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JOY TO THE WORLD

SEPTEMBER 9, 1992 – JANUARY 6, 2009

 

TO MY FRIENDS:  NIKI-YUKON-JAZZY-JOEY-DIXIE-GENSIS-TUGER, AND ALL MY ADULT AND SMALL FRIENDS I CAME TO KNOW AND LOVE.

 I LIVED 17 (119) YEARS AND IT WAS A REAL JOY. LAST NIGHT WHEN LES WAS PRAYING  FOR ME, SALLY HAD A VISION OF SOME OF MY FRIENDS, CO-CO AND BLUE-RUNNING TO MEET ME AND SAYING, "COME ON JOY, YOU'RE FREE NOW, COME ON AND LET'S GO ROMP AND PLAY".  ABU AND IRISH WERE THERE TO SAY, "COME ON GIRL, LET ME SHOW YOU AROUND THIS GREAT PLACE".

 I TRAVELED WITH LES AND SALLY FROM ALASKA TO TEXAS, CALIFORNIA TO MAINE.  LES STOPPED AT ALL THE WATERING HOLES AND ALL THE POTTY STOPS WERE MINE TO SNIFF. MOST ALL THEIR TRIPS WERE MADE WITH ME SITTING ON THE COUNSEL.  EVEN WHEN MY LEGS WOULDN'T HOLD ME THAT IS WHERE I WANTED TO BE… BETWEEN THEM.

 I HAD NO ENEMIES. NO ONE FEARED ME. THE DEER, HORSES, SQUIRRELS AND BIRDS KNEW I WAS THEIR FRIEND. THE CAT AND I GOT ALONG WELL.   I WAS KIND TO THE HOSPICE PUPPY SALLY IS CARING FOR, EVEN THOUGH HE DID TRY MY PATIENCE.

 EVERYONE OF YOU WELCOMED ME IN THEIR HOMES AND I GREETED EACH OF YOU WITH RESPECT.  YOU WERE ALL GOOD TO ME. BEV TOOK ME TO WASHINGTON PARK FOR WALKS AND I DROOLED WITH PLEASURE. I WENT TO MOST OF THE FAMILY REUNIONS, PICNICS, AND GATHERINGS. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR KINDNESS TO ME.

THE VET SAID I HAD A BIG WHOLE IN MY HEART AND SHOULD HAVE DIED A YEAR AGO, BUT I SHOWED HER.  I LASTED ONE MORE YEAR AND TRAVELED ONCE AGAIN TO SEE ALL MY FRIENDS. 

 I WAS A MODEL OF OBEDIENCE.  I TRIED AND TRIED TO PLEASE, UNTIL THEIR WAS NO MORE IN MY LEGS, EYES AND HEARING.  EVEN THE LAST NIGHT I TRIED TO RUN DOWN THE SIDEWALK AND CLIMB THE STAIRS SO SALLY WOULDN'T HAVE TO CARRY ME.  BUT MY LITTLE LEGS WERE JUST WORE OUT.

 

SO I'M SAYING GOODBYE.

 PLEASE THINK OF ME WITH JOY.