November 10, 2006 ~ December 20, 2019
Burger Martinez, born on 11/10/2006 and passed on Dec 20 2019, our Olde English Bulldog, the old man and gentle friend Burger, went to his final rest. There will never be another one like him so smart, a true loyal friend and guard. I was never truly alone because he was there. He shared a loss when our female Bettie, his girl, passed and left him. He never let us down. He was kind and loved our friends and neighbors and gentle to children and those who wanted to pet him. He used to love the beach and going to fiesta because he loved people and being out. He was family.
How can you say goodbye to such a powerful presence in your life who, other than your child or spouse or close relative, can take you from the highest points of laughter to the lowest points of anger and frustration. How do I let go of this chapter, the last pet and remaining witness to my children’s memories, my past, my faults. He was the tried and true protector. He has given so much and loved with his whole heart. He was weaker now, but still never lost his character, his stubbornness, that olde bulldog way. He tries to eat and drink a little, but his once formidable stature has become thin and weak, unable to sometimes stand or catch himself, except at night when he would walk shuffling around the house and the bedroom as if he still felt he had to keep watch or because his old bones couldn’t find comfort. My friend, my old man, there are so many memories to count, a lifetime of treasures that will be with all of us for the rest of our lives. In a dark time in my life when I was hurting, when I was missing my children, Burger would come and lay his head on my side of the bed. He always knew what emotions I was feeling. We were just that in tune. He was my boy and I his mom. He had to leave us today. What will my tomorrow be with out him. Less, for sure, but my life will be forever changed because I had a dog to help me through my journey.