Dear Ziggy….

Published 3:21 pm Friday, July 2, 2010

Over the past five years (if my old memory serves me correctly), I have had the privilege of knowing you. We passed the Therapy Dog test at the same time, and while we only saw each other briefly at our visiting venues, I really want you to know that I think you were absolutely THE coolest Therapy Dog around. Yep, you were absolutely the bees knees.

No one, not even I, could come close to the number of smiles you brought to peoples faces, and the laughter you brought to folks with your lighthearted ways and your silly talking antics. It always took me by surprise….when you would talk, that is!&bsp; I think it took everyone else by surprise too!&bsp; Even though it is against the rules for us to romp and play at places like the assisted living homes, and our handlers wouldnt allow it, I think everyone would have thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe in another life, we can be therapy dogs without handlers!&bsp; One can always&bsp; hope!&bsp; WOW, can you imagine what we could do?

Like many great dogs (and people), you were taken too soon. But then, who am I to know what the future has in store for you, or for us?&bsp; Maybe now you are a therapy dog in a place where you are needed more. Id like to think thats the case. Or maybe you are getting angels to throw tennis balls for you.&bsp; I can hear you now: Fetch, Gabriel!

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But please know this: I will truly miss you, with your goofy ways, and your sleek blue coat…and I am not the only one who will miss you. You will be missed by the many folks in Polk County who were uplifted by your presence, for whom you turned a humdrum day into a special time of love and laughter.&bsp; It happened over and over, time and time again.

As for me, well, life goes on…but, I will not soon forget your happy, smiling face, and your love of everything about life.

So, shine on Ziggy!&bsp; One day I will see you at the bridge!