like losing a part of your soul.

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  59. I have a few friends who own pitbulls and they are completely adorable. They're just big babies. Thank you for sharing some memories, made me cry just a little bit, but that's ok.

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  60. Linked to this from BadRap. Beautiful tribute to Demo. My heart breaks for you. We lost our Hank last June, so I know the feeling well. You gave him a fantastic life! Enjoy your memories of him. Take care!
    Diana

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  61. Jon, Your words of tribute, trust and love have brought tears to my eyes. I too, am the rescuer of a loving, abandoned pitbull. Her name is Matrie. I also find myself taking moments to slow down and cherish the times I have with her. Something I have come to realize I rarely did prior to her entering my life. She is so precious and loving, I truly couldn't imagine my life without her. She is only 3, but I fear the day when she will leave me to join all my loved ones on the other side. I know she will immediately roll over and wait for a belly rub when I arrive. But I don't know what I will do without her. Your story has reminded me that today is a gift and we should cherish those moments that we have with our loved ones, whether they be 2 or 4 legged. I truly feel for your loss, but I am grateful for the lovely momento Demo has inspired you to create. Stay strong.

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  62. Thank you Jon. Your sharing of your story of love for Demo, and his for you is a gift for us all.

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  63. Every person who ever said, acted or thought anything negative about a Pit Bull should read this. The breed gets such a bad rap... Demo could be the representative for all that is good in a dog. I am happy you had the time with your friend and I'm sure Demo appreciated he had such a connection as well.

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  64. A friend sent this my way. I rescue pit bulls and am guided by their love. Your story of Demo wasn't just touching, it was also very well written, which I really appreciate. The two of you were very lucky to have each other--so it can't get much better than that.

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  65. What a hole you must be feeling in your heart right now. I know the feeling to still look for them around every corner. My deepest sympathy has you heal, it will get eaiser, as I'm sure you are tired of hearing but it is true. You'll always miss him but it will get easier. Thank you for sharing your story.
    Diane

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  66. I know all to well the process of grieving over a beloved fur-child. My heart hurts for you in your loss...my heart feels love for you in your ability to see all things good in man's best friend. Peace to both you and Demo.
    Janet aka:TheHeaddog

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  67. Lovely, lovely story. Thanks for sharing. What a celebration of his live.

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  68. Jon, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing with us, your journey with Demo. Sweet Demo, run free and run strong in the summer lands. When our time has come we will see you again at the bridge. Until then RIP

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  69. Thank you, Jon, for sharing your story, and your heartache with us. Be thankful for the time you had with each other. RIP, Demo.

    Cornelia & Jim
    PB's Misty & Buddy
    Lodi, CA

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  70. What a lovely and touching tribute. So sorry for your loss.

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  71. With tears in my eyes I say thank you for this story and I am sorry for your loss.

    -A Fellow Pit Lover

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  72. Dude I'm sorry he's gone, such a touching story, makes me think of my beautiful pittie at home.

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  73. Its hard to say who was luckier, Demo or you...you both had each other and he will be surely missed and loved forever.

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  74. I can relate so much to what you are saying. Ever single day I take my Sadie for a walk I look long and lovingly at her and, like you, am trying so hard to make memories because this beautiful animal who is my love will not always be here with me and already I miss her...isn't that strange? It's like a heartbreak in the future is reaching back to grasp my heart today and remind me to cherish and breathe in every moment...like you the feel of her fur on my lips, the sound of her sigh as she goes to sleep next to me, the bump of the bed reminding me it's time to get up for a walk...I understand. We love these animals maybe beyond the love we have for another human.

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  75. Awesome Story. My 3year old Pitt-Lab mix was hit by a car over New Years, cause he busted out of the fence. He was my "Big Boy Jack", My bestest Friend, I have never owned a dog like him, he was loyal to me. Loved my three kids, my husband.

    Your story brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  76. I am so sorry you lost him.... Every birthday my Emily has I say to her "Ten more years, Promise?" That really hit home...

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  77. I am so sorry for your loss.... I can sooo identify with everything you've written here.... My Demo's name is Iggy, he just turned 5 this January and I had the same thought.... he has inspired my business, and continues to inspire me every day... we have so much to learn from these amazing beings, don't we? Again, I'm so sorry for your loss, and if ever you have anything going on where you need the help of a photographer that feels the same way you do, please let me know! You can learn more about me at my website: www.printzphotography.com

    Hang in there, and again, I'm really sorry for your loss... I'm sure Demo's hanging around making sure you're alright though! Close you're eyes, he'll be there for sure.

    * Lisa

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  78. Wow. Amazing tribute. I had no idea what I was getting into when I clicked the link from the Bad Rap blog. Here I am, lying on the couch with my 5-year-old pit bull and I'm sobbing... with a break for a good hug. Demo sounded like an amazing dog--our thoughts are with you. Thank you so much for sharing--you put into words moments that can be impossible to express. -Deborah

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  79. man - what a tear jerker - i have a connection with my dog just like this (he is also a rescue)

    everynight i hold both my pups and think - this is it - gotta take every moment in - cuz one day its gone...

    thank you for sharing - rip demo - u brought happiness to many souls and spirits and will continue to do so.

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  80. God bless both of you. Thank you for sharing the story of his life - and your life with him. You've both helped pit bulls everywhere. Mine - and I - thank you!

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  81. A beautiful tribute to a loving companion. I have 4 cats and have had cats since 1987. I have seen a few go to kitty heaven. All of them gave me so so so much love, 2 of them in particular. Animals give so much; let us accept their unconditional love and give back to them our unconditional love.

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  82. Every word you said touched my heart. It was a beautiful journey you had with him. It is hard to swallow the loss, but how fortunate, you had each other. Yuru

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  83. Wow, that was an amazingly touching article...I'm very, very sorry for your loss, but I'm really happy that you and Demo had each other and experienced such a wonderful journey together. Thanks for sharing that with us- RIP Demo!

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  84. I'm so sorry for your loss and I relate so strong to those moments you tried to etch in your brain, I've done it time and time again myself.

    Thanks for sharing

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  85. Rest in peace Demo! You will live on in the hearts of everyone! From what Ive heard you are truley an amazing loveable dog!!

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  86. RIP special boy! You were an inspiration to many and will remain so in our hearts. I only wish I'd had the honor of meeting you in person but I made do with your book. Peace to you Jon during this difficult time. You memorialized him beautifully and honorably.

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  87. I'm just starting my life with Dolly the pit bull. She's a real sweetie - except with other girl dogs. Thanks for sharing.

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  88. I would like to thank you for sharing a special part of your life with us. I would also like to extend my condolences. I would be lost without my pit.

    But more importantly I would like to thank all the amazing people that have commented on your story. Most to all of them have pits and are helping to change the way people see them. For that I thank all of you!

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  89. Jon, what a touching story. My heart goes out to you, thanks for sharing. RIP, Demo.

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  91. I'm so sorry for your loss. I love my two dogs more than anything and do as you did, trying to soak as much in as I can due to the knowledge that they will leave me much too soon. Thank you for this touching story of true love and devotion - both Demo's and yours.
    Hope Hall
    Hudson, IL

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