We are heartbroken to share the news that we had to say goodbye to our good boy Leroy. We are shocked to have lost him so early just shortly after his 10th birthday to cancer but we'll remain forever grateful for the time he spent with us.
We opened up our hearts and home to Leroy with great enthusiasm as he was a rescue dog and needed a loving home to begin his life in the mountains. He opened his heart up to us immediately and reciprocated a love so strong and pure that now that we have lost him it is a loss so immense and immeasurable that it feels hard to even breathe. Leroy was our first puppy together and he brought us such boundless joy that I had no idea that such delight could even exist. His excitement for life was incredibly contagious and we went on countless adventures together as a family. He gave us so many daily gifts and he showed us the limitless beauty that exists in life and within our exceptional home of the Canadian Rockies. His love for life was vigorous and he was a force to be reckoned with when it came to going on hikes with him, he'd bound through the trails all day long and look back at us at the end of the trail as if "is this really the end of the hike already, it's only been eight hours?" His energy and playfulness brought smiles and laughter into our world daily, literally minute by minute.
Leroy was a great teacher in showing us the infinite gift of being in the moment. If there was a good patch of grass or snow along the trail he certainly did not hesitate to stop, drop, and roll for as long as we'd allow. It was during these times that I'd also stop, breathe, and look around at my surroundings. The amount of beautiful things that we'd see during these moments were monumental. This was such an incredible gift that he gave to us. These moments with Leroy are forever formed in my deepest memories and his life was a gigantic gift, a gift that will keep on giving greatly long after he is gone. Our hearts are extremely heavy with grief to have lost our little boy but by looking through the photos below and thinking of all the measureless beauty and love that he brought and created for us is a lasting gift that will carry us through the rest of our own lives. Losing a member of our family is in many ways losing a part of ourselves, but the memory of his grand love will carry us through and we will honour his life and incredible being by carrying that love in our hearts and sharing everything that he gave with every other being that we connect with in this life.
Words cannot begin to express the gratitude that we have for Dr. Dave and Pilar that rescued our beloved Leroy from Mississippi and allowed us to take care of him for just over 10 years. Your gift was tremendous and we will be forever grateful. Also, in Leroy's final days Dr. MacMillan, Dr. McAllister and the team at the Canmore Veterinary Hospital was incredibly kind & compassionate, and helped us through one of the hardest things we'll ever have to go through and with that we are also incredibly grateful. Leroy stole our hearts the moment we saw him and will remain in our hearts and minds for eternity.
Leroy was a joyful hiking buddy up for any adventure. Any day spent in the mountains with him was a good day.
Emerald Lake was Leroy's favourite walk and staycation. We have so many memories from Emerald Lake in every season. In fact Leroy's last day was spent walking around Emerald Lake observing moose footprints and delighting in a magical loon sighting on a calm and peaceful day.