It’s a day of mourning for Channel 41’s Gary Lezak and the many lives his weather dog, Stormy, touched throughout her 15 years.
The chief meteorologist posted on his official Facebook page that he made the difficult decision to say goodbye to the dog Friday.
“It is with great sadness that I have to explain that we made the decision and Stormy The Weather Dog is moving over the rainbow bridge,” Lezak said. “Making this decision for her has been one of the hardest decisions of my life. I am losing my best friend, an incredible dog that has brought so much joy, taught me so many lessons of unconditional love.”
Stormy, who has made hundreds of public appearances in the metro area, was born in October 2000.
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“I first met her when she was around 9 weeks old in the first week of 2001 when I went to the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City to shoot a commercial for the first annual Pet Telethon,” Lezak wrote. “My dog Windy and I were sitting there to promote the telethon and they brought out this dog and some cats to help out with the commercial. Stormy was yapping in a cage in the background. We pulled her out of the cage and she sat there in my lap, next to Windy, and it was love at first sight.”
Stormy made her last public appearance in May, Lezak wrote, and experienced health problems in the last few months.
“In the past few months her life has become quite difficult, and very recently she began falling, and losing her balance while eating,” Lezak wrote.
Stormy had a close relationship with one of Lezak’s other dogs, Breezy, who was five years younger but shared a special affection for Stormy.
“Breezy would grab her collar every time we would go for a ride,” Lezak wrote. “A loving grab, even a few days ago she did this. I know Breezy on some level is going to miss her, and she seems to understand what is going on.”
Before Lezak and his dogs said goodbye to Stormy, the dog was able to share a few special moments with her family.
“I just want you to know that Sunny and Breezy both gave Stormy kisses this morning as she struggle to wake up,” Lezak said on his Facebook page. “This is one of the hardest days of my life.”
Here is Lezak’s full post.