On the second anniversary of his beloved dog’s death, Chris Sontag-Ratti decided to pay her a tribute in the most lovable way: by encouraging humans to spend quality time with their dogs and providing them a free tennis ball to do that.
His dog was a Rottweiler and Boxer mix named Everything who died at the age of 12 on January 23th, 2014. He told ABC News how she came into his life:
“My uncle’s dog had puppies and I decided I wanted one. My uncle gave me first pick of the litter. Out of all the puppies, Everything was the standout. First to the food, first to greet me, she was such a sweet puppy.”
And for 12 years he enjoyed their time together and Everything changed his life in so many ways. She really was his everything.
When our best friends die there is not much we can do to fill that hole. We can only fill it with their memory and the love we had for them. And last week, when two years pass from the day Chris lost his best friend, he wanted to remember her by sharing her memory with others.
First he thought of leaving tennis balls at the beach, near their favorite spot, but the weather was bad and he was afraid the balls would get wet or wouldn’t be found because people would avoid the beach on rainy days.
So he decided to take his action to Instagram instead. In his post he said that he had bought 100 tennis balls and that he was planning to send them to anyone who wanted one. “I hope that all the people who get a ball from me will use it to spend some quality time with their best friend”.
But in a week the post got over 8,000 likes and Chris received a lot of requests for a ball. He was not expecting such a response but he’s happy about it and he’s planning to buy some more.
“I am an electrician apprentice so not a big money guy on the job. I was planning on spending my entire paycheck this week on shipping but looks like I’ll have to use next week’s check too. I don’t mind one bit either. I would spend my last dollar if it helped keep the memory of my Everything alive”, he said.
If you want to see more pictures of Everything, you can visit Chris’ Instagram account. Even if you don’t need a ball, you can share your own story of loss with him. At the end it’s all about keeping our beloved dogs’ memory alive.