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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Goodbye Good Old Dog

Willie Ray, A Good Old Dog September 1996 - April 23, 2012 Willie spent his last day in a favorite spot, lying on his ortho bed with the front door open so he could survey the world. No need for the baby gate any more as he has been too woobley to stand but for a minute. Just before we loaded up for that last drive to the vet, his nemisis, the neighbor cat, stalked by the door. Before I could reach him, he gave a weak "Woof!" and was down the steps and to the sidewalk after the cat. Then he collapsed, satisfied that his job was done. Ah me, a house without Willie is too silent.

16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i'm so sorry, faye. i know that pain all too well. the house is too empty; too quiet. that's why i've vowed to always have multiple pets from now on. so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy.

Linda said...

I am so sorry, Faye. It is such a difficult day - I know it well. I pray you are soon able to think about him with a smile, remembering him. Sweet-looking dog.

Sayre said...

That's a beautiful picture of Willie - I know you loved him well, and he you.

Jan n Jer said...

Tears are streaming down my face reading this post! I had a feeling this day was very close. Willie lived a good long life and he was a wonderful companion for you Faye! We are never ready for this even though we know it will happen. So so sorry!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

So sorry for the lose of your wonderful dog.

heyBJK said...

My condolences, Faye! It's so hard to lose a great four-legged family member. Willie looked like a sweet dog. I know you'll miss him dearly.

loonyhiker said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful friend! I hope good memories comfort you when you are missing him!

Faye said...

Hi Al-thanks for your comforting messages. Lots of pet lovers here, I feel. About this time of the morning Willie and I would be heading out to the newspaper box to see what's happening in the world along with our coffee and milkbone. He will be greatly missed.

Living Life said...

Oh Faye.....I'm sooo sorry to hear about Willie boy! He was such a good companion to you. (((Hugs))) to you and may you cherish the many good memories you had with him.

I'm glad he went this way and did not suffer long. Sending sympathy, comfort and prayers your way my dear friend.

joanygee said...

He was such a treasured companion and had a lovely life with you. Thank you for sharing him with us. Good dog, Willie may you rest in peace.

laurie said...

ah, with coffee and milkbone.... ah, faye.

Deborah (Debs) Carr said...

Bless him. I hope you're okay.

ari_1965 said...

Best wishes, Faye.

Marie said...

How sad. We lost our sweet dog to cancer four years ago. She was only 9 years old, and it was so hard to say goodbye to her. I know you miss him!

Rose said...

I am late seeing this--did not get to finish all the fence links last week...so sorry. I always think it is too bad they can't live as long as us.

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