Good Boy, Gizmo

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It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of my Service Dog, Gizmo. On July 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm, our loving Gizmo went peacefully to sleep on my lap. He was 15 years and 7 months old.

Gizmo will be remembered by everyone as a very loyal, loving, and caring service dog who never left my side clear up to the time he left this world. He always wanted to go to work with me no matter what, for it was his duty to make sure I was aware of all the sounds around me and making sure I was safe as well. I have many memories that I will always treasure, and here are a few that I would love to share with you all.

When I first met Gizmo at International Hearing Dog, Inc. (IHDI), we bonded right away and I fell in love with him. Then a couple of months later, IHDI told me they had selected a dog to be my hearing service dog and it was Gizmo! What joy of love filled my heart knowing it was going to be Gizmo! From the day he came home to me, he was always by my side 24/7. Gizmo went everywhere with me. He loved going shopping, especially when I went shopping for clothes. He enjoyed the feel of fabric, as he always loved to rub his face in all the clothing. It sure was a cute sight to see when he did that!

One other thing he loved so much was his blanket that his Grandma Miller made for him. He used to drag it out every day to the living room to sleep on when at home and then when night time came, I would say “time for bed, bring your blanket to bed” and he would pick it up and carry it to bed. Then Grandma Miller said he needed another one: one for bed and one for the living room. Of course, in no time, he had three blankets from Grandma. The third one went to work with him. There was no separating those blankets from Gizmo.

What joy it was to have him travel with me during the 15 years of his life. When we would get into the airport security line, he would start jumping up for me to take off his collar and leash. Then once we would get on the plane, he waited for me to put down the blanket that he loved, and would lay there till we landed.

Gizmo was quite the character too. When I would talk to him, he would talk back to me like he understood every word that was said, and occasionally nodding his head in agreement. When it was tummy rub time, he would always put his front paws together and wave them up and down until I would give him his tummy rub. If I stopped, he would do it again until he was happy with all the tummy rubs. At times, this was a never ending task!

These are just a few of my memories but I could write a book about Gizmo. Gizmo was an "instant friend maker", his dashing great looks made him look like he could have been in Hollywood. He was our star and like all great legends, he will forever shine in our hearts. Rest in peace, our loving Gizmo! We love you!