Monday, February 27, 2012


Better by far you should forget and smile than you should remember and be sad.
~Christina Rossetti

We were at Magnum's sister's yesterday. They don't live that far from us, but we really don't see them very often. She got divorced and remarried a few years ago, and the story behind all that sort of cooled things between us. They're starting to warm up again though, and I'm happy to leave that past behind . It was a nice, casual get together.

She has an ancient dog - about the same age as Wolfgang, which in dog years is ancient. She's a mutt of no obvious breed. She's got a bit of chow chow in her which makes her soft and fluffy and about as tall as a typical chow chow. She's deaf, so voice commands are useless, but it didn't matter since she's such an old lady dog, she doesn't get into much trouble and she moves very slowly.

But never stops.

She circled the house the whole time we were there, doing this old lady shuffle. Just following some path laid out in her own little world she was in. Round and round and round she went, without stopping unless she would come up against some sort of obstacle that impeded her forward movement. Someone nearby would remove the obstacle, and the circling would resume. She was like a large furry Roomba. On auto-pilot.

My SIL said they had to resort to giving her some drugs at night to keep her from doing that for 24 hours. Most likely, there was some dementia involved along with who-knows-what. Clearly her days were numbered.

In fact, I learned this afternoon that sweet Sarah the pooch was euthanized today.   Well, she had a good long life, and that's why it's sad.

On top of that, there's a kid who went to school in Ohio today and won't come back.  He had such a short life and that's why it's sad. 

Blue Monday.


  1. Dogs... well, they leave us too soon and it's sad, but we sort of know to expect it. Kids who don't come home from school? There's way too much of that happening. So very sad.

  2. I wish animals lived as long as we did. It's really hard getting over a lost pet, even if they did pass from old age. It's just so unfair, I love all my cats :(.

    Very sad about the kid. You would think that school was supposed to be a safe place for parents to leave their kids.

  3. Definitely sad about losing Sarah, but at least it's understandable, and we know she led a long life.
    The child who never returned from school on the otherhand is beyond understandable. Just not sure if I would be able to move on after that.
    Very Blue Monday. :(

  4. Cannot even begin to fathom what that community - that FAMILY - that MOTHER is going through in Ohio. I hope I never have to find out. So sad.

  5. Tragic that life ends so soon--for all of us.

  6. aww, that it is blue :( and the school shooting is awful. Hug your family close! <3

  7. The county that I live in (low in population) has experienced a record 5 murders this year; 4 being children. And it happens again, and again. I am numb. We shall perservere.

    I hope things stay good for you and the SIL; and maybe they will get another dog.