Ode to a Dog

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  • Published on Feb 27, 2018
  • In which John talks about his family's dog, Fireball Wilson Roberts Green.
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  • marilena papavassiliou

    Why does this have forty downvotes? Who dislikes a man talking about his dog?

  • Erin Stohlmeyer
    Erin Stohlmeyer 28 days ago

    I watch this video when I need a good cry. And I mean good in the best possible way. Love to the family and thanks again for sharing.

  • Christopher OBrien
    Christopher OBrien Month ago

    +

  • Claire Conover
    Claire Conover Month ago

    :(

  • BraverThanYouBelieve

    I'M NOT CRYING! YOU'RE CRYING!

  • Elijah L
    Elijah L Month ago

    I never met willie, and I never got to meet Lemon, but I think both of them are an important part of your lives, especially outside of the Internet. They’re good dogs, folks

  • Autumn Brooke
    Autumn Brooke 2 months ago

    so love willie.

  • Mara Joyce Lorca
    Mara Joyce Lorca 2 months ago

    Willy willy cute :)

  • Oh, Marge.
    Oh, Marge. 2 months ago

  • Amelia Isobel
    Amelia Isobel 2 months ago

    Knowing that I've been watching since you got willy and now hearing this, i'm actually crying a whole lot about this.

  • blazebabe11
    blazebabe11 2 months ago

    We just lost our fuzzy baby and this helps in s9me way

  • Ivy Maisonet
    Ivy Maisonet 2 months ago

    made me cry

  • Lasse Andresen
    Lasse Andresen 2 months ago

    "He takes me seriously, like no human can." That one hit home so hard...

  • Jennifer Holian
    Jennifer Holian 3 months ago

    What a lovely video😭

  • K VanNorstrand
    K VanNorstrand 3 months ago

    Coming back to re-watch this video after hearing that Willy passed away. Sending a lot of virtual hugs to the Urist-Green family.

  • Samantha Womack
    Samantha Womack 3 months ago

    GOSH DANG IT THE WATER WORKS!
    HE'S SUCH A GOOD BOY!

  • Gabrielle
    Gabrielle 3 months ago

    rest in peace willie. I'm praying for your family John.

  • Caita Pierson
    Caita Pierson 3 months ago

    John, I totally understand. My dog, at age 13, is in the last year (or so) of his life. Similar to you, I have ocd and anxiety as well which my dog has been with me through it all. As a little kid, I would come home from school crying on many occasions because of the “voices” (ocd) in my head. Bach, my dog, was always there to hug, always there to snuggle with, and always there to cheer me up. From kindergarten to almost now me graduating, he has been there. I guess what I’m saying John is that it’s hard for others to understand people like us, but the support a dog can provide when others do not understand is irreplaceable. I hope you see this and know you’re not alone. #nerdfighteria

  • hotdrippyglass
    hotdrippyglass 3 months ago

    Fireball Wilson Roberts Green lives on; tvclip.biz/video/_ZdGE-G03Lc/video.html .
    And Willie will continue to live on in our hearts and in perpetual renewal as young dogs get introduced to Hanks song for Willie. Thank You John for sharing Willie with the rest of the world. We are all richer for knowing of his presence on this planet.

  • Aud Mo
    Aud Mo 3 months ago

    Thank you, John. Just... thank you.

  • Jennifer Crebs
    Jennifer Crebs 3 months ago

    I’m crying

  • Michael Skinner
    Michael Skinner 3 months ago

    👍

  • Sarah S
    Sarah S 3 months ago

    I swore I wouldn't cry...don't know why I even tried to believe that.

