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The Thin Space is where a deep connection to a spirit is found.
- Thin Space
In 2002 my wife, who has never owned a dog, spent months going to and from the Newington Humane Society to find the perfect dog. How she could determine this I will never know. I was away on a youth mission trip when I got back, after 12 hours of driving a van with 6 high schoolers she ushered me into her car to drive up to see a dog she fell in love with. Being tired I resisted but fell in line with her request since she was going to drive the 45 mins to Newington.
Walking into the building my wife said to the worker "He's finally here! Can we get to visit with the dog named Cindy?" We went into the adoption room and in came this 11 pound little puppy, very demure, tired as I was and for me it was a no brainer. I love dogs and I couldn't go with her because I'd probably pick the first three and bring them all home so I had to let go of any decision making until she found her dog. We couldn't take Cindy that day as she had to be tagged and she also had an infection to where she was spayed so there was no promise that she would live through it. Two weeks latter she picked up Cindy who now had a new name. Kiefer. Little did we know what Kiefer would do for our lives. There are a ton of stories about her and I will reflect on a few.
- In puppy class she was voted most social not most obedient.
- When two she took a whole cooked chicken, in pieces, off the kitchen counter with our disputing the cooking pan. Nothing showing she did it so my wife thought I did it.
- Kiefer contracted the sickness that came during the dog food crisis and my wife cooked for 6 months chicken, bacon, peas, carrots to get her back to health.
- Kiefer was walked twice daily during the week and one huge walk on Saturday and Sunday. She never weighed more than the 45 lbs. her adult life.
- We took every vacation around her, renting dog friendly houses. Mostly in Maine and her favorite was when we went to Monhegan.
- She's been to DC, Phily, New York City, Boston, Baltimore as she was such a pleasure to be with and travel with.
- Last week we went to her favorite park in Cheshire, Mixvill and sat with her. Green pastures, still waters, a table prepared for her. We spent 6 hours while she sat on her bed with us. She was just short of 16 years. The best 16 years of our lives. Today I miss her terribly as I miss that thin space that we had together. She truly gave us her spirit whenever we were together.
I wanted to thank CT humane Society for rescuing her and giving my wife and I the chance to find a deeper love than anyone could imagine.
Kiefer has done her job and we were lucky to be her project. Rest in Peace my love. We will always think of you.
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