Blocker The Dog

Blocker The Dog
March 22, 2007, 11:13 pm
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June 7, 2009: Blocker’s sweet sister, Parker Posey, passes…
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Dec 16, 2008: Blocker’s mother, Tara, passes…
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Oct 19, 2008:
Blocker, my sweet boy, would have been ten today. Suffice to say I am too sad for words.
But the links to the left celebrate his journey. And the posts below mourn his leaving.

April 2nd, 2008, One Year Gone:

One year ago my big beautiful boy, Blocker, my stunning, amazing German Shepherd, left this world for the one beyond, yet his vast presence still remains in my heart as the highest experience of undaunted love in my life. His place in my world, now lost and gone forever, can not be estimated nor replaced. The canyon his transition has left in my heart remains deep and wide. I am grateful beyond words for his gift; the opportunity to share 8 years of my life with him. I can only hope to see him again someday.

I miss him. So very, very much. His family misses him as well.

Blocker’s family in his bed Blocker’s mother, sister, and his mate, Bella.

On this sad day of remembrance, Blocker’s sister, Blue-bleu, age 9, his mother, Tara, who is 14 and still doing well, and his widow, Bella, sit together in his old bed, which is big enough for all three of them. All four of Blocker’s siblings are healthy and doing well.

I have left this site alone for some time now. For a while working on it was healing, perhaps bittersweet, remembering, honoring, but the time came when it was only painful. The time will come when I can add more memories to celebrate his life, not just to mourn its passing. I thank all of you for all your love and support of me. Peace to you and yours.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007, 8:30AM. Blocker’s Passing-

Hello, kind people. Blocker, my big sweet beautiful boy, having felt like he’d taught me all he could teach me in his physical form, transitioned early this morning at about 1:20 AM. In keeping with his golden wolf-like appearance, a giant orange full moon was arcing across the clear night sky, like Blocker running a slow sweep through a midnight field, chasing foxes. Blocker chased the moon Home last night, to continue protecting and teaching me in non-physical form. He was surrounded by his family and friends when he heard and heeded the Call, and laid down with his head in Dove’s lap. Swiftly the arrow flies to its welcoming target.

We had, not too long before, gone outside, he carrying his beloved frisbee as he walked beside us. Sitting for a while in the night air, we had given him our permission and blessing to go on to do whatever tasks he needed to do.

I can only hope to live up to his unwavering devotion to me, and honor with integrity his faith in me whilst I bide my time until, at last, I see him again.

I, for the moment, cannot imagine life without him. He will be sorely missed.

thanks for all your love and support,


(and blocker sends his love and thanks….)

Tuesday, April 3, 2007, 11PM.

Rolling winds pushed grumbling, spitting thunderclouds above us as we buried my best friend, my son, my teacher, my child, my buddy; my brother; my constant companion of eight years this evening. We laid Blocker down on a soft bed of long green pine needles and flowers, on his red comforter, gently surrounded by several lacrosse balls (which he loved so much), good throwing sticks, and pine cones. I had spent the morning, shovel in hand, digging with my friend, Andy, after scouting for a suitable resting place for Block, so graciously afforded to me on a friend’s farm in Delaware (thank you so much, Neal, Al and Amy!) where Blocker had many a run, campover, and pond dive. I found a beautiful spot on a ridge, the sun beating down and the wind whistling above in the pine’s canopy. We dug for several hours, and then came back late afternoon with reinforcements to finish digging, and to bury my sweet boy. Lots of tears. *We covered him with more pine needles and flowers, and cried some more. I couldn’t say goodbye. And then the winds came with the rain. It fit our mood as we started shoveling to fill the grave. The thunder rumbled as God told Blocker to growl at us from the sky, saying, “get a move on, I’ve got things to do!”

My friend Blocker was bigger than life, with a giant heart and personality to go with his golden, oversized shepherd body. He had an amazing, regal presence when he strode towards you. Friends at Goodale Park called him “the Tom Sellack of dogs,” or, sometimes, “the fertile monster.” Gentle, playful, loved little children, his flame burned brightly, and like so many striking beings, his flame burned too quickly. He left this earth before his time.

