Wither there truly is a “Heaven” or not, I consider my buddy Shelton a “Gift from Heaven”. Many of you may have already read a previous post of mine wherein I described how Shelton became my best friend. I’m reposting a new post because of my newly inspired thoughts this early evening, Thursday, January 21st, 2021.
What can I say? Smart? Yes! Although Shelton doesn’t SPEAK my language, I KNOW he understands much of what I say to him. I carry on conversations with him all the time as if he were human.
Love, dedication and dependence is what I feel from him, and the feelings are mutual, although the “Dependence” is different. I would suggest the word “Rely” as I rely or feel HIS love, dedication and dependence. Funny, don’t many of us wish that we could love another human, AND be loved by another human, like the love we share with our animal friends?
Now the nitty-gritty part of this short story. Shelton belonged to my next-door neighbor, Annie, who was taken from where we lived in Baja, Mexico, to a hospital in San Diego in late May of last year. Consequently, her failing liver issue was due to her drinking problem and they kept her in a re-hab after her initial evaluation by the doctors.
Consequently, I watched/kept/ babysat Shelton for almost five months. She returned and took Shelton back. Two days later Annie was in a single-car accident, WITH Shelton in the front seat. They took her to a hospital in Ensenada where she died two days later. I cried.
Obviously, her family members said that it was obvious to them that I should keep Shelton. It’s a tragedy and truly a huge loss that Annie died, but at the same time, a true blessing for me AND Shelton. Bittersweet.
In conclusion, whoever first coined the phrase, “Dogs are Man’s BEST Friend” certainly knew what he/she was talking about. If there IS a “God”, she gave me a wonderful gift. Shelton will never be anything else but my best friend.
Postscript: Shelton is three-years-old this month. The photo was taken shortly after Annie died.
Yadhum oore yaavarum kelir, “The World Is One Family”
Dr. T. C. Saxe, DD, RSISHE
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