Thank you

There was little doubt we needed each other. Badly. I’d recently lost my job and my identity. He had it worse. Abandoned, sores on his flanks, a cone of shame on his head and a shaved rump with a razored rat tail. Months in a cage. People came and left with cute puppies. He watched.

At the shelter our gaze met. Sad eyes. He turned away as if not wishing to be rejected again. I did not. I could not. Bandit came home with me, looking like a broken combat dog. That night he found the pulse and warmth of the dishwasher and tucked into it, wary of people.

He grew enough hair to defeat every vacuum cleaner ever invented. That abused body sprouted a lionesque mane, flowing feathers from his legs and a skirt any swirling Scott would die for. A purebred cream Chow, ancient and noble. Serene and aloof, showing affection in tiny, precious dollops. But always, the eyes of love felt upon my back.

Over thirteen years we lived in city, country, hamlet and town. On a farm. Above a store. In the urban core. For a while the only place to walk him was a downtown green space populated by street people, junkies, the troubled and destitute. The first day or two were terrifying, until this creature spent time smiling at those society didn’t want, letting soiled, punctured hands caress his coat.

All Chows, it turns out, know everything. So he walked me, set the route and duration and the treat rules. During the time we lived in a downtown hotel, all marble and fuss, he migrated to the lobby and held court. Weary travellers, yearning for their own pets, couldn’t stay away. One day I found him surrounded by the Russian national hockey team, all on their knees, looking like he was fluent.

For a spell we lived near a bar strip. At its beating heart was a dive where the servers wore wicked short shirts and plunging necklines. We’d walk by and the girls would flood out to the patio, bending over Bandit and stroking his fur. I swear he gave me a sly little glance, preening amid a sea of cleavage. Boys with their beers looked on in pure envy.

Speaking of the sea, in Lunenburg he loved it. Lobster gear on the wharf was inhaled, gangways trotted, otters ferreted and much time spent sitting with nose to the salt wind. By age 15 there was one spring-loaded knee, a bum foot and copious naps. But going out the door was still showtime. He knew how he looked. And he approved.

Just a dog, of course. Number seven for Dorothy and I. But the years together were so meaningful, so extended, so blessed. A gift.

Thank you, Bandit. Sleep well.

511 comments ↓

#1 leebow on 11.06.20 at 7:43 am

Garth,

He had a happy life. Good memories live on.

#2 Brittney Dixon on 11.06.20 at 7:48 am

Dogs are so precious, its so sad when they go. Its clear you gave Bandit a wonderful life and there was so much love between you all. Hope you find comfort in the many happy memories you have together.

#3 Josh on 11.06.20 at 7:49 am

Sorry to hear about Bandit Garth sounds like you had some great times.

#4 AW on 11.06.20 at 7:50 am

Garth, I am so sorry to hear this :( <3

#5 the Jaguar on 11.06.20 at 7:53 am

….One who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices…. (Byron).

Who was blessed to be found and given a wonderful home by Garth and Dorothy where he enriched their lives..
Sorry for the loss of your companion.

#6 Greg S on 11.06.20 at 7:55 am

Beautifully written Garth. Sorry for your loss. I was just looking at his birthday picture. He was a happy dog.

#7 Cynthia on 11.06.20 at 8:03 am

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole” – Rogers Caras (I am so sorry for your family loss -long time reader, first time commenter -Cynthia)

#8 Lisa on 11.06.20 at 8:11 am

RIP Bandit. So very sorry for your loss Garth. I know how much our furbabies mean to us.

#9 Geoffrey Laudat on 11.06.20 at 8:15 am

Very touching words written, he was blessed to have someone such as yourself loved, admired and cherished. I am truly sorry for your loss.

#10 John Bennett on 11.06.20 at 8:15 am

Not just a dog, Garth. I’m very sorry. Remember those times together forever. He was a good boy.

#11 Lee O on 11.06.20 at 8:16 am

Garth, having had two Chows I appreciated your story of these wonderful dogs. Sorry for the loss of your good friend Bandit.

#12 George on 11.06.20 at 8:16 am

Not a pet guy myself. My older brother had an affinity with animals, they’d gravitate to him. Sounds crazy, truth. I guess they could see, feel his warmth, love. We had a parrot growing up, that damn thing loved Joe. When he’d come home the parrot would go nuts; ‘hello Joe, Joe…hello joe’. He’d put the parrot is in hands, on his shoulder. Spent so much time with it. Later in life had a dog, named Tyson. it loved Joe and Joe loved the dog. When Tyson died my brother never had the strength to get another pet. He didnt bury Tyson, kept his ashes…and asked our younger brother to promise if he were to die to throw his and tyson’s over Niagara Falls

Joe passed Feb 10, 2020.. We tossed their ashes Aug 15th, 2020

RIP Joe

#13 Stormy Daniels on 11.06.20 at 8:20 am

‘But always, the eyes of love felt upon my back.’

I know that feeling.

I will need to speak with Michael Cohen about all this.

For now, rest in peace, Bandit, and you take care, Garth.

#14 Paul B on 11.06.20 at 8:20 am

Dogs become part of the family and true friends. I love dogs and my only complaint is that they aren’t with us long enough. Sorry for your loss, Garth.

#15 Tim on 11.06.20 at 8:21 am

Sorry to hear about Bandit, he looks like he was a very happy dog. I get it, we had to put down our dog earlier this year as well. It’s hard at the time but now several months later I’m left with the warmth of the memories heading into winter. Dogs are sometimes the best thing in life (even my kids get that).

Take care.

#16 Albertistan on 11.06.20 at 8:21 am

Sorry to hear of the loss of Bandit.

#17 Shanly on 11.06.20 at 8:23 am

I’m sorry for your loss Garth. That is a beautiful tribute.

#18 Piano_Man87 on 11.06.20 at 8:24 am

Touching post, and I’m sorry for your loss Garth – truly.

“We don’t deserve dogs.” – my wife

#19 Toronto_CA on 11.06.20 at 8:24 am

That’s heartbreaking Garth. What a terrible year all around.
Rest in Peace Bandit. You were beloved by all the blog dogs!

#20 KNOW IT ALL on 11.06.20 at 8:28 am

Lost my lab a couple years back – I was devastated.

Just got a Cane Corso puppy about a month ago. He is my little boy. Follows me everywhere, sleeps right next to me every night.

I’m already dreading the day I have to say goodbye to him.

We’ll always remember Bandit – he kept his owner sane.

#21 Jenn on 11.06.20 at 8:36 am

I’m so very sorry Garth at the passing of Bandit. What a wonderful life you gave him. Rescue dogs are the best and always seem to know that you gave them a second chance. He was very lucky to have found you and your wife and it sounds like he gave as much or more in return to you. It’s very hard to lose a beloved dog. Hugs to you both.

#22 Basil Exposition on 11.06.20 at 8:37 am

Your beautifully written words made me shed a tear this morning. My best friend passed recently. Dogs have such a connection with us and bring people together in ways that nothing else can. Truly a gift from God. My condolences for your loss.

#23 WalkervilleWillie on 11.06.20 at 8:39 am

Sympathies, from Bandits extended family, to yours.

#24 Pat on 11.06.20 at 8:42 am

A very touching tribute. Very sorry for your loss.

#25 Rick Danger on 11.06.20 at 8:42 am

Sorry for your loss Garth. I am certain Bandit had an awesome life with you.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

#26 Jason on 11.06.20 at 8:43 am

That’s very nice Garth. You both deserved each other’s loving company. I’m happy you gave him a good life. Dogs Rule.

#27 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.06.20 at 8:47 am

The “Bandit” that stole our hearts.
The only thing worse than losing an animal is watching them suffer in the pain and infirmity of old age.
Sorry to hear about your buddy Garth.

2020, the year that really, really sucked.

#28 Borden Renter on 11.06.20 at 8:47 am

Me reading Bandit’s write-up: “I’m not crying, you’re crying!”

Sorry for your loss, Garth.

#29 CJ on 11.06.20 at 8:47 am

I’m sorry for yours and Dorothy’s loss. We’re used hearing about Bandit and seeing him in the sidebar photos. It is clear that he got lucky when you two found him at the shelter. His presence here will be missed.

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” – Mark Twain

#30 squished18 on 11.06.20 at 8:52 am

Sorry for your loss Garth. He was a lucky dog to have you as an owner.

#31 Oleg on 11.06.20 at 8:53 am

Wow.
Remember the important things in life like our fellow four legged travelers. This post brought a tear to my eye. He had a good life by the sounds of it.

#32 Dharma Bum on 11.06.20 at 8:53 am

Sad but inspiring.

Every time someone gets a pet, in the back of their mind, they’ve got to realize that the pleasure is going to be temporary, and that they will likely outlast the animal. Sadness ensues.

But, that’s a microcosm for life, I guess.

My son recently rescued a beautiful dog – a puppy – that quickly grew into a gorgeous Lab-Huskie-Sheppard prowler. 6 months later he rescued another older dog – this time one with only 3 legs. He’s adorable.

It’s heartening to know there are those who care for animals and dedicate the time and effort to look after them.

I suppose the rewards are worth it.

Bye Bandit.

#33 Penny Henny on 11.06.20 at 8:53 am

So sorry Garth. My heart goes out to you and Dorothy.

#34 Paul on 11.06.20 at 8:54 am

I’m so sorry, Garth and family.

#35 Squire on 11.06.20 at 9:00 am

Oh no ! Sad to lose unconditional love. The memories continue I hope. RIP

#36 Sue on 11.06.20 at 9:00 am

Such sad news Garth. My heart goes out to you and Dorothy. Bandit knew he was lovely and beloved. May he Rest In Peace…but may he also still find a good dog bone, chase many furry critters and get into general doggy mischief on the other side.

#37 Prince Polo on 11.06.20 at 9:03 am

Another reminder that time is precious.

RIP Bandit.

Condolences to you and Dorothy.

#38 LP on 11.06.20 at 9:04 am

Since you, Dorothy and Bandit lived by the ocean I offer up this blessing to your (our) beloved dog:

“Fair winds and following seas”

#39 chopstix on 11.06.20 at 9:08 am

My condolences, Garth, for losing Bandit…losing a beloved dog can be really, really hard.

I remember when i broke up with my GF of 2 yrs. It was a tough one and I was devastated…3 months afterwords we bumped into each other and she told me of how her dog Comet (a blue healer) had become permanently injured (hips?) after chasing a squirrel on one of her daily long walks…and thus could no longer accompany her any longer.

We spoke for only a few minutes and then left.
But then tears flooded down my face and I started to cry heavily at the thoughts of Comet being injured and that he’d no longer be in my life. Man I loved that dog…he brought so much happiness to my life with his zany, goofy ways and unconditional love.

I call dogs ‘crack for the soul’ (though I’ve not done crack… i just equate its supposedly delightful highs in the same way)….I always think if you’ve not had either kids or a dog then you’ve missed out on something big in life. I’m blessed that I’ve had at least one grand experience.

Blessings to you and your family, Garth…and also of course to Bandit.

#40 boom on 11.06.20 at 9:10 am

Been reading since 2013, never commented.

RIP Bandit. My condolences. Will hold my buddy closer this eve.

#41 n1tro on 11.06.20 at 9:10 am

I had a couple of dogs growing up. They are gone now. My parents swore to not get anymore because of how sad it was when they passed.

#42 Oakville Rocks! on 11.06.20 at 9:10 am

So sorry for your loss Garth & Dorothy.
Thank you for sharing Bandit with us as well.
What a great dog!

#43 Mattl on 11.06.20 at 9:16 am

Beautiful Garth

#44 chopstix on 11.06.20 at 9:16 am

sorry on comet: meant blue heeler not healer…though he really was a healer of the soul/heart as most dogs are…so maybe my misspell was a Freudian slip..and a good one at that.

#45 Flemington Park Millionaire on 11.06.20 at 9:18 am

My condolences to you and Dorothy. I had to let go of my beautiful poodle Lucy recently after 17 years together . As a very longtime reader of your writings , I appreciate what you put into this blog.
Rupert

#46 Indigirl on 11.06.20 at 9:24 am

The things in life that truly matter.
A sad day for both you and Dorothy.
RIP Bandit

#47 Red Knave on 11.06.20 at 9:25 am

‘Just a dog, of course’ said no dog custodian. Ever.
A sad day today but many happy memories for the future. Thanks for sharing him with us.

#48 Gerry in North Toronto on 11.06.20 at 9:26 am

Sorry for your loss Garth. Bandit added a lot of texture to your colourful and successful life.

#49 KLNR on 11.06.20 at 9:27 am

ah dang, sorry to hear.
Sounds like Bandit had a good run though.

