The Last Walk
1/18/2018 06:30:10 am
"As God’s children, the blessing bestows on us the obligation to be good and faithful stewards of that which has been given to us in love. In blessing our pets we make a commitment to care for the life entrusted to us (be it dog, cat, hamster, gecko, rabbit, bird, ferret, fish, pot belly pig, or any other pet)." The Orthodox Christian faith provides a service for the blessing of animals. When my cat, Butch died, we were comforted to pray the prayers of thanks for his many years of companionship. Our brown dog, Saydie, is 12 years old. She doesn't seem to be slowing, but someday she will, and I will take comfort in the words you have shared.
2/14/2018 03:56:01 am
What a beautiful tribute to a faithful friend! Mr. Epperson, you were my Comp II teacher way back in the day at UALR. It's good to see you practice what you preached in your course. I had to go give my pups an extra pat after reading your blog!
2/14/2018 08:34:02 am
Hi Paula, glad to hear from you after all these years. I really enjoyed my single semester of teaching at UALR. It was the spring of 1981, just before Billy Bob Thornton and I left Arkansas to seek our fortunes in Hollywood. Glad you enjoyed my piece about Bodhi. There will never be another dog like him.
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Tom Epperson is a novelist and screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles.