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OUR BELOVED
by Bryan Rudolph
11/17/10
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She was the last of the puppy litter available for sale, a salt and pepper miniature schnauzer born Friday, February 14, 1997.

My wife wanted her; I had my reservations, but relented.
Her first morning at our home, she whined; when we went to see, we found innocence looking up, with a lost stare and drooping ears.
Her heart became mine then and there, with no reservations recalled.
The adventure began with a run around the park, her not able to catch up.
But soon, she could compete with the wind, and seemed to win.
We went on long walks through nature trails, in wide open and wooded fields.
She chased balls and sticks with alacrity and chewed on bark and branch, with focused energy.
She learned quickly, what little we taught.
Her morning jog unfolded the day, the days then folded into years fast forwarded.
Along her way, she lost her sight, and later found illness, and lost her life.
When she was among us, her presence helped define who we were and what we did.
The instant without her, life’s meanings and minutiae shifted and we sifted into hollowed hostages of hardened helplessness.
We remember her stoic spirit in gentle gait, and regret any of our neglect toward her, knowing what prompts us to appreciate her beauty is also what pricks us to acknowledge our guilt.
Too often our thoughts were of work and worries, matters and meanderings, squeezing her out.
Now our memories of her, embraced within, find her free to forever be.
Only in there, inside our minds, we see the delightful darling we knew, chasing ball and stick, swimming in lake and climbing up cliff; jumping in snow, leaf, and sprinkler, each while looking up seeking permission, or lying comforted in arms and lap, unaware of the depth in sweetness and in sorrow she meant, and continues to mean, to us.

Her name was Kelly, our beloved salt and pepper miniature schnauzer, and she passed from our lives Monday, November 15, 2010.



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Carmen Redding 31 Dec 2010
This is a heartfelt obituary to a canine friend with which I can identify. Your Kelly reminds me of our Honey. Now that we are retired, we regret the years of hurried feedings and rushed interaction. She has had one cancer operation, so we know her body is in decline. We are trying to make it up to her. We have been able to slow our pace and focus on her needs, but there is no calling back the lost time. You are obviously a gifted writer and have painted a beautiful picture of Kelly, infusing it with life and vitality. I liked your use of the singular nouns to describe Kelly's activities: lake and cliff, snow, leaf and sprinkler, make for a distinct and pleasant cadence to your sentences. I also liked the way you described the passing of time: the day unfolding, the days folding into years and the cinematic fast forwarding. You succesfully bring the reader in to vicariously live with and experience your life with Kelly. I enjoyed this piece very much.




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