#50 G on 11.06.20 at 9:30 am

Condolences to you and Dorothy.
It’ never easy losing a loved one, and close family member.

#51 TC on 11.06.20 at 9:31 am

Sorry to hear Garth, twas a good boy. Sleep well

#52 CHERRY BLOSSOM on 11.06.20 at 9:32 am

Wonderful writing. I could just feel the love but tears fell on the last sentence. RIP Bandit and take care Garth.

#53 Lisa on 11.06.20 at 9:34 am

Very sorry for your loss, Garth and Dorothy. Dogs really are the best people.

#54 Bezengy on 11.06.20 at 9:37 am

Rest easy Bandit. Condolences to your family Garth. I’ll make my donation the the Cochrane AB Human society (home town of my favourite Weimaraner) in Bandits honour.

#55 Patrick Walker on 11.06.20 at 9:40 am

Hey Buddy, like Cynthia, long time reader first time commenter.
That is painful. been there several times, never easy at the end.
Take heart and know He’s in a better place, no pain now for Him.

#56 milly on 11.06.20 at 9:41 am

I am sorry for your loss, Garth.

#57 RyYYZ on 11.06.20 at 9:43 am

Sorry for your loss, Garth. My mom had her 15 (or 16 or 17, not really sure) dog put down 2 weeks ago yesterday. It was a really tough decision, and she’s really missing the dog. They give us so much love in exchange for the food, walks, treats, etc.

#58 Cto on 11.06.20 at 9:46 am

Well Garth
Today I was going to send another post where I drone on and whine about real estate…
After reading this , I think I’ll spare you the mantra.
Sorry about Bandit, sounds like he was very lucky to have you guys and vice versa….

#59 Dwilly on 11.06.20 at 9:49 am

Sounds like maybe a long night. I have had some of those and they are tough. I think you can take some solace in the comfort you probably provided him thorough his whole life and in the end. Sorry for the sad news!

#60 baloney Sandwitch on 11.06.20 at 9:51 am

My condolence Garth on the loss of your best friend.

#61 Katherine on 11.06.20 at 9:52 am

Oh I’m so sad to hearing of Bandit’s passing. Thanks for sharing the story of your time with him. So happy to hear that you rescued him from the shelter. Beautiful dog….I understand why he was a chick magnet. RIP Bandit

#62 Lefty on 11.06.20 at 9:55 am

Sorry to hear, boss. RIP Bandit.

#63 Paterfamilias on 11.06.20 at 9:56 am

Condolences.

#64 Sara on 11.06.20 at 10:01 am

I’m so sorry for your loss Garth.

#65 Sparky55a on 11.06.20 at 10:09 am

Sorry for your loss Garth, he was well loved and you gave him the gift of a great life..

#66 Ace Goodheart on 11.06.20 at 10:09 am

RIP Bandit. Condolences for your loss.

I had a cat by the name of “Quizical” who lived 16 years. When they go, it is like they take a part of you with them.

#67 Keen Reader on 11.06.20 at 10:11 am

So sorry for your loss. Be grateful for the mutual good times you shared. Condolences to both of you.

#68 Sail Away on 11.06.20 at 10:12 am

My condolences to you and Dorothy. Bandit’s passing will leave a huge hole in your life.

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.”
-C.S. Lewis

#69 Yannick on 11.06.20 at 10:13 am

May his memory be your blessing.

#70 Cheese on 11.06.20 at 10:21 am

Sorry for your loss. Rest well doggo.

#71 Sandrine on 11.06.20 at 10:21 am

I’ve been dreading this post…… well, here it is. Sad! Sorry!

#72 Josie on 11.06.20 at 10:22 am

I’ve never commented before, but have read almost daily.
Our furbabies give us unconditional love and when they leave us, it leaves a huge hole in our hearts.
My thoughts and prayers to you and Dorothy.

#73 Nick on 11.06.20 at 10:23 am

Hello Garth,
Having just gone through the loss of Geneva, my Bernese as you know, I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. These beautiful animals fill such a big space in our hearts and in our lives. I know you will miss Bandit greatly.

#74 Lloyd on 11.06.20 at 10:25 am

Heartbreaking news Garth, so sorry for your loss. I know the feeling all too well. I’m happy that Bandit was able to live such a long and happy life at your side. He was a beautiful dog.

RIP Bandit

#75 westcoastjan on 11.06.20 at 10:26 am

No loss like the loss of a dog! Hurts like hell!
RIP Bandit, and Garth, thanks for sharing! Sending caring thoughts your way…

#76 SnowOwl on 11.06.20 at 10:31 am

This is the saddest thing ever, Garth!. So sorry to hear it. Tears down my eyes actually. Rip Bandit

#77 DON on 11.06.20 at 10:33 am

Sorry to hear Garth.

A sad day indeed.

#78 diva coon on 11.06.20 at 10:34 am

So very sorry for your loss. Dogs are all that we humans should aspire to. Animals enrich our lives immeasurably.Deepest sympathy

#79 tw on 11.06.20 at 10:37 am

R.I.P. Bandit. So sorry for your loss, Garth and Dorothy. My Millie came over to see why I was sniffling. I dread the day.

#80 Idealistic Realist on 11.06.20 at 10:38 am

RIP Bandit my condolences to you and Dorothy. Sending love and peace to you even more so during this time.

#81 West Coast Girl on 11.06.20 at 10:38 am

So sorry Garth and Dorothy for the loss of your precious Bandit. I’ve enjoyed seeing his pictures and hearing about him through your eyes. We lost our boy Max 4 years ago Nov 8th right on the last US election day, just like you now and the grief was enormous. Remember all your good memories of Bandit in the coming days. He’s crossed the rainbow bridge and will see again one day. Take care.

#82 Sandra Harding on 11.06.20 at 10:39 am

So sad to hear. We had to put our border collie down in Sept. Phoebe lived to be 16.5 years and was our biggest cheer leader. My thoughts are with you and Dorothy.

#83 Thoughts on 11.06.20 at 10:40 am

Sorry for your loss Garth. I can feel your pain.

I’m an absolute dog lover and a person that had multiple dogs all my life. My last dog was one of those special animals that was super in tune with my thoughts and emotions. The problem with pets is that the amount of quality time with them is way too short. That’s why I can’t bear to have one again.

#84 arse on 11.06.20 at 10:43 am

Vive La Dogs’

#85 Jenna on 11.06.20 at 10:43 am

I am sorry for your loss Garth.

It is without doubt that Bandit had a happy, loving and secure home with you and Dorothy.

RIP Bandit

#86 The West on 11.06.20 at 10:45 am

Thought are with you Garth. Condolences and well wishes all around. Dogs are a treasure. Human beings fortunate enough to experience affection, loyalty and companionship from a dog are truly blessed.

#87 Sky on 11.06.20 at 10:45 am

The smiling buddah closed his eyes
Unburdened now of whimpers and sighs.
His gentle soul unleashed from pain
Awaits the day you’ll meet again.

For death unlocks a sacred door
Through which the spirit then can soar.
Into the mysterious divine
Reserved for a beloved canine.

Blessings,

Skylar

#88 Yuus bin Haad on 11.06.20 at 10:48 am

Who wouldn’t loved to have been Bandit

#89 Gerald on 11.06.20 at 10:50 am

I have kids, grandkids and one fur baby. Even though I’m considered a grump (I’m being generous) and like most grumps, I’m soft inside. everyone knows that my “buddy” Webster gets the royal treatment. We’re about the same age and I’m not sure whose arthritis is worse.
I shed a tear for bandit this morning in a public place. I couldn’t help it. I’ve been there several times.
Take care.
Dogs bring out the best in us.

#90 SimplyPut7 on 11.06.20 at 10:50 am

Sorry for your loss, he was a great dog.

#91 Millennial 1%er on 11.06.20 at 10:52 am

extremely based blog post

#92 Dave on 11.06.20 at 10:53 am

Sorry for your loss of your friend Garth and Dorothy. Dogs bring out the best in people.

#93 Kevin on 11.06.20 at 10:56 am

Sorry for your loss Garth & Dorothy. Dogs, we don’t deserve them bruh!

#94 Inequity on 11.06.20 at 10:58 am

Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

#95 J on 11.06.20 at 11:01 am

I’m so very sorry to hear of Bandit’s passing. They give us so much, but take a piece of our heart when they leave us. Our condolences to you and Dorothy.

#96 Faron on 11.06.20 at 11:01 am

I’m so sorry for your loss Garth and thank you for this glimpse of the deep love amd magic that Bandit brought into your lives. And to live his last years at the sea, the most bountiful smell buffet any dog could hope for, was a true gift.

#97 cmj on 11.06.20 at 11:12 am

What beautiful Bandit memories you have shared with us over the years. He grounded you and Dorothy with his unconditional love and trust. A gift and a huge loss for both of you

#98 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.06.20 at 11:14 am

Garth and Dorothy
Sorry to hear of your loss.

#99 Brian on 11.06.20 at 11:20 am

Be well.

#100 paulo on 11.06.20 at 11:20 am

Sincerest Condolences to you folks Garth & Dorothy
RIP Bandit till dawns early light god bless

#101 sia_kb8 on 11.06.20 at 11:21 am

Sorry to hear that he is gone. His memories will always with you.

Thank you for all that you do for us.

#102 Doug t on 11.06.20 at 11:25 am

GAAAAAAAAAAH – dogs are the best – sorry to hear Garth

#103 Phil on 11.06.20 at 11:28 am

Amazing how a dog, who most readers never met, could cause such an outpouring of love and sympathy. He touched so many. Animals are special beyond understanding. Condolences Garth.

#104 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 11.06.20 at 11:33 am

RIP Bandit

Dogs are Great
beer is good
people are covid crazy

#105 rumplelstiltskin on 11.06.20 at 11:34 am

Im so sorry for your loss Garth. Believe me I understand…since we also just lost our beloved beagle Regi.

RIP to our lost friends… and by Gods grace we will one day reunite
:-(

#106 Dog Man on 11.06.20 at 11:36 am

The hardest part of having a dog.
Been there.
Thanks for all the dog photos (and the other stuff too.) LOL

#107 Russ on 11.06.20 at 11:36 am

Rest in peace, dear Bandit.

Be at peace Dorothy & Garth.

While reading this post I remembered the story, many years ago, of the night you slipped on ice and broke your leg.
And the appreciation you spoke of having a best friend stay with you as long as necessary until aid could find you two.

The good memories typically include dogs eh.

All the best, Russ

#108 SoggyShorts on 11.06.20 at 11:39 am

I’ve always liked the idea that one should
“Strive to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”-J.W. Stephens
Sorry for your loss

#109 Brett on 11.06.20 at 11:41 am

Terrible news – sounds like he was well-loved, and that’s all they ever ask for in life. Take care Garth.

#110 Benita on 11.06.20 at 11:42 am

Wonderful tribute! Sincere condolences.

#111 WTF on 11.06.20 at 11:44 am

Heartbreaking that our beloved critters have such short life spans.

Heartwarming the devotion and affection they give us each and every day, we in turn shower them with comfort, love, and dedication. Life would be so empty without our furry friends.

Animals teach us so much, Bandit sounds like he was an exemplary Professor of Humanity:-)

#112 N on 11.06.20 at 11:51 am

Up and up and up she goes…..

Declining immigration is another blow to a Canadian economy that has relied heavily on foreigners to drive labour force growth and demand, particularly in major cities. In Toronto, for example, the drop in newcomers is already generating cracks in the city’s condo market.

https://financialpost.com/news/economy/canada-expands-path-to-citizenship-for-foreigners-in-bid-to-stem-immigration-drop

#113 claire and darrell and stone on 11.06.20 at 11:54 am

Dorothy and Garth,
our sincerest condolences. We send you huge hugggss from here.

We are saddened by your loss of your lovely boy. Your solace shall be in the memories you all shared.

We, do NOT believe that we meet our pups by accident.

As with our loved many, we believe your beloved Bandit was fated to you by your prior pups. And that Bandit now joins them in awaiting you, in Heaven.

If, in time, you folks consider sharing love with another, it will be Bandit arranging the “coincidence” of that meet.

As a departed and dearest Franciscan Friar friend always reminded us: “It is all about the love.”

#114 Vancity7 on 11.06.20 at 11:55 am

First time commenting – heartfelt condolences for your loss. Dogs inspire us to be better and unconditionally provide the warmth and compassion that our species so desperately needs. I’m so appreciative of your generosity in sharing your insights and life with Bandit.

#115 RL on 11.06.20 at 11:56 am

So sorry to hear this Garth.

