More Angels with Four Paws......
Before our son was born, I was given the gift of a beautiful tri-color collie puppy. His formal name was Angus MacDuff of Rilmoor. We called him Angus, mostly, but he became "Beautiful Boy" or "An-gie" or whatever love-infused thing we thought of at the time. He generated love in all he met; he at least generated great respect from not only his physical beauty but his beauty of spirit and heart.
He "took care of us" - it was his main job in life. But when our son came along (and Angus was only 6 months old), it became his most important job to "guard his baby". He was never in the least mean - it would not have occurred to him to be so. But when visitors came, Angus would wait until they sat down and place himself ever so quietly between the visitor and the baby. Later, he gladly was hitched to the children's wagon and pulled them along the street (they were very small - he weighed 82 lbs. - no problem). He was the best baby-sitter there was and quietly followed the children around the yard as they played.
When I was recovering from surgery and not very mobile, he would place himself on the floor beside my chair and just "be there". I've never known a "friend" whose presence was so comforting and so loving and so completely devoted to his family. He could distinguish my husband's car engine 2 blocks away as he returned home in the evening and there was always great excitement. When my parents came to live near us, he took them in as part of the family and was careful to be "near but not in the way" with my Dad who could not see very well.
I remember all this as if it were yesterday - Angus has been gone from us for 25 years. I look forward to seeing him in his rightful place in God's Heaven one day - what a joyful reunion that will be! And how lucky I was to have this very special friend.
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