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Featured Pup – Delilah Massmann

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 15, 2012

Beautiful Delilah.

Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through July 27 and voting starts July 8th. To enter your dog or for more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org.

(by Cynthia Massmann) Delilah – my beautiful lady. She loved to swim and run in the snow and to hear me sing. (Her favorite song was “Seasons of Love” from Rent – she would snuggle up to me and wag her tail so hard).

I got Delilah through the newspaper. There wasn’t really any planning with it – she was free to a good home and I called on a whim. Not necessarily the most responsible method of getting a dog, but with her, I don’t regret it at all. She was my everything; game for anything I wanted of her.

She was trained to pull a wagon and knew one trick. If you pretended to slap her, she would fall over dead and wait – you had to “resurrect” her for her to get up again.

She was a buddy for my nephews who were scared of our less calm dogs, though Dela wasn’t always what you could call calm. When I would come home from work, she would quiver with excitement like a dog a fraction of her size. Delilah would run from one end of the house to the other, dashing as fast as she could, using the couch as a spring board.

She loved to meet new people but hated to have her picture taken, which with us, many people wanted her picture. You see, when we would go out to festivals where there was lots of pavement, Delilah had her own set of hot pink high tops. People would giggle and laugh when they met her and ask for a photo. I always agreed. Dela however . . . well, not so much. As soon as a camera was raised in her direction, she would turn around, giving the camera an excellent view of her posterior.

She was diagnosed with bone cancer shortly before Christmas in 2010 and given about three months to live. She lasted six, making it passed her twelfth birthday and waiting for me to bring a new pup home before she said goodbye.

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