Claremore Daily Progress

Community News

May 14, 2014

Remembering Back When... Just a Pal

CLAREMORE —

Recent rains forced the need to mow our backyard hillside this past week. It was the first time this spring, and actually my first time being on the hill since before my knee replacement last December. 
It had been quite a spell since I visited the burial site of my buddy, Shadow.  He had come to live with us one Christmas Eve when our two daughters were young.  He was just a couple weeks old himself.  
He was a registered Yorkshire Terrier, more commonly known as a Yorkie.  With his purchase we received the proper papers to be filed.  We should have kept them at home because that little rascal never became housetrained.  They would have been good for a clean-up.
Being registered, our new puppy needed a proper name.  Wife, Cherl, came up with the perfect moniker; Hondo's Mighty Shadow.  That name was bigger than he was at the time.
Now Shadow was going to be a Santa Claus present for the girls on Christmas morning.  In order to pull this off we had to wait until the girls went to bed and then sneak him into the house.  We had purchased a nice wicker basket bed and a warm blanket for him.  The plan called for us to open all the presents under the tree the next morning, saving a wrapped up doggy dish and leash for last.
The girls had questionable looks on their faces concerning the last presents as I put Shadow down and he proudly walked right up to them.
Everything worked perfect that morning.  It was the night before that caused the problem.  Our new puppy didn't like being in the basket alone with the lights  out.  
He apparently missed his mama.  He started whimpering, softly at first but louder as he continued. 

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