Once upon a time, there was a spectacular black lab named Bear. Bear was a wonderful dog…full-bred and professionally trained for shows. However, his original owner could not keep him because he grew to be skittish around people and preferred a more isolated life. At the same time, Reuben was looking for a mature, well trained animal to own and so found Bear and adopted him.
A few years later, Bear was diagnosed with a brain tumor. There was nothing that could be done. And so, sadly, Bear was put to sleep and buried with tears in the backyard.
The next Spring, in the place where Bear had been buried a whole mess of Violets sprouted up. And the next year, and the next year. Finally, when Reuben was ready,
he turned to me while gardening in the yard, and said that he’d like to adopt another dog…a female black lab… and name her Violet. And so we did, 2 hours later….(it turned out he knew someone giving away puppies…)
Anyway, that is the unsolicited story of Violet’s namesake….