I don’t know what I’m going to do without him. Right now I don’t feel like doing anything. Caring for his girlfriend, Bella, will keep me going, I suppose. She misses him greatly, too. We’ll keep on keeping on in his memory. As the years pass, I can only hope to be half the man he was as a dog. I am forever blessed, privileged, and grateful for his gifts and presence in my life. For-ever. Forever.

*thanks so much Suzanne (Sweet Dove), Jim, Stephanie, Eric, and Julie for being there and helping dig and lay Block to rest.


Aug 7th, 2008-
One year ago today life changed forever. My boy Blocker was diagnosed with an unknown illness that day. We fought and prayed and tried for 8 months to save him. He was only seven, a magnificent creature and brilliant light of a soul. I miss him now and forever more. God bless you, my Blocker.


FATHER’S DAY 2007- This is a sad day for me. This father failed his child. The irony is that his greatest desire was to protect me. That’s the thing about dogs; they’re our children, but they almost immediately want a parental role, to fulfill their instinctual need to guard and protect us. Our children who love us so much they want to be our parents.

I failed to protect Blocker from his environment, from chemicals in his food, from mold, from asbestos, from lawn chemicals, from plaster and paint dust; from whatever it was that compromised his immune system. I don’t know what. I do know I failed.

This is a sad day for me. Fathers, this day is, yes, to honor you. But fathers, to you I say, give thanks for your children.



Hey, there. Some wonderful folks are adding their own rememberances to the blog on the “Your Memories” page to the left. Please, we really encourage you to give that gift to him and his life by sending any memories or anecdotes to “” Thank you very, very much.
Weds, May 3, 2007. UPDATES:

Hello, folks. The outpouring of love and support in honor and rememberance of Blocker’s life has been amazing and deeply touching. The page to the left entitled “Thank You All” is our small gesture to express our gratitude, as there’s just not enough room here. And the video clips and photos will be compiled on pages listed on the left as well. Thank you all so much!
My buddy Andy Harrison’s blog is on the link section, lower left. Nice story about his new found glory, a rescued, running, rumaging rummy.


After this last 7 months or so, I want to and need to remember Blocker as he was (healthy and vigorous and magnificent) for the first 8 years of his life. I need to remember him that way instead of how how he was near the end as his symptoms were beating him down. I needs/must remember that energy and joy to honor his spirit for the truth of what his life was for all but these last 7 months. I’ll start posting some of these soon, for my sake.

Thurs, April 5, 2007, 11AM.

Hello, fine people. Thanks again so much for all your kind words. It is so beautiful and so meaningful to us. Thank you all. But this is just to say I’m going to put up a clip or 2 of our boy Blocker as a puppy, raising heck with his littermates (I’ve know him since the second he was born, you know. I gave him his name, “Blocker,” during his delivery, as he was twice as large as his littermates, and took several hours to squeeze out, blocking his other littermates arrival. In fact, we took Tara to Medvet to get the last pups out, cuz she was done pushing after his fat bottom first plopped to earth.)
Blocker as a pup, 8 weeks or so. 3 full minutes of gratuitous puppy video. Block enters from the right, and dominates control of the pot. (That’s him with the scrap of paper about 1:15, too.) At the end he rejoins the pot fray as he scampers across the screen from the left; watch where his nozzle ends up– boink! Hilarious luck. Luck, you say? Nay– skill, or fate. Then he scampers up towards the camera, job well done.

The Start Of The Original Postings below:

So many kind folks have taken the time to ask me about my dog, Blocker…

Wednesday, March 28. He’s doing OK today, thank you! Blocker has a yet undiagnosed illness since August. They don’t know the cause yet, but what happens is, because of inflammation on the inside lining of his chest cavity, the cells effuse or release fluid to cool themselves off. The fluid leaks into the chest cavity where his heart and lungs are, which prevents them from expanding normally. So when he fills up with fluid, he can’t breathe well, and his heart can’t beat properly. So I withdraw a liter or so of this fluid from his chest everyday. Keeps him alive, really. After I get the fluid out, he feels pretty good; wants to play ball and frisbee and all. When he fills up again, his breathing gets labored and I pull out the fluid again. I’ve been doing this for months now. Still hoping for a diagnosis, and then a treatment and cure!

I do so very, very much appreciate any and all positive thoughts, prayers, love and energy sent his way, visualizing him in perfect health, like that. I do believe it works, and I really, *really* appreciate it! Thank you again all so much. This is my first day of posting about him, so there’s more to come, everyday. I’ll keep it short, but will put up a video or two!

thanks again,

Tom and Blocker

im000664.JPG Bella, on the left (Blocker’s mate, a 5 yr old female) and Blocker going crazy for the hose.

