The smiling dog on the left is Finnegan. My associate Amy and I have had the privilege of caring for Finnegan since July 2013. He was 14 years old at the time. His mom travels frequently and Amy would do sleepovers for Finny while I looked after his dinner walks when needed. Finnegan became one of our favorite furry kids and we always looked forward to seeing him.
As Finny aged we watched him slow down a bit but he always started his walks with a little skip in his stride. It was so cute to see because it would make his ears flop each time he took a step.
As he got older, Finny became my hero and inspiration. As I was approaching age 65, Finny, who was 15 ( 105 in people years), still had that sparkle in his eye and the desire to get up and go. He still enjoyed his walks, greeting new dogs, his food and of course treats. It was actually while I was caring for Finnegan that I was inspired at the age of 65 and a half, to sign up for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon here in San Diego. Finny was my inspiration. If he could still get up and go at age 16, then surely I could complete a half marathon. I registered for the race and started my training.
I was scheduled to walk Finnegan on Tuesday when his mom let me know he wasn't feeling too well and she was cancelling her trip. Yesterday I heard from her that Finnegan was at peace and had crossed over The Rainbow Bridge. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him, loved him and were inspired by his tenacity and joi de vivre. Thanks for your love and companionship Finny. When I cross the finish line on May 31st, I will be thinking of you.