Thursday, 4 October 2018

A happy reunion and a tragic event

When Gail returned home from work yesterday evening, picked me up and gave me a long, affectionate hug, I assumed she was still full of remorse about swanning off with Yvonne for a long weekend in Valencia, Spain, and abandoning me to the austere rigours of a NE Scotland boarding kennel.

Of course, I was happy to milk her guilty conscience for as long it took for the treat jar to empty, but it turns out that the show of emotion was prompted by something else entirely - a very sad story Gail brought home from the office.

"Oh Bertie, you are so precious, how relieved I am to see you safe and well. You have no idea what an awful thing I heard at work this morning. You know, I could see the minute I went to talk to my boss that something was badly wrong with her. I couldn't believe such a cheerful, confident woman could look so blank, so distraught. We went for a coffee and it all came out. I've told you before how my boss and her gamekeeper husband live out in the sticks with their seven dogs.  Well it seems she was driving into their yard on Monday night and the dogs ran out to greet her. She thought the way was clear, but somehow spaniel Kayley, her husband's favourite companion these last twelve years, got under one of the 4WD's wheels and was crushed.  When my boss's husband tried to staunch the flow of blood, poor frantic Kayley savaged both of his hands and then died of her injuries before the vet could be reached. Oh Bertie, my boss is a strong, caring person who adores all animals, what a terrible thing to happen. She lost her mother earlier this year too. And her husband is so upset about his dog that he just sits there in silence and won't even go to the doctor to get his wounds seen to. Oh dear, life can be hard sometimes. Come closer Bertie and let me give you another hug."


  1. oh noooo that is so sad... and I'm so sorry that a welcome home event ended so horrible...

  2. Hari Om
    oh my...........Bertie my heart thumps and throbs for Gail's boss; a bad enough thing bit for it to be one's own wheels... oh my oh my... you and Gail hug for all the hugs and I will say a prayer for the grieving that the pain will ease... hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

  3. How very sad for so many. We are so very sorry♥

  4. Oh, that's horrible!! We send love to your poor friend and her husband that they can heal soon.

  5. Such a sad story. We hope both Gail's boos and her husband can get over their grief - accidents happen. But at the same time we understand how hard and heartbreaking it has to be for both of them. Soft woos and gentle hugs to them.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  6. Bertie and Gail what a very very tragic and so very sad story. I cannot imagine the grief they are experiencing. I do hope and pray her husband will seek some kind of care for his hands. Words hardly seem adequate at a time like this. If Gail's boss is a hugger please ask Gail to give her a gentle hug from me or at least my condolences.
    Hugs Cecilia

  7. Hugs to those who loved Kayley. Lady is jealous as she loved Velencia.

  8. That is a horrible story. It'll take a long time for those WOUNDS to heal. We think lots of dogs will get extra hugs today.

  9. Oh my dog...what a sad and tragic story indeed. For everyone...POTP for all of Kayley's family...
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  10. Oh what a tragic accident. We don't even know what to say but we will pray for Kayley's family
    Hazel & Mabel

  11. Oh noes. I can't even imagine the horror of that. I will keep my paws crossed for Kayley's family, and send lots of AireZens their way. {{{hugs}}}
    Ruby ♥

  12. That happened to our neighbor years ago. The man could not handle it and drove off to the bar. His wife got my Lee who tossed a blanket over Boots then swaddled Boots so tight he could not move. Off they went to the vet sadly surgery was impossible and Lee stayed while he was sent to the bridge. Tragic.
    Your Friend