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    I have been sifting through the memories of my boy, just a handful of days away from the year anniversary of bidding him adieu.

    So much of what you all said would happen has happened: The tears have washed away and been replaced by warm, happy, and funny memories. I can see his picture, think of his loud snores, and STILL find one or two of his errant black hairs around the house and not dissolve into mush.

    I miss him dearly. But I know he's being well cared for by my Dad.

    And the both of them are watching with much delight as Mr. Parker grows into a presence in the house -- not a replacement, because there just is no such thing -- but rather an augment. A chance for new adventures. A new symphonic score, if you will. =)

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    So I've been thinking about Wesley and his obed classes and his ring career, and since a lot of that was chronicled on a prior edition of the JL board and not our present home, I thought I'd bring back one or two of those early stories.

    This was long before his CGC and long before his CD and long before his therapy designation. A long time ago in an obed class far, far away. Well, not really.

    Wesley wasn't the most cooperative student at first. And it was critical that he become so, because his bratty stage and destructiveness (hard to imagine, isn't it? I know! Really!) almost cost him his happy home in those early days.

    So I remember struggling over the recall.

    And STRUGGLING.

    AND STRUGGLING.

    Wesley -- the devil-child -- used to think it was great fun to set me up and then prank me at the last minute. I'd leave him. Tell him to WAIT. Give the palm-to-nose signal. And march 20ft or so away. And turn.

    And he'd be sitting there, pretty as a picture, a triangle of black fur against a green lawn. Ho-hum. Hiya, Dad!

    And I'd call. WESLEY, FRONT!

    And Zoooom he'd come straight at me.

    And about 5 feet out, I could see it in his eye. I COULD SEE IT!

    And ZZZZZZZOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM. He'd go right by me.

    Ugh. And romp and run and play and zoom and be a general nutball. And I'd have to go get him while our class watched and snickered behind their hands.

    I remember spending fairly the remainder of the classtime trying to re-wrangle him under control. Stomp on the leash or SOMETHING. But eventually, I'd get him and we'd try again. And again. And AGAIN.

    Our obed classes are 3x a night on Wednesdays. 6:30. 7:30. and 8:30.

    Back then, 6:30 was advanced and 7:30 was beginner. And I'd show up for 7:30, and the 6:30 dogs would be doing sits and downs. And I'd watch the handlers confidently put their dogs into position and walk away with assurance.

    And I remember thinking: Wesley will never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever be able to do that.

    ...

    Luckily, I was wrong.

    =)

    Kelrobin Cleveland Street Denizen, CGC, RN [Parker]

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    Awwww Sweet Wes memories!!!

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    Warm memories are the best.

    We all miss you Wes.
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    Such nice memories, your stories bring him to life and make me laugh...

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    And I'd call. WESLEY, FRONT!

    And Zoooom he'd come straight at me.

    And about 5 feet out, I could see it in his eye. I COULD SEE IT!

    And ZZZZZZZOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM. He'd go right by me.
    Yeah... I laughed out loud. REALLY laughed out loud. I know a guy like that.

    Seamus and Flynn

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    Great Memories Dan!!! I'm so happy that you have found the warm fuzzies! I'm sure a certian little yellow fuzzy helped you on that road.
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    OK, I can't read this, I'll start bawling at work. After the first paragraph I'm tearing up. It'll have to wait until I'm home and our power is back on. Will be thinking of you all on Thursday, Dan. xoxo



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    Awwww Wesley!

    Can't believe it's almost a year since we lost our babies.... A year...
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    Great memories to treasure.

    Oh I know that ZZooommmmm.....I wanted to pull my hair out. Unfortunately still do from time to time, but the stories make for good laughs and memories years later. All worth it.

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