Last night, sometime during the night, I lost my pup Mary. It was sudden and completely unexpected. The only sign I had that she wasn’t well was she tossed up her supper shortly before we went upstairs to bed.
But if I had a dollar for every time my pup got into something in the backyard over the last ten years that upset her tummy and made her puke, I could buy a month’s supply of dog food.
And since puking in and of itself is not unusual, I didn’t worry overly much when it happened. Aside from that, she seemed fine.
But when I woke up this morning, my pup was gone.
It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I just lost my pup – a pup I’ve had for almost ten years. I’m sure it’s going to hit me like a freight train at some point this morning. But right now, I’m just numb.
Mary was two-weeks shy of her tenth birthday.
I adopted her on October 22, 2010 when she was four months old. I had been hoping to adopt a new dog, but figured when the right dog came along, she would find me. And she did. Mary was a stray found wandering around the streets of Solvay by a good Samaritan who brought her in to the animal hospital where my friend worked. My friend texted me saying, “I think I found your new dog.”
I went up to the animal hospital the next morning and met Mary for the first time. It was love at first sight for both of us. We have been inseparable since. When I still worked for the landscape construction company, Mary came to work with me. After a while, the guys started calling her the Company Mascot.
I can’t imagine life without my pup because, honestly, it feels as if she’s always been here. And now she’s gone.
I think it’s starting to sink in now.
Oh, Mary. I’m going to miss you so much.
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