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Greetings. I’m Jeff Johnson and I founded Digital Ruby in 2009 in order to learn how to run a software company, teach myself mobile programming and expand my skills and knowledge. I craft iOS apps, websites and server software.

My Familiar Died

Feb 3, 2020

I wanted to take a break from writing about software and just share about my dear dog's passing recently. It has touched me far more than I thought it would...

Friday, January 31 2020 at 7:05 p.m., my dog and friend Piper passed away. It was fairly sudden. She was old, about 16 years old and was winding down in life. But she had literally gone up the stairs just fine the night before. Similar to my mom's passing a year and half ago, it came very suddenly. I was able to stay with Piper when I got home from work for about 60 minutes while she gave her last howls and final breaths. There is a hole in me that will always remain. I will eventually return to some level of normal in life, but will always remember Piper. She was loyal, loving, playful, friendly and always willing to listen and give puppy kisses. What a great example to me, I still have a long way to go to be as good as a life-form as Piper was.

We can learn a lot from a dog. At 42 years old I am probably at my midway point in life. Hopefully I can take the memory of Piper and try to make the next 40 or so years that much better with her memory. The lesson I still have yet to learn is to cherish every moment, give kind loving attention daily to those in your family / pack and never ever take anyone or anything for granted.

As I reflect on life, death and what we leave behind, things like money, stock prices, arguments, personal recognition and material things very quickly become entirely irrelevant. I feel that in myself the last few days. I think that is a good thing. Thank you Piper for being such a great teacher and friend, you will be dearly missed.

RIP Piper Ann Johnson, 2004-2020

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