Nate’s Boston Terrier Memorial

Losing a Boston Terrier is like losing a member of the family. The sorrow you feel is a natural process of grieving. 

Nate the Boston Terrier
Nate the Boston Terrier

Nate’s Memorial

Nate was truly like a son to me. He was given to me when he was just 6 weeks old and I trained him and played with him every single day from the time I brought him home. 

He was SUPER smart and knew about 15 different commands. I work as a private investigator, where I literally sit in a vehicle all day and watch people. I took Nate to work with me during cooler months only because he would pant too badly if it was too hot out. He absolutely LOVED going on car rides.  

His little brain was always so eager to learn more tricks and to please me. On the evening of July 28, 2021, I was working in Springfield, MO on a case and my girlfriend was driving down to meet me and she was bringing Nate with her.  

Nate the Boston Terrier

Nate wasn’t allowed in my bed at home, but I would let him sleep with me in the bed at hotels.  He absolutely LOVED sleeping with me in hotels. So that evening, while heading down to join me, my girlfriend was involved in a single-car accident in which her car was totaled. She was scared and shaken up immediately after the accident.  

When the vehicle finally came to rest and she opened the door, Nate darted out of her car and ran across 4 lanes of traffic into a wooded area. She called me minutes after the accident and I immediately asked if she was okay, which she said she was and I then asked if Nate was okay, which she said that he was. She did not tell me at that time that he had ran off into the woods.  

Nate the Boston Terrier
Nate the Boston Terrier

I immediately jumped into my vehicle and raced to the accident site, which was about an hour’s drive away. Once I arrived at the crash site I hugged her and comforted her then asked where was Nate. That’s when she told me that he had run off into the woods because he was scared.  

At that moment a sense of SEVERE panic came over my body. I would imagine it’s the same feeling a parent would have if their child became missing all of a sudden. This was around 8 pm so I ran towards the area where Nate was last seen and I called for him and whistled for 2 solid hours. I stayed until it was pitch dark outside and I couldn’t see anything anymore. I was BEYOND devastated!!  

Nate the Boston Terrier
Nate the Boston Terrier

Nate never responded to my calls or whistles that night. We went back out to the crash site the next day and again searched for Nate but he never responded to my whistles. He used to ALWAYS come running whenever I whistled. He was a super-fast runner, I mean he was lightning fast.  

About 10 days passed and during this time flyers were posted, and search teams were deployed, even drones were deployed looking for Nate because I put out a $1000.00 cash reward for the safe return of my dog. On the 11th day, I received a call from a person living in the small town where he went missing, saying that they saw Nate’s body on the side of the road, very close to the accident site.  

Nate the Boston Terrier

Apparently, after he was scared from the impact of the accident he ran and hid. I believe that the evening after the accident he was trying to run back to the exact spot where the crash happened. Knowing that absolutely breaks my heart. Nate was literally like a son to me, I mean we did everything together, and he was SOOOOO SMART!!  

I can’t stress that enough, my son (who doesn’t live with me) is the owner of Nate’s brother whose name is Koala. In addition to Koala, his neighbor has his other brother named Bandit all from the same litter.  And my son can attest that although Nate was the runt of the litter he was the one that was by far the smartest, fastest, and Nate was very feisty, unlike his brothers.  

I mean this dog was truly perfect and very special to me. He and I connected like I have never connected with any other dog in my life. 

Nate the Boston Terrier
Nate the Boston Terrier

Get this, so his toots were truly rancid, and as time went on he would toot and he would see my disgusted reaction to his smelly farts. Remember, I took him to work with me every day and after time had passed, he would toot in the front seat then IMMEDIATELY jump in the backseat so that I wouldn’t have to smell it. I mean this dog was phenomenal!!!  

I am still not over the loss of Nate, and not sure that I will ever be, to be quite honest. I have since purchased a new Boston, 6-month-old named Harley. I keep comparing Harley to Nate and I find myself getting frustrated with Harley because he’s not as smart as Nate was.

I keep having to check myself and have patience with Harley. It’s not fair to Harley for me to compare him to Nate, but honestly, there simply isn’t that bond, that connection I had with Nate.  It’s just not there with Harley, and not sure that it ever will be.  

The freak accident of the car crash and Nate’s subsequent death has me puzzled to this day.  I scratch my head wondering why GOD took my beloved dog from me. But at the same time, I know that one day I will get to see Nate again up in heaven and will be able to play with him for eternity. And when I do see Nate again, I will for sure let him sleep in the bed with me every night.  

I love you Nate Dawg!!!



Nate was born on July 9th, 2017, and passed away due to a car accident on July 29th, 2021.

The Loss Of A Boston Terrier

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Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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