Courageous and loving Bocker
Your legacy and heart will go on!
I am crying as I post this but also remembering all the wonderful times the amazing Bocker Labradoodle & his dedicated Mom Marie touched my life and the lives of so many others. I met Marie and Bocker online, then in person for the first time at Animal Advocacy Day in Albany several years ago. Aria and I interviewed them for our documentary, Dogs Make a Difference – Bocker sure did make a difference. Marie and I became close friends. I feel so privileged to have known Bocker and experienced first hand his gentle loving nature, those big soulful eyes and that adorable Bocker head tilt. He was a very special Lucky Doodle.
I wrote a poem for Marie and asked my daughter Sophie to read and record it to try to share the joy Bocker brought and remind everyone that he has not really left. He is still with us, especially Marie, in all of the memories, the smiles and the legacy they created together. Aria, who also knew Bocker, edited the video.
I borrowed a few words, a few extra photos and a cover of the music of one of my favorite songs, so thank you and please let me know if I need to add any credits. Specialthanks Marie, Shaina Fishman Photography and Tischman Pets – your photos are incredible.
I wish we had had more time together but Bocker and Marie certainly made the most of every moment he had on this earth. Marie is a truly generous, thoughtful, kind person and could not have given him a better life. He was a very happy boy.
He was a celebrity from an early age who used fame to help people and animals less fortunate. He was one of a kind. I remember walking down the street with him and people would stop and ask questions about him, or want to take photos or pat him – there was just something about him.
He volunteered as a therapy dog helping kids read or do physio. He kicked cancer’s butt and inspired and comforted all sorts of people.
He also raised funds and advocated for those in need with his popular Facebook Page, his public appearances, calendars, plush Bockers and tee-shirts.
If you would like to honour Bocker by donating to his final medical bills and mission – helping others – he has a fund set up. httpss://www.gofundme.com/bockerslove
To donate directly to Animal Cancer Foundation, please do so at:
He is a true angel now. I will miss sharing his daily smiles and exploits but will think of him running (or resting) pain-free over the rainbow bridge eating chicken and cheese with frosty paws and I will remember that his spirit of courage and love are always close.
If you are suffering from the tragic loss of a loved one, you may find the advice of Marybeth Haines useful. She shared 7 tools to help deal with loss from her books with us in a post and video and they made a lot of sense to me. The 2 that I like best are:
1) Recognize that healing needs to take place- it is OK to grieve.
2) Recognize the gifts that your pet gave you. Bocker certainly gave all of us plenty of gifts.
RIP Bocker the Labradoodle. We love you Marie. Bocker – your heart will go on…