As some of you know, there has been a major change in Gabe and Chuck's partnership in the last few weeks. Some of us have been following their life together for a long time now.
I am a firm believer in what I call "the photo album of the heart." You know - those moments in each of our lives that are permanently engraved on our heart, long after the physical photos have faded and worn. Gabe and Chuck's life together is well-documented - thanks to Chuck! - and I have chosen just a few photos for here.
I KNOW that no matter where Chuck or Gabe go in the future, both their hearts are entwined one with the other. For the rest of us, Gabe and Chuck will always be in our hearts.
I really have no words to express how I feel, so will share here what I posted somewhere else long ago, and which Chuck had sent me. Also check out a slideshow that Chuck put together
I ask you all to keep Chuck and Gabe forever in your prayers.
Sent to me by my favourite K9 team - Chuck and Gabe - and sent by ME to all of you with my love for ALL the K9's. You are all MY Heroes.....
GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT
Trust in me my friend for I am your comrade.
I will protect you with my last breath.
When all others have left you
And the loneliness of the night closes in, I will be at your side.
Together we will conquer all obstacles
And search out those who might wish harm to others.
All I ask of you is compassion,
The caring touch of your hands.
It is for you that I will selflessly give my life And spend my nights un rested.
Although our days together
May be marked by the passing of the seasons.
Know that each day at your side is my reward.
My days are measured by
The coming and going of your footsteps.
I anticipate them at the opening of the door.
You are the voice of caring when I am ill.
The voice of authority over me when I've done wrong.
Do not chastise me unduly
For I am your right arm,
The sword at your side.
I attempt to do only what you bid of me.
I seek only to please you and remain in your favor.
Together you and I shall experience
A bond only others like you will understand.
When outsiders see us together
Their envy will be measured by their disdain.
I will quietly listen to you
And pass no judgment.
Nor will your spoken words be repeated.
I will remain ever silent,
Ever vigilant, ever loyal.
And when our time together is done
And you move on in the world,
Remember me with kind thoughts and tales.
For a time we were unbeatable,
Nothing passed among us undetected.
If we should ever meet again on another field I will gladly take up your fight.
I am a [MWD] and together
We are GUARDIANS of the NIGHT.
Always in my heart: My heroes Gabe AND Chuck (and of course, Bratdog will ALWAYS love Gabe!)