100% Responsibility, (or, Why Am I Doing This?)

Some folks are asking why I’m expending so much time, energy and money caring for Blocker, and trying to find a diagnosis for his illness. I can see how they may not understand, and find it impractical. Even those who are “dog people”, or parents may not understand. Overall, what can I say, it’s just who I am, but there’s more to it. First of all, Blocker would do anything for me. He would die protecting me. If he would give his all for me yet I would not for him, it would not be a reciprocal relationship; I would be exploiting him. Heaven knows we humans exploit animals, and each other, enough. All the time, everywhere you look. We exploit employees, friends, consumers, family. I find dogs inspirational in their devotion and loyalty and I want to honor that rather than exploit it. He deserves it. He’s been riding shotgun with me for 8 years, I watched him being born, he comes to work with me everyday. He’s my sweet big boy.

100% Responsibility. I was raised by incredible parents, who are both my heroes. They had me at a late age, and I’m blessed and astounded by the energy, love, and example they provided me. They were truly amazing people. When my dad was ill, because of my job, I was able to to basically stop working and care for him the last 8 months of his life. My clients at the time were very understanding. Watching mom age those years after dad died, I knew I would remain nearby for her, instead of leaving town in a fit of career-building opportunism. I made the decision to stay in a perhaps unhealthy building in order to be near and help care for her as her physical and mental health declined. The condo I lived in, only 2 blocks from my mom’s house, was incredibly and graciously provided for me while I effectively put my business on hold in order to be available for her, unfortunately might perhaps have serious environmental issues which may have affected Blocker’s health and immune system. All I know is, they can’t find a reason for his illness, he’s only 8 years old, and his siblings, the other pups from his litter, as well as his 13 year-old mother, are all in good health. I very probably did this to him. I’m not saying this to beat myself up about it, just to own it honestly. And in order for me to be honest in life and not run for the victim position, I have to accept full responsibility for all my decisions and actions. Blocker is my responsibility. And I will stand by him.

It’s odd. In the years following my father’s death, as I simultaneously grew my business and watched my mother struggle with aging and health issues, it began to dawn on me that I had a life-choice to make between love-based compassion and fear-based ambition. I knew that one of those paths would entail materialistic compromises but I didn’t suspect my dog’s health would be a part of that. Poop.

Blocker practicing his patented bucking/grasshopper moves:

Blocker and Bella picking corn:


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Blessings on Blocker.

Comment by Gemma

Thanks for putting this site up. I know alot of folks are scratching their heads over this, but I gotta tell ya, I’ve always understood what it is that you’re doing, and it makes me happy to know you. Dogs are so much more than pets or possessions…they are really genuine beings who deserve the same regard that we give other members of our families. Your parents, Blocker and Bella, and your friends are all blessed by your presence in the world. Thank you for what it is that you do.

Comment by Karl

So sorry to hear about Blocker, Tom. Having a big, wonderful dog myself makes it easy for me to imagine how close you were with Blocker and how committed you were to him during his illness. You serve as an inspiration.

Comment by Fritz

My daughter just called me with the news about Blocker and I went right to your web site. She had talked often about Blocker and has a very special place in her heart for him. Her name is Julie Crosby and she loved your big guy!!! My heart so goes out to you, he sounded like an amazing dog. I wish there were more owners like yourself, who take such wonderful and loving care of their pets. Don’t we wish they could lvie forever!!!! They so enrich our lives!!!! It is such an emotional time and the tears are flowiing as I read about him. I will remember you in my prayers. Bless you for loving your Blocker like you did!! Teri Cannava

