July 19th 2008 10:10 pm
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I haven't written anything in a long time, but I have some news, and it's not very happy. In fact, this has been a fairly difficult couple of months for me. My people-Mom doesn't live here anymore.
Over the past few years (almost ever since Mom and I moved to Texas), Mom would go away from time to time , but she always came home. I guess she was just going out to see what was on the other side of the fence. Sometimes, she would go out with some men in a big red truck. It was very noisy. They would tell her to lie down and then take her away for a ride. It was very strange. If any of the rest of us get close to the edge of the fence or try to go through an open door, somebody always yells "NO!", but I guess she was alpha, so she could do what she wanted. Plus, she had the truck men with her, and they seemed to watch out for her.
This last time, Mom went away, and while she was gone, another lady came to visit. She knew my Mom - she said she was Mom's sister. She was nice. She has her own dog at home, so we got along pretty well.
This time, Mom didn't come back. I don't know what happened to her, and I was getting worried, but Kevin and Virginia (the people Mom and I live with) took me to a place I hadn't seen before, and Mom was there and she was lying in a big box, sleeping. I wanted to go to play with her, but she wasn't listening to me. I had never known her not to listen when I called her, even if she was sleeping. It was scary.
Virginia held me close to her and Mom was very quiet. I put my paw on her hand, and when she didn't hold my paw, I realized she wasn't really Mom any more. I don't know what happened to her, but I think this is what people mean when they say "crossing the bridge."
I'm going to stay with Kevin and Virginia, and that's a good thing, since I know everybody here already, and they all know I'm in charge. I just miss my Mom. Kevin and Virginia are nice, but they don't give me anywhere near as many treats as Mom did, and they don't share their dinners with me every night. Plus, I can sleep with them, but Katie sleeps there, too, so it's crowded. It used to be just me and Mom, and Mom gave me plenty of room to stretch out.
After Mom left, some other people came to visit, but they all went away. There were some ladies that used to play with her every day, but they left, too. Kevin said they went to their own homes, but they may visit us again. I thought they were going to try to replace Mom, but nobody could.
I hope she's having fun on the other side of the bridge. I know she had other dogs before she found me, so maybe she can play with them until I get there. I hope she remembers me whenever I do meet her again.
Goodbye, Mom. Thanks for all the treats.
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