River left us on Saturday last, and I'm sure has gone to Doggie Heaven.
Here are a few things he taught me, and which I think all of us would be better off if we would learn these lessons for ourselves.
1. When loved ones come home run to greet them. Show them you are glad they are home. Never fail.
2. Never pass up a chance to go for a joy ride in an old truck.
3. Allow the wind and the fresh air in your face to be pure ecstacy.
4. If what you want lies buried, keep digging until you find it.
5. Never pretend you are something you are not.
6. No matter how often you are scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends.
7. Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
8. Run, romp and play daily.
9. Thrive on attention and let people touch you, and pay attention to others.
10. Avoid biting when a growl will do.
11. On warm days, stop and lie on your back in the grass.
12. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie in the shade of a tree.
13. Be loyal.
14. When you're happy, show it, even though you don't have a tail to wag.
15. When it's in your best interest practice obedience.
16. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk with your Master.
17. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Then stop when you've had enough.
18. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close and nuzzle them gently.
19. And many, many more lessons.
I'm going to miss my friend, River.
OH, and by the way, Ryan eventually did take care of River during this past year after we moved to Logan.
Thanks to Ryan and Sam and their sweet kids for taking good care of him, when I couldn't have him as near as I would have liked.