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I wanted to thank everyone again for taking such great care of Teller during the last year. I appreciate everyone’s kind words and support for both him and myself on his final day.
You had asked me to say a little something about him and below you’ll find my eulogy of sorts and some additional pictures. Sorry for the delay, but it took a bit to even start thinking about writing it.
Teller was adopted from a small shelter in the town of Anderson, SC. He was the runt of 3 siblings, all 8 weeks old and was chosen because he was the quietest of the bunch. It turns out he was just sick and once he felt better he turned into the high energy and vocal dog that he’s been ever since. A combination of Whippet and Terrier he showed both traits, limitless energy and curiosity of a terrier with just two speeds… 100mph and napping.
The story of Teller’s life is just like mine.. change. He’s been with me living in 6 different states and who knows how many more cities. He’s visited family all over the country and has made more friends than I have. He’s hiked trails all over the country and has swam in countless bodies of water. He’s done agility training and even took home a ribbon in his first competition.
He developed diabetes years and years ago, which ultimately took his vision away. He lived blind for almost a year and didn’t skip a beat. It was a regular occurrence for someone to look at me shocked when I told them he was blind at the dog parks or on the trail… he was still swimming, running, and playing as if nothing was wrong.I eventually went with corrective surgery to clear his cataracts because we knew he still had so much more to see and do.
As we know his health took a turn over the last year and his body was starting to give out faster and faster by the day. His insulin was getting uncontrollable and his appetite was fading. Although the decision to help him cross peacefully and painlessly was an incredibly sad one, it’s not a time for sadness. He lived an amazing life surrounded by so many loved ones and was able to live, run, and play all over the country. He played such a huge role in my formative adult years that there was no way I could ever put into words how important he was to me. He was with me as a broke college kid sleeping on a mattress on the floor to where I am now. Jobs changed, relationships changed, cities changed… but he was the constant, always there.
I appreciate what the team there did and I am glad you got to spend some time with Teller.
I would like to thank Dr. Coy, Chris and Claire for make us feel like family. You folks went above And beyond in Lacees health care. We all knew her health was compromised and you treated her with loving care. She made home to Washington and that is where I sadly said goodbye. She was excited to pee on green grass again. Sincerely Cheryl Johnson.