The Passing of a Dear Friend
by 3v0 , 25th June 2010 at 06:52 AM (1519 Views)
Perhaps this is a strange place to write an obit for a dog.
Half an hour ago my dear friend Kess passed away while I was sleeping. My wife was at my computer and Kess walked in and died next to her while she typed.
Kess was 10 years old and has suffered from a parasite carried by ticks. Antibiotics extended her life but but did not provide a cure.
We got Kess shortly after I became disabled and she has been my constant companion for all but the few hours I have spent teaching or traveling. The longest we have been apart was two days.
Up to two years of age it was difficult to walk with her in a public place because one person after another would stop to pet her. I have fond memories of a walk through the "Garden of the Gods" in Colorado Springs that took a hour longer then it would have without her admirers.
Kess was a Kesshond, a breed developed by the people living on barges that worked the Dutch canals. These dogs are not know for obedience. In the past six months she learned to "go away". When I gave the word she would leave the room and wait to be called back. You can understand how difficult that must have been, I was holding a cookie.
Kess was the most mild tempered dog I have ever meet and I will miss her more than I care to think about.