Twelve and a half years ago, a beautiful chocolate lab puppy named Sula came into our lives and became my "fifth daughter". Sula Mae, as I called her, loved coming for sleepovers when her humans traveled and was always a perfect houseguest. Her only bad habit was that she loved digging in the trash. When she spent time where her human worked, her first stop was at all the trash cans in hopes of finding a leftover cookie or candy bar. Sula loved to eat and amazingly, she survived eating two pounds of chocolate and rat poison.
Sula appointed herself as my alarm clock and relished the idea of putting her snout against my ear and resounding a loud bark, yep, no need for an alarm clock when Sula was here. I swear she would laugh each time she accomplished her mission. Eventually I was able to resist flying off the bed so she tackled the problem another way, she would lick the bottom of my foot.
My sweet, beautiful and gentle Sula has joined her sisters at the Rainbow Bridge and I have lost another friend but I am thankful that I have so many funny, happy memories of her because there will never been another Sula Mae.