• Letting them go with dignity

    By Coleman York | | Categories: About Hugo

    It’s taken me over six weeks to finish this blog about Hugo’s passing. Every time I sat down to write this the lump in my throat would swell and my brain would turn to mush! How in the world could losing a dog make someone feel so lost? Whenever I walk in the door I feel it most… no one there to greet me! Oh, don’t get me wrong… I have a wonderful wife of 21 years and a 10 year old daughter whom I love very much but they don’t run up to me with their tongues hanging out and…

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  • The Mystery Illness - Part 3

    By Coleman York | | Categories: About Hugo

    We made the appointment right away and drove out early the next morning. While filling in the paperwork at the hospital this tall skinny man came through the door with a long white coat, black rimmed glasses and a thick Italian accent. “Please follow me” he said through his moustache. He took us to this small room maybe four by four feet with a steel table just off to the side. After asking a few questions he handed us a little black pager “Why don’t you go have lunch” he said peacefully, “It’s a beautiful little town with some great…

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  • The Mystery Illness - Part 2

    By Coleman York | | Categories: About Hugo

    While running down the hill, Hugo stopped midway and this odd look came upon his face. It was a look of despair, a look of “I don’t know what’s happening to me?” That same look started to grow on both our faces too. Hugo started to drag himself the rest of the way down to the car. We weren’t quite sure if he had just twisted his leg or if this was much worse than it looked. Hugo just sat there as he couldn’t jump up into the truck. The head camp trainer looked on as I picked Hugo up…

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  • The Mystery Illness - Part 1

    By Coleman York | | Categories: About Hugo

    There was a time in my life when I had to travel back and forth from Toronto, Canada to Mumbai, India two or three times a year for business. I had to be there for at least three to four weeks on each visit so my wife would usually accompany me. We had developed many friendships over the twelve years of working there, so it always ended up being more of a holiday than a working timetable. While traveling, Hugo would stay at his favorite place called “Dogs at Camp” which was a great home away from home for him.…

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  • The Real Hugo - Part 2

    By Coleman York | | Categories: About Hugo

    It took no more than three minutes to drive over to the veterinary’s office. Without knowing if Hugo was still breathing I ran inside the office screaming like a wild banshee! “My dog ate a tennis ball please save him”! It took only a few seconds for the vet to rush Hugo into the back where they sedated him and began to operate. In the mean time I rushed myself to the hospital where they sewed eight stitches to close the wound in my hand. Just think, Hugo in one hospital and me in another neither of us knowing what…

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  • The Real Hugo - Part 1

    By Coleman York | | Categories: About Hugo

    Hugo was born on November 21, 2001. Now ten years old he carries along with him a legacy of wild adventures with a bit of luck thrown in. They say cats have nine lives but this particular dog has his own story…. Let me tell you the tale about one such calamity. Behind our house was a huge park where Hugo and I would grab the “chuck it” and toss a tennis ball hundreds of yards. A chuck it for those of you who don’t know is like an extended arm with a hand on the end. When you use this…

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