#116 yvr_lurker on 11.06.20 at 11:58 am

Very sorry to hear about Bandit…. You gave him a good life and I am sure he enriched yours….Many of us (myself for sure) greet dogs in the woods before saying anything to the owner….

#117 Dennis Pastrami on 11.06.20 at 11:59 am

Hi Garth,

Longtime listener, first time caller. So very sorry for your loss. Thank you for everything you do. Sending you my best from one of the many obscene housing markets in this ridiculous and great country.

Sincerely,
Dennis Pastrami

#118 Rico on 11.06.20 at 12:00 pm

Sorry for your loss, Garth.
Brings a lot of perspective for today. I’m turning off the news and taking my dog for her 3rd walk today.

#119 Anonymous on 11.06.20 at 12:00 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss.

#120 willworkforpickles on 11.06.20 at 12:05 pm

Sorry to read about your friend
…a hard eventuality it is
It’s that silent space when they’re gone that really hits you

#121 MacroDave on 11.06.20 at 12:06 pm

Sounds like Bandit had a great life with you. Sorry for your loss.

#122 Seanith on 11.06.20 at 12:07 pm

Great tribute. Our long furry companion is currently 14.5, and she too will move on very soon. It’s sad but our time together has been amazing.

#123 Donald on 11.06.20 at 12:08 pm

Someone is chopping onions around here. Sorry for your loss Garth.

#124 Stoph on 11.06.20 at 12:10 pm

My condolences to you and Dorothy. Thanks for posting this amazing tribute to Bandit – it brought a tear to my eye.

#125 Bogdan M on 11.06.20 at 12:15 pm

Sorry for your loss. Sounds like he lived an amazing life with you.

#126 Smartalox on 11.06.20 at 12:16 pm

Dear Garth and Dorothy

This was a lovely and touching tribute. You have my most sincere condolences.

Alex

#127 I'm A Believer on 11.06.20 at 12:17 pm

Condolences to you and Dorothy. Loss of a close family member is difficult regardless of being furry or not, two or four legs.

#128 Red falcon on 11.06.20 at 12:18 pm

Sorry for your loss, Garth. I hope that you will meet Bandit and the rest of your dog gang in the rainbow bridge.

The story tells of a lush green meadow just “this side of Heaven” (i.e. before one enters into it). Rainbow Bridge is the name of both the meadow and the adjoining pan-prismatic conveyance connecting it to Heaven.

According to the story, when a pet dies, it goes to the meadow, restored to perfect health and free of any injuries. The pet runs and plays all day with the others; there is always fresh food and water, and the sun is always shining. However, it is said that while the pet is at peace and happy, they also miss their owner whom they left behind on Earth.

When their owner dies, they too arrive at the meadow, and that is when the pet stops playing, turns, sniffs at the air and looks into the distance where they see their beloved owner. Excited, they run as fast as they can, until owner and pet are once more in union. The pet licks its owners in joy while the human looks into the soft eyes of their pet—who might have been absent on Earth, but never absent in their heart. Then side by side, they cross the Rainbow Bridge together into Heaven, never again to be separated.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Bridge_(pets)

#129 T-Rev on 11.06.20 at 12:21 pm

Sorry buddy. Dogs have a way of making a good day great and the worst days bearable.

#130 MaggieB on 11.06.20 at 12:24 pm

You have touched the hearts of all us who have lost our precious companions with that beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing him with us Garth. Deepest condolences.

#131 Tarot Card on 11.06.20 at 12:27 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth and Dorothy!
Your first words were very touching. And it is true the universe will work in mysterious ways to bring a person and animal together at a specific time in life. As you said we needed each other. Dogs are great companions.

J

#132 Edward Bear on 11.06.20 at 12:34 pm

Realizing the gist of this column blurred these old eyes with involuntary moisture. Sounds like you were both fortunate to have made each others acquaintance for a long friendship. Sorry to hear. RIP pooch.

#133 Big English on 11.06.20 at 12:34 pm

Thank you for sharing your precious memories.

#134 Coho on 11.06.20 at 12:36 pm

Thank you for sharing about your boy, Garth. Very touching. I am thinking of my dear boy, a black lab that once shared almost 14 years of life with me. He was special, just like your Bandit. I know the pain of your loss. I believe that all animals have spirits and we have a connection that transcends the physical. Perhaps those that have blessed us with their presence in this life have been our companions in others as well.

#135 condolences on 11.06.20 at 12:37 pm

I hate dogs, but RIP garth. It sucks to lose a good friend.

ill smoke one out for him after work.

#136 Hammerhead Hogger on 11.06.20 at 12:43 pm

What a great tribute. I’m sorry for your loss Dorothy and Garth.

#137 Sparrow on 11.06.20 at 12:44 pm

So sorry to hear about Bandit.

#138 Sam on 11.06.20 at 12:44 pm

Garth, Dorothy,
My condolences on your loss.
He knows he is loved.
Stay strong.

#139 hwy_str on 11.06.20 at 12:47 pm

I am so sorry, Garth! It is never ‘just a dog’.
RIP furry friend.

#140 Uncle Charlie on 11.06.20 at 12:50 pm

My condolences, Garth. The memories live on forever …

#141 Steerage on 11.06.20 at 12:51 pm

Sadly dogs just don’t live long enough..it’s brutal. Condolences.

#142 YVRRenter on 11.06.20 at 12:53 pm

So sorry for your loss, Garth & Dorothy. He was not ‘just a dog’. They are members of the family, the ones you actually like. Our dogs give us love relentlessly and unconditionally. Such a beautiful ode you crafted for Bandit, I have tears in my eyes. Sleep well, Bandit.

#143 Drill Baby Drill on 11.06.20 at 12:53 pm

Condolences to the Turner’s Bandit was a beautiful dog.

#144 Lenny on 11.06.20 at 12:53 pm

So sorry for your loss. Dogs’ lives are criminally short.

#145 Alberta Ed on 11.06.20 at 12:56 pm

So sorry to hear that. Good dogs tear at your heart. I still miss my Frodo, a noble Newfie cross.

#146 Ael Idich on 11.06.20 at 1:02 pm

My heart breaks for you and yours Garth. No words can comfort.

AI

#147 Chimingin on 11.06.20 at 1:04 pm

Gutted to read this, Garth. He was such a beautiful and loyal companion, from what I’ve come to learn reading this blog. The last verse of Kipling’s spot-on “The Power of a Dog”:

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent,
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve;
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long –
So why in – Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Hugs, Chimingin

#148 Troy on 11.06.20 at 1:04 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth.

#149 Matsebula on 11.06.20 at 1:07 pm

Garth, great post today, and my condolences. Bandit was a legend. Great stories.

#150 Bill on 11.06.20 at 1:08 pm

Garth it looks like he finshed up VERY lucky….

#151 Gordon on 11.06.20 at 1:10 pm

Best post :)

#152 Masks really do make some people more attractive on 11.06.20 at 1:11 pm

Bandit was fortunate to be loved by people who had been carefully trained by 6 of his predecessors. We should all be so lucky as to be reincarnated as a dog lover’s 7th dog.

#153 gillian angove on 11.06.20 at 1:22 pm

Cried when I read this post. So very sorry for the loss of your beloved Bandit! Dogs are truly the best thing we are blessed to be owned by. He is at peace on the other side of the rainbow bridge?

#154 Bill on 11.06.20 at 1:25 pm

On another more upbeat note for all the hard working tax payers.
Good thing im under the 20 mil mark.
https://mikesmoneytalks.ca/work-ethic-and-more-tax-hikes-are-polar-opposites/
Im looking fwd to Watching Biden bring in the New Green Deal. Him and
And Jagmeet could be twins.
People look back to Trump as the good old days.
Goooooo wind power!!! Idiots

#155 i on 11.06.20 at 1:26 pm

Sorry to hear about Bandit, Garth/Dorothy. May he rest in peace and may you both find solace in the fact that he’s had an awesome life with you.

#156 Russ Mortensen on 11.06.20 at 1:31 pm

Ah hell. So sorry for you guys. Another notch in 2020’s belt-of-BS

#157 Kyle on 11.06.20 at 1:35 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and have never commented. Like Bandit, I enjoyed the sights and sounds from the sideline, wary of wading in to where the people are. But I have to extend my sympathies for your loss. This was a beautiful devotional to a loyal and handsome companion, and he was as much a reason to visit the blog as your skill with the written word. I wish you both well, and that you were able to enjoy the last of your time with Bandit in a way that you will cherish. I look forward to your continued wit and insight into current events, and am a more endeared reader for your willingness to break from the storm of current events to stop and acknowledge the personal events that make even us financial folk human. Thank you.

#158 Irish Stew on 11.06.20 at 1:38 pm

Always focus on the love and life we gave our animals….the loss is always hard…..the good times always make it worth it.

Sorry to hear about Bandit.
Appreciate you taking the time to adopt.

#159 Nanne on 11.06.20 at 1:40 pm

Garth and Dorothy so sorry about your loss, I am a dog lover myself and can’t imagine what you are going through now. Bandit will be remembered forever and the memories that you both have will be with you forever and ever. Sending you lots of hugs…❤️

#160 pattie weatherill on 11.06.20 at 1:45 pm

So sorry, Garth and Dorothy. We know how much you loved him and he loved you.

#161 Overheardyou on 11.06.20 at 1:45 pm

My condolences to you and you Dorothy. As you said he was just a dog but a friend as well, the memories are real.

Hold them dearly Hon. Mr. Turner!

#162 Glengarry Girl on 11.06.20 at 1:47 pm

Garth, my condolences to you and Dorothy, I’ve experienced this heartbreak myself a couple years back. I also comforted myself with the thought of all of the wonderful years that he gave us and others and the amazing adventures he had throughout is little life. You are an amazingly talented writer. Your words on this Blog are a perfect blend of reason, brutal honesty, humor and compassion. You know just what medicine some of these souls on here need, even if they oppose you and don’t understand. Thank you for being a good human being, Bandit was one lucky dog.

#163 Freedom First on 11.06.20 at 1:50 pm

Bless Bandit for caring for you, Dorothy,
and the world he befriend everywhere he went. Bless you Garth for being there.

#164 Billy Buoy on 11.06.20 at 1:54 pm

Sorry for your loss. God Bless.

#165 Juan on 11.06.20 at 1:59 pm

Sorry for your loss.

#166 Jim Brown on 11.06.20 at 2:01 pm

Sorry to hear Garth…it’s never easy…I wish dogs and cats were like turtles and lived longer than us….

#167 DM in C on 11.06.20 at 2:04 pm

RIP Bandit, you magnificent boy. Condolences to you and Dorothy.

#168 earthboundmisfit on 11.06.20 at 2:04 pm

Truly sorry for your loss. I’ve been there and done that with three Golden Retrievers in my life. Ripped my heart out each time. When it’s time, please do “rescue” again. The short cut to Valhalla is revealed only to those who rescue dogs.

#169 FreeWilly on 11.06.20 at 2:06 pm

Cheers to the wonderful years you shared.
A life well lived. Something worth celebrating.
Sorry for your loss.

#170 conan on 11.06.20 at 2:12 pm

He got lucky finding you Garth. You gave him a great life.

#171 David Baker on 11.06.20 at 2:13 pm

Beautifully written, Garth. Sorry for your loss.

#172 Barb on 11.06.20 at 2:15 pm

Bless you, Garth and Dorothy, for the love and care you gave this noble beast…

Fifteen years are the tribute to that.

#173 Kilt on 11.06.20 at 2:18 pm

Very sad to hear the news.

/goes and hugs his Shikoku-ken

Kilt.

#174 T on 11.06.20 at 2:20 pm

A glowing tribute for a fantastic being.

My condolences for your loss. You obviously did well by Bandit, good on you.

In Dog we trust.

#175 ImGonnaBeSick on 11.06.20 at 2:20 pm

Very sorry to hear this Mr. Garth. I lost my best friend last year. He’s the background on my phone, and I still miss and think about him every day.

I’ve always enjoyed this quote, “Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had”

#176 Anna on 11.06.20 at 2:22 pm

What a beautiful tribute. He was a very lucky boy to have you and Dorothy. Thank you for rescuing him, giving him a home and for loving him. Sounds like you have a heart of gold and I’m so sorry to hear that it’s been broken by his passing. Rest in peace, Bandit, and glad you will have many wonderful memories to cherish, Garth!

#177 Yak on 11.06.20 at 2:24 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth, felt like I’ve gotten to know bandit through your blog over the years. Have an older rescue dog myself who is starting to lose the battle with father time. I appreciate every day.

Never posted before, but want to say thank you for everything, reading your blog has changed my life for the better and something I look forward to every day.

