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Skeeter

Skeeter

1995-2011

 

“He was unique among that breed, and I treasured the time I spent helping to take care of him.”—Raelia Lyn

 

Skeeter was our 16-year-old Chihuahua—or Chihuahua mix, as some insisted. Maybe that explained why he was not so yippy and yappy like other Chis.

I did not add a last name, “Skeeter Burroughs,” the way they do at the vet’s, because Skeeter had several people he called family. He began puppyhood and spent most of his life with Bevan Robinson, when her then-husband George Eaton brought him home in his jacket pocket for the children (Tommy, Charlie, and Meher Marie). It was young Meher Marie who christened him by saying, “He ain’t nothin’ but a little skeeter,” according to George.

During times of change Skeeter was cared for lovingly by others, notably Patti Cavender, who dubbed him “The Best Chihuahua in the World,” and Pam Lane, at whose home Skeeter kept company with her Chi mix, Willow. Many others helped to walk Skeeter, and I won’t name all of them because I know I’ll leave someone out. He had many human friends in the neighborhood and in the community whom he would greet regularly.

Skeeter came to a sad end. On December 20, 2011, Jonathan was walking him along with Dell and Elliot Rubin’s Chi, Susie, when a loose husky dog silently came up behind them and snatched Skeeter. Jonathan gave chase (Susie went loose but was quickly found safe) and rescued Skeeter and brought him to the vet, but his back was broken and we had to euthanize him. Raelia comforted me by saying that Mehera was no nonsense about such things and would say to put an animal down at once if it was necessary. It is important for your karma that you do not let an animal suffer unnecessarily; Baba was very strong about that, Raelia said Mehera insisted.

Skeeter was cremated at Heavenly Paws, and they gave us a nice little box, which we may pry open in order to distribute the ashes you-know-where. The man who owns the husky is going to court on two citations (animal at large and vicious dog).

I loved Skeeter so much. (As did Jonathan, with whom he had a special bond.) His little sweater is still on my pillow.

Kendra Crossen Burroughs

 

Skeeter & George Eaton

 

At Jonathan's side

 

Skeeter & Susie sunbathing chez Burroughs

 

Skeeter in his snowflake sweater

 

Skeeter at age 3 with Jacob Morris

 

 

Skeeter Enso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Responses to Skeeter

  • Its so nice to see all connections skeeter made during his life. I had no idea he made an impression on so many people. I guess I can chalk that up to Kendra and Johnathan’s beyond-wonderful care of him. Even when I missed him, it was comforting to know he was being cared for so lovingly. I can’t thank you two enough for that.

  • As a friend and associate of Kendra, Skeeter was always part of our telephone conversations..what he was doing, where he was at that moment, how he felt about her visitor dogs etc. So I also became a great fan and I know how much love and comfort he gave to Kendra over these faithful years.

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of Skeeter. Baba loved him for the love he gave and received no doubt.

  • Skeeter was a messenger of love. Her eyes made contact in a way you felt you were joined with her at a soul level.
    Her pictures came alive in such a deep way as it touched your heart just to look at her. I never met Skeeter but I can tell you I truly loved little Skeeter. I never felt she was just an ordinary dog. I love animal all animals. I have many I feel close to. But from the first time I saw little Skeeter I felt such love for her. Thank You Skeeter for making this world a better place for having passed thorough. Happy Trails to you Dearest Little Friend

  • I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Skeeter. What a lovely (and loving) little dog.

  • My condolences Kendra. Losing a loved pet is one of life’s ‘big ones’

  • Thanks, Dave. I tried to post a photo of that painting and maybe my geekette friend will help me do so. Yes, Skeeter was called a “little man” by more than one person. In fact, I wasn’t going to post this, but Raelia told me, “I used to have to say to him, ‘Settle down, little man. You don’t have to show your erection to everyone'”!

  • His spirit is clear in the photos of him. I happen to have an artist’s rendering of his face on my wall at work. Вечная память!

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