08-12/2008 Pet of the Month(s): Walter

walter2 This bio comes from Walter’s owner, Debra:

Walter was found running down MoPac at night.  To make matters  worse, Walter was blind from an untreated eye infection and was a sitting duck to get hit by a car.  Lucky for him, a Good Samaritan found him and brought him to the Emergency Clinic.  The clinic contacted a rescue group who asked me to foster for “a few days” until a long term foster or permanent home could be found.

At this point we estimated Walter to be about 10 years old.  His eyes were full of pus and mucus and were swollen shut.   His teeth were in terrible condition and one fell out into my hand when I barely touched it.  Despite all of this, Walter was the happiest, most playful dog ever.  When I picked him up, he jumped from his crate into my arms and started licking my face.

Within the next few days, we went to meet with potential adopters.  Well, I sat there for about 5 minutes and thought…”What the heck am I doing?   I love this dog; he is mine and I am his.”   He found his forever home that day….with me.

Walter was a very funny dog and loved to make people laugh.  The funniest thing he would do was to mimic.  You would say “I love you Walter” and he would answer back “I wove you”.   He loved to beg and would sit up on his hind legs for as long as 20 minutes.  I never fed him from the table, but others did when I wasn’t looking (even though everyone denies it).  I would take him everywhere will me.  He would happily crawl under my desk and go to sleep.  He was just one of those dogs that never needed a leash; he would just hang out with me.

Walter named himself.  The night he spent in the emergency clinic, a Dr. Walter was working and every time someone said “Walter”, my Walter would perk up and take notice.   Seemed he liked the name and chose it for himself.  It fit him: he looked like a Walter.

Sweet Walter had a stroke in Nov. of 2007.  We didn’t think he would ever walk again, but he would pull himself up on the wall and walked along the wall until he taught himself to walk – and then to run.  His doctors couldn’t believe it;  Walter seemed unstoppable!  Then, on July 4, 2008 he just didn’t seem himself and on July 6th he couldn’t stand at all.  He was 18 years old and time seemed to have finally caught up with him.  He passed away in my arms on July 6, 2008.  He is no longer physically here, but he is very much alive in the hearts of so many that loved him.  He was charming, funny, incredibly cute and extremely loving.  He was a bed hog, he would bite me when I trimmed his hair or nails, he could be a pill, and he was my best friend.  We had 8 wonderful years together.  He is very missed.


About Emily Strong

behavior consultant. veterinary technician. crazy parrot lady. lifelong animal lover. cellist. yogi. hula hooper. horse rider. swimmer. singer. reader. writer. dreamer. music lover. amateur gardener. nutrition enthusiast. eternal student. language lover. aspiring polyglot. tattoo canvas. water drinker. overthinker. bountiful laugher. overenthusiast. attention deficit meditator.
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