Thursday, January 2, 2014

Not Liking This Pattern: Now Two Dogs Taken From Us

I'm about to lose my ever lovin' mind. First our family pet of a few years, Cisco, dies on Christmas morning. Now the new pup we got on December 30th is no longer with us. She was returned to her original family earlier today.

I can't even type the whole story because I don't even know the truth myself. It's a plot thicker than a Day of our Lives storyline. Holly was supposedly given to us from a foster family who's had her for over a month. Now the story's been so twisted and turned that I don't know what's the truth and what's not.

New Year's Day we received a call from a police officer from a neighboring county an hour away. The news was not good. (Notice how there seems to be a pattern between holidays and bad events with us?!) Somewhere between us getting her and a big ole' mess before that, Holly was stolen from her original family. They'd been looking for her and the dog got traced to us.

Earlier today I had to meet up with the officer so he could take the dog and return it to the original owners who live an hour away. I can't wrap my head around all the madness. Losing one dog is hard enough. Losing another a few days later is devastating.

I fell hard for Holly, and fast. She and I bonded immediately. Jason taught her how to sit and fetch in the short time we had her. She came into our home and filled a sliver of the empty void we had.

Again, just a few days after the first loss, I've grieved over the loss of another dog. I've cried so much I'm not sure I can cry anymore. I've also felt a lot of anger and confusion. I don't know what the ultimate life lesson is in all this but I know God will see our family through this hardship. If there's any good that's come of this, it's that Holly has now been reunited with her original family and they no longer have to worry or wonder.

For now I think I'm going to take a break from being a pet owner. It's been too much and too hard.

16 comments:

Mandy- Read. Write. Mom! said...

Oh, Terra! My heart just hurts for you and your family. I am so sorry. Unbelievable! I hope you won't totally give up on being a pet owner. I know there is a special doggy out there waiting for you guys. I just hate this for y'all.

rmgales said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Give yourself time to heal & you will be blessed with another 4-leg friended. Hugs are being sent your way.

Georgette C said...

I am so sorry to hear of your losses. It's sad any way you look at it when you lose a pet..then when you find another that takes your heart and then you lose them, well, it's heartbreaking. Have had to go through it. My thoughts and love to you and your family. I hope you find a pet soon that fits in with your family.

abedabun dawn said...

So sorry!
I lost my 9 yr old chihuahua 2 yrs ago. A month later, I lost my 7 yr old black lab. The worse part of it was I basically killed them. They died because I was feeding them poisoned dog treats from China. Never again will I feed my pets anything from outside the USA. I too said I wasnt going to get any more dogs. However, I did get another one (red healer) :) and I still have what I call my old ladies (Chihuahuas).

Masshole Mommy said...

Oh no, I am so sorry. What a sad thing for your family to have to go through right after the loss of Cisco. I am happy that Holly got returned to her family, but I can't imagine how heartbreaking that was for your family.

bettycd said...

Poor puppy - Holly certainly has had a traumatic life. While your family is still grieving the loss of Cisco, turn those tears to tears of joy because you know Holly's family must be overjoyed to have her safely back. It's a miserable situation you went thru; brought the puppy home on the 30th and the police call 2 days later. Can you imagine if you would of had the puppy for a month? Legally they still would of taken her back to the first owners.
There are so many proper rescue groups out there who have just the right dog to join your family. Don't give up on finding your furbaby.

Jackie said...

I'm so sorry. It is so hard losing one pet, but to get attached to another to have her taken away is just heartbreaking.

Michele said...

I'm so sorry your family is going through so much loss at once. To say it's painful to lose a pet is an understatement. I hope one day you'll be able to open your heart to another animal. It sounds like your family has a lot of love to give!

Doris Calvert said...

I know how hard it is to lose a pet, we have lost a few dogs and someone had taken to killing cats in our old neighborhood so we had 5 gone in total and 2 dogs of old age. So I am so sorry and it's so hard, but since when do the cops get involved with a pet issue? I would have checked with the foster family of your dog before I handed the dog over for the whole story, poor dog has been shuffled around, as well as the two of you bonding.Don't give up on owning a dog, so many need love and homes, I don't know about the US but in Canada after 3 weeks if an owner does not post an ad and the animal is not chipped the animal is yours! So sorry this has happened to you and the dog, not a good way to start the New Year! You will find one when you least expect it our little shih tzu showed up in the pouring rain, it was so neglected we didn't even know it was a shih tzu, posted in every paper pound etc and no chip in him. Some dog is going to be lucky when you bring him home :)

katy said...

I'm so sorry. No matter how long they are with us a loss is hard.

Maryann D. said...

So so sorry for the loss of your first pet. It is never easy and always heartbreaking, I do know. They are like our children. Also that is so sad about your next dog being taken back. You will get another pet, there are so many that need homes, it will happen.
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lissa crane said...

So sorry to hear about your loss! We also lost a pet who was really our friend of 15 years, over the Christmas week. It was hardest on our kids, and put a damper on the fun of Christmas, so I share your pain. I hope things work out and that you get the dog that you are ment to have. Filling the void may just make the loss a little bit easier!

Marie Moody said...

They do become a family member so fast don't they. We're a black lab family. Our 1st one we had for 17 yrs., and old age/sickness took her from us finally. We didn't want to see her suffer anymore so we had to have put down. That is the hardest decision ever. Now we got another just like our lab and she was nine then, but she's like 12 now and we can see it is starting arthritis in the hips etc. We call her Baby! Well, I hope you can get another without any connections or bad problems quickly. How do they say it, "It takes a love to forget a love". Good Luck!

mail4rosey said...

I'm sorry to hear the news. :(

alissa apel said...

That's so sad, and difficult! Why does it have to happen during the holidays? That's totally not fair!

Jen at A Heart Full of Love said...

I am so sorry to hear of both your losses. How awful for your family. I hope that you are blessed with a new furry friend to love in 2014.