Smartie was left on the side of the road. She wasn’t named Smartie at the time. I don’t know what she was named, or even if she had a name. We don’t know who dumped her there. She never talked about it. Least as far as we know. Maybe, as she got older, and sicker, and knew her time was near, she told Jackie Lynn, just so the young pup would know how special it is never to be abandoned, never to be alone, but that’s just conjecture, Jackie Lynn, having learned well from her mentor, would never bark a word if Smartie had.
Darla, known in the dog world as Hattie’s Mom, and her husband Jerry,
better known as Elvis, were driving on the same road. I don’t know where
they were going, or why they went that way, I just know they were
supposed to do it, that some hand, either from our Heavenly Father, or
from the Bridge, or both, guided Hattie’s Mom and Elvis, down the road
where the not yet named Smartie waited having been told by the Bridge
Angels, the Heavenly Father, or both, to sit still and wait, her family
was on the way.
Darla and Elvis ahead. Smartie turned and looked at the car wondering
if they were the people who she was waiting for. Aunt Darla and Elvis
stopped, brought her into the car, then into their home, and then into
their hearts. However unlikely it was as if the pieces had snapped into
place and Smartie was in her forever home. (Dear humans: If you take a
wrong turn, or a different way home, don’t turn around, you are just on
the road you are supposed to be on, and if you turn around you will miss
the reason you are traveling that way.)
was a Daddy’s girl. Most dogs gravitate to their Mom but Smartie went
to her Dad. Smartie adored her Dad, as he did her. Together they were
able weather what was was soon to become a Diva factory. Hattie Mae came
to live with them and a star was born. Soon the little fashionista was
wearing out dresses faster than her Mom could make them. Every dog knew
Hattie Mae’s name.
there was no sisterly rivalry between the two. Smartie wasn’t one for
the spotlight, she was like the older Kardashian sister who didn’t want
to be on television, if such a thing existed. While Hattie was posing,
posting, blogging, chatting and commenting Smartie was just happy to
stay snuggled up on her Dad’s lap.
that Smartie didn’t enjoy a good time on the Internet now and then.
Smartie was on the handsome paw of Bikset at the first DS prom. I like
to think them tonight, on one of those clouds above, they are young and
dancing again like they did at their prom.
Jackie Lynn came to her forever home Smartie did not show a hint of
jealousy. In fact she took the young pup under her wing. Jackie Lynn
called Smartie her mentor. And what a wonderful mentor she was because
Jackie Lynn has grown up to honor her namesake.
began to have accidents in the house in May. Her Mom, knowing as much
about dogs as anyone we know, knew that this was trouble. Smartie was in
the beginning stages of renal failure. During some dogtor visits her
numbers were up and we rejoiced, at other times they were down, and we
prayed. But the truth was our silent friend was in a steady decline.
she fought to stay with her Mom, with her protegee Jackie, with her
brother Fella, with her sometime nemesis Hattie, and her beloved Daddy.
But the body just gave out, as all of ours will someday. She could no
longer live without pain, no longer eat, drink, or enjoy life, and her
Dad made the difficult decision to send her on her final journey.
Buck a few weeks back, Smartie was another quiet dog, but no less
loved, no less cherished, and the hearts that loved her don’t break any
easier at her passing. To me she was a giant, a piece left on the side
of the road, a piece that had been unable to fit into the original
puzzle, but ended up, after an act of cruelty, being found by the right
family, and she snapped into their puzzled lives, making their picture,
and family whole.
hope you are enjoy your dance with Bisket my friend. If I perk up my
ears and listen carefully I can hear the music, and if I shut my eyes I
can see them dancing, at Rainbow Bridge, where the dancing, the prom,
and the music never ends.