I had a different post in mind for today, but it can wait. I wanted to ask you to please keep a good thought and if you are the praying type, a prayer for some friends of ours.
Yesterday, Hamlet's fellow guide dog and partner, Karma, headed to doggie heaven. They lived together for 9 years, and guided their people Sharon and Jeff for all of that time. Sharon and Jeff of course, loved them both as their dogs, not just as their guides, and Karma was one of the happiest pups ever. She was a black Lab mix, slightly smaller than Hammy, but with the biggest puppy personality! She was all wiggles and kisses. Shortly after Hamlet retired and came to live with us, Karma was retired and went to live with a friend of Sharon and Jeff's named Karen. That was another match of epic love, and Karma had a happy retirement filled with another family of love, fun, and adventures.
My favorite Karma memory was of the couple of times we visited Sharon and Jeff to see if adopting Hamlet might work out. Karma immediately fell in love with The Tim. Whenever we would sit down, she would actively push me off of the couch, so she could cuddle up next to him! She would give him about a thousand kisses and demand constant pets (and of course he loved it too). She was one of the sweetest pups I've ever met or been around, and I know that today, Sharon, Jeff, and Karen and her family feel bereft that she is no longer around to give them cuddles, comfort, and kisses.
Here is a photo from a few years ago, when we all converged on Jeff and Sharon's house to have a reunion, as well as meet their new guide dogs. This is Karma and Hamlet giving nose kisses (after which they both went crazy realizing who each other were!), while Sharon is in the background with her new guide dog, Oakley, who clearly wants in on the fun.