A Tribute to Miniature Schnauzer Albert
by Teresa Johnson
Miniature Schnauzer, Albert's Christmas portrait
Taken one week before he passed away
Oh, Albert. Where do I begin to share with others just how much you meant to me? I have wanted to put down your story since I lost you, but I had to wait until I was able to write this all down.
See, I have been a little lost without you by my side. You were my beloved, constant, and faithful companion. In all honesty, you were quite an interesting little fellow. Your personality was so evident when anyone was around you; even strangers picked up on how thoughtful and sincere you were about everything.
While you loved to play, you also loved to let others know that you were... well, The Albert. They might have needed to know that you were to be treated with dignity. Ha! I loved that about you! You were precious! Every day, I looked forward to spending our time together. And now, everyday I miss your presence. I really don't think I'll ever feel as lost as I did the day you passed away.
To be six years old, and to have had such a healthy checkup, I would have never thought that a dental cleaning would end our time together. I was so worried about the anesthesia, but they had assured me that the procedure was quite routine, and they would call me only if something had happened. When I got that phone call, I had just purchased one of your Christmas presents for your stocking. What a tremendous loss for me, as well as our family.
I will always love you Albert. I cherish our time together.
As time goes by, I am comforted by the fact that you never suffered pain or sadness in your lifetime. The little things and walks you enjoyed so much, brings a warm feeling to me. These are the memories that will keep you close to my heart. I love you little man, and I will miss you dearly every day of my life.
Albert Von Johnson
March 6, 2003 - December 23, 2009
You will be pleased to know that your daddy took me to get two mini schnauzer puppies. It was Christmas; I had to lift my head up again. Their names are Alex and Hayden. They have brought me joy and helped to heal such a void in my life. I can't say that you would have ever tolerated such foolishness in the house, but you would be happy that they are giving me that companionship. They'll be great at that!