Yak

#178 Al on 11.06.20 at 2:28 pm

Bless you for rescuing him. Rest in peace Bandit.

#179 Ultraman on 11.06.20 at 2:29 pm

Mes sincères sympathies.

#180 Duffy on 11.06.20 at 2:31 pm

Life is a series of memories, much like links in a chain. All my dog memories are strong, durable and everlasting. The time spent not owning a dog, is lost and mostly forgotten. Losing your dog truly hurts, but we somehow manage to soldier on until the next one arrives.
I think they feel the same way.

#181 AGuyInVancouver on 11.06.20 at 2:34 pm

Rest in Peace Bandit.

#182 Old gringo on 11.06.20 at 2:36 pm

Well said my bearded friend!
We lost our boy recently after 12 wonderful years and so many memories.
You shared time together on this planet and both learned from that time.
As they say” I want to be the person my dog see’s “

#183 Lisa on 11.06.20 at 2:38 pm

RIP Bandit. Sorry to hear he has passed on, but your post is a lovely tribute. Virtual hugs Garth!

#184 Habitt on 11.06.20 at 2:39 pm

Always so sad to lose a loving friend and buddy. Great you found one another. Dogs are loyal and so better than most two legged homos. RIP Bandit. I know it’s early but will you find another pouch? Sincerest condolences.

#185 MickeyM on 11.06.20 at 2:52 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth. Just went through it with my Hermes back in June of this year. We had him for 14.5 years. A piece of us is missing.

#186 Alper on 11.06.20 at 2:55 pm

I am sorry for your loss Garth…

#187 Bucky on 11.06.20 at 2:55 pm

Very sorry for your loss. We were the lucky owners of a Chow/Golden mix who was with us for 14 years, also from a pound. Wonderful with people, loved and protected our children. Complete bastard with other dogs. Still miss him, its been 10 years.

#188 Blacksheep on 11.06.20 at 2:58 pm

Sorry to hear about Bandit Garth.

We lost our little jack Zoe after 15 years a while back
and it still hurts.

Take care.

#189 Pete from St. Cesaire on 11.06.20 at 2:59 pm

Sorry to hear that, Garth.
Don’t let your sadness prevent you from adopting another dog. There are so many dogs out there that need a good home and one of them can be the start of another great adventure for you, as it was with Bandit.

#190 jimmy on 11.06.20 at 2:59 pm

Sorry for your loss.

#191 zoey on 11.06.20 at 3:03 pm

Awww…that sucks. A beautiful ball of fur to have as a buddy. Sorry to hear that.

#192 truefacts on 11.06.20 at 3:04 pm

I’m very sorry for your loss. I know Bandit had a great life and you were both lucky to meet one another…

#193 Stylite on 11.06.20 at 3:06 pm

You can tell he was a special dog. And you blessed him with a great name. A good chunk of him lives in both you and your wife. He will not be forgotten. Bandit.

#194 Mehling on 11.06.20 at 3:08 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss Garth. Thanks for sharing. I inherited a 2 year old Shi-tzu in college, and I still think of her most days.

#195 Best Friend Ever on 11.06.20 at 3:09 pm

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

― Mark Twain

#196 Brad Mcdougall on 11.06.20 at 3:09 pm

Brought back a flood of memories, we still miss our best friend everyday. Sorry for your loss.

#197 Some Guy on 11.06.20 at 3:10 pm

I get so tired of all the crap in the news these days.
Thank you for sharing something to help us remember the things that are truly important in life.
Long may your heart be warmed by fond memories of your lost friend.

#198 Anna on 11.06.20 at 3:13 pm

So sorry for your loss. Thank you for this beautiful post and sharing your memories of Bandit. I’m glad you found each other. Both of you are good souls. Rest in peace Bandit.

#199 Bill Grable on 11.06.20 at 3:17 pm

A touching and wonderful tribute to Bandit. I cried my eyes out.
My sincere condolences to you and Mrs. Turner.
May the memories you carved together, be with you like a shining beacon.
Bandit – we will ALL miss you.

#200 Dave on 11.06.20 at 3:19 pm

Every day with them is a gift, sorry for your loss

#201 Carla on 11.06.20 at 3:19 pm

https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm

Long-time reader, first time poster. Thank you for your constant, tireless work on this blog, Garth.

So sorry for your loss.

#202 Victoria on 11.06.20 at 3:23 pm

I am going to cry. You gave that dog a wonderful life. I am so sorry.

#203 So glad I sold on 11.06.20 at 3:24 pm

Such a tribute to Bandit. It brought back heartfelt memories of my dog Jarrod, also a rescue and 11 years old when he entered my life. He lived another 3 years and 3 months and will never be forgotten. All the best to you Garth and Dorothy.

#204 mark on 11.06.20 at 3:27 pm

Sorry to hear, Garth. Great tribute to Bandit.

A coworker’s horse died this week giving birth. A ray of sunshine, the foal made it and is doing well.

#205 anonymous on 11.06.20 at 3:31 pm

well written as always. thank you

#206 sierts on 11.06.20 at 3:34 pm

One of your best posts.
Written from the heart.

#207 HDubya on 11.06.20 at 3:34 pm

I’m so sorry to hear Garth. He was very lucky to have you.

#208 The real Kip (Ret) on 11.06.20 at 3:34 pm

Sorry for your loss.

#209 Sheesh on 11.06.20 at 3:35 pm

I’m very sorry for your loss. They are so much more than ‘just dogs’ and we’re lucky that they like us so much. Thank you for giving him the loving home and wonderful life that every dog deserves.

#210 BobC on 11.06.20 at 3:36 pm

Beautiful tribute Mr. Turner. I too am a dog lover and know your pain. I’m so sorry for what I know your going through. God bless.

#211 Rainman on 11.06.20 at 3:36 pm

Sorry to hear that Garth. Never easy… all the best to you and Dorothy.

#212 Just Some Guy on 11.06.20 at 3:39 pm

I am very sorry for your loss. He was a great dog. He was very fortunate to have you and your wife as companions. He will live on in the memory of all who read your blog. While organized religion holds no appeal for me, the one reason I would be prepared to believe in an afterlife would be for the simple reason that I could be reunited with my dogs, if they would have me.

#213 Nat on 11.06.20 at 3:40 pm

We love Bandit! Sounds like you gave him a great happy life. Doggy heaven will be good to him.

#214 John on 11.06.20 at 3:40 pm

You know why we don’t have a dog? I’m afraid to not be able to keep my promisse one day and have to give him/her away to another family… It’s like giving away a child. Dogs are too good for this world. Honest good creatures. We humans have a lot to learn from them. I’m sorry about Bandint. But he’s got what he didn’t have before you took him home. He had a happy life. And it was your family who gave it to him.

#215 bdwy sktrn on 11.06.20 at 3:44 pm

Bandit hit the jackpot that day you wandered in. Lucky him. Good for you. I bet he got the very best in everything.

Dogs and dog people, I like both most every time.

#216 Northshoreng on 11.06.20 at 3:47 pm

Our condolences.

#217 Atrate on 11.06.20 at 3:48 pm

I am so very saddened to know that your wonderful canine companion has passed away. You and Dorothy gave Bandit a loving home, safety, good grub, and the best care. I am sure what you got back was beyond counting or compare. God bless you and Bandit.

#218 raisemyrent on 11.06.20 at 3:55 pm

my most sincere condolences, and another great write-up, as ever. Dogs give us so much, but the trade-off is seeing them leave.
Tonight, we will raise our glass to Bandit.

#219 BC Renovator on 11.06.20 at 3:56 pm

Very well written Garth. I enjoyed that Eulogy

RIP Bandit

#220 BNorth on 11.06.20 at 4:07 pm

Everyone thinks they have the best dog and everyone is correct.

#221 Steve French on 11.06.20 at 4:08 pm

First Smoking Man and now Bandit !

it’s been a tough year for blog dogs all round….

:-(

#222 SunShowers on 11.06.20 at 4:10 pm

Sorry Garth, that’s terrible :(

#223 Steel City Kid on 11.06.20 at 4:13 pm

This news makes my eyes well up. What a lovely tribute, and what a lovely dog. My sincere condolences to you, Garth, and Dorothy, on the loss of your beloved companion Bandit. As has been noted above, his presence on the blog will be missed.

#224 Work and Tumble on 11.06.20 at 4:14 pm

Very sorry to hear this. Tough losing man’s best friend. Our thoughts are with you.

#225 espressobob on 11.06.20 at 4:18 pm

Can’t think of anything harder in this world than saying goodbye to a treasured companion. Words never explain the loss. Most of Us know that scenario…

Sometimes we don’t realize what we have until we don’t.

#226 R on 11.06.20 at 4:19 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth, RIP Bandit.

#227 Bob on 11.06.20 at 4:20 pm

Dogs are automatic heartbreakers as we all outlive them. I’ll say a little prayer for all of you.

#228 TurnerNation on 11.06.20 at 4:21 pm

Bye big fluffy guy. I enjoyed your Instagram feed.
Ps. do not growl at Smoking man up there okay?

#229 O caNnABis! on 11.06.20 at 4:21 pm

GartH itS 4:20 haVE a DOObie it’LL heLP takE the PaIn awaY

RIP BanDIT

#230 From one dog lover to another... on 11.06.20 at 4:21 pm

A dog’s companionship is like no other. They see you at your best and worst, and somehow will always remain by your side (or charming strangers in a lobby). This is the hardest part about having a dog in one’s life. I’ve been there too. And yet, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

Cherish your wonderful memories of Bandit. Wishing you and Dorothy all the best at this time. So sorry for your loss.

#231 Don on 11.06.20 at 4:24 pm

A beautiful tribute to Bandit. Love the picture, very fitting. You gave him a new life and developed a strong bond that comes alive in your words.

#232 Dave from St.Thomas on 11.06.20 at 4:27 pm

Fred the Border Collie here Garth.

Bandit has arrived at the Rainbow Bridge Meadow and is settling in nicely, although he misses you and Mom terribly….Consoling him helps somewhat, but it takes time…

My buddies and I are showing him all the ropes….where the tastiest treats are hidden, who gives the best tummy-rubs, the warmest, sunny creek-bank on which to lay down and catch an afternoon nap, and at what angle to tilt your head so your nostrils can catch the most intriguing breezes….He & I can’t get over how nimble he is, now that all four legs are in perfect working order… He runs circles around me!

I’ve tried to teach him the finer points in rounding up cows, but he shows absolutely NO interest in such plebeian endeavors….Harrmph!

He has regaled all of us with his life exploits while in your stewardship, and we all agree that Fortune had finally smiled on him and that he could have found no better caretakers than you and Dorthy.

(He did confide to me that your bar-girl story was not quite as previously stated….. evidently you attached his leash to the patio, told him to sit up and look handsome, and then gleefully stood close to the patio railing while all the girls leaned far over to pet him….)

Cheer up and remember the good times…He says to tell you he’ll meet up with you again, eventually….. he’s biding his time and practicing his “I’ve Missed You” leap so that it’s perfect!

Regards.

Fred

#233 Former Fool on 11.06.20 at 4:27 pm

Very sorry for your loss Garth. You didn’t lose just a dog, you’ve lost your friend. My condolences.

#234 Patricia on 11.06.20 at 4:28 pm

Sorry for Dorothy and you. Bandit was loved. Every dog should be so loved.

#235 IHCTD9 on 11.06.20 at 4:29 pm

Sorry for your loss Mr T, Bandit was a good boy.

#236 Art on 11.06.20 at 4:31 pm

Very sorry to hear, Garth. It is weird that some of us don’t know you personally but have followed for years and think of you as a friend. Sincere condolences.

#237 Beagleface on 11.06.20 at 4:31 pm

Garth, what an eloquent tribute to dear Bandit. Not too many dry eyes in my house after reading your eulogy. Bandit was a lovely boy and he’ll be missed. Here’s hoping you’ll meet up with each other on the Rainbow Bridge when the time is right. Peace and love to you and Dorothy on such a sad day.

#238 WestCoaster on 11.06.20 at 4:33 pm

Rest well Bandit.

#239 just a dude on 11.06.20 at 4:34 pm

Garth,

So very sorry for your and Dorothy’s loss. Bandit sounds like he was an exceptional and wise friend who touched the hearts of many. Boy did he also luck out in finding you two.

Beautifully written and touching tribute for this brave, old soul.

Take care

#240 Greek on 11.06.20 at 4:35 pm

When I was growing up in a temperate country, I must have raised over 100 dogs in my childhood. Most died early from bot larvae, tape worms and wounds during mating season.

