September 1st 2012 7:16 am
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I saved you. You were an underweight big guy who had lost most of his fur from worry. I took you from your old home and drove 2 hours to bring you home. You never made me regret taking you in. You and I worked together for a year on your own phobias and the build up your muscle.
Then I got seriously ill and was in hospital for 4 months. When I came home I could barely use a zimmer frame and couldn't go down our stairs. You watched me and walked next to me and let me know you were there for me at every moment. You didn't care that we couldn't go walking. All you wanted was a stroke and you were happy. Then the physio told me I could start trying to go downstairs. You followed me even then and watched over me. You still follow me up and down even though I am stronger now. You lay and watch me do the dishes from my chair and make sure I'm alright.
Then you and I started going out walking again. You took care of me then and acted as my Assistance Dog even though things were strange to you and sometimes you worried about another dog coming to hurt us. You and I went on the bus together and to the GP, to shopping centres and to TESCO. You and I went to my little son's school and talked to his class about working dogs. The Head gave us special permission to go onto school grounds and in the building. We went to cafes and you had fish and chips on our last time out together. Then when a dog tried to knock me down you protected me with your big voice and no teeth or growls. Then I had to retire you from working with me because I am still weak. You didn't take it badly. You taught your replacement what she needed to know to keep my physical work up.
You are my hero, Icy.
Icy is a true hero. I'm glad Icy was there for you!
Thank you Demon. I only hope to be like him! He's a good teacher but I still get myself into hot water sometimes! Like cat poo!! I do love it!