My wife and I met Moose nine years ago. We spotted him in a crowd of chaotic sameness where he sat in the back and gave use a yawning glance. Unlike the others around him, he had a calm, confident look in his eyes. We quickly became friends, and invited him to our house to meet our family. For nine years Moose was a fixture at our house, he became part of the family, alway eager to please, never asking for anything in return. Moose helped teach my son how to play baseball and hockey. He gave my daughters reassurance and comfort, always aware of how they felt. He had the ability to sense when someone needed him around. You would hear the sound of his nails scraping the wooden floor as he slowly walked over to you, plopping down at your feet looking up with that same calm glance from the first time we met Moose.
Last Monday Moose left our family, a decision that sadly had to be made. We will miss our friend Moose.