Comment by Teri Cannava

Dear Tom, I am a co-woker and friend of Paula Coulter’s and she shared your email about Blocker with me today. After I finished crying, I knew I had to write a to you. I am one of “those” dog people and seeing Blocker and hearing him “sing” made me smile. You see, I am not only a dog person, I am a shepherd person. The first was Pearl – she sang, too, and died at six of a sudden embolism in her lung – literally here one moment and gone the next. I was devastated and paralyzed with grief. A few years later came Cookie (a ridiculous name for a 110 lb. shepherd) who was my utterly devoted companion for 12 1/2 years, who guard and protected me and loved me unconditionally. When she could no longer walk, we put her sling under her belly and carried her until she told us it was time for us to let her go. And now there is Cassady, a Belgian rescue who failed police training – too friendly and afraid of loud noises. She adores me – second only to my husband, whom she worships. Hilariously funny and full of personality. Each different, each such a treasure in there own way. This one is the world’s most expensive rescue dog, with double TPLO surgery on her knees, an allergy to the plates they put in so they had to be removed and the most sensitive digestive track on record. If only they could all live forever – that kind of love and devotion deserves to. I guess I just want you to know that you are in my heart right now. I feel your pain and your loss. I promise it will get easier – but it will never get better. Blocker was a beautiful boy and what a blessed life he had because he had someone who loved him so much and gave him such a wonderful life.

Comment by Kathy Wiesman

Tom and Suzanne,

Thanks for sharing the pictures and videos of Blocker’s antics. He was an amazing dog and a special patient. We all learned a lot from him and will deeply miss him.

Comment by Jay Ryan

To Blocker’s Mom and Dad…
I can’t begin to express how sorry I am about Blocker’s passing. He was a wonderful dog and the best patient a tech could ask for. You guys went above and beyond with your care and devotion to him. I appreciate this site and the videos showing him happy and playing so that I can remember Blocker that way. I am passing it on so everyone can see what a special dog he was. Thank you for allowing me to be part of his care. He was an inspiration to us all.

Comment by Karla Krukowski

Tom, Suzanne, & Bella,
There truly are not words to express how sorry I was to hear about Blocker. He truly was a special boy with very special parents. Blocker was always willing to let us poke him one more time or take one last radiograph even when I would have bitten anyone and everyone around me. I will miss the nights of conversations with Tom & Suzanne and my poor broken ear boy and his very pretty sister/girlfriend getting one last treat before they left. Brian and I see hundreds of clients in a month and I can tell you that I love Blocker like my own and feel blessed to have been touched by him and his uniqueness. How often do you meet a 100# Shepherd that lets a 5# Sam growl and bark at him as if he is the boss! Thank you for allowing us to care for your four-legged son as it is a rare occasion to meet a canine of his caliber and Blocker’s story is truly one of inspiration that I will never forget. Please let me know if there is anything I can do…

Comment by Amanda Dunaway

Thankyou all so much for your love and beautiful comments about our boy (all of us, our boy) and all you’ve done for him. It means so much to me. I can’t do much talking right now but I so very much appreciate all of you. And Block does too, I’m sure. Tears, and cheers to you,
Tom (with Bella, who is so depressed right now, poor girl)

Comment by blockerthedog

Dearest Tom, Suzanne, and Bella,
Our hearts ache for you all so deeply. There is so much to say. … let it suffice that all future Shepherds I will meet will be, when held up to Blocker, found wanting. You are in our hearts and prayers. Meg

Comment by meg j baho

Tom & Bella,

I am so sorry for your loss. I join you as you mourn for Blocker; he was my friend.

Hey Blocker, “The Stick Guy” will see you again someday, I know. I’ll make sure to look for you.

I offer this solace from a poem by Mary Oliver, “imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty.”

Hugs to you all.

Comment by John "The Stick Guy" Chovan

I am deeply saddened by Blocker’s passing. He was one of the most amazing dogs I have ever known. He will always be in our hearts, we will never forget him.

Comment by lainey

I Have Killed the Deer
by a Taos Pueblo Indian
I have killed the deer.
I have crushed the grasshopper
And the plants he feeds upon.
I have cut through the heart
Of trees growing old and straight.
I have taken fish from water
And birds from the sky.
In my life I have needed death
So that my life can be.
When I die I must give life
To what has nourished me.
The earth receives my body
And gives it to the plants
And to the caterpillars
To the birds
And to the coyotes
Each in its own turn so that
The circle of life is never broken.

Comment by The Universe

Tom- I was so saddened to hear the news of Blocker.
I just recently got to know you and Blocker, however immediately was touched by your bond and your endless passion for your sweet boy. We all should be so lucky to have a relationship like your and Blockers.
My heartfelt wishes for you and Bella.

