Last week was an ordeal, emotionally and physically. At first, I couldn’t even talk (or write) about it because it was so overwhelming, then I needed to talk/write about it. I know so many of you have been through similar situations, and it was helpful to read your stories. I was afraid I’d never see Coco again, and I still find it hard to believe sometimes that she just showed up at the front door. There was the sweetest little old lady at a big cattle farm that I discovered on the other side of the ridge from my farm. I went to her door with a flyer. Her farm was one of the most likely locations where Coco might be spotted. There’s a lot of open pasture over there once you get down the ridge. She was so kind, if I’d stayed at her door another minute she probably would have invited me in for a cookie. She said, “We do love our dogs, don’t we?” And it’s true, dogs really get us in the heart. Anyone who’s had a livestock guardian dog also knows they are one of the very special kinds of dogs who truly take on responsibility for the whole family and all the animals that live there, so it’s terrible when you know they need your help for a change and you can’t help them. Not knowing is the worst. I know some of you have lost dogs and never seen them again. We lost Boomer that way. I feel so very lucky to have Coco back, and also so very fortunate to have so much support.
Me, still slobbering all over Coco on Sunday.
I’m sure she was wishing I would just stop choking her. I got really behind on my writing, and everything else, over the past week, so please bear with me as I try to catch up and get back on my usual schedule.
I also want to thank those of you who have helped to support my Kickstarter project. I’m at 69 percent! I’m starting to think I might actually make it. I’m hopeful!
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