Sandy loved riding in the truck as her predecessor Sophie did.
We had to say goodbye to one of our dogs last week. With all that is happening around here I never had a chance to write a little something about her.
I am not sure what type of dog she was, nor how old since she was one of our "wandered in" family members. All are strays, and Sandy was unique in her own way.
She LOVED to go for a ride and luckily I had just taken her to town a day or two before she had to leave us. Our 6 year old niece loved Sandy's eyes and would go on and on about how pretty they were.
She stopped eating one night and I was resolved to take her to the vet the next day but she must have known my plans and that it would do no good, for she walked up the hill that night and never came back. I found her about a week later and buried her where she died.
The "rest of the story" is once again PITA. You may remember that she pays homage to all of our pets as they die and I have to bury them. Sandy's death was no different. She came out to the woods with me and stood watch while I took care of details, then walked over to the pile of stones marking her resting place and sat for a while. She still goes up and watches over her.
PITA has also taken up some of Sandy's duties. For a little dog, Sandy was fearless and would often be the only one out in the woods, in the deepest of nights, barking at whatever was prowling the woods. She often worried me since the coyotes could have easily cut her off but somehow PITA knew the difference in her bark and took off when the time was right.
Now, PITA has taken up the duties of barking at shadows in the night. She does not go out as far, but she does not have the backup like she gave Sandy. Our other dog is much older, slowed by arthritis and partially deaf, so she stays closer to the house.
Somehow, I expect a stray to show up in our yard to help. One who likes to ride, since that is one duty PITA has not accepted yet.
No, we don't need any contributions, but Sandy showed up when Sophie left us, so I would not be surprised.
The saga will continue.