Friday, October 5, 2012

Gus: Finding good in the sadness.

I can't believe it's been eight weeks since we lost Hobbit and Buster. Mom, Dad and I can't get over losing them so quickly and so close together. Abby Grace seems to be doing just fine. Her daily routine and attitude haven't changed. She always did what she wanted anyway. I guess the biggest difference I notice is that she barks less. She doesn't have Buster to boss around anymore. Well, actually, Buster didn't let her boss her around. He just ignored her. It frustrated her like crazy!

As for me, I am doing great. To be honest, my life is less stressful now. As much as Mom and Dad miss Hobbit and Buster, they say they are happy to see me enjoying my golden years in peace. Hobbit and Buster picked on me a lot. It really bothered Mom and Dad and they tried everything they could to stop it. Maybe they were bullying me because I'm getting old. It didn't help that I don't have a mean bone in my body and would back down every time. I also wonder if they were cranky because they weren't feeling well. They were good boys, but I do have to say that my life has changed for the better. I can play with all my stuffed toys and not be fearful they will be taken from me. I have some favorites: Molly Meerkat, Sebastian Bunny and Benjamin Squirrel. My newest ones are Henny Hen and Kingston Koala. Abby plays with them, too. When I let her. I'm the boss now. I've regained my confidence. I sleep, eat and play in peace.

Another thing that is different is Abby and I get to travel with Mom and Dad now. Whenever they would drive the eight hours back to visit family and friends in West Virginia they had to leave us at home with a dog sitter. (Her name is Miss Sunny and she is very nice.) Now we get to go with them! But there's nothing like being with Mom and Dad. No matter where we are. I usually get a little nervous on car trips, but the more we travel together the more comfortable I get. Mom says is warms her heart that the whole family can be together. Dad says there's nothing better. Abby Grace and I like to snuggle in the back seat. We're buddies. Always have been. I'm glad we have one another.

We've felt a lot of pain over the past few weeks, but somehow God found a way to show us something positive. It seems in our our deepest sadness, goodness can be found.

God bless our Hobbit and Buster. We miss you and will see you in heaven where I know we will play and snuggle together happily.



  1. Glad to hear you guys are doing well. I lost my older sister two weeks ago too and I know what you feel. She never bullied me like in your case - my younger brother does that. He tried to bully her because she was old but she set him straight in short order. I could have told him trying to mess with her was a major mistake but he didn't ask me first. I know she will be waiting for me on the other side of that rainbow bridge just like Hobbit and Buster will be waiting to see you again. I'm glad you are both doing well though and are able to travel with your mom and dad.. I love to do that too. God Bless, Bozwell

  2. This is such a sweet post...the new normal for all four of you. Hearts remain heavy but you have gone into the new and found peace. I've checked back often to see if you have a new post since your loss of Hobbit & Buster and this warms my heart. Gus you are a sweet elder. I remember when my elder Bear was quite upset with me for bringing an obnoxious puppy into his home...he would glare at me and he ignored the pup. Abby what a little lady you are as you you travel so weel with Gus in the car. Many blessings to all of you and please keep posting when it feels right to do so we out here can know how your family is doing...Judy (Maw to the 4 dachshunds)

    1. SO glad to hear from you, Gus. It has been a sad and unsettling time for you all. Glad that you and Abby have made some adjustments. Just keep hugging and being near mom and dad. They need your lovin' as only you can give. Being with your people and going on road trips together...that's great. Thanks for the reminder that there IS good in the sadness. A lot of us walk through life trying to cope with some sort of sadness. You and all your canine cousins sure help lift us up in the process. Thank you.

  3. Charlie Bear and B.J. here,
    We are so, so sorry that Hobbit and Buster are over the Rainbow Bridge (where our big dog Rex is too). You will miss them so much, and wonder if they are still here and around you so many times. That's what we did. It takes a long time to grieve, and in our own ways, so give yourself a lot of patience and time.
    Our hearts and prayers are with you in this troubling time.
    B.J. and Charlie Bear