Connecticut woman pens touching but humorous obituary after death of her dog

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Anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog to death knows the emotional pain.  When our dogs die, a little bit of us has been chipped away. Days, weeks and even months later, we imagine we see them walking around the house, begging for a treat or still cuddled up on our pillow in our own bed. For many dog parents, the loss of our canine companions to death is the loss of a family member; it takes time to heal although we never forget.

Brian the dog Courtesy Lee Dibella

On July 12, Lee DiBella, of Watertown, Connecticut, lost her beloved dog of 11-years, Brian. According to NbcNews, Lee wrote an obituary for Brian; yes it was sad, but the humor captured the essence of  her adopted dog – a pointer, Lab and greyhound mix from the Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville.


Lee begins:

Brian died peacefully, alongside his mom of nearly 11 years, Wednesday, July 12th, under the care of Stone Veterinary Hospital staff. Brian was adopted by his mother, Lee Dibella, on December 19th, 2006, and quickly became a dog legends are made of. Brian arrived in our home with the ability to not only sit, but also “give paw.”

Lee later added that Brian never did figure out the command ‘stay.’ The lovable pooch won everyone’s heart:

“Being able to destroy any crate, gate, door handle or trim and molding in his way, Brian quickly began building loving relationships with all those who came in contact with him, whether it be a new vet, animal control, or whoever’s house he found his way to for an uninvited romp.”

And more about Brian’s wants and needs:


“A lover of couches and blankets, Brian had many hobbies. Some of Brian’s favorite activities included barking at things not there, cuddling alongside you, taking over his mother’s bed, licking his butt, acting like a spazz when it was time to be fed, and trying to figure out who exactly was “the good boy.” In his spare time, Brian dreamt violently, thrashing his legs, presumably chasing dastardly felines or squirrels who dared enter his dreams. The quickest way to Brian’s heart was with a quality scratch of his rear, and a rub of his belly. Brian will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than his mom.”

Brian the dog
Courtesy Lee Dibella

And then came the part of the dog’s obituary that draws us in and reminds us of losing one of our best friends:

Brian will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than his mom. Through thick and thin, she loved him with all her heart, and though the pain she feels without him is great, it in no way would compare to having never had him in her life. Besides his mother, Brian leaves behind a sister, Dr. Frigo Delilah, grandmother, Jeannette DiBella; predeceased by a grandfather, David; his uncle, Michael and family; god-mother, Jennifer DeWitt; and many amazing friends throughout the years. At the wishes of Brian’s family, give your dog an extra hug, belly rub, and treat.

According to People, Lee adopted Brian when he was two-years-old. A local woman had found him with a lot of wounds and fostered him. It seems the pooch has a lot of issues – his anxiety made him un-adoptable, but Lee put up with quirks and couldn’t even consider anyone putting him down. And for years, the two lived together helping each other through serious illness. A few months ago, the senior pup came down with pneumonia, and despite numerous antibiotic treatment, the dog continued to go downhill. Sadly on his second round of therapy, Brian took a downward turn, however he attended the July 4th celebration with humans and dogs and had that celebratory day Lee will always remember.

Brian the dog
Courtesy Lee Dibella

Have you hugged your dog today? If not, please do it now. Rest in peace Brian. You will be missed.
(Photos of Brian after obituary about his death by Lee Dibella and People)
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10 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    Makes me cry! I’ve always said that the ONLY,the ONE AND ONLY negative to owing a pet is when they have to leave us! My Daisy is now 14 yrs old and I know our time will soon come to a close and I hope I can handle it! Of course I have my other two,which are also seniors,that will help to ease my inevitable deep pain! This is a beautiful post! RIP BRIAN

  2. Adrienne says:

    This made me cry especially since we had to have our 15 year old dog euthanized the end of March. She was such a good girl and I could use a dremel tool to file her nails down as well as brushing her teethe every night (which she loved having done). She loved being with us and when her hind legs started to go, we tried everything we could for her to keep her going. It finally was very stressful to her when she could no longer get up from a laying down position and would cry for help. We have since gotten a smaller dog (Havanese), total opposite of our part pit bull lab mix. There are still nights when I am at the computer and look down to my right, anticipating Phoebe looking up at me. With each animal we have lost, it has become harder, but by getting a rescue we starting the cycle over and hopefully giving another dog all the love we have.

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is what loving a dog is all about. Brian hit the jackpot as far as families go and you know he was loved!


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