The Birthday Boxer

by Donna Louise Anderson
(Tucson, AZ)

"An Angel With Fur"

Brockton is my 6 year old, flashy fawn Boxer. He enjoys quite a social life.

Last Saturday, my three daughters and I put a birthday hat on Brockton and brought him to a nursing home to visit our friend Sandy. She had turned 70 a few days before.

Brockton attracted everyone's attention at the home. When we walked down the hallway on our way to Sandy's room, a nursing supervisor approached us. For a moment I was afraid she would say that Brockton had to leave, but instead, she knelt down and patted his head, telling him how handsome he was.

As we continued to Sandy's room, different residents sat in their wheelchairs, lining the halls like they were waiting for a parade--they got one!

My oldest daughter, Christa, led the way, carrying a gift bag wrapped in gold ribbon. Next came my teenager, Odeta, holding the hand of her kindergarten-aged sister, Trinity Joy, who wore a red and black velvet dress. But the unmistakable star of our impromptu parade was the dashing figure of Brockton the Boxer, prancing down the hall proudly in his birthday hat.

Aging hands reached out as Brockton passed by, and he stopped and greeted each delighted nursing home resident. He lifted his soft black jowls up to people, loving them with his soulful brown eyes. They patted the wrinkly fur of his head and waved as he rejoined his entourage.

We found our friend being wheeled down the hall by a nursing assistant. When Sandy caught sight of Brockton, the girls, and the gift bag, her face lit up.

"I love you guys!" She shouted out joyously as the aide wheeled her closer.

The angel with fur had done it again, offering his love to lonely hearts.

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May 26, 2010
Brockton the Boxer
by: Anonymous

I just want to let everyone know that Brockton the Boxer has his own fan page on Facebook. It is "I Love Brockton the Boxer"

Mar 21, 2010

Beautiful heart warming touching the spirit & soul
of anyone reading it, please keep writing.
I love you dearly

your Husband

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
He is the full expression of Love.

Mar 21, 2010
nursing home ministy has gone to the dogs...
by: tattooed Jesus freak preacha dude

That was a great story, nursing homes can be a very lonely place for a lot of people. That was great that your dog was able to take the time to go there and visit with not only your friend but all the others that have to be there. Also to include your family, what a blessing to be able to show that love that not many see everyday, being in a place day in and day out with no visitors. I encourage you and your family to continue to pop in at different places if you have the time, it will make their day...

Love you all


Mar 19, 2010
Great Story
by: Bob Audette

Awesome story Donna! I look forward to the day when there is a book in my hands with you as the author.

Mar 19, 2010
by: Apryl Anastacio

I loved your story; you have quite the knack for pulling the reader into the story line. Your use of adjectives is superior! My favorite passage is:
"Aging hands reached out as Brockton passed by, and he stopped and greeted each delighted nursing home resident. He lifted his soft black jowls up to people, loving them with his soulful brown eyes."

Your loving personality is a gift to all and translates smoothly into your writing. Keep up the good work. My only disappointment was that there wasn't more!

Mar 15, 2010
by: Christa

Thanks for putting me in the story, it's a cute story!

Mar 12, 2010
Birthday Angel
by: Donna - dog-beds-n-beyond

Thanks, Donna Louise, you have a wonderful dog. What a great photo. I cried when I read this story. Nice to hear from Tucson, I spend about 3-4 months of the year there, love it.

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