Shirley Worthington came to us 6 years ago, a 10 year old foster dog that was painfully thin, heartworm diseased with several other health issues and hookworms. She was a long-legged rangy big-nosed girl, very quiet, not given to affection or play, no expectations, just acceptance. We imagined her a used up old hunting dog, kenneled with other dogs, trough fed, not use to affection who had just shut down, and certainly wouldn’t live another 6 months. Bill dubbed her Mrs Worthington and gave her an improbable back story of a librarian as she was very sober, not given to flights of fancy. This quickly evolved into Research Librarian…mostly due to her high brow stature and total lack of willingness to tolerate any cats’ or dogs’ shenanigans in the ‘library’, barking loudly chastising one and all. Once she became the Retired Research Librarian, she gained a first name; Shirley. She overcame heartworm disease, gained in health and weight and loved her life on our little farm, albeit exceedingly undemonstrative as ever. Never very doggy, her affectionate overtures were very subtle; a head on your hand or knee, a snuffle with her big nose around your face, but she was always sincere. We constantly marveled at the unimaginable angles she could fold herself into to sleep. As she aged, she lost most of her hearing and slowly most of her sight, but not her appetite, her strict policy of reserve nor her love for wandering our property, smelling everything. She began wasting away and our fears were confirmed that she had cancer, her time with us was limited. We gave her lots of her favorite delicious foods, lots of smooches and stroking and free range of her beloved media room; dark and thickly carpeted. She left us quietly and peacefully. Our long-legged, elegant antelope with her long big nose always willing to be smooched and her ridiculous strictness for protocol and decorum.
We will miss you forever, Mrs Worthington.
Bill and Patty Werick
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