|My Alfie has his Angel Wings
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Bridge October 17, 2007
6/13/93 – 10/17/07
My Alfie was a wonderful dog and companion. He was a trooper with
all treatments and vet visits for all of his life and an extremely loving
and tender pet. He was an excellent watch dog, and also liked to
chase squirrels in his youth.
I found Alfie at a pet-shop in a local mall. Back, at the end
of 1993, I had been planning on adopting a little pet for company, but
could not decide if I wanted a dog or a cat. So one day, I was on
my way to the movies, when I suddenly had the urge to stop by the pet shop
to see what was there…..and found I did. I saw this cute little puppy
mini-schnauzer in a cage, and I immediately inquired about him. The
attendant did not hesitate one bit and told me she’d bring him out to me
to the play room so that I could have a closer look. He was ever
so adorable playing with a rubber ice cream cone. I went gaga over
him and needless to say, I took him home with me.
He was ever so scared riding on the passenger seat of my Volvo.
I told him not to be afraid, that I was his mommy and that the car was
his. Once at our destination, he sniffed a lot around for a while,
and apparently accepted his new home. He was so very easy to train,
although at first, he always preferred pooping on my carpet rather than
on the grass outside…..haha…
I would take him for Sunday outings. One Sunday, I took him to
Annapolis around the marina where all the tourist boats are loading and
unloading passengers. I put him on a bench next to me, and suddenly,
one of the big ships blew the horn so hard. The pup was so startled
and scared that he put his two little front arms around my neck and hid
his little face in my neck. I just nearly melted with this reaction.
He was so much my baby from the start!
As a young adult, I would take him shopping for a small order of groceries
once in a while, and I’d leave him with the A/C on inside the car and the
car parked under some trees in the shade. Just the same, I’d always
be so afraid that someone could brake in the car and taken him along.
So, I taught him to defend the car if someone would as much as get close
which he did. He learned this lesson so well that, even when we’d
go to visit folks and they’d walk us to the car, he would not allow anyone
near….hahaha….he was like a little beast. It was only the defense
mechanism that I had so well taught him. This got even worse when
I got Domino 6 and a half years later. I would tell him to watch
out for his baby brother and not to let anyone near him or the car.
Needless to say, he was the best security I had…..hahaha. By the
way, he was only like that while he was in a car with me and/or Domino.
He was ever such a playful dog, and he would greet you at home with
one of his stuff toys in his mouth and moving and shaking and jumping on
the couch. As he was turning adult, he got a little chubby, and I
always had his vet after me to make him loose weight. I would try,
but he’d always stay the same until he came down with pancreatitis and
diabetes. They were difficult times, but thanks to the Muffin list
which later was the Diabetespet list, we were able to cross that hurdle
real fine, and life was good again. When we had some health issues
again towards the end, we also found great help and guidance with the K9Kidney
Alfie traveled internationally to Chile, South America, twice round
trip. He was not crazy about his air travel, but he, as well as the
rest of the pack, managed real well. I was always so afraid that
the airline crew would forget to give them heat, and they could die a terrible
death. But it always went well, and mommy was worrying for nothing.
We made our last trip just a year and a half ago, and I am always so grateful
that he was in good health to make this last air travel. The trip
alone was 12 hours, but they had to be confined for much longer than that.
He started to slow down about a year ago, but he was still able to enjoy
a lot of quality time until almost the very end. He was most loving
and grateful for anything you’d do for him and always thought his mommy
was his, and that she was the greatest thing in the world.
What a little trooper he was until the end with his treatments and everything
else. How he even defended his home from intruders when the doctor
and her assistant came in on that last day. He was lying listless
on his bed not feeling well, but when he saw the outsiders, he ran to them
going “arf, arf”. He, in his doggie mind, was taking care of his
mommy and his home until the end. Good bye, my love, my sweet boy.
You changed my life for the better. I hope to see you again some
day. I will always have you with me in my mind and heart.
I STOOD BESIDE YOUR BED LAST NIGHT
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew ...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "Goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out ... then come home to be with me.
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