I don’t know if I’d want to be a human. I think human’s lives are quite hard. There is work, losing work, money, losing money, children, children moving away, parents, parents passing on. It’s a weekly drama.
this time us dogs sleep, snuggle, play, pee, poop, and bother humans
for walks and attention. But we also know when humans are down and we
can put a smile on their face so easily, with a smile, a sad look, a
soft paw on the arm, just the gentle peace of us sleeping next to them.
We are obliged to do it. This is our mission in life. I know they
pick up our poo, put up with our housebreaking problems, feed us, pay
huge medical expenses for us, endure our senseless barking, our getting
you up before they want, and the random half eaten couch, but it’s a
pretty even trade.
for the slight problem that 100% of our lives take up about 15% of
theirs. Humans seem to outlive everything but humans. It’s not like a
turtle or a sponge ever owned a human and said “wow, that one only lived
to 64, that’s the fourth one I have owned and I’m only 182.”
paraphrase the comic Louis K: a human finds a dog, it loves the human
more than the human ever felt it could possibly be loved, the dog lives
to be 15, is loyal and true, then dies in it’s sleep leaving the human
alone and heartbroken, and that’s the best case scenario. But I doubt
that Kristina Lawson, Scooter and Lilly feel they are experiencing the
best case scenario.
year they have sent three of their pups to Rainbow Bridge. First Jack,
then Jilly Girl, and finally Moe, at 14 years of age.
are downsides to being a pup. There are those pup who never find their
humans and die sad lonely deaths, and I don’t think there is any worse
life than that, to be created to love and never being able to find that
relationship with Moe and his pack goes way back to the early days of
Doggyspace. They were five dogs collectively known as the Lawson Gang.
That was five years ago. And that is part of the reason for the sea
of sadness that has overcome us recently.
pups who signed up for Doggyspace were approximately seven years old.
Now that first generation of cyber pups is going to the Bridge which is
why this month has been so hard. But there are the young pups who are
our future and hopefully they will carry on the traditions us older pups
have established if we have taught them well.
Mom still has Lily and Scooter to carry on but I am sure it’s hard for
them to find the words to post right now. Hopefully they will soon.
and his gang joined the Tanner Brigade rebels in August 2007, their
reasons being the same as so many, Scooter was in love with Hattie Mae
and wanted to be with her.
first few blogs here dealt with family: Scooter catching his first
vermin, him sleeping in the dryer, Lily upset when her Daddy forgot her
was having some problems back then. He had the itchies and was on
steroids which made some nosy neighbors mention he was putting on
weight. Seriously, who puts on more weight than a human? Moe also
would impart jewels of wisdom on us like this: “Dogs love their friends
and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure
love and always, have to mix love & hate.”
February 2010 Moe posted a blog letting us know how loved he was: “Am I
really the cutest dog in the world or is this something every furkid's
mom says to them? Mom grabs my wrinkles every morning and says "You are
the cutest dog in the world." Is this just another mom conspiracy or am I
really the cutest, if so I want to cash in on some of my cuteness. Paws
up! Love, Moe “
Mom is one of our warrior Moms fighting for us. A year ago she was
driving down the road and found a box with an abandoned puppy. Being a
warrior Mom she found a home for the pup that day despite recovering
from surgery. Five months later she would find another dog walking on
the side of the road, cold and hungry and she took him home and found
him a new home. A few months later, despite having a pack of five, she
took in a Shih Tzu as a foster pet.
despite his advancing years, had some tricks up his paws. He would go
to bed with his Mom. But he would hear his human brother come in with
his friends. He would climb out of bed and find those humans, then stay
up all night with them eating snacks.
was also part of a great love affair. Big Moe with the beautiful
wrinkly face loved little Lily with the white fur. Whenever the pack
got in trouble Moe was barred from speaking with Lily. He was one
the true love of his life was his Mom. They did everything together
including getting hurt in an ice storm when Mom fell right on top of
Moe. They were both sore and spent some time on a heating pad. His Mom
thinks she fell on him but the truth is Moe threw his body underneath
her to keep her from harm.
his 14th birthday, October 24, Moe wrote this in answer to his Mom’s
wish that he would be with her forever: “I am trying real hard but some
days are pretty hard but I take my giddy up and go pill and I am on the
move once again. Yeah I know all our moms want us around furever. I
been with my Mom through lots of tough times and she has helped me
through some rough times. I feel really lucky to have been around this
long and I have the best Mommy in the whole world. I will enjoy my ice
cream today and whatever specialities come my way today. I am most of
all blessed to have come to know you all! Love, Moe (aka - Moesie)”
after that the packs computer went kaput and, when they came back, they
had nothing but bad news. First Jack posted that he was sick. He had
sugar in his pee. And his health didn’t improve and he finally
succumbed to Cushing’s Disease. A short time later, during surgery,
their sister Jilly Girl succumbed to the same disease.
Moe was having trouble getting around. His Mom had bought a sling so
she could support him when he walked. And this time they managed to
stay upright. But on June 25, while his Mom was doing her warrior Mom
business Moe started to lose control of his bodily functions.
that day Moe’s Mom posted this sad blog: “I love all my dogs but Moe
was really something very special to me. I lost my very best friend
no one can understand the pain she is going through, and we would not
to feel it, and did not have her relationship with Moe, we too felt we
lost our best friend.
Good night sweet Moe, we will see you on the other side of the river, lay in the cool grass, look into the water, and watch our memories flow out to the sea.