Goodbye my friend

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 8.43.40 am Yesterday I said goodbye to my best friend Gus. Gus the White Boxer Dog_bouncer imageHe was a wonderful dog, a big beautiful, proud fella, the Chesty Bonds of boxers! He came to work with me every day from the time he was 6 weeks old. A working dog but not of the ute variety. He was worked in customer service and was a personal shopping assistant to many in my old business haul loitering in the shop window at the store in North Fitzroy. We became known as that shop with the dog in the window. Gus sleeping in the window photo 1 People would ring the store before visiting and ask if Gus was going to be in. gus_and_ValerieKhoo_and_Gina

Gusbo with his friends Val and Gina.

He knew his boundaries and wandered at his leisure on the pavement outside the store. Locals from the lady who’d buy him ham (yum!) and his mate that dropped cat biscuits at the door to the homeless blokes all talked to him … sometimes it appeared he was counsellor Gus. The council dog nazi once fined him for being a ‘dog at large’ outside the shop. He refused to pay the fine on principal of course. If I was stressed at work or hit a road block on a problem he’d walk me around Edinburgh Gardens. He had a happy waggle made everyone feel special. Gusbo road shotgun in the van everywhere I went, even had a seat belt. He sat up at human height. Punters did the double take regularly when we pulled up at the lights. 1960_43658547499_1957_n IMG_0458

Hounded by paps!

He was obsessed with balls and swimming at the beach. Kong redesigned their rubber balls so they would no longer float (genius…not) One Sunday morning at Port Melbourne beach Gusbo swam around for nigh on an hour hunting a ball which had long ago sunk to the bottom, the Spaniard and I onshore laughing at how determined he was. Gus at beach stalking wood

Gus with red ball at beach

He appeared in eps of  the Fitzroy based tv show Offspring. Some say he had matinee idol looks – and was very popular with the ladies… and the fellas!

Gus the the Spaniard

Getting some love from the Spaniard.

He even put out a beefcake calendar to raise money for dogs not lucky enough to live his rockstar life. Gus calendar cover

Protecting Rambo on the cover.


photo He spent a bit of time at the vet. Skin cancers and eye infections mainly. I got to know several vets around Melbourne on a first name basis. Conhead Gus


My ex wife Jo said Gus makes the world smile and she was right. The spot over his eye made him look like a cartoon dog. He was a big fella but kids were never afraid of him. He even received fan mail. Gus fan mail He was an early adopter to social media had a twitter and Facebook page before it was a thing – Bondi Vet even took the piss out of him for it. Marketing experts came from afar to interview him Dr Katrina filmed an ep with him and Shane Crawford bought in his tv crew to film a spot. You could say Gusbo was very politically active conversing with politicians…Gus the power broker

and running for office (pipped on a count back).

Vote 1 Gus the Boxer fence He got me through a divorce, when for a dark time it was him and I sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag of an unused office at my old factory in Reservoir. Got me out of bed each day to face the world regardless of whether I was feeling like it. Gusbo was a regular traveller on the Spirit of Tasmania and retired from public life in his latter years to Hobart. Gus Travelling with Your Pet My elderly father who’d been afraid of dogs most of his life bonded with Gus. Even as dad became a bit wobbly as his Parkinson’s kicked in Gusbo read the play and eased up on the lead on their thrice daily walks. He even did sneaky fire escape hospital visits. IMG_5497 IMG_3148 He was wonderful companion for my mum when my dad passed. Getting her out of the house and into the neighbourhood each day. Dogs are good like that. As an elder statesman discipline went out the window, he slept on the bed, got fed snacks in the kitchen and ignored my calls to get off the couch! Age, cancers and likely a stroke beat him in the end. He was 11 – a good innings for a boxer. Mum and I cried all the way home from the vet. Gus b:w selfie Goodbye my friend, we miss you already.



47 Responses to Goodbye my friend

  1. Tex December 30, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    Hang tight old friend. If people were more like dogs the world would be a much better place. Beautifully done to a life well lived.

  2. Liz December 30, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    Had tears rolling down my face as I read this. We all love our fur babies….sometimes they’re our only constant. As we are theirs. How lucky you were to find each other….words won’t ease how you are feeling but knowing how much you loved each other during those horrible ‘missing my dog’ days just might. Xxx

  3. Cheyanne Ainsworth December 30, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Oh Scott, I have tears streaming!!! Such a beautiful acount of Gus’s adventures, what a life he lead! Sending you love and strength to get through the first few weeks without your best furmate, I know how guttered you must feel xxx

  4. Tina December 30, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Im terribly sorry about the passing of your precious Gus. I pray the pain in your heart will soon ease.

  5. Tara December 30, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    Good boy Gus… Godspeed mate.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. We lost our Bugsy before Christmas. It has been a very sad time. The only advice I can offer you as you’re adjusting to life without your best friend, is be kind to yourselves… Gus had a better than average life. As did my Bugsy too.
    Love to you all…
    Tara (& Shady)

  6. Michael Field December 30, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Damn! That’s the saddest news to read at the end of a year full of great losses. Gus will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him. My thoughts are with you Scott.

