AN OPEN LETTER FROM ICHIROU

Ichirou. I loved my name because it meant “the first son”. Although I had many brothers in the house, but I was the only dog who stayed inside your room. The first time I saw a giant, smiling at me, it was the most memorable moment of my life. I heard cheers and joyous laughter from Vince who carried me from my mother, Dashie. I had 4 siblings and had the chance to grow with Mongshil for one and a half year.

I met your sister, Yash who always fed me every morning. Your room was huge for me, so I hid under the cabinet until I got used to your daily noise and teasing jokes. I loved how you make music with Vince and Yash, playing guitar and ukulele. I didn’t know how and what to react, but I wiggle my tail to show that I was happily entertained. There were times that Vince got mad when I destroy something inside the house, but I was always seeking for his forgiveness. I was so sorry for the mischievous behavior of mine.

I remembered every time you were going to work, I made sure that your way to train station was safe. So, I used to walk you and spent my 10 minutes every morning. I was very delighted whenever you call my name. My heart was joyfully beating so fast.

Then, one day, I had another brother. He’s a cat. You adopted him after I turned one year. He was always mad at me and never wanted to play. I was happy when he brought you smile whenever you arrive from work. That moment, I realized, I couldn’t have your full attention because you had Sapporo, but you tried your best to attend to me through hugs and pats. But, the day came when you, three, became busy and I was left at home, alone with the cat and turtles. I was afraid to be alone, so I scratch the wooden floor behind our main door. And you shouted at me because I made a mess inside the house. I was crying inside, but I saw you crying also so I came to you. You just hugged me, and I found out your father died.

That was very painful to see, my lovely people were in sorrow and I didn’t know what to do just to make you guys feel okay. I stayed beside you and give my best paw forward to show my love to you. There were days that you, three, were not in the house so I stayed outside the house just to wait for you. But, there someone who lived next to us who was mad at me. He shooed me away, so I strayed the long streets just to seek for friends. Every time you were out, I went to visit my friends at the next neighborhood and had a chance to eat with them, a family used to leave dog foods for the stray dogs.

There was a time that I was hit by a car and I went home injured. You were so worried, and you didn’t let me go outside for days. But you were annoyed by my howls and you let me to play outside again.

Today, you went out for work, Yash went to church and Vince got to do some errands. I was left in the house. I bid my goodbye to Sapporo (the big cat), Gulaps (the mischievous kitten), Boysen and Ros (your 2 turtles) to play and run outside with my mother, Dashie. Then a familiar face came to me and something made me feel strange. I smelled something that hit my lungs. I howled in pain and got to the nearest car, hid underneath. I saw Yash coming to me and I heard her voice, calling my name. Then, I saw Vince, helping me to walk inside the house.

I saw you sleeping although the room was like rotating. My head ached so bad and I grasped for air. Then, I realized my time was near. The two were worried about me as I fell off my knees. I gave my last howl then I felt my body wasn’t moving. The two woke you up and I saw you coming near me. You held me as you pressed my stomach. Your lovely voice filled my ears as you called my name.

“Ichirou. Ichirou.” Your voice trembled, and you were in tears. I knew that would be the last time I would be hearing your voice. You called me for the third time and I was so happy that I could still hear you. But my heart was beating so fast and I couldn’t breathe anymore.

I gave my final silent woof. I saw a clear and bright garden; many dogs were happily running but I could still hear your cries. I saw you and your siblings in commotion and trying to revive me back. I was very sad to see you crying as you lit a candle and gave prayers to my soul.

Thank you for taking care of me and loving me for three years. Don’t be sad, I will still protect the family every day. I am with you always and maybe the cats and turtles will see me. I am sending your prayers and feelings to God and I know He will help you to recover from mourning.

I love you and please send my warm woof to other dogs in the house.

Love,

Ichirou


Our dog, Ichirou, died last May 29, 2019 at 12 midnight and he’s in the process of cremation. His ashes and pawprint will be delivered within a week. I posted a Drawing for A Cause last night on my Facebook Page to help me with my funds for his burial. If you guys are interested to have a portrait sketch you can send me a message through my Twitter and Facebook account (will leave the links below). For those who want a sketch and to be sent abroad, I can ship it through any courier/shipment outlets that are near to your place. Any details will be discussed through personal messages. Asking for donations will be very hard but I thought of an idea of returning the gratitude through portrait drawings.

The drawing will be on 8.5”x 11” vellum board using graphite pencils. You can check my graphite artworks on the link below. Thank you guys and may God Almighty bless you!



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