Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thinking about Mama

Days continue on and I keep breathing. It seems that one thing drops on top of another and if I dare take a moment to be excited about something positive, then a big negative happens. Henley was so very special to me, David & Sean. But the loss of companionship he left is a big one to fill.

We're in the beginning stages of bringing a new dog into our family. One thing I feel strongly about is having the new pup socialized extraordinarily well. Mama helped me come to that decision. I know that somewhere in all my photos I took while she was sick is one of her with a very big mastiff dog that visited the nursing home. Mama loved sweet little lap dogs. The two mastiffs that visited were sweet but certainly not in the lap dog category. The thing is, it didn't phase Mama at all. She called the one known as Bella up to her bedside and cooed at her and stroked her ginormous head. The joy in Mama's face as she loved on Bella was striking. So, our next pup will be a therapy dog - one we can take to visit the nursing homes.


Alyson said...

My name is Alyson and I have been reading your blog regularly since February when I first did a search for great dane blogs. I am a proud owner of a year old brindle named Moose who has brought more joy into my home for my fiance and I than I can express. When I read about Henley passing last week, I too couldn't hold back and let a few tears fall.
I wish you and your whole family lots of love and hope for your new puppy future. My mother actually has a yellow labrador that she takes to her mother's nursing home about three days a week as a therapy dog. She did this after the yellow's sister (a black lab) passed away from bone cancer, just like henley. The yellow lab was very distraught and turning him into a therapy dog has not only brought joy to those he visits every week, but happiness back into a dog who needed it as well. I whole-hearted support anyone who decides to train therapy dogs. You will be amazed at how much he/she will give you as well as those he/she helps at the nursing homes.

much love and prayer,
Tallahassee, Fl

Bunny Wilson said...

Hey Alyson,

I cannot begin to tell you how much your comment means to me!! Thank you for taking the time to let me know of your mom's lab and the difference he makes not only in the lives of those within the nursing home, but to the dog himself. I'd honestly never thought of it in that way.

Please, honestly - please give Moose a big hug and kiss from me. Henley always loved it when I kissed his big ol' doggie muzzle! We miss Henley so much that we can barely stand it. They are the most awesome dogs in the world. Their life span is way too short.

I pray grace, hope,and love to you and yours!

sandy said...

GREAT idea to ahve a thearpy dog. Henley would be proud. i know how you feel, the emptiness that his loss has left. I have been there. We got another dog about 6 weks after our sweet Daisy was found dead. He is a chocklate lab-she was yellow-and he is so funny adn so much company. Can't imagne life without him. We still miss Daisy everyday-always will, but God sent him to be with us to help the pain.



Bunny Wilson said...

Sandy you and I are of the same heart with dogs - they are so very much a part of our family!! David just spoke with an Airedale rescue group. They don't have one available now and we are just aching for a dog around here! I know a lot of people might think we're rushing, but this is the first time in over 20 years we've been without one. It's just not "right" for us not to have one.