October 16th 2010 9:30 am
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I am prety doggone sure that if you look up the words “Friend,” “Compassion” & “Unselfish” in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of my friend Willie & his Mom. Sadly, life is full of people who seek attention & need to receive credit for their good deeds. Willie & Aunt Joni would never ever fall into that category. They're the most kind hearted & giving souls I know.
My first days on Dogster, when Mommy & I didn’t even grasp what it was all about, Willie & his magnificent Mom befriended us. I was going through my second cancer surgery &, quite frankly, my Mommy needed some reassurance. And there was Willie. He didn’t know me at all, but he took me by the paw & told me everything was going to be OK. And you know what? It was. Willie & I were fast friends from then on. I know that many of you have the same sort of story because Willie & Aunt Joni have touched so many lives.
If everyone, furry or not, had the heart & wisdom of dear sweet Willie, we’d learn the really important lessons in life like…
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
Take naps & stretch before rising.
Run, romp & play daily.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water & lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around & wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing & pout - run right back & make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto & enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, & nuzzle them gently.
Cherish each moment & make special memories every single day.
Thank you for brightening my life Willie & for teaching me that everyday is to be celebrated with our loved ones.
And please know that all of us are going to take extra good care of your Mom. I promise, cross my Yorkie heart.
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