A bittersweet today. . You see, on this day two years ago, Piper went viral. Like full on viral. Someone posted this short clip of Pipe doing his thing to Reddit and the rest is history. . Were we prepared for the utter onslaught of attention, most of which was positive? Absolutely not. The messages. The comments. The emails. The interviews. I don't think we slept much for a few weeks. We both learned a lot in those few weeks, but most of all that managing social media — and all the things that come with that — is work. A lot of work. . Did our social media exist with the sole purpose of going viral? Absolutely not. So here we were, not intending to go viral and suddenly putting much more time into it than we had. We certainly didn't have to, but I tell you, when you're as passionate about something as we were and how proud I am of him, it's a labor of love. Are there haters? Hey, it's the internet, that goes without saying... but for everyone of those, there are a million other positive and supportive internet folk that became friends. All because of a dog and his passion for life. . Was it worth it? Oh heck yes! There was no way we were going to let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity go by the wayside. So while sometimes, admittedly, it did feel like work because of our real life struggles here and there, it truly was our pleasure to put the time in to have you all get to know Piper for the unique pup he was. Just like with anything, you get out what you put in. We put in as much as we could, but I can tell you for certain, we got way more out of it. If you're still following after Piper has passed and actually reading this post to the end, you're exactly about what I'm talking. No question, totes worth it. . Again, none of this would be possible without the men and women of @uscg Air Station Traverse City, as you can see in the video. We were lucky to have them along for the ride over the years. Thanks all for your service and friendship! 🇺🇸 .
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” ― L.M. Montgomery . Hard to believe yesterday marked two months since Piper passed. Two months ago, two days seemed like an eternity. Then, two weeks and now, two months. . As many of you reassured me via comments and emails, the daily struggle became easier with each passing day. The emotional battles, less each week. Not to say the memories are fading, no no, quite simply, time remedies the pain of the loss. . As for the memories, wow. A life well lived made a ton of really great, lasting memories. We were fortunate to be able to work and play together, which gave us that many more opportunities to make these memories. . I'll continue to post these memories as long as I can, but inevitably, our following will fade and our 15 minutes of fame will be over. That's understandable. We had an incredible ride, even after dude passed. If you're still with us, I suspect you made your own memories with Piper, in a manner of speaking. My hope is that, whenever that time comes for you to move on to the next greatest thing, you take that memory of Pipe with you. Can't ask for much more than that. . Here's to you bud. Thanks for all the memories and keep chasin'! ❤️🍻 ------- Eye Pro: @rexspecsk9 Vest: @k9storminc (Donated by @spikesk9fund) . Follow us for more @samuraiMarke Use #samuraimarke For Your Chance to be Featured! #ronin#kyudo#sword#ninja#bushido#japanesestyle#iaido#kobudo#pathofhesamurai#kenjutsu#warrior#musashi#assasin#shinobi