Shared by, Barb Kelley
Hi, may I introduce myself? My name on my birth certificate says "Enough Said," but everyone just called me Niles. I had a very short life that was packed with adventure.
When I was born my human mommy was away at a horse show. My birth mom couldn't wait for her to get back. Â She did not like to have babies with no one around so waited all night.
In the morning when the children opened the barn to feed the horses their breakfast she immediately lay down and had me right in front of all of them. I was so large I had trouble standing up and eating so they needed to help me get started. There was a young German Shepherd puppy named Lars who stayed right next to my stall all the time. He became my friend and protector.
On my second day of life, I left the barn with my moms and Lars right beside me. We went to run in the big arena with all the children watching me have my fist adventure. Everyone was afraid that Lars would harm me but we played and played.
With this start in life I was totally confused about whether I was a child or a dog. Every day the children took me out to play. We walked to the end of the drive and stuck our heads in the mailbox. They taught me to stomp in the mud puddles with Lars. At first I was not happy to get my lovely coat all muddy but then - it was so very much fun.
In the fall I got my first bath and all of us piled in the truck and trailer for an adventure in the big city at "Pose your pet with Santa." There we stood in line, with all the dogs and cats and their families, and me with a big green wreath andÂ a big red bow around my neck. I thought I was especially handsome. When it was our turn my mom handed Santa a white page that said "list" at the top. She said I would be curious andÂ want to look at it. They thought it was silly until I looked over Santa's shoulder to see if I had been good enough to get a Ken Doll. Then everything was about who had the list. I stood so quietly for the pictures with theÂ whole family and their dogs.
The winter came. I grew very large. It was very cold and the children stopped playing so much with me.
Then one warm day they were all on their spring break and playing a game in the farmyard. I was so excited to see them, and so much wanted to play with my friends, that I leaned on the gate to my pen, pushing and pawing.
Then I pulled back hard catching my front leg between the post and the gate. It snapped right in half....
To my mom, I will always be her angel baby. The little boy who never got to grow up to be who he would be.