On December 7, 2013 I said good bye to my best friend. He was a 14 ½ year old black lab named Champ. I held him in my arms as he was put to sleep and his journey to the Rainbow Bridge began. Champ was not just a dog. He truly was the best friend I ever or will have. We were constant companions and we really did take care of each other.
Champ never needed a leash because I had him since he was 6 weeks old and I taught him to always remain within twenty feet of me. I could let him outside and I didn’t have to watch him. He knew his boundaries and when he was ready to come back in he would open the gate on his own (taught him that as well) and he would just lay down patiently by the back door.
We would always sleep in my king size bed and when he got too old to make the jump I ended up sleeping on the couch so he could be near me. For the past three years I have been sleeping on the couch and even after his passing I continue to do so.
The first two weeks without my friend I cried non-stop. This wasn’t just a pet….I was alone without my best friend. Those of you that knew Champ know what I am talking about. Everyone would always say “that truly is the best dog ever.” He was and always will be.
When I first got Champ I was stumped in choosing out a name. I was watching the NFL Draft and they mentioned a rookie player named “Champ Bailey.” I immediately knew the name of my friend: He would be called “Champ.”
Today Champ Bailey is in is fifteenth NFL season with the Denver Broncos. Champ Bailey has never been to a Super Bowl until this year. In less than two weeks I will be cheering for Champ and his Broncos because I truly believe my best friend is a world champion as well.
I really miss my friend but honestly believe that a Super Bowl victory for Champ Bailey and his Broncos will be a fitting ending to my best friends time here on earth. I will be watching the game with my best friend’s spirit and hope to one day shake that wonderful paw in congratulations at the Rainbow Bridge. I miss you friend.