Gus Gus the Mini Schnauzer ruled our household for almost thirteen years. Gus had bone cancer and was euthanized on February 12 2022. I always thought Gus Gus would live forever, or at least well past 15 years, as his cousin Wrigley lived to 17. We were completely taken by surprise, as he appeared fine one day and then off the cliff the next. We had three weeks with Gus post terminal diagnosis.
Gus Gus joined our family back in 2009 and really was our first child. Gus enjoyed three years of Gus-only time prior to the birth of our first human child. He enjoyed frequent dog park trips as south west Connecticut has amazing open spaces for dogs to run free. Gus Gus would also kayak with me on the Long Island Sound and visit the Norwalk islands, chasing birds and sniffing dead horseshoe crabs. Gus also became an exceptional swimmer, something that many Schnauzer's detest. Gus Gus also was well known in the neighborhood and commonly referred to as the Norwalk mayor. Gus Gus also had a number of dog friends due to his frequent trips (Big man and Little man were two of his favorites). I think the record number of dog park trips in one day was five or six. However, when we moved to Massachusetts, Gus Gus lost his easy access to dog parks but gained more frequent attention at home plus another human sibling to watch over. As the years went on, Gus Gus became the neighborhood elder and handed off many mayoral responsibilities. Gus was known for his bus stop duties because of how serious he took them. Barking at any dog that came near his girls. In his final weeks, Gus was able to man the bus stop a few more times before crossing the Rainbow Bridge. To Gus Gus: I will cherish our final walk together. You are and will be deeply missed my friend. Enjoy Heaven.