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Shipperke 'Skippy'

This is an odd story, but its true.

Schipperke SkippyI had a dear friend, June, who was a disabled single lady, and she became an honorary Aunt to my kids. When her terrier died, June came to hear of a Schipperke whose breeder was thinking of having him put down because he was born with only 3 legs. June said she would have him, and they were happy together for several years. She and I used to visit each other a lot, and I used to have him when she was hospitalised, so he knew me well.

Schipperke SkippyOne evening June had to go to hospital, but we dragged out the evening by giggling over cups of tea and me packing her bag. When we agreed the time was right, I called the ambulance. Skippy went berserk and bit my foot hard. We had to shut him in the kitchen. For half an hour, he barked and barked. When he stopped, I let him out and he ran around looking for June. Then he went upstairs and stayed there for 5 min or so, then came down slowly with his head hanging. I told him he was coming home with me, and I left a note on the door for Juneís carer.

Schipperke SkippyThe carer phoned me early the next morning. June had had an unexpected cardiac arrest half an hour after she left in the ambulance Ė exactly the same amount of time he was barking. When I went back to collect his blankets and bowls, he stayed outside and would not go back in the house even though I left the front door open. To this day he is uneasy if he canít see me, and I wonder if he thinks if he canít see me I might not come back, like June.

Schipperke SkippyFrom living a quiet life with June, he came to a house full of noise and teens. When Kate got married and had a baby, Skippy took it upon himself to watch over the child. There is a photo of him offering Wendy his favourite toy. She has since had another child, and he loves playing with them, and is always in the thick of their games.

Schipperke Skippy & SueAfter a bull terrier attacked him while he was peaceably sitting on my scooter, he is afraid of dogs. The bull terrier had him around the throat and it took forever to make it let go. It was terrifying. Luckily no real harm was done. He loves cats, and often sleeps with my big black tom cat, Jack.

When we are in town, lots of people talk to him. Especially people with learning difficulties, and elderly people who remember the love of their old dogs and who miss them.

He is a pretty dog who smiles and is friendly, and looks cute riding around on my scooter. He is getting on in years now and he is loved very much.



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