For anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Casey, has had a pet, or simply loved an animal:
I can’t say that I know my purpose of being on this Earth, but yesterday morning I came to understand my dog Casey’s.
Casey’s life was a lesson of love.
If I could not forgive her, then he (Casey) would have taught me nothing in his life. Instead, I embraced the vet and forgave. I forgave the human error that took my best friend’s life, and forgave them for the pain and suffering that had occurred and that is to come. I’ve been asked by a few people, “What about justice?” My justice is that strength, compassion and an open heart will prevail through my actions. That it will beat any grudge or negativity and set us free. Life is a gift and living any other way is a waste.
Casey Allan Hemstock was born on March 23rd, 2003 in Saskatchewan, Canada. We were lucky enough to have him choose us to come into his life and not the other way around. When I was only 14 years old, my Dad came home with a puppy and I didn’t believe him that he was mine. I stayed home that night petting him as the little guy slept, telling him that I loved him so much and would always be there for him no matter what. I kept my word every day for over 10 years.
As we grew up together he managed to fill my life with the happiest memories: he tricked my Mom into thinking he had to go outside while he sneaked back to the kitchen and ate her cereal before she knew what happened. He played tug of war with my Grandpa when he was trying to sweep the deck at the cabin. Casey listened to me practice piano for a lot of my life, sometimes he was the only one who would patiently listen, lying underneath the piano at the pedals and encouragingly lick at my ankles. He had no shame in asking for belly rubs, even from E upon their first encounter. Casey laughed in the face of danger when we would go on a walk, he would pee right in front of the big German Shepherds barking on the other side of the fence stating that “This part of the fence belongs to me!”. He also hid behind me when a yippy Pomeranian named Wakeford came outside to say hello a couple weeks ago.
Casey was this dog that made the best of every moment. Remember when I was in Arizona last March trying to blog my new Michael Kors gear when he decided he needed to be part of the photo shoot? He humped his pillow the entire time I watched Silence of the Lambs for the first time to make it seem way less scary. He would wake up every morning at the crack of dawn and yelp until he could come upstairs to start his day-which, of course was going to be the best day ever.
Casey, if he could scream from the rooftops would say: Life is for living! Even when your squeaky breaks!
Casey also holds the record for breaking 12 squeakies in a little stuffed duck, in about 15 minutes. He was an out of control child at Christmas, opening everyone’s presents for them (sharing is caring I suppose), and a permanent two year old who needed nothing but love and the occasional break to pee outside.
Casey quickly became more to my family than just a “dog”. I always referred to him as my little brother, my very best friend, or even sometimes the love of my life. Casey was a huge chunk of my world and an important part of my family. Often it felt like he had human emotion and intuition. He could read me like a book and would know when I got home from school if I needed some company or whenever I was sick, or even when things were just going really well. Casey always knew and seemed to just get it. For anyone who has ever had a pet, I’m sure you understand how this works, that a furry, nonverbal, four-legged creature can make your world go round.
Casey died yesterday morning, September 13th at 11:45 due to sudden medical complications. He was surrounded by his family and lots of love, and even his favourite toy- a stuffed Wookie that I got him for Christmas.
I’m going to miss hearing his little paws scamper across the floor and his snuggles when we watch TV or have a nap. I know Casey isn’t gone and will forever be in our hearts. His spirit is with me now as we continue to “make it through life together” just like I always knew we would.