Sunday, September 8, 2013

Goodbye Dolly

On Friday night one of the kids made a gruesome discovery.  Lying in our grass was Dolly's leg chewed off.  I was in the kitchen when the discovery was made, but John was out there.  My heart dropped when I found out.  Poor, poor Dolly.  What a horrible death.  I still can't help but imagine what probably happened.  It makes me so sad to think of the vicious attack she suffered... and then she was gone.
 
We are pretty sure coyotes got her.  There are many pets missing in the community-- all recent.  Driving around for her, we noticed flyers posting coyote sightings in the area.  Being surrounded by homes, and with the dogs staying right by our back door under our patio safe in their little house, I sort of thought they were immune to such an attack.
 
But Dolly was not the type of dog to stay in her little house when danger was present.  She was very protective of our family and Misty our other dog.  She must have heard the coyotes and went out to try and scare them away.  She was brave like that.
 
We miss her very much.  We got her soon after Annalyn joined our family.  She was my grandmother's dog and after my grandmother passed away, my grandfather asked us to take her. 
 
It was our pleasure.

I hope all dogs go to heaven.

17 comments:

  1. I am so, so sorry to hear about Dolly. How are the kids taking it? It must be hard for Sveta. Thinking of you all at this time.

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  2. Oh my gosh! I just cannot imagine that happening to one of my dogs. In fact, I escort them outside and back inside every time they go potty - partly because they are spoiled and don't really like to be outside by themselves. How sad. Poor Dolly, but it sounds like she had some wonderful years with you and she has crossed over the rainbow bridge into Doggy Heaven!

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  3. Hi! I am so sorry to hear about your dog.I loved to read about Dolly and your other pets.My family loves our Bulldog I can not imagine life without her.I am so sorry,Pat

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  4. You should definitely bring the other dog inside, at least at night. Most dogs should be indoor and outdoor pets anyway.

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  6. I'm so sorry about your dog. We moved to the country this year and have had to deal with the reality of both coyotes and bobcats. It's scary!!! I hate coyotes.

    Hugs,

    Valerie
    Cottage Making Mommy
    www.lovingmyheartandhome.blogspot.com

    P.S. See if you have a Game Warden in your area, even though it's a metropolitan area, so they will patrol the area.

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  7. Oh, Christine. I'm so sorry. What a sad thing for you all to have to experience. I'm praying that you can all remember the good times with your dog and remember all the joy she brought you.

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  8. Oh, no! I'm so sorry. Maybe a pen around Misty's house to keep her safe at night, or she can sleep in the laundry room with little wee pads on the floor? just a thought. We had our dogs in a pen when we lived in areas with coyotes, it is just a way of dealing with natural predators. Again, so very sorry to hear of this!

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  9. Christine, I'm so sorry. We lost our sweet Buster cat to coyotes. They're such a nuisance. I know they're God's creatures and this is the way of Nature, but, golly, this makes me sad and rageful.
    Hugs,
    JEB

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  10. Oh, I'm so sorry! I've been following this blog for awhile now and I just find it so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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  11. *tears*
    I am so very sorry to hear about Dolly.

    I like to think that our previous pets may be in Heaven too. I know it isn't a biblical teaching, but God can do whatever He wants. I'm saying I hope He wills it.

    Praying for the family through this loss.

    Jen

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  12. So sad about little Dolly. I hope you will find a place for your other dog inside at night. I know it has been hard on the family.

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  13. I'm so sorry about your little dog. It can be heartbreaking to lose a pet. Our dog died a few weeks ago from an allergic reaction to flea and tick shampoo. We are still very sad. Dogs are good people, I'm sure they go to heaven. As a matter of fact my 4 yr. old tells me so all the time, and she seems very certain so I'm going to take her word for it:)

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  14. Pets are family. It's very sad to me that you lost Dolly. I cannot agree with Anonymous (September 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM) any more if I tried. Dogs love the outdoors but little ones like yours should not be kept outside constantly, especially unattended at night when there are documented coyotes in the area, PLEASE, PLEASE bring the other one inside.
    Didn't you lose a cat a few years back, too? So very sad.

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  15. I am so sorry to hear about Dolly. We don't realize how much of a presence our pets are in our lives until they are gone. Dolly is in heaven!

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  16. OMG YES all dogs go to heaven! May she R.I.P... SO SORRY..

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