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In Tribute to Tali

Friends and readers of my column in the Battle Creek Enquirer, learned of the November 18th, 2015 death of Tali Sue, my soulmate and deeply loved Golden Retriever. She was just nine, taken by a rapidly-growing hemangiosarcoma, a cancer common to Goldens. I lost her predecessors, Kenna and Blossom, also Goldens, to lymphoma, another cancer that strikes Goldens at a high rate. Research is under way to learn why Goldens are so cancer-prone and importantly, what can be done to change that. I believe it is because they are so loving and intuitive, they take on their human family’s worries.

Our special animal friends come into our lives for a reason and after they cross the Rainbow Bridge, when the time is right, they send or return within a new companion.

All who cherish our animal companions have stories to tell of the things they did that made us laugh, comforted us during tough times, and made us eager to see their welcoming faces.

A year later there isn’t a day without tears. Walking in the woods has lost its luster. Looking out at the lake and not seeing her joyful water-walking back and forth as she peered at minnows and stones, brings sorrow. But I know that when the time is right, another puppy will come into my life, sent by Tali. I believe.

In the meantime, work continues on a new book which weaves together my life’s story through the golden thread of the relationships I have shared with animals, not just my dogs, but cats and horses too. My hope is that The Puppy from Heaven and other Truths will be available in 2017.

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Jan Corey Arnett©