||Two years old|
||Chocolate Labrador Retriever|
||Freeport, Pennsylvania, USA|
three years ago I purchased a house with the lifelong dream
of owning a dog. I bought a black Labrador Retriever puppy which I
named Shadow. At the time I was teaching Chemistry at Freeport Senior
High in Freeport, PA, and I had a class comprised of 17 sophomore
girls. One day I went downstairs to wash a load of clothes and I forgot
to close the door behind me. As Shadow tried to follow me, she fell
down the stairs and shattered both of her hips. I took her to the vet
who advised me to put her to sleep because the damage was too extensive
to repair. When I told my Chemistry class that I had Shadow put to
sleep they were most distressed and refused to speak to me that day
(talk about a tough lecture). The next day they apologized because they
could see how upset I was over the whole affair. Nothing else was said.
Two months later, the kids said that they had a surprise for me.
They handed me a bookbag and when I unzipped it... an adorable
eight-week old Chocolate Lab puppy came out! The class had passed a hat
and bought me the puppy! I was so touched a tear came to my eye. I
have never had a class of students do something so nice for me (and will
probably never receive such a nice gift from the heart). Needless to
say, the dog and the group of students now occupy a very special place
in my heart. They named the dog Chemie, which is Chemistry in French.
Chemie has become my best friend and is as wonderful a dog as I could
possibly have hoped. She is loyal, obedient, affectionate and
fun-loving, not to mention totally spoiled! I even brought her into
school one year later so that she could spend the day with the class
that bought her, to see how wonderful she really is! They simply adored
her! My thanks go out to that special group of kids who made all the
fun times with Chemie possible. I'll never forget them!
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