  7. ChristineRichardson December 30, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    what a wonderful eulogy! RIPGus xxx

  8. Sarah Papagelis December 30, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    So sad to hear of Gus’ passing, Scott. Heartbreaking to lose your companion. One thing is for sure, he left this world for the next with a full heart and memories of a rockstar life – he’s off to chase balls until you all see him again. Thank you so very much for sharing him with us.

    Much love from Cali, Gus.

    xoxo Sarah and Pete

  9. Sue Res December 30, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    A wonderful story and such a fantastic life, brought a tear to my eye. R.I.P. Gus x

  10. Liz Gunter December 30, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Hello Scott,
    What a lucky Boxer to have found a lifelong friend in you.
    For every 1 % we give these wonderful dogs they give us 1000% back.
    We wished they lived forever, but it is not to be, and Gus clearly enjoyed his 11 great years

  11. Jim Stewart December 30, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Oh mate… so sorry to hear. My heart goes out to you. It’s a hell of a price we pay for the love they give

  12. Maryanne December 30, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Thinking of you at this very very sad time Scott. How lucky you and Gus were to have lived and loved together for 11 years. What a beautiful story celebrating Gus’s life. He certainly had a great one and was a very lucky dog to have found his human soulmate. Cheers xoxo

  13. Kate and Greg December 30, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Wow! What a legend. The worst thing about owning a Boxer is saying goodbye to them, but you’ve made a celebration of his life. And you have saluted him beautifully. Goodbye Gus you have made a mark on so many who needed it xxxx

  14. Chloe & Bail December 30, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    A beautiful tribute to your best friend.

    I had tears in my eyes reading about your father overcoming his fear of dogs through gus reminded me of how my late boxer done the same for others xxx stay strong

  15. Dee December 30, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Scott I am so sorry. I am very saddened to hear Gus is no longer with us. He will leave a huge hole in many hearts. Rest in peace big fella xx

  16. Nathan December 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Sad mate. Tough to lose a loved one. This post showed what would be some fantastic memories though. Cheers. Huppy.

  17. Gary December 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    Wow! What a rich life you two enjoyed! Gus is diving for that Kong right now! Happy you have shared this

  18. Kay and Lee Westrap December 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    So sorry to hear of Gus’ emigration to the rainbow bridge. We had 2 white boys that are the same age and lost one earlier this year. His bro is so lost and alone and even though we have 2 other dogs its not the same. So we followed Gus as he was the dead spit of our boy Tigger. People say 11 is a ‘good age’ but it never seems long enough does it! Our love and thoughts are with you xxxxx

  19. Steve Moulson December 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    Sorry to hear of the loss of Gus the boxer what a sad loss,ive just had to say good by to my best mate Juke the Boxer last month.He was the same as Gus he went all over with me and I miss him loads, we got him when he was 2 from boxer rescue and had him 10 wonderful years. Shredding a tear for you also sending our love. Xx

  20. veonne brown December 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    what a wonderful life you were able to share with the larger than life GUS
    thanks for sharing the tribute

  21. Annette Houston December 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    So very sad You will be missed beautiful Boy xxxxx

  22. Kristie December 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Oh I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I remembering seeing Gus on TV. Send my condolences your way. x

  23. Kim December 30, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Tear from California for I know the ache of a beautiful boxer loved and lost.

  24. Pieter Peach December 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Gusbo, we’ll miss you mate. We really will.

  25. Alona December 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Crying tears of happiness for you to have had a friend like no other xx shine on in doggy heaven Gus and go say hi to Luci she’ll remember you from years ago at Leesa’s apartment in St Kilda – shine on beautiful Gus

  26. Claudia Kruszynski December 30, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Sincerest Condolences from the bottom of my heart and the hearts of Axel & Rani, for your loss of your beloved Gus, a beautiful boy, he will be running free at the rainbow bridge waiting for the day that you will both be reunited. My two boxers are only 17 months and 2 years but I could not imagine the pain and deep sadness that your are feeling….


  27. fifi December 30, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    Oh… He was one of a kind. Big hugs to you Scott, thanks to you he had a most wonderful life. I’m going to give my furkids an extra cuddle. x

  28. Stewy_Melbourne December 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Oh no. Sad news.

    One of my all time fave pix is one where I finally came in to the store and met Gus for the first time. He was SO much bigger in real life and such a handsome fella. I’m happy Gus got to enjoy such a wonderful retirement down on the Isle. He’ll be greatly missed but every time I throw my awesome bag over my shoulder, i’ll be saying g’day to this gentle giant.

    RIP mate.

  29. Francis Sammut December 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Awww Scott, very sad to here Gus has gone to dog heaven. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful things Gus blessed us with above.

    He made us smile loads in our household

    Thank you mate.

