I recently went to another OTRB ride (sadly there has been far to many just lately) I knew of Austin Schnauzer but didn’t know him personally, however, at that ride Austin’s daddy shared a letter wiv us all that he had written to Austin and it touched us very deeply indeed.
Austin was clearly the apple of his daddy’s eye and was very loved and is very missed as well.
I contacted Austin’s Daddy and asked him if I could do a blog about Austin and he very kindly agreed I could and even said I could share wiv woo the letter he tweeted so here is the letter:
I still don’t know exactly what made me drive 300 miles round trip to meet you, but once I did, I knew I wasn’t leaving you behind. You were living in rural Washington state, in a rescue woman’s house with too many other dogs. You were all too happy to say, “Oh! You came to pick me up! Come on! Let’s go!” and jump in the backseat through my car’s open door.
I do remember what made me fall in love with you. Just minutes later, on the drive home, you stood on the back seat directly behind me and rested your chin on my right shoulder, as if to say, “Thank you for finally coming for me.”
Your previous family abandoned you when their house went into foreclosure. I could see this effect on you when I brought you home: The standing and whining at any door I was on the other side of; the rifling through garbage cans (probably the only way you found food for a while); the constant supervision and scrutiny of action. Yet, it was obvious that someone spent a lot of time socializing you, training you, teaching you manners, and loving you. I wracked my brain trying to figure out why anyone would abandon such a handsome, loving, well-behaved gentleman, such as yourself.
Eventually, you learned I would always come back for you. I think the first time I dropped you off at the groomer was the hardest. I cried that day because I missed you so much. Turns out, you missed me too. I will never forget the freshly sheared, 65lb Schnauzer who tried to climb into my lap that evening.
Austin, you are the sweetest, most amazing guy I’ve ever met. Intelligent, affectionate, an angel from Heaven. Your stump-wagging butt-wiggling personality was so infectious, everyone who ever met you fell in love with you. Family would ask about you. Friends would end their emails, “Give Austin a butt-rub for me.” I thanked God every day that we found each other, and that we had such a wonderful friendship.
I want you to know that you are the best thing ever to come into my life. We rescued each other that day in rural Washington. I may have brought you to the house I lived in, but you made it a home. You lived in this house almost as long as I have, and your absence leaves me as empty as this house.
Austin, I love you. Thank you for sharing your life with me. You will always have a bowl of water and a bed here, and you will always be the love of my life.
Words from My Mummy:
Everytime I read this letter I get a huge lump in my throat and haven’t been able to stop thinking about how loved Austin was and how much love and joy he quite clearly gave Michael.
So the next time your furry friend poops where they shouldn’t or does something you think is “naughty” just think of Austin and how much loss and sorrow Michael now feels, I do complain about what my furbabies (as I am sure we all do) but there is never a day that goes by when I don’t feel how blessed I am to have them and when I do count my blessings I also say a little prayer for Michael.
Austin’s Dad Michael is still on twitter and is obviously grieving for the loss of Austin but would I’m sure appreciate a hello at @austinschnauzer
So dat is all I wanted to see in this bloggy and I hope dat you not minds me sharing dis wiv woo all
Love Moo Poo