Butch Sarsons


Butch gave us 16 1/2 years of joy , adventure and love. He brought a smile to everyone he met. Butch had a playful spirit and loved to be social. His strength was undeniable as he survived distemper as a puppy and went on to live a long healthy life. He was so great to travel with and accompanied us on road trips throughout North America. He loved walks on the beaches of South Carolina , Florida, California, Muskoka and Kelowna.

Butch helped us through many changes in our lives and was the glue that kept our family together through the happy and sad times. No matter how our day was going just to look at him and enjoy him made it all a little better. There was nothing better than a snuggle on the couch or bed with our boy.

We will miss him greatly and he will forever be in our hearts. Love Mom and Dad.

  • Copper Sawyer
    Posted at 15:43h, 08 January Reply

    I’ve been thinking of Butch and the word miracle is what I believe most describes him.. I can’t recall what was happening in your lives at the time Butch arrived but I know animals will appear in our lives to teach or deliver a message, lesson or purpose. The Strength and Determination of Butch , one so small and mighty! His first few days of becoming part of your family and his severe illness was an absolute miracle he survived. I believe it was the pure love that gave him the determination to overcome it .As Butch got older and had a few more health issues along the way, it was his strength, determination, fortitude and pure love that he overcome challenges. It always amazed me how Butch was so friendly and would great all with his waggley tail . Butch had a great sense of humour and fantastic fashion sense! He also had a magical ability to bring comfort to all. Allison and Howie Iam so very sorry from the bottom of my heart for your loss of Butch. Sending you healing and love 💕

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:33h, 23 January Reply

      Thank you for sharing. Your kind words and support mean so much to Howie and I.

  • Darlene Richdale
    Posted at 10:45h, 08 January Reply

    The passing of Butch is an immeasurable loss. My heart goes out to both of you. Only time will heal.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:33h, 23 January Reply

      Thank you for your kind words and support.

  • Dauna Cutforth
    Posted at 15:20h, 04 January Reply

    Allison & Howie,

    Having had to say goodbye to two family members, who happened to be dogs, over the years, I know something of how hard this time is for you both. Butch was a great little guy, a constant companion. I hope sooner rather than later you will have more warm feelings as you remember him, than sad feelings. Because of him, you know a lot more about loving and being loved, and that’s a real blessing.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:33h, 23 January Reply

      Dauna thank you for such comforting words. Butch indeed has blessed us in so many ways.

  • Gord & Phyllis Lawson
    Posted at 11:54h, 04 January Reply

    Butch was a gem with a distinct personality & was certainly well loved & cared for by Allison & Howie. We first met Butch when he was dressed in a doggie tuxedo for their wedding. I think you should concentrate on remembering the joy that Butch brought you each & every day of his life. Not a day has gone by that our furry family members have not brought a smile to our faces. ❤️

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:32h, 23 January Reply

      Yes Butch in his tux. What a charmer. We loved our visit in Florida, with Rudy being the perfect host. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sheila Jayson
    Posted at 22:14h, 03 January Reply

    Butch you are and were a real super hero!!! I know how much your mom and dad loved you so much. You were such a special guy and a good friend to Milo and Gino. Thanks for all the love and thank you for accepting my boys into your home and into your heart.
    I know you will be deeply missed.
    Rest in Paradise my friend. Give some snuggles to Milo when you see him.
    My condolences to your mom Allison and your dad Howey. I know their hearts are missing you. 💔

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:32h, 23 January Reply

      Yes our boys did enjoy play time and hosting sleepovers. Thank you for your support Sheila.

  • Natalie Shorten and Tim Guthrie
    Posted at 09:46h, 02 January Reply

    Allison and Howie,

    We were so saddened to hear of Butch’s sudden illness and passing. He was such a kind and beautiful spirit. We remember how generous he was when we brought our Jewel over for visits. He was never territorial and always welcoming. We know how much he was adored by his loving parents. As mom says, he also brought a lot of joy to Great Aunt Jean – and they are together again. We know this is a hard time for you two and we are thinking of you often as you grieve this very special family member.

    Sending our ❤️
    Natalie and Tim and family.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:32h, 23 January Reply

      My favourite memory of our family get togethers is when Jewel decided to nap in Butch’s bed. She was 4 times his size but was determined to fit in his small bed. I envision them strutting around in heaven with all their dog friends as loved ones look on. Thank you for sharing.

  • Diana Knowles
    Posted at 15:11h, 01 January Reply

    Butch was a very special dog to two very special people. His love for you will forever be with you and, just perhaps, he will come to you again in a new body. Keep your heart open for his return.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:31h, 23 January Reply

      Hi Diana. Our hearts are definitely open. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Wendy Webb
    Posted at 11:58h, 01 January Reply

    Allison and Howie,
    I only met Butch a few times but I know how precious he was to you and the hole his passing has left in your lives. It will take time but eventually you will remember him with smiles instead of sorrow.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Wendy and Andy

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:31h, 23 January Reply

      Thank you Wendy and Andy for sharing and for being so supportive. It is appreciated.

  • Terry Downie
    Posted at 10:47h, 30 December Reply

    One of my favourite memories of Butch is when the Roughriders were making a run at the 2013 Grey Cup. Allison said that if they end up winning, I should send a Rider jersey to Butch and he would proudly wear it. Sure enough, the Riders came through, winning the Cup at Taylor Field in Regina no less. I sent Butch a Rider jersey for pets and Allison sent me I framed picture of Butch wearing it. Butch was the lucky charm for the Riders! RIP Butch. We will dearly miss you. But remember – all dogs go to heaven.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:31h, 23 January Reply

      Yes we have a few pictures of Butch in the green and white. Mom used to love him wearing that jersey. He will cheer on the Roughriders from above with the Balfour sisters. Thank you for sharing and for your support.

