We recognize two pups this week. Two pups who will probably never read this. Two pups whose Moms won’t be able to read this either. If a pup of week is recognized in a forest and they aren’t there for the ceremony do they know it? Doesn’t matter. When it comes to pups of the week I go by my heart.
of these pups you have never (excepting one.) The other you know well
but haven’t seen in a long time. And I owe tracking them down to the
intrepid Hobo Hudson. If you are unfamiliar with his wonderful writings
you can read them here, and his Mom’s columns here. Both are very informative.
While Hobo is as good a dog who has ever barked a tree we are here to thank him, not to honor him.
first is the dog we have never met. His name is Max. He doesn’t have a
computer profile anywhere. He is Interneterlly homeless. But when it
comes to real homes he is very lucky. His name is Max and he is the
brother of one of our most beloved Bridge friends: Ladybug. Since
Ladybug went to the Bridge we haven’t heard much from her. But
sometimes these sites are too painful to come to for our Moms after we
go to the Bridge.
Max’s Mom hasn’t been able to get on the computer. She has had family
problems, and she has had bad arthritis. The kind that keeps are Mom’s
off the computer. The kind that keeps her from all the friends she has
made in the social dog world. I can’t imagine how sad that would make
both my Mom and me. To know that all our friends are just on the other
side of that keyboard but not being able to get to them. My Mommy has
bad arthritis in her legs and back. It hasn’t reached her hands yet.
Sometimes the Bridge separates us from our friends. Sometimes it’s the
pain of Earth that does. If Max ever reads this I want him to know
that I was Ladybug’s friend and even though we haven’t barked, I am his.
second Pup we recognize is well known on The Tanner Brigade, in the
blogging world, and for those long time members of DS. She is a German
Shepard called Erin and her mother’s named is Donna. Together they
taught many of the older members of DS, and many other dog bloggers,
the ability to design their own pages. She showed an enormous amount of
patience with us bloggers, who weren’t very smart.
seems to many of us that there wouldn’t be any dog blogging if it
wasn’t for Erin. It’s like she created the entire medium. She
certainly did a lot to improve our blog pages. Her Freedom to Bark blog
is still up here.
too, because of physical problems has not been able to be on the
computer. Erin not being on the computer is like Michael Jordan not
being able to play basketball. Like Max’s Mom we miss her friendship
and her humor. And I know it is hell for her not to be able to bark at
her good friends.
this is for Max and Erin and their Mom’s. You are in our heart always
and hopefully you will be on our pages soon. Until then we will keep