no one now at saints, except for myself, had the real pleasure to meet norman. he was one of saints very first ...he came and went before we even moved to the very first site.
norman came to my family home late one night...filthy dirty and matted...a dog liberated from a chain by a neighbor who just couldn't stand his suffering anymore. he had a leaky dog house with a thick and muddy floor and i didn't want to know anything more about where he had come from because as a rule, i try to avoid stolen dogs.
but a very few have shown up over the years and they are always in such shameful condition and suspecting they were liberated i don't ask too many questions because i just can't turn those poor things away.
so norman came into my home and was a really good dog...he was kind and gentle and sweet. he was a little on the shy side but he warmed up really quickly.
we found him a very great foster and from there he found a very great home and 5 years later, tonight, i received the news that norman has passed from this world.
norman is one of the few lucky ones...fairy tale endings don't happen all of that often for dogs left to rot on a chain.
and i am so thankful that at the moment of his death, he felt loved and cared for and valued...norman had a family who loved him and who he loved in return.
that is a very happy ending for the very sad dog i saw late one night so many years ago.
thank you brad and elizabeth and my deepest sympathy on the loss of your very special friend.