Cactus Callipepla, Aka, Calli
June 1993-April 2008
Calli, a German Short Hair pointer was born in North
Dakota in June 1993. She lived to hunt and did so almost up to the very
end. Her old body finally gave out on 21 April, just 2 months short of her
15th birthday. We buried her with her hunting bell and tag, a tennis ball
which would suffice when there were no birds to chase, and a cheese stick,
one of her most favorite treats. I expect her pal Cactus Jack was waiting
for her and that they are off to “find the birds”.
are grateful that Calli was such a wonderful part of our lives.
August 1996 – July 2007
Buddy, a Shih Tzu, was born in August 1996. In the
spring of 2002 I was looking for a small dog to be a therapy dog with my
golden retriever, Joy and I. While doing therapy dog work with Joy, I realized
that many people we visited would benefit from a little dog they could hold
and I began searching for such a dog. In June 2002, a friend told me of a Shih
Tzu that a family was wanting to place in a good home. I went to visit,
“interview” Buddy and we met like old friends. I took him on a trial visit to
a nursing home that weekend and it was like he had done it all of his life. So
I called his owners and said I wanted to keep him; by July 2002 he had been
tested and become registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. as a therapy dog.
He was always so happy when I put his little vest on him and we headed to
town. And he could hardly wait to get into someone’s lap. One little lady in
particular loved his visits and would often ask other therapy dog teams “Is
that little black dog here today?” At times, while sitting on a lap, he would
raise his little face up and do a soft howl, like a wolf, that was a sound
In June 2007 his heart disease, which had started to progress in the fall of
2006, took a grip on him. And though he resisted at first, he finally decided
it was time to go on 8 July 2007.
Buddy touched the hearts of many people during his five years as a registered
therapy dog and brought countless hours of love to us. To come home and be
greeted by him standing on his hind legs looking up at us was irresistible. To
say he will be missed is an understatement.