I’ve been having a very busy summer, and in the past few weeks a good one, after a very bumpy late spring. I shared with you that we lost my beloved stepmother, my late son’s best friend, and even my daughter’s much loved little dog. We had one more big loss and heartbreak, before the summer got off to a decent start. And since I share family events with you, and have talked about our dogs, I wanted to bring you up to date on this too.
The day before my son was to fly to Europe to join me and his siblings on vacation, the dog he has had since he was l0 years old (for l3 years), whom he is inseparable from, loves profoundly, and who bounded around like a puppy until that day—-suddenly, out of nowhere, she got extremely ill (she is the Boston Bull Terrier named Annabelle in the dog section of this website). He was able to save her by getting her to the pet hospital near our home very quickly (he literally picked her up and ran all the way at full speed), and she seemed to be hanging in, and even improving for the next 24 hours. He stayed with her for hours, and was beside himself that she was sick, and only left for Europe the next day because she seemed better (with a warning to me that he would come home if she got worse). He stayed with her at the pet hospital until he left for the airport, and left her with his sweatshirt. She seemed happy, better, and peaceful, ate a big meal, kissed him, and took a nap as he left. And much to our great sadness, and particularly my son’s, she died peacefully in her sleep, as his plane took off. She didn’t suffer, she was healthy and happy until the day before she died, and had a wonderful life with him for l3 years. But we are very, very sad that she is gone. She was the sweetest member of our pet family, and she will be so much missed. (If you’re a dog lover and have read about our dogs, I thought you’d want to know.)
And with that sadness behind us, I hope that all the losses of this spring and early summer have come to an end. More about what we’ve been up to next week. I wanted to tell you about Annabelle.
Much love, Danielle