  30. Michel December 30, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Dear Scott, very sad but as you said a good innings and he was a grand and handsome boy. Loved his face and I know he’ll be dreadfully missed by many. Hugs to you and your mum – it’s so hard when they leave us. M

  31. @henry_boxer December 31, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    The dads are in tears. Sorry to hear you have left us so soon Gus, it has been an honour to have been apart of your social media life. A highlight being a mention in your calendar we still have on the wall.

    Miss you, we’ll catch up when its our turn for the bridge.

    Hugs n Boxer slobba to Scott xxx

    Paul, Si, Harvey & Harry and of course our 1st boy @henry_boxer

  32. Kerri LuvsBoxers Henderson December 31, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    ❤Godspeed ….Gus xo

  33. Lee Cannaday December 31, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    xoxo such a wonderful buddy and life……so, so sorry….always your sweet angel….

  34. Barbara December 31, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    Thank you for that story of Gus – I had a boxer similar to him in looks and by the sound of it personality – we named him Joe – Joe Boxer (not original but he was one of a kind). The UPS driver came looking for him 5 years ago when his “spot” on the front porch was vacant……sadly Joe has passed, he shed a tear and left a bone for him anyway.

  35. Kelly December 31, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    Dear Scott, so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful Gus. He sure lived a wonderful life and I’m glad to have met him – even if it was just in your photos and memorial. I know nothing will fill his shoes but I sure hope you find a new baby to care for – so many deserving dogs need a pet man like you to save them. GodSpeed Gus – look for my Angel on the other side, she’ll help you find your way til you meet up with Scott again. Good thoughts coming your way from San Diego, CA – USA

  36. shelly December 31, 2014 at 2:56 am #

    I know how you feel I had to put my Sam down on December 24, 2014 and I still cry everyday!!

  37. Helen Crozier December 31, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    So sad but feel lucky to have shaken his paw and given him a hug in the Haul shop. My daughter & I felt like we were meeting a rock star – he was so cool – classy, funny, dignified, entrepreneurial – but I bet he took on some of those qualities from his owner. I think there needs to be some sort of charitable foundation set up in his name – he was a legend xxxx

  38. Marg Barry December 31, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    Wonderful life and story well said. Condolences, Scott. I hope the New Year brings you new love!

  39. Brett Stacky Hansen December 31, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Scotty – Trish, I and the kids send all our love to you at this time. All the heartfelt messages speaks for how Gus touched everyone he met. We were lucky to have met him too – he was a wonderful boy! RIP Gusbo!

  40. Vicki Crane December 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    You know Scott, these kiddlets are put on this earth for one reason or another. Gus, as I see him was put on this earth to tend to your needs and teach you how to get through the tough times, but also you gave him something also. You gave back unconditional love which we all crave and both you and he gave it freely for many years. That can’t be bought or paid for no matter what, it comes from the heart and by all sounds of it Gus had a huge heart to embrace your whole family and what a brilliant effort he received off your Dad. He taught him to trust and to love also and that is no mean feat. RIP Gusbo I hope you are running free at the bridge waiting for you friend Scott to be rejoined with each other..

  41. Jac Raven Wolfsbane December 31, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Dear Scott,

    I am sat here in tears feeling your pain. What a gorgeous boy he is! I also have a white boxer Rogue who never leaves my side. I lost one of my boxers seven years ago and I still grieve from my Dylan and I am sure he sent Rogue to me.
    You have the most wonderful boy and I say have because I believe they never leave your side. I am lost for words because I know only too well the pain you are going through.
    Gusbo will be forever by your side and the life you gave him is simply wonderful. I love his photos. Such a handsome man.
    His story has touched my heart just like his photos.
    Hang in there!!
    Rest In Peace Gusbo.
    Warm regards
    Jac, Rogue and Storm

  42. Janine December 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    ((( hugs )))

  43. Bretto December 31, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    Thinking of you today mate. This got me more emotional than anything else could. No one loved a dog more than you did Gus. I lost Tara in 2014 after 17 years/ all my adult life. Push on through knowing you gave him the life and love others dream of having.

  44. Blazn007 January 1, 2015 at 6:18 am #

    I was never fortunate to meet the infamous Gus… But sad to hear you have left us.
    Happy travels lil man.

  45. Clare January 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    oh Scott I am so heart broken to read about Gus :( he was a magnificent animal and a social force to be reckoned with!

    Hope you aren’t too sad without him
    Thinking of you
    Clare xx

  46. Niki January 5, 2015 at 5:40 am #

    Got such a shock to see the words RIP Gus.
    What a wonderful life he had.
    That photo of him smiling away on the bed with your dad is so fantastic, as is the whole tribute.
    So Beautiful! So Sad!
    All the best Scott
    from Niki and Sofie at The Whale

  47. Paul & Pamela Baker January 6, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    Scotty, that is a wonderful tribute to an amazing mate, hopefully your dad and him are enjoying their walks again!
    Much love, Aussie & Pamela

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