Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lester's Flat won't be the same without the Lester

We got Lester as an 8-week-old pup from a shelter near Atlantic City, NJ, just a few months after we were married. The Husband named him Lester, for Lester Flatt, the bluegrass musician who played the Beverly Hillbillies theme song along with Earl Scruggs. The name certainly suited his unique personality. I named our place up here Lester's Flat, because I think Lester loved it up here almost more than we do, if that's possible.

Lester Pester was a stubborn child from the get-go, and up until the bitter end. If it were not for the fact that they did not think he would get any better, only worse, I don't think we could have let him go yesterday. Even after being sedated for most of the day, and having a total of 11 or 12 seizures, he still did not want to give up. He perked up when The Husband came in to see him at the vet's last night, making it just that much harder to do what we did.

I always joked that he would die standing up—if his back end would have cooperated, I think he would have been standing up yesterday. He certainly tried.

Sophie is mourning with the rest of us, and even the cats are aware that he is gone. He will be missed by all of us, animal and human.

Thanks to everyone who has left comments about my big boy. After all my crying yesterday, I was doing much better today until I read all the kind things you have said...but it was a slightly happier cry today. He's in a better place.


  1. Jersey Girl7/19/12, 5:35 PM

    Mom and Dad will take care of Lester for you. Goofy is there to play with him. We will miss him very much but if you think of Mom and Dad it gets better. Jersey sends her love.

  2. Beautiful story about Lester's life. One of the great dogs. And a good boy. RIP.

  3. Kathy...sorry to hear about Lester. I know how you feel. It's really hard to lose a good friend. I hope you and Tim and The Lester's Flat critters can find a way to move on through without him. It will be hard, but time will help. Hope you and Timmy are doing well despite the sad, sad news. Love the Byrnes'

    1. I know you guys have already been through this. This is kind of a first for me, a pet that was mine/ours from the beginning... We do miss him, but it will definitely get better.