Phone call at 2 a.m. brings bad news

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 03:47 PM.

Later Sundae called to tell us the vet was running tests and giving her fluids. They didn’t know exactly what was wrong but suspected it was Hanaby’s heart and would keep her posted. She was going on to work.

Two hours later Sundae called crying. The vet had notified her it wasn’t looking good so she was rushing through Tokyo traffic to get back there in time.

We were terribly worried about her driving with eyes filled with water and tears streaming but she managed to arrive safely. Whew!

As this drama was playing out, my wife Ann kept our dogs Sasha and Maggie close. They got so much attention I wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t hoping for more phone calls. I’m sure they didn’t really understand but somehow figured out when the phone rang they got extra hugs, scratches and treats.

Hanaby lived her life and left grieving humans, which is the way it works. After cremation, she’ll be buried next to Chelsea on Mount Fuji.

Columns like this typically elicit a few responses noting my stupidity in making such a big deal over an animal. If you’ve never been emotionally attached to a dog, you simply can’t have a clue about it.

It’s amazing how such a huge crater in your life can be created by a tiny dog’s death. Although gallons of tears were shed over this little brown pup, life’s process played out exactly as it should.



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