Saturday, August 18, 2007

just didn't want to evacuate

My longtime buddy Wags decided of his own accord to check out today.
I found him - still warm - curled up in the sandbox looking like he was just taking a snooze....

Matt and Raybo were there. We planted him in a hole recently vacated by a re-located palm tree, a spot where he will always be close to me and his original companion, the long-gone but never forgotten Dune Dog.

I have been trying to prepare myself for this day for a couple of years now. It didn’t help. Even though I know he would have been miserable in my non-airconditioned truck if/when I have to evacuate from Hurricane Dean's path, I can’t help wishing he could have hung on for just a little bit longer.
For purely selfish reasons.
Because I already miss him.

Thank you to everyone who ever gave Wags a treat, threw him a stick or fuzzied his ear. Because of you, that little dog enjoyed a long, happy life of the kind too many other dogs can only dream of.




Blogger ~Melissa said...

Oh Sandy, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. My heart goes out to you. I was just thinking about Wags the other day. The 2 of you have some great memories together. Those will always be part of you. Good luck with Dean. Be safe.


11:18 PM  
Blogger nancy said...

The K-9 Cafe will miss one of its favorite patrons. Wags was a true "K-9 Gourmand". Pork tenderloin and cream puffs were his favorite. We will introduce a new item on the menu just in his honor: Pork Tenderloin filled cream puffs. -- Chefette Nanette

6:26 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sandy ... I am so sorry. As a fellow dog lover, saying goodbye to a friend that has always been there with a "wag" is one of the hardest things we have ever done. I know the many wonderful memories of Wags will bring you comfort. ... A

7:46 AM  
Blogger cleo said...


My heart aches for your loss, we have two wags 13 years and 15 years and I am dreading the day. Both of ours were rescue dogs, and I know we will find another there when the time comes. It is so hard to loose a pal. I guess it was good you did not leave on your trip. Our girls love coming to SPI for the winter. We hope to be there early this year for Sand Castle days. Think good thoughts that Dean will not hit us. Wags is some place good where all the dogs go after they leave this world.


9:07 AM  
Blogger Anne Toal said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've enjoyed reading about Wags. He was a lucky pup to have such a loving home.

4:31 PM  
Blogger just wandering said...

I know you will miss wags. And keep up your very good comments on the spi forum about the humane society and the spay and neuter programs we need. The feral cats at the Sheepshead birding lots wreak havoc when the migrations are on.

10:47 AM  
Blogger MLeahy said...

Sandy, I am soo sorry for your loss. My best friend is now nine years old and I can't even think of what it will like without him. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.

Try to think of the good times and they will hopefully bring you the comfort needed.

Best wishes, MLeahy

2:53 PM  

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