Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I have briefly mentioned that my good friend Waltraut, who also happens to be the breeder of my dogs, has been battling bladder cancer these last few months. She underwent four rounds of chemotherapy before finally having her bladder surgically removed. It is a gross understatement to say that it has been a trying time for her, her family, her friends, and for her dogs.
To lessen the strain on her family Wal made the difficult decision to place two of her dogs with friends during her treatment. One of those dogs, Tango, has been with me since early February. After the initial strain of acclimating to a new environment with new dogs, new people, and new routines Tango has become part of my little family and has reached a level of contentedness. I had even started to wonder if she might want to stay with me forever. She followed me everywhere, loved Journer and seemed especially happy on our horse rides but it only took a visit from Waltraut to show me where her heart lies, and rightly so.
The picture above was taken yesterday and, for me, it speaks volumes to the love and loyalty shared between Waltraut and her dogs.
The day was a celebration of life. Those of us in this area that have blessed by one of Wal's dogs, and therefore her friendship, gathered to revel in the return of health to someone whom we hold dear. And, of course, we brought our dogs.