go on for quite some time building up the story of Lazarus - his
various medical crises, friends that he made, adventures that he
had, but this website is supposed to be dedicated to the activities
of the Cranstal salukis. Lazarus’ life story, short though
it was, told in detail would probably take up the whole allocated
total of megabites, or gigabites, or whatever it is that they measure
websites in. So I will ‘do’ the story in bullet points
- a bullet being probably what Mopps should have done in the first
his name as - throughout his short life as he kept on .....
From The Dead. There
was the time when they thought Lazarus might have got too cold .....but
they thought Lazarus might have got too warm’ .....but he recovered.
they thought that Lazarus might not have had quite the right food…………..but
he survived to stuff himself for a whole day with parsons pigs, worms,
ants etc. plus a few chick crumbs when it suited him
it all they thought that, apart from a worrying tendency to fall
flat on his back when excited, Lazarus just might make it.
it was not to be. On Day 5 Lazarus proved those who named him wrong.
He departed this life quietly and with dignity shortly after a visit
to a very kind Vet - who had not been too hopeful about his chances
in the first place!
was quite upset about Lazarus and said to Barry and Pam (who had looked
after him the weekend that we Cranstals were away at a SWKA Show) that
she felt that maybe she should have left Lazaarus on the farm where
he would probably have died quickly during the first night.
said that this was quite the wrong way to look at things - that Lazarus
was a shining example of how one small and frail individual could
influence people for the better.
then went on to list Lazarus achievements which - when studied with
that in mind - I have to admit look quite impressive.
said that the main point to remember was that Lazarus brought out
the best in everyone who encountered him - and lived his short life
to the full and to the best of his ability.
Mopps was moved to bring Lazarus home and try and save his life
Secondly the Cranstals friends Roger and Madaleine went to the trouble
of bringing Lazarus Chick Crumbs all the way from Ramsey. They then
spent ages trying to ensure that Lazarus was ‘set up correctly’ as
they had kept chickens previously. (During this process - lunch went
cold on the table and they wasted a whole afternoon!)
Thirdly Lazarus managed to have a holiday with Barry and Pam - whose
fifteen year old grandson offered to sit up all night with him when
his condition began to give cause for concern.
Lazarus managed to find the money for Private Medical Care - even
if Pam and Mopps did nearly die of embarrassment when the vet called
out ’Next - LAZARUS SHIMMIN please’ in a very loud voice
in a very crowded waiting room. We salukis all thought that she was
probably getting her own back as Mopps had insisted that Lazarus
deserved to be treated as a charity case (Drugs only to be charged).
And finally - Lazarus left an Estate to be distributed. Two large packets
of chocolate biscuits to be given to Barry and Pam to say ‘Thank
You’ for his weekend‘s board and lodging.
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