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  • Writer's pictureKathy Winkler Studio

Teddy Remembered

I am always saddened when I read one of the doodle site’s members writing about their beloved doodle passing. It stopped me in my tracks because I knew I would be doing the same thing yet again. Well, today is my day. Our beloved Teddy passed over the rainbow bridge last night (2-2-22) unexpectedly and tragically. He had many Gran Mal seizures strung together, and passed by the time we got to the parking lot of the emergency hospital.

It was through the wonderful Jacqui Yorke of DRC (Doodle Rescue) in 2011 that we won the lottery with this amazing pup. Teddy would have been 12 years old today. We were all prepared to celebrate his birthday. I cannot say enough for this wonderful pup. He was my heart. He was a gentleman’s gentleman. He sparkled with such loyalty, kindness, politeness and his just amazingness. If I went up and down the stairs a hundred times a day, Teddy would be right there by my side escorting me up or down. He loved his daily car rides and walks more than anything. As a matter of fact, he rode shotgun. People in the neighborhood always waved to him and would ask if Jerry didn’t take the pups for a ride that day where were the pups. He was also known as the dog from the NeverEnding Story when folks would tell us that is what he looked like.

Walking through local shopping centers, people would often stop me to ask if I would take a picture of him with them. People would stop their cars while driving in the neighborhood and exclaim that he was the most beautiful dog they had ever seen, or say that he looked like Christmas. When he would get his teeth cleaned, the vet would come out and say he was wonderful and that he tried to help them by trying to get up on the stainless steel table by himself. It is worth mentioning that I recently saw a story written by a vet who had been called to make a home call to put the old family dog to sleep. The vet gave the family time to say their goodbyes.

When it came time for the six year old boy’s turn to spend time with their dog, his visit was brief. The vet said that he wasn’t sure that the boy understood the gravity of what was about to transpire. So, he asked him, and the boy said that people come into this world to learn how to like and to love, but dogs already know how to do that so they don’t need as much time. Thank you all for your wonderful friendship on this site.

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