To all of the characters in this story, both living and long-gone, thank you for enriching our lives. Though your names may have been changed to protect your privacy, you are not forgotten. Your lives still entertain and inspire us.
Also, To my beautiful wife Dot for keeping the love fires burning and keeping us connected to family and friends while I hunched over a cold keyboard. Our God kissed a sunbeam on the dew when He created you.
The Pup story: “Pup was the dog every boy needs: a Black and Tan Coonhound, friend to whoever tossed a biscuit his way. Pup knew Daddy was his master but he was my bosom buddy. He loved our whole family but his heart belonged to me.”