Ten – maybe eleven, years after the birth of our first child, my husband and I finally gave up hoping that there would be a second and decided to just get a dog.
We heard about some people who were giving puppies away and we went to have a look. There were only two puppies left. Little mongrel doggies – mostly Jack Russell and Fox Terrier, but the owner wasn’t quite sure what breed the mother was. We took them both.
We called the girl “Anastacia”
and the boy “Nikolai”
– yes after the prince and princess ( my daughters have Russian names too). Being long names it was shortened to Stacey and Kolya.
For two years they were our babies, and then we were surprised with a real baby.
That was five – very almost six years ago.
Recently we had to make a place for our teenager to park her little car, so we decided to lay down some paving, knock down a portion of the front wall and have a motor-gate installed.
The paving was laid, the wall was knocked down. My husband paid a guy a huge deposit for making the gate. That was four weeks ago. We still have a hole in the wall, no gate and the guy has sold his business and disappeared – with our money.
Meanwhile we had been making all sorts of plans to keep the gap closed so that the dogs stay inside. They found a way out. They ran down the road and disappeared.
My dog babies are gone. It has been almost a week. No word at the vets in the area, none at the SPCA. No response to posters put up.
They are gone.
Our hearts are broken….