Comment by Tara Gagne

Dear Tom, Suzanne and Bella,
I am so very sorry for the loss of dear Blocker. It has been a privelege to know and care for such an angel. There will never be another dog like Blocker. He touched so many hearts and will never be forgotten. Your dedication to him has been so amazing. I will miss your sweet, gentle, handsome, floppy-earred boy so very much. My heart goes out to you. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. ~Julie

Comment by Julie Crosby

Dearest Tom, Suzanne & Bella,

I am so sorry to hear about Blocker. When I saw him Monday night I knew in my heart that the time was close, I want to tell you that I was praying for God to give you the strength you will need, but I couldn’t because I was going to cry.
I left MedVet that night and I cried all my way home. I wish I have give him a hug and a kiss before I left, I love him, I have seen what a wonderful and caring parents you were to Blocker and Bella.
Surely I will miss seeing him walking in with a freebie in his mouth. He was a very special and unique boy.
You are on my prayers, please keep in touch, sincerely,
Cristina, Kona and Maui

Comment by Cristina Martin

Dear Bella, Tom, and Suzanne,

I just read your message about Blocker’s peaceful passing and cried. I had heard at work, but seeing the words made it more real. I am so sorry for your loss. In my experience, there is no creature like a dog for unconditional love, enthusiasm, zest for playing. I can imagine that his place in your home, your daily routines, and–of course, your hearts–will long seem empty.

I will remember Blocker’s crazy ears and his Frisbee devotion. I will also remember how dear he was to you all and to all who interacted with him. No matter how brief the interactions.

Please accept my deep sympathy. We will be thinking of you in your sorrow.
With love,
Mari, Tonka, and Beep

Comment by Mari Stasky

Ouch, I hurt for you.
It was a beautiful message you wrote on Blocker’s passing. It gives one pause to think and cause to hold and hug all those we love dearly tonight. May you find God’s peace even in your grieving.
Michael A. Barone

Comment by Michael A. Barone

Tom, Suzanne, and Bella,

I’m so sorry for your loss of Blocker. Your explanation of why you did what you did for him touched my heart and helped me better understand the kind of relationship the two of you had. At times it was hard to imagine why you kept going, but now I know why. I’m sure you already know that your boy was spoiled rotten every time he came to Medvet. You couldn’t always see what went on in the back, but I can assure you he received much love and kisses. At the same time, it was hard to see him so upset about having to be there. You have no idea how many hearts he touched and how much a part of Medvet he became. He is sorely missed by many, many people and I hope he considered us his second family, despite the unpleasant things we sometimes had to do to him.

God gave you Blocker, probably for many reasons, reasons that you will continually discover for the rest of your life. Your love and dedication to him is inspiring. I think it is important for us to know that we did all we could for our pets before they pass. I hope that you can feel peace in knowing you went above and beyond for him and that he is at peace now. He lived a very, very good life.

Please keep a close eye on Bella girl…she will grieve and miss him just as you will. God bless you and keep you.

Comment by Nikki Hammon

“You live on earth only for a few short years which you call an incarnation, and then you leave your body as an outworn dress and go for refreshment to your true home in the spirit.” – White Eagle

Suzanne, dear one. my heart ached for you as I got your note. My heart will smile as I ponder your beautiful friend. All my love. Tracy

Comment by Tracy Brown

Hey Tom.

It’s has been a long time – that’s a shame – but Andy shared your sad news and directed me to this site. I’ve only started reading it, but it seems to be a touching and appropriate memorial.

My condolences on your loss and in your grieving.

I hope our paths keep crossing, if, hopefully, under happier circumstances.

Comment by Stefan

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanual Kant

This speaks volumes of how you connected with Blocker and just how devoted you were to him. I may not say the right thing to bring you solace, but knowing that Blocker is up there chasing frisbees and eating all the treats he desires brings me comfort.

I have never met a dog as exceptional as Blocker, and probably never will. We could learn a lot from him – the simple things in life should bring us the greatest joy. If only we all could be satisfied with a brightly-colored frisbee!

You all are in my prayers. If I can take care of Sadie half a well as you did Blocker, then I must be doing something right.

With love,

Comment by Allyson

As you can see from all the messages, Blocker was very special to everyone at MedVet. On behalf of the MedVet Charitable Foundation, we would like to donate a brick in Blocker’s memory to be installed in Paws Park. Please let me know by e-mail what you would like to have inscribed on the brick. I will contact you when it is ready to be placed in the Park.

