We had had him only a few months when he went missing. We searched everywhere. I finally called the animal shelter in the next town, and lo and behold, they had him!! I went to get him and to be honest, I have never been so happy to find a lost pet! From that day on, whenever I was not moving, Moses would literally either lay or sit ON my feet.
Eventually we moved out to the country. Don would take Moses for walks on his leash around the boundaries of our property. When Moses would wander past the boundaries, Don would pull him back in and tell him “no.” After a week or so of that, we never had to worry about Moses leaving our property without us. Well, except for the few times we attempted to have other dogs so he wouldn’t be lonely. Obviously he was not lonely, but was definitely jealous, as he would take these other dogs on what came to be known in my family as “The Great Walk.” He would leave with the other dog and come back alone. To this day, I don’t believe he ever harmed the other dog...he just did not want to share his humans!
Moses was not in indoor dog at all. He absolutely LOVED being outdoors where he could run and play and lay in the sun (and dig up my flowers!). Up until just a few months ago, whenever Don would go out to the woods to cut wood, Moses would follow along beside the jeep, play in the woods while Don was working, then follow along beside the jeep again to come home. There was a certain spot in the backyard where Don would stop the jeep to see if Moses was going with him. He said that by the time he got to that spot, he would know if Moses was going with him on that trip.
Moses was always great with all of our kids and grandkids. He was protective of all of us. Those who knew him well, know that he would have never hurt a flea. But those who didn’t know him, usually would not get out of their vehicle unless one of us was out there with him…which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing!
He loved each and every one of his human family members unconditionally and without reservation. He gave us absolutely everything he had in his heart for thirteen years and we are blessed to have had him for so many years. We already miss him terribly, and will for a long, long time. We chose to bury him on the corner of our backyard where Don would wait for him to go to the woods. And since he loved to torture me by digging up my flowers every spring and summer, I am going to plant some back there just for him.
Rest in peace, Moses Jones Ladiski. You have earned it. We love you!
2001 – 2014