One of my favorite memories with Leroy is when we do Halloween costumes.
He has always been such an amazing sport with all of them and it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing with him.
The costumes that we do each year always have a meaning which is probably why I enjoy them so much.
I never knew that the very first, and my most favorite costume, would have such a profound meaning to me 7 years later.
Before the IBD took over and before I had figured Leroy out. Before we bonded and really got to know each, Leroy always reminded of the Scarecrow from the Wizard Oz.
An awkward creature that was uncoordinated and not very smooth.
Not at all what I had envisioned an adult Newfoundland to be.
At this point in time, I was having a hard time figuring out if Leroy had rocks in between his ears or if he was too smart for his own good.
He had an extremely short attention span and made very bad choices but he was a good problem solver.
As the years went on and we traveled the road of Newfie life we encountered hills, detours, traffic jams, and accidents.
Of course, there were flying monkies along the way and the amazing munchkins that helped us through.
During this time I realized that Leroy wasn’t lacking a brain, he had it all along, it just worked a little different than others.
I also realized that he had the heart of a tin man and the courage of a lion.
That’s why I thought that it would only be fitting that Leroy retires his Halloween career in the only way possible and where it all began.
Earning his degree in Newfology and retiring with dignity.
So now I have the pleasure of introducing you to the Scarecrow that had a brain all along.
And his new diploma from the University of Newfie.
He is now free to retire from Halloween costumes and live the rest of his life free from straw being stuffed down his shirt.
Although his shirt will be hard to fill, he passes the baton onto future Newfies.
Thank you for the lessons and laughs Leroy Brown.
I knew you had a brain all along. (wink wink)