Family member, companion, and friend, Tucker loved the humans in his world and was polite to, but less interested in, the dogs and cats he met. He barked only when it was really important, like when a bear crossed our property or a deer was eating our flowers. Tucker loved the good life of running through the woods and fields, riding in boats, swimming, and visiting neighbors. His weekdays were filled with going to work with his human dad, Gary, and he excelled at his job of keeping the rug flat and the floor clean. Tucker joined Therapy Dogs of Vermont during his senior years and adored giving his doggy love to children, human seniors, and folks who were ill. When he passed away at almost 13 on March 9th, 2009, he was days from beginning his TDV career at Fanny Allen Hospital. In less than a minute after having a seizure, Tucker left this world with the same grace, compassion, and love with which he lived in it, sparing us the agony of watching him suffer or having to put him down. We are eternally grateful for the joy he gave us and the many other folks whose lives he touched.
– Valerie and Gary Smith