#241 Ken on 11.06.20 at 4:36 pm

My condolences Garth, RIP Bandit. To steal a line from the Tragically Hip, “Heaven is a better place today”

#242 Catalyst on 11.06.20 at 4:37 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth, and a beautiful tribute.

#243 Kate on 11.06.20 at 4:39 pm

Garth, I am so sorry for your loss. Dogs are precious. They are ones of a few who really love you.

#244 Vexatious Litigator on 11.06.20 at 4:39 pm

Truly sorry Garth. Know the feeling haven’t been able to get another since I lost my last dog years ago, don’t think I could bear it again.

#245 akashic record on 11.06.20 at 4:42 pm

Bandit is chasing Smoking Man now.
G_d bless their walk.

#246 Cal on 11.06.20 at 4:42 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss Garth. He did bring a smile to my face when I seen his photos

All the best to you and Dorothy

#247 wendi1 on 11.06.20 at 4:44 pm

My neighbour is terrified of dogs, and I was looking for some way to explain what “dog people” see in them.

I still haven’t. But there is a dog-sized hole in my life that cannot be filled any other way. I hope, when you and your wife feel it is time, that another dog will come into your life and make you whole again.

#248 Linda on 11.06.20 at 4:48 pm

Condolences. He will be missed:(

#249 Anon on 11.06.20 at 4:51 pm

So sorry for your loss :-(

#250 K-Pip on 11.06.20 at 4:53 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss, Garth. Dogs are so loving, so forgiving, and bring us such joy. We can learn a thing or two from them. Thank you for giving Bandit a second chance at a good life. I am sure he was so thankful for the love you and your family gave him.

#251 Jake on 11.06.20 at 4:53 pm

Garth, so sorry to hear. 2020 sucks.

#252 Drinking on 11.06.20 at 4:55 pm

Unconditional love on both parts, so few experience that!

The end of 2020 cannot come soon enough, very sorry for your loss but the memories together will never be forgotten!

#253 Bob in Hamilton on 11.06.20 at 4:56 pm

“But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Masters own,
Who labors, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonour’d falls, unnotic’d all his worth,
Deny’d in heaven the Soul he held on earth.
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.”

-Lord Byron (Epitaph to a Dog)

#254 X on 11.06.20 at 4:58 pm

Bandit was lucky to have such a great family. Sorry for your loss.

#255 batt519 on 11.06.20 at 4:58 pm

I’m so sorry!
RIP Bandit

#256 Baadshah on 11.06.20 at 4:59 pm

RIP Bandit…

I am so sorry for your loss, Garth. Wishing you comfort & peace.

p.s. Such a beautiful tribute…..

#257 Johnny D on 11.06.20 at 4:59 pm

Condolences for you and Dorothy…

You wrote about Bandit enough to get the blogdogs to pretty much know him.

Rest In Peace Bandit

#258 Eyeguy on 11.06.20 at 5:01 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. I’m a dog guy too and it hurts when they die.

#259 MaryEn on 11.06.20 at 5:06 pm

Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss Garth. :(

#260 Bry on 11.06.20 at 5:07 pm

Condolences to you and Dorothy, Garth. I’ve always enjoyed reading about your canine companion.

#261 Moonshine on 11.06.20 at 5:10 pm

Sorry for your loss. Mes condoléances.

#262 Bk on 11.06.20 at 5:10 pm

I am so sorry for your loss Garth. Dogs are such great companions.

#263 CJohnC on 11.06.20 at 5:12 pm

A beautiful column and a terrible loss. Sleep well Bandit and take care Garth and Dorothy

#264 Michael on 11.06.20 at 5:12 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth. You gave him a good life, and he gave you unconditionally love.
I firmly believe that dogs are a gift to mankind; to keep him grounded in this crazy world.

#265 Interstellar Old Yeller on 11.06.20 at 5:13 pm

So much sympathy to you and Dorothy, Garth.

#266 Cheer up ... on 11.06.20 at 5:17 pm

that’s what Bandit would want. Sorry to hear … always among one of the hardest times.

#267 joblo on 11.06.20 at 5:23 pm

Sad news.
What a great pal to have over those years!
A special relationship to cherish.

#268 Trojan House on 11.06.20 at 5:26 pm

Garth, I know I said I wouldn’t post again, but at times like this, it’s best to set aside differences. I’m sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a great pet.

#269 Vancouver in the Rearview on 11.06.20 at 5:26 pm

Garth, Dorothy,

I am very sorry to hear of Bandit’s death. We lost our Callie-dog suddenly and prematurely a little less than four years ago and it still hurts. Those of us who love our dogs know what you are feeling. Good thoughts to you both.

#270 Left GTA on 11.06.20 at 5:29 pm

Sorry for you loss Garth. RIP Bandit.

#271 Molly on 11.06.20 at 5:30 pm

Well, this is a sad column indeed. My family’s condolences to your family.

#272 Y. Knott on 11.06.20 at 5:31 pm

#247 wendi1 on 11.06.20 at 4:44 pm
My neighbour is terrified of dogs, and I was looking for some way to explain what “dog people” see in them.

– – – – – – – – –

Wendi, you may have found a way – have them read this column, and all the loving comments from the rest of us who’ve “been there”.

Sorry to hear about Bandit, Garth – may you find in time another dog, just as wonderful, just as happy to be with you two.

#273 Herestoyou on 11.06.20 at 5:31 pm

So sorry for your loss…

#274 Bear on 11.06.20 at 5:37 pm

So sorry Garth for your loss.

#275 Dolce Vita on 11.06.20 at 5:37 pm

..a life’s story of unconditional love, it does not get better than that.

———————-

Condoglianze Garth, eterno riposo Bandit.

#276 Simon on 11.06.20 at 5:40 pm

Garth, watch your health please.

#277 No Debt on 11.06.20 at 5:41 pm

Damn Dude. My wife and I are both deeply saddened to hear of your loss and offer our most sincere condolences to Dorothy and yourself. It has been 13 years? Man, it seems like yesterday.

#278 Ivan on 11.06.20 at 5:41 pm

So sorry to hear Garth. Bring tears to my eyes, even if I never met Bandit. “Just a dog” is what I said when I tried to hide the pain. A loving Dog has a unique connection with its owners. Many times even closer than we can have with humans. Sleep well Bandit.

#279 Another Voice on 11.06.20 at 5:43 pm

My heart goes out to you and Dorothy on the loss of your cherished and loved Bandit.

#280 yorkville renter on 11.06.20 at 5:45 pm

sorry about your loss, Garth.

#281 Grazie on 11.06.20 at 5:46 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth. Bandit will always live in our hearts.

#282 G Dawg on 11.06.20 at 5:48 pm

Beautifully written, my condolences to you both on a painful loss. We humans are a blessed species to have theirs as our friends.

#283 Lovethisblog on 11.06.20 at 5:49 pm

Well-said, sorry for your loss.

#284 Ballingsford on 11.06.20 at 5:50 pm

So sorry for your and Dorothy’s loss Garth! We’ll all miss him too!

#285 Darryl on 11.06.20 at 5:50 pm

There is no better friendship than between a Dog and his adoptive family . All the more special when rescued from misery .

There is such a feeling of loss when they pass on to the great walking trail beyond. Very close to the loss of a human family member .

I’m very happy for Bandit that he was able to find you and have the life every Dog should be entitled to.

So Sorry for your loss Garth .

#286 Gary C on 11.06.20 at 5:51 pm

Garth, my condolences re Bandit, mans best friend has went to doggy heaven, he had good Karma to have you and Dorothy as Guardians

#287 Oracle of Ottawa on 11.06.20 at 5:51 pm

Many dogs are put down every year. Yours had a chance to live a good life. In exchange it returned love and affection. Always tough to say good bye to a friend. My condolences.

#288 Timberrr on 11.06.20 at 5:55 pm

As a daily reader without any pets, it saddens me to learn of Bandit’s passing. What a lucky pooch to have had such wonderful owners and such an amazing life. My condolences. RIP.

#289 ryan on 11.06.20 at 5:55 pm

Sorry for your loss :(

#290 Elizabeth on 11.06.20 at 5:58 pm

Im so sorry to hear this sad news about Bandit. I hope you can find solace in what a beautiful life you and Dorothy gave him.

#291 ronh on 11.06.20 at 5:59 pm

no, no, no, can’t be.
Another black spot on the sun.
Very sorry for your loss, G & D

RIP Bandit

#292 Dogman01 on 11.06.20 at 6:01 pm

It’s these time you see what an awesome responsibility you have and the unbearable obligation love requires.

#293 Nonplused on 11.06.20 at 6:03 pm

I was going to write about all the things US election again today, but out of respect and deference to Bandit I will not. Sorry about your loss Garth. RIP Bandit.

#294 B and V on 11.06.20 at 6:04 pm

We’re sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you solace.

#295 Frank Blood on 11.06.20 at 6:06 pm

Garth I am sincerely saddened by your loss of your pal. He couldn’t have possibly had a better friend and saviour than you and Dorothy. I’m sure he lived a happy life with you.

#296 Dogismyshepherd on 11.06.20 at 6:07 pm

Sad time Garth, dogs are one of the best friends we ever have. Mine was Max a big tough guy German Shepherd but a beautiful soul inside.13 years , a couple of provinces and homes in the country he guarded our family from the world .Still sometimes I hear his silver chain collar jingle
behind me.

#297 Islander on 11.06.20 at 6:08 pm

God bless you three, till you meet again.

#298 Mrs Potato on 11.06.20 at 6:10 pm

Sorry for your loss, Garth. May Bandit’s memory live on forever. Rest well, sweet pup!

#299 Binder Dundat on 11.06.20 at 6:12 pm

I’m so sorry, Garth.

Our lives and hearts are blessed by the dogs we love. They are our most ardent therapists- they continually bring us into the present moment, they share their love and affection unconditionally, and they bring us out into the fresh air to feel the sun and the air kiss our faces.

May Bandit rest in peace knowing how well he was loved.

#300 pathcontrolmonk on 11.06.20 at 6:13 pm

So sorry Garth, beautiful dog. Good boy Bandit.

#301 Dan on 11.06.20 at 6:18 pm

RIP Bandit. I am sorry for your loss Garth. I hope Bandit is in a happy place now.

#302 Joseph R. on 11.06.20 at 6:20 pm

Sorry for your lost.

He had, in you, the best of what a dog could ever hope for.

#303 SOMETHINGS UP! on 11.06.20 at 6:20 pm

The things we would give anything for….

I’d get rid of all my material wealth just to get my little girl back.

RIP Roxy.

RIP Bandit.

#304 Long-Time Lurker on 11.06.20 at 6:21 pm

Rest in peace, Bandit.

Rest in peace, Smokey & The Bandit.

#305 3s on 11.06.20 at 6:23 pm

Doggie heaven wins a round…

#306 Albertaguy in AB on 11.06.20 at 6:23 pm

Thank you for sharing this loss with us. I feel like I also have lost a best friend today. Condolances to both you and Dorothy.

#307 Loonie Doctor on 11.06.20 at 6:24 pm

My condolences to you, Dorothy, and Bandit’s extensive flock of admirers. Dogs really are family.
-LD

#308 binky barnes on 11.06.20 at 6:25 pm

Hi Garth & Dorothy.

A beautifully written and fitting tribute to your beloved Bandit.

My condolences. BB

#309 Wiley Toronto on 11.06.20 at 6:26 pm

So sorry about Bandit, the void in your life never really goes away. Wishing you and Dorothy well during this sad time.

#310 Gpr on 11.06.20 at 6:28 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth. RIP Bandit :(

#311 broader mind on 11.06.20 at 6:29 pm

Long stories of Bandit and you come to an end. Truly breaks my heart. Just really sorry Garth. The pain will eventually subside.Take your time

#312 Phil on 11.06.20 at 6:30 pm

Wow… Been a daily reader for more than 10 years, never felt the urge to comment before today. The post literally moved me to tears. What a beautiful tribute to (and from) a beautiful soul.

Very sorry for your loss Garth.

#313 blintor on 11.06.20 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for being a true friend of Bandit and making sure he had a happy life!

#314 Vancity Clay on 11.06.20 at 6:31 pm

Thank you Garth,

What a beautiful and heartwarming tribute.

#315 Cbo on 11.06.20 at 6:31 pm

The salvation you brought him was never forgotten, not for a minute.
You gave him a second, extended lease on a fulfilling life and I’m sure his presence gave you purpose and perspective you would not have known otherwise.
You were both fortunate to age well together.
Cherish the memories and his legacy.

