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Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Very Sad Day



This morning our precious Beagle, Shiloh was run over by a car. He was less than 2 years old and a very sweet dog. He had one very bad habit that we were trying to help him break...and that was chasing cars. He would run very close in FRONT of the front wheel and bark ..well today, he was not fast enough. He was killed. It was the mail lady who did it and she was very broken up about it. She really liked Shiloh, we had lots of conversations about him in the past. She trained Beagles! She was always cautious knowing Shiloh had this problem. When I got to him, he was gone. I saw not sign of breath or heart beat. I moved him to the side of the road and we accepted her many apologies and gave her a a hug. I declined her help and let her go. I went to the back field to tell Ben (and Elijah) balling at this point. Hailey had just missed me as she went into the house through the back door...so I had a few more minutes before I had to break it to her.


Loosing this dog really hit me hard. I have been grieving him all day. He had such a kind and soft demeanor and really was the perfect fit with our family. He was protective when it came to (passing cars!!) and every wild critter on the property. It was no good for the hunting...but that was OK with me. A fine compromise I thought. He started going with us to the park and in the car and was behaving himself enough to visit in the house too. He followed us around out side and was my companion in planting our orchard this week. He is missed already! He was always so pleasant and eager to please.


He liked to sit on my rocker on the front porch. He always greeted us when we arrived home and just last week when I was training Chazaq (my 1 yrd old) to come when called out side...out of no where, there was my beagle at my feet, all proud of himself because he heard my call (but did not realize it was for the baby!!) Of course I praised him, as did Hailey. We recalled how far he had come in his training and behavior since he first arrived on our farm. We always said, he chose us...since he was a stray.


We wrapped his lifeless body in one of mamma's wide pashmina scarves and put him in one of my old wooded wine boxes from San Francisco. Then we dug him a plot just on the out-skirts of the orchard, where just days earlier we were commenting on what a good job he would do to keep the deer out of our orchard....


Besides the loss of a good companion, watchdog and faithful friend...what made this extra hard for me is that it could have been prevented. We could have spent more intense time training him, but we didn't. We could have made it a point to keep him tied up or a on a leash to protect him at all times, knowing this was a problem he had, but we didn't. Ben and I feel like we failed him as His masters and protectors; For that we are very very very sorry!

We'll miss you Shiloh!



and the tribe

21 comments:

Carmen Bruno said...

I'm so so sorry to hear of the passing of Shiloh. May YHWH bring you all comfort. May He give you extra hugs.

Katherine said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. Having recently lost a wry dear dog ourselves I can fully empathize. I hope Shiloh can be sweetly remembered and that no more loss will come to you.

love
Ariana

Amy© said...

I am so very sorry for your loss! Shiloh sounds like he was a very dear and wonderful pet, and I know you will all miss him very much!

Enid said...

ohh I am so so sorry.... I know the feeling and I hope you find comfort and the kids too. My Rachell from time to time still cry for her Tinkerbell and I found my self doing that too. I wish I could hug you!

lusi said...

Oh Pamela, my heart aches for your family.
Just last week, the little kitty cat that I rescued when I was just 15, passed away. My parents have lovingly raised her these past 16 years and we were all so heartbroken by her loss. Really empathize with you guys right now and will pray Yah brings his comfort and peace to all your hearts.
Much love,
Lus x

faelih said...

I'm so sorry to hear that! Praying for comfort for your family. :(

YahKheena said...

Oh Pamela and family... we are so very sorry for your loss... we remember Shiloh he indeed was sweet... we'll be praying for you in this time of sadness.

We love you dear sweet family
((((hugs))))

-Heidi said...

Now I'm crying for you.

I am so very sorry for your loss.

{mahina} said...

Oh I'm so sorry! :( I know what it's like to lose a beloved dog. May Yah comfort you and your family!

singing mama said...

Oh so sad for you all! We have had many beloved pets die and it is not a nice thing to walk thru especially for the children. hugs!
Luv Donna

Leah said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Pamela. We lost a beloved puppy in a similar manner and she will never be replaced in our hearts. I pray for peace in your hearts and in and your home. Love, Leah

Mommy Set Free said...

Thank you all for your kind and comforting words! Hailey and I sat up last night after all else went to bed and cried together and talked about all the great things about Shiloh. My eyes are big puffy and sore today. I find I still cry very easily (like now)- so emotions are still running thier course. I am a little concerned about my oldest son yet. I am hoping for a quiet time with like I had with Hailey last night. I want to allow the mourning process to unfold, yet try to encourage it to move along...as both are very healthy and real and important. Please pray that I hear and follow Yah's still small voice through the process so that I may help the children lean into HIM in their time of need (and not be angry!!)as well as be that "mamma" they need too.

The smallest 4 seem to be too young to have it effect them like the older two...so there is such a small blessing in that too. They simply didn't have the attatchment that the rest of us did. They are watching everything very closely though.

Your prayer coverage is appreciated SO MUCH!

Much Love, p

Moira said...

I am so sorry to hear this news!
Shiloh sounds so sweet, I am sure he will be greatly missed! We too have a dog that has a bad habit of running into the street.
I will be praying for your family ,I know it can be such a huge loss!
Shalom,
Moira

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Pets are such a part of our lives and such blessings. I was reading this w/ my 8yo and She said" Iam so sorry they loss their bugle!" Crystal

Mommy Set Free said...

Crystal,
That made me smile. ;-)

Michelle, a heart at home said...

I'm sorry---it's never easy to lose a pet--they're such a part of our families' lives.
I pray that you are all starting to feel a little better today and that when the time is right, YHVH will bring a new furry friend to live with your family.

Tami said...

i am so sorry. the very same thing happened to our dog a few months ago and to our cat 2 weeks ago. however my cat survived and is now paralyzed. i'm not sure which is worse. i will pray for you and ask that you pray for complete healing for my Amber. ~hugs

Andi said...

Pamela,
I am reading this late...and I am so very sorry for your loss, we will say extra prayers for the family in this area...
Much Love!

DawnJ said...

Greiving with you... The Jacobs family

ProdigalReturns said...

Just popping in after a long hiatus and totally shocked. I was just there the other day petting Shiloh. I'm so sorry about this blow to your family. How very, very sad. I remember when Shiloh first arrived on the farm and you were trying to decide on a name. It seems like yesterday. I still grieve my own dog Shiloh sometimes, even though the pain has lessened over the years. I pray you find peace and comfort in this time of loss.

Traci said...

Pamela, I'm so very sorry to hear about Shilo. I know how sad it is to loose our precious animal friends. Abba makes them so precious and trusting, it's just impossible not to love them as they become a part of our family.

I pray your heart and your children's hearts will be comforted. I am one of those crazy gals who hopes dogs do go to heaven!

Blessings to your home.