Our thoughts go to Josh Hunt and his family on the death of Atlas, his rottweiler. Adopted by Josh when he was a puppy, he knew by the size of his paws that he would be something great. Not only was he a great dog in stature, but also in the connection that he had with Josh. He loved their walks together and his love brought Josh new strength and determination in his own life. He was the best of friends, extremely loyal and protective. He was playful and loved to tear the stuffing out of countless toys! Atlas means "bearer of the heavens" and he truly was heaven sent. Josh's words of love and truth are the following: "My heart is broken. I lost my best friend yesterday. Atlas Barrett Hunt was born on February 15th, 2015, and I was meant to be his Dad.
My life was falling apart when Atlas came into it. I was a failing recovering addict, I was hundreds of pounds overweight, and I was suicidal. I was literally living on borrowed time. Enter Atlas. The first time I saw him was on April 20th, when he bounced off that top step and came running toward me, I smiled genuinely for what felt like the first time in months. I decided right then and there, two things. The first is that I was taking him home, there was no other option really by that point. The second though, was that I was going to pour whatever remaining love I had left in my heart, into him. And I did. I loved him with every fiber of my being. And he grew into the most Loving, Smart, Goofy, Gentle Giant. And he found a way of creeping into the heart of anybody that came to know him. And slowly but surely, I started to change myself. It started to become easier to care again. The will to be outgoing just started coming naturally because it wasn't just about me anymore. And then I started to focus on my health, because if I wasn't active then he wasn't, and that's not fair to him. I could not find the will to keep going in life by myself, but I managed to draw strength from him, for him. And through his unwavering love and loyalty, I found the ability to try to save myself. Sometimes if you are really lucky, a dog isn't just a dog.
He was my Hiking Buddy, my Emotional Support, my Protector, my Singing Partner, my Lifesaver, and he was my Best Friend. I will be forever grateful for you, and I will miss you till the day that I die and get to walk with you again Grumbles. I Love You So Much Baby Boy and I Always Will."
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