This is a story that began with packages, biscuits, holiday cards and friendly hello’s that grew into a sweet friendship. Walter Carretero, has been delivering UPS packages and biscuits to our home for as long as I can remember. Of course, the frequency increased in recent years with older girls and more deliveries, and our golden retriever Rocky was definitely the happiest member of the house. Rocky would hear Walter’s truck, jump off the couch and run to the door. Walter would even give Rocky biscuits if he was delivering a package across the street or happened to see us on a walk in the neighborhood. It was always nice to see both of them smile when they greeted one another.
A few months ago just before his 9th birthday, Rocky was diagnosed with cancer and given only a few weeks to live. We were all heartbroken and doing our best to keep Rocky happy and healthy for as long as we could. Rocky was not eating well, but seemed to still love to see Walter and get a biscuit or two or three. When Walter learned that Rocky only liked his biscuits, he started coming by every day to give Rocky as many biscuits as he would eat. Walter would sit on the front lawn or steps, share in sprinkler time, and chat with us as he fed Rocky biscuits. It was a nice time of day for us all. As Rocky got sicker, even Walter’s magic biscuits were not appealing. I told Walter that I was cooking more for Rocky than I had for my husband in 20 years. The next day, Walter appeared not with biscuits, but with chicken and rice made by his wife. Rocky loved it and the next day Walter brought pasta and beef, followed by another chicken dish. One day, we face-timed with his wife so she could meet Rocky and we could thank her. In all of the years of offering Walter water or fruit or anything, I finally got him to take home a piece of blueberry cake for his wife!
I had known very little about Walter, just that he had a son of whom he was very proud, and he worked very hard to provide for his family. In the weeks of Rocky’s illness, I learned where he was born, all about his dreams for his son and his family’s future. Walter left for his family vacation and gave me and Rocky a big