A Last Walk For Harry

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Harry has gone…I’ll miss him. Though he was not mine, he was part of the Sampson Family, hence, very special to me. I have such fond memories of him…

Like the time when, one Christmas, I had been graciously invited to the Sampson house for Christmas day. During the evening, I was in need of a little peace and quiet, so I was in the music room sitting on a small sofa. I saw Harry in the hallway, out on patrol: he looked into the lounge where Jack and a friend were dancing to some rather loud music from a play station or something similar, whooping and laughing loudly. I saw his little head have a look and turn around to go into the dining room where the rest of the grownups were playing a noisy board game. Again he looked and left then he came and looked in the music room where I was sitting quietly…He trotted in and jumped up on the sofa with me and settled with his head in my lap. I felt honoured to be chosen by such a discerning little fellow. We remained there for a good hour, enjoying the quiet and each other’s company.

Now he’s gone…

I was minded today to go and walk on the local common. My aim was to pray for the Sampsons in their loss. For some reason I couldn’t go the normal way, so headed back which brought me to the part of the common nearest the Sampson’s house. I did pray for them as I walked, but then I realised I was walking where Harry used to walk and the thought came to me, One Last Walk For Harry.

It brought back more memories, like him rolling in stuff and being shouted at by his mom! Or Jack managing to hit him with a football from 200 yards…Jack could do that! She shouted at Jack too…

Like the times when I was Jack sitting and Harry would be up stairs on the bed until about 9pm, when he would charge down the stairs and bark once, about every twenty seconds, waiting for his mom to come home…Would he shut up!!!?

He’s gone now…

Harry loved carrots…Those little eyes under the table looking pleadingly at you…Carrots?

He’s gone now…

So, today, I took a last walk for Harry. So long little guy. Thanks for all the joy you brought us…For sharing your short life with us…For sitting with us on the sofa…

Farewell Harry.