"...dogs don't possess a soul, but they have a spirit" Maria Simma
|Gus the Gray Ghost|
|Aaron with Scout and Gus camping |
in the backyard in 1999
Aaron had joined the U.S. Navy when he was 18 years old and while there was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. He became very ill and did not re-enlist. By this time, Aaron was 23 years old with a wife and a son. He got a job in manufacturing and had another baby. His health began to decline rapidly. He was rushed to Christ Hospital in Cincinnati for an operation to remove his bowel. He was too ill to have a complete surgery so it would require two operations. The first surgery took his bowel and left him with an ostomy bag. The next surgery, four months later, would give him a j pouch (a new colon) freeing him from the ostomy bag.
|Aaron home from the Navy|
|Aaron and his son Max |
with Gus about 6 months
before Gus died.
We finally got Aaron into his car. His wife sped away with him to the hospital. My husband and I jumped into our minivan and followed them. I immediately started sobbing. I told my husband that I had seen Gus in the kitchen and that Aaron must be dying. I waited for my husband to tell me I was nuts and that it was just my imagination. But he said something else. "I saw him too", he replied. In all the chaos, my husband had seen Gus standing in our family room. We just looked at each other with bewilderment.
We found out at the hospital that Aaron had become septic. Everything seemed orchestrated perfectly to save Aaron's life. Aaron's surgery was successful. Today, Aaron is 29 years old and perfectly healthy. He doesn't have a colon but he rock climbs, canoes and is very active. You wouldn't know he was inches from death to see him now.
As for our Gray Ghost Gus, we haven't seen him again, thank God. I know there were forces from heaven saving Aaron's life that day, that is for certain. I find it comforting to know Gus is always with Aaron. I picture Aaron's guardian angel with a dog by his side, both of them watching over their boy. It seems dogs are just as loyal after their death as they were in life.