Last winter, after months of cortisone treatments caused him to lose the majority of his fur, it became necessary to wrap him in a baby receiving blanket and hold him to warm him after his excursions outside. I would take his little fragile body in my arms and hold him close to me until the shivering subsided. He'd struggle and fuss at first, but once he felt comfortable and warm, he'd sigh and fall asleep with his head cushioned on my chest. He was safe and secure in the knowledge that the unconditional love he generously bestowed on me was reciprocated.
Life would be much easier for all of us if we followed his example. I will miss my greatest teacher terribly, but the lessons held and expressed in the depths of his chocolate brown eyes will remain etched on my heart, just as his memory will. Goodbye, my teacher, my friend...I'll miss you...
the ones who receive it." --- Dr. Karl Menninger