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Willie- 16 x 18

Willie- 16 x 18


Willie, a very large dog- Dog Story

Willie was found running down Rainier Avenue in Seattle with a frayed rope around his neck, the tail of it trailing behind him. Rainier Ave is a four-lane, frighteningly busy street in Seattle. A very brave woman managed to stop traffic and coerce him into her car, then drive him straight to the vet. The vet ended up fostering WIllie for several weeks hoping that someone would eventually adopt him. Cynthia was a volunteer dog walker at the vet, and after walking this sorrowful guy a few times, decided to take Willie home and try him out. His body was marked with scars and there was not a speck of joy in him. He was fearful of brooms, sticks, and frying pans. When he entered the house for the first time, the cat attacked him. He was submissive and fearful of the cat, and Cyn thought that was a good sign. That first night was spent on a trip to the coast, and C and her partner weren't really prepared to have a large dog with them, but they took him anyway. His first dinner with them was grilled salmon, baked potato, and steamed broccoli, all lovingly prepared by the Chef at Sahalish Lodge. They thought this would stimulate Willie's appreciation, but he wasn't particularly moved by the meal, or anything else. He went romping on the beach, but didn't romp. He remained depressed and unlively. They thought he was too damaged to ever enjoy life, but then took another trip to their cabin in the mountains in Index, WA. Willy exited the car, Cynthia swept her arm across the landscape and said "Someday Willie, this will all be yours." For the first time, WIllie jumped for joy! He ran and ran in circles, circling them, running through the woods, jumping off rock ledges, circling back on what was to become his well- worn path of glee. They knew then, for certain, that Willie was their dog. Cynthia says "Willie loved us fiercely, and we loved him fiercely. And grilled salmon was his favorite dish." Willy had four very good years, then crossed the rainbow bridge. He is deeply missed.
Willie is portrayed at his beloved cabin in Index, with the famous mountain and waterfall shining through the picture window, as it does. He is on his favorite couch.

 
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