And then I met Grendel, who resembled Major. We became instant buddies and the year was 2007. He belonged to a client of mine. We would play ball, and I would brush him every other Friday. I'd wash his stainless steel bowls as if they were my finest china. I think it may have relieved my own guilt more than anything. Although Grendel loved me and I him. He would climb in the back seat of my vehicle if I left the door open too long. And always run out of the house to greet me when I arrived. Surely not because I always brought a treat. In the picture below I am trying to get him to pose for a photo for the back of my business card.... Obviously it wasn't working but we sure had fun.
As the years past he grew weaker as we all do. Now when I arrived he would get too excited and lose control of his rear section. His rear section would go down almost doing the splits. My helper and I would have to lift him up and steady him for a bit before letting him go on his own. He couldn't play ball anymore and brushing him seemed to hurt somehow so that was out.
On days I was scheduled to be at there home his owner would always text me and let me know if he was not going to be there so I wouldn't worry. I always said he was my Major reincarnated. Even though I pretty much knew he wasn't. Sort of my own private Disney fantasy. God I always and still do cry at Lady and The Tramp.
So the last time I was there Old Grendel, age 15 was on the floor and couldn't get up. The vet said this was probably it but the owners decided to wait one more day. He couldn't even go to the bathroom on his own. We had to put a sling around his belly and lift/walk his back legs for him. I sat with him on the floor and discussed some of life and a lot of love. He let me. We used to sit out back on the deck (see pics) in total silence and listen to the beautiful sounds of nature. Life. I was and am so thankful to have known Grendel. He and Major were my best friends ever. Wait, there was Barney dog, and Daisy, and Gracie Allen too. Below was his last day on earth....
On my next scheduled visit to my client I found a card on the counter with beautiful words for
me..... It read: " Thank you for all your love and support with our sweet old boy the last years." Along with a $50.00 bill. Which wasn't necessary but such a nice gesture of love, almost as if it were from Grendel himself.