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A Lamb in Wolf's clothing #171558
08/04/11 11:54 PM
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Mary Jane Offline OP
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Wolf died about 6:45, Thursday July 28 and I want to make my farewell here before this week of loss ends.

I thought I wanted to adopt Wolf because he was gorgeous and he was shy and needed a quiet home. Once I met him, I simply wanted to be with him. He leaned on me that boiling day and that contact was the most natural thing in the world.



It may tell you something about Wolf that my husband and I alternated taking him for the first walk in the morning and giving him breakfast. We alternated not so one person could sleep later, we alternated because Wolf was so terribly sweet first thing in the morning we had to share. For me the greeting involved Wolf throwing himself on his back and writhing, waving his paws in the air. When his MegaE developed that was really not a great posture for him. Here's a fuzzy picture of his first winter with us.


Not knowing dogs well, I was unprepared for how enormously gentle Wolf was. His mouth was so soft that I actually put into his mouth the bits of chicken for desensitization. Well that was a lot of desensitization because my dear dog really was afraid of people. We learned that the hard way when three days after finishing a six week training course, he bit a nice neighbor. That called for some learning about dog behavior and how to modify it. But chicken and time did their part and Wolf became calm around people. In fact, his groomer thought he was her best dog, the staff in the veterinary hospital tended just to say that they love him.

My husband jogs regularly, thank goodness and he wanted Wolf to run with him. They did during good weather, but Wolf really preferred to stay close to home rather than follow the running path.

It is important for me to tell you that Wolf made me a different person. I am by nature and by training a scientist. I like to analyze and take things apart. The idea of a wholistic view of reality is foreign to me. Caring for my dear dog forced me to stop thinking and actually pay attention. I wanted to know how he felt and that required actually looking: not rationalizing, not analyzing, just observing. I can't pretend to maintain that receptiveness much of the time, but I have some sense of its value.

The link to another mind is so terribly rich. Thank you, Wolf.

Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: Mary Jane] #171560
08/05/11 12:13 AM
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Wolf I am so happy that you were able to show Mary Jane a different side of life. Mary Jane and husband I am so glad that you were able to show Wolf a different side of life. It wasn't fair that you didn't have more time together.

RIP dear Wolf. I am glad you found DeeDee on your journey.


Val da Tiger

Fuzzybutt the cat.
Neilla the Big White puppy.

RIP Cheyenne - AKA: Digger, CheyChey Girl, Cheyenne Large and In charge. 2/16/02 - 2/27/16
RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11
Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #171562
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What a lovely tribute. I'm glad Wolf brought so much to you and your husband's lives and that he was able to open up a new world for you. I can only imagine the hurt and heartache such a special dog causes when they must pass on.


~Jamie~
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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: DancingCavy] #171564
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When I read about the wonderful, loving life of a dog and family it brings me almost to tears. This story did just that. teary

To love a dog and to have the love of a dog - no one should miss that at least once in their life.

Sweet Wolf, I believe you were loved at lest as much as you loved your family. Life was good.

angel


Bonnie

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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: PositiveDog] #171568
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Mary Jane, what a wonderful tribute to your special, sweet Wolf. He would be so proud of you. The richness of your lives together, the depth of the trust and the bond-- so beautiful. Thank you so very much for sharing your treasure with us. gsdhalo


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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: Braverhund] #171570
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Your tribute speaks volumes. Thank you for sharing your Wolf with us. butterfly


Kristin

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Suli - DSH 2006
Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: Tara] #171572
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Beautiful. Just like Wolf. I'm so glad you found one another.

Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: Furonthefloor] #171578
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Awe RIP Wolf. What a beautiful tribute. It brought tears to my eyes to.


Chief- My rescue GSD that has taught me so much. I love you so much and get closer to you everyday.

R.I.P- Smokey my GSD/Husky. You are my hero, my heart, my soul and you will forever remain in my heart."Run like the wind"






Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: frillint] #171580
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what a beautiful dog. rest in peace wolf.


mom to seraphina blue and the cashman
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voodoo lily (dsh)
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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: katieliz] #171581
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Rest in peace Wolf!


~Ashley~

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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: GSDTrain] #171584
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Rest in peace, Wolf.


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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: Woodreb] #171588
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What a lovely tribute to a very special friend.


Linda

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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: LukesMom] #171601
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What a wonderful tribute, so honest in its emotions, and what a special boy Wolf was. How much you all needed each other hugging

Who you are now Mary Jane, is part of his lasting legacy. He will always be with you, and always be a part of you. bloomrose

Rest peacefully Wolf, your time here was much too short, but the time that you had here, you did wonderful things. gsdhalo


MaxaL (aka LisaT)

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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: MaxaLisa] #171603
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What a heartfelt tribute to a beautiful soul. wub Thank you for sharing a little of Wolf and the ways in which he enriched your lives. I hope that as time passes you will be able to take true comfort in the wonderful memories. hugging


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Re: A Lamb in Wolf's clothing [Re: Mary Jane] #171613
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Originally Posted By: Mary Jane
It is important for me to tell you that Wolf made me a different person.


This struck a chord with me and I can relate to what you said. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your husband. RIP sweet angel. angel


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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
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