Remembering Joe "The Audiodog" Kulick


 
Message from Bruce

It saddens me deeply to share with you all the loss of the best friend I ever had. My dog Joe, who I adopted back in 1997 after rescuing him near a busy street in Woodland Hills, couldn't fight the effects of his age anymore and has passed on. I have always dreaded the sad day I knew would eventually come when he couldn't be with me anymore. He lived nearly 17 years, which is over 100 years old if he was human.

He shared so much of my life, and those of my friends who met him knew he was more of a person than a dog to me. My connection to him was incredibly deep as if he knew what I needed, and in return he was number one in my life. Juggling my hectic life with travel and work was a challenge that always involved how Joe's needs would be met, and I was blessed with many wonderful friends who shared their love for him and took care of him when I was away. They all knew how special he was.

His size was small, barely 9 pounds in weight, but he filled a home like a giant. All he wanted to do was share his joy of life with anyone in his presence. I loved our walks, and our meals together. His affection was incredible, and when he was done with his yummy meal he wanted nothing more than to kiss my hands, arms, and feet like he was grooming me. We were family. In my mind I lost my child, my best friend, my soulmate. Not a dog.

I know many of you have followed along with my stories and photos of Joe, sharing with me some of your pets' stories. We all know that the day we say goodbye to that special pet will be difficult, and I am trying to realize that his next journey is just beginning.

Truly Joe must have been some sort of old soul that was meant to be with me through all the ups and downs of my life, and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect animal to share these past 15 years with.

He walked into my life when he was about 2 years old, during a very upside down part of my life. My immediate love and his affection and personality gave me the strength and purpose in life that drives people to do great things. Joe brought that out in me. He gave me purpose, as in "take care of me," and in return his love for me was constant and strong. Knowing how quickly he loved me made all the sacrifices I had to make worth it in spades. I always said, I have no regrets about how I did my best to include him in my life everyday.

I want to thank the good vets that cared for Joe during his life, as I know they loved him. It is amazing how much our pets have similar ailments to us; half the drugs Joe used in his senior years were the same as my late Dad! But what I learned was the love and attention of the pet's owner is so critical in their quality of life. Joe had the best care always, and I was fortunate to be able to give that to him. And in return the love that I received from him was clear to me. We had a bond that can't be described in words.

So I will just end by saying that I might have lost my best friend, but I know he is in a place now where he can run and play like a healthy puppy. I will never forget the love and connection we shared. I was truly blessed to have found him, and I know in the larger picture of life it was no accident that we shared all these years together. My life would not of been the same without him.

God Bless you, Joe, I will never forget you. I hope to see you again.

R.I.P.

Bruce Kulick

 
Conversation: Your Thoughts on Joe
 
 
Friends Remember Joe
Dear Joe,

I know right now you're probably very busy running, jumping and playing with your new doggie friends, but I hope you'll rest a few minutes and hear what I have to say.

Becoming your Mommy was one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had. Remember when Bruce and I came back from our first date and you started licking my feet? I never told you this but I wasn't sure how I felt about that. I'd never had a dog do that before and secretly I liked it. Bruce said that you weren't usually that affectionate with strangers and I should feel special. I knew I'd better like it if I wanted to see your Dad again! I think because you seemed to like me, he asked me out a second time.

I fell in love with you right away and I could never stop kissing you. I know sometimes that would make you crazy, but you were just so adorable. I couldn't help myself.

I cherished our time together, especially when Bruce traveled. I really spoiled you didn't I? It was Joe and Mommy every moment. We sure watched a lot of good classic movies on the couch together, didn't we!

I will really miss our long walks. I tried to let you go wherever you wanted and I was always amazed how you managed to lead us back home every time.

As the months passed and you weren't feeling very well, you became more my baby. I did the best I could to make you comfortable and never leave your side, unless I absolutely had to.

Bruce used to say that you would wake him up early in the morning, as soon as I left for work. Thank you for sleeping in with me on my days off, sometimes until 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning. You knew how hard I worked all week and that I needed the extra rest. That was so sweet of you.

I know we both missed Bruce so much when he was away. You would sleep close to me and share my pillow so that I wouldn't be so lonely. I don't know what I will do now when he leaves, without you by my side.

I used to dream of you three or four times a week. We would have all sorts of adventures together and endless conversations. Since you've gone, those dreams have stopped. That makes me very sad. I hope you'll join me in my dreams again soon.

I'm so glad we had our little talk on Wednesday afternoon when Bruce went to the post office. I could sense you were really sick this time and I felt you were holding on for Bruce. I meant what I said, and I'm taking good care of him for you. I will continue to do so as long as he lets me. I promise. You have nothing to worry about.

I am so blessed to have had you in my life to love and care for. Bruce and I have begun to live our life together in a new way. It feels very strange without you and the house is way too quiet. Just know that we will miss you every day!

Most of all, I want to thank you for picking me for Bruce almost three years ago. He is the sweetest most loving man I have ever known, but I know I'm not telling you anything that you don't already know. I am a lucky girl for sure!

So, take care of yourself my little darling and we will see you again. Not anytime soon though. Your Dad and I have a lot of living yet to do.

I will love you always my sweet baby and I will never forget you.

Your Mommy,
Lisa



So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. But I have to tell you a story. The last time I saw Joe, at your brother Bob's studio, he confided in me. It caught me by surprise, as I barely knew him. But he was a personable fellow, your Joe. "Lemme' tell ya somthin'," the dog whispered to me, "seventy five percent of the women we meet when I take Bruce out for a walk wouldn't even look at him if it weren't for me."

I was caught off guard by his candor, and he sensed that with his canine intuition. "Look," he growled, "you gotta' trust me on this." I nodded, and he continued. "Truth is, I worked for a secret underground agency called 'Adopt A Rocker.' You know, I just wanted to give something back to the community. So one night at a meeting I was shown a picture of Bruce, him back in the big hair days. 'Oy vey!' I'm thinking, this guy's a two legged poodle, but still kinda cute for a human. So I open my big yap and I says, 'OK I'll take that one.' The rest is history." He then yawned and walked off.

I stood there speechless...

With one last parting bark over his shoulder he warned me, "Look, as far as Bruce is concerned, this conversation never happened."

I don't mean to betray Joe's trust, but I just thought you'd like to know this. I don't think he'd mind.



"You Gave Me Love"

To Daddy Bruce,

You rescued me from the streets, which surely I would of perished.
The street life is hard, cold, and and lonely.

You gave me love...

You fed me, groomed me, clothed me and spent lots of time with me,
taking me with you whenever you could.

You gave me love...

You allowed others to love me without feeling threatened.
I had lots of fun at sleepovers.
This allowed me to experience lots of affection.

You gave me love...

My life with you was the best a lil' guy like me could ask for.
I have been truly blessed and grateful for everything, every moment.
So don't be sad, think of all the people we touched, all the fun things we did and never forget...

You gave me love...

Thank you,

Until we meet again,

Love always,
Joe - your Audiodog
 
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