I read someplace that we get 4 or 5 true friends in life. Sure, we get to meet a lot of people, and though we become friendly with different folks, true friends are few and far between. I think us pet lovers have an advantage in the friendship department though, as we develop a special, different kind of relationship with our pets than people do towards one another. It's hard to explain, but pet lovers know exactly what I mean.
Yesterday I learned that my friends friend passed on. Shadow was a great mutt. Paul loved telling stories about how she loved to keep cats out of the yard, and we got to know her well as Paul and Betty never went anywhere without her. We camped and went 4 wheeling with Paul, Betty, and Shadow many times over the years, and I enjoyed watching Shadow put our Springer, and in later years our Golden in their place whenever they were together. Paul built a place for Shadow to ride along on our 4x4 adventures, and Shadow saw some country few of you can even imagine on some of these trips.
Camping with Paul and Betty in the future won't be quite the same for us without Shadow. I'm saddened for my friends, because I know how they felt about their black and tan mutt that wanted little more than a pat on the head, and treat passed discretely under the table.
So long Shadow.