Tale of a gracious and affectionate lady.

Sally was a graceful and affectionate lady. Photograph: J Gerald Crawford
Sally was a noble lady with a spirited and mischievous streak. Photograph: J Gerald Crawford

A DEVASTATING TORNADO hit the area in which she lived. The storm ripped up trees and destroyed houses. A large branch snapped and fell across the roof of her house. People were trapped and so was Sally.

With intense apprehension, the damaged was surveyed. From underneath the debris, rescuers heard a faint sound.

It was Sally.

She had beaten the odds.

She had survived.

All involved were incredibly emotional as she recovered from minor respiratory distress of that unforgettable experience.

Her ancestors came to America from England in the late 1800s. Living alone , in a large wooden house surrounded by a chain linked fence, at the edge of the woods, Sally called Alabama home. Also living on the property was an active, energetic , and caring family.

Sally taking a bath with Stan Crawford. Photograph: J Gerald Crawford
Sally taking a bath with Stan Crawford. Photograph: J Gerald Crawford

Sharing their athletic agility and lively spirits, they took her on regular leisure strolls, half hour walks, jogs, and runs to keep her healthy.

Frequently , she and a companion tramped through the forrest, romped through the leaves, sniffed the fresh air, and looked for birds in an open field. Sally was born with a natural proclivity for seeking the airborne scent of quail.

Holding her head high, this graceful lady maintained a gentle mischievous temperament, remained affectionate with children and exceptionally sociable to strangers. Long white fringed hair , streaked with intermingling burgundy gave her an unique appearance.

Occasionally, restlessness presented the urge to solitarily explore unknown territory. A neighbor accused complacent Sally of taking baseball gloves and leather boots out of his basement.

Sally a thief?

Challenge the presumptuous accusation!

Two months passed.

Five baseball gloves vanished.

Three pairs of boots disappeared.

Sally was implicated again.

So, why didn’t he just shut the basement door?

Shock materialized when Sally was seen accomplishing quantum leaps toward the thicket.

She carried a cowboy boot.

A posse followed.

She escaped. The leather items were not retrieved.

Perhaps Sally dug a hole and built a nesting bed.

Several days later, she gave birth to three adorable English Setter puppies.

Sally, our English Setter, now had a family of her own. Photograph: J Gerald Crawford
Sally, our English Setter, now had a family of her own. Photograph: J Gerald Crawford

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