Mom and I are getting used to living without Harper, but I still miss him. Mom said maybe it would make me feel better if I talk about him some.
Harper was a smooth collie and a Malinois. Malinois is a fancy way of saying Belgian Shepherd.
Harper never acted much like a collie. He didn't want to herd anyone. The truth is that he liked to kill smaller animals if he could get his paws and teeth on them. He especially liked to kill birds.
I think he liked attacking critters because he was part Malinois. The Malinois is important to the security of our country.
When SEAL Team Six went to kill Osama bin Laden, they had a Malinois to lead them.
A Malinois guards The White House, too. When that guy jumped over the fence at The White House, the Malinois would have gotten rid of him, but nobody told the Malinois what happened. I think the people who work there were so surprised that they forgot to tell the Malinois. Every Buddy should always remember to tell the Malinois when there's a problem.
Here's a Malinois in action:
I feel proud because my best friend was the kind of dog who helps protect our soldiers and our President. Harper never bit anyone, but he was super good at jumping. That's why he could catch birds.
The problem is that I miss him so much. I don't have anyone to play Chase Around The Big Bush In The Backyard with me. I don't have anyone to bark with me when I see a cat or a stranger. I tried to teach Mom to bark, but she's not a good barker.
I haven't even felt like playing Doggy Toy Sneakery.
Mom tries to help me feel better. She says that in a way, Harper will live forever because he taught me how to be a good dog, and I help teach dogs we meet at the park. I show them how I walk next to Mom and do what she says. Maybe another dog will come to live with us, and I'll teach him, and he'll teach younger dogs.
Faulkner, The Original Dog, taught Harper. It's nice that we doggies can help each other.
Mom has been taking me for lots of long walks to help me feel less lonely, but I think my heart will always miss my best buddy Harper.
Okay I love you bye-bye.
Franklin the Bordernese