I wish you well as you take time to mourn and reflect.
I’m taking my 15 year old Jack Russell to Gravenhurst this weekend to visit our new home for the first time. I will give him extra treats in honour of your friend, Bandit.

#316 André L. on 11.06.20 at 6:31 pm

My condolences for your loss. It was always a pleasure to hear about Bandit.

#317 Armpit on 11.06.20 at 6:32 pm

Thank you for sharing Bandit with us, Garth and Dorothy.

#318 Government Shill on 11.06.20 at 6:36 pm

My sincerest condolences, Garth.

#319 Rental Monkey on 11.06.20 at 6:36 pm

Bandit and Smokey in 2020. What a year. Sorry for your loss Garth. RIP BANDIT- You will be looking glorious at Rainbow Bridge.

#320 Martian in LA on 11.06.20 at 6:39 pm

Garth, so sorry for your loss!
I lost my feline friend of 18 yrs couple weeks ago too.

#321 Mak on 11.06.20 at 6:42 pm

Very Sorry to hear sad news about Bandit ! You always mentioned him all the time in your daily blogs. RIP Bandit …

#322 Danee on 11.06.20 at 6:42 pm

I was thinking of him the other day, somehow hoping he would have longer. I’m sorry for your and your wife’s loss. Heartbreaking post. Rip bandit

#323 paracho on 11.06.20 at 6:42 pm

My condolences on your loss.

#324 Stephen on 11.06.20 at 6:43 pm

Priceless memories. Thanks for sharing them with us.

#325 Travelbug on 11.06.20 at 6:45 pm

What e eulogy – just beautiful! And it made me cry. Having had several dogs over the years myself, I know what you are going thru right now. I am very sorry for your loss. Since you mentioned that you have had several dogs in the past, I suspect that it won’t be long until you and Dorothy find a new furry friend again. I know that even though I said “never again” after every loss I experienced, I always end up with another “rescue” somehow. Life is just not complete without a dog. Thanks for sharing stories and pictures of Bandit in the past. He will not be forgotten.

#326 Keith on 11.06.20 at 6:52 pm

Condolences to Garth and Dorothy on your loss. Thank you for bringing Bandit to the blog, he made more sense than 95% of us in steerage.

#327 NoName on 11.06.20 at 6:54 pm

I am sorry to hear that Bandit has passed away, i enjoyed seeing his photos every so often.

#328 NSNG on 11.06.20 at 6:56 pm

The sad thing about owning such a great creature is having to say goodbye.

Condolences

#329 Peggy Kelson on 11.06.20 at 6:57 pm

So Sorry Garth, I know How Very, Very Much You Loved Bandit. Such A Beautiful Companion Dog. RIB Bandit

#330 Steven Nicolle on 11.06.20 at 6:58 pm

Pets are like family. My condolences for your loss.

#331 Alberta Nomad on 11.06.20 at 7:00 pm

Sleep well Bandit

#332 tkid on 11.06.20 at 7:07 pm

My condolences, Garth.

#333 Barb on 11.06.20 at 7:08 pm

“Pet deserves kindness”, The Province newspaper,
May 4/1987. (Dear Abby).

“Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I might lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I can’t tell you when I’m thirsty.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life.
And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun.
Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.”

Tattered and yellowed, that clipping has been tucked away all these years. Its message gave me solace during the loss of 5 of my best buddies.

#334 Nothing Surprises on 11.06.20 at 7:09 pm

I’m 75 and sit here with tears in my eyes as I look over at our 1 year old Cockapoo girl we swore we would never get after our 4 other dogs.

One of the best things we have ever done!

My heart knows how you and Dorothy are aching.
Take care and stay healthy.
RIP Bandit.

#335 Beckford on 11.06.20 at 7:10 pm

So sorry for your loss, Garth. 3 years after saying goodbye to my furry friend, (also a rescue) and I’m still heartbroken. You gave him a good life, and he gave you one too. A donation in his memory is coming to the Vancouver SPCA.

R.I.P Bandit.

#336 John Brydle on 11.06.20 at 7:22 pm

Garth and Dorothy I am so sorry to learn of Bandit passing.
Our hearts are with you, as I know how hard it is to lose a member of your family.
RIP Bandit!

#337 theoryAndPractice on 11.06.20 at 7:24 pm

J.R.R. Tolkien-“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

#338 dosouth on 11.06.20 at 7:27 pm

You write so eloquently of your pet and family member that will forever be endeared in your memory and ours. We really are only their caretakers while they share a whole new world with us.

https://tinyurl.com/y4juh8km

#339 Decent Majority on 11.06.20 at 7:28 pm

Peace. Sorry his time came to an end.

#340 will on 11.06.20 at 7:29 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth.

#341 AS on 11.06.20 at 7:31 pm

Oh man 2020 strikes again. So sorry for your loss. You write so beautifully. May he rest in peace

#342 Statsfreak on 11.06.20 at 7:33 pm

Aaaawwww, geez….
Just freakin’ heartbreaking……

So incredibly sorry to hear this sad news, Garth.
My sincere condolences to you and Dorothy.

May you both find peace and comfort in all the
wonderful memories of your special Bandit.

#343 Svet on 11.06.20 at 7:35 pm

I’m a long-time reader but first-time commenter. Thank you for sharing your stories about life with Bandit and posting photos of him. He was such a beautiful dog. I’m sorry for your and Dorothy’s loss.

#344 Sal on 11.06.20 at 7:36 pm

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

(Equivalent of RIP in Arabic. Translates to: To Him we belong, and to Him we return)

Condolences for your loss. May your find some solace in the many happy memories you shared. Ameen

#345 siegfried Schranz on 11.06.20 at 7:38 pm

That got me right in the feels… sorry for your loss Garth!

#346 John in Mtl on 11.06.20 at 7:38 pm

Losing a friend is never easy. May you mourn peacefully, Garth, Dorothy, knowing you generously gave your love and heart to your faithful companion; he will be beside you in spirit, always.

#347 PBrasseur on 11.06.20 at 7:39 pm

My sympathy for your loss Garth.

#348 Spectacle on 11.06.20 at 7:39 pm

Bandit came home with me, looking like a broken combat dog. GT 2020

You both found each other at last.

Amazing life “Bandit” had Sir Turner. Thanks to You.

Sincerest thoughts to your family. XO

#349 Comrade on 11.06.20 at 7:41 pm

Sorry for your loss, Garth. I bet house feels empty now. Cherish the memories.

#350 Scott on 11.06.20 at 7:44 pm

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”

~Winnie the Pooh

#351 Cici on 11.06.20 at 7:47 pm

Such a beautiful tribute Garth, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

When I lost my Kitty, it gutted me. Still miss her every single day.

Thank you for taking him in and for showing that pure, beautiful soul the love and kindness he so deserved, and for giving him the opportunity to trust and love again.

You’re the man!

And he’s still Top Dog, just now elevated high, high up in the Heavens ;-)

#352 Keswicken on 11.06.20 at 7:48 pm

Dogs are best, so sorry for your loss Garth

#353 Rochdale granny on 11.06.20 at 7:50 pm

He was really a magnificent looking dog, so regal, such an air of independence. I loved looking at your photos of him. A gut wrenching loss for you and Dorothy. So very sorry.

#354 CalgaryCarGuy on 11.06.20 at 7:54 pm

Garth, I think I started following your column in 2009 or 2010. Bandit has been a fixture. Your love for him was always very apparent. My sincere condolences.

#355 just say no on 11.06.20 at 8:01 pm

I am so sorry to read about your loss….Bandit was like our blog family member and I am in tears….he was special to all of us and he will be missed.

#356 Greg Long on 11.06.20 at 8:02 pm

Garth: So sorry for your loss.

#357 SW on 11.06.20 at 8:07 pm

Oh, Mr. T. So, so sorry.
Take care.

#358 islander on 11.06.20 at 8:09 pm

So sorry Dorothy and Garth to hear about Bandit your stalwart companion.
RIP Bandit.

#359 Audrey on 11.06.20 at 8:12 pm

Thank you for sharing his life with us in your stories and photos of him. He was a welcome bright light whenever he appeared in your blog.

#360 Spock on 11.06.20 at 8:13 pm

So sorry to hear about Bandit. Bandit is in a better place and God bless Bandit and your family.

What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing as always.

#361 jimbo on 11.06.20 at 8:14 pm

feel for you….been there…..its tough.God bless

#362 Christopher Stubbs on 11.06.20 at 8:28 pm

Garth, I appreciate you sharing this moment in your life. One can feel the love you and Dorothy felt for Bandit and his love for you. Take care

#363 Elon fanboy on 11.06.20 at 8:35 pm

Not just a dog…

He was the bestest boy.

Condolences Garth, I know what it’s like to lose a loved dog. They’re a family member.

#364 maxx on 11.06.20 at 8:39 pm

Sad to read about Bandit. His spirit will live long in the souls of the Turner family. All of Bandit’s photos picture a very happy and fortunate dog.

Courage cher Garth et famille.

#365 Parsonage on 11.06.20 at 8:43 pm

From the beginning:

When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always. Take him with you when you go hunting.’ Rudyard Kipling

Peace be with you.

#366 Man of the Cloth on 11.06.20 at 8:44 pm

Lovely tribute Garth.
Take care.

#367 -=withwings=- on 11.06.20 at 8:44 pm

take these wings and fly Bandit…

#368 Jeff Nairn on 11.06.20 at 8:44 pm

Thanks for that. And thanks for your love. Sorry for your loss but your words have me a smile tonight.

Strength to you and Dorothy.

#369 Jon on 11.06.20 at 8:44 pm

So sorry to hear this, Garth. I know how much you love Bandit and how much it hurts to lose a beloved pet. Feel good that you and Dorothy gave him a happy life. Also, thank you for all you have given us not only sharing good advice but also your joyful time with Bandit.

#370 GrumpyAuldScott on 11.06.20 at 8:46 pm

So sorry for your loss Garth.
I teared up when I read your post and it brought back memories of our shepherd that we had for thirteen great years.
We mourned, we cried and then we got another dog, its the only remedy.

#371 S on 11.06.20 at 8:48 pm

I’m very sorry for your loss. Growing up in another place I had less than nothing but always, as now, I had dogs. And they pulled me through many a hard times. Losing one is like losing a limb. With time it gets better but never quite like it was before… Had it not been for you there probably would be no one to mourn him… You did well.

#372 NJGeezer on 11.06.20 at 8:52 pm

Thank you for this post Garth.
My condolences on the loss of one of your best friends. I lost my beloved, loyal friend at fifteen also, back in 2007. Still miss him. But very grateful for our wonderful time together.
God bless you. Bandit has joined Homey at the Rainbow Bridge. He has been welcomed warmly.

#373 Old Man Too on 11.06.20 at 8:54 pm

Sitting here reading your blog with my dog’s head on my lap, I can feel your loss.

#374 Lambchop on 11.06.20 at 8:55 pm

So sad. Sorry to hear about your loss of this gentle soul.

It took me all day to read this post, in small painful snippets. A moving and truly beautiful eulogy that elicited tears for a dog I never met.

#375 Trudi Woods on 11.06.20 at 8:59 pm

He looks like a beautiful pup and so very loved by his people…

#376 Kevin on 11.06.20 at 9:02 pm

My deepest condolences, Garth. Sounds like he lived a wonderful life thanks to you, and you and Dorothy equally benefitted too. What a great match.

#377 Udar on 11.06.20 at 9:03 pm

So sorry to hear about your loss, Dorothy and Garth. Such a wonderful tribute, to such a wonderful friend. God bless.
Rest in Peace Bandit.

#378 Peppysue on 11.06.20 at 9:04 pm

My condolences on the loss of your precious Bandit. In a way, he belonged to all of us who follow your blog, and I will miss seeing his photo. He certainly was a beautiful boy, and you were all lucky for the life you shared together. RIP Bandit.

#379 Juve101 on 11.06.20 at 9:06 pm

That was beautiful and moving, thank you for sharing.

#380 wallflower on 11.06.20 at 9:10 pm

doogies should inherit the earth

#381 Farm Wife on 11.06.20 at 9:10 pm

In a lifetime, you’ll have one good mate, one good dog, and one good horse.- Cowboy Proverb.

Sorry for your loss.

#382 Randy Matheson on 11.06.20 at 9:13 pm

Dogs give us so much. I can relate to your loss as our family has had a number of dogs along the way. Very sorry for your loss.

#383 Tg on 11.06.20 at 9:13 pm

Sorry to hear about your winger. Loved all the stories of bandit and the ‘interest’ he drew ;).

