This has proved to be a very emotional week. We have had a lot of bad news come our way lately. In addition to some very sad new about some people close to HM and I, we also received some sad dog related news. Starting with Miz Liz. Here sweet dog Coco died Monday.
Coco has had some health issues in the last year, but was not sick or on her death bed. She was a sweet little dingo and it makes me sad to think about. I had barely finished reading the text about Coco when another text came in. Another one of my friend's dog passed away. Oscar was only about 3 years old and not sick at all. He was on a hike and just stopped breathing. More sad news.
This sad dog news has made me stress even more about the close call Buckley and I had Sunday. We went for a hike this weekend. It was already getting hot out by 10am so instead of a hike in full sun, we (Me, Buckley, and HM) decided to leisurely walk up an access road which is partially shaded instead of a trail in full sun. Dogs are not supposed to be off leash in that area, but my doodle is so well behaved, I always let him off. We were cruising up the road and I heard a car coming so I leashed Buckley and moved to the right side of the road and let the truck pass. I walked a few more yards with Buckley on the leash and that is when I looked over and jumped a mile into the air.
|Do you see it?|
Yes, that would be a rattlesnake! Buckley has a habit of walking on the side of the road. If I had not leashed him at that moment, he likely would have stepped right on the snake. Rattlesnake bites are pretty much deadly to dogs. The close call and all the bad dog mojo has been giving me heart palpitations all week. Coupled with other bad news of the week, I am trying to be thankful for all the good things in my life.
I am thankful for HM and for Buckley...among other things.