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Memories

In a very special part of our hearts our memories are stored. We treasure our beautiful memories that travel between past, present and future.

Bed & Bone Too has had the good fortune to share in many dog’s lives. We want to thank all of you that have shared your best friends with us. We cherish our past memories and relish in the memories we are making today. We would like to invite you at the time when needed to bring your memories to the future at Bed and Bone too Inc. Our friends will remain in our minds and souls forever. We take heart that this can be as healing and comforting to you sharing their memories to the future.

The previous Bed & Bone Too website was illustrated with my two standard poodles Teacher and Bro guiding you through. In creating a new website coming to the realization that this part could not be included was unsettling for me. Thus I have added a few pictures of what they did for the website and Bed & Bone Too. To be able to put this to a place I can always go & look at was gratifying to me. Loss is filled with layers of complexities that are the actual foundations of the angst, disillusionment, anger & sadness we feel. Sometimes we need a guide to help us cope. I’ve been trying to write_ and trying somehow in my own small way make others feel less alone.
Take good care of yourself. I’m thinking of you. Your friend, Madree.

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Teacher: Say Bro; what word do you recommend using to ready dogs for Bed & Bone Too?

Bro: I think words like camp, adventure, or trip work well, because they all fit Bed & Bone Too
Teacher: Days at Bed & Bone are fun and memorable. We celebrate holidays, host birthday parties, and develop games and special times for our friends.
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Bro: So remember; as you plan your vacation or want your puppy to have a playground while you work, everyone at Bed & Bone Too is here for you both!
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Hello! My name is Teacher, and this is my brother Bro. We are the Bed & Bone Too resident dogs. We love our visitors, and can’t wait to meet you. Please follow us as we guide you through this web site.


Teacher and Bro

The Journey

Tribute to Teacher and Bro

I would like to share a piece of my journey alongside Teacher & Bro with you. It has been a magnificent journey.

Teacher & Bro were brothers born two years apart in Litchfield, MN. Their father was an elegant black standard poodle named Degana Cole Porter. Their mother a beautiful white standard poodle named Swags Tradewind of Degano. I am eternally grateful to them.

Teachers’ first two years were nothing short of interesting. Bed & Bone had already been established giving him endless days of friends. I can remember the joy in watching him play with all his friends. As one by one would tire out & take a nap Teacher continued to play. He had imaginary friends that continued to keep him amused. Eventually his imaginary friends and his many real friends merged together keeping Teacher very busy. Through extensive testing it was discovered that his imaginary friends were real to him. With the help of phenobarbital for seizure control he lived a long life with all friends in harmony. His statuesque appearance was reminiscent of a brave gladiator. His name had a double meaning. His predecessors Smokey (a silver Standard Poodle) and Bandit (a black & white Dalmatian) were the founding fathers of Bed & Bone & left some large paws to fill. They opened my eyes to realize if you are ready for it, dogs are amazing teachers. I learned so much about myself, life, and interactions between dogs & dogs, dogs & people & even people to people through them. I knew any dog coming into my life following Smokey & the Bandit could only be another educator for exciting possibilities. Also Teach inherited the role of official greeter, team player & all around guidance counselor. He was a Teacher!

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And then along came Bro. I called him my forever teenager which he proudly lived up to. I believe Bro wanted to pattern himself after his big brother. In Bros’ mind that meant be a tough guy. The first expression of that was nipping men in their back jeans pocket. After reimbursing a few men Bro & I had a discussion. Thus emerged a sportsman of much acclaim. Rabbits, frogs, and snakes held his attention. He never hurt them, he just followed them anywhere. He often fancied himself in high black shiny boots consisting of rich black mud. Enjoy life was definitely his motto. And when you are named Bro short for Little Brother, and a Teacher as an older brother and a mother that continues to introduce you to new friends: well the world is good!

As Teacher continued to revel in his time with his imaginary friends it was decided that Bro should have his own friend. Hence came Ana. Today Ana is a 12 year old Bengal cat. She has been a constant companion to Bro or as constant as a cat can be. She went into hiding the day Teacher & Bro left, something she had never done before. She is back now being my sweet little companion. Yes I believe animals mourn.

As many of you know Teacher & Bro were my willing assistants as I drive through the city picking up & returning dogs to their home. Teach was very busy during our rides. Until we reached the hustle of city traffic he would watch & turn his head for every oncoming car we would pass. Motorcycles & bicycles were the best. They even deserved a bark. Bro began his assistant role as a puppy sleeping between the two front seats. He continued to consider this aspect of his life his naptime. Hunting is exhausting work you know. He did lift his head for a Harley though.

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The final year of Teachers’ life was fragile yet spirited. His will to live and strength in doing so was an inspiration to anyone who watched him. Equally was the loyal bond that Bro had to his older brother as he continued to stay by his side. Sometime in June 2013 Bro was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. He began daily doses of Prednisone. Life becomes a little blurry for me at this point. I watched on a daily basis Teacher continue to show strength and Bro slowly lose strength. On July 18th Teacher like an abrupt change of wind quit getting up and quit eating. I realized that that this incredible Teacher with the guidance of God was instructing me to let them go before Bro felt any pain. They left this world peacefully in their own home with their heads on my lap. Yes one of the greatest gifts you can give your dogs is by far the hardest to give.

Tribute to Teacher and Bro

Even though it was tough this past month nothing could compare to what it felt like when they left. My heart hurts. It has been a week and I couldn't have written any of this until now. Amazing once I started I felt like writing forever. This is not only healing for me I realized even though they are gone there are so much of them to treasure and share.

I truly believe they would want me to acknowledge and thank all of you for the part you played in their lives. I am so grateful for the help and support I have received. I am thankful to those that despite your own grief & sorrow gave me someone to lean on when my own failed.

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I am so honored that you have taken the time to read this. In the face of loneliness I needed to talk to you. I hope my words touched you as much as they have helped me. I have created a website: www.teacherandbro.com that I invite you to visit after September 1st. Please fill free to share any thoughts and pictures on this website. Losing our animals can be so difficult yet remembering and celebrating their lives can be so very rewarding. We are meant to be saddened to be followed by reaching out and feeling the warmth of others.

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There are eight less paws gracing the grounds of Bed & Bone Too. Yet there are eight more paws playing in that grassy knoll with many of our friends holding pieces of our hearts. See you at the bridge.







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