Monday, September 13, 2010

Bye bye, Chance

Very close to this time 2 years ago, I wrote about my neighbor Tony and his American Bulldog, Chance. I have such fond memories of his big old lumbering dog and the sweet relationship she had with our Little Dog. They were most certainly a “Mutt and Jeff” pair as they trotted side by side down the road together.

I had intended to do an essay earlier this summer about the dogs we see when we take our walk and how most of them bark furiously at us as we pass by their houses, and in the early Spring I started collecting pictures of these dogs. The star of the essay was going to be the little rat dog that Tony also has. He is an excitable little fellow...




who barks hysterically when he see us with that high-pitched, annoying bark that little dogs usually have.

When we pass Tony's yard on our walks, we always look for Chance to see what she is up too, but we hadn't seen Chance in the yard lately. Tony had taken the door off of crawlspace under his house so Chance go in there where it was cool. We figured that was where she was. 

When we passed Tony’s house on a walk late yesterday afternoon, he was mowing his lawn. We stopped to visit for a bit. He asked after our boy. We asked after Chance.





“ I had to put Chance to sleep,” he said. “She was 10 years old and really sick. I cried for a week afterward.”

I can sure relate.

She was a good dog; a very good dog. I am going to miss her big old self and her deep rumbly “woofy” voice when she saw us.

I am sure she is in doggy heaven right now taking a stroll with our Little Dog.

5 comments:

Paula said...

RIP Chance. I just read and deleted an e-mail with pictures of the cutest dog houses.

Oklahoma Granny said...

I totally understand how Chance's owner feels. It's so hard when a loyal friend passes. It was 13 years after we had to put our last 2 dogs down (exactly a month apart and for health reasons) before we brought another one into our home. Now we have 4. I don't know what I'll do when their times come.

Leilani Lee said...

I have been attempting to get another dog since ours died, but my husband just can't do it. I love dogs, hope I don't have to wait 13 years!!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

That of course is the down side of keeping dogs - they don't live as long as we do and my goodness how we miss them when they go.

Far Side of Fifty said...

We grieve like there is no tomorrow sometimes..it is always sad when a four legged friend goes on without us..but think of the reunion!! I will need a really large area..:)