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by Rebecca Hayes
(Newtown Square, PA, USA)
Imani came to us from a litter of eight, 4 boys, 4 girls. When we went to pick her out from the litter, we had two choices of black tri pups. One was a male who kept untying Roland's shoelaces, and one a female who crawled up under my chin and snuggled there. That did it. She was our Imani. Just as she snuggled then, she was a loving, snuggling, family member until she went over the bridge at 11 years old.
Imani trained easily. She moved with us to Pennsylvania as we stayed in motels crossing the country. She would sleep in one bed as we slept in another. Sometime, during the night, she would join us as if to say "I belong with you guys." She knew every toy by name, and learned to get them from the toy basket and return them to the basket. Every morning, one of us would make coffee and bring it to the other who was still in bed. Imani would run ahead like a town crier and jump on the bed to let the sleeper know "Coffee's coming." She endeared herself to everyone who knew her.
Rebecca and Roland Hayes
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