It is ominous when a momma is mentioned in consecutive Pup of the Week blogs. Last week, I wrote about Achilles, who stared mortality in the face and thankfully, wrestled it to submission. He was attacked, after he encountered a newly rescued dog off the streets, and suffered two broken legs. This week one of Achilles’ pack members joined me at the Bridge. Momma Elisa had to free the tormented soul trapped inside her beloved 13-year-old Butkus' failing body so he could be young, happy and immortal in the next life.
When a pet parent delves into social media they will usually find one pack member to be their spokesdog. In Momma Elisa's pack, for many years, that was Benjamin. The small, cute, dark Pomeranian soon became the personification of fun and mischief. His friends appointed him the sheriff of Doggysapce, a job he happily undertook Often, our stories need an antagonist. For fun little Benji it was Butkus who would much rather rest than play with his high energy brother.
Benji went to the Bridge where he became the Sheriff of Fun. Butkus was happy to let his little brother Achilles become the face of the pack. It did not mean he was loved any less. Butkus was a quiet boy satisfied with the million little things that make a dogs’ life pleasurable. When those things were no longer enjoyable and life became too heavy a burden for Butkus to carry his mom helped him go to the Bridge.
Benji was bouncing with excitement before Butkus appeared. At first sight of his brother, Benji ran down the hill and gleefully jumped on Butkus' back, riding him while covering him with dozens of nips and kisses. They both arrived at Hobo's Landing and Butkus' shook off his excitable little brother. \
"Hello, Foley" Butkus' said. I quickly administered the Rainbow Bridge oath as Benji playfully bit his brother's tail.
"Foley, did you hear?” Benji asked excitedly. “Butkis is going to be my under deputy of nothing but nonstop fun.".
I.was taken aback. I knew Butkus wasn't the most exuberant dog and would rather be relaxing than playing. "Yes," a resigned Butkus admitted. "I did agree to be your under deputy.". Butkus' dropped his head by my ear and whispered. "I said that so he would stop haunting me. I just wanted to sleep."
Butkus was about to sentence himself to an eternity of non-stop fun, something not in his nature. "I am sorry," I announced, “but I cannot let Butkus be the under deputy but I need him to be the secretary of mellow.'
Butkus sighed in relief and then we turned to Benjamin hoping he wouldn't object. Benji began to jump up and down excitedly. "Oh my dog," Benji yipped, "you're a secretary and I'm a sheriff? Momma is going to be so proud. We’re going to visit her tonight. Are you going to get a badge?" I assured him Butkus would. "Awesome!" Benji said then ran off to tell his friends.
"Thank you, Foley," Butkus said. "I was not looking forward to an eternity of fun."
“I'm with you!" I told him. "Too much fun gives me a headache."
I asked him if he wanted to lie down in the sun with me and he happily accepted. We lay back to back basking in the warmth, two chill dogs waiting for eternity to pass.