On May 24th 2012, Dr. Boal from Home to Heven met Annabelle , my 11 year old redbone coonhound for the first time. When he learned that she had been going strong for two years (on three legs )beating all the odds for surviving canine bone cancer — he chuckled and said “Wow, she’s an Outlier!” Indeed, she was a statistical phenomena but what really came to mind was what Malcolm Gladwell said (in his book, Outliers ): “ When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It’s because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances— and that means that we, as a society, have more control about who succeeds—and how many of us succeed—than we think. That’s an amazingly hopeful and uplifting idea.” Annabelle was so fortunate to live in a state with world class vets (thank you CSU and Foothills Animal Clinc), a city filled with open space and trails , and to “office” each dayat New Hope –where dogs are welcomed and the people have so much heart. She was surrounded daily with warmth, kindness and love by her friends and family. I am certain that was a big part of her success and longevity. Annabelle — you will be so missed.
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