My friend Amy Hetzler, one of the groomers at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital, is in the hospital. I do not want Amy to be sick. I do not want her to hurt. I feel helpless, and I want her home with her dog.

Nigel is Amy's dog. He is, in a several way tie with both of my dogs and all of yours, my favorite dog in the world.

Nigel is staying at Gentle Doctor while Amy is healing.

 Abby and Nigel

Abby and Nigel

We went to play with Nigel over lunch yesterday.

 We got ALL the tennis balls out for Nigel.

We got ALL the tennis balls out for Nigel.

 Nigel likes Amanda's new hat better on her.

Nigel likes Amanda's new hat better on her.

 So happy.

So happy.

While we were playing with Nigel, Russ called the hospital and asked if we could bring Nigel to visit Amy some time this week. 

"I don't think so," the person on the phone said. 

"Could I talk to someone who knows for sure?" Russ asked. This was super important. "No" would be good enough if it had to be, but "probably not" was not good enough.

"Yes of course!" Amy's own sweet nurse said. "Amy would love that! You can come now!"

So we did.

 Nigel started getting excited a block away from the hospital...that he had never been to.

Nigel started getting excited a block away from the hospital...that he had never been to.

We didn't tell Amy we were coming.

 Nigel was tired from playing ball all afternoon, so Abby carried him for a bit.

Nigel was tired from playing ball all afternoon, so Abby carried him for a bit.

 I texted this picture to Amy when we were outside of her room. I added an arrow pointing to her room number :)

I texted this picture to Amy when we were outside of her room. I added an arrow pointing to her room number :)

 I love this picture! Two of my favorite beings.

I love this picture! Two of my favorite beings.

 Nigel met all the nurses. When they left, he waited at the door with his ball for them to come back.

Nigel met all the nurses. When they left, he waited at the door with his ball for them to come back.

 Hurry home Friend! But not until you are well.

Hurry home Friend! But not until you are well.

 Nigel, did you have such a good day with Mom? Sleep well sweet boy. You will both be home soon.

Nigel, did you have such a good day with Mom? Sleep well sweet boy. You will both be home soon.

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