LEVI aka Memorial / Masterpiece Rhythm and Booze
It has been over two years since we lost our boy, and last year Jake asked us if he could have "My own Levi".... Even at his young age, he could see the devotion to all of us, that this boy had!
Jake has his "My own Levi" now, in our boy EGO. I can only hope that Ego turns out to be nearly as wonderful as this amazing dog was...
Levi is still missed so very much!! I cannot talk about him without crying as if he passed moments ago.... He was my "Once in a Lifetime" Mastiff.
We lost our sweet Levi recently. An old injury was causing him a great deal of pain. While his heart was strong and he tried bravely to live on with us, his pain increased to a point it was unfair of us to keep him here. Levi crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Sept 23, 2019, and he is now without pain.
He is in our hearts every day, but we miss his face so much.... We apologize to those who we were slow to respond too, (both phone and email), during that time. Our family lost a very loved member, and we just could not carry on business as usual.
How it started...
Levi is a son of our Boom Boom, and was born here on November 8th, 9 years ago.
When Levi was just a day or so old my mom pointed out the male puppy that would "find" me every time I was in the whelping box. The first three days that was constantly... his mom was over medicated during surgery, and we struggled to get them to nurse. We were with them 24/7! " DO you see him? He works so hard to get to you!??" Sure enough... If I was making formula or something, he would search, blind... looking with his nose until I came into the whelping box!!!
While the other puppies were only concerned with their full bellies, Levi would not fall asleep until he had wiggled himself over so that he was touching me. (Or had wedged his little body completely under my knee). He did this EVERY single time... I watched this every day. I was amazed at how determined he was! They were just newborns! He couldn't see, he couldn't walk... and even if I went to the other side of the room? He wiggled until he found me! (We tested this!) He fell asleep content, and happy, as soon as he was as close as he could possibly get!
When Levi was about 5 weeks old, he started opening the door/gate to the whelping box!! He was SO SMART!! He was SO determined!
Once loose, he would run as fast as he could to my room, and immediately fall asleep on the floor right beside my bed. While Levi slept beside my bed content and happy, his siblings would be having FUN messing up the house!!!! You can't imagine the mess 8 puppies can make at 3 am completely unsupervised...
No sooner did I put them in, he let them all out again, and he would run straight to come find me!!! It was amazing! I simply could not believe it! This little fur-balls determination was something to see! Of course, I couldn't let this little one go...He became "my boy".
Levi started swimming before he was a year old, and diving before a year and a half! He was my copilot and constant companion. I loved him without reservation, and never felt unsafe or unloved in his presence.
Levi would do anything 'his" people did, and eventually started his routine of a swim whenever he wanted. Levi was impossible to lock out of the pool area, and he enjoyed it so much!!!! One of my favorite memories is hearing a giant splash while I was in the kitchen doing dishes. It was 10:30 on a very humid summer night. A few moments later, who is standing at the door? A very wet, very happy Levi!
Lou made sure we had the right pool steps so he could more easily get out of the water. he was like a furry human..."Mom! I need a towel!" He would come find me, so that I could give him a hand drying off!
Levi was "mine" almost from his first breath in a way most cannot ever understand. I was HIS, and our family was HIS people. He was devoted and kind, always wanting to help, no matter what we were doing. We had the honor of having the most amazing 'once in a lifetime' dogs ever. I will forever be grateful that he chose me.
We took our last ride together on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2019. Just a couple of weeks shy of 9 years. He had his last ice cream, his last cuddles, and I held him for the very last time. He was able to pass at home, in my arms. I think he would have liked that. His favorite place from the beginning.
He loved his family like no dog ever has, and we knew it every single day for the past 9 years.
He was absolutely the BEST-from the first day, to the last. We could not be more grateful to have him in our lives. He was a true blessing. He was not a champion, and he was never in any record books, he never sired a litter, but he will never be forgotten. 😢
R.I.P Sweet boy and THANK YOU! You gave us so much!! We will always love you. You are missed more than words can ever express....
Until we meet again.... 💕
"The Mastiff breed gives us far more 'Once in a Lifetime' dogs that any of us will ever deserve". df