#384 Eco Capitalist on 11.06.20 at 9:16 pm

In a dog’s life
A year is really more like seven
And all too soon a canine
Will be chasing cars in doggie heaven
It seems to me
As we make our own few circles ’round the sun
We get it backwards
And our seven years go by like one

– Rush, Dog Years (from the album Test for Echo)

My condolences on your loss.

#385 Paul on 11.06.20 at 9:21 pm

My sincere condolences, Garth.

#386 JM on 11.06.20 at 9:22 pm

So sorry for your loss, such a magnificent soul. We are all blessed by our special friends.

#387 Garth's Son Drake on 11.06.20 at 9:27 pm

Damn. Sorry for your loss.

#388 Will in SC on 11.06.20 at 9:33 pm

Deepest sympathy Garth.

#389 Mouse on 11.06.20 at 9:34 pm

So sorry you have lost your four-footed friend and loved family member. Condolences to you and your wife.

#390 Holly Kwan on 11.06.20 at 9:36 pm

Very sorry for your loss, Garth. Bandit was a beauty.

#391 Vanreal on 11.06.20 at 9:39 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. Only a dog parent knows the devastating impact of losing a four legged family member. Take care of yourself!

#392 Canadian Moose on 11.06.20 at 9:45 pm

The Greater Fool is indeed a poorer place without a current moment pic of Bandit. It was if he was dispensing the wisdom to Garth to reveal to us. RIP Bandit and God Bless. You will be missed! Condolences to the Turner family.

Thoughts from the Hinterland with a glass of red wine.

#393 Stephen and Jenn on 11.06.20 at 9:49 pm

We are sorry for your loss, Garth and Dorothy. Bandit had a life because of you. We are lucky for whatever time we have together. Bandit must have been tremendously fortunate, to have someone who would dedicate so much time educating Canadians about financial literacy, you know Bandit was well cared for.

#394 Dog Walkers Vancouver on 11.06.20 at 9:53 pm

My partner and I work with dogs for a living. We adopted our current rescue via California in 2015. We lost our previous girl in 2014, almost 17. When you’re a true dog person, there’s nothing that compares to the loss of your special friend. Especially when they’re a rescue. Sending out love, condolences and gratitude. Thank you for doing what you do.

#395 Craig on 11.06.20 at 9:56 pm

So sorry for your loss Garth and Dorothy,may you always have wonderful memories of Bandit. Dogs are indeed the greatest creatures on planet earth.

#396 Brew on 11.06.20 at 9:59 pm

It’s sad to hear of this Garth.

#397 April on 11.06.20 at 10:02 pm

Losing a pet has got to be one the hardest experiences in life. Time mercifully helps to blunt the sharp edges of the feelings of loss.

Condolences to you. And also cheers for the great life you gave your furry friend.

#398 Old Ron on 11.06.20 at 10:03 pm

So sad to hear about Bandit Garth.

I said goodbye to Alvin my 13 year old Standard Poodle two weeks ago. Dogs never stop giving or teaching us about ourselves. They forge such a strong and uniquely personal bond that they always remain a part of us.

My thoughts are with you and Dorothy.

#399 Looking up on 11.06.20 at 10:07 pm

Garth, my condolences for Bandit.

#400 Ms. Fool on 11.06.20 at 10:12 pm

On the times you put a picture of Bandit on the blog, I always meant to say how handsome and happy he looked. His presence has been always felt here, and although I never knew the joys of playing with him and petting him, I can’t help crying.
I’m so sorry for your loss Garth and Dorothy.

“Gone from our sight but never from our hearts”

#401 Fortune faded on 11.06.20 at 10:14 pm

Sincere condolences Garth. Beautifully written. Bandit had a great life with you.

#402 Ricker on 11.06.20 at 10:19 pm

It’s so hard to lose a pet. They’re part of the family. The more you love them, the more it hurts to say goodbye.

#403 East Coast Life Style on 11.06.20 at 10:21 pm

I’m reminded of something my old man once told me, that dogs have an unlimited capacity for forgiveness.

You certainly appreciated Bandit and gave him a good life Garth, that says something about your character.

He looked like a fun dog.

#404 O=E+R on 11.06.20 at 10:21 pm

Thanks for taking care of Bandit. He wouldn’t want you to be sad…

My condolences

#405 lionsroarin64 on 11.06.20 at 10:23 pm

Absolute condolences to you and Dorothy, Garth.
Love is wondrous, heart wrenching and consoling.

#406 Elena on 11.06.20 at 10:24 pm

RIP Bandit. He was a family to many in Canada.
Sorry for your loss Garth.

#407 Byron on 11.06.20 at 10:26 pm

I lost my good girl last year. Ugly cry face appears even still to this day.
You gave that boy the best life!
My heart is with you Garth and Dorothy

#408 marie-noel misert on 11.06.20 at 10:27 pm

Been following your blog since the start. Never commented before. Lately I had the intuition that pretty soon you would give us sad news about Bandit. My thoughts are with you and Dorothy.

#409 Leigh on 11.06.20 at 10:33 pm

So sorry to hear about Bandit. I’ve had doggies most of my life and cannot imagine being without one. I’m sure Bandit will make friends in doggie heaven with my Mimi, Lady, Max, Brandy, Shadow, and Sophie. They all gave SO MUCH and asked for so little in return.

#410 The Spectre on 11.06.20 at 10:36 pm

Garth,
dogs are spirits under development that God puts among us with two objectives: teaching us to love and learning from us.

Via the divine law of reincarnation, he’ll come back to you – if you wish, obviously in a different body.

Pay attention and sooner than you expect he’ll be back to your side. With your heart (not with your eyes) you’ll recognize him.

Be in peace ❤

#411 Fortune500 on 11.06.20 at 10:36 pm

Oh Garth, that hit me hard. So sorry for your loss. Puts important things in perspective. Sleep well Bandit.

#412 Lead Paint on 11.06.20 at 10:38 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth. Dogs bring out the best in people, tonight’s comments reflect that. Clearly you gave him all the love he deserved and he was a happy dog because of it.

#413 whiplash on 11.06.20 at 10:59 pm

It’s sad to read about your loss, sincere condolences.

#414 JPN on 11.06.20 at 10:59 pm

Bandit will meet you when ready at the bridge Garth…

#415 Greg S on 11.06.20 at 11:02 pm

So sorry for your loss. As I watch my buddy Grendel in his declining year (likely) I can empathize. Sleep well indeed.

#416 WetCoastReader on 11.06.20 at 11:09 pm

Sorry you lost your best friend today. Condolences.

#417 Madcat on 11.06.20 at 11:09 pm

RIP Bandit. Condolences to you and Dorothy.

#418 Steve in Houston on 11.06.20 at 11:11 pm

So sorry for the loss of your best friend. Bandit was almost like a co-author of the blog, and news of his exploits always brought a smile to my face.

Been reading your blog since 2009 but never submitted a comment until now. Typing this on my iPad as my cat snoozes in my lap.

#419 Party on Garth on 11.06.20 at 11:12 pm

Garth. My condolences to you and Dorothy for the loss.

#420 Ignorance Is Bliss on 11.06.20 at 11:14 pm

So glad that you had many wonderful years with a very special companion. RIP Bandit.

#421 Little ole lady on 11.06.20 at 11:16 pm

Dearest Garth and Dorothy. Your love for Bandit and indeed your love of life and each other, came shining through in your eulogy today. Bandit won’t forget, nor will he be forgotten. You have enriched each others lives, and even ours by sharing. My condolences. Keep well.

#422 TRON on 11.06.20 at 11:17 pm

I’m sorry to hear your buddy is gone Garth. It’s their unconditional love we miss the most.

#423 64k on 11.06.20 at 11:20 pm

Sorry for your loss Garth.

Dogs are a blessing for a short time only.

#424 morrey on 11.06.20 at 11:26 pm

We had a special cat. His name was Bandit. Your words about your Bandit brought to mind our Bandit.

Peace and Thank-you

#425 Gerry on 11.06.20 at 11:29 pm

Had my doubts about this group. The real group shines today.
Dogs bond is the best, love my chawawa.

You gave yours a brilliant life, lucky dog to have such love.

Peace

#426 Secret Eyes on 11.06.20 at 11:35 pm

I’ve been reading for years, never commented, not a pet owner but I know that your loss runs deep. My condolences to you both. Take comfort in the memories and the knowledge that you gave Bandit love and a good home.

#427 VicPaul on 11.06.20 at 11:43 pm

Garth, Dorothy,
Very sad news – there is comfort in knowing those golden moments are with you always. You aided Bandit’s phoenix spirit to rise from his ashes and live a life well loved.

M56BC

#428 Col on 11.06.20 at 11:47 pm

Condolences to the family so sad take care.. dogs are angels on earth.

#429 Chester in fall on 11.06.20 at 11:48 pm

Sorry for your loss, losing a member of the family is always hard.

#430 pipervet on 11.07.20 at 12:01 am

Well Garth, as a veterinarian who has put down many dogs – including two of my own, I join you in toasting the life of an excellent companion and friend. That is long life for this breed and I know how important furry family members are for the soul. Sincere condolences.

#431 Kari on 11.07.20 at 12:02 am

Heartbreaking news, but expressed so beautifully.
Sending condolences to you and your wife.

#432 Ronaldo on 11.07.20 at 12:08 am

Thanks for sharing Garth. So sorry for your loss.

#433 Julia on 11.07.20 at 12:13 am

@332

What a beautiful tribute. It brought tears to my eyes.
We said goodbye to our lovely Zoe, a Springer, on June 10th of this year. Our condolences to you Dorothy and Garth. Bandit was a very lucky dog.

#434 Mak on 11.07.20 at 12:13 am

What a beautifully written tribute to Bandit. I’m very sorry for your loss, Garth.

#435 Dazed and CONfused on 11.07.20 at 12:15 am

From all the sidebar photos that popped up from time to time, it seemed Bandit couldn’t have picked better a better couple, and vice versa.

You two must be a wreck, yet you were still able to spin some humour as only Garth can do.

Thanks for a very eloquent and touching tribute.

#436 Sara on 11.07.20 at 12:25 am

I’m so sorry for your loss, Garth.

#437 ROCCO LALLONE on 11.07.20 at 12:29 am

Sincere condolences Garth. We all know how much you loved Bandit!

#438 Camille Audain on 11.07.20 at 12:41 am

So sorry to hear about your loss, Garth & Dorothy.

#439 MrsHubris on 11.07.20 at 12:41 am

Late to the wake and deeply sorry to see Bandit has left for the great kennel in the sky. Sincere sympathies to you both. Our dogs are people and it’s devastating to lose them. They are great and loyal friends and thus they leave great voids. We feel for you.

#440 TurrnerNation on 11.07.20 at 12:42 am

394 comments so far. That’s more than the 383 garnered on Smoking man’s tribute blog. :-0

#441 Vancouver Millionaire on 11.07.20 at 12:44 am

Rest In Peace Bandit. Garth and Dorthy, sorry for your loss. Dogs are the most wonderful creatures. I hope that you are able to look back at the many lovely years you had with great joy as Bandit will live on in your hearts.

#442 Rob on 11.07.20 at 12:51 am

So sorry to hear about the passing of Bandit Garth.

#443 maka on 11.07.20 at 12:57 am

I am so sorry for your loss, Garth.

#444 Paul Heyes on 11.07.20 at 1:11 am

RIP Bandit. Nice reading about the happy times.

Keep her lit Garth.

#445 Loonie Coder on 11.07.20 at 1:13 am

Sorry for your loss Garth and Dorothy. RIP Bandit.

#446 B on 11.07.20 at 1:18 am

RIP Bandit. Sorry for your loss.

#447 Teetime on 11.07.20 at 1:19 am

I saved your column for my last read tonight. Earlier I was walking my dog and had teared up thinking of his predecessor whom we lost almost a year ago. When I saw Bandit’s picture at the top, I knew. I am so sorry that this time has come. You did good by him and wrote beautifully on his behalf. Sincere condolences to you both.

#448 woof on 11.07.20 at 1:30 am

Quelle vie de chien!

#449 Northshore guy on 11.07.20 at 1:40 am

RIP Bandit.
Thank you for all the love and care you gave to Garth and Dorothy, a Man gains a lot of goodness from his Dog and having read every one of his post for past 5 yrs I can say you did a great job. Enjoy the heaven.

#450 Rural Rick on 11.07.20 at 1:52 am

Sad to lose a true friend.
All dogs go to heaven.

#451 GMaC on 11.07.20 at 2:28 am

Hey Garth. I know the pain. My parents were quite old and in bad shape when they passed and it was almost a relief when it happened. My pooch passed unexpectedly and I was absolutely devastated. It didn’t seem right, to cry over a pet but feel relieved over awesome parents. It seemed so wrong that I felt that way I was a mess. Layla our Boxer cross was a Heinz 57 but had the personality of something I can’t even explain.
Still brings a tear after 7 years.

