wings and things

Love story 99 – Pip

on September 28, 2012

After the kidney infection episode and I was out of hospital, Anthony rang to say he would come and get me and bring me down to the farm to convalesce. I was surprised at this gesture as (a) in those days Ants would not leave the farm; (b) he wasn’t that great with generous gestures; and (c) he never bothered to see me when I was actually in hospital.

“Do you have to come to Perth anyway?” I asked on the phone.

“Well,Β  yes, to pick up Pip.”

“What do you mean?” (Pip was my own little mini-dachshund who Ants was looking after while I worked and undertook my postgraduate studies in Perth.)

“I’ve just had her mated, Jules – it’s no big deal.”

“Okay, but she is my dog, Ants – you could have asked me!”

The next day he came up to my flat to pick me up and, expecting to see Pip in his arms, I became a bit alarmed. Ants sat down at my little table and sipped the coffee I gave him and then told me she was dead – that she had tried to get out of the pen she was in and strangled herself. He wiped at his eyes as I sobbed, then took my hand in his and said, repeatedly, ‘I’m so sorry, Jules.”

32 responses to “Love story 99 – Pip

  1. victoriaaphotography says:

    Hard to press the ‘like’ button for this one.
    So sad.

  2. kdkh says:

    One of my dogs died this week while I’ve been across the country with my job. It was a similar shock. I understand your pain. I’m sorry.

  3. mrs fringe says:

    So sorry. Our pets… the pain of loss dulls but they are always a part of us.

  4. Robyn Lee says:

    oh no 😦 devastating – so sorry – sad ..

  5. Judith Post says:

    Boy, I’d have a hard time with this one. It’s a good thing you loved him.

  6. Northern Narratives says:

    So sad 😦

  7. viveka says:

    Julie, now you have me in tears again – poor Pip – what a way to go … poor you. Did you forgive Ant completely ?????

  8. What a sad story and I bet Ants felt bad he decided to have her mated and she wond up dead not good………………….

  9. terry1954 says:

    omg, that is terrible,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,she strangled herself from fear of the mating process??? oh how sad

  10. Dislike, dislike! What a horrible end for Pip. I hope you made Ants feel really bad about this one. 😦

  11. bulldogsturf says:

    I’m going to have to catch back up when I return from the out back… don’t know how much I’ve missed… I just love this story…

  12. Rhonda says:

    that had to be one of the hardest things he ever had to tell you. i’m sorry you both went thru that, it’s horrible.

  13. Andrea Kelly says:

    😦 I’m terribly sorry!

  14. Fergiemoto says:

    oh my goodness, this is so sad…

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