The following excerpts of a tribute appeared recently in the Colville, WA. weekly newspaper:
Maury began his journey to heaven under his favorite tree. Loved ones were at his side, tears were shed and amusing stories told. It was a good thing. He no longer has to put on a brave face. He can smile and run free. He can eat everything he desires.
He was born Jan. 29, 1999 to a big hairy dog named George. He never knew his father and was first born of 12 puppies. Diane Friedman adopted him when he was eight weeks old. He was very indulged and had a good life. He loved food, people, especially old people and children, and napping. He also liked a good walk with good smells. He started visiting Pinewood Terrace Nursing Center when he was a puppy and continued until he was too lame to get into the car.
He really loved the Saturday and Wednesday Farmer’s Markets–lots of people and lots of food! He always found a child who would hug him. He was so patient and gentle.
Maury had a good life. He lived it to the fullest. He was happy and content and had a positive impact on almost everyone who knew him. He will be remembered and he will be missed. There are people and animals who departed before him who are anxious to be with him again. Maury will not be alone. He is survived by TaLeese, the cat, and Madelene, the puppy, very aware that Maury is missing. He is survived by all the people who let him into their hearts.
Finally, he is survived by his companion and loving friend, Diane, and will always be with her in her heart and in the eyes of all the dogs she meets.
No memorial service is planned.