Sweet Dreams Elwood

My pal Elwood.

I said good-bye to him today in a whisper as soft as the folds on his adorable neck.

Elwood was a neighbor of mine.  He was a Shar Pei and if you’re familiar with that breed of dog, you know them to have fold after fold of loosely wrinkled skin around their necks.  But they are strong and stubborn and not exactly built for speed.  Elwood was the quintessential model of a Shar Pei.

Ellie was golden colored and had a personality that was pure gold.  He was my running partner from time to time and I swear he would smile with every stride he took as we ran around the neighborhood.  His “mom” would stand there in wonder, stunned he could move that fast!

Ellie slowed down as the years and doggie problems that are true to his breed, began to add up and then the tumor started to grow.  Cancer grows in dogs just like it does in humans and the results, even with constant medical care, sadly are often the same too.

Elwood’s “dad” stopped me on the street yesterday to tell me his beloved dog was failing fast.  Fourteen great years of loving this pup was coming to an end.  The tumor had spread beyond any magic available.

Ellie passed away today.  His extended family mourns his loss.

Those wonderful wrinkles laid to rest.  Sweet dreams my pal.

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Maureen (Mo) December 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Tracey died today (Sunday, December 29). Her husband prayed that she would simply go to sleep and not wake; the doctors had told him to expect otherwise. His prayers and ours, her friends’, were answered. May her soul be forever blessed and at peace. She lights the heavens now.


Laurie Singer Sievers December 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I’m so very sorry for your loss Mo.
She joins the warriors of cancer who have allowed others better outcomes because of their bravery.
Rest in Peace, Tracey.


Maureen (Mo) December 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I’m glad you were able to say goodbye.

My friend T. was placed in hospice, I learned this morning. The glioblastoma once again wins. I have been thinking of her all day, praying that she completes her 29-month journey in peace, without pain. She had such strength and faith and has remained an inspiration from the day she first told us she had brain cancer. She was a marvelous painter.


Kathie Scott December 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Mo..so sorry about your friend. I pray for a peaceful end for her and peace for you and her family.


Laurie Singer Sievers December 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Mo..I”m so sorry to hear about T.
You’ve been such a great friend and support.
I wish T peace above all.


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