I met Donkey in front of a Super Market. I was 19 and fresh to LA, living alone for the first time in a tiny studio apartment with a view of the dumpster. I was in no position to adopt a dog- I’d just been fired from my job as a waitress, I didn’t have a car, I didn’t even know if I was allowed to have a dog in this itty bitty room called home. It was that classic “would you like a free puppy?” set up. They asked if I wanted her and I said those fateful words, “Can I just hold her?” She melted into my shoulder and right then and there was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
Donkey has been with me since my wild child days and been my friend through many of life’s adventures, choices and growing pains. She has one hell of a personality- all of her friends can tell you that. She loved parties, she loved people and she loved to be alive. She managed to find a way to climb on top of the kitchen table to eat peanut butter- even though she had a knee deformity- that in her older years made it very difficult for her to walk. In my old house, There was a very tall, steep set of steps that led up to the back patio and even, as her back legs continued to loose function, if you let her out the front door, she would somehow climb up those back steps EVERY time, to get back into the house. Sometimes my roommates and I would catch her walking several brisk laps around the house, like a Sr Citizen at the mall, getting in her exercise.
For the last 2 years of her life- I had to lift her up onto the bed so she could sleep with me at night. It didn’t happen every morning, but every so often I’d wake up to her laying directly beside me- looking me straight in the eyes with a look of pure love. She admired me often- sometimes posting up next to me on the couch with a huge smile and awful breath.
This morning she left her 14 year old body behind- it was much too worn for a spirit like hers. It was extremely peaceful and I am happy that she can be free of a body that no longer works well. She loved well and was well loved- and in her long life has many, many friends. She will be missed.
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