  • calichef1962
    calichef1962 3 months ago +3

    I am an only child who grew up surrounded by adults. Other children never understood me. They used to say things like, "You talk like you swallowed a dictionary." Probably because they were too stupid to understand what I was saying. By eighth grade my vocabulary and language skills were at a second year college level. Children went out of their way to be mean or bully me. I never understood it and probably never will. Luckily, I always had a dog. Dogs have ALWAYS been my best friends and, even as a middle-aged woman, they still are. I simply cannot live without my canine best friends. My current best friends/fur babies are Jethro and Ellie, a pair of unrelated chihuahuas who are collectively known as The Tiny Terrors. Ellie is more like your Willy and Jethro is a full-on snuggle baby. He sleeps with his back against my back, under the covers, every night. Ellie prefers to sleep on the pillow on the other side of the bed, or at my feet. If she gets really cold she asks to get under the covers by digging at the top edge of the covers, or my hand, and then sleeps under the covers against my belly once I raise the covers so she can get in with Jethro and me. They are both going to be eight this year and I know that my time with them is more than half spent. I fully intend to find chihuahua or pomeranian puppies to step into Jethro or Ellie's places when their time comes to an end. I have come to understand that I simply cannot live happily without my tiny fur babies.

  • Mariposa Redimida
    Mariposa Redimida 3 months ago

    What a sweet boy! I had a similar situation with my dog who passed away last December. the only time I was able to cuddle her was when she was really sick, only a few days away from her passing. Love her so much!

  • Carolyn N
    Carolyn N 3 months ago +1

    Willy, you were and still are much loved, and terribly missed. Thank you for being a part of John's family, and nerdfighteria. Love to you, John, and family.

  • Mark Susskind
    Mark Susskind 3 months ago

    John is willy, willy cute! Bye, Willie.

  • Aishee
    Aishee 3 months ago +1

    DAMN IT JOHN. FIRST YOUR BOOKS, THEN YOUR MOVIES NOW EVEN YOUR GODDAMNED VIDEOS MAKE ME CRY. LET ME LIVE!

  • lizard kid
    lizard kid 3 months ago

    Does anyone know what breed Willie is?

  • xWarriorOfLegendx
    xWarriorOfLegendx 3 months ago

    I'm sorry he passed yesterday, John. Thinking of your family, especially the kids x

  • Nathan Rigsby
    Nathan Rigsby 3 months ago

    RIP FWRG. We will never forget your awesomeness.

  • Meghan McCullough
    Meghan McCullough 3 months ago

    Westies are the best. 💕

  • beccabunny09
    beccabunny09 3 months ago

    I put down my dog of 15 years on June 11 of 2007 and it struck me suddenly last year that it had been a decade since she was gone. Fiona was also a westie, like Willy, and for an socially awkward, ADHD, too tall girl, she was a panacea for all the hurts the world inflicts on girls that aren't pretty and don't fit into cultural expectations. For most of my childhood she was my only friend and she prepared me for a lot of life's challenges like parenting (babies and puppies; very similar) and eventually loss. Putting her down was painful but also beautiful. She had bladder cancer and was incontinent and was probably a little senile and deaf and couldn't see well but she was still sweet and happy. We didn't want to wait until she would have trouble emptying her bladder and then getting infections. She didn't go in pain or scared. The vet put a pillow down on the table for her and slowly put her to sleep first and then stopped her heart. I wish we could all go so easily.
    Dogs are family. Fiona was my baby. She was everything I needed and was without. Acceptance without judgment, patient and serene devotion. Dogs are family

  • Katie Moss
    Katie Moss 3 months ago

    Rest in Awesome Fireball Wilson Roberts Green

  • Honey Bear
    Honey Bear 3 months ago

    Our greatest gifts. 🐶

  • Dennise Grace Lazam
    Dennise Grace Lazam 3 months ago

    🐶❤

  • Katie Twiddle
    Katie Twiddle 3 months ago

    Rest in peace Willie

  • ReYo
    ReYo 3 months ago

    Rest in Awesome, WIlly.

  • Anahi Mndz
    Anahi Mndz 3 months ago

    I'm crying so badly.

  • Swapnil Patil
    Swapnil Patil 3 months ago

    Has anyone else come here for crying today coz Willy is no more? I don't know why the tears just won't stop 💔

  • fibonacci227
    fibonacci227 3 months ago

    He's a good dog. Love you all.

