Memories of My Canine Friend

Fritz, German Shorthaired-Pointer, Oct. 2002 – Jan. 2017

I wrote a short poem, here, the day my dad buried him in Arndt soil.

Below are some memories that’ll last a lifetime:

 

Building fires in the woodstove for you to lay in front of…


Playing indoor hide-n-seek with you, then letting you lick me with great joy once I was found…

Spreading tuna juice over your food…

Running with you at Spicer Lake, through a foot of powder, without a leash…

Relentlessly getting followed after I popped a bag of popcorn, your favorite snack…


Witnessing you find and kill a groundhog…and bunnies…and mice…

Watching squirrels mock you from the safety of the power line at Zigler St…

Watching you flush birds out of the Arborvitaes in the yard…


Getting tangled up in blankets and having you dig your nose through them all to find me…

Chasing you around the yard only to get consistently juked by your elusiveness…

Witnessing you go into my bedroom and steal my Beanie Babies to flip around in the living room…such self-control by not ripping them…


Taking you with me into the shower to give you baths…using baby shampoo for your fur…

Marveling at your recogniztion of “running clothes” as opposed to “casual clothes”…following up with relentless begging to join us running, usually at Spicer…

Barking and chasing the Canadian Geese as they flocked and soared across the sky…


Leaving a plate of hot food on the hearth and marveling at your self-control not to approach it, even for a sniff…

Watching you eat wild apples that fell from the apple tree in the front yard…

Letting you outside for up to an hour, never once worrying about you crossing the border into neighbor territory…even without an electric fence or shock collar…


Petting the white stripe of fur between your eyes until you fell asleep by the fire…


Writing down details of every run with you in my high school run journals…looking back through them, most were during winter training for the upcoming track season…



In your peak years, still the fastest dog I’ve ever seen…stayed lean and fit even unto your 13th year of living…probably logged close to 15,000 miles of running with our family in parks and country roads…on and off the leash…

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