Farewell Good & Faithful Friend
It is with a heavy heart, that I share with you sad news. Early in the evening of Friday April 20th, 45 minutes before the Spring Equinox, our beloved poodle, Lucas, died peacefully in his sleep. He celebrated his 16th birthday in December.
Lucas came into our lives when he was 6 months old, shortly after my father Bob retired. He and Lucas spent many hours sitting on the back deck feeding the Koi, enjoying a snack of fish food and going across the street to Buchanan Park to feed the squirrels. As a young spry pup, he took Nanny Lou for a daily two mile walk through F&M’s campus, jaunts around and through Buchanan Park. Even then he loved to come to the Puppet Theatre. I would say, "Luke, want to go to the theatre?" His excited bark, running to the door, dancing in circles, was his answer. Lucas could always express his feelings and needs. Once, I over-heard my mom and dad talking in the living room. Dad said, “Mom, that dog is so smart! I think someday he’s just going to turn to us and start talking.” Mom agreed.
When my father died in 2005, Lucas was a great source of comfort for Nanny Lou and me. When Mom and I renovated and created our "digs" above the theatre, Lucas easily migrated to downtown where he became a regular sight prancing around the city. He was also a stylish dresser in the colder months.
Serving as Assistant House Manager for the Hole in the Wall, he would be seen sitting with Nanny Lou in the Box Office, greeting everyone who came to see a show. He also appeared for several seasons in "Here Comes Peter Cottontail". Later in life, his hearing gone and his eyesight weakened, he always knew when it was showtime. If anyone was in the theatre he wanted to go downstairs to greet them...
Lucas loved seeing the boys and girls who came to the Hole in the Wall’s marionette shows. Because of his petite size, children always called him a puppy, to which Nanny Lou would say, "He's really a senior citizen." Then she’d show them the gray hairs under his chin. Lucas allowed her to do this but, secretly, he didn't like being referred to as a senior citizen.
Lucas began to grow weaker and his pace slowed, his walks shortened to around the block. No longer able to walk down the stairs, he willingly took advantage of being carried down. Eventually, he slept more then he was awake, he retired from performing two years ago and finally gave up his duties as Assistant House Manager. Mother and I wished that when the time came, he would quietly and peacefully pass in his sleep. Our wish was granted but, the loss is still great and we look for him every day. The house is very quiet with out our dear little boy. Mom said to me shortly after Lucas' passing, "I think Dad whistled for him in Heaven. Lucas heard that familiar tune and ran to be with him."
I agree with that sentiment…
Farewell good and faithful friend!
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