Sure that all good dogs will get to heaven

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While watch­ing the recog­ni­tion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush this week, I was es­pe­cially moved by his Labrador ser­vice dog, Sully, who never left his side. I was touched when Sully lay at the front of his cas­ket. Al­ways there, for­ever present, for eter­nity lov­ing comes to mind.

I have a choco­late Labrador re­triever, named Choco­late Candy (or C.C.), who is 98 in dog years and who con­tin­ues to live to care for me. I lost my abil­ity to walk about three years ago, but Johns Hop­kins solved the prob­lem caused by a seizure med­i­ca­tion. I was told I may never walk again, but I am slowly walk­ing again.

I no­ticed that C.C. fol­lowed me ev­ery­where I went, and she even checked up on me in the bath­room. She took the op­po­site end of the couch and watched Fox, CNN and my soaps with me. C.C. raided the kitchen cab­i­net and took the bag of dog food to the din­ing room. I used to walk three miles a day with her, and beau­ti­ful C.C. got all the com­pli­ments.

I hired a won­der­ful woman, Katie, to walk her now. C.C. en­joyed a large piece of cake that Katie made us for Thanks­giv­ing. Need­less to say, C.C. fig­ured Katie was hers, as well as the cake.

She al­most falls up the stairs when I go to bed. It takes her four tries to jump or crawl onto the bed when I re­tire. Once when I got stuck on the floor, she hov­ered over me while I pleaded for her help, laugh­ing in my ridicu­lous sit­u­a­tion. She gave me the stamina to crawl to the edge of the bed and pull up. I could go on and on.

I fi­nally re­al­ized that she was my self-trained, lov­ing, ser­vice dog. Tears come into my eyes as I re­al­ize C.C. will prob­a­bly soon leave me, since she is so old. This is her finest hour, not mine.

Let us all give thanks and praise to our loyal friends like C.C. and Sully. Here is a smile for Choco­late Candy of Esper­anza and Sully, when they go to heaven to care for the peo­ple there.

Mar­i­lyn Crosby, Lex­ing­ton Park

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