by Pat Closher
Today we rescued your dog. We don’t know where you got him from - maybe you saw him in a pet store window or maybe one of your neighbors bred a few litters a year just to make some vacation money or because they loved their dogs so much that of course they wanted to have puppies. We don’t know much about how you cared for him either, although our vet thought that for such a young dog, his teeth were in pretty bad shape.
One day, we saw him on the shelter web site. We called and asked about him. The shelter workers were so happy to hear from us and were delighted to agree to bring him to a local pet store where they do adoptions. Do you want to know why they were so accommodating? He was scheduled to be killed that afternoon. He didn’t know that, but the shelter workers certainly did. It hurt them and he felt that, so he knew something was wrong. All of a sudden, though, the shelter workers were happy and excited and so was he. They bathed him and brushed his coat. We think they probably told him this was it - his big chance, or maybe he just knew it somehow. When we met him, we all fell in love.
He had to go to the vet to be neutered, of course, but then he came home. He has his very own 13 year-old boy. You know, it’s almost like watching one of those old Lassie movies, seeing how well they’ve bonded. He’s got good food and his own toys. He’s taken on walks three times a day, is regularly groomed and is taken to the vet for needed care. We’ll be with him always, even if we have to make that last, difficult decision, because, you see, he is our dog and we are his family.
He has a good heart you know, but then he is a dog, so that’s to be expected. He’s probably forgiven you and, with a dog’s grace, doesn’t even remember you dumped him. He’d probably even be willing to greet you at the Rainbow Bridge. But you know what? He’ll greet us and go with us at the Bridge, and then he’ll be with us forever, because he’s our dog and we’re his family.
I adopted Echo from LSBR in April, 2003. She was a 1 yr old confident, energetic girl. She was a leader and a great example to her older brother and younger sister. Echo loved competing in agility trials (even though she was legally not allowed to compete since she was deaf - don't ask, don't tell!) and chasing the pool skimmer around the pool! She passed in September, 2011 from brain cancer. Echo was a once in a lifetime dog and she is missed tremendously by her family and her agility buddies.
I've attached a picture of Echo with her first AKC agility title ribbons in 2006. She continued to compete until she had earned 2 Excellent B Jumpers titles and an Excellent A Standard title.
Thank you Lone Star for bringing Echo into our lives!
Brother Sammy & Sister Abby (also a LSBR dog!)
A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove, He only takes the best.
God knows you had to leave us but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you the day he took you home.
We love you our little Miss Ellie girl. You were a blessing to each and every one of us!
Your loving humans
Granny Linda, Bobbie & Sonny
and siblings Rainey, Ozzie & Claude