"BOOTS" Eileen Hatfield
I was there the day you were born and nursed you back to health a few weeks later when you and your brother got stuck in the corn crib of a barn on the farm where I worked. Your parents ("Penny" and "B.D.") were good dogs of which you were a part of their third litter.I brought you home for my son but you became MY dog instead. In the beginning, I thought
you might have to leave because it appeared you had "Marley" syndrome and tore up so many things in the garage. You pulled a chunk of my hair out in front when I fell asleep on the back stoop while setting up with you when you whined at night from missing your canine family. Then later, while I was sleeping on the couch in the den one night, you threw your metal feed pan against the storm door and scared me to death with that
awful crash. And so it was to be like that the rest of your life with me.. always doing things that was your distinct personality.
My son grew up & left, your "Granny" and Uncle Kev passed on, Uncle Ron saw you when he was home for visits... then it was just us two.
So many things changed in those 17 years for me but you always stayed constant by my side. I don't think I ever mowed the grass, shoveled snow or raked the yard without you by my side not even one single time...not even in the rain! Then there was the time you tried to climb the ladder when I was re-roofing the house. Where did you think you were going? Ha! Ha! Wednesday night was always pizza night for us and every day was cheese day when you stood at the refrigerator door.
These last two years were rough on you but as Dr. Kent said, it was because you wanted to hang on and spend as much time as you could with me.
You were an "ICON" in the neighborhood and at Dairy Queen down the road. I was reduced
to being called "BOOTS" dad or "the guy with the big brown dog". Everybody loved you especially our neighbors Marie and Brody ("Lil Evel") but no one more than me. You will always be my "BOOTI GIRL".
In the end, it was liked we had lived for so many years... just the two of us.
I know that you are in Heaven now because where else could you be after taking care of me for all those years. You deserved more than anyone could have ever given you and I know GOD is giving you your rewards now. I am especially glad that your gettin' Granny treats again. I will be along one these days and can't wait to see you again.
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