  • untappedinkwell
    untappedinkwell 3 months ago

    May the Dread Pirate Fireball Wilson Roberts Green Rest in Awesome.

  • Munjee Syed
    Munjee Syed 3 months ago

    Rest in piece

  • DrSunflowers
    DrSunflowers 3 months ago

    Im sorry for your loss.
    Willie is surely in doggie heaven now. Hope you guys are doing better soon.

  • Jennifer Goebel
    Jennifer Goebel 3 months ago

    RIA Willy.

  • Olivia Neumann
    Olivia Neumann 3 months ago +5

    Today, Willy has died. Let’s hope Willy, so lovingly described in this video, lives on happily ever after in whatever puppy heaven that may or may not exist.

  • The Primeval Void
    The Primeval Void 3 months ago

    RIP Willy.

  • holypicklesmofo
    holypicklesmofo 3 months ago

    RIP Willy

  • Millissa Martin
    Millissa Martin 3 months ago +2

    Our community stands with you today in mourning Willy. I wish you peace and strength on this difficult day.

  • Shrisha P.
    Shrisha P. 3 months ago

    Rest in peace, Willy. We love you.

  • Seamus Hughes
    Seamus Hughes 3 months ago +1

  • Emery Paine
    Emery Paine 3 months ago

    I wouldn't be surprised if he can actually tell when something is wrong.

  • lizard kid
    lizard kid 3 months ago

    I am crying, this video made me smile, scream and cry so many feelings in the span of three minutes and fourty five seconds

  • Darlene Lesmana
    Darlene Lesmana 3 months ago

    I think you spent too much time writing tfios

  • cooldaddyjames2814
    cooldaddyjames2814 3 months ago +1

    I bet 🍋 will be waiting for him up in 🐶 heaven. We’ll miss him.
    Remember when they used him for white balance in the Christmas video? That was funny.

  • squeekytoy123
    squeekytoy123 3 months ago +1

    John, I am so sorry for you and your family :(. Willy is such a special dog and he spans such disparate parts of your life - married before kids to having young children and a family. I'm glad that you got to spend so much time with him

  • Ava Anderson
    Ava Anderson 3 months ago +1

    I just want to acknowledge that in all the comments I've seen, there are no dislikes on any of them. I love the fact the no matter where you came from or what you believe, if there is something as pure as the love a dog has for its owner, everyone will return that love sevenfold. Us as human beings are reminded of the ability to care whenever we see dogs. They happy dance, they sing, they smile. Their eyes glitter and they fidget, and at some point, they all give at least a cuddle. The innateness of benevolence is in people, but it is not constant. Thank you Fireball Wilson and puppies everywhere for showing your love, always. We all can learn from you.

  • Brian Morton
    Brian Morton 3 months ago

    I have west two west highland white terriers, or... I did. One passed away in 2016, and the other may be going any month now as well. For Willie’s sake, I hope he has a pleasant exit.

  • chamber of words
    chamber of words 3 months ago

    MY EYES ARE SWEATING

  • Richard Xia
    Richard Xia 4 months ago

  • maggie beckett
    maggie beckett 4 months ago

    My Wisty was a good one too. She knew when I was dealing with feelings that were too big for me, and would come and sit by me. Wisty was a good one. Maybe one of the greats. I will never forget her.

  • Micah Lee
    Micah Lee 4 months ago

    We lost my 14 year old baby a couple weeks ago. This video popped up on my recommends and it reminds me so much of her

  • Brianna Zealand
    Brianna Zealand 4 months ago

    A dog is never just a dog, and this goes for all pets. Animals bring comfort and understanding to us. My pets are certainly my family. Your dog sounds like a great family member :3

  • Avery-Quinn Maddox
    Avery-Quinn Maddox 4 months ago

    "Only a dog?"
    Well, you're only a human... what's your point? That dogs are lesser than humans?

