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30 Jan 2014
Earlier this month we lost our beautiful Abby- whom we had adopted when she was eight weeks old. Our home plunged into despair and devastation. We came across Lucy quite unexpectedly but we knew that she was the right puppy for us.

Lucy means "light" and we chose that name because she is quite ornery like Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip, but she also has brought some much needed light and laughter into our home.

Welcome Lucy!

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13 Jan 2014
Just a little over 11 years ago my hubby brought home a dog on Christmas Eve as a present for our kids. Girls fell hopelessly in love with him and named Sammy. Sammy had one flaw- he could not handle being alone and cried all the time whenever we weren't in the room and he would get distressed whenever we left the house. My Dad suggested getting another puppy to be his friend. So two weeks later we went back to the shelter and adopted a beautiful beagle/border collie mix who we named Abby. Sammy and Abby because instant best buds, they were inseperable and loved each other very much. Five years later on a cold February day, my daughter and I went out shopping. It was snowing heavily and the garage remote wouldn't work, so we left the garage door open. When we came home we found out that the kitchen door had blown open in the storm and the dogs had gotten out. Abby had come home but Sammy was missing. We searched for 3 days for him, leaving flyers, checking kennels and shelters, asking neighbors, placing ads, all of it. We eventually got a call from one of our neighbors, she had found his body on the side of one of the back roads a few blocks from our house. We were so sad and I never got over the fact that I didn't close the garage door- and that is how Sammy got out.. Abby plunged into depression- she would hardly eat, wouldn't wag her tail, and would cry all the time. She was this way for 6 months and we thought she was never going to get over it. She eventually got a spring in her step back.

For 6 years Abby and our new dog Katie lived at peace. Abby turned 11 in November- she was overweight and had bad arthritis in her back legs. But she still had the sweetest disposition, very gentle and loving. This past weekend we got hit with 15" inches of snow and then plunged into below freezing temperatures- life threatening ones around 30 to 40 below zero. On Tuesday morning I woke up early because I heard some weird crying in the kitchen. I was groggy and turned over to see if my hubby was still in bed, when his side was empty I went back to sleep. The crying only lasted a minute at most. A couple of hours later I was sitting up in bed reading my book when my husband came in and told me that Abby was dead. I was in shock I asked him how he said he just came home early from the office and found her in the kitchen. I had no idea that he had even went into the office, because everything in our town was completely closed up. Abby loved food- and she found a bag of potato chips. The bag got sealed onto her face and suffocated her. The horror when I realized that the crying I heard was my precious girl dying and if only I had gotten up she would probably still be with us. Couple that with the fact that I'm the one who accidentally left the potato chips out and well it's more than I can bear. Abby was always there for me, and I let her down. I can't sleep- every time I close my eyes I hear the cries and see her sweet face. I've barely eaten and I am sad every second of every day. I will never forgive myself for not going down to check on the dogs- for not saving my beautiful, sweet girl. For assuming that hubby was home and not checking.... I am completely devastated. I miss her so much and think about her constantly.

This weekend I found a picture of Sammy and Abby when they were puppies cuddled up on my daughter's lap. I burst into tears that both of our precious puppies we lost because of careless human error. Sammy's life was cut short at just 5 and Abby was with us for 11 incredible years. I don't know if time will heal this wound, it is just too gaping.

Thank you for reading this and allowing me to post this story. Rest in Peace Sammy and Abby- together again.
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