Let me introduce you to Meeko, my loyal companion. We brought Meeko, an Alaskan malamute into our family in November 2000. He has been a big part of our lives ever since.
Meeko has been taught good manners. Though he was a bit stubborn as a pup, we worked with him and have raised him to be a well-mannered pet. He would like to chase cats, squirrels and other animals, but when he reacts to their presence, I make him sit until they are safely out of reach. Over the years he has come to know that this behavior is unacceptable.
Meeko's predecesor was Snowball, an American Eskimo. We had the privledge of having Snowball as part of our family for 13 years. He was a faithful companion and the hardest thing we ever had to do was put him down. Snowball had renal kidney disease and was self-mutilating. We had to put our feelings aside and do him the honor of relieving his pain and suffering. He will live in our hearts forever.
At the same time we had Meeko, we had another dog, Cheyenne. She was half dog, half wolf. Her mother was a timber wolf that had been brought south from the Yukon. When I first saw Cheyenne, she was a fat little ball of fur. My husband fell in love with her. At first, I didn't, but she soon captured my heart. Cheyenne lived to be 12 years old and lived out her last years on a farm where she was able to run free. The farmer made a sled for her to pull his small children. Cheyenne was a beauty and was very protective of her "Pack." The only photo that I have of her on my computer is one that a friend of mine made into a background for a webpage. To learn more about Cheyenne, read her story here: http://www.geocities.com/marysnewplace/cheyenne.html?200726
Dogs are faithful companions. They make us laugh with their antics. They comfort us when we shed tears. The protect our property and keep us safe from harm. Dogs have been a big part of my life. We had a dog when I was a child. My grandparents kept several dogs on their farm.
I miss everyone of my canine companions and hope to always have at least one dog in my life. Life just isn't the same without a loyal companion by your side.