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Four legs, a lick and a wag

Dear friends,

Boy did I have a strange week. My very good friend Gertie went to see her cousin Sam, the Golden and Luna the cat. I was by myself for 2½ days. Do you know how long that is? It is a very, very long time. I saw them leave in the car without me and I didn’t understand as I always get to go with Gertie and my town mom. I knew something was up. They didn’t come back for almost an eternity. I was dropped off in the morning and there was no one to greet me. No one to sit on their lap and have extra pats and scratches. It seemed like a very long time until my lake mom picked me up. Then it was another whole day just like the first. I slept and slept, and wondered around the house and went outside and then slept some more. Not much fun by yourself, and no trip to the woods to see the creatures with very short legs and very big bodies.

I wasn’t there when Gertie returned home, but when I was dropped off the third day, there she was, waiting for me right by the back door. We danced, smelled, talked, bounced a little, and then did some crying because we were very glad to see one another. I am sure glad they were not gone any longer than they were. Gertie said she saw her favorite vet and got all her shots, teeth cleaned and feet trimmed. She said she was glad it was over but that her vet took very good care. She wanted me to remind all my readers how important a yearly trip to the vet is. Make sure she said to get your shots and get those pearly whites cleaned too. Gertie said that the vet told her that some serious and nasty stuff can happen if teeth are not cleaned and checked. Thanks Gertie for coming home. I missed you.

May I share with you again about my friend Dizzy? If you have been following the paper and our website you know Dizzy has been at Ark a long time. She is a special friend as she has some special needs. Sometimes she has trouble with her feet doing what she wants them to do. She sometimes hits her head on the wall trying to walk to the door or another room. Dizzy has a slight (this is a big word for me) neurological problem. She is a loving gal and likes to go on walks but also likes it kind of quiet. You know very well it is not quiet at the sanctuary; everybody talks at the same time you know. Dizzy’s adoption fee has been paid and she is longing for a home where it is quiet and peaceful. She has lots of love to give and is eager to do just that. Maybe you know someone who is looking for a dog to love and give a home and in return receive love. Please tell them to contact Ark. Tell them Buddy sent you.

I had a good friend send this to me a week or so ago. We don’t like to think about these things, but sometimes it is nice to remember what all our living canine friends do to make our lives richer.  It is called “The Last Battle.” 

If it should be that I grow weak, and pain should keep me from my sleep, then you must do what must be done, for this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand; don’t let your grief stay your hand. For this day more than all the rest, your love for me must stand the test. We've had so many happy years – What is to come can hold no fears. You'd not want me to suffer so; the time has come, so let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend and please stay with me until the end. Hold me firm and speak to me until my eyes no longer see. Know in time that you will see the kindness that you did for me. Although my tail its last has waved, from pain and suffering I've been saved. Please do not grieve – it must be you who had this painful thing to do. We've been so close, we two, these years – don't let your heart hold back its tears. Poem is by an unknown author.

Congratulations to Earl – he has a new name and home.  He is now Kody and living the great life with a new family, security and love abounding! I saw his new home and he even has a pool! I am hoping he asks me to join him sometime this summer. Hint hint.

Your “fur-ever” friend,   Buddy