Yesterday was a very difficult day for us…

Gus May 21, 2011 FJJohn and I have always loved animals.  We grew up with pets in our homes and have always had pets since we’ve been married.  Our pets become loved members of our families.  We have been very fortunate that all of our children have always felt a special bond to animals and people.  So when our three and a half year old Dachshund was killed in an accident at Fort Jacques yesterday, I can truly say my heart was broken.  Gus died in John’s arms and gave him a “kiss” before he died.

John and I always joked that Gus was his dad’s boy during the day and went to Fort Jacques to “work”,  but Gus was his mama’s baby every night and slept right by my side, curled into the back of my knees or kept my feet warm. 

God first gave me a compassion for animals as a very young child.  I grew up on a farm in Illinois and I was always bringing baby pigs, kittens, even baby mice one time, into our house and trying to keep them alive.  Instead of becoming a veterinarian,  I became a nurse and started helping sick people get better, but never lost that love and compassion for animals too.

Gus had a big personality and was a terrible beggarGus especially in the kitchen with our ladies who do the cooking.  His favorite day was hot dog day!  Exilia who passed away on Monday used to be the worst about giving Gus bites of hotdog as she cut them up for the sauce.  he loved the kids in the nursery and every visitor that came to GLA.

Loosing Exilia on Monday and then Gus yesterday,was almost more than I could take.  God is my strength especially during times like this and God helped me get through the night.  Today is a new day and I ask for strength for today.  Usually when we lose a child at GLA, I am sort of prepared because they have been sick, and I tell myself  that this one might not make it.  But an accident, I can’t prepare myself and so that makes it extra hard.

Please say a little prayer for John and I today and the rest of our family too.  Our sons, Steeve and Mark, come home from the States tomorrow.  It will difficult for them to not have Gus here to greet them.  He was very much a part of our family.

23 comments (Add your own)

1. Kae Elliott wrote:
Dixie, It is so hard to lose those we love - people or animal people. My thoughts and prayers are with and for you today. May God's love help you and your family heal from these losses. Hugs and prayers, Kae

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 9:09 AM

2. Diane Nelson wrote:
So very sorry for your loss, my prayers go out to you and your family.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 9:11 AM

3. Ena Peacock wrote:
So sorry for the loss you are feeling. Will be praying for the peace of the Spirit of our LIVING GOD. I hope you can gain some comfort knowing they are both in his loving arms.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 9:11 AM

4. val wrote:
toute notre amitié dixie en ce moment douloureux pour vous et votre famille. nous pensons beaucoup à vous et nous partageons votre peine. pour nous aussi nos animaux domestiques occupent un place privilégiée au sein de notre famille nous vous embrassons tous val, clémence cherlanda et notre chienne flanel

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 9:20 AM

5. Kristin wrote:
Our dog, also named Gus, recently died as well. I was unprepared for the absolute, physical pain in my heart that it caused. Praying that God will give you and your family a strength beyond measure and through all these difficult things you have been dealing with, God will shine brightly.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 9:26 AM

6. Kathleen Smith wrote:
Ms. Dixie, Gus seems to have been a true sweetheart. Prayers to you & yours.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 9:56 AM

7. Colleen and Jussi wrote:
We are so sorry. we loved Gus too. We told Gus stories last night about him barking at the door in the early morning and crawling into the duvet and going back to sleep. Hiis hot dog fetish(was it 12 or 16 for his all time best record) and then we smiled and said now he can eat all the hot dogs he wants. It won't be the same but we pray for your heart ache and we know Gus will always have a special part in many people's hearts. Thanks for sharing him with us. There will never be another quite like him!

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

8. Cathy wrote:
Sorry for your loss of Gus. I have been praying for all of you as you have had a stress full week. I am praying that you and john will have wisdom over seeing all that you do and that your back will not cause you pain.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

9. Jennifer wrote:
Praying for your broken hearts. God is so deeply moved by what moves us and I know He is holding you now. We are holding all of you up from afar as you grieve the loss of two so precious to you. We pray for peace that only He can give!

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 11:24 AM

10. Kathy Barnett wrote:
Yes our pets are part of the family. Losing a member of the family is so difficult and causes us so much pain. I know you have many happy memories of Gus which will help make you smile. When you have a chance go to the internent and search for a beautiful poem called Rainbow Bridge. It is very special.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 11:27 AM

11. C. Hutchison wrote:
We are so very sorry for your loss and heartache. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during such a difficult time.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 11:37 AM

12. Allison wrote:
I'm so sorry for your losses. I am so so very sorry! I pray for all of you and GLA every day and will continue to do so during this extra tough period.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 12:36 PM

13. Julie deBoer wrote:
You've had a heart breaking week. I'm so sorry for both your losses. You're family and GLA family are missing someone special....that's so tough....thinking of you all this week....and praying....always praying.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 12:51 PM

14. Terri Norton wrote:
I am so sorry to hear this, Dixie. Like you, I love my animals as if they were my children. It is difficult but we are blessed to have them as long as we do, no matter what length of time that is. They make us better people, I think. My heart goes out to you and John and the rest of the family. John will cherish that last kiss for a long time to come. I love you all.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 12:59 PM

15. Janice wrote:
My prayers are with you and your family. You have endured so much loss this week. A quote from Billy Graham says it all: "One of the great bonuses of being a Christian is the great hope that extends beyond the grave into the glory of God’s tomorrow." I am an animal lover and have lost some to old age and some to accidents. My animals are such a part of my lives. I do dog rescue and recently 3 maltese (one male and two females). Now I have 7 dogs, 6 cats, 7 alpacas, and 9 chickens. Yes, I live on a 7 acre piece of property so there is plenty of space.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 4:06 PM

16. Kelly D wrote:
((((DIXIE)))))) Gus will always be a big part of my memories of my trip in April 2010!! You guys are always in my thoughts and prayers!!! XOXOXO KD < :)

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 4:41 PM

17. anita geuze wrote:
praying for all,it"s hard to lose Gus.It's an hard weak for all at GLA.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 4:47 PM

18. Judy wrote:
What a difficult week for everyone at GLA!. Lifting you all up in prayer.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 7:21 PM

19. Kim Crickmay wrote:
Gus Gus was wonderful in interactions with everyone, for sure. Member of the family gone and leaving a hole. Very sad and praying for you all.

Fri, July 15, 2011 @ 7:55 PM

20. faith wrote:
I am so sorry for your great losses. I know God holds you in his hands. My prayers for you all as you suffer.

Sat, July 16, 2011 @ 9:11 AM

21. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Such sad news about Gus. What a huge character, for such a tiny dog. And a worse mooch than Bruno. I will always remember Gus bossing Bruno around. And I wish I had taken a picture of Gus, seat belt harness on, in the Polaris, ready to go to work at Fort J! Our younger daughter Donnshai said to tell you that she is sorry that Gus died. She heard many stories about Gus and Bruno from me and adores our own dogs, who are part of our family. Keeping all of you in prayers, blessings, Jane

Sat, July 16, 2011 @ 9:55 PM

22. Tina wrote:
Dear Dixie and family, I,m sure Excilia feeds Gus hotdogs in heaven now! They're together in God's hands. I wish you can find the strength to deal with the losses. Tina, Netherlands.

Sun, July 17, 2011 @ 9:19 AM

23. Dana Frase wrote:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Gus! Praying from Minnesota for comfort, peace and protection so that you can remain strong and continue your life giving work in Haiti, Dixie! Love, Dana Frase

Sun, July 17, 2011 @ 1:07 PM

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