Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What She's Here For

This is Indie's anniversary month. As of July 3, she's been with us for a year. I remember the day she showed up--it was a hot, Friday morning and she had taken up residence underneath my vehicle. I have to say, my initial reaction was fear when I first noticed her--we get so many wild critters around here I didn't know what she was. But she wasn't scared. She was very sweet and friendly and before long she was a loved member of our family.

I'm a big believer in the whole 'life shuts a door, God opens a window' thing so in the back of my mind I kept wondering why is she here? There are many houses on our dirt road, why is she here? Why did she pick this house?

And then Lexie the Husky got sick and spent a week at the vet clinic. Howard the Husky does not do well alone and so we put Indie in the backyard to keep him company. They got along perfectly and I thought, okay, this why she's here. Lexie's not going to survive this infection and Indie is here to soften the blow.

But then Lexie got better and everything was fine until a couple of months ago. On May 28 Howard got out of the backyard after the air conditioner repairman left the gate open. I've searched all through the woods, left flyers around town, contacted the local radio station (they have a lost pet report everyday), left our phone number with our neighbors and sent out a plea on Facebook. And I've cried. And cried and cried and cried.

Nothing has worked.

He's gone.

But now I know what she's here for.

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  1. Oh no, I'm sooooooo sorry! But I'm very glad you have Lexie to help comfort you.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your dog. I will be sending good "hope he comes home" vibes.

  3. I am so sorry to hear that!! I hope he comes home!! =(

    Find me on FB, would love to connect there! (Maggie Calcote Murphy)

  4. I'm still heartbroken about that. I lived through something similar when two of our cats just mysteriously disappeared a few years ago within a day of each other. (Along with 7 other cats in our courts.) The heartache that comes with it -- nobody should have to endure the not knowing.
    I'm glad you have some peace with why the new dog came. I'm with you on the door opening when another shuts idea.
    Hugs to you!!!

  5. I'm so glad Indie was there for Howard when Lexie had her infection.

    And now I'm glad that she is there for Lexie (and you too!) now that Howard is gone.

  6. p.s. Stupid air conditioning repairman.

  7. Amen and Amen!!

    Wonderful story Ali! We will never forget Howard, with those soulful blue eyes! But Indie is a young joy to behold!! :o)

  8. oh no Ali that is terrible I am sooooooo sorry I hope he comes back soon

  9. Oh no. Indie's a little angel for being there for you all.


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