My friend (next door neighbor, sister), Virginia and her family, lost their dog recently.
Lost is a very simple word for a very terrible moment.
Sally should still be here.
Before I tell you how Sally left this world, let me first tell you how she became to be a dog I love. There is a rescue group in Northern Virginia called Lost Dog & Cat Rescue. They have a ranch in our area where dogs, who are not in foster, are housed until they find homes. A few years back, during a polar vortex, they lost power. Lost Dog put out an urgent plea via social media for people to take animals in for a day or two until the power could be restored.
Virginia, and her giving heart, immediately responded ‘of course’. They were assigned a dog to pick up the next day. When Virginia and her kids went to get the dog, Sally came running out and leapt into their arms. Sally was not the dog they were signed up to get that day, but Sally was the dog they took home. Sally was just meant to be.
The Polar Vortex came and went. The power was restored. Sally never returned to the ranch.
Sally, was a Dachshund mix. She was probably 6ish when Virginia and her family took her in. She was a man-hating, bitch and bad ass. True story. I loved everything about that saucy dog.
Virginia championed every single thing about Sally. Sally would go nuts over men coming into the house (not in the fun nuts way, more in the let’s kill men nuts way). Virginia could have put Sally in a room whenever a strange male came over, but instead, she would explain Sally to said male, and ask him to work with them on getting Sally more comfortable.
We should all be so blessed as to have a Virginia to explain our odd behavior and plea for understanding for us.
In return, Sally loved Virginia the most. The most of all the family and the most that a dog can love her person.
A few weeks ago, Sally got out of the house. It was the accident we all fear, a door was not closed completely and she was tiny enough to wiggle out.
She was hit by a car.
I was at Virginia’s house when this happened. Her two youngest children came running in, screaming that Sally had been hit. The world started moving in slow motion. In the next sixty seconds, Virginia scooped up Sally, she and I got into my car and headed for the vet. The vet is one mile away.
Sally died in Virginia’s arms on the way.
There are honestly no words to describe what an incredibly horrible moment this was in life. Anyone who has ever lived through anything like this, just hopes it never happens to anyone else.
Sally’s life began and ended in Virginia’s arms. She was loved fiercely. She was a little dog who left a huge void.
The car that hit Sally, didn’t stop. They slammed on their brakes, ran her over and sped off. In front of children. So today, and tomorrow, and all the other days when we find ourselves in neighborhoods where families live and love and dogs and cats live and love…please slow down. #slowdownforSally. And should an accident ever happen, and accidents are going to happen, please stop and do the right thing. Do it because you are a good person. Do it for Sally.
Dearest Sally, I hope to one day have half the spunk you had for life. Thank you for accepting Doug, you are the one and only female he ever adored. You will be loved and missed, forever. xoxo