Along the Lakeshore: Goodbye to a good friend

We loaded him into the car and Dr. Nichols offered to hold him until I can bury Mr. Lemon when the soil conditions are appropriate. We will bury him next to Ahmi, my previous Beagle. I’m glad we found him on Wednesday, as I would not want to worry that he was still lost or had died in the cold or had been picked up for some purpose.

Mr. Lemon was a rescue dog from the Cortland County dogcatcher. He was rehabbed and neutered by a group called Hubbard Hounds Dog Rescue in Homer. You all know that for four and a half years he was inseparable from me and held forth at the office or waited sleeping in the car when I was out and about.

He had been very laid-back for some time and we did not use the invisible fence collar except for long absences like movies and sporting events. I purchased a new, longer collar and it was more comfortable for him to wear. They also upgraded the receiver, as the old one did not test out well. He had worn it about twice and if we had put it on him on Tuesday, he might be sleeping in his chair at the office at 110 E. Lake Road today.

He was a wonderful dog and I feel his loss more than you can possibly believe. Bill Nichols called last night and he agreed that Mr. Lemon was outstanding and that he had really liked him. Mr. Lemon loved kids, most other dogs and every person he ever met. He was a good dog, but he was not perfect. He used to like to lick the hardwood floors and would not stay out of the kitchen. Sue also felt he had a vendetta and placed himself on the floor in the path where she wanted to go anytime she wanted to go anywhere.

Some days, the second-to-fourth-grade humor just makes me feel better. Try these ditties:

Q: Why don’t dogs make good dancers?

A: Because they have two left feet.

Q: What U.S. state is round on the ends and hi in the middle?

A: Ohio

Q: How much did the pirate pay for his ear rings?

A: A buck an ear.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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