Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Little Puppy Lucy.....

Today has been a sad one here at 'Darling Downs' Station with a very special member of our family passing away.... Little Puppy Lucy put her life on the line and lost it protecting me and my girls and for that I am forever thankful....
Let me explain..
Every Tuesday Morning the girls and I head out for the long walk to collect the mail... It's a great time for exploring and usually takes just over 2 hours.
This morning made for a gorgeous walk, the sun was shining and there was loads of wild-life out, maybe too much...
Connie was riding off up in front, Millie was tagging behind with me and the cats and dogs were following intently... Little did we know that there was one hell of a brown snake up ahead on the road 'sunning' itself.
Thankfully Little Puppy Lucy is never too far away from Connie girl and as soon as she spotted it's glistening coat on the red dirt road she bolted in front of Connie and did her damnedest to scare it away....
A lot of things happened in amongst all of this commotion even though to me it seems like not much happened at all... To save you all the gorry details poor little Lucy was bitten and the cries that we heard from her mouth were enough to turn any-one's blood cold...
My 2 girls were horrified as the impact from the snake was instant and our precious little puppy was paralyzed and died within a couple of minutes...
At the very second I saw that snake lay it's dirty fangs into the side of our beloved family companion I cursed... I cursed so load that I'm sure the neighbours 15 km's away heard... Why had I chosen to live so far away, so isolated from veterinary help and an anti-venom that just might have helped our little puppy???? What would I have done if one of my girls had been bitten instead????
So on the long walk back to the house there was a lot of 'Why Mummy's' from Miss Connie, my ever curious 3 1/2 year old, and even though all I wanted to say was 'it's just not right' I put my Mummy hat on and we talked it through....

We loved you very much Little Puppy Lucy... You sure are going to be missed.... xxxx

43 comments:

  1. That is dreadful Jodie, but what a great dog to protect your girls. xxx

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  2. So sorry to hear about you little pup.... (hugs)

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  3. oh man, that is so sad. I am all teary. I am definately too soft for the outback. We have a beloved old dog, and I would be devastated if anything happened to her. I am so sorry for you and the girls. What a wonderful little companion she was.

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  4. I am so sorry to hear about Lucy.
    gentle hugs to you all.

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  5. Oh, you've made me cry! That's just awful!!! I always forget that you have such lethal creatures down under -- how terrifying. Does the snake picture mean that you somehow killed him? I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet little puppy - she must've been a very smart puppy to know to protect your girls. XOXO

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  6. So sad, but so good in other ways. That the puppy loved her so much he knew he had to protect her

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  7. That is just terrible news Jodie. I am so sorry for you and your girls to have to be there when something like this happens. How brave of Lucy though, a true champion to the end.

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  8. Oh Jodie I am so sorry! That is horrible. What a brave girl protecting you like that. Sending lots of love and hugs and kisses to you and the family. I am sure you will pay a lovely tribute to Lucy in some special way. xo m.

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  9. I am so sorry for your families loss Jodie...I know this doesnt sound right but it could have been a lot worse, your children. Its just awful :( Hugs to you all. Lucy will always be remembered for the tough little cookie she was I am sure. xoxoxxoxoxo

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  10. OHHHHH! what a brave pup! Dogs are the best! I'm so sorry for your the loss of Lucy though. :(

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  11. So sorry about your loss. What a horrible thing to go through...

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  12. Oh how absolutely horrible Jodie! I am sitting here with tears in my eyes just imagining how awful it was for you all to see her pass away like that and thinking what a tremendously brave puppy you had in your lives. Hugs to you all! xxxx

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  13. OMG. Goodbye puppy lucy we loved you.

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  14. What a brave girl Lucy was. It's so sad, but thankfully you are all safe. Take care. xx

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  15. What a tragic post. Your poor wee brave puppy :-( I'm glad you and the girls are all safe. RIP Lucy.

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  16. Oh my goodness, how brave she was. Amazing how quickly things like that can happen. It looked like a huge snake too. Thank goodness it wasn't you or one of the girls though. Poor little pup.

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  17. So sorry to hear about your puppy...what an awful thing to have happened.

