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Getting toys by name for Aunt Gloria

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Gloria is one of my dearest friends. One of my guardian angels, who lives 2,000 miles away, in Arizona.

In January 2011 Gloria was been going through a very hard time. She recently had to have her beloved Greyhound, Mika, put to sleep, after a remarkably loving relationship. So remarkable that it was actually Mika who chose to stay with Gloria, despite being adopted by her daughter. When Shayna and I flew to AZ in the winter of 2002-03, I found Mika to be the sweetest, most docile dog I’d ever met. And she had these huge, expressive eyes. To see her and Gloria together is to have a hard time ever imagining them apart. To know that Mika curled up next to Gloria at night and gave her endless love was a source of solace. But Mika had a good, long life, and Gloria had done everything to make her comfortable in her final days.

Gloria also loved Shayna – and she was one of my guiding lights during my long search for her (for my “perfect” first dog), and for those first few months of being a dog “dad.”

So when I heard about what a rough time Gloria was now having, I thought, I’d like to something nice for her… send her a bit of a video greeting.  This video is part 1. Part 2 is here.

Of course, Gloria heard about how Shayna can retrieve her toys by name – but she isn’t on the Internet, so I sent this to her on DVD.

Caution: Singing ahead!!! I mentioned to Gloria that I created an adaptation of “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!” (from the musical “Oklahoma!”) just for Shayna, called “Oh, What A Beautiful Shayna!,” which I sing to her sometimes, most often when we’re driving, and she appears bored.  Her ears perk up, she gets a huge smile on her face, and watches me singing it in the rear-view mirror… it’s kind of a sweet moment.  After describing this to Gloria and hearing her laugh, I made the mistake of volunteering to sing it on this video, so…. be gentle!

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