The week has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the week. I got to my goal weight at Weight Watchers on Saturday, and I walked around all day with the biggest smile ever on my face. Not even with a mouth full of breakfast at my favourite café! I celebrated the moment, the achievement and the feeling of pride I had in myself.
I hung out at the pool, in a bikini for the first time in years pretty much ever and not even the massive storm clouds that rolled in could dampen my spirits.
At first I didn’t have a clue what was wrong….and then I realised what had happened and I think a little part me was changed forever in that moment.
Her dog Blue, her big beautiful gentle giant had jumped into her car when the door was open and at some stage during the day the door had been closed, but her dog was still inside. I ran outside frantically trying to find the vet’s phone number on my phone but it was too late, Blue was gone.
I was shocked to the core, I sat on the back step and watched as they buried the poor dog in the back yard listening to its owners distraught cries.
My first thought was for the poor dog and how horrible that must have been for him, my second thought was for his poor owner and her pain but selfishly the third thought (and the one that just kept coming back to me over and over during the following days) was thank god it wasn’t my puppy Boomer.
I never had animals as I child, I’d never before been faced with the loss of a beloved four-legged family member and in that instant I realised how much of my heart I’ve given to this little creature who could be gone in an instant – Blue wasn’t sick or old, there was no warning, one moment he was there and the next gone forever - my heart breaks just thinking about that.
So as I cuddle my puppy a little tighter and for a little longer than I did last week, I just want to remind everyone to keep an eye on your dogs this summer, never leave them in a car, and if you’ve left your car open make sure you know where they are before you close those doors.