On December 13th, this mangy, skinny hound showed up at our place. Starving, cold, and with mange from nose to tail, it was apparent he’d been alone for a week or more full of scavenged foods, primarily persimmons from our property.
The most irritating thing about living in the country are the people who dump dogs here they no longer want. I usually find them a good home but being so sick, we decided to make this one a keeper.
After some meds and several oatmeal baths, he bounced back a bit each week. He also fell in love with the woodstove. So much so that he’d lay beneath the stove and didn’t even care about the ashes. Lol I can’t blame him as he had no body fat in the winter! So I named him Cinder. (Cinderfella lol)
He’s just about over his mange and is now at a good weight for about a 6 month old puppy. He rides on the 4-wheeler with me to feed the animals and he loves playing catch. He’s an overall happy puppy.
But while Cinder is finding his place here on the farm, we are grieving for our black lab, Bubba Biscuit. He was 13 years of hiking companion, farm protector, and friend greeter. We will miss his loud woof and big doggy smile. Our hearts are just full with his memories.
And our oldest dog, a chocolate lab named Cookie, is soon to being put down. While her heart is strong, her body is failing and pretty quickly. I never like doing The Chore, but it has to be done to not let her start to suffer.
Cookie’s about 16 years old given to us by a friend as an adult after we lost our chow mix Reddi. Reddi was Nicole’s puppy since she was 2 years old. We had to put her down at the age of 13 years after being gravely attacked by a stray blood hound.
I’ve always told the kids,”animals have the right to die and not suffer but people do not.” There’s no reason for a prolonged life if there’s no quality of life. So it’s time to say goodbye.
I think our cat Sunny will take it hard as he loves his momma and daddy doggies…snuggles with them daily since being adopted by them as kitten.
I guess that’s the cycle of life I see…one bright and the other fading.