Comedian, author and producer Sarah Silverman is also an animal lover. She has spoken out for elephants suffering at Ringling Bros. Circus. Recently, she wrote a touching tribute to an animal even closer to her heart: her beloved rescue dog named Duck.
Silverman posted an emotional obituary for Duck on WhoSay, and shared his story. “Duck “Doug” Silverman came into my life about 14 years ago. He was picked up by the State running through South Central with no collar, tags or chip. Nobody claimed or adopted him so a no-kill shelter took him in. That’s where I found him — at that shelter, in Van Nuys. Since then we have slept most every night together (and many lazy afternoons.),” she writes. She says Duck was about 19 years old, according to the vet’s estimate of 5 years old when she adopted him.
Silverman goes on to say that Duck was “a happy dog, though serene. And stoic. And he loved love.” Those of us who have known and loved dogs know the pain and emotions that come in their later years, for both them and us. She says Duck became blind and deaf and had arthritis, but continued to be comfortable with “a great vet, good meds, and a first rate seeing-eye person named me.” But his human friend knew when Duck was no longer comfortable. “Recently, however, he stopped eating or drinking. He was skin and bones and so weak. I couldn’t figure out this hunger strike. Duck had never been political before. And then, over the weekend, I knew. It was time to let him go,” Silverman writes.
“My boyfriend Kyle flew in late last night and took the day off from work to be with us. We laid in bed and massaged his tiny body, as we love to do – hearing his little ‘I’m in heaven’ breaths. The doctor came and Kyle, my sister, Laura and I laid on the bed. I held him close – in our usual spoon position and stroked him. I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love. The doctor gave him a shot and he fell asleep, and then another that was basically an overdose of sleeping meds. I held him and kissed him and whispered to him well passed his passing,” she adds.
It sounds like Duck was a beloved dog who knew he had a family who loved him. We wish Sarah and family condolences and healing. Just recently having lost my rabbit friend Harvey, I can relate to this emotional and beautiful farewell.
Silverman closed her tribute to Duck with this. “14 years. My longest relationship. My only experience of maternal love. My constant companion. My best friend. Duck.”