Dog: Aramis Giving of Good – Pug (Oct 1, 2003 – Dec 12, 2016)
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high,
There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true. (Harold Arlen, E. Harburg)
Our hearts are broken and we can’t stop crying while writing these lines. It’s so hard that words are just not enough to describe how we feel, just as there simply are no words to describe all the thoughts that are going through our minds right now.
What is a letter, a word …. in comparison to our beloved Ari and his warm eyes full of love, to his soft and gentle paws, to his silky ears, the cutest little nose, to all that Ari was, is and forever will be. To see him was to love him. He made friends so easily everywhere he went. To have him in our lives was to live in a fairy tale. We adored him and will continue adoring him as long as we live.
His full name was Aramis – Giving of Good, and his name was his mission, because he was the cutest little fawn pug, a real musketeer determined to protect us from all the evils of this world and give us all his love, goodness and kindness…
We would give a world just to be able to look into your loving eyes again and to be able to hold you and talk to you, or sing to you, or just be with you, surrounded by peace and mutual understanding. Your bed is still here and our hearts still beat as one as the candle burns trying to comfort us with its flame. We can still hear you breathing while sleeping on your favorite pillow.
Your breathing was our favorite sound in this world. It’s just so empty without you on your favorite spot, dear Ari. We know that we just have to look into our hearts to find you, see you and feel you. You are always by our side, watching over us, protecting us and loving us as you used to during our wonderful thirteen years, two precious months and eleven magical days together. We can never part, never…. Your love is the greatest gift and we know that you will always love us and stay by our side, just as we will always love you, cherish you and adore you. Days will go by and our love will grow and grow.
It just hurts so much not to be able to see him physically, to pet him and kiss him. Suddenly, minutes last longer and the hours turn into days….without our loving Ari. Every moment, every room, every street, every encounter, every step we take is so empty and sad without him. We miss him so much it hurts.
Ari is written all over our hearts and minds. We were and we still are one soul whose parts met on this journey we call life. If somebody asked us: How did it feel to find each other and begin your lives together? We would simply say: We all felt like coming home after a long journey. When we met, our soul was complete and we were finally home.
Therefore our beloved Ari will always be with us because he was a part of us even before he came into our lives as the greatest and most precious gift. We know he would suffer to see us so sad and heartbroken… He loved our joy and laughter and that’s where we will keep coming back to in our memories. To have such a great, loving, kind, gentle and sweet companion like Ari was a true blessing. He was very happy with us and we took such good care of him, making his every wish come true….
Ari’s love was a love from a better world and we can never thank him enough for showing us that better world, for making our dreams come true. It’s just not enough to say – Thank you, our dearest Ari. Thank you so much for your love and friendship… Thank you for your eternal faithfulness, your loving comfort, thank you for all your patience and kindness, thank you for your wisdom and all the advice you gave us….
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for every precious moment we shared from the bottom of our hearts. You made this world a better place and the memory of your glorious life will live on in so many ways. Our love for you will go on forever and will continue growing every day. Words are just not enough to express our enormous love for you, just as they are simply not enough to describe our pain right now.
We remember every little moment spent together, all the wonderful and interesting people and their companions we met together (from our first evening walk when we met Emma, to Ivan, Zen and Perdita, Terry Davis, Gustavo, Homer, Marina and Dubravka, Susan, Biljana and Mickey, Ljubica, Rajko and Ella and many, many others), all the nicknames we gave to Ari (Aruli, Chicco, Bubi, Bubu, Angel Boy and our favorite – Digi), we remember all of our days and nights together, all of our mornings, afternoons and evenings, all of our journeys and late working hours, all of our games and quite family evenings, all of our springs and summers spent by the sea and all our autumns and winters when we slept together making each other warm.
New days are now ahead of us and our memories with Ari remain behind.
Although we know that time is the greatest healer, we simply cannot give a promise to grieve not as William Wordsworth wrote in his poem “Splendor in the Grass” , but we know we will find strength in what remains behind. The memories we have together will be our strength in the days ahead.
We will keep our loving memories with Ari in our hearts and minds FOREVER and we will always be grateful for Ari’s LOVE and cherish all our moments together, from the moment he entered our lives and our hearts as the cutest pug puppy in the world, to his joyful youth and his mature and older days. Years went by, thirteen wonderful years, two precious months and eleven beautiful days with our beloved Ari and every day we loved each other more and more.
We never thought that one of our days will be our last day together, it happened so suddenly and made us the saddest people on Earth…. Our last day together was a day like any other… It was our usual day… And that’s the saddest thing of all. There was no warning of the deepest sadness that was about to come. We didn’t have time to say goodbye. But on the other hand – we never could say goodbye to you, our precious angel, we just couldn’t and you knew it…
Now it all seems like a dream we lived in and somebody woke us up to the harsh reality. But our dream was real. A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality. (John Lennon)
That’s why our dream can never end. It simply can’t. Our song and our dance will never end. We will always be together, we will always be one soul, one heart, one mind, one world, ONE DREAM. We will keep creating new lyrics to every song we love, adapting it to our world of dreams, dedicating it to you, our precious angel, our biggest love, our beloved Ari and we know you will hear us sing to you and be happy.
Our dearest Angel Boy, our dearest Digi, may God be always by your side and may you Rest in Peace and dream the sweetest dreams while we watch over you.
Always faithful and always devoted to you, our Guardian Angel, we love you, we love you more than words can say…
Elia and Branko
Dog: Aramis Giving of Good – Pug (Oct 1, 2003 – Dec 12, 2016)