Friday, February 12, 2016

It is ruff to lose a friend

Today is a ruff day.

Last night, I discovered my little hitchhiker,Muffin, was not in the house or waiting on the back porch. I go outside and call her. What in the world is going on in the dog world? I load my Louise in the car and drive down the driveway slowly waiting to see her run to the car.
Muffin relaxing in the house

As I approach the road, I see the body. She has been hit by a car.  Muffin stays close to the house when outside. She is a quiet, terrier looking for mice. I had walked the pack down the driveway but turned around and called her. She always followed back. Yesterday, she probably found something interesting and kept going.

To say I am heartbroken is an understatement. I keep reminding myself that the "bell cannot be unrung". What I hate the most is the thought that she laid on the road alive for awhile and I could have taken her to the vet. However, her small body was stiffening. I had a stray years ago get hit in the road. It was horrible. He really did not look that bad but he was killed instantly.

I called Muffin a hitchhiker in how she came into our lives. I was driving 65 mph on a divided highway and off in the distance I saw an animal run from a pecan orchard into the road. I slowed at a distance and she sat in the lane waiting. I pulled off to the side and opened the door. She ran and got in to ride in my brother's lap like we had done it many times.

I was going to put lost dog posters up. In the country, we have a dumping problem. I did not want to advertise. It might increase the dumping. One sad fact about dumped dogs is that most are killed by traffic within hours of being dumped. The ones who survive become phobic of people and often starve or are attacked by coyotes.

Losing Muffin was already painful but my dog Louise kept looking for her this morning. She wanted me to open the car door so she could get Muffin. Finally, she found the grave and sniffed around. She had her answer.
Louise convincing Muffin to move over

I used to be hesitant to share how much I care for my animals. Then I thought, so many would not bat an eye if I spent all my spare money on an automobile and it's upkeep. I think of people in need. I would like to see everyone get what they need in this world. Animals are God's creatures and worthy of care.

My heart is heavy. I do not enjoy eating. Going to water aerobics tonight, I loaded up my two remaining black and whites. I call them my little coppers.


18 comments:

  1. Oh Ann. Feeling for you on losing your little mate. Sending good wishes. Carolyn @ Pastimes, Passions & Paraphernalia.

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. She was a good little friend.

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  2. Never easy indeed, worse when it is something out of the blue. And just watching the others look for them can be hard as well.

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    1. Muffin was Louise's play buddy. The dog moves on, so I guess I can follow.

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  3. My heart goes out to you. How terrible. Muffin had a good home with you while she was there, though. So terrible people dump animals. That's how we got our last set of cats - someone dumped them.

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    1. I adopted a litter of feral kittens one time. A parent at the school had complained about dangerous wild cats hanging out at the dumpsters. I hated for the children to learn they were just garbage. Of course, I still own two of them. They are seventeen years old.

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  4. I feel so bad for you. We've shed many tears for our pets here. The last two losses were so heart-breaking we've never replaced them.

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    1. I think the same thing when I lose a pet. However, I never look for them. They find me. lol

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss, Ann. It is so painful to lose such a friend.

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    1. I don't why this one hurts so much. I live in the country and have owned many pets and lost them. She was already about 11. I am guessing it is how she died.

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  6. Oh no. :-( This is the saddest post I've read all year. This breaks my heart. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  7. I am so sorry. I empathize with your pain.
    Big hug.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GurFKhK34U
    The link is for the Rainbow Bridge

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    1. Thanks Sandra, I have lost many pets over the years because I have owned so many. Muffin's loss was more painful than some. I think it is because I felt she had more living to do. I do hope there is a rainbow bridge.

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  8. Awww, I am so sorry! It's like losing a member of your family!! Sending a hug!

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    1. Thanks Paula. I keep looking for her when I walk my dogs.

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