<u>Chama Baby Bear April 3, 1995 to July 22, 2009
Where do I start? Words seem hollow compared to the depth of our relationship. We started together more than 14 years ago when I brought you home covered in dust and drool. Compared to a german shepherd you were the easiest puppy in the world. You watched Massie and figured things out in an instant. I had only to teach a command twice and you got it. You never chewed things. You loved other dogs. I always regretted not training you for some sort of job -- you were that smart. My friends called you a rocket scientist. Everyone has a Chama story. You were the inspiration for many a dog, although none could really hold a candle to you.
I remember the move from New Mexico to Wisconsin. Your kitty sister Cleo was distraught and howled and howled. You gently lay your head on her back to comfort her. You were always a great comfort and joy. More independent than your gsd siblings you still remained devoted to me and to a few special human friends. I had only to look in your eyes to know how deep your love for me ran. I hope you knew the way I felt about you too.
You were born in the country and that's where your heart would stay. You were happiest running like the wind, disappearing in and out of heavy brush, chasing bunnies or deer, and when you lost the scent, always turning your internal compass back me. Only once did you lose your way and then you sensibly returned to the gate nearest the parking lot and waited for me to find you. You always trusted me.
You survived 4 dogs: Massie, Petie, Basu and Kai. You loved each in your own way and while Massie was your fearless leader, Petie and Basu were your very special brothers. Your devotion to each one was inspirational. When Petie died just a year after Massie your status in the pack changed irrevocably and your heart broke. You never really did get over those losses but you tried your best without them. Kai was with us such a short time but you were especially saddened and confused by his loss. Even though Rafi came along when you were well into your last years you accepted him with love and good humor (except when he got too close to the treats!).
I learned so much about dogs from you and was especially inspired by the grace with which you handled your old age.
Rafi, Cleo and I miss you so much Chama.
This picture was taken on the second last day of our vacation at the cottage this summer. I believe you are contemplating a life well lived and looking forward to whatever comes next. This was where you were happiest and I know your spirit will live on and greet me in the woods, the fields and the water.
Namaste my beloved Chama Baby Bear. I know our paths will cross again.