  • SlytherinBookworm
    SlytherinBookworm 4 months ago

    I came home for winter break two years ago and one of the first things my parents told me was that my dog, who was only 7, had lymphoma and they hadn’t wanted to tell me earlier because I had finals. I spent the next couple of weeks taking him to the vet and trying to make as many memories as I could. I was studying abroad the next semester and as far as I knew treatment was going really well. Until I got a message the day before Easter telling me they had to put him down the night before and also my 15 year old cousin had cancer. I cried and cried alone in a hotel room as my friends were downstairs meeting family for the first time. I didn’t even tell a few of them until we had gotten back to Rome and it just all boiled over. Losing a friend like that sucks and it gets better but it will always hurt. I’m sorry.

  • Megan Jeganathan
    Megan Jeganathan 4 months ago

    That’s so heart breaking. Pets are definitely family.

  • Rachel Lynch
    Rachel Lynch 4 months ago

    what a good boy!

  • Cyrena Grace
    Cyrena Grace 4 months ago

    Been watching since Willy was a puppy. I will miss hearing about him but know that he will be healed soon. Praying for comfort for your family in this difficult time.

  • wickedly4
    wickedly4 4 months ago

    I am EMOTIONAL

  • Becca Moses
    Becca Moses 4 months ago

    i saw this title and freaked a little bit ngl but i am glad he’s currently okay :)

  • The Grim Squeaker
    The Grim Squeaker 4 months ago

    I remember bring our little black lab home. I was 11 years, he was 8 weeks and totally hapless as dogs that young often are. Last year as I was preparing for the last two of my exams we decided it finally was time to take him to the vet. When we got home from that appointment I began to notice all the little things that, up then i had not seen or perhaps allowed myself to see. At the end of that week, after completing my last exam we took him to the vet and said goodbye. A cancer had, we discovered, been growing in his throat for some months, gradually making his life more and more uncomfortable and so it would have continued had we not taken this step.
    I cried more in the weeks that followed than I remember ever doing before. Watching this brought those emotions flooding back, as I remember the companion that I grew up with and the friend that we lost.

  • thewinterizzy
    thewinterizzy 4 months ago

    I’ve had this in my to watch for weeks because I was scared to watch it... Really moving video. Thank you.

  • partyinthetardis
    partyinthetardis 4 months ago

    I remember when you first got Willy. I can't believe its been this long. Prayers and warm thoughts to you and your family.

  • rubymimosa
    rubymimosa 4 months ago

    +

  • Jennifer Reeves
    Jennifer Reeves 4 months ago +1

    I have such a hard time accepting that my dog will eventually die. I love her so much. I've known her since I was a kid and I don't think I've loved anyone more than I love her. I know she will one day die and I just don't know how I'll recover. I know people say "enjoy the time you have left" or "light can not exist without darkness" but its bull. I love her and I don't want her to go. I could get another dog, and maybe I would love that dog just as much, but it wouldn't make her death any better. It wouldn't make her death okay. A world without that dog feels so wrong. She is so sweet. So innocent. So happy.

  • Christy Parker
    Christy Parker 4 months ago +2

    He's the beginning of the phrase "puppy-sized elephants." He's a talking dog, and we of Nerdfighteria are grateful for his contributions to Nerdfighteria, as well as to your life and productivity. Thanks Willy.

  • janessa blake
    janessa blake 4 months ago

    😢aaw I love this video... my family had to put down our dog of 7 years two days ago

  • Eric Bost
    Eric Bost 4 months ago

    It is never easy saying good bye to a good friend. Been through it 5 times. Wish I could say it gets easier.

  • inkonpaperhero
    inkonpaperhero 4 months ago

    I started watching vlogbrothers with my girlfriend, who is now my wife, in 2007. In 2008 we got a dog and named her Alaska. She died, too young, in 2016. And here I am still watching. It sucks when dogs die. Sorry John. Thanks for everything.

  • The Stumpy Brigade
    The Stumpy Brigade 4 months ago

    We wish you the best John! We hope Willie has a good last few months or years. Dogs are just as much a part of our families as hoomans after all.

