Shannon and Daniel Swanson made a ClayPaws Print of their black lab, Loki, when they first got him as a two month old puppy. A fact they were very grateful for when they suddenly lost Loki two years ago. Below is Shannon’s heartfelt tribute to their beloved Loki. It is Veterinary Wisdom’s hope that in sharing stories like these, others who are grieving the loss of their pets will know that they are not alone and that what they are feeling is very normal.
“In Memory of Loki Swanson:
It is with much sadness and tears that I write this note. The sudden death of our “dog-faced child” Loki.
Affectionately called Loker, Loki-Doki, Goki (by Tobin). Loki lived a happy life, though way too short. He would have been six years old this fall. That’s more than half our married life that Daniel and I shared with him and two years that Tobin [our son] did. We got Loki at two months old, the Thanksgiving after Daniel came home from Iraq in 2004. He brought so much joy to us.
Today, he died in the arms of his favorite hiking partner, Daniel. Loki, Freya and Daniel went hiking at Devil’s Backbone in Loveland, [CO]. Daniel said he was doing great, but not drinking water. He started getting slower about half way back. Daniel brought him to a stream, where Loki laid down…in the muddy water, which is just like Loki! He didn’t get back up. He slowly left us, while Daniel held him, pet him, talked with him, and Freya stood by her companion’s side through it all.
He is being cremated and we will scatter his ashes…some at home, some on the trail. He will be greatly missed. There are so many memories we have shared as a family.
We love you, Loki! R.I.P. in doggy heaven.
P.S. Freya is going to finish your rawhide that you left in the middle of the floor this morning.”
Update: The Swanson’s recently welcomed a yellow lab named Odin into their home by making a ClayPaws Print to put with Loki and Freya’s. (See picture below)