Monday, February 14, 2011

Sometime I Ride to Remember part 2

The idea of the shirt Sometimes I Ride to Remember...Sometimes I Ride to Forget was that it can mean anything you need it to mean.  For us, we look at it as a way to celebrate the memories we shared with anyone or anything we love.  We also look at it as a way to express that you can push pain and loss out through the pedals of a bike.

Last night we said goodbye to our oldest dog, Lucky.  He had been been fighting brain cancer for 2 years, and had started to lose his quality of life.  Cancer is a bastard and has taken another life that meant so much to us.  What cancer can not take away is the good times, the memories and the spirits of those we love.  Lucky lived 2 years longer than expected and was still the fussy little Belgian dog we loved.  There will be days when I will go out for a ride to Remember the 14 years of good times I had with my little friend.

Lucky Richard 9/11/96-2/13/11

I was reflecting this morning on all the changes in my life since I got Lucky.  I have grown so much as a person and he was there the whole time.  When I got Lucky I was 21 years old and had just moved to Memphis.  I was in a relationship I should not have been in, had friends I should not have had, I ate like a typical American, raced cars not bikes, was all about making money and not the quality of my life, charities never crossed my mind and I did almost no exercise.

A lot has changed now. I have an amazing wife and step-son, we have have 5 other dogs and 2 cats and have fostered out 15 others, charity is now a focus in my life, we are vegan, own our own company, I now look at quality of my work/life versus just the money to made, we live in our favorite city in the country (Boulder, CO), I race bikes not cars, and I am in the best shape of my life.  The 35 year old me would wipe the floor with the 21 year old me.

Lucky was there for huge changes in my life, and the entire time he was the same fiesty little man that was always ready to get his love on and always looking for any snack that might come his way.  Thanks for all the memories and all the love you gave us.  You were a gift to our family and you will always be remembered!


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