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In Memoriam: Larry Suchecki

By The Suchecki Family, published on February 4th, 2021
"We are so grateful to the staff at Heaven at Home Pet Hospice for the care they’ve given Larry over the past year. Dr. Katie was so amazing with her compassion and love for Larry on his last day. You would have thought she had known Larry his whole life. She put all of us at ease with the whole process. I cannot recommend their services enough. My husband said it was worth every penny. Thank you so much for your care and kindness."

Larry Moses Suchecki, aged 15 1/2 years, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Monday, January 25. He peacefully passed away at home with the help of Dr. Katie Tillman from Heaven at Home Pet Hospice. Larry was surrounded in love by his family: Guy, Christine, Hannah, and Addie. He was immediately greeted by his sister, Nala the cat, who was anxiously waiting for him in Heaven.

Larry was born on August 9, 2005. He was a mixed breed of a Lab and Border Collie (A “Borador”). He came to the Humane Society of Kent County sometime in 2007 as a stray. We like to think that he ran away because he knew there was a family who needed him more (US!). We were immediately drawn to him and his mad jumping skills. On August 28, 2007, he leapt into our forever home and hearts.

Larry loved the outdoors. He loved to go on walks, chase deer and squirrels, go for boat rides, run after the quad, and attempt to herd the girls while nipping at their ankles. He loved going on trips to the cabin, camping, swimming, and car rides anywhere and everywhere. He loved a good, comfy couch or chair and liked to think he was a little lap dog. He also liked to take up as much room as possible on the bed much to his dad’s dismay. He was a smart boy and would listen most of the time. He could sit and shake on command, but never saw the point in rolling over. He also loved to be dressed up for Halloween…a beanie baby, a ghost, and a shark to name a few. Most of all, Larry’s passion was food. He was known as a “grazer” and a “gulper” because of the way he grazed along the counter to see what he could find to eat and then the way he gulped it down. He never met a meal or a treat he didn’t like. Birthdays were always his favorite because he would get a cake topped with dog biscuits and in his later years, he grew accustomed to filet mignon cake. He also loved venison and would get excited when he would discover pieces of venison in his food dish left there by his dad (who NEVER fed him people food). By that small act, Larry knew he really loved him too. He loved everybody he met. He especially loved attacking the front window when any delivery person came to the door. He left scratches on the floor from going absolutely ballistic and acting like a crazy man.

Larry will be deeply missed by all his family and friends, but especially by his mom. Larry didn’t leave her side very often. They had a special bond. He was her constant companion, her bud, her pal, her best friend. There for heartache, moves, grief, and joy. He was a good listener! And although he didn’t give kisses, his mom sure loved to kiss his cold, wet, nose! He was good at a lot of things, but he was best at giving unconditional love to his family. Through thick and thin they loved him with all their hearts and he with his.

The last couple of years have been physically tough on this old boy, but he never complained. He fought so hard to be the young, playful pup he had once been. But his body was just too tired to keep up any longer.

He will be forever missed and remembered forever. As sad as they all feel today, it in no way compares to have never had him in their lives at all. His family asks that you all give your fur babies some extra love and treats tonight in memory of Larry.

Goodbye for now, Larry. Thank you for loving us. We will see you again.