Saturday, February 27, 2010

Story Behind the Picture: Untitled



He was rescued from the streets. He is the first family member of my husband's that I met. He joined us on our first date. He witnessed our engagement. He ate everybody's breakfast the morning of our wedding, when our backs were turned. He was my running partner. He helped train our younger dog. He helped train our children. He unlocked windows, dismantled alarm wires, chewed through wallboard, and performed miracles of canine athleticism to escape....daily. He adored my husband. He pretended to merely tolerate me (but I saw through it). He ate out of the trash can at every opportunity. He howled when he heard an ice cream truck. He howled when he heard an Irish tin whistle. He howled when the children were napping and he woke them up. He sneezed when he was happy. He danced in circles like a circus poodle when he wanted a treat. He would do anything for cheese. He was afraid of plastic bags. He was fearless that day I needed him most. He suffered unimaginable abuse in his pre-rescue life. He found his forever home with us.

I write this as he naps in a small patch of afternoon sun, as he enjoys the twilight of his nearly 15 years. I write this knowing that I won't publish it until the day comes where he no longer greets me with a stiff-hipped tail wag and a gentle lick on the hand, and his favorite blue rubber ball sits quietly in the basket on the stairs.

He was loved.

11 comments:

lisa {milkshake} said...

I'm so, so sorry.

TheEye said...

what a sweet soul you both have... he new a good life with you and your family.

daisy janie said...

So sorry, Michelle. Sounds like he had a wonderful, full life once he found his forever family. May your memories comfort you at this sad time.

MOLLYC said...

I gave my pup some extra hugs today, in memory of yours. Much love to you and your family today (and always). molly

Felicia Kramer said...

Oh, Michelle - you do it every time. I'm sitting here sobbing!! And I don't even have a dog!
Thank you - this is so bittersweet.

brookiellen said...

**hugs**

Allie said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Michelle. Hugs to you and your family, allie

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Michelle, my condolences for your loss. May you and your family find peace in your memories of your friend.

Sherry said...

I am so sorry for your loss. A smart person once pointed out to me that dog spelled backwards is God.. My thoughts are with you and your family deal with the loss of such a wonderful faithful family member.

designing woman said...

Michelle,

Sweet story for a sweet guy. I'll miss him too.

Love, Mom

KClark Photography said...

I'm so sorry. I know it's hard to lose family.

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