Greeley Endodontics - April 2019

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APRIL 2019

FEW RELATIONSHIPS IN LIFE ARE BETTER ... Than the One Shared With a Dog

Famous author Milan Kundera once wrote, “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil, jealousy, or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.” Many of the past newsletters I’ve written highlight the most important experiences of my life. To that end, I know I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you the story of how I met one of the biggest loves of my life: my dog, Kita. But before I introduce you to her and all the joy she brings to my life, I need to take the story back to a time long before she was born. When I was growing up, I would often visit my cousins, who lived in Utah. They had this huge, brown, curly-haired dog named Prince. As a kid, I didn’t know what type of breed Prince was, but I knew that my cousins had trained him to be a great hunting dog. Every time I visited, my favorite pastime was throwing a Frisbee as far as I could. While Prince chased it, my cousins and I hid in the barn and various other spots around the farm. Prince always returned with the Frisbee and searched until he found us. We played this doggy version of hide-and-seek for hours! In the years that followed, I held on to the idyllic dream that one day, I’d be driving a Jeep Wrangler with my own brown dog sitting in the front seat sporting a red bandanna and a goofy tongue- out smile. When my wife, kids, and I moved from Arvada to Firestone, I noticed that my new neighbors had a dog that looked just like Prince! I found

out the breed was a Chesapeake Bay retriever, and Liz and I started a search to find our own dog so that our boys could enjoy the same fun I had as a kid. Our first dog, Jessy, was a Chesapeake Bay like Prince, but her personality was the total opposite. She never really enjoyed playing fetch,

adventuring, or swimming with us. But even though she had her own distinct personality, we loved her dearly for 12 years, after which she passed away. After Jessy passed to doggy heaven, we decided it was time to add another pup to the family. Enter Kita — or Kita Marita Shenita, as we sometimes call her! We drove to Kansas to pick up our sweet little puppy, and before our trek back, we had set up a comfortable kennel in the back seat because we thought she’d be happier in it. But after an hour of her whining, I took her to the front seat with me, and she sat on my lap while Liz took us home. I think that first car experience really stuck with her because now (three years later), she’ll race us to the passenger seat — she thinks it’s her spot and no one else’s! In fact, if we load her up in the back seat, she’ll place her head on the armrest between the two front seats and inch her way forward, one paw at a time. It’s almost as if she was in on my secret dream of her sitting in the front seat with that signature red bandanna from the moment I met her.

When she’s not battling for the front seat, Kita spends hours playing fetch and swimming with us at the lake. She starts by sitting on the paddleboard with us as we meander out to the middle of the lake, then she jumps off and races us back to shore. We realized early on that we needed to put a life jacket on her because that dog will swim until she drops! Once we coax her out of the water, she comes home and sits back on her hind legs with her front paws propped up to shake hands and beg for attention. She is truly a light in my family’s life, and we are so thankful that she picked us to love. – Dr. Scott Lowry

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