Today we said goodbye to Dave Seroski, a friend and supporter of Hanaeleh. Dave passed away suddenly in his sleep last week.
Dave was often at Hanaeleh, making any number of things for the horses: flashing reflectors, hay bags, customized rope halters for all of our new horses, a roof for the ATV, arm guards- whatever we needed, Dave would find a way to make it. Dave was also available anytime we had an emergency at the ranch, whether it was a horse who was cast, a horse who was coliccing, or when we had a huge windstorm and the stall covers blew over. When there was a fire in the area, we knew that Dave would keep us apprised of the situation, and let us know when we needed to evacuate.
Dave and his wife Susan adopted one of our horses, Max, several years ago, and he was an integral part of their family, along with their other horse, Teddy. Teddy and Max would follow Dave around his neighborhood at liberty, and with Dave’s constant love and attention, Max grew from a scared and unloved horse to a confident, silly boy who loves to snuggle.
You don’t really know how much you depend upon someone to be there until they are gone, and Dave’s passing has shown how much he was a part of all of our lives. We will miss him, and our thoughts are with his wife Sue, his family, and all of his other friends who also depended upon Dave. It seems surreal that someone who was always there to just suddenly not be there.
RIP, Dave. We are sure you are hanging out with the horses who have passed, giving them lots of hugs and treats.