A dog looking at the camera.

Life Stories with Steph ~

Gus was adopted by my brother and sister-in-law at six months old after he had been returned to the shelter for being too high maintenance. Which he was. For a couple of years, my sweet sister-in-law thought, “What have we done?” But through a lot of patience, a lot of love, and providing a home of absolute safety, Gus settled into his routine and became the sweetest hound that ever existed. I may be a little biased.

I had the privilege of caring for Gus through the years. In a lot of ways, Gus became the link that brought my brother and I together. He would reach out and say, “Gus needs to get out. Want to go for a hike?” And so our little adventures began… with Gus by our side. It was on these outings that conversations started to happen and genuine sibling friendships were formed. Gus became the common denominator in bringing us closer together.

Gus was the sweetest dog who brought so much joy into our lives.

Gus moseyed through life without a care in the world. He was a gentle giant who brought so much joy to everyone he met. Kids would constantly approach him, oftentimes way smaller in size, and he would just quietly sit as they fawned over him. Gus truly was a gentle giant.

When my brother called to let me know Gus passed away unexpectedly, I wept. He wasn’t just a pet in our lives, he was everything, He had brought us together in a way that only he could do. To this day, I give thanks for the lessons I learned from Gus; to chill out, slow down and to love your people unconditionally. He was a master at all three.

Gus, aka Angus, G-dub, Gussie, Cutty Jones. I miss you and smile every time your photos light up my feed. I miss our walks (even the times you would lay on the sidewalk just blocks from home), snuggling with you (even when you took up 3/4 of the bed), meal times (even your slobbery jowls… sort of) and so many other memories. Thanks for bringing us so many laughs. I can’t wait to see you on the other side.

Miss you, sweet Gussy

A dog sleeping with a hat on.
Sweet Gus