Zoe came to us about 9 years ago. She was born of a good mