Your Love Will Forever Be Etched In My Heart

10 07 2014

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With tears in her eyes, mom sat down beside me and held on to my face while kissing my nose. She said she had something to tell me. I looked at her with concern and she said, “I just learned that Archie died in 2009, which was only a year after he left us.” My heart sunk and my mind raced with thoughts of what could have happened, to fun times we had, and to the transformation he went through at such a young age.

Forcibly through tears I ask my mom what went wrong. Mom paused, wiped her eyes and calmly stated, “Archie was shot and killed by the neighbor.” I gasped and just sat their silently sobbing while Mom continued to tell me all she was told by Archie’s adopted mother. She stated that the man said Archie charged at him after getting out of the fence but that Archie was still in his own yard when shot. The sheriff doesn’t believe that Archie suffered at all.

“How?” I asked. “How does such a thing happen?” It doesn’t make sense. I knew my mom could not answer my questions but I asked anyway. “How does the Sherrif know if Archie suffered or not?” I know that Archie would never charge at anyone unless his family was in danger. He was my sweet little black boyfriend. He was full of love and always willing to give affection.

Archie had been through so much in his short time here on Earth. I am blessed to have known him and to have witnessed his transformation as he worked through his fears. Archie had been abused when he came to live with us. His first father was brought up on charges for animal cruelty and eventually found guilty.

I would like to tell you about Archie’s first few months with us…..boy was he shy and scared. So scared that my mom couldn’t pet or comfort him because he would hide. He also had a pretty bad case of mange that had to be treated. My mom was so patient spending hours on the kitchen floor allowing Archie to get used to her. I tried telling him that it was ok. That my mom was very loving and would never hurt him. He wanted to believe me and trust humans again but it was hard. Archie would slowly get closer and closer until finally….after 2 months he jumped in my moms lap and gave her kisses. I was so happy! My mom was too…she cried tears of joy!

Archie continued to come out of his shell and show us his funny and lovable personality. Then one day, it came time for mom to add Archie to the adoptable list. Man, that was a tough decision. He had become a part of our family. I didn’t want him to leave but I knew he deserved a loving family of his own. It only took a couple weeks before people began calling about Archie. Man, my mom was picky and demanded several visits with the family including in-home visits to their house. Finally, my mom let him go….it was a bitter sweet day.

I know I played a big part in Archie over coming his fears and moving past his abuse. He was in love with me 🙂 I also know in my heart that Archie was happy with his new family. I think about him often and will forever love him.

To Archie….you were the best little black boyfriend I have ever had! You are still my mom’s favorite rescue dog too. We both miss you and know that you are enjoying life in doggie heaven.

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