Losing a dog
Helen, my yellow blind lab, died the day after I returned from my trip to Seattle. She came from Animal Haven , a no kill dog rescue, in Kansas City. I heard about her on the radio driving to KC and just went and got her. She was out of her mind in the shelter, but better when I got her in the car. No one knew where she came from….just found wandering on a road and turned in to the shelter. She loved to ride in the car, and she quickly learned schedules and then made us stick to them. I’m sure she ran trains in her last life. She became our time of the day reminder….as in: Time to walk, time to eat, time to go outside, time to eat, time to watch tv, time to go to bed. For awhile she slept in my studio at nite, but as she got older and less trustworthy, I thought she’d be better off in the kitchen. Our vet, Dr. Johnson, gave her excellent care as she struggled with heart trouble. Yesterday she slept on the front porch all day and wasn’t interested in eating. Then, I knew it was time to let her wander to yellow dog heaven with all the other free dogs. Her best qualities were that she hardly ever barked, she was a great energetic walker and could even walk off lead on this walking path we have in Weston. She never really liked affection. I think she thought we were going to trick her by being nice first…. but she did hang out with us and I think she enjoyed the life around her. Her tail did wag all day.