It's with a heavy heart and a lump in my throat that I write this. Liberty, our stray dog that we claimed as ours, was killed this weekend. Her free spirit was what brought her to us and what took her away as well.
I posted some time back about how she arrived on a broken chain and no one claimed her...thus the name Liberty or "Libby". She found her way into our hearts and it's really lonesome wihout her greetings when we pull up in the drive or when we walk outside. She always greeted us with a wagging tail and kisses. She was especially fond of Joy and Joy was especially fond of her! She followed Joy's every step and Joy called to her immediately upon stepping foot outdoors.
We always laughed at Liberty because things flying just absolutely drove her crazy! She actually caught (and killed I'm sorry to say) birds! She ran and jumped at anything flying...birds, butterflies, dragonflies...if it flew...she chased it. She even chased the water coming out of the sprinkler as it hit the side of my mom and dad's garage next door. It would entertain her for the longest, running back and forth, barking and jumping up trying to "catch" the water! In the end, it was this very thing that took her life She was chasing fireflies at dusk and jumped out onto the road in front of a car (that probably didn't even realize what they hit).
I'm thankful for a couple of things though:
1) That Joy wasn't outside at the time, but my dad was and he immediately picked Liberty up.
2) It was an instant thing....no suffering.
Joy found the perfect resting spot for Liberty, and Jason and my dad buried her there. She loved to run through the rice fields, so Joy wanted her near the field. There are daisies and morning glories that grow wild just on the other side of her. Jason made the cross and Joy and I are going to paint her name on it. Joy will also hang her collar on the cross.
Even though Liberty was only ours for just over three months, we loved her and we'll miss her so much! She offered unconditional love and added smiles to our days.