Welcome to Alvinn's Rainbow Bridge Memorial Residency
Memories of Alvinn
He was a joy from the beginning of the 16 years to the very last minute he laid on his cot and fell to sleep forever. After getting Alvinn, I learned about backyard breeders and puppy mills. He was barely 8 weeks old. That year I decided to foster puppy mill dogs from Tulsa, OK at the Bichon rescue, Small Paws Rescue. One after one they came to the house and a few were adopted by me. I never bought a puppy again. Alvinn enjoyed every one I fostered and loved every one I kept. He was an exceptional boy. He played Socker, believe it or not. He would dig a tooth in the seam of the ball and run. Or he would stand in front of me as I tried to kick it. He was a great blocker. As he got older he started taking on the role of teacher. He taught the shy, scared and timid mill pups how to drink from a bowl, go through the doggie door and adapt to their new life. There were many amazing things he did as being the big brother. There are a few fascinating incidents that stand out in my mind. When a bad storm or tornado was warned, I would take my Bichons downstairs and sit it out. One day the warning came when I was at work. I was so worried I left work early only to find no one in the house. Then, I heard Alvinn barking from a distance, surprisingly he somehow got the Bichons downstairs. This happened more than one time too. Another time, I left a pot burning on the stove while I was in the backyard gardening. He ran out the doggie door and started barking and as I acknowledge him, he ran toward the back door. As I followed him, I smelt the smoke and ran in. In my early days, I had a candle on the table and went jogging with a friend. As I turned down my block, people were on my back porch and they told me Alvinn ran out through the doggie door with all the Bichons and started barking to draw the attention to the smokey house. Embarrassed as I was, tears ran down my cheeks because he was so exceptional. Now, as the years have gone by, I seen him slow down and my heart dropped when he got spleen cancer four months ago. He gave me time to face the fact he had to leave this world. I was lucky I was able to spend special moments with him alone which he enjoyed so much. There will never be another Alvinn and I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. To my Alvinn: Find your brothers Willy, Bennie, Bojeste and sisters KiKi and Winnie. Wait for me at the bridge, my dear sweet Alvinn.
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