When a woman was having a hard time dealing with her grief, a boxer came along.
Lisa Walker was devastated when her boxer, Bama, passed away. Even when months had passed, she still burst into tears whenever she went into the utility room to sort through Bama’s box of toys. She promised herself that, when she was ready, she would go through Bama’s toys to decide which to give away and which to give away. However, she still broke down upon seeing Bama’s things.
Lisa and Alan did not have any children, so Bama was their baby. He had lived a good, long life, but he left a big hole in his parents’ hearts. Their friends and family told them that perhaps they should get another dog, but they did not like to entertain the idea. They would not want to go through another heartbreak.
Lisa could still not bring herself to sort through Bama’s things, so Alan told her to go outside and take a breather. As she sat crying on the porch, she saw a boxer across the street. Then the boxer walked over to her.
With a wagging tail, the boxer sniffed and licked Lisa’s hand when she tentatively offered it. Then placed his head on Lisa’s lap to be petted. Lisa was pleasantly surprised.
Lisa thought that he probably had an owner since he was groomed and well-fed. She had really no way of knowing who the owner was because there was no tag on his collar. If he was from around the neighborhood, she would have known.
The boxer made himself comfortable at Lisa’s feet on the porch. Lisa called Alan to meet their furry visitor, and he was as glad as Lisa to see him. Then he left as abruptly as he came, but he would visit them regularly from that day on. It was as if he knew that Lisa and Alan needed him to comfort them.
They looked forward to the boxer’s visits. He helped Lisa work through her grief over losing Bama. It was less painful to see the places and things that reminded her of her former dog.
Lisa came to know the dog’s owners when they came to where she worked. She noticed on the paperwork that the address of the young man and the older woman was just up the street from her. They confirmed that the boxer was indeed theirs when she asked them about him.
The young man’s name was Tanner and the older woman was his grandmother. Tanner was embarrassed because he thought that his boxer, Axle, was bothering her. Lisa assured Tanner that Axle was no bother at all and that he had been comforting her.
Tanner’s family became good friends with Lisa and Alan because of Axle. They visit often along with their dog. Lisa and Alan did not have to get rid of Bama’s toys. They brought them out for Axle to play with whenever he came for a visit.
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