A dog I once knew and loved

@raydene (9875)
United States
June 5, 2007 12:23pm CST
Many years ago when my son Adam was in 9th grade he was inducted in the National Honor Society.Most kids don't get in until they are in 10th or 11 grade so we were very proud of him. That year for Christmas he wanted an Italian Greyhound.They are a miniature greyhound that originated in Italy.being part Italian he wanted one.That was all he wanted for Christmas so off to a breeder he and I went. We found a small grey and white timid mini puppy that was just big enough to fit in the bottom of his backpack which is where she slept all the way home.She cost 900 dollars so we figured that was about 100 dollars a pound!..lol He named her Adirondack Echo and we called her Echo.She slept in Adam's bed under the covers with him everynight and would cry all night if he spent the night away from home so I would have to bring her in my bed. We thought about showing her but my illness was beginning to take it's toll on me and I was doing less and less. That summer Adam and Micah went to basketball camp at Syracuse University for 2 weeks and ofcourse Echo had to come sleep with me.When Adam came back she would hang out in his room but would comeback to my bed at night. I became more ill as time went by and spent more time in bed.Echo would curl up near which ever area of my body that hurt the most.She would literally suck the pain from my body.It was like she knew that I hurt and she wanted to help.As time went by she seldom left my side and would only go to Adam's room if I was away.When I would return she would be so excited she would make a funny little yipping sound and try to rub against me...like she couldn't get enough of me.I was her person and she felt she had to take care of me above all else. I had been having a very hard time and had spent some time at the hospital trying to get my illness under control.I was home overnight but Echo was still very nervous over me..she would run to me and fret over me! I went outside to drink my coffee with one of the kids on the swing.One of their friends came and didn't realize we were on the side lawn and went in the house.My little Echo scooted out the door and ran up to the road looking for me.I didn't even know she was out when I heard the slamming of brakes and my little Echo was badly injured.We called the vet but she was gone before we could get the vet to us or to the vet.We did have time to tell he how much we loved her.One of the last things she did was lick my hand as if to say 'who will take care of you now?' My little friend has been gone 3 years now . When I buried her I poured a bunch of bulbs in on top of her and each year she greets me with smiling daffy faces that her little body feeds. Adirondak Echo was one of the best friends I've ever had and I will never forget her so this is dedicated to my friend Echo. In her name I donate to the IG.If you consider one check this site first to know more about them. http://www.igsafehouse.org/available/ Hugs
4 people like this
8 responses
@mummymo (23707)
5 Jun 07
Oh Mom - what an amazing little fella Echo was! I do so wish I could have met him but I am not at all surprised that he was drawn to you so strongly! Don't you realise by now that your warm, caring and nurturing personality draws everyone who comes into contact with you in your direction? You make us all want to be better people just by your example! I know you must miss Echo terribly but what a wonderful idea to plant the bulbs where you buried him - maybe when I come visit it will be springtime and I will get to see the beautiful reminder of a special friend! xxx
2 people like this
@raydene (9875)
• United States
5 Jun 07
The little faces of the flowers seem more dainty that grow over My sweet Echo .She was such a dainty little thing.She could jump up on my bed without me knowing sometimes.She only weighed 9 lbs.Love ya Doll Mom
@heidim80 (15)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I know you loved little Echo like she was one of your children. I had a good cry today when I read this. It was so sad and awful when she passed.
1 person likes this
@raydene (9875)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Yes Heid it was.I still miss her alot.She was so good to stay close to me all the time how she did.I'm glad you have your new little pup..He is such a sweet guy.Hugs to the kids and a big one for you.. Love ya Mom
• United States
7 Jun 07
Yes, he is a sweet little pup. Love him so much already. Thanks and hugs to you, too. G'nite, hope you sleep well.
1 person likes this
@raydene (9875)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I'm glad he is working out with the kids.He is so cute. xoxoxo Mom
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
5 Jun 07
Awwwwwww Raydene I am so sorry I have lost many Pets to but I know that we get more to attached to at least one or 2 even though we love them all I thought I was loosing Gissi this afternoon as he is not well at the moment I do not know what I would do without my little Fellow He is ok at the Moment but if he gets like this tomorrow I will be straight to the Vet with him
1 person likes this
@raydene (9875)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Oh no what is wrong with our little man? I hope he is ok. How old is Gissi anyway do you have an idea? I will be thinking about you and Gissi and hoping all will be ok. My little Echo remains in my heart. xoxoxo
1 person likes this
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun 07
Well the Vet seemed to think that he is about 4 or 5 going by his teeth and that was just before Christmas he has a few Health Problems which I am keeping on top of but this one is the hardest Hugs to you Going to bed I only had 4 hours last night lol because I was keeping an eye on the little Fellow
1 person likes this
• United States
7 Jun 07
Dogs are so sweet, and our dog Chico has a beautiful smile and he listens to everything we say. If we say ride, his ears pop up, because he likes to go for a ride in the car. If we say walk his ears pop up and he is very inteligent. We love our little doggie. If you want to make some money from home, join my candle biz, and it offers great fundraisers for any kind of organization. The profit is excellent. Join the candle of the month, and you can sell that and get your money back. The pack has a 16oz candle in a pretty jar, and 12 votives that you can sell for up to $2.75 each, and you can visit my site and get all the information at http://www.tilliescandlebiz.com Love in Christ Jesus
1 person likes this
@raydene (9875)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Yes dogs are the best.I have 3 large dogs and 5 cats and 6 horses..We have been blessed with our animal friends.Thanks for your lovely response.
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
I nearly cried when I read your story. I'm also a pet lover like you so I know what you feel because i have the same experience too and I'll never forget it.
1 person likes this
@raydene (9875)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I'm sorry that you have had a loss also. It is difficult to loose a little friend. I was always so careful when she was outside.It wouldn't have happened except she was searching for me.I had walked across the road earlier and she could most likely smell me and was looking for me.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
5 Jun 07
What a wonderful story, Raydene. Animals are incredible creatures aren't they? You certainly have suffered your share of pain and loss in your lifetime. I glad, though, that you had such a special friend for a little while.
1 person likes this
@raydene (9875)
• United States
5 Jun 07
My little friend was with us almost 7 years.She was such a blessing.Just like a little china dog so dainty and such a quiet little thing.I miss her even now and can still see her little face in my mind. Hugs
• United States
5 Jun 07
What a great story, Echo was a special little doggie. this was a two kleenax story, animal's know when some one is in pain or sad and they comfort you. I am alway's reading story's where animal's do thing's like calling 911 in an emergency like they were trained to do by their owner's. she will alway's have a special place in your heart.
1 person likes this
@raydene (9875)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Yes she will.Through the years I've been blessed with many animal friends.Some get closer to me and some to my husband or one of the kids.Echo drew to me more as my pain increased.I swear when she laid close to my legs the pain would lessen alot.My kids think I should get another small dog to sleep with me but I'm not ready to fill Echo's spot yet.I so so love that little dog! Hugs
• United States
14 Jun 07
What a touching story. You will never forget your echo. He may have been gotten for your son but that little guy knew you needed him more. As I read the end of this story there were tears in my eyes. I have had a dog who was my best friend also. He is no longer around but is always in my heart. Echo will always be there in your heart and each year when your flowers come to bloom your echo will come and visit your heart stronger. I went to the site. Those are precious dogs. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.