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Last night I was reading an article in Runner’s World Magazine about a family who had been found by a dog who had nudged his way into their heart and found a place in their home. The story (which was true, btw) was told by the dad who was a runner, spoke of the joy he derived from spending time with the dog, whom they named Nick, out on their runs together. They formed a special bond, as did the mom with Nick on their walks together, and the kids with Nick in the woods playing and romping around.

Brown HuskyAnd then the dog ran away. Just up and ran away one day. The family was devastated. They placed bulletins, handed out flyers and talked to everyone they could, trying every way they knew to find their beloved Nick.  And then they got the call…it was a lady saying that she had their “Nick,” but that that their “Nick” was actually her “Brutus,” who had simply run off again. She said that he had done that before.  The family’s heart sank, but then the lady asked if perhaps they could keep the dog because she had three children under the age of four and a small house, and “Brutus” would be much better suited as “Nick” in a new family setting. Nick's family was beside themselves with joy, so “Nick” came home to stay after all.

Well, that’s the happy side of the story – I was all smiles and bubbles. ThenMan Running With Husky the author threw in a game changer…He wrote of how they fully incorporated Nick into their lives, the runs they took, the seasons that passed, the life they shared. He described Nick as “an outstanding companion, a real head turner, an accomplished bread thief, a gentle giant with children, a foot warmer at night, a perfect dog in every way, except for one thing. Our dear Nick was old.”

It was the line that tore at my heart without having to read another word. “Our dear Nick was old.” I knew what was coming next – heartache. The author then describes finding Nick one morning having a seizure. After a visit to the vet, they took a run together that evening. Then, several months later, he had another episode that he never fully recovered from.

“That morning, before they left for school, Susan and each of the boys knelt down one by one to say goodbye. Once they had left, I knelt down myself and put my hand on his forehead. His ears flattened the way they always had during our runs. It had only been days since we’d been out together, an easy three-miler that seemed to leave him wanting more. Now he couldn’t lift his head from the carpet. I smoothed my palm over his brow. His lips smacked and he began panting weakly. I told him he was a good boy. Good for just being there. Good because his tail swayed when I said his name. Good because he took that name in the last year of his long life, the same way he took his family – as if both had always been his.” *




OH…MY…GOD… … … I almost drowned reading this! This is a Runner’s World article? Seriously? Well, I just can’t handle R.W. then, because that just about did me in. And I only included enough of the article to paint the picture; to read the entire thing is to risk melancholia.

Sigh…I know. I am just a big softie. So sue me.  

Rest easy, Nick...what a gift you were to a lucky family.


*Quoted from Runner’s World Magazine, September 2010 Issue,  Pet Project by Marc Parent, pgs. 84 – 85. 

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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
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Our love for our pets usually leads to a sad ending, because they live for such a short time. I guess this is mildly about running, but I agree that it would be better for a pet magazine.

Nov 14, 2010 12:54 PM #1
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sad but true. Pets hold a special place in many a hearts.

Nov 14, 2010 02:29 PM #2
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Stuff like that ruins my day...and for many days afterward. I'd rather people would not email me stuff like that.... I get that kind of stuff sometimes in my mail...just awful!

Did you see that domestic dogs are from Foxes? It came out on public TV tonight. They release some kind of fermions or something like that we as adults react to just the same as with newborn babies. In turn they react the same way toward us.... This is one of the reasons we love dogs so much.

A study was done where foxes were captured at newborn stage and taken cared of by a family in this test study. It turns out that with time they changed their look more like everyday dogs. It was so interesting... I need to see it again to get my story straight!

Nov 14, 2010 03:31 PM #3
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Shelia-Somebody had this on the list as one of the best Blogs in Nov. I can see why. Nice story.

Dec 31, 2010 12:38 AM #4
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Thanks Wayne - Hope you have a wonderful New Year!! Enjoy the last few hours of 2010!!

Dec 31, 2010 12:13 PM #5
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