A Tail of Love from PJ's family
Ten and a half years ago an 11 month old, 85 lb, black Lab/Golden dog stole my heart.
He was on a rescue website, Retrievers and Friends, and I knew the first time I saw him he was my heart dog.
He'd always been in a kennel and didn’t know about the big world around him or how big he was.
He loved to run and play with the other dogs at our house.
I found out soon he didn’t have a clue of how to stop or turn his body when running.
I soon learned to get out of his way. He was always so happy to see me and once ran around the
corner of the building, jumped up and knocked out my tooth.
Many might have given up on him, but I knew he was a diamond in the rough
As he grew older, the founder
members of our therapy group named the group after him,
PJ's Pals, because he was a wonderful therapy dog and
loved to listen to the children read to him.
In his past 9 years as a therapy
dog, PJ has had many children read to him at schools and
libraries. He visited 2 hospitals, one was a 20
bed pediatrics and 20 bed pediatric oncology, a
children's bereavement center, Camp Erin and senior
P.J. has taught me many lessons
over these past years. Here are just a few:
A Tail of Love
Six lessons of Life I
learned from my dog, PJ
Always have faith and
Although PJ was only
given 6 months to live, with the loving care of his vets
and heart medication, he lived over 16 months. He
was still visiting once every 3 months instead of his 9
visits a month.
Turn the other cheek
If another dog wanted to pick a fight or snarl at him,
PJ just turned and went about his way.
Respect the little ones
PJ always put his
big body down to the level of those he visited, whether
it was a child or small dog. I didn't teach him
this, he just showed respect to all he met.
Big is beautiful
PJ weighted up to
127 lbs and people always commented how beautiful he was
and always admired his extra large feet. Although he was
so big, he was as gentle as a kitten.
you're in pain, don't be a pain
Over 1 year
ago, PJ developed congestive heart failure. He was
in pain and almost diet. He still charmed all he
met in the vet hospital. With oxygen stapled to
his head, he still wagged his tail.
there when someone needs you
Not only was PJ
there for all he visited, but also for me. When I tore
my meniscus, PJ walked me one step at a time from the
agility yard into the house.
My heart dog is
running free with Fargo at Rainbow Bridge after touching
so many lives and helping so many children and patients.
He was truly a diamond in the rough and is now a
sparkling diamond after his many years of service.
Thank you and Rest in Peace PJ, we all love you!
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