Muffins

MUFFINS-MUFFY
SEPTEMBER 12, 1985, TO SEPTEMBER 12, 2001

FROM THE VERY BEGINNING YOU MADE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT I WAS TO BE YOUR PET NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. YOU WERE THE BOSS AND I ENJOYED IT THAT WAY. EVERY NIGHT FOR THE LAST FOURTEEN YEARS YOU SLEPT IN THE CROOK OF MY ARM AND I HAD TO MAKE SURE I DIDN'T ROLLOVER ON YOU IN MY SLEEP. YOU WERE FIVE SOLID POUNDS OF LOVE, AFFECTION, TRUST AND COMPANIONSHIP. YOU HAD TO MAKE A BIG ADJUSTMENT WHEN YOU CAME TO LIVE WITH ME, YOU WERE USED TO HAVING MOM AND DAD AROUND TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY AND WITH THE MOVE TO FLORIDA AND THE FLEAS THERE, THE VET SAID YOU WOULD BE BETTER BACK UP NORTH. SO MOM FLEW YOU BACK AND YOU WERE FINALLY ALL MINE. I KNEW YOU WERE LONELY AFTER MOM LEFT WITH ME GONE NINE HOURS EVERY DAY AND THEN ME HAVING TO DO ALL THE OTHER THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE, BUT YOU ADJUSTED AND MADE OUR HOUSE A HOME.

YOU HAD YOUR TRIALS, FIRST A PIN HAD TO PUT IN YOUR KNEE, THEN IN A FEW YEARS YOU WENT DEAF FROM AN EAR INFECTION, THEN IN ANOTHER FEW YEARS YOU JUMP OFF THE BED AND HAD TO HAVE HALF YOU HIP REMOVE (I REMEMBER HOW MUCH PAIN YOU TOLERATED), THEN THERE WAS THE STOMACH PROBLEM AND FINALLY YOU HAD TO HAVE THE PIN REMOVED THIS PASS FEBRUARY AFTER SEVEN YEAR BECAUSE IT HAD GOTTEN INFECTED BUT YOU NEVER GAVE UP.

UP UNTIL THE LAST, NOBODY COULD BELIEVE HOW OLD YOU WERE, YOU RAN AROUND LIKE YOU WERE A PUPPY.

BUT I GUESS YOU KNEW THAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WAS DRAWING TO A CLOSE, YOU DIDN'T SEEM TO MIND SHORTER WALKS AND YOU WANTED TO SPEND MORE TIME IN MY ARMS. I ONLY WISH THAT I HAD REALIZED IT.

THAT WEDNESDAY MORNING WHEN I PUT YOU OUT AND HEARD YOU CRY, I THOUGHT THAT YOU HAD ONLY HURT YOUR LEG AGAIN BUT YOU SEEM TO HAVE HAD SOME SORT OF BREATHING PROBLEM AND IT PASSED. I CAME HOME TO CHECK ON YOU A FEW HOURS LATER AND YOU WERE SLEEPING NORMALLY AND I THOUGHT ALL WAS WELL AGAIN. A FEW HOURS LATER WHEN AUNTIE CALLED AND SAID YOU WEREN'T BREATHING RIGHT AND HAD A HARD TIME STANDING, I KNEW SOMETHING WAS TERRIBLY WRONG. I KNEW AS I WALKED (YOU NEVER DID LIKE RIDING IN THE CAR) YOU TO THE VET IN MY ARMS THAT I MIGHT WALK HOME ALONE. WHEN I HAD TO MAKE THE DECISION TO LET YOU GO YOU SEEMED TO KNOW HOW HARD IT WAS FOR ME AND LET ME KNOW THAT IT AS OKAY WITH A GOOD-BYE RUB OF YOUR LITTLE HEAD. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT. YOU WERE MY FAMILY, MY MATE, MY CHILD, MY BEST FRIEND ALL ROLLED UP IN ONE BIG BUNDLE OF LOVE. I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER. REST IN PEACE UNTIL WE MEET AT THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.

LOVE ALWAYS, DAD
RON GORDON

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