May 31, 2017 RUFFY THE COCKAPOO January 3, 1999 – May 31, 2016 We called him: “The Smile Maker” He touched so many hearts with his gentle nature and his friendliness and keen sense of politeness to people, canines and felines. For more than 10 years…. Ruffy was a volunteer therapy dog visiting and entertaining nursing homes, hospitals and special needs homes… Bringing happy smiles to many with his smart stunts, tricks and sharing his loving hugs with everyone.. Ruffy loved traveling on so many fun adventures through 24 States on Trains, Boats, Planes and a Motorhome. Ruffy was an avid swimmer.. and enthusiastic about donning his swim jacket. Loved to swim in Lakes, Streams and Oceans… Play his water games and romp the beaches everywhere. We nicknamed him; “The Olympian”… Once at a Pennsylvania lake swim he figured out how to drag a 15 foot log to shore by holding on to a small stub on the log.. and received claps and cheers from everyone watching at the shore… In Washington D.C. at the opening week of the World War II Memorial, he jumped into the fountain pool and swam all around and received an ovation and cheers from the crowd. (thankfully no citations.) He once swam after a Swan, following her down an inlet stream in Wading River, NY and was rescued (arrested..!) by a passer by off duty police officer. In Stony Brook, NY he attempted to swim across the inlet cannel (another Swan chase..!) and was caught and returned to the shore by the daughter of a police officer. After drawing the nervous onlookers from the beach… The criminal story made the Facebook pages. We were blessed with his love and joy from his…….. “everyday“ companionship. Being the “Best Friend” that we could ever ask for. Hard for many to comprehend how a “God’s little creature” could climb into your heart and under your skin with so many intense feelings of love, happiness and unconditional friendship. We are so blessed and grateful for Bideawee Memorial Park….a beautiful heaven to “return to”. Many might think “morbid of cemeteries”….and even “it’s just a dog” but they will surely miss all the comfort of visits to reflect on the memories, moments and joy these beings brought to our lives. We appreciate the beautiful trees, flowers and flocks of tweeting birds that fill the park with life. It is indeed.. Our special quiet time visits, knowing Ruffy is in his heaven… in a very special resting place. God lent him to us for “too short a time” but left us with his Eternal Memory of all the Precious Moments and Good Times we gratefully shared. We will LOVE him and miss him FOREVER.