Thursday, March 11, 2010
Close to Nowhere
Friends and companions
What with our esteemed and beloved Dr. Childers receiving Vet of the Year and our esteemed and beloved Dr. Milton Winter discussing dogs and such and then the very sad letter to the editor we have in the paper this week, dogs have been on my mind a lot lately.
Several weeks ago, our own beloved Girl Puppy ran out in front of a car and died. Pop had the girls up at the road in the car waiting for the bus (it was raining) and everything happened right in front of them.
Girl Puppy was a boxer and despite her name, was our oldest dog. We’d had her about eight or so years and I don’t think the girls remember her ever not being there.
She was supposed to be the Gremlin’s dog and the day we got her, Rem was holding her in the back seat and announcing that her name was “Girl Puppy.” Mom said, “oh no, let’s think of something else,” and began mentioning several names.
When we looked into the back seat to see how Remy was taking all this, we saw a really sad sight. Rem was holding the puppy out to her mom, with tears coursing down her face, sobbing — “If I can’t name her Girl Puppy, she’s not my dog, so here, you can have her.”
So, Girl Puppy it was (could you have refused that?) and we had a good dog and loveable friend for eight years.
You can’t replace a loveable friend, but you can find another one.
Dana’s friends, who raise border collies, tempted her with a puppy, so now, we have a new puppy named Tater. That name is a long story. If you’re really interested, call me. It involves comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White.
Jack is Remy’s poodle who jumped out of a pickup when he was a puppy and suffered hideous injuries and survived it all (thanks in huge part to Dr. Childers and Dr. Thompson!) Jack loves everything and everyone, so Tater is a welcome addition for him. Especially as he really misses his running buddy Girl.
Mr. Bean, Meredith’s miniature schnauzer, is a tolerant and thoughtful gentleman, so the new dog is being carefully considered and approved.
Foxy, on the other hand, is not happy.
Foxy was abandoned and when we found her, weighed about four pounds. A long-haired, solid black Chihuahua and very delicate and feminine, she is very upset that another dog is invading “her” territory! The nerve of Tater!
“The old man” in the letter to the editor reminded me of Foxy.
Makes me wonder about people....
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