Fourteen

6 Oct

Thirteen is supposed to be a harbinger of bad luck. I’ve never had much trouble with it, though. My unlucky number is 14. All my dogs have died the year they turned fourteen. Although Lucy seemed like she might escape the 14-year curse, she didn’t. I lost her on Wednesday.

The house feels pretty empty now and I find myself at loose ends with no one to take out for a potty break between Zoom classes. I catch myself talking to her, saying the funny sayings and singing the funny songs that were our norm. I walk into a room and look around to find her, then I remember.

Yesterday morning, the vets office called to let me know that her remains had arrived and I could pick them up whenever I felt ready. I walked over after my last class ended. The box with her ashes seemed so small and it came with a flat box that contained a clay cast of her paw. I felt the tears well as I was handed the package. I didn’t dare open the package until I was home

Lucy has joined Clara, Louie, and Fiona on the shelf in the living room. Her scent still permeates her spots in the house. In a few weeks, I might wash her blankets, but I’m not quite ready to do that yet. I need to let it linger in the house a little longer and take some solace from it.

18 Responses to “Fourteen”

  1. Lakshmi Bhat October 6, 2020 at 7:45 am #

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Kathleen Parker October 6, 2020 at 7:59 am #

    I’m so sorry Adrienne.

    Sincerely, Kathleen Parker 💕

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    • Adrienne October 6, 2020 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks!

  3. arjeha October 6, 2020 at 8:05 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss. As a pet owner I know how much our fur babies mean to us and the hole in our heart that appears when they leave us. My thoughts are with you.

    • Adrienne October 6, 2020 at 8:05 am #

      Thanks.

  4. Ramona October 6, 2020 at 8:48 am #

    There is never an easy time to lose one of our furry friends. But it seems especially hard right now. Hugs! Keep those blankets and Lucky’s solace around for as long as you need.

    • Adrienne October 6, 2020 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks!

  5. Amanda Potts October 6, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    Oh! Sending you virtual hugs! Tears welled in my eyes when you caught yourself talking to her. I, too know this feeling. May the blankets – and your memories – bring you solace.

  6. Bill Armstrong October 6, 2020 at 10:50 am #

    Please accept my condolences on Lucy’s departure for the Rainbow Bridge. I’ve been reading you notes for years and have been a Basset lover all my life. Through those years I have lost all three of my “Girls”, Janie Anne, Siobhan Ringo, and Lilly Dawn, so you know I understand your loss. Their absence and the silence is heartbreaking. I still catch myself looking for them, expecting to see each at their own “special” place. I have their ashes up on a bookcase where I can see them as I sit at the computer. Yes, I talk to the many times each day. I believe that God loves Bassets so much that He only lends them to us for a short time. He loves them so much that He needs them back for Himself. I know you will feel comfort in knowing Lucy is back with her Sister in Heaven. They will watch over you, being your Guardian Basset Angels caring for your Mom, waiting till you all will be reunited in Heaven in a joyful reunion. Prayers for you and may Peace Be With You. Sadly, Bill

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    • Adrienne October 6, 2020 at 10:54 am #

      Thanks, Bill. You are a kindred spirit.

  7. Lois Russo October 6, 2020 at 12:37 pm #

    I’m so sorry Adrienne….this is so hard!! the loss is deep, the heart is full of endearing Lucy memories…I loved all your stories about her….hugs and prayers! Lois

    • Adrienne October 6, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

      Thanks, Lois.

  8. Melissa Edmonson October 6, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

    It’s never easy to lose those who have left paw prints on our heart. My deepest condolences.

    • Adrienne October 6, 2020 at 4:58 pm #

      Thanks.

  9. writingandlaughing October 6, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

    Uff. Such a hard blow. I’m so sorry you lost your furry friend. ❤️🐾❤️

    • Adrienne October 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm #

      Thanks.

  10. Writing to Learn, Learning to Write October 7, 2020 at 3:07 am #

    I am just so very sorry.

    • Adrienne October 7, 2020 at 5:17 am #

      Thank you.

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