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A Tribute to Obie
With the heaviest of heart I wanted to share with you al the passing of my Dear sweet Obie.
Thank you all for the support & encouragement over the past year.
Obie loved meeting people she had the best time sitting at the rescue booth meeting greeting & smoozing. She was a VERY special girl. She was only with me for far too short of a time physically but she will be forever in my heart . She was the gentlest of sprit, the kindest soul and my best friend. I will never forget her.
Obie's Gale force triumph TT rescued 11/5/98 Died 2/20/99 Glenda Zeke & Gus
From: Glenda Szkrybalo Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 Subject: Obie
Dear List, Now that I have composed myself a little bit if you will bear with me, I would like to share a few things about Obie and me . First, THANK YOU so much all of you that sent emails, cards, & phone calls. All of them made a very difficult time easier to deal with.
Obie lived here for 15 months. In that short time we squeezed in a whole life time of living. The first few months were so touch and go with Obie being so very sick, it would seem that that was wasted time . Not true for Obie :o) We bonded & grew to love each other. I can't find words to express the amount of fight & life that was in this little bitch. She looked so sick & so frail in body, yet one look & her eyes & all you could see was this fire. With the fight of a prize fighter. She was really something to admire she never gave up. As she grew healthier and developed into a very pretty young Bouv -- jet black a pretty beard, strong bodied & a mind with a devilish streak, touched with a sense of humor, loving, gentle, sweet a very kind soul and the most wonderful temperament I've ever seen.
Obie was always with me; where ever I went Obie went. She rode up front in the van right between the seats with her head on my lap. She slept on my bed and sat next to me while I worked on the computer. She went to work with me every day. I adored this dog & I was the center of her universe. In that short 15 months Obie got to travel, ( her second favorite thing in the whole world). We went to Pennsylvania, to the upper peninsula of Michigan, we went camping & hiking she swam in lake Superior ( only after dragging me in the icy waters at 6 am while on our morning walk! (LOL) Numerous rescue runs to Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Canada, and all points in between. She went to TONS of dog shows serving as the befrienders ambassador which was a job she LOVED. There was nothing Obie liked better than meeting people. Everyone she met she won over with her kind gentle ways. Obie learned to pull a light weight cart & pulled it proudly in a parade leading 15 other rescued Bouviers right down Grand River Ave. Obie also earned her Temperament Test Title. I was so proud of her.
And last but most certainly not least rescuing my daughter from the dog attack. Every day that I have for the rest of my life when I look at my sweet youngest daughters face, I will be full of gratitude that Obie came into my life. Obie never expressed that she was in any pain or distress, up until her last day. Once again I knew she was counting on me to help her do what she was unable to do for herself. Only this time all I could do was hold her till she was at rest. Our bond and love couldn't fix this obstacle. Veterinary medicine could only offer her peace from her suffering. This wonderful, loving, noble Bouvier. I do find it ironic that it was Obie's heart, spirit & drive to survive that so endeared me to her in the first place & in the end it was her heart that caused her to die so prematurely.
I've had so many people tell me how wonderful I was to take care of Obie the way I did for so long. But I really think that anyone that got to know her would of done the same for her. Obie gave back a million fold of what she received. She taught me that I can do things I never thought I could do. I was always a bit squeamish about certain things & I had to over come my phobia to care for Obie. Yet another gift from her I will be grateful for for the rest of my life. Obie was a very happy dog , a true delight to have around; every day she made us laugh with her silly antics. She would steal my comforter and my pillows & just be grinning away, always wanting to have a little wrestling match over them before agreeing to share when what she really wanted in the first place was for me to come lay down with her.
Everyone that met her fell in love with her she just had that way about her. I miss her happy, happy Bouv dance complete with her 4 foot high all 4 feet off the ground bouncing when she heard the blender. Making even a sad chore like tube feeding an adult Bouv something to in a way look forward too. She knew that's how she got dinner & expressed it by showing how happy & joyful she was. She was so SMART ! I talked to her just like I talk with a person & I know she understood every word I said to her. I will miss her forever. I'm feel so lucky & truly blessed that I got to meet this wonderful girl & that I had the honor of sharing my home with her; she was truly a once in a life time dog. In those 15 short months Obie loved & was loved as much as anyone could in a life time. Thank you all for allowing me to share her with you
Glenda Zeke & Gus
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Here is a picture of me Obie & Gus taken at the Michigan Specialty
in November of last year Obie is the pretty Bouv on the left (check out her Happy Grin !) and those are her rescue pictures in the Back ground.
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