Athena, 15


November 10, 2017 by Laird

athenastoneridge.jpgphoto by Jessica M.


Athena, you are fifteen today. It was a long, grueling summer and I often wondered if we’d reached the end of our time together. But you are made of stern stuff and here we are, still alive in November. A lot of people sent you well-wishes during your illness, and I am certain it helped.

You are tired and walk slowly, these days. Your hearing is gone, and your eyes and teeth are going. Yet, you are a happy soul. You suffer your rowdy younger pack mate, and limp with me to the end of our driveway to check the mail. Whatever is happening is always important and you want to be a part of it even if it means heaving your aching bones off the sofa and staggering down the hall to see. Unlike most of us, you possess the canine gift of living in the moment and living for the small things.

It is a difficult experience to watch you transform over the years from a bundle of fluff who fit in the palm of my hand, to a grand old dame with one paw on the threshold of the next world. It is difficult and painful because I’ve grown accustomed to you lying underfoot as I work on my latest story. I never want that to change, as it one day will.

I love you, Athena. You are a good dog.


12 thoughts on “Athena, 15

  1. Happy birthday, Athena!

  2. nickthehat says:

    Happy Birthday, Athena!

  3. Happy Bday Athena — take good care of your pops!

  4. edwardky2 says:

    Happy 15th birthday Athena! From Rusty and me.

  5. Gary Graybill says:

    Happy birthday, Athena! ❤

  6. Karin Jeffery says:

    Happy Birthday, Athena! I always think of you when I re-read “Frontier Death Song” — the first story of your Dad’s that I ever read, making me an instant, lifelong fan.

  7. J. W. Donley says:

    Happy Birthday, Athena!

  8. Gerald Sawyer, Jr. says:

    Happy belated birthday to Athena, a beauty at any age.

  9. A wonderful tribute to a loyal and devoted friend. Athena, thanks for the unconditional love you have given Laird for over 15 years.

  10. Laird says:

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Athena says, woof!

  11. john coyne says:

    “Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.”
    —Sigmund Freud

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