We lost a kind and caring soul last week and her name was Keller. She came to us as a pup from Fort Albany in January 2006. Her littermates were Clemmy, Mathew, Wynn and Sawyer. They were a rather serious-minded group. They played of course, romping and falling all over each other but they had more solitude time than most. Keller especially gave thought and consideration to almost everything. I would see her sitting off on her own and often wondered what she was pondering. She wore a pleased expression and seemed to be awaiting something. I could guess what it was but never knew for sure. I worried for her slightly because I didn’t want her ever to be disappointed.
I named her Keller after Helen, the blind-deaf author/humanitarian because I felt they shared the same strength of character.
The secret I thought Keller had been keeping was revealed when she first met her forever family. There had been no need for me to worry because, in fact, she had simply been preparing herself for the job she hoped to have one day. Keller was a caretaker and she instinctively knew who her people were when they arrived to meet the litter. They too recognized that this little pup with the big name was meant to be theirs. They didn’t even change her name for they saw in her what I had.
On the ride home in the car, Keller began her work. She snuggled up in the car seat with the youngest child and together, they fell into a deep sleep. She watched over her people as the years went by and in time accepted a second MPR pup into the family. Keller guided the pup and cared for her just as she did all the others she loved.
Keller’s love was steady and strong and she was grateful every day of her life for the people who both understood and loved her. She had found the job she prepared for as a pup and was delighted by the love and devotion she was shown in return for her care.
Keller spared her family a long and painful goodbye. The time came for her last breath and while there were warning signs of illness they were brief. Keller lifted her head and wagged her tail as one last gesture of devotion and passed quietly while being held by her people.
Keller continues though. Her family wrote to tell me of her passing and mentioned how the kids felt I would recover because I am as strong as Keller was. I hope that is the case and I know that I will call on her often.