Hobie Roach (July 3, 1999 – December 12, 2011)

Hobie at the Reservoir

It’s a terrible thing to lose a trusted companion, running buddy, constant giver of unconditional love.  But the memories Jack and I have of Hobie and his mom, Splash, will bring us joy and laughter…and tears…for the rest of our lives.

Splash & Hobie napping together, 2009

Splash of Shadowlawn (1994 - 2009)

Port A Christmas 2002

Here are some wonderful words I came across recently that rang so true for me.

Inner Strength
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

 …Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!


7 responses to “Hobie Roach (July 3, 1999 – December 12, 2011)

  1. Dear Meredith and Jack…
    We are so sad to learn about Hobie. He was very blessed to be part of your family. It is so hard to say goodbye to them. Fred and I have had so many doggies (and we adored them all) in our 51 years of marriage that we figure we will have to start a kennel when we get to heaven. Love and hugs, Mary Lou and Fred

  2. I love that idea of a kennel in heaven! That brings me much comfort as between my childhood labs (3) and Hobie and Splash (both labs) we could start a labrador kennel!
    Much love to all of the Porters!

    • =:o),—–,”/” I don’t who said it, but perhaps my favorite quote is “God gave us dogs to teach us what it is like to be faithful”. So very true…
      We wish you and Jack and wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!

  3. Hi there,
    Soory to hear about your lose. The girls were looking forward to visiting with Hobie.
    They always talk about him and the fun they had last visit.
    Happy Holiday!

  4. Meredith,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved companion, Hobie. I’m sure he’s romping on the other side of Rainbow Bridge. http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

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