This is Petey.Lily came here as a tiny puppy and instantly her best friend was Petey; he was an Australian Shepard/Border Collie.
Lily and Petey did everything together and then he was gone.
Just like that.
In just a moment everything she knew was gone.
Watching this sweet girl these past weeks has been heart wrenching for me. I took this shot a couple of weeks ago because this is the look she has been wearing for a while now…that look of lost.
She sits like this looking over the property that was once their playground and I can feel the memories that are running through her mind.
Her days were once filled with a child like play. always messing with Petey, taking his ball and running, sticks too….anything to get him to play with her and it worked like a charm and she knew it would. Lily was a child as long as Petey was here and now she seems all grown.
When she looks up at me I know she wants answers but I don’t know what she should be doing now that he is gone any more than she knows.
She sits like this on his grave too looking out over the canyon and if it were possible, there would be tears falling to the ground.
Don’t let anyone ever tell you that animals don’t grieve because they do and I have seen it with my own eyes and I have felt it when I look at her.
I will say though that since this photo was taken Lily has started coming around a bit. I have noticed the spark within her starting to return a little, that little spring in her step. She is healing. It is a difficult process But I know, beyond a doubt that even when the healing is done, Petey will remain a part of her forever.
For those who are just now meeting Lily….she belongs to my friends Rick and Raeanne, they live on the same property as we do, about a hundred yards away. Lily is a boxer/pit mix and she has to be one of the sweetest souls I have ever known.
Petey was killed on March 9, 2012, he was hit by traffic on a near by freeway. You can read the story here