(1989 – 2002)
Trudie has always lived up to her name. At birth she was named after a wonderful friend that we lost to cancer just a few months before Trudie was born. Trudie Crouse said, not long before she died, that she wanted to come back as one of the Greer’s Jack Russell Terriers – we think she did.
In August of 1989 this perfect little puppy, with an uncanny look of wisdom and concern for all, was born. She even liked vidalia onion sandwiches- one of her namesake’s favorites.
From that day forward, Trudie took on Charlotte as her total responsibility (take it from her mother- that was a big responsibility for anyone). Trudie became protector of not only Charlotte, but of any animal she brought into the house. There was the cat to save from other Jack Russells; there was a bird to protect from the cat; there were numerous fish to protect from the bird and the cat; and finally a ferret to protect from the cat and the other dogs, while continuing to protect the fish from the ferret; and numerous other wild babies that would come and go as Charlotte nursed them back to health. Trudie took on all of this with only an occasional deep sigh and an expression a jewish mother would love. Trudie would also go to the barn with Charlotte and be sure everything was in order there.
She went to Georgia Tech with Charlotte, just to make sure she drove safely, was on time and paid attention in class. All the professors accepted her presence in their classrooms even though she would groan sometimes when the lecture got boring.
When Charlotte couldn’t sleep ( which was a lot of the time because her back would be hurting ) Trudie would be there to let her know she wasn’t alone in the world and that she was loved. They would discuss their problems until Charlotte fell asleep Trudie would snuggle up to Charlotte’s sore back, or up on her pillow if touching her back hurt, then keep vigil through the night. Charlotte knew she was never alone, and always unwaveringly loved.
Trudie taught all of us more about Love, Sacrifice, Responsibility, Kindness, Forgiveness and Fun then we knew existed. We were blessed to have the opportunity to know her and love her. We miss her horribly and will remember her always.
We also want her to know we are sorry we could never provide her with a thumb, and that we we were too dumb to speak her language. That’s okay now – God will be able to do it all.
To Trudie Greer, with All of Our Love and Thanks- Love From “Her Humans”