A very special couple read that blog story, and felt their hearts respond. And so King got his Happily Ever After Ending with my blog readers Del and Mark. We met up with them twice over the years - once while camping at Emory Creek and again last year when Mitzi and I traveled to their home.
On April 8th, King ended his earthly journey. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, most benevolent dogs I have ever met, and I know he was one of the most loved. He passed away with Del and Mark by his side, arms around him, fur sisters nearby. And as he left, he let out one last howl, perhaps to let the Spirit World know he was on his way. I can tell his story no better than this very wonderful tribute to him which Del wrote on King's own blog: http://kingsurvives.blogspot.ca/2016/04/april-28-2002-april-8-2016.html. Please take a moment to read it, kleenex in hand.
King, you will be sorely missed. If I could have had only one dog in my lifetime, I would have wanted him to be just like you.
Gentle hugs, Del and Mark. King will forever be in our hearts.