John 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 beggar 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.
Posted on Fri, July 15, 2011
by Dixie Bickel