Whippet Mix: Memorial for Calvin
by R M Uhl
(Reno, Nevada USA )
Calvin was a terrier/whippet cross.
He was a tricolored black and white seal face with harlequin mask male with a genteel nobility that pervaded his being in defining who he was.
He came into my life at the age of 3 &1/2 years from two UC Davis Graduate students who greatly loved and spoiled him.
He was 9 years and two weeks old today when he passed away from complications of acute kidney failure.
He intermittently suffered mild seizures throughout his life that never required medicine, and he was the most affectionate seeking my arms and lap just before an attack came on.
This in no way implies that he was any less expressive with his love and commitment as he routinely sought and secured human touch, the sharing of the bed or couch, and engagingly enticed play time and walks.
He had a way in spirit to lessen my tears, frustration, anxiety, angst, and rage over the years while he shared my life in living with my terminal illness helping me come to terms with my lot in this life and contributing to me being able to successfully turn around to get my disease to a healthy chronic managed condition.
In addition, his noble spirit and manner contributed greatly to my being able to emotionally and psychologically work through my weakness and vulnerability arising from my affliction stemming from my disease and learn from his example how to implicitly trust, forgive, and continue on...weather it, roll with the punches, learn to fall, and pick myself up again and shake it off to embrace another day, life, and simply live life.
For that I find I'm most thankful to the fates and to God for bringing Calvin into my life, and know and trust that Calvin is in God's loving care and tender embrace.