I have to say goodbye tonight to a wonderful dog named Cayce. My son had Cayce for 13 years and she was one of the nicest and most gentle dogs I have ever known. When E & G were small, they crawled all over Cayce and she would look on lovingly and indulgently, as through they were her puppies and not children. Cayce was part yellow lab and part white shepherd and she was an imposing 90 or so lbs. Sometimes they would bring her when they came home to visit, and if my son went out and left her here, she sat beside the door, whining and howling until he returned. I have seldom seen a more devoted dog and it made me even more fond of her. As she got older, she developed the most horrible halitosis and body odor, and no remedy seemed to relieve it for long. We sort of shunned her sometimes, and I know it hurt her feelings. I have decided to ask her forgiveness and to remember that as I age, I will most probably be in the same boat, and I sure hope no one shuns me because of it!
I have known lots of wonderful dogs during my life; in addition to Cayce, there was Dude (Cayce's crazy housemate), Muffin the cairn and Maggie the border collie, Pete the bulldog and Kippy the black cocker spaniel. They all brought me untold joy (and some sorrow too) and I would not trade my memories of them for the world. I now own two black cats and they are good for another whole post by themselves. Cherish your pets, I charge you, for you never know how long they will be with you.