A few months ago, a small black and white puppy ran in front of our truck on the way back from the Somos building site. It was really in the middle of nowhere, so being the big-hearted person she is, Alicia scooped the puppy up and we took her home. Very soon after, our foreman, Antolin, and his family adopted this puppy, “Fanny”. Their two dogs had been mysteriously poisoned along with 13 others in the village. Fanny, jumped into their lives they all loved her and she was a companion for the four children.
A month ago, Fanny visited our vet to be spayed and today came to our house to have the stitches removed by a Canadian friend and volunteer. Very soon after they left I received a call from Nicolassa, Antolin’s wife, telling me that Fanny had been run over and killed, only a two blocks from where we live. I jumped in my truck and found them on the side of the road weeping over the small body of Fanny. I wrapped her in my fleece and carefully placed her in the back of my pickup truck. We returned to our house where we were met by Alicia and Amy who began weeping upon the sight of her lifeless body.
After picking up Nicolassa’s two other children, we drove to the land to meet Antolin and we buried their sweet Fanny. We placed her in the same vista point where another sweet fallen canine had been buried. It occurred to me in that moment how dogs are similar to the attributes human credit to God. Dogs are loyal, they are forgiving, and freely offer their love and affection. They are fiercely protective and would fight to the death to save those that they love. Dogs ask for little and give much in return and are faithful human companions.
Losing a beloved dog is not easy and although I acknowledge there are more traumatic life losses, any living creature that dies creates a grief if they are loved. Although lose is an part of being alive, it is not easy to come to a complete acceptance of this inevitability. We all shed tears for Fanny and she will be missed.