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Old 08-29-2017, 08:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Eric, you know that just this last week I was having a terrible time over Iris being gone....again I struggled, and she's left me over a year ago. Been dreaming about her and twice called dear Poppy by Iris' name.

So, I came back to read this poem again, it always brings me such peace. I have been feeling Iris by my side again, in a good way and have felt her helping crazy Miss Poppy along on her journey to adult hood. She is ever so much better these days!❤️

They are a good pair, these two.🐾🐾. 🐾🐾

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Old 12-25-2017, 04:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Eric, thank you for your empathetic words. Sailor will celebrate his 12th birthday tomorrow. My brother was visiting and he held Sailor's head in his hands, and said, "Pup, you don't understand why your body is growing old." Hah, isn't that the truth! Sailor still plays with the younger dogs, but he plays smart; he takes short cuts, instead of racing the length of the yard. Sometimes his eyes are cloudy, and he pauses, as if he has forgotten what he was doing. I call him to my side and tell him he is a good boy, hoping the praise will be enough to make him happy. He has fewer days in front of him, than he has behind him. With eleven years of therapy work, he has touched many lives. I like to think he has made a difference. He always had a knack for attracting people who were grieving the loss of their own dogs. I have had men sit and pet him, and then start sobbing. One man even sought him out three days in a row, and wanted to know if I would consider selling Sailor to him. Sailor was, also, extraordinarily patient with handicapped children. Teachers would tell me that a certain student could not be trusted with dogs. I always played it by ear, knowing that Sailor would tell me if he couldn't handle the student. He never refused to go to a student, never gave up on a kid, never asked for a break. Like many of you, I will struggle with letting him go. I hope he goes gently into that good night.
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Eric, thank you for your empathetic words. Sailor will celebrate his 12th birthday tomorrow. My brother was visiting and he held Sailor's head in his hands, and said, "Pup, you don't understand why your body is growing old." Hah, isn't that the truth! Sailor still plays with the younger dogs, but he plays smart; he takes short cuts, instead of racing the length of the yard. Sometimes his eyes are cloudy, and he pauses, as if he has forgotten what he was doing. I call him to my side and tell him he is a good boy, hoping the praise will be enough to make him happy. He has fewer days in front of him, than he has behind him. With eleven years of therapy work, he has touched many lives. I like to think he has made a difference. He always had a knack for attracting people who were grieving the loss of their own dogs. I have had men sit and pet him, and then start sobbing. One man even sought him out three days in a row, and wanted to know if I would consider selling Sailor to him. Sailor was, also, extraordinarily patient with handicapped children. Teachers would tell me that a certain student could not be trusted with dogs. I always played it by ear, knowing that Sailor would tell me if he couldn't handle the student. He never refused to go to a student, never gave up on a kid, never asked for a break. Like many of you, I will struggle with letting him go. I hope he goes gently into that good night.
It is never easy to let them go. But go we all must. There are times when I sincerely feel a nose on my leg that is familiar at a time when Gracie is absent. Grace was able to recognize places she had never been to before and go directly to a site beloved of a previous dog, showing the joy of return. The love of a dog is unconditional and forever. I hope one day to be reunited with those beloved to me, that I have lost along the way. That time is not too far away. I used to worry that Gracie might suffer my demise but at least 12 people have sworn to see that she is well cared for. Her love has touched many and their lives have been the better for it.
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Thanks Eric for yorr post said with much passion. I feel my former dogs (all beautiful springer spaniels) in ways I cannot express. Asta, for sure, knew certain stuff - much of it without me having to teach him. I am sorry and prayerful for those we have lost, and those coming to the end of their sweet lives . They don't ever leave us. Big ((hugs)) to PF.
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