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IRe1 - i_:_ y JlJJi lil]i Jg]lK| lR lRIglil i HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 27, 2010 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 As you read this... "I hope that time will lessen the hurt you feel over the loss - As you read this column, l am still in California. Myspouse of Muffin and in time you will be able to open your heart again and I arrived here more than two weeks ago. We flew into LAX to another furry and four legged creature who needs you as and visited friends in Costa Mesa and also Los Angeles. much as you need them." We rented a car and drove up the entire California coast, (We are still hurting but we will get another dog to join our stopping in San Francisco for a night, cats, Sarah and Kelly, and our Cockatiel, Buddy. Sure do hope Now we are in the northern part of California, about three they get along like siblings.., or maybe I should say loving hours north of San Francisco. It is a lot cooler than Florida! siblings. We know some siblings fight!) We will fly home via San Francisco Airport. Mazel tov department... (I covered the entire state of California once before as the I recently heard from NANCY LUDIN. executive director of vocalist with the legendary Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra... but this the Jewish Pavilion of Central Florida: is different. I am not performing and Irv is with me.) "The Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers operate like a We are visiting old friends as part of our 50th wedding an- nursing home onwheels visiting elderly Jews in long term care niversary celebration, throughout Orlando. In addition to providing Shabbat services I haven't been keeping up with current news events while and holiday celebrations the volunteers often participate in on "vacation" but still have a lot of thoughts about life.., mine birthday celebrations." in particular. When Nancy mentioned birthday celebrations she also sent Thoughts about mortality haunt me these days. me a photograph of HY LAKE celebrating his 89th birthday. We are living in a world without Frank Sinatra. There are He waswith his wife, I ARRIETT, and daughter SHELLEY (see young folks today who never even heard of Frank Sinatra. photoabove)andalsohisveryfavoritevolunteer, RUTHDARVIN. How can that be? He also celebrated with his caretakers, SHARON and ELIZA. WearelivinginaworldwithoutGene Kellyand FredAstaire. Hy, an active member of our Jewish community for many Unbelievable! years, is now living at Arden Courts, a beautiful Alzheimer's There are young folks today who never heard of George and facility in Winter Springs. Ira Gershwin... Irving Berlin... Jerome Kern. Do you believe? (We at Heritage wish you a very happy birthday, too, Hy!) (They were all members of our tribe, by the way.) We received another e-mail... Now Irv and I are living in a world without our dog, Muffin. This one was from JIM SHIPLEY, of the Heritage staff. Here How different everything is. it is almost in its entirety: Of course we have had many dogs through the years. In fact. " "This past Thursday, I put the Peter Pan of the menopause we were never without a dog as a cherished member of our set (RACHELSHIPLEY)onaplane to San Francis_co. There she family and to honor Muffin we will give another dog a loving and sister EVIE practiced for a reunion of the Burton Sisters home as soon as we get back to Florida. after 50 some years. I question the reunion idea because as Speaking of Muffin... my dad said all those years ago, 'Forget it kid, you can't break Ireceiveda phonecallfromoutofstatejustdaysafterMuffin's up a sister team.' story appeared in this column. It was from BOBBIE and NICK "'The Reunion' will take place at Yoshi--one of the premier CHASE, who live in Winter Park a few months each winter, jazz venues in San Francisco on Aug, 30. It will be preceded They sent me e-mails with links to very helpful sites. One by a cocktail party and reception for VIPs to meet the stars. was on pet loss and grieving It "This comes about due to the fact that Evie appeared at an really did help us with our grief, event of the organization called 'You Shall Know Them By Another e-mail directed us to a site that made us cry, which Their Vinyl" (Google it). That was two years ago. Evie sang and is very helpful, knocked them dead. Since then the organization has grbwn into The e-mail accompanying the site from Bobbie and Nick afull-blownshowthatappearedatLincolnCenterafewmonths said, "This is not so much useful as it was helpful.., it made me ago. Buoyed by a grant from the Steven Spielberg Foundation, finally cry and let some of the grief out after some of our dogs they now have a full orchestra and it is as VP, Joe Biden would die, d.'Thelinkis:www,, say" A big ***** dealF And... there is a syndicated radio and How kind they were to think of us at such a difficult time TV program called 'Growing Bolder'; (you can Google them in our lives, as well). The'program is dedicated to people of a certain age More about.Muffin.., who are still achieving things. I kinda thought that the girls We received a very comforting letter from Dr. STAN and Dr. might make a good story. Well, the Dude in charge Googled SHARI SUJKA. It read in part as follows: them and the Vinyl thing and first said of me 'Oh, you are the "l just read about your dog, Muffin, and know how bad you Yoko Ono of the team!' feel right now. "Now he wants pics and a story that I will write next week Our dog, Bunchy Bookies broke her leg on Sept. 17, 2009 and they will develop a segment on the Burton Sisters dejavu. and we had it repaired, only to find out that she had metastatic "They are going to be bigger than when they were big. Isn't bone cancer and was given months to live. She celebrated her this fun?" 14th birthday on Thanksgiving We did all we could for her (Jim's e-mail was fun.., but then he always is funny. since she was never able to walk on her own again. What isn't very funny is that and I will be leaving San "Unfortunately, we went to China and the vet could not care for Francisco just before Rachel and her sister sing! Yoshi's is a her like we couldand so on Father's Day, while we were out of the first rate jazz club that I hope to be performing at this year!) country, shewaseuthanized.(MuffindiedthedayafterFather'sDay.) One for the road... Our dogs are our very best friends and even though my rabbi Rabbi Landau has always been secretly sad that he's never could not say a mishaberach for Bunchy when she was sick, I been able to eat pork. So one day, he flies to a remote tropical was still hopeful that God would be merciful to her in the end. Island and books into a hotel. "No one will find me here," he About two years ago (before Bunchy got sick) we adopted said to himself. another dog, a brindle mix puppy that we call Tigger.-Tigger. On the first evening, he goes to the best restaurant and is not Bunchy, but he fills a different place in our hearts, orders the 'roast pork special.' While he's waiting, he hears "Evenwhenwe are abroad, we do daily clicks on the Internet someone call his name. Rabbi Landau looks up and sees one to the animal rescue sites and also to Booking]Buddy. of his congregants walking toward his table. What unbeliev- "A funny thing happened when we came home from China. ably bad luck.., the same time to visit the same restaurant on Whenever Tigger would bark we would hear two dogs barking the same island! inthehouseeventhoughTiggerwasthe only one in the house. Just at that moment, the waiter puts on his table a whole It was spooky and strange but kind of comforting. It turned roasted pig with an apple in its mouth and says, "Your spe- out that our intercom system was on the fritz and when he cial, sir." Rabbi Landau looks up sheepishly at his congregant would bark, an intercom in another part of the house would and says, "Would you believe it... you order an apple in this "-v" , pick up the sound and it would seem like another dog was restaurant and look how they serve it. barking from another room. (Now that's quick thinking!) EWISH NEWS can purchased at the following locations: ORANGE COUNTY JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland * Borders, 600 N. 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