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In Memoriam


In 2002 Creston PAWS rescued 56 chained and starving dogs in the mountains of Topaz Creek with 12 being sent to the mainland for rehab and adoption.

Among the 12 was Tupal, a five year old female Shepherd mix who gained little attention as most adopters were looking for Northern mixes.  But this “plain Jane” with the haunted eyes and the broken soul made a decision one day, a decision that would change the next 7 years of our lives.

After many weeks of lying in a field with the individuals of  this special group of survivors, this girl saw me arrive one day and began to run the fence line.  She paced back and forth and it appeared she was attempting to gain my attention.  I watched her for a few moments and realized that there had been a breakthrough, she was determined that I notice her and that I should take in all that she was showing me.

I brought this beauty out of the field to have her sit with me and to hold her  because she had made a decision to love again. Those dark brown eyes looked up at me and she knew that I was captured, that she would from that day forward have the home she had hoped for, one where her value was never measured only embraced.  No judgement on her coloring, her breed or her background, only acceptance of a heart that had been wounded and would begin a journey of healing.

Through our shared years this beautiful soulful girl would be by my side day and night.  Sweet Tupal shared unconditionally with all those who came into her life, whether a sickly foster pup who required her warmth, a weak kitten who desired special mothering, or a human friend who needed to touch her soft fur and lean into the strength that she so willingly gave.

Tupal enjoyed life in a different way than most happy-go-lucky companions do.  Toys, stuffies and adventures meant little, yet  time spent sleeping under my desk while I worked was heaven,  gentle walks down the path were joyful, and loving words brought a spark to her eyes.

And then Tupal  slowly began to fade.  While her spirit remained strong and wilful, her  body was not able to continue.

Today Tupal was peacefully released to be sent on her way.  Dearest Tupal, run free and smile down upon us so that we can continue to feel your love.


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In Memoriam