  • Kaylene Watts
    Posted at 17:59h, 29 December Reply

    Dear Allison & Howie,
    Having loved and lost many pets, I understand your heart ache losing Butch. You were the best parents, Butch was so loved and I will miss your emails to Downunder signed off Allison, Howie & Butch.
    When tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we are far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right here inside your hearts’.
    Kaylene, Rod & family xx

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:30h, 23 January Reply

      Hi Kay, thank you for sharing. We especially love the quote, which touches our hearts.

  • Megan Anderson
    Posted at 06:22h, 29 December Reply

    Most of my memories of Butch were when I lived with Allison and Howie. The times that I watched him and we’d snuggle on the couch and watch Netflix together. Also, the fact that he knew who I was by my smell. And would be wagging his tail before I would even start petting him. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:30h, 23 January Reply

      Hi Megan. I remember how you used to get on the floor and play with Butch. He was always happy when you were around. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kristl Daniels
    Posted at 17:57h, 28 December Reply

    Allison and Howie,

    I never got the chance to meet Butch but I sure did see the joy he brought to your lives.
    And in turn, having you as parents, was the greatest gift he could’ve been given. Please take comfort in knowing that Butch knew that.
    He had a wonderful life and that’s all thanks to you.
    I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:30h, 23 January Reply

      Hi Kristl, thank you for keeping track of us. Also thank you for making a gift of love donation to the Pug Lady. Your kind words and cards touch our hearts.

  • Gen and Josh Baker
    Posted at 17:25h, 28 December Reply

    Special memories of Butch sitting with his Mum in the office when we visited. Our online chats with Butch being part of the conversations. So very sad when we heard of his eye operation going wrong and the love he has received as a special family member with you both. Sending love and cuddles from your family downunder.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:29h, 23 January Reply

      Hi Gen and Josh, thank you for sharing your special memories. All these lovely comments help in many ways.

  • Pat Tolmie Daniels
    Posted at 13:43h, 28 December Reply

    I only met Butch a few times but my memory is of a friendly and loveable addition to your family. So although I didn’t know Butch real well I know what a positive difference he made to your lives. By him enriching your lives, you two have “paid it forward” and have also enriched the lives of all who know you. I know your hearts are hurting but you have wonderful memories of him that will help ease the pain. You two were lucky to have Butch and he was lucky to have you two.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:29h, 23 January Reply

      Hi Pat. Thank you for your kind words of comfort. Yes, our hearts are hurting, but the love of family and friends is so appreciated.

  • Sharon Crowston
    Posted at 12:52h, 28 December Reply

    Butch was such a great dog . He loved everyone . One time Butch came to our house . It didn’t take him long to sniff out treats and rawhide😂. Katie was happy to share . They had been in her box of toys for so long she had totally forgotten them. Everyone that met Butch new what a special addition to Howie and Allison’s family. He will be missed for sure.

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:28h, 23 January Reply

      Sharon and Hal thank you for making our wedding in Myrtle Beach extra special. Hal was so good with our ring bearer and made sure Butch took good care of our rings. In Manitoba it was fun having Butch and Katie in the same place. They brought so much joy to us all.

  • Myrna Wilde
    Posted at 12:39h, 28 December Reply

    Butch was an incredible Pug. From a rough start in life he thrived with the love that Allison and Howie provided to him throughout his life. He was well loved but gave three fold in return to everyone he met.

    One of my fondest memories was his hilarious way of interrupting our phone conversations when Allison and I would be talking, Without fail Butch would start to bark as if telling his Mom he wanted her attention. It was so cute and always made me laugh and put a big smile on my face.

    He loved his cuddles with his family, car rides, his daily walks but most of all he loved Allison and Howie.

    He made a real impact on those who knew him well and even though he will be sorely missed by family and friends he will live on in the indelible footprints he left on everyone’s hearts. He was very precious and so are the memories he left behind forever more. You were a great dog. Rest In Peace Butch.❤️❤️❤️ Myrna and Ted

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 15:27h, 23 January Reply

      Thank you, Myrna and Ted, for your kind memories. Howie and I appreciated how Butch was always welcome in your home. Butch loved visiting and on a hot summer day and loved swimming in your pool. You spoiled him with gifts and treats. Thank you also for the generous donation in Butch’s name.

  • Betty Shorten
    Posted at 12:34h, 28 December Reply

    Allison and Howie
    My sincere sympathy as you move forward without Butch. I recall how he loved to cuddle, and how enjoyable walking with Butch was for you.. He brought Aunt Jean so much Joy. They are now together again. You will find there will be times in the future when you will think time to go for walk with Butch, then you remember he is no longer here.
    Enjoy your memories and pictures as you thank him for the memories.
    Sincerely Betty

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 12:15h, 17 January Reply

      Betty thank you for sharing, it means so much to Howie and I. Butch and Mom were partners in crime and he brought so much joy to her days.

  • Don Sawyer
    Posted at 11:44h, 28 December Reply

    I enjoyed our snuggles on the couch. RIP. Don Sawyer

    • Allison Sawyer
      Posted at 12:00h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you for sharing. We know Butch loved his Uncle Don.

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