He was a beauty! And apparently had the personality to match.
And your comment makes me feel so much better about myself!!! We lost our 18-year-old wiener dog Sharkey a few years ago, and I’m still not over it. Neither is Eric. Probably more often than once a week we comment about how much we miss him. Eric always ends with “he was such a good dog!” and I say “no he wasn’t, he was awful, but we loved him!” And we laugh. Because Sharkey was totally out of control - I can’t count how many times we had to have his stomach pumped because it was full of chocolate! Eventually, we got rolling chairs in the dining room to prevent him from getting on the table. And once, he got into the trash bag by climbing up a step ladder, and wound up stuck inside of a corned beef packet. I found him half asphyxiated in there when I got home from work. Once he came to, he was very happy to just lick all of the leftover corned beef off of himself. We’ve got a whole dinner party’s worth of Sharkey stories. He was amazingly food motivated, could always find the warmest spot in the house and he adored Eric. And he loved to help with any projects at hand.
Our current dog Maple, is very well behaved. Boring, by comparison. But we’re kind of okay with that. And she’s an awesome hugging dog. She’ll jump in your lap if you invite her and rest her head on your shoulder. And at her last vet appointment with Doc, she ran in and leaped right into his chair!