A Happy Ending For Yurt

Kevin McClain loved his dog, Yurt, a sheltie-collie cross. When paramedics found him unconscious in his car in a Walmart parking where he'd been living  he was very ill with lung cancer but Yurt was healthy, well-fed and groomed. McClain was taken to hospital and Yurt went to an animal shelter. McClain had raised Yurt from a pup and they pined for one another until paramedic Jan Erceg brought them together one last time. Ercig also volunteered at the animal shelter and was transporting McClain from the hospital to a hospice when he mentioned his beloved dog. She arranged for Yurt to visit McClain.
Erceg began to cry as she remembered his final words to Yurt. "He told her 'behave. You behave.' ... That was his acceptance -- he knew that was going to be the last time he saw her."

Yurt has since found a good home with Eric and Kate Ungs of Marion, Iowa whose  black lab, Kaia had died of old age. They read about Yurt on a website and when they met her it was love at first sight. But at nighttime Yurt still seems to miss the man who took such good care of her when he could barely care for himself.

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Years ago, my family adopted a Weimaraner who had been raised from birth by a young man. The man died in a car accident when Annie was about 8, and she was in the car with him, and was found by the paramedics watching over the body. Someone who was taking care of the man's estate knew my dad and knew he loved Weimaraners, and so she came to live with my family.

There is no doubt that she was grieving when we got her. She was very quiet, but also very curious: she had to check out every corner of the house. She bonded very deeply with my dad and lived out her old age with him. She was a very good dog, very intelligent and affectionate.

This photo made me think of her all over again. How good that Yurt found another home, but how wonderful that she was reunited with Kevin one last time.
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The picture tells all about the bond they shared through almost 24x7 companionship over several years. They each knew that their lives were inter-twined in a way most can't fathom. She was greatly concerned about her pack leader/parent, and she was taking a long look to keep him in her memories for the rest of her life.
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