Blocker was a very lucky dog to have such a loving owner.

Comment by Doug MacMillan

Tom, Suzanne and sweet Bella~

As I sit here with tears rolling down my face, words can not describe the pain that I feel for you all. When I received the call of Blockers passing that night, all I could do is think of what heartache you were feeling.

I know that Blocker is with all of us in HEART and in SOUL!

I personally cherish the time I got to spend with Blocker and Bella, but also you and Suzanne. It truly is a small world. I could have taken the famous “Papadoodles'” word that you are truly remarkable, but seeing what you did for Blocker and treating him as a soul was just so much more touching and hearfelt.

The world needs more of your kind!!!

With warm regards~
Alison Harrison

Comment by Alison Harrison

Hello, all of you wonderful MedVet folks; Dr. Baho & Julie (and her mom!), Dr. Ryan, Karla, Amanda, Lainey, Christina, Mari, Nikki, Allyson, Doug, Angie, and Alison, thank you all for your kind and beautiful words and messages! And Patty, and the Drs McKenzie, for your beautiful cards and letters, and Dr. Herrick the sweet gift; and just everyone there—(thank you for the gorgeous flowers)— knowing how much Blocker meant to you all, and how sweetly you treated him, that means the world to us! We appreciate you all, and your giant hearts and integrity, beyond words. Your kindness has helped ease our pain in his loss in our lives. Thank you all so much. Sharing how we miss him and how he touched us is in no small way healing for us all. Love joins. That is for sure. Thank you, Blocker, and you fine folks, for that gift.


Tom, Suzanne and Bella

Comment by blockerthedog

Tom,Suzanne and Bella,

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Words can not descibe the emotions Blocker made us feel. Thank you so very much for sharing him. I feel my life was personally affected by Blocker. He will not be forgotten. I can only wish when I get my dog I can be half the family you were to Blocker. His soul and memory will live on in all of us. You are all in my thoughts. Please let me know if you need anything.

Deepest sympathies,

Comment by Angie O'Hara

Dear Tom & Suzanne,

I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to your beloved Blocker. You were the best, most generous, loving, caring, fun, and devoted parents he could have ever had and you have the utmost respect from countless others who have witnessed your unyielding, unconditional bond.

I know that there is never enough time to have with our extraordinary companions and it feels so unfair when they are taken away because we are never really ready. The emptiness is almost too much to bear. I’m glad you have Bella, each other, and so many wonderful supporters to share in your mourning and give you such heartfelt messages of support.

You gave him so much. He knows he was so incredibly loved. You will all see each other once again, happpily. He was extremely blessed to have you as you were equally blessed to have him in your life to learn, love, and laugh. He was a beautiful soul and I feel honored to have met him and Bella.

I wish I could take your pain away.

Please give Bella and each other a big bear hug from me. All my love, warmest thoughts, and prayers to you all.


Comment by Cindy Gillings

Tom, Suzanne, and Bella,
I’m sorry that it took so long for a posting, I was speachless…
My heart aches for the loss of my little Punchkin Head, Blocker. He will truly be missed by all. He was an excellent patient, and your family is phenomenal.
I appreciate that as we were treating Blocker, you got to know each and everyone of us. You truly cared about us as people, and not just someone offering a service. I remember as I would be in the room with Blocker and Tom, Tom would ask questions, take an interest in my life, and we would sit and talk. I will miss our 3AM conversations, and giving your children cookies!
I am truly amazed at the sacrifices that your family has made… as it has been said, you have gone above and beyond anyone’s expectations for the treatment of their “pet”. I am reluctant to use the word pet because he was much more than that, to all of us.
When you are able, please stop by to say hello.

Love Always,

Comment by Bethany

my sweet golden furry angel
so much joy, so much sorrow and you are still here
my big protective pack mate, my true companion
so many warm night walks and tennis ball treasure hunts
gentle giant by my side in the nightlight, in the shade of your favorite tree, in the water, on the sun warmed grass, dreaming,
I’m dreaming of you
love, you defined it
joy, you offered it
peace, you taught me to be still when I was afraid
your heart and head in my hands
I kissed you and wept
You gave me the warmth, the heat of your soul in return.
My child, my teacher, my brother, my love,
Still here.

your mother, your sister, your love

Comment by Suzanne

Dear Tom, Suzanne & Bella,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of our great friend Blocker. when I received the email of his passing I too cried. Even as I write this it upsets me deeply as if he were my own. I work Saturday overnight shifts & this weekend there was an empty void from the absence of Blocker with his favorite frisbee or ball & his loving family by his side. He will be greatly missed. I admire all that you did for him, & for the strength it took for all of you to help him through it. he was a very loved dog. take peace in the fact that he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge quietly & will be there waiting for his faithful & loving family.


