Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rest in Peace Mowgli

Flyer that was circulated around

This past weekend our frisky and fun loving dog Mowgli left this world to go to doggy heaven.  We let him outside to go to the bathroom on Saturday night and when he didn't come back right away we started getting concerned.  We don't have a fence in our backyard and although our property is pretty large he did enjoy chasing squirrels and frolicking around in the woods behind our house.  What we assume happened is that he was running and playing around and got lost in the woods.  

We stayed home from church (we watched it live on the laptop) Sunday morning so we could make phone calls and get the word out that he was missing.  I called animal control as well as put up "flyers" on Facebook and Craigslist.  About two hours after the flyers went up I got "the phone call," you know the phone call that you don't want to get in situations like this.  A very nice and very concerned man (we will call him John) was on the other end of the line and he informed me that he saw Mowgli running around his neighborhood on Saturday night.  John said he tried to get him to come to him but Mowgli was a little too skiddish and ran away.  (Side note: I think that this was a "normal" Mowgli reaction, as he wasn't a fan of men and would have most likely run away if anyone tried to approach him.)  At that point John and his wife got a flashlight and went out looking for him but they weren't able to find him.  I could tell that John was starting to get a little apprehensive about what he was going to say next and knew that what was coming was not good news.  He said that when he and his wife went out Sunday morning they saw Mowgli again but he had been struck by a car.  They stopped to see if he was breathing but he had already passed on.  

As terrible as it was to hear that my puppy, our family member, had been in this accident I am so thankful for that man and his wife for taking the time to try to catch Mowgli, for taking the time to look up the "lost dog" ads, and for taking the time to call and inform me of the news.  We could have gone on not knowing what happened to him and constantly worrying where he was, if he was safe, etc. 

Tyler went and picked up Mowgli, (he was about a mile away) brought him home, and laid him to rest in the back yard.  We plan on planting some type of evergreen tree or bush out there as well as putting up a cross.  

It was a very rough weekend and it's hard to get used to Mowgli not being in the house.  I saw a quote on Facebook about dogs, it said: "Dogs are like children that never grow up, they are in constant need of protection."  That is such a true thought and I know that there are all sorts of "what ifs" that are going through Tyler and I's minds right now.  It's hard to not blame yourself for what has happened but we have to accept that life will go on.  

Thank you to all of the family and friends who have offered their love and support during this time.  I know it sounds silly to mourn the loss of a dog but Mowgli was definitely more than that to us.  He was a constant companion and truly man's best friend.  We will always remember how much he loved to lick people, to be petted, and to always be in your lap.   

Enjoy some photo's of Mowgli throughout his short but sweet lifetime. 
Playing in the snow with PigPaw
He LOVED the snow!
Running through the snow! 
Jedi wasn't so sure about Mowgli at first
Baby Mowgli
I will kiss you Jedi! 
Loved that little sweater!
Monkey Mowgli
He always had that tongue going!
Mowgli's preferred way to sleep.
We will miss you!
Mowgli Kenai Thompson
11/19/2009- 03/17/2013

1 comment:

  1. Aw man Laura, I'm so sorry to hear this. Mowgli was a happy pup! I'm so glad that you all had some fantastic years with him. Praying for you guys during this tough time! Love you.