Archive for July 1st, 2013

She cried fit to break her heart; her ringlets fell over her face…
“So the rascal ran off, eh?” Sir Pitt said….
Vanity Fair
William Makepeace Thackeray

As an animal lover, I have had many dogs, cats and other animals grace my life. Yet in all my 57 years, I have never had one that enjoyed indeed relished destroying yarn. Randi “Little Feet” James—sounds like the name of an outlaw doesn’t it— is the yarn rascal of all time.


Randi is a much wanted and much loved 6-month-old all-little boy bichon. I lost my bichon Sport when he was 16 years old. Sport was a gift to me from my husband who was dying and didn’t want me to be alone. I grieved terribly when Sport died. When Sport was five, I got another dog, Dakota, a pointer-Labrador mix. She was a delight: soft, sweet, obedient. She missed Sport when he died.

Within a month after Sport passed, both my 80 year-old parents took ill. They ended up in two different hospitals, one in the CCU the other in another hospital in the ICU. It was hectic. It was hard. I was deep in grief. My parents made it through and today are back home happily doing what they enjoy.

Within months of getting my parents back home, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Still grieving Sport, Dakota falls ill. After my mastectomy, in the middle of my radiation treatments, Dakota dies. That was it for me.

Radiation treatment was taking its toll and I still had a long way to go. I remember the day I went to my radiation oncologist and told her I wanted to stop treatment even though it meant my cancer had a 98% chance of reoccurring. I cried and told her about Sport, my parents, and now my dear Dakota. How I felt I just couldn’t do it anymore.

My radiation oncologist is a wonderful person and an awesome doctor. She listened. She heard me. She understood. She said, “For heaven’s sake, please get a dog.” I took my radiation treatment that day, came home, told The Skipper what the doctor said and within one week we had Randi.

I finished my radiation treatments. The joy, love, laughter, and yes, exasperation Randi brings is pure heaven. Randi is truly the MOST WANTED DOG.


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