February 1, 2012

Gone But Never Forgotten

We lost Amos this morning. His large intestine was twisted, a very serious condition. Dr. Krauss and Dr. Spangler agreed that it could have been from a belly full of parasites, lack of food, something he ate, like a rock, or a combination of all. Due to his poor body weight, surgery was risky, but necessary.

Amos came back from the Emergency Vet this morning, and was re-started on IV fluids and plasma. When Dr. Spangler and the Assisi staff opened him up, his insides looked worse than his bony outsides, and eventually it was time to let him go. Damn.

Where to Bury A Dog 

There is one best place to bury a dog. One place that is best of all. 

If you bury him in this spot, the secret of which you must already have, he will come to you when you call -- come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. 

And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they should not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he is yours and he belongs there. 

People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper pitched too fine for mere audition, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them then, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing. 

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master. 

Ben Hur Lampman


For the last several days, we were all the master of this neglected and abused dog. We wish it had been longer, but all we can do now is bury him deep in our hearts, and turn that love and sorrow into determination to stop this from happening to others. We'll carry on the good fight for you, Amos. Rest in peace, buddy.


1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful dog. Amos will never have to suffer again. Let all of us fight harder to put a stop to this abuse. Don't let another thought of possible abuse go unreported. Remember, "we are their voices."