  • Kate Hannah
    Kate Hannah 4 months ago

    Lost my dog after 15 years last year. Sounds like Willie has a similar personality. It still hurts like hell and this video brought tears to my eyes.

  • Bettie Turner
    Bettie Turner 4 months ago

    i remember when he came home... I remember many Willy jokes and references. I believe he is a good boy and will go where the good boys roam.

  • William Hendley
    William Hendley 4 months ago

    Damnit John I'm at work and you've got me crying.

  • Benedek Farkas
    Benedek Farkas 4 months ago

    I am not that kind of person, but darn I'm almost crying. I wish a happy last few months for Willy!

  • Meve76
    Meve76 4 months ago

    damn onions!
    my father passed away last month and my cat (who i brought to my mom's with me because of the emergency) stayed by her side the whole 3 weeks i stayed there...as you said he just felt something was odd ..

  • Caitlin Sullivan
    Caitlin Sullivan 4 months ago

    Good boy.

  • MiracleMira
    MiracleMira 4 months ago

    I remember the first videos you made with Willie he's so cute and even though i never had a dog i can see how they become a part of your family and bring so much comfort and joy. i'm sorry you'll have to part with him but glad he could be part of your life and through the vlogs ours too. Thanks for sharing the good and the bad with us John, hope Willie has a great time for however much time he has left.

  • Heloisa Ikeda
    Heloisa Ikeda 4 months ago

    I cried!

  • Richelle - Ann Cabatic
    Richelle - Ann Cabatic 4 months ago

    No I’m not crying

  • TroublesomeDragon
    TroublesomeDragon 4 months ago

    Why John? I spent weeks thinking your dog was dead before finally clicking on the video.(Anxiety intesifies) Finishes video, oh, I see Willie's sick. I hope for the best for you and your extended family. As my cat gets older, I get similar thoughts. Thank you for sharing John, our lives are better with you in it.

  • Mc Son of a bitch
    Mc Son of a bitch 4 months ago

    I thought Willie died already and my heart felt like it stoped.

  • LVRiot13
    LVRiot13 4 months ago

    I remember when you got Willy. I remember how much he reminded me of my own dog at the time, Misty, who eventually died my senior year of high school. I don’t know Willy, or the comfort he’s given you, but I do know what it’s like to have to let go of a creature who has loved you unconditionally through your darkest times. I’m sorry we have to feel that.

  • Nina Galindo
    Nina Galindo 4 months ago

    This made me cry. I remembered when our family dog died, no one could get over it for weeks (even months) on end.

  • dedicatedrr
    dedicatedrr 4 months ago

    Goodness, videos from the past few months have really been putting the passage of time in perspective. Anyone remember that little song about Willy turning his head? As if it's been 10 years! Well, at least it sounds like he's had a good life :)

  • Conner Fields
    Conner Fields 4 months ago

    I'm autistic, and I understand the loneliness.

  • Sara Rabbermann
    Sara Rabbermann 4 months ago

    I’m sorry, John. That is so so hard. All my love to willie and everyone else.

  • Vanessa F
    Vanessa F 4 months ago

    so... i actually got into this channel in 2008, when you first got willy. my own westie terrier had just passed away after 15 years of being a yappy, but loyal and curmudgeonly member of the family. seeing your cute puppy brought back all these memories and damn. now i can't believe it's been ten years. (whoever's chopping onions in this room, STOP IT!)
    rip snowy. still miss you after all these years.

  • Katie Friedman
    Katie Friedman 4 months ago

    I have a six year old Westie named Astro. I'll be thinking about you, Willy and the rest of your family.

  • john coffey
    john coffey 4 months ago

    Dogs are family.

  • Sheckla41
    Sheckla41 4 months ago

    Oh man, I wasn't prepared to be hit by this truck of feels. All the love to you guys, and Willy. Losing a furry family member is never easy, but he is so loved, and has lived a great life.