Comment by Lora Kreemer

Dear Tom-
I am one of Stefan Farrenkopf’s senior students at the Columbus Academy. This spring my friend and I are going to produce an audio documentary similar to “This American Life.” The gist of our talk show is to capture the connection between dogs and humans and to amplify their strong role within specific households and within society. To achieve this we plan to take different angles, first by exploring dog psychology, which is an interesting subject itself, but also to learn from stories and experiences. It’s obvious how much your dog meant to you, and if done in the right way, I think our listeners could learn a great deal from your story. If you are interested in talking more please contact me at *******.

Comment by Bryan

It has taken me a while to comment only because I am having a hard time putting into words how special Blocker was to me as well as to so many others. He has touched alot of people. There is nothing greater than the love and companionship of a canine friend. I treasure my time with “Abby” more than ever these days. I will miss seeing the four of you on such a frequent basis at MedVet. It hasn’t been the same lately. While our visits may not have been under the best of circumstances, it has been an honor getting to know you. Please stop by and say hello when you are ready. There are plenty of treats waiting for our girl Bella.

With love,
Lauren & Abby the dog

Comment by Lauren Heck & Abby the dog

Tom & Suzanne,
Blocker was and is still a very important part of a lot of our lives. Only knowing him for a few months we all became very attached to him. I can only imagine the loss you feel. He had an above ideal match for companionship with you. He had such a huge heart and personality. Blocker is, was, and will be loved for many years to come.

Comment by Penny

Dear Tom and Suzanne and Bella:
I remember one night at the studio around 2001, when Blocker needed a walk during a break…he and I took to the streets and found the most beautiful, fluffy snow had fallen while we’d been holed up inside…I remember Blocker’s calm spirit and regal posture as we walked…

I also recall seeing Blocker and Tom walking on High Street and Blocker was unleashed…Being someone who’d grown up with dogs who were only walked on leashes, and a screamer when they’d get away, I was in awe of Tom’s “control” over Blocker…come to find out it was profound devotion all this time…

Dear Blocker, I’ll say prayers to help mend your daddy’s broken heart.

Comment by Sue Mogan

Tom and Suzanne,
Reva always acted like a adoring fan when ever she saw you and Blocker across the park. She would run full speed, filled with excitement, roll on her back, washing his face with kisses. She’s never acted that way with other dogs. We shall miss his presence, grace and dignity.

Comment by Jan, Reva and Saber

I miss you so much Blocker. I know we all tried our very best and to surrender your health to your spiritual path was one of the most painful yet somehow beautiful experience for me. I only wish it would have turned out different. We all miss you so much, so very very much.

Comment by Suzanne

As the owner of two shepherds, Zeus and Zoe, who played at West Campus, occasionally overlapping with Bella and Blocker (Zeus, now deceased after his own battle with paralysis and time spent in his doggy wheelchair), I wanted to express my sorrow at learning of Blocker’s passing. What a gentleman of a dog! My alpha, normally dog-hating, female black shepherd Zoe had an absolute crush on Blocker- I’m sure she thought of him as her very own personal boyfriend, the way she would flirt with him shamelessly, and pounce and pretend she was still a young pup instead of a middle-aged dog lady! She still pricks up her ears on West Campus morning walks when I mention his name! My sympathy to Tom for his loss- our dogs ask for so little from us and return so much in exchange. I’m sure Blocker and Zeus are both looking out for us from doggie heaven when they pause from their celestial frisbee chasing. Linda

Comment by Linda Chakeres

My 11 YO black female shepherd Zoe, one of Blocker’s many girlfriends, left us last week to join Blocker in Doggie Heaven- I know she will be happy to flirt with him and romp again, but as with Blocker, she will be dearly missed. Time does heal, but the process is not very much fun. Linda

Comment by Linda Chakeres

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