I would like to share a story about my dog Biscuit. She passed away in 2005 and the memories are still intense.
Biscuit was a black Shar-Pei that was given to me as a pup, as a gift from a special friend. We shared 12 wonderful years with her. When she became a member of our family my 3 children were very young. She grew up with my kids. She gained the nickname "Huggie" and it fit her well. She was very loving and playful and joined in their play activities. We had a huge trampoline that was over a foot off the ground. Somehow she climbed up on her own and would bounce with the kids; I am not talking on all fours, I am talking upright on her 2 hind legs. She became quite a conversation piece among our small community and our local paper even came and took pictures of her and her trampoline antics. She was loved at the school and made many trips to the classrooms. I took her with me each day when I picked up the kids from school and she always drew a crowd. She would take turns sleeping with the kids at night, demanding her own space under the covers.
Biscuit found her way into our hearts right away but her antics of the trampoline and playful ways are just a drop in the bucket compared to her heroism. Yes, Biscuit became a hero to our family. She saved our lives in a house fire a few months after we got her. She alerted me by giving a crying howl, nudging me and waking me up enough to smell smoke. I instantly sprung out of bed as she went to my son’s room trying to pull him out of bed. We escaped unhurt but we lost our house. Biscuit suffered smoke inhalation and had phenomena as a result, but ended up giving us several years of joy. We had a chance to adopt her mother not long after that and what a joy! We nicknamed her mom Porky because she was a very stocky dog. We had Porky for 7 years and she gave us many wonderful memories as well.
It doesn't matter how many dogs, cats, or pets we have, I feel we have them for a reason and I know the ones I have had defiantly made my life a better one.
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