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lynerdI watched the movie “Marley and Me” the other night.  In the movie a young married couple gets a new dog and name him Marley.  The story follows their lives together up to the time of Marley’s death when their children are still in grade school.  Marley was a crazy, out of control, yet faithful pet.  The only thing Marley has in common with Lynerd is they are both Labs;  Marley a blond and Lynerd a chocolate.  That is where the two dogs part ways.  Lynerd joined our family several years ago.  We kind of rescued each other.  Jud, our previous dog had died and left us wanting a new pet.  Lynerd had lived his life behind bars providing stud service for a fee.  His owner warned us about how dominant and aggressive he tended to be.  Well, we think Lynerd must have been reborn when he was set free, because we have yet to see an aggressive act or dominant quality.  He just kind of lays there and loves us.  He is a friend who is faithful, loving, and affectionate.  He greets everyone at the front door by leaning against their leg to welcome them to his house.  He hates being outside unless we’re out there with him.  He wants to be in the same room with the most family members he can gather round.  He  likes his walk every evening even though, in his old age, he is broken down with arthritis in his legs.  He carries his own leash in his mouth as he walks alongside us checking out his neighborhood and welcoming the comments of all the neighbors who are accustomed to his silliness.  Marley dies at the end of the movie.  We cried as we watched his family bury him in the yard outside his house.  Lynerd laid at our feet sound asleep, every once in a while lightly snoring.  One day pretty soon Lynerd will die.  A loyal and faithful friend will pass on and we’ll have only memories of an incredilby sweet and faithful pet who knew only to love and be near his family.

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