Norman Cude-Taylor was born in a training kennel in the early 2000s. Colleen and I had been rescuing greyhounds for years and it was time to save another one. The trainer said that the little yellow greyt wouldn't be kept because he had something wrong with one foot. We looked at him and couldn't really see a defect but knew that if they didn't think he could race, they would kill him.
It was a no brainer because the pup was playing and jumping around and we were both taken with his energy and joy. Colleen told the trainer that she wanted him and they handed him over.
We loaded him into the cab of the truck and Colleen took him home.Holding him in her lap the whole way. Along about that time, Colleen met a young man who was in the Army. He was based at Ft. Sill which is in Lawton. A courtship began and the pup was a big part of it. On a bus ride to see a football game at OU, Norman, Oklahoma, Josh said "let's name him Norman". And Norman it was.
Norman and "Boo" were the attendants at the next event. The wedding. I'll never forget seeing Colleen in her dress and the dogs in their finery. And Josh with the biggest grin, ever, on his face. The ceremony was on a big rock in a lake nearby and Norman fell into the water. He was such an energetic dog and got too close to the edge and plopped in!
Norman quickly became a total part of the family. I don't think that Boo liked Norman too much but he tolerated him. Norman was very, very playful. He would streak around the yard as fast as he could go. He was nice to the cats and always glad to have a visitor come to 'his' house.
He suffered the indignities of being 'dressed' in all sorts of finery. Colleen and I are known for putting clothes on our pets and photographing them. As for photographs, Norman was constantly in the lens. Colleen takes pictures like some people breathe and he starred in many of them.
People mistakenly think that greyhounds needs lots of attention and long walks. Not. Greyhounds are so grateful to be away from the regimens of the harsh training that they easily slip into the addictive life of professional couch potatoes. In fact, unbeknownst to many decorators, couchs were invented for greyhounds. If they aren't playing with someone they love, you will find them on a sofa somewhere..sound asleep.
Please consider adopting a greyhound. They have no special needs, just special friends.
Tracks are closing and greyhounds need homes, NOW.
ANGEL FROM GONZALES, TEXAS CEMETERY
Stella Rebecca King Cude-Taylor was born November 11, 2003. Stella was born almost three months early and life in the household changed drastically. Colleen and Josh lived in The Ronald McDonald house in Oklahoma while Stella was in the neo-natal unit at OU, for 4 months. The pets were taken care of by friends and family during that time.
Norman was 1-1/2 years old when Stella came into his life. He was very loving and a bit puzzled by this little 'creature'. and was always checking on her when she came home. Norman adjusted quickly and loved to be with Stella. Around the time he turned 3, he became blind. This is a rare condition for greyhounds but it does happen.
Nothing changed much for Norman. He was still his fun crazy self and ran and played in the backyard. He did run into things and Colleen made sure to not change many things so that he always knew where he was.
STELLA AND NORMAN IN THE YARD
I was chosen today
I'm learning to fly
the world took me away,
but please don't you cry
And I chose you today
to try and be strong
so please don't you cry
and don't say that I'm gone
When you're feeling alone
just remember our love,
I'm up near the stars
looking down from above.
Remember our love
In a moment you'll see
that I'm still here beside you
when you're thinking of me.
NORMAN'S BIG GRIN
NORMAN HAD THE GREYHOUND GRIN. THE TEETH SHOWING AND THE JOYFULNESS.
NORMAN AND HIS 'MARIE'
WHEN HURRICANE KATRINA HIT, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PETS WERE STRANDED AND HOMELESS. THROUGH HEROIC EFFORTS, RESCUE GROUPS MOVED IN AND SAVED AS MANY AS POSSIBLE.DUE TO THE EFFORTS OF CONCERNED CITIZENS, A LAW WAS PASSED TO INCLUDE RESCUE OF PETS DURING FUTURE DISASTERS.
THE KATRINA DOGS WERE SENT AROUND THE COUNTRY TO FIND NEW HOMES. A SHORT AND SQUATTY DOG ARRIVED IN LAWTON OKLAHOMA AT DR. BAUER'S CLINIC. THIS WAS NORMAN'S HOME CLINIC. THIS SHORT AND SQUATTY DOG SUDDENLY FOUND HERSELF A HOME. SHE WAS ADOPTED BY COLLEEN AND JOSH. WE THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS PART SHARPEI AND CHOW.
SHE WAS SOON NAMED 'MARIE LAVEAU' FOR HER NEW ORLEAN ROOTS.
