And then I didn't have her any more!!!!!
We adopted Tess. She was a Black Lab, Border Collie, German Shepard mix just under one year old. Incredible as it seems to me, she was brought back TWICE by owners who decided Tess did not fit in with their family.
She took to us immediately, and showed us tremendous love, sensitivity, loyalty, extreme intelligence,and quickly became an indispensable part of our family. No day went by that love was not showered on her,and returned in spades by her.
I can happily say that we had the honor and blessing of her in our lives for eight precious years.
Then one night Tess went out after dinner, and she did not come home that evening. That had never happened before, and we intuitively knew something had happened to her. After a sleepless night, I went out at daybreak to search for her. I found her in a neighbor's yard dead. She had been shot by the homeowner for no apparent reason. Tess loved all animals, children, and people, and was shot simply for being in someone's yard. I called the police and they responded immediately and conducted a very thorough, compassionate investigation. Charges are pending on the person who shot her, and we will get our day in court with him. The loss is very recent, and I an numb with shock and disbelief and grief. My heart aches so badly I can hardly stand it. Close friends are allowing us to vent and tell our story. I don't know what else to do. I found this site in an attempt to get some guidance on how to deal with my loss. Just writing this helps me get some of the poison out of my mind. The amount of hate and rage at the person who did this to an innocent creature scares me. It is a poison that is very harmful to me, and I need to rid myself of it or I will go mad.