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My Forever Home Part Two


Story from Heaven, by Ebony
Part Two…Buckeyes and Swimming and Ice Cream 

“My forever home was awesome! It included visits from Barbara’s sweet little granddaughter, and then ‘game-day’ romps at Natasha’s house. I would wear that red Buckeyes shirt. Wow! I never figured out what all the fuss was about over those Buckeyes, but I do remember Barbara did more screaming and arm flapping when she watched those things on TV than at any other time I ever was with her!

“Tash was my best friend in the neighborhood, and granddaughter loved on me almost as much as Barbara. So game-day always was fun despite the noise Barbara and her friends created.

“There were trips to the lake, where Barbara taught me the most fun game ever — fetch! It wasn’t played on land, because I wasn’t a sprinter. It was in the water, where I could swim like a champion all day long, bringing those stick things back to shore for Barbara to toss into the water over and over again! Even later, when I lost most of my eyesight, I could find that thing in the water by hearing where it splashed down. So much fun!

“We took easy, long walks, too, in the riverbank woods at home. Usually after a short swim at the boat docks, Barbara would take me for ice cream at the Dairy Queen across the street. Hmmm… Ice Cream; I can taste it now!

“When Barbara wanted to read, or write, quietly outside, she’d let me lay on the little apartment patio next to her, and I’d keep watch over her so the neighborhood’s activities wouldn’t disturb her studies.

“What good times and a wonderful friendship we had together!”

Lake Erie, Port Clinton, Ohio

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Dog Lessons


Lots of things in life are good, like ice cream! Yum!

My Newfie, Ebony (1998-2009) particularly enjoyed the treat after a swim in Lake Erie at Port Clinton, or Marblehead Lighthouse State Park miles across the lake from the amusement park, Cedar Point. Ebony would spend the entire afternoon swimming, fetching, and playing in the water. There was no end to her enthusiasm for water.

The amusing part of that fact is that I had to work to introduce her to water when I adopted her in 1998. Apparently, she never had experienced the joy of swimming when I met her at the local Humane Society. She was barely a year old, had strayed unidentified from some compound.

My love of the water quickly transferred to her as she became my life-long adoptee. Her joy was doubled when I also introduced her to ice cream.

We can learn from a dog the joy of love and loyalty, and to grin when we’re happy (hopefully without drooling!)

Photo (Ebony, a female Newfoundland) from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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