Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ojo Ajuda Rest in Peace


I have some wonderful Door County pictures to share, but tonight I will share Ojo's tale once more. He passed away peacefully while I was gone and I'll miss him so. Ten years back when I was animal control warden, I was called out ago by a forest ranger who thought he came across a wolf tied out in the woods. The soulful brown eyes met mine and he knew I intended to save and protect him. He was starving, thirty five pounds, subsisting for how long on his own feces, unable to fend for himself in any way. I took him in and brought his weight uo to a natural 80# build. He was highly intelligent, able to climb 6 foot runs and escape. Several people requested to adopt him, although he seemed untrustworthy. He adored children and I would let him loose to walk among the visiting tours of children, but he distrusted all men. He moved in with my children and I and considered himself a guardian of my boys. Time passed, my younger son, Randell had been tunneling in the pasture snow drifts when the tunnel collapsed on him. Ojo dug him out. There isn't a hero greater than Ojo in my life. He was a difficult dog to care forbut it mattered not. In time his boys became men and whatever horrors he knew from his previous life faded away. He became the wonderful, faithful companion everyone hopes for. I knew his days were numbered. The summer heat had taken a heavy toll on him and I hoped that winter would bring back his youthful frolicking in the snow. He's there now, rolling on his back making snow angels. I miss him already.

6 comments:

april said...

Oh Doris - I am so sorry. I am so sad. He was a beautiful animal. You gave him such a good life and he knew you loved him. xx

Elena said...

Oh Doris, I'm trying to convince myself that I'm crying tears of joy for his making snow angels in doggie heaven but... I am so so sorry that he has passed on although I trust his spirit will stay close to protect you as you did him in life.

Laura said...

Doris...Peace has come in so many ways...(Im in tears...my heart babe is with you)

Suz said...

bless you for loving him
you made a difference

julielea said...

Doris, I'm so sorry for the loss of such a unique, beautiful character in your life. What a marvellous companion he must have been to you and your boys. How wonderful that you rescued him and gave him such a fulfilling life in your family.

butterfly woman said...

I am honored to have met him. Such a gentle dog and those eyes were amazing. Hold onto the memories. I am looking forward to seeing you do a portrait of him sometime. So glad we as artists can express our personal emotions in that way.