What you see in this photograph is a partnership.
And we’re using it to introduce this memorial to a dog named Sheridan.
How did he get the name?
“We just liked the name Sheridan,” one of his humans, our pal Della Wallace told us.
That photo? We got it late last year from Della.
She explained, “Sheridan decided that David needed help tiling my new shower stall, so he volunteered.”
That was on January 2.
On January 30, Della wrote, “Very sad day!!! Our Sheridan went to the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. He was very ill and there was nothing they could do to even make him comfortable. We tried for two weeks but he was getting much worse.”
Sheridan left a hole in two lives, but the fact that he lived with David and Della also filled two hearts with the kind of love you get when you take a rescued puppy from one end of life to the other.
We’ve written about Sheridan before because he was a remarkable survivor.
Della told us, “Sheridan is the only survivor of the 7 puppies born to Daisy in 2005. Daisy was rescued from the pound [Dallas Animal Services] by Debbie Ferrell. Deb was there, at the pound, when someone took Daisy in, full of puppies. Deb was at that time with A Different Breed and asked for someone to take a pregnant Daisy.”
[LARRY ASIDE: That is our only photo of Daisy -- we featured her in a July, 2008, edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.]
Della says Deb sent out word she was looking for a foster for a pregnant dog. So Della and David made what turned out to be a wonderful decision for a momma and a surviving son.
“We volunteered and Daisy had 7 babies, 6 of which died from seizures before they were 3 weeks old. We still have Daisy as she was deemed unadoptable as she barks all the time. (Good thing we are in the country with no close neighbors).”
As you can see from these assorted photos, Sheridan had a “closeness” with his buddy David.
Even putting a big paw on his forehead while Callie, another rescue, was trying to nap. David may have been trying to nap, too.
And, there’s that one “seasonal photo.” Della says, “This is Sheridan napping at Christmas a few years ago. He was a good reindeer.”
Della says she and David had a funeral on the 31st for Sheridan.
There were tears. There are some now -- anybody who’s lost a friend like Sheridan can feel it right in the heart.
But, when you think of Sheridan, think also of the life he lived -- a long-odds survivor as a puppy who grew up to be a reindeer and a helper and a member of the family.
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