4-21-2000 through 5-31-2013
Snoopy Groover, the Groover Family’s adored English Cocker Spaniel was born April 21, 2000 in Kansas. At a young age he was brought to a small family owned and operated pet shop in Boulder Colorado where he lived for 4 months before being discovered by Karen Groover. Karen was not interested in a dog, and she and little David Groover had entered the store on one of their routine pet store visits to look at the animals. Karen and Snoopy quickly fell in love. Boulder’s favorite dog is the golden retriever, and for months the store’s attempts to find Snoopy a new home were unsuccessful. David committed to touching a giant boa constrictor (he was afraid of snakes) to demonstrate his commitment to bringing Snoopy into the family and Karen brought Snoopy home.
Snoopy lived as a member of the Groover family for 13 years. He enjoyed traveling to the homes of Karen’s family in South Dakota and Nebraska, going on vacation to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, accompanying the Groover family to Michael’s Wyoming football games in Laramie, Wyoming and Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and attending Michael’s overnight high school baseball trips to Brush, Greeley Colorado. Snoopy liked sitting in the stands or waiting in the car throughout Michael’s football and baseball and Davids baseball careers.
Snoopy’s desire to participate in Groover family activities was so great that he rarely remained home without them. His weekdays were enjoyed working as the Clinic Dog at Groover Clinic where he was loved staff and patients and members of the Transcendental Meditation community for his gentle kindness, compassion and for the comfort he provided for all who were in pain.
The predominant wisdom, energy and good judgement seen in his eyes revealed Snoopy’s predominant priest nature. His tough, deliberate and protective nature revealed his warrior secondary nature. Whenever possible he remained physically close to Karen and would follow Karen from room-to-room while at home and in the office. Karen’s mother loved asking Karen to walk around the house so she could see Snoopy follow her. When waiting in the family car, he always intently looked in the direction he last saw Karen, and he would strategically sit and lie in exact locations where he could guard and protect Karen first while watching over as many other members of the Groover family.
Snoopy was an excellent hiking companion during his younger years and he loved scouting ahead on tails and making new friends with people and dogs he encountered everywhere. He loved racing after tennis balls slung far into the night and retrieving them after applying his hunting dog instincts to systematically sniff the neighborhood. Snoopy would spend hours obsessively sniffing out, finding, chasing, swatting, squeeking and retrieving the squeeker bladders found in stuffed dog toys, particularly in the Groover’s front yard after a new powdered snow fall. During his neighborhood walks Snoopy fulfilled his hunting requirements by using his keen sense of smell to find food in the most unusual places.
Snoopy lived a wonderful 13 years as a devoted member of the Groover family. A vedic pundit once visited the Groover household and assured the Groovers that next lifetime Snoopy would reincarnate as a prince. Snoopy aged gracefully through many age related health challenges and disabilities. Out of devotion to his family, Snoopy chose to live a long life of loving companionship while he coped with senility, gastrointestinal distress, pain and difficult with mobility. On May 30, during group meditation at the Groover Clinic Transcendental Meditation Center, Snoopy looked into Dr. Groover’s eyes to tell him that he had given all that he could give and his time to depart this life had arrived. At 11:37 on Friday, May 31, 2013, while on the deck of the Groover family home in Superior, Colorado, in the presence of Tom and Karen and an angelic veterinarian, the birds became quiet and there occurred an immensely expansive silence as Snoopy took his last breath and his heart stopped beating. During the meditation which followed, Tom and Karen felt the magnificent fullness of Snoopy’s being and the powerful, precious way he had graced their livess.