Mater

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:58 am
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Mater was a special dog. He belonged to my friend Cory and her husband Jack. It wasn't until all of his litter mates were gone that they realized Mater was blind. Even so, it was difficult to tell. He had an unerring abiolity to get around, only rarely bumping into objects in his way.

Mater and I bonded immediately. He was a yellow lab, like my older dog, Ike. When Cory would watch Ike for me, he was Mater's best friend, whether he wanted to be or not. Ike loved to fetch, and Mater would run right behind him until Ike picked up the thrown stick. Mater would then latch on to the other end and let Ike leade him around.

Mater loved spending time with Ike; Ike exhibited a grumpy patience with Mater, and being with them both filled me with a quiet happiness that's difficult to explain to someone who's never experienced it for themselves: the comfort of the fall, the quiet simplicity of the sun, the contentedness of furry warmth, and the omnipresence of being these creatures' utmost importance.

Both Mater and Ike had their share of close calls - Ike nearly succumbing to a pancreatitis; Mater being run over by a tractor. The soft farm manure that he sunk into left him suffering only a broken leg.

Ike was already an old man by the time Mater came along, and a few years later Ike was just too tired to go on any longer.

Mater continued to greet me with his boundless joy, even though I visited him alone now. I saw him for one of the last times when Jack was recovering from open heart surgery. He told me that he had made sure everyone knew that if anything happened to him, Mater was to come to me.

Mater had always been a bright point in the world; knowing he was out there and safe enabled me to feel that quiet happiness, even at a distance.

And now, he's gone, and while the world is now a bit darker, it's still brighter than it would have been if Mater the blind dog had never come along. Those two silly yellow labs are playing fetch with each other again, together always in my heart's fondest memories.
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Writing the column was tough. When I finally got these two lines into their final shape, I couldn't read them without breaking down. Every. Single. Time.

See, when you chose to have a dog, you’ll choose what food they eat; where they sleep; what color bandana they wear.

And sometimes, you choose when they have to die.



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It was time.
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You were a good dog.


 Ichabod - "Ike"
1997-2012
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With neither bang nor whimper
4-22-12


It’s a special day for my dog.

I still believe Ike is the oldest yellow lab in the state of Wyoming, although I still can’t prove this. As near as can be determined, he’s now 15 years old.


That’s remarkably old for a yellow lab, for which 13 years is usually remarkably old. If the saying is to be believed, he’s 105 in human years. Annoyingly, he has more of his teeth left than I do.



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One thing about working in the living room- Ike ADORES the company.


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I'm just glad it wasn't worse.

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One thing about working in the living room- Ike ADORES the company.


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I'm just glad it wasn't worse.

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It's Sunday morning, 1 a.m. I'm working the hotel and I have drunk wedding guests that I've had just about enough of; the next time I have to talk to them it will be with a local sheriff at my side.

Ahem.

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Jinx surveys his domain.


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Crap, it's late, and i have work to do. Gonna wrap this up for now.
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It's Sunday morning, 1 a.m. I'm working the hotel and I have drunk wedding guests that I've had just about enough of; the next time I have to talk to them it will be with a local sheriff at my side.

Ahem.

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Jinx surveys his domain.


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Crap, it's late, and i have work to do. Gonna wrap this up for now.
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I've finally dragged myself away from rage comics and Star Trek reviews and made it to LJ. So, where to start?


The paper office was closed today, although my "day off" was, once again, not much of one because I still have my Friday night shift at the hotel. I spent my waking hours working on Bonnie & Clyde photos, played a smidgen of Skyrim, sorted some Doctor Who videos I've been meaning to watch, and now here I am at the hotel. To catch up ...

Remember the deal with the medical clinic and the Check That Has Never Been Cashed? Yeah, still hasn't. This is really pissing me off. If I didn't need the clinic for getting my meds filled, I think I'd be done with them right now. As it is, I think the next time I have a medical issue, I'm going somewhere else, and I'll just have them take over my general care. Depends on how it goes Monday when I go back to the clinic for another talk.

On Christmas Day, I asked Andy what he would like for our Holiday Feast. I gave him two options- baked ham and pie, or a bucket of hot dogs. He choose the hotdogs. I also made a graham cracker cake.


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So. While it's now technically New Year's Eve, I think I'm going to wait until my next shift to write up a recap of 2011 and what I hope to get out of 2012.

As for the title of this entry, when I woke up at 6 pm, it was 34F outside; it's now 40F after hitting a high of 50F around midnight ... the snow and ice are melting furiously outside!

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I've finally dragged myself away from rage comics and Star Trek reviews and made it to LJ. So, where to start?


The paper office was closed today, although my "day off" was, once again, not much of one because I still have my Friday night shift at the hotel. I spent my waking hours working on Bonnie & Clyde photos, played a smidgen of Skyrim, sorted some Doctor Who videos I've been meaning to watch, and now here I am at the hotel. To catch up ...

Remember the deal with the medical clinic and the Check That Has Never Been Cashed? Yeah, still hasn't. This is really pissing me off. If I didn't need the clinic for getting my meds filled, I think I'd be done with them right now. As it is, I think the next time I have a medical issue, I'm going somewhere else, and I'll just have them take over my general care. Depends on how it goes Monday when I go back to the clinic for another talk.

On Christmas Day, I asked Andy what he would like for our Holiday Feast. I gave him two options- baked ham and pie, or a bucket of hot dogs. He choose the hotdogs. I also made a graham cracker cake.


Read more...and there's pictures )



So. While it's now technically New Year's Eve, I think I'm going to wait until my next shift to write up a recap of 2011 and what I hope to get out of 2012.

As for the title of this entry, when I woke up at 6 pm, it was 34F outside; it's now 40F after hitting a high of 50F around midnight ... the snow and ice are melting furiously outside!

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Some short videos I managed to capture. First, we have Ike petting himself on his couch. He does this frequently; but every time I try to record him he perks up to watch what I'm doing, lol.



Next, Jinx has started being REALLY mean to the poor pooch. Ike, however, will only take so much.


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Some short videos I managed to capture. First, we have Ike petting himself on his couch. He does this frequently; but every time I try to record him he perks up to watch what I'm doing, lol.



Next, Jinx has started being REALLY mean to the poor pooch. Ike, however, will only take so much.


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He was a little annoyed at being woken up by the flash.

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He was a little annoyed at being woken up by the flash.

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