On Sunday, August 16, 2015, our sweet friend Oscar Mayer went to the Rainbow Bridge. His family agreed that a tribute in pictures to his loving memory would be welcomed, and I got to work on the photos soon thereafter. It’s a process though – both emotionally and creatively.
On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, a few weeks later, the day Rufus was attacked, we were meeting with Oscar’s surviving pack mates and human for a fun day at the beach. And in my mind, it was going to be a day where we perhaps celebrated Oscar’s memory and checked in on his pack and how they’re doing. Well, we all know by now how that day turned out; not at all how I planned it.
It was originally my intention to have this tribute published much sooner, but nonetheless, here we are 4 weeks later. Despite my tardiness, Oscar’s passing cannot go without some sort of tribute and celebration. So here we go. A little late, and with a lot of love: Oscar Mayer was 14 years old. I had the privilege of meeting and photographing him several times, and always found him to be a sweet soul. I met Oscar as an older guy so he was usually pretty mellow yet agile around me and mine. It hurts to see them go, but instead of focusing on his absence, let’s celebrate his life. Oscar left an indelible mark in our hearts and his memory will live on forever in all the many people he met over the years. He might be gone, but he is not forgotten.
If any dachshund friend wants to make a tax-deductible donation in Oscar’s name a personalized condolence postcard will be mailed to his family. I especially like these cards because they make for a great keepsake. This tradition seems to be popular in our community since we first started it a few years back. When our doxies pass, all we have are our memories and pictures. With your help Oscar’s family can have a few more pictures and know they’re not alone during this difficult time. Your donation includes original artwork, postage, delivery and labor. I do believe these postcards are better and more personalized than a casserole or flowers.
Oscar Mayer we love you. Rest in peace our friend and peace be with your humans. I know it has been a little while since you left us, but I know it doesn’t get easier with time, it just becomes a little less painful for all of us left behind. We do find comfort knowing you’re no longer in pain. Run free friend, run.