Prince, my faithful companion.
I still remember the look on Jenna’s face when she got off the school bus and saw Tracy and I sitting on the front porch holding a cute little puppy. Terry, was gone a lot and I thought that with us living in the country, a guard dog might be a good idea. Prince was adopted from the local S.P.C.A. and was just a few months old. He was a Shephard/Husky mix and grew to be about 90 pounds. He was a gentle playmate and a fearless protector. When the girls grew older, Prince became my trusty companion. Often, his face was the first to greet me as I started my day. He watched over me as I cleaned the barn and was a huge help when I weeded the garden, or so he thought! He loved to chase bunny rabbits. As he got older, it was hard for him to get around, those rabbits loved to tease him. The day he passed was one of the hardest days of my life. The mornings were the hardest. When I would walk out the back door to head for the barn I would look for him, only now he wasn’t there. When I saw this statue at a roadside stand I had to have it. I planted his garden. It brought me comfort knowing that when I looked for him, I knew he was in the garden. A few weeks after planting the garden I noticed bunny rabbits gathering around the garden in the evening. They didn’t go in the garden but, were hopping all around eating grass. This went on for months. Even when there was snow on the ground, the rabbits were there. I knew they were telling me not to worry, Prince was in heaven chasing bunny rabbits. Prince, was a part of our family for 14 years. His statue has grown faded and cracked but, my memories of that wonderful dog are still as colorful as the flowers in his garden.
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