One of our volunteers (thank you Steve Minch) was contacted by Sanilac Animal control about a poor old Malamute that nobody claimed. As time went by his health was deteriorating and his time was up. Steve pulled him for us and brought him to our rescue so he could live out his days with us (July 23rd). His coat was a wreck, his hearing fading and by the looks of the cataracts in his eyes his vision was fading as well. We got him settled in to Baja's old run and gave him a name. Joshua just seemed to fit.
Shirley let him out in a play area where he would snooze and sun himself all day. He wouldn't eat and what little got in, went right out the other end. It was not a good sign. On Thursday the 26th Joshua slipped away in his sleep to join the many Golden Years alumni at the Rainbow Bridge. At least he knew the gentle touch of Shirley and Steve and he had a name to take with him. Godspeed gentle Joshua. Thank you for blessing us for a few days.
A Love Letter from Joshua
I was confused, lost and tired.
I'd walked many miles just to find a soft bed
From somewhere I heard a deep, caring voice.
I laid out in the sun and did lots of sleeping.
But the years and the miles had taken a toll,
Thanks for your love and for all of your caring.
Poem by Margaret from the Mal-L listserve group