My dog's name was Wolf. He was a Doberman, and he was with us for ten years. Wolf was the most loving, playful and sweetest dog I have ever had, and I have had dogs all my life (I'm 53). We found him, abandoned when he was about one. He came from the small horse ranch next to where we had our horses. He was so gentle, and such a gentleman. He would creep up to get the last few pieces of dry food left by the dogs on that ranch. I went for a walk one night, feeling sad, and he came with me and leaned against me while we were sitting on a big rock. That was the first time I knew dogs could hug.

When we took him home, he was starving to death. You could count all of his ribs, see the knobs in his backbone and he could hardly stand up. We fed him, got him fixed, got him healthier and he was a joy. When he was with us about a year, he got out one night, and running around in glee, he got hit by a car. His leg was broken in an unusual place. At that time we had the money to pay for his care. He had to have a blood transfusion, and surgery and took a long time to heal. At around $3,000, he was the most expensive animal we ever had. But he was worth it. Wolfie loved cats. He used to groom our cat when she was a kitten and older, and she bonded to him, not us. The things he liked most in the world were to play, and to run (he was so beautiful when he ran...he looked like a thoroughbred), he loved affection and gave affection, and eating was usually the last thing on his mind.

When he died last August, we were with him. He had tumors and arthritis and other problems, became incontinent, and we knew he was dying. He had one last look around his domain and laid down and died. We buried him up on the hill and planted geraniums on his grave. I miss him more than I can say. It's been almost a year, and there's not a day goes by when I don't think about him. I've been thinking about adopting another Doberman, but I don't know if I'd ever find one with the sweet temperament he had. We have other animals, and we've had other animals that have died, but somehow, Wolf is the one that remains in my heart and I don't know if I will ever get over losing him.

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