    Sending hugs to you all.
    Take care
    D

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  18. What a brave little dog.

    I'm so sorry that she lost her life - you must feel like a part of you is missing, but thank goodness it wasn't one of your little ones.

    XXX

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  19. I'm so sorry. I hope that is the worst of your experiences as a Mum of small children, it can be hard at times.

    I'm hearing the remote living cry out that I get, and where I live is quite civilised. I am so happy you can express how you feel with your blog.

    Losing a pet is so hard. I hope you feel better soon.

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  20. lucky it was only the dog Jodie........would have been a long walk home with sad little girls........

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  21. I'm sorry about Little Lucy. She did what she thought was best, protect Little Connie. Hugs.

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  22. Poor little Lucy. What a brave girl!

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  23. I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear that your belove puppy died. When I read it, it brought tears to my eyes it just doesn't seem fair. What a brave and truely loyal puppy was Lucy. Take care. xo

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  24. not having kids, my worst nightmare is my cat being bitten by a snake. i'm all upset just reading your story so i can only imagine how you and your family are feeling right now.

    what a very very very brave and couragous puppy protecting her family from such a huge snake, how dare it be out in winter. rip lucy

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  25. Ohh no. Poor Lucy. Give your girls a hug for me and have one for yourself.

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  26. that is one amazing DOG!!! You are one amazing woman for living out there...I sure would battle to do it!! Love to you and your family today. xx

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  27. I have a Jack Russell that has brought many dead snakes to the back door , including browns. It is only luck that he is still with us. Your post had me in tears remembering many trips to the vet with my heart in my mouth. I am so sorry for your loss , a dog is so much a part of a family.

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  28. what can you say?
    i feel so bad for your loss, but like you said, she saved your girls. it's bittersweet :(
    l
    x

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  29. Jodie, I'm so sorry - losing a pet is just like losing a part of your family. Remember the memories...

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  30. I'm so sorry for your families loss. What an amazing little dog to protect your kiddies like that.

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  31. I too had tears in my eyes while reading your story.. dogs are family members too. I use to live out of town and had a few rushed trips to the vet with my dog... I was lucky on all occassions... sorry your puppy wasn't so lucky... my thoughts are with you...

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  32. Oh NO!!!! I'm so sorry for your loss. Pet's become one of the family and I'm sure you all feel like you lost a family member.
    Love to you all xx

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  33. So sad to hear of your loss. What a wonderfully sweet puppy to take and protect you all like that! As hard as it is for you all... your girls/you will never for get how Lucy gave her life for you all.
    She is wagging her tail and having a good time in Heaven. No more pain and lots of fun fields to run in!

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  34. I had a tear in my eye Jodie when I read your post.. what a brave dog you had...
    Our dog alerted us to a red belly black snake in our garden when she was a bub, the kids were in the yard and we live in surburbia.. we were so lucky.. she also was very brave but didn't get bitten (we always investigate when she does a particular bark now, as it usually means a snake or a goanna)
    take car eand I hope your heart heals soon :O))

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  35. Gosh Jodie, thats just too tragic for words. I know the first time we saw a Tiger snake slither out from under our house, I thought the same thing and asked a lot of "why's" too. My thoughts go out to you and your girls. xxxxx

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  36. Oh no, thats so aweful...poor little pup. It's terrible to lose part of the family, but at the same time thank God he protected your girls.

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  37. Oh that is so full on. We lost our beautiful dog in a similar way but it took all night and in the end my partner (who is a nurse) put her down using the 'green dream'. It was so distressing to see her go from fine, to losing her sight, to wobbly to so lost and in pain. Big love.
    x

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  38. It is just devestating to lose a loyal friend in such a way, knowing there is nothing you can do. We lost our "Buster" in a similar fashion. Lucy did so well to protect Connie and Millie. My thoughts are with you all.

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  39. You were so good in the face of all that. That was one loyal dog you had there. Thinking of you...

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  40. Oh poor little Lucy :-( But what a brave puppy. So sad... hugs to you all.

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  41. What terrible news. Hope you are all ok

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  42. Sorry to hear of your loss - hat a wonderful frined to the girls and a little life saver. May she rest in peace and be happy in puppy heaven.

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