Friday, August 12, 2011

Thoughts from my bed...sad day for the smith family.

Yesterday was supposed to be a fun exciting day....my in laws were set to arrive from Oregon so Chad and I could leave town for a couple of nights ....with out the kids....to celebrate his big 4...0....about an hour before they arrived our little dog Chuy Pepe was hit by a car and killed.

Gwen was out in the yard and came running in and said Chuy got hit by a car.....I started to run down the driveway..which seemed to take forever as our driveway is very long...as soon as I saw him laying in the street I started to cry.....I was in my pjs on the side of the road crying and trying to get the cars that were wizzing by to stop..... No one was stopping and another car actually hit him again....I screamed and was bawling at that point......neither of the cars that hit our pup stopped....so so rude.....

Finally a lady in a mini van stopped...I ran out in the street and scooped up his lifeless body.....I started back up the driveway carrying our Chuy and bawling my head off...I went and sat in my pjs in the dirt under the oak tree holding him while chad dug his grave. Thankfully Chad was home.... He just got home from a business trip. Chad said to me much later...I was surprised you picked him up out of the street....I said....I had to..I couldn't leave our dog out there.

As chad dug the grave I sat there holding our dog ....looking down at him and realizing he was never going to do his sweet doggie smile again... And seeing his limp body in my arms. I felt the full impact of death to my core.

At one point while chad was digging he said...honey you can lay him down...I said no I can't....so I held him until it was time for him to go in his grave.....once the grave was dug I carefully laid him in it in a cozy position. I couldn't watch while chad covered him up....thank God he didn't suffer.

Gwen cried a bit when it happend, because she saw it happen....she never loved Chuy...nor did Chad but they are both sad for Chuy..And Gabby.... Gwen seems to be fine.

Graham cried a lot and said to Chad...daddy we are a family with out a
dog.

Gabby was thankfully at the high school at baton/majorette practice.

We had 3 hours to wait to tell her that her baby ....chu chu was gone.
As a parent you dread the day you have to tell your child news that is going to break their heart.....the closer it got to three the sicker I felt.

My in laws arrived and were greeted by Graham ...who blurted it out before they were even up the front steps. It broke my mil's heart...she is a dog lover and liked chuy and felt horrid for gabby.

Chad and I went to pick Gabby up. I got out of the car so I could hug her.... she walked up all happy and talking about how hot and tired she was.... I hatred that I had to devastate her....I told her and she cried hard..I hugged her and cried with her...chad held us both. She asked a few questions in between sobs...she is doing ok .

Not everyone loved Chuy because he he was hyper, jumpy and yappy at times. .....we did...he was our pup and we will miss him a ton.


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11 comments:

Kim's Treasures said...

Losing a pet is so hard! I'm crying for you...our dog died 2 years ago, this month, and it is still so hard. Little Chuy is at the Rainbow Bridge playing with all the other dogs waiting for their owners to greet them.

Hugs!!!

Savvy in San Francisco said...

I am so sorry for you and especially Gabby! Tell her I am sorry. You made me cry! So awful. XOXO

Cassandra {Sleeping or Sewing} said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. That is very hard to deal with. We've lost a dog that was as well. A nice Samaritan saw what happened and took her to the vet where they were able to scan the chip to notify us. (This dog ate here way out of the fence and was 2 miles from our house)

Other drivers are very insensitive when it comes to situations like that. Another dog was hit last year, luckily she lived but we all (me and my two kids) watched it as a van hit her 3 times. Three times, as we are yelling and waiving for the car to stop.

Our dog is stout (part bull dog) so she rolled got up, hit again, rolled and.... you get the picture. It's amazing she didn't have any internal injuries. Months later you could see where she was hit as the bruising started to discolor her fur. I think she learned her lesson, she doesn't go into the front unless she's told it's ok and she definitely does not run out into the street.

There are little dog angel ornaments that helped my daughter cope with the loss. It made her feel better thinking that her dog was now an angel.

Pam said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Pets are part of our families. I lost my dog in a similar manner, but the man who hit him with his motorcycle felt bad and turned around and came to the house and told us. That small act of kindness did help. I am sorry you did not have even that. Hugs.

Colima said...

Oh, Jen. I am soo, soo sorry for you and Gabby and your family. It is heartwrenching to lose a member of your family.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am so very sorry about your sweet pup....I am sitting here crying.

Heidi said...

Jen, I'm so sorry! I know that it's just devastating to lose a beloved doggie, especially in such a horrible way. Hugs to you and your family!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss :(

Rosie said...

So sorry to hear about your little pup. :( I know the heartbreak of losing a furry family member. Hope your trip to Santa Cruz is helping you feel better!
rosie

Emily said...

This is awful news. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Please let Gabby know that I am praying for her and your whole family as well.

Shara said...

This post made me cry. I am so sorry about your baby. They are our babies, aren't they? Thinking of you - I know this is tough.