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Memorial created 03-31-2012 by Michael Starr
August 31 1994 - December 28 2010
Lanko came to me, homeless and abandoned. The first time I saw him, he was at the Humane society, shaking and scared. I promised him then that I would give him a safe, warm home where he can live for the rest of his life. Throughout the years Lanko has always been there for me and I have been there for him. We played, went for walks, he was very a very loyal companion. Where ever I went, he was right behind me. To the kitchen, to the garage, to take a shower, Lanko never wanted to be seperated from me. He would climb into bed every night and sleep next to me. He comforted me when I was sick. He welcomed me home everyday. When my daughter was a baby, he watched over her. When she was learning to walk, he would nudge her around with his nose when she lost her balance. He was trying to help her stay upright. If she fell, he would bark and let me know. Every morning after I had my heart attack, he would come and lick my face every morning and at night, it was his way of making sure I would wake up and I was ok. My companion was diagnosed with two types of cancer in June of 2010. I cried that day but I was determined to try to take care of him as much as I could. On December 28 2010, I held my friend and companion in my arms as he passed. I will always remember him. I miss him so very much, I cannot sleep without him. I cannot stop crying over his departure.
Lanko, I want you to come home.............. They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.
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