""The beautiful Marie Laveau, and yes she was beautiful, was born a Free Woman of Color in 1794 and died an old woman in 1881. She became the most famous and powerful Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. She was respected and feared by all."
As a child, Colleen visited Marie Laveau's grave, in New Orleans, and the name was a no-brainer for Marie.
NORMAN AND STELLA
STELLA AND NORMAN HAD A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP. THEY LOVED PLAYING IN THE SWIMMING POOL. NORMAN TOOK TO EVERY ACTIVITY AND ALWAYS HAD FUN. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY VERY, VERY MUCH.
The Power of the Dog
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passsion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart to a dog to tear.
When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find--it's your own affair--
But ... you've given your heart to a dog to tear.
When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.
We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long--
So why in--Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
AN ANGEL FROM THE GONZALEZ, TX CEMETERY
WE'VE ALWAYS KNOWN THAT NORMAN HAD GUARDIAN ANGELS. OTHERWISE HE WOULD NOT HAVE FOUND SUCH A WONDERFUL HOME AS THE ONE WITH JOSH, COLLEEN AND STELLA.
NORMAN RESTING ON HIS SOFA
A Parting Prayer
Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion,
Norman, across the Rainbow Bridge.
Assign Norman to a place of honour,
for he has been a faithful servant
and has always done his best to please us .
Bless the hands that send Norman to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing him from pain and suffering.
Grant us the strength not to dwell on our loss.
Help us remember the details of Norman's life
with the love he has shown us.
And grant me the courage to honor him
by sharing those memories with others.
Let Norman rememberus as well
and let him know that we will always love him.
And when it's our time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow him to accompany those
who will bring us home.
Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of Norman's companionship
and for the time we've had together.
And thank you, Lord,
for granting us the strength
to give him to you now.
NORMAN PLAYING WITH MARIE, HIS GUIDE
An earthly dog of the carriage breed; Who, having failed of the modern speed, Now asked asylum and I was stirred To be the one so dog preferred.
A LAWTON SUNSET
I NEVER SAW YOUR WINGS
How is it that I never saw your wings
when you were here with me?
When you closed your eyes and soared
to the Heavens I could hear the
faint flutter of you wings as you left.
Your body no longer on this side
your spirit here eternally I see your halo shine.
I close my eyes and see the multicolored wings
surround me in my saddest moments and my happiest times.
NORMAN AND HIS GIRL
NORMAN JOINS XOWIE, BOO, CRUNCH, KISSEE, TIPPY, OSCAR, J.J., HENRI, SMUT, AMSU, WILLHE, GAY, TIPPY, RATTLER, BEAUREGARD, PRETTY BOY, THUNDER, GEORGE, TIGER EYES, BRO, JOSE, SIR OLIVER, CORNELIUS BROTHERS AND SISTER ROSE, NEWMAN MARCUS AND MANY MORE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE.
WAITING TO MEET NORMAN WERE MAWMAW, PAWPAW, GRANNY AND PAPA.
I found a penny today
Just laying on the ground,
But it’s not just a penny
This little coin I’ve found.
Found pennies come from heaven
That’s what my Grandpa told me,
He said, “Dog-Angels toss them down.”
Oh, how I loved that story.
He said, “When a Dog-Angel misses you
He tosses a penny down,
Sometimes just to cheer you up
To make a smile out of your frown.”
So don’t pass by that penny
When you’re feeling blue,
It may be a penny from heaven
That your dog has tossed to you.
JUST A SNACK FOR NORMAN
Even though Norman was blind didn't mean that any and all food was safe. He saw a dining table as a great big grazing feast for him.
There are so many, many stories of Norman helping himself to food that was intended for others. Blindness didn't affect his nose one bit. He could take a precise path to a dish of food and gobble it down before anyone noticed him.
He helped himself to 9 hot rolls one day. Not a crumb was to be found when he was discovered. He was very tall, as greyhounds are, and he took total advantage of his height. The rolls were on the back of the cook stove and he managed to snatch them. He also had the ability to not leave much of a mess when he stole food.
He almost got a turkey once but the 'thunk' was heard and a 'save' was made.
Norman was quite the gourmand.
~~~NORMAN'S SPECIAL RAINBOW~~~
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Norman, we will always love you. The laughs,the kisses, the hugs, running, splashing in the water...the food thefts..it was all so special.
Because it was you.
I'm so grateful that we didn't
miss the dance.
We will all be together again.
Your loving Grandmother, "Nomi"
November 18, 2011
NORMAN PLAYING WITH MARIE
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'UNCLE' SMUT..MY GREYT
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