For some reason, the emails really got to me. A few people lost their dogs this week or gave updates on their dogs. The 40th dog helped this year by CorgiAid is a senior fellow of 21 years whose family could not afford to take him out of the shelter. He was in such poor condition, it's really a miracle (and probably great genes) that has helped him last this long. Someone shared a funny from the New Yorker about Queen Elizabeth's plans on Charles' wedding day. I got a giggle out of it. Then I had tears rolling down my cheeks from a Cancer Survivor Story.
Great dog story!
This is a great story for all who love fur babies.
Ann and her husband Jim had a dog, Lucky. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably someone would forget and something would come up missing. Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease...she was just sure it was fatal. She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully but the dog just drooped, whining and miserable. But finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed. When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. Panic soon gave way to laughter though when Mary realized the problem.... she was covered, literally blanketed in every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement and back bringing his beloved mistress his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every night. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.
I decided to take a break from the Corgi stuff and read about the California father that was convicted of killing nine children. Here is the Yahoo news story. I normally wouldn't say this, but the man should be tortured before being put to death for his actions.
Well, on to lighter, more pedestrian things...
On Wednesday we saw Batman Begins followed by Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I really enjoyed Batman Begins. Other than Christian Bale and Katie Holmes I didn't really pay attention to who else was in it beforehand. So when I saw Rutger Hauer, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman I was happy. The previews made it seem like Morgan Freeman had a small role. He and Michael Caine were great (as always) and I really liked Gary Oldman's performance. I wasn't expecting Mr. and Mrs. Smith to be very good because of all the publicity surrounding the rumored romance between the leads. When there is more talk about the actors then the movie, I kind of wonder. I did get quite a few laughs and enjoyed myself though I guess I was hoping for less of the "I'm a dumb guy in love and the woman is so smart" kind of comedy as the movie went on. Vince Vaughn was great. Now I want to see the Alfred Hitchcock version.