Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Exactly 6 years ago today a friend and I drove to Richmond, Virginia. We exited 295 on an exit labeled Varina which I have always jokingly called Narnia. If you have ever read the books or seen the movies then you know that Narnia is a magical place and so too is the place off of this particular exit. This is the exit that leads to Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue and that day it took me to "get" my magical boy Tonka. A magical boy deserves to come from a magical place.

Today is his "gotcha" day. The day that I "got" him to come home and be with me forever. I just did not know that our forever would be so short.  I still struggle daily with the fact that he is gone but I keep my thoughts and feelings more and more to myself  as I am trying the patience of even my dearest friends with my sadness.

I try to occupy my time with things that I think he would be proud of. I try to stay busy and stay distracted but Tonka is always right there.

See today is his "gotcha" day but the reality is he "got" me and he became my heart and I will never be the same again.

I miss you my Tonk Man.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Goodbye Mr. Bean

Years ago a Pyr with mange came into rescue which is not uncommon. He was a handsome young man and they named him Mr. Bean also known as Beanie. The mange cleared but he developed a lameness issue and it was thought that he perhaps had (DM) which is a progressive disorder. I wrote about Mr. Bean on Myatuk's webpage to ask for help.

Over the years the lameness got worse and Mr. Bean ended up in wheels. Walking Beanie in his wheels was always an adventure because if you didn't pay attention he would take off after deer and go crashing into the woods. It was not uncommon for him to up-end himself blasting over downed trees and stumps.

I loved Bean because like Tonka he personified that "never give up" spirit and in his wheels he was a thing of joy to behold. He was also a big love laying on his blanket in the yard wanting to be fussed over and talked to. He tended to be picky about who he liked but he and I always got along fine.
It was because of Bean that I knew Tonka would be OK when the time came that he finally ended up in wheels. It was also because of him that I had already done some research about lameness before that became an issue with my boy. I owe Mr. Bean for some of my sanity and calmness in dealing with the past 2 years.

On Saturday January 17, 2014 the Journey of Mr. Bean ended here on earth. I imagine he and Tonka are running and playing like two overgrown pups and chasing deer and each other thru the woods with no obstacles in the way.
Rest In Peace Mr. Bean I will see you and my boy at the bridge.