Last week, our family said “goodbye” to a longtime member of our family.
Some of you may remember ‘Addy’ from my posts about the residents of Double S Farms.
She was originally my dad’s dog. He just loved her. Addy came from the local animal shelter in California. I remember my dad sending me a letter telling me all about her. He couldn’t wait for us to meet her.
Addy moved out to Arizona when my parents relocated and we enjoyed seeing her much more often. Back in California, she was obsessed with cats. She would stalk them. Once the cat passed away, Addy would stalk the squirrels that would dare to venture into her backyard.
When my dad died suddenly 5 years ago, Addy became my mother’s faithful companion. When my mom moved to Double S Farms with my youngest sister and her family – Addy happily took up residence as well. She loved the large area for exploring. Her obsession moved from squirrels to gophers, which she did her best to try to catch.
We all had noticed Addy slowing down lately and having difficulty walking. We knew she did not have long left to live. Last week, Addy passed away.
My 5-year old nephew, Finley, said that Addy is now in heaven playing with my dad and chasing cats, squirrels, etc. I like that vision and I will hold onto it.
Below, is a post I wrote about Addy last summer about her unlikely friendship with three chickens.
I hope you enjoy it:
“A Dog’s Best Friend Is a Chicken?”
Okay, let me be more specific – 3 chickens.
|Lucy, Effie and Flo|
mother’s dog, Addy, is a very sweet Australian cattle dog mix. My
parents adopted her from the animal shelter back in 2001, when she was 3
years old. My dad just loved Addy.
we adopted our son, Kai, from China we spent a few days at my parent’s
house, who were living in California at the time. Addy was the first
dog that Kai had ever met.
is a ‘herding’ dog by nature. The first object of her herding instinct
was my parent’s black cat. Addy was obsessed by her and would spend
all of her time keeping track of the cat.
the cat died (from old age), Addy transferred her attentions to the
squirrels in my parent’s backyard. I don’t think she was ever
successful in actually catching one though.
my parents moved to Arizona and my dad’s death, my mother along with my
sister and her family moved to a small farm, which they call Double S Farms. Addy was in heaven with a huge backyard and plenty of gophers to go after.
was Addy and my sister’s 3 pet chickens. Now, I knew that Addy got
along with the chickens, but I didn’t know that the chickens just loved
being around her.
to my sister, the chickens just love to hang out with Addy, even when
she is sleeping outside. They just settle in around her.
she isn’t going anywhere soon…. except to run inside to escape the
coming thunderstorm, along with her feathered best friends.
Thank you for letting me share the story of ‘Addy’ with you.
Tomorrow, I will be leaving on the first leg of our road trip. Since I plan on blogging from the road, I’d love it if you would like to follow along 🙂