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Yvain Aka Fast Buddha (July 25, 2003 - April 6, 2014)


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I've been putting off this announcement, simply because I wasn't ready to deal with typing it out. I guess I'm still not ready. Yvain passed suddenly & unexpectedly, & although I'm grateful that his passing was fairly quick, I can't help but feel cheated. He was supposed to have another 3 years; I was supposed to have another 3 years with him. It's not fair, but life rarely is.

 

He came down with a mild cough the evening of Eden's birthday. I cut out early from visiting my 99-year-old Grandmother the next day to bring in to the Vet the next day. We went back again Saturday morning when he started coughing up blood & our Vet immediately sent us to the nearest emergency room. After a short hospitalization, he passed in the early hours Sunday morning. No one knows what really happened, but it doesn't matter. We did everything we could & knowing the exact cause won't bring him back. I tell myself he lived a long, full life, but what can I say? I’m an unapologetically selfish person.

 

Eden misses him terribly. She was the first & the oldest, & now has been through the loss of all her original siblings. Yvain doted on Eden; he liked to kiss her face & ears, & would stick up for her if the others got to pushy. Her new siblings haven’t bonded with her at all. The three boys are thick as thieves & Dolce prefers being on her own. We have two of his nephews; they are wonderful dogs that have many of his characteristics, but they are no substitute & I wouldn’t want them to be one anyway. Still, his absence is sorely felt & I cannot seem to stop looking for him around the house & when I’m counting heads.

 

Yvain was an aggravating dog. He liked to eat the heels off of expensive shoes. He liked to hold his bladder until the key parts of a movie & then bark to be let outside. And you had escort him & watch, because if you didn’t, he just bark some more. And even when you did escort him outside, instead of peeing, he would perform the dance of his people; play-bowing, jumping, twisting in the air like a cat. Only after the performance, would he finally relieve himself. If you tried to cut out during his glorious dance & get back to your movie, he would come inside & pee on the shoe rack. He liked to sneak into the basement & leave a big, old turd in front of the washing machine. Why just the washing machine? Only God & Yvain know. He hated the Twilight book series with a passion & took every opportunity to pee on Aisha’s collection…normally, I wouldn’t have a problem with this, but he took out any neighboring books in the process. She tried to salvage them a few times, as she had the collector’s edition. Every time she did, Yvain stated his opinion of them again, in urine.

 

He adored alcohol, fruit, Flavor Ice pops, rice bread, & chocolate. No wine glass or beer bottle was safe in the house. Bunches of bananas would disappear from the countertops & empty, chewed banana peels would litter the hallway. You couldn’t eat lychees without Yvain parked at your feet, forcefully demanding his share. Mangoes, apples, melons, cherries; he loved them all. As for the ice pops, he learned how to help himself to the freezer & squeeze the frozen treats from their plastic casings. He was utterly obsessed with my Gopan rice bread maker. He lay next to it for the whole baking process, a total of 4 hours & always insisted on the first bite. I remember the first time I made a successful loaf, which I was very proud because the machine & the instruction book are entirely in Japanese. Like a fool, I left the loaf unattended as I went to retrieve my camera in the living room. By the time I got back to the kitchen, there was Yvain, the whole loaf in his mouth, dashing for the backyard. Thus began Yvain & the Gopan’s love affair. He also had a thing for chocolate, not that he got any from us willingly. There was one time, when one of us left the pantry door open, I caught him with his head buried in a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts my brother, Yvain’s namesake, sent me from Hawaii. Yvain had eaten the entire box & was snuffling around the empty brown wrappers for more. Panic set in & I immediately dragged him outside, armed with a turkey baster & hydrogen peroxide. One after the other, they can up from his tummy on to the lawn, looking untouched, save for the sheen of gastric juices that covered them. The goon hadn’t even bothered to chew his stolen bounty!

 

But he wasn’t all cheeky naughtiness. He gave the best hugs. Sometimes he would bury his face in my elbow or armpit & sit there for hours. He was always there to make sure I got to work on time, waking me up just before the alarm would go off…except after daylight savings, when he was an hour early. He was extremely conscientious about the toilet monster & would guard the closed door; the most diligent of sentries. Eventually, he learned to open the door himself & would burst in on me to make sure I hadn’t been eaten by the toilet. He was the first to jump up & defend the house if there was a strange noise at night, & yet, he was always happy to see people & greeted strangers like long lost friends. On the leash he was a dream & was always gentle with children & my Grandmother. And he was handsome, heartbreakingly handsome with his 5 o’clock shadow, black guyliner, flat back, broad chest, & ready doggy grin. But he was also adorable, with the goofiest overbite & a high-pitched, girly bark. He could sit regally on the sofa & look like he was cast in bronze or roll over belly up & look like a character right out of a cartoon. And when he did, he’d play like a boxer & shoot his front paws out at you, like he was Apollo Creed & you were Rocky.

 

So the next time you have fruit, freshly baked bread, Flavor Ice pops, or chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, wine, or beer, & the next time someone bursts in on you when you’re in the bathroom, please give a salute to Yvain; my beautiful boy, my dashing goon, my heroic beast of a dog.

 

Semper Fi, my baby Yvain.

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I'm so sorry that Yvain had to leave suddenly. That was a beautiful tribute to your sweet boy.

 

Run free, Yvain. :f_white

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I'm so sorry. With you and Aisha, Yvain could be what he was meant to be -- a dog in a million.

 

Godspeed, sweetheart.

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Yvain sounds like the perfect pup to me, I am very sorry you had to say goodbye.

 

Run free Yvain, run free sweetie...:gh_run

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What a great dog! That was a lovely tribute too. I'm so sorry he had to leave, and so suddenly. :grouphug

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Sorry for the loss of your Yvain.

He sounds like my kind of dog!

 

Remember all those good times.....

 

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I'm so sorry for your loss.

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I'm so very sorry your baby had to leave you :( your loving tribute shows how much he meant to you. Sending hugs :grouphug

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I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved reading about your special boy, though I hate the circumstances. It sounds like he was quite the character. Rest well, Yvain.

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Heep, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your love for Yvain comes through in every word of your beautiful tribute. What a great dog, how he loved you so. :grouphug

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I am so sorry for your loss. Yvain was meant to be with you in order to make those memories, because you loved him enough to let him blossom. Beautiful tribute to your special boy. Godspeed, Yvain.

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I'm so sorry...

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Oh, my gosh, your tribute made me laugh and cry at the same time. I'm sure that's just the kinda guy Yvain was. What a huge presence he was in your home and heart, and what a huge empty space his sudden passing has left. I think the smiles contained in his wonderful tribute are the beginnings of more smiles to come---days when you realize you haven't cried, and finally, when there are more smiles than tears. How well you understood him, how deeply you loved him, and how blessed you were to have shared your life with such an exceptional dog.

I'm so sorry you lost your precious Yvain.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. :grouphug

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