Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

A Dog’s Tale

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Meet my friend Snoopy.

Most of you are probably familiar with him, but this particular dog is special.

As you can see, he’s missing an eye, can no longer smell, and only a small portion of his mouth remains. Also, his ears are held on with Elmer’s Glue. Not surprising since he’s over 50 years-old.

You might think that this stuffed dog belongs to me, but that’s not the case.

I met Snoopy twenty something years ago when Derek and I first started dating. At the time, I found it endearing that Derek had held on to his pal since he was four years-old.

Today, Snoopy is living out his golden years perched in a chair in our master bedroom. Each time I glance in his direction, I can’t help but smile and picture Derek as a young boy with his friend, Snoopy.

Have you or a loved one held on to something special from your childhood?

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” ~ A.A. Milne

 

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write contemporary stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers and artists. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. I write stories filled with love, faith and happy endings for Harlequin Love Inspired. What can I say...I love happy endings. My sixth book Searching for Home will be in stores December 28, 2021, details can be found at JillWeatherholt.com. I've sold seven sweet romance stories to Woman's World Magazine. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010, 2012 and 2016 winner of the National Novel Writing Month Contest. I love to connect with readers. Visit me at jillweatherholt.com and sign-up for my newsletter. Follow me on Amazon.com and Bookbub.com.

136 thoughts on “A Dog’s Tale

  1. Oh darn! So sorry I missed this lovely and very sweet post, Jill. You are so “on top of things” and a caring, faithful friend.
    Anyway, Derek’s Snoopy is so well loved! 💕 It is even more worn out than the Velveteen Rabbit! I am so tickled that you keep his toddler day’s toy on a chair in your bedroom. Aww! 🤗

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    • Thanks, Robin, but I’m not feeling too “on top of things” as of late. 🙂 Snoopy definitely is well loved. He’s sat in that chair for 13 years…he might want a change of scenery. LOL! I appreciate your visit. I hope you’re adjusting to that new work schedule. ❤

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  2. Loved reading about this special Snoopy dog – something to be said for reminders of years gone by. Congratulations on the upcoming release of “A Father for Bella,” can’t wait to read it (beautiful cover).

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    • Thank you, Mary! I appreciate your kinds words about my book. The art department really did a nice job. I agree, it is nice to have something around to help us remember our past. Snoopy is the best kind of pet to have…low maintenance. 🙂 Thank you for the nice email…I’ll be in touch soon. Take care! ❤

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  3. Obviously Derek is a man comfortable with his inner child 😉 I don’t have any toys left over from my childhood although I have a vague memory of a small teddy bear with one eye. Sweet story, Jill, and you are sweet for allowing Snoopy to have a seat of honor in your life.

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    • LOL! I think you’re right about Derek, Marie. 🙂 I don’t have any toys from my childhood either. I wish I’d held on to my Raggedy Ann or Hollie Hobby dolls. As I mentioned above to Mary, Snoopy is low maintenance, so I think he’ll be hanging around for years to come. Take care of that neck! ❤

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  4. Jill, this is so sweet! Thanks for sharing. We have some of our children’s cabbage patch dolls still!

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  5. Aw Jill. Poor wee snoopy dog, so bedraggled yet loved. Love the quote from AA Milne. Really nice post. Anita

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  6. That’s so sweet. 🙂

    I still have my first soft-toy from when I was a tiny, wee thing. It’s a lamb. I had a lot of ill health as a child and it was my companion in hospital each time I went in. And at home, of course. It currently lives in a drawer with its stuffing out of its body as I washed it before we moved and haven’t got around to restuffing it. But I fancy it bleats a reminder to me from time to time.

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  7. Such a beautiful quote, Jill. Snoopy has aged quite well and is obviously very well cared for. My sister still has a much-loved Teddy Bear and Mr Bunny from her childhood years. They are both quite thread-bare and have very odd button eyes now. She would never part with them.

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    • I love that quote, Sylvia. I agree, Snoopy is looking pretty good. Hopefully he’ll continue to age as well as your sweet MIL. 🙂 I’m happy your sister still has her furry friends from childhood. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I have this stuffed puppy my husband gave me from when we first started dating. It’s so unusually sweet to hear about Derek and his Snoopy.

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