Friday, August 1, 2014

Captain Clayton Baker Bear Hoffman


Today Heaven got a little bigger - and hairier, crazier, more fun and more beautiful...

Because today we lost our buddy, our friend, our brother, our family member... Clay Bear.

Almost 4 years after his first cancer diagnosis - when they said he'd last another year - Clay Bear's 14.5 year old body couldn't take any more...


It all started back here in 2003 - when we adopted this red, furry little bugger out from a rescue unit he was in that had gotten him out of an abusive situation...


He started getting his "white nose wisdom" early on in life...


but he ALWAYS had the best playful spirit!


He was our little, red, "top-of-the-stairs" guard dog!


and he was GORGEOUS.


He absolutely adored Laura...


and just about everybody else!


He LOVED his nasty, gross green frog. It went everywhere with him.

It even made the trip out west - and is lying on the floor right now as I type this (in between tears spilling...)


He also loved kids!

One time we even got to take him to a friend's classroom to meet her students.

They loved it... but Clay loved it more.


As he got older he grew fonder and fonder of a good nap!


But he could always flash those gorgeous big eyes at ya...


He was our goofy, furry, little buddy...


And this house and family will never be the same without him.


Our hearts are so heavy tonight as we remember his kisses...


and him hogging the whole couch!


But he was always willing to share.


Especially with his mommy!


Over the past few days we've all gotten our pictures taken with him...


and just loved on him a LOT.


This guy helped all three of our kids just grow to ADORE dogs in general.


So the tears and emotions were real and were raw as they loved on him and told him - not "goodbye"...


but rather "see ya later!"


Say what ya want about him being a dog - but our belief is we will see him again.

We prayed with each other over him - asking God for mercy on his body and to ease his pain and fears and just give him peace.

And would ya know... I believe He heard us and granted that.


This house will never, ever be the same. There's a Clay Bear sized hole that simply cannot be filled by anybody else.

But we're ALL better people for having been around him. And we're going to focus on that going forward as we struggle through missing him desperately.

After being sick for so long - it's crazy what becomes muscle memory. I have already gone to get him to carry him outside multiple times...

Only to find him not there.


Clay Bear - you gave us your everything. We have no way to say thanks to you...

But our prayer is that you are running now - something you haven't been able to do for so long - just running - chasing something, chewing something and playing with Sir Sandler and Harry Space Peanut who went before you.

And throwing sloppy, puppy kisses all over Brighton.

We miss you Clay Bear. You were one incredibly good dog.

7 comments:

Amy Christopher said...

I never knew Clay Bear but I am so thankful he loved the HOffman family BIG!!! Do not laugh at this but when Lucy died I thought and thought about what happens to our buddines when they die and as I woke up from my nap, I heard Jeremy Camp sining Let everything that has Breath Praise the Lord. SInce then I have decided that they were created by our Maker then we will see them again!

Renate said...

Feel your pain. Will miss seeing him on the blog. Clear to see he was one of the family. Beautiful dog. So sorry.

Renate

JudyJ said...

You were blessed to have this furry angel with you all these years. Crying right along with you. Hugs!

RamblingMother said...

So very sorry for your loss...

Trish said...

I am so sorry for your loss Hoffman family. I have always loved seeing Clay on your posts. He must have been a wonderful friend and companion. God bless you all in this tough time.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful words and photos to honor a beautiful member of your family. There is no doubt in my mind you will see him again in Heaven. Till then I feel your pain as you grieve over the temporary loss of this amazing gift from God.

waitingarms said...

Sorry to hear about Clay Bear - he sure was part of the family.