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I have loved and lost dogs since I was 8 years old.
At that age I had a dog named "Skippy" and I loved her dearly. How I got her I do not know and I only remember a few things about her. She had puppies I know. The family story is that my mother was washing clothes in the basement and went outside to hang up the sheets. When she returned my baby brother, age 3, was giving the puppies a bath. Mother had to rescue the puppies from the hot soapy water that was in a huge tub. You can see that this was a long time ago.
Anyway, I lost Skippy soon after that. I was walking home from school and saw a strange car going down the street with Skippy in the back seat. I guess it was because Skippy had nipped at baby brother.
I kept bringing dogs home, but was never allowed to keep them. Eventually I got a cat, and his name was Joseph Patrick Kitten. I had him for seventeen years.
When I finally grew up, with the help of friends, I had the privilege of having five retired show dogs come to live with me, not all at once, of course.
Now, I have Egypt, the center of attention in this book. She was a gift and I was told that she was an English Cocker Spaniel, just like the ones I used to have. Well, when I met her I saw a dog with black hair, and white markings. The only thing that was "English Cocker" about her was her soulful eyes and long ears.
She did have a Spanel face, but she was a mix of something with long legs, shaggy curly hair, and a long black tail. Now, everybody knows that English Cocker Spaniels don't have long tails. Not only that but she was obstreperous and wildly energetic.
Then an almost miracle happened: Sister Patrice, an IHM nun, met her and liked her and offered to try to train her. It took a lot of time and training but Egypt did learn to be a really good dog.
But the training worked and Egypt is now a registered Therapy Dog and brings much joy to the retired Sisters at the local Motherhouse where she is a welcome visitor
And she is the sweetest most loveable dog I ever had. I guess everybody needs a mission and purpose in life.