EppsNet Archive: Huntington Dog Beach

One Last Goodbye

16 Apr 2017 /

We spread Lightning‘s ashes at Huntington Dog Beach this weekend. We didn’t make a big production of it — it’s probably illegal, for one thing — but we hiked out to the end of the rock pier and gave him back to the sea.

The Dog Beach and the Irvine Dog Park were the places he was at his best — off-leash and able to be his dominant alpha pug self.

For example, here’s a (blurry) photo of him assassinating a puggle who carelessly but intentionally blindsided him at the dog park:

Lightning at the dog park

Lightning wrote a poem he wanted us to read when we spread his ashes. I think he plagiarized it, to be honest . . . he wasn’t much of a poet but we loved him . . .

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Lightning, 2003-2017

1 Apr 2017 /

Lightning alert

Lightning sleepy

We got Lightning as a Xmas present for our boy in 2003.

Things we learn from dogs:

  • Unconditional love
  • Nothing lasts forever

Later in life, Lightning lost most of the use of his back legs. He had to drag them a little when he tried to walk. He couldn’t jump anymore and couldn’t go up or down the stairs but he never complained about that.

He also lost his eyesight. Never complained about that either. He never got sad or frustrated when he occasionally walked into a wall or a piece of furniture. He had a good mental map of the house and didn’t need or want help to get around.

Last year, the vet thought he might have a leaky heart valve but that turned out not to be the case. His heart was invincible all the way.

The only thing he ever got sad about was toward the end, he didn’t like to be alone. He whimpered if I was in the house and he couldn’t be wherever I was. He couldn’t be fooled on this. He could smell when I was anywhere in the house.

My wife and I were with him all the way to the end. I didn’t cry until afterwards.

Last meal: In-N-Out cheeseburger and a pup cup from Starbucks.

He would probably like to be remembered like this . . . a video of a family trip to the beach when we were all more or less in our prime . . .

RIP Lightning

Life’s Simple Pleasures

31 May 2009 /

Up late last night, up early this morning . . . my wife and I take Lightning to the dog beach. We get home a little after 10 . . .

Nap time!

When I wake up and look at the (analog) clock over the fireplace, it’s already 3 p.m. My god, I’ve slept the whole day away!

No, wait . . . the big hand is on the 3 and the little hand is on the 12. It’s only 12:15!

Back to sleep . . .

It Could Have Been Worse

12 Oct 2008 /

We took Lightning to the Huntington Dog Beach this morning . . .

As we were parking the car, my wife asked, “Do they have bathrooms here?”

Starbucks cup

“They have portables,” I said, pointing them out.

“OK, you guys go ahead and I’ll meet you down at the beach.”

Later, when we got back to the car, I asked, “Where’s my coffee?”

“It’s all gone,” she said.

“It may be all gone now but it wasn’t all gone when I left it here.”

“I had to pee in it.”

“You peed in my coffee cup?”

“I can’t use those portables.”

“Why couldn’t you pee in your own coffee?”

“I had to make a judgment call.”

“Well . . . thanks for not setting it back and letting me drink out of it.”

Lightning Goes to the Beach

15 Oct 2006 /