Fans of National Review’s Jonah Goldberg have become well acquainted with the tales of Cosmo the Wonderdog. Though most of us never had the good fortune to meet the legend face to face, he never failed to make us smile.
Sadly, today, Goldberg announced that Cosmo has passed:
Cosmo the Wonderdog, RIP. http://t.co/whZLoG4Smn God, how I loved that dog.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) September 27, 2013
Cosmo the Wonderdog is gone. He was the best dog I’ve ever known. He was a better dog than I had realized dogs could be. He was a rescue with the odds stacked against him that came to our rescue in more ways than I can count or describe. We can only hope to love anything as unconditionally as he loved us. But we did our best. And his sudden absence feels like the soul of our home has been vacuumed out. He went as gently as we could manage. Maybe I will write a proper farewell to him over the weekend when I have the emotional resources to do it. He deserves it (how many dogs can boast to having both chased wild caribou in the Canadian Rockies and to having peed in Christopher Hitchens’s home?). For now, all I can manage to say without breaking down is he was such good boy, the best I ever knew.
A beautiful tribute to a loyal friend.
Tweeters are expressing their condolences.
— Jim Antle (@jimantle) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO I'm sorry to hear that, Jonah. He was a Good Dog.
— Moe Lane (@Ogiel23) (@moelane) September 27, 2013
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO oh no. Im so sorry 🙁
— LaurieAnn ??♂️? (@mooshakins) September 27, 2013
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO I can't tell you how sorry I am.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO Didn't know Cosmo but do know what the loss of a beloved dog feels like and means. Lost ours 2 yrs ago. Sorry 4 the loss.
— Tim Tippit (@bull_moose1) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO I'm really sorry to hear that Cosmo is gone.
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO so very sorry Jonah.
— Pouncing Coder Brad (@bradcundiff) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO I'm going to miss your morning pics of him. Losing a dog is awful 🙁
— Ryan (@chasinghumility) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO So very sorry. He was a good boy.
— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO So sorry! Losing a beloved pet is one of the hardest things to go through 🙁
— Amanda Shell (@amandabshell) September 27, 2013
— Dr Hugo Hackenbush (@MangyLover) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO So sorry about your loss. Cosmo sounds like a wonderful dog with a life that would be the envy of canines worldwide.
— Carissa Mulder (@Carissa_ND) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO Jonah, so sorry to hear the sad news of Cosmo's passing.We all know how much you loved him since you tweeted about him every day.
— Dana (@Grandbulldoggie) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO Sorry to hear this. It's hard to lose a friend.
— Jeff Peterson (@jeffpeterson64) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO Losing a dog is wrenching. My deep sympathies.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 27, 2013
@jonahnro Sorry to hear about Cosmo. Dogs love unconditionally in hopes we love them back the same. Cosmo had that unconditional love. RIP.
— Linda Laskowski Ponzo (@LindaRHS75) September 27, 2013
@JonahNRO We weep with you. He truly was a Wonderdog.
— The Widow Mags ? (@magdalene51) September 27, 2013
— cdrsalamander (@cdrsalamander) September 27, 2013
Thoughts and prayers to the Goldberg family.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.