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Thursday, March 24 2011

In the classic country song, Tom T. Hall sang the praises of "Old Dogs, Children, & Watermelon Wine."  There's something about old dogs and old people that tugs at my heartstrings too. Some time ago a friend of mine asked about finding a German Shepherd as a companion for her elderly mother.  In one year her mom had lost her husband, her daughter, and her dog. (that alone, makes tears spring to my eyes) We immediately thought of Zena. 

We love Zena, and she's happy in our home, but she deserves more.  As much as I love my animals, I'm not so arrogant as to believe that we are always the best home for each animal.  Such is the case with Zena.  She is enjoying retirement, but she doesn't get her share of attention because she is one of eight dogs, and she is the well-behaved one.  Thus, she ends up getting shuffled to the back.

So I spoke to my friend and she said Zena would be perfect for her mom. Unfortunately her mother got very sick before she was able to meet Zena. After a long illness, she finally was able to meet her new dog today . . . and it brought tears to my eyes.  (This is why I would suck at Therapy Dog work.  I would cry in every hospital room.) There is something magical in the touch of a dog. When she ran her twisted arthritic fingers through Zena's hair and said, "I dreamed of you when I was sick," I almost bawled.

Zena is always welcome back into our home, but it's obvious that this woman needs Zena, and Zena needs to be needed. So we're gonna give this a try and see how it works out. Something tells me that this pair will be just fine.

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 08:09 pm   |  Permalink   |  12 Comments  |  Email
Andddddd now I'm sniffling and grabbing a tissue too.
Posted by Libbye on 03/25/2011 - 09:26 AM
Yep, cryin' over here boss...You are such a sweet person to share!
Posted by Jonnie on 03/25/2011 - 01:49 PM
Zena looks so relaxed and ready to go. Looks like a super mix, will keep my fingers crossed for both of them.
Posted by Libby on 03/25/2011 - 02:57 PM
Our old Aussie, Chewie, and then our current dog, Sandy, spent workdays with an older friend, until Lucille passed last year at nearly 93. We called it "Doggie Day Care." The dogs were Lucille's reason to get up every morning, and going there made Chewie's final year bearable (congestive heart failure). Sandy even attended, and "spoke" at Lucille's memorial service. And Lucille's ashes are buried under the same pine tree on our farm that Chewie's are. It was a very sweet relationship.
Posted by EvenSong on 03/25/2011 - 04:55 PM
Paula's mom? I'm sitting here with tears rolling...
Posted by Dani Ezer on 03/25/2011 - 08:06 PM
Your friend's mom looks so happy. And I'm sure that Zena will be well-loved. It's a wonderful thing that you did.
Posted by Vicky on 03/25/2011 - 09:55 PM
Loneliness and a lack of purpose are key factors in 'heart' disease in elderly folks. This sounds like a great plan, especially if Zena can come back to stay with you if her new person ends up in the hospital at some point - that's often the issue with older folks and dogs. I am hoping this works out well for both of them - Zena will be glad to be needed, too!
Posted by clairesmum on 03/26/2011 - 09:40 AM
Sheri dear, you so get it. WIll you be my little girl too? You always seem to do just the right thing! Good luck to all!
Posted by sue in wyoming on 03/26/2011 - 07:24 PM
Yes Dani, it is. She and Zena seem like such a good match. Hopefully it works out. I miss her already, but I think she is much better off with a real job, with someone who really needs her.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 03/27/2011 - 06:44 PM
You are a rare jewel, Sheri. Rare, indeed. I am proud to know you and call you a friend.
Posted by Dani Ezer on 03/27/2011 - 08:48 PM
In the last photo, they're both saying, "Look what I found! Someone who needs me!"
Posted by Peg H. on 03/28/2011 - 01:45 PM
Brings tears to my eyes. Brings back memories of a day in the not too distant past, when another older person needed a dog.
Posted by Lynne on 04/01/2011 - 10:23 AM

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