#452 thesecondcomingofjohngalt on 11.07.20 at 4:07 am

My condolences to you, and your wife Garth, dogs have a very unique relationship with humans , and when we have to say goodbye it’s very hard. It’s their unconditional love that we miss when they’re gone. Bandit has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and is getting acquainted to his new surroundings, and just like the day you first met him, will patiently wait for that day to come again, Rest In Peace .

#453 Robert Ash on 11.07.20 at 4:10 am

A nice memory,… seems, lucky you and Bandit found each other. Sorry for your loss, lucky for your memories.

#454 So sorry on 11.07.20 at 5:11 am

I am so sorry for your loss mon ami.

#455 Pelican on 11.07.20 at 7:05 am

May the memories of magnificent Bandit comfort you in time. Such sad news.

#456 Two-thirds on 11.07.20 at 7:13 am

Great eulogy. Sorry for your loss.

RIP Bandit

#457 Mehdi on 11.07.20 at 7:18 am

So sorry for your loss Garth.
RIP Bandit.

#458 Steve french on 11.07.20 at 7:26 am

well Sir Garth: I guess you can derive some comfort in the idea that Bandit is now in heaven.

And smoking man is there already.

ANd then when it’s your turn to walk on up to those pearly gates, you will be able to spend an eternity …. with the 2 of them.

does that help at all ?

#459 calgaryPhantom on 11.07.20 at 7:30 am

Sorry for your loss Garth.
Life goes on, but never the same.
Stay strong!

#460 dm2 on 11.07.20 at 7:43 am

Sorry for your loss. Always sad to say goodbye to a friend.

#461 The TRUMP Pandemic/Depression on 11.07.20 at 7:57 am

My wife and I have outlived 3 of our own so far and now carry on with our 13-year-old girl… We’ve known the hurt and and boy have we known the joys… Like us all life must pass and so good-byes must be… RIP Bandit and carry on Turners

#462 uncle dave on 11.07.20 at 7:59 am

A lovely tribute to man’s best friend, sorry for your loss.

#463 suburban coyote and pup on 11.07.20 at 8:03 am

Garth and Dorothy,
so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Bandit….I read your beautiful eulogy with tears running down my face. All good dogs go to heaven… he is waiting for you on the other side.

#464 theoryAndPractice on 11.07.20 at 8:30 am

It is very very sad and heartbreaking to lose a family member. Sorry for your loss.

#465 Mike Hemmingsen on 11.07.20 at 8:41 am

Beautiful tribute, lots of love.

#466 George S on 11.07.20 at 8:58 am

Condolences on your loss. The loss of a beloved companion is hard.
RIP Bandit.

#467 Oakville68 on 11.07.20 at 9:05 am

So very sorry to hear this news – our dogs are such a big part of our family and the loss of one leaves a tear in your heart. Thinking of you and Dorothy.

#468 The Watcher ... Seventh Post on 11.07.20 at 9:27 am

What a sad post – so sorry to hear about Bandit – our deepest condolences. My husband saw you in town walking Bandit and recognized Bandit before you………he says sorry about that .. :-)

#469 Franco on 11.07.20 at 9:35 am

Sorry for your loss. You are a good man Garth and Bandit knew that.

#470 Confused on 11.07.20 at 9:52 am

Sorry for you loss. Dogs are an amazing, precious gift humanity does not deserve. Rest In Peace, Bandit and all other selfless souls.

#471 Flamed out in Kitchener on 11.07.20 at 10:20 am

Just read your post now …. we are so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful friend. You and Dorothy shared an amazing adventuress time with Bandit, … I know you gave him the best in all things, but mostly your unwavering love and commitment.

I explained what happened to our own little angel, Baylie … from the look in her eyes, I swear she understood. These little souls are amazing every day.

Our sincere and deepest condolences Garth and Dorothy.

Time will not forget.

#472 ric on 11.07.20 at 10:35 am

sorry for your loss garth

#473 Gruff403 on 11.07.20 at 10:40 am

My dad used to say that as long as you had your freedom to walk in the woods with a loyal dog all the rest didn’t matter. Dad will walk with Bandit until you meet again.
Sorry for your loss. Got something in my eye.

#474 AACI Home-Dog on 11.07.20 at 10:44 am

Well written, as usual. My condolences, Garth & Dorothy. I dog we trust…

#475 Tracey on 11.07.20 at 10:53 am

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Bandit brought joy to not only you and Dorothy, but also to many of us who looked forward to his inclusion in your posts and on your Instagram. He’s not in pain any longer, which I’m sure is but a small comfort to you right now. My sincere condolences.

#476 RuralOttawa on 11.07.20 at 11:22 am

I am so sorry for your family loss.
Dogs are awesome and love us unconditionally.
Rural Ottawa
(long time reader, first time commenter)

#477 derek on 11.07.20 at 11:32 am

Hey Garth sorry to hear… RIP Bandit.

#478 M & T on 11.07.20 at 11:50 am

A beautiful tribute on a very difficult day for you and Dorothy. May all the great memories of your time with Bandit eclipse the sorrow you are feeling today.
Our thoughts are with you.

#479 Steve on 11.07.20 at 12:05 pm

My condolences

#480 LP on 11.07.20 at 12:09 pm

Somehow I knew this day was coming. A few posts ago what you wrote seemed to telegraph Bandit’s end. I well remember your eulogy of the dog that preceded Bandit – was it Cheka/Chaika? something like that – and how we all felt with you the tremendous sadness the loss of a canine best friend brings.

I’m a dog person too and I firmly believe that when one of ours dies it taps the shoulder of what will become our next dog and says, “You’re up”. For dog people must have a dog to hand, a companion that understands us beyond words, loves us despite ourselves. We don’t deserve them but thank God we have them.

#481 Big Sky on 11.07.20 at 12:10 pm

My condolences, Garth, so sorry to hear about Bandit.
I remember my five goldens over the years with much fondness.

#482 ALFRED E. NEUMAN on 11.07.20 at 12:12 pm

Garth,
there is a saying I’d heard years ago that I grow fonder of as I live, and as I age, with the memories of our dogs, past and present:
Tippy, Duke, Ginger, Beauregard, Sissy, Gracie, Oakley, Shiloh and Millie.
Our American Black Lab ‘Stone’, will turn 7 years young on Nov 8th (tomorrow).
All our pups were rescue dogs, who somehow found us.

………. “An old man has loved many dogs.” ……….

I posted that quote on October 8, 2017. (post # 77).
And re-reading it now, I note it was a posts-prolific day for beloved Smoking Man and other fondly recognized contributors, of written wisdoms past.
So perhaps it fitting, that a portion of what you posted that day, in 2017, be repeated. Here’s what you wrote:

“Be thankful for animals, and sad that we’ve apparently lost half of them in the six decades of my life. I picked dogs as the symbol of this pathetic blog. In a world chock full of volatility, fake news, mistrust and confusion, they embody good. Dogs don’t envy, cheat, hoard, boast, bully or mislead. If they falter, the problem can be fixed with a liver treat. Try that with your boss.
Money, wealth, income, financial security and a house your sister desperately hates you for are all goals and if you’ve achieved them, give thanks. Most people never will, so congrats. But they are not the point of existing, and nobody will remember you because of them. Try to imagine what you’d like your tombstone to say. Or that final Facebook post. Or, simply (to quote a cliché), be the person your dog thinks you are. He doesn’t care about your damn Porsche.”

Wow, Garth. Just wow. True then. Truly heartfelt now.

#483 Diamond Dog on 11.07.20 at 12:15 pm

Champion & percipient, prowess of the familiar. Thanks for that.

#484 Steve White on 11.07.20 at 12:19 pm

After a busy week, I’m just getting caught up. My sincerest sympathy Garth. We have them for such a short time, but the memories last a lifetime. Thanks for sharing his journey with you.

#485 JenYve on 11.07.20 at 1:36 pm

Rainbow Bridge .
Triste nouvelle Garth .
Courage .

#486 Ted MacDonald on 11.07.20 at 1:58 pm

Sorry for your loss. Thanks for the stories and photos of bandit and all the animal photos, they are a highlight of my day, and the main interest of my partner in your blog.

A saying I heard when I was younger comes to mind “time spent with animals is added to our lives”

And another saying seems to be appropriate “it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”

Wishing you and yours warm feelings in this cold time.

With love from the Yukon. (I grew up in Nova Scotia)

#487 Kay on 11.07.20 at 2:13 pm

Sorry for your loss, Garth. I’m sure you gave him a life worth living. Few better things can be done in this world than showing kindness and care to someone else.

I never met him but I’ll miss him too. RIP, Bandit.

#488 Dee on 11.07.20 at 3:01 pm

what a wonderful dog. you were lucky to have found each other.

#489 Andrew Bissonnette on 11.07.20 at 3:29 pm

So sorry for your loss Garth, I really enjoyed reading about Bandit

#490 Achilles on 11.07.20 at 4:18 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss,

#491 Maggie the Teck Writer on 11.07.20 at 4:23 pm

You made me cry.

#492 Jeff on 11.07.20 at 4:35 pm

Sorry to hear about Bandit. Must have been a tough day, the last one always is.

#493 Ardy on 11.07.20 at 6:25 pm

My sympathies for your loss. I wish you both well as you grieve, and soon celebrate Bandit’s legacy.

-RD

#494 Tri State Pat on 11.07.20 at 6:39 pm

Sorry about your dog.

#495 Suburban Bob on 11.07.20 at 7:18 pm

sorry for your loss

#496 Jennifer Rogers on 11.07.20 at 7:39 pm

Garth, I am so sorry for your loss. We love them so deeply. My thoughts are with you two, this is a hard time.

Jennifer

#497 tccontrarian on 11.07.20 at 8:22 pm

“Just a dog, of course.” – Obviously much, much more!

Sorry to hear it – RIP Bandit.

#498 Toni on 11.07.20 at 10:43 pm

Garth,
So sad for your loss. No doubt he was loved and enjoying his last days in one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in the world. All my thoughts.

#499 prairie person on 11.08.20 at 12:02 am

Sorry to hear of Bandit’s having to leave. We remember our dogs (and our cats) for a lifetime.

#500 Sheryl in San Diego on 11.08.20 at 2:22 am

To Garth and Bandit,
The greatest gift of all in life, to love and to be loved in return. May warm memories, chuckles from past exploits and knowledge that he is well and lives on in your heart lessen your sorrow. To a great man and a great dog.

#501 Olga on 11.08.20 at 6:39 am

Rest in peace, Bandit. Sorry about your loss, Garth. What a beautifully written tribute to your friend and companion of many years…

#502 Andrew on 11.08.20 at 7:21 am

Rest in power

#503 Felix on 11.08.20 at 8:35 am

What!?

500 comments in tribute for a canine?

Was this some kind of dogawfully wonderful creature?

Or just testament to how dumb some humans can be?

Ok, ok, maybe a bit of both…………

#504 Rich Hagdonas on 11.08.20 at 9:16 am

Our pets are our family and it is always difficult when ones passes. Cherish the memories and all the good times. Bandit had a blessed life.

#505 Dwayne on 11.08.20 at 11:25 am

What a great eulogy for your Bandit.

The tone and tenor from the steerage section say it all. Moved me To tears and I have two cats.

#506 Sue on 11.08.20 at 11:30 am

Garth, thank you for sharing Bandit with all of us. We are grateful for the community that you’ve created here. Bandit was surely the honorary chairdog for us all, and we mourn with you. Be well.

#507 Paul on 11.08.20 at 8:55 pm

My sincerest condolences to you and your family. A wonderful tribute.

#508 Ian from Oshawa on 11.08.20 at 9:45 pm

My sincere condolences. Losing a loved one is the hardest thing. There is nothing harder, and pets certainly count. They are a part of the family, and often the only one who will stand by you no matter what. Just know that Bandit was loved and loved to be loved. Many dogs don’t get that kind of life. I hope that when the grief has lessened, you will allow another dog into your life, and into your heart. There is another furry soul out there waiting for you.

#509 Fereshteh Hashemi on 11.09.20 at 10:04 am

Crying tears for you and Bandit. Love hurts, but what is life without it.

#510 Vanni on 11.09.20 at 11:40 am

Sorry Garth…

#511 Newbs from YYC on 11.09.20 at 6:02 pm

Sorry for you loss Garth. Bandit looked like an amazing dog. I don’t know what we would do without K9’s by our side throughout life. RIP Bandit.