A Jon_Are essay: Why All Dogs Go To Heaven

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  1. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    She was the first dog I’d ever owned. Born on the very day that I started working at my present job 12 years ago, Winnie, my Norwegian Elk Hound, was destined to become a more significant part of me than I ever could have foreseen.

    Having been raised in a cat family, I’d never known first hand the special bond that inevitably develops between dog and owner. The instinctive sense of trust and partnership that comes to dogs so naturally is a wonder witnessed only by those who are willing to make those sacrifices necessary to responsible dog ownership.

    Winnie never once got angry. She never held a grudge, she never sought retribution, and she never withheld forgiveness. Even after being scolded or disciplined, she would lay quietly, eyeing me from a distance, awaiting the slightest movement of hand that would indicate ‘Come here’, and she would instantly bound forward with tail-wagging eagerness to receive a chin scratch or an ear rub. All was forgiven, always.

    Often Winnie would rise from wherever she had been lying, walk over to me, and sit with her chin on my knee, eyebrows working overtime. This was her manner of asking for my attention. Whenever I came home, the first thing I saw upon opening the door was her furry face looking up to me. Whether I had been gone all day or just ten minutes, she greeted me as if she wanted nothing more than simply to be with me.

    One recent winter morning, Winnie appeared uncomfortable and listless. Later that day, she vomited. I took her to the vet that afternoon, and x-rays revealed that her bladder was enlarged twice its normal size and was filled with stones. Surgery was necessary, so we scheduled it for the following morning. That evening, she was in too much pain to lay, so she stood virtually motionless and stared. All night long. The next morning, before leaving for work, I sat on the kitchen floor next to where she was standing. Winnie bent her head down in order to rest her chin on my leg to receive several minutes of petting. This was to be my last contact with her. As it turned out, the surgery was pointless. She was in the early stages of renal failure, and, given her age and prognosis, we determined that the kindest act would be to help her to sleep forever. All this just two days after she had seemed completely healthy.

    Is it possible for a dog to teach a person lessons of life? Anyone who has ever owned one recognizes the answer to this. Character traits such as unwavering loyalty, instant forgiveness, continual and absolute respect, and the purest form of unconditional love are admirable and aspired to by the greatest of men and women. Imagine a humane society mixed-breed mutt exhibiting these attributes toward me in the flesh, day after day for twelve years, simply because I chose to take her into my home.

    Jon
     
  2. Micheal

    Micheal Screenwriter

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    I'm very sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
    Take care,
    Mike
     
  3. John Stone

    John Stone Supporting Actor

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    Jon, I'm so sorry. My first dog Andi passed away several years ago and it was very difficult for a long time, but it does get better eventually. Andi was a stray collie-mutt that my wife and I rescued. Like your Winnie, Andi changed me from a "cat person" into a "dog person". She taught me a lot in the six short years that she was with us. I know you'll keep Winnie close to your heart forever. My thoughts are with you.
     
  4. Travis Hedger

    Travis Hedger Supporting Actor

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    Dogs are the best.
    My dog Kissa is pretty much the same in the love and respect we give each other. She is only 2 and a half years old and I hope for her to have a long and happy life.
    This morning after I got in from work I let her inside as I normally do, and while watching M*A*S*H on FX she climbed up on the couch, layed down and placed her head on my leg for easy access ear scratchings. [​IMG]
    Im very sorry as well for you loss. 12 years. I hope my dog will live as long!
     
  5. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    Jon,

    My sincerest condolences for your loss.

    My li'l mutt just turned 8, and I can't even contemplate life without her unconditional loyalty and love.
     
  6. Dean DeMass

    Dean DeMass Screenwriter

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    Jon,

    I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. I am a dog lover through and through, and I konw what it is like to lose a loyal companion. I also want to say, that you post was one of the most touching things I have ever read. It is so amazing how much love a simple creature can bring out in a human being. I hope one day you will rescue another dog from your local humane society so that pup can have a caring owner just like Winnie did.

    My two current dogs are living with my ex-wife, but I have decided to keep our house, so that means I will have at least one of my dogs back. I am thankful for this because I miss them more than anything.

    -Dean-
     
  7. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    Thanks, all.
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