A Good-bye Tribute to Hank and Other Good Dogs

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

We just got home from helping our daughter-in-law and grandkids bury their dog, Hank. He was 16 years old and my daughter-in-law found him as a stray before she and my son got married. My son is away on business and last night something happened to Hank and he couldn’t walk right this morning. Probably a brain tumor or a stroke. So she had to take him to the vet to be put down. The grandkids, ages 8, 6, & 2, have never known life without Hank, so they were very sad. But Hank was a good dog who accepted them into his family with joy when each of them were born and loved them without reservations. So my quotes this week are in honor of good dogs like Hank everywhere.

“Puppies are nature’s remedy for feeling unloved.” Richard Allan Palm

“Humankind is drawn to dogs because they are so like ourselves – bumbling, affectionate, confused, easily disappointed, eager to be amused, grateful for kindness and the least attention.” Pam Brown

“When we leap, we must leap as though the net will appear. A leap in life, however big or small, is an act of commitment with the expectation of success.” John O’Hurley from his book It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump and Other Lessons I Learned from Dogs

And last is my own – “Life is better with a dog who knows you are absolutely, for sure, his human.”