Thursday, January 24, 2008

dog gone

The doorbell rang this morning. I paused before I answered it, as I always do. I usually wait for Kipp to get to the door with me so I can scoop up the little silly thing in my arms before I open the door. It only took me a brief moment to realize I didn't hear his jingly dog tags coming my way, nor would I ever again. Emotions hit me and I had to quickly decide if I could still answer the door.
Kipp has been sick for a couple of months and we had to make the decision to take him to the vet yesterday and put him out of his misery.
He's been underfoot for so many years. I keep expecting to hear him run to the door as I come in. The house is far too quiet. Who would have thought a funny little dog could get so attached to our hearts?


Katie said...

If you're looking for a replacement, you can have my mischief maker. I'd hop in the car and drive Chief over tonight if you wanted him. I've HAD it.

That is actually really sad. It's amazing how much a part of the family animals can become. Best wishes.

Cynthia said...

Oh oh no Katie - I hear stories about your mis"chief". Thanks, but no thanks. Traveling cross-country with your crazies is one thing, but with a great big dog too? Now, . . . who's crazy?

Shando said...

Sister Hale,

I am so sorry to hear about Kipp. I know you've been worring about him for a while but I'm sure its worse when it happens.

I remember when you used to drive Zannie to Seminary and that dog was always on your lap driving!

Sorry again to you and your family about Kipp.

Bandanamom said...

Oh....this makes me so sad. I worry so much about when this will happen with Tanner. He is going on 11 this year. He is such a huge part of our life - it is hard to imagine life without them. Having a special pet is a weird thing...sometimes I am baffled by how much we love our animals - but somehow they just work their way in to our hearts.

I'm so sorry about Kip.

Suzanne said...

They are a part of the family. It's amazing how much we take them for granted without realizing it. I am so sorry.
I hope he made you love owning a dog enough to try again in the future. While they never replace each other, there is something about a dog that is always heartwarming and fills our lives. I would have a hard time not having one in the family.

Anonymous said...

Come on, now - no tears for the little Kipper
(Spelled with two p's).
It's a comfort to know he's now feeling so chipper
Scampering about along those
golden streets -
Yipping at celestial windows,
And accepting treats
from you-know-who as he cuddles the
little guy;
I can't imagine a more amazing
dog park in the sky.

No one cares to admit it;
but Man has no monopoly
on the Divine.
After all, which was created first?
The doggie,
or humankind?

Cynthia said...

Aww - thanks for the "Chipper Kipper" poetry.
Suzanne - the girls all decided they want to look for another dog, but wanted to show the proper amount of respect for the dearly departed. How long does one mourn for a dog? I don't know what the proper etiquette is on this one. hmmm, maybe next week. We really need a new puppy. Keep your ears open.

rachel said...

I'll miss him.

Bandanamom said...

Just my 2 cents but I think getting a new dog soon after the other one dies is not disrespectful but rather is an acknowledgement of how much we miss the departed dog. Or at least it seems like the best way to look at it.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure you want a puppy? Maybe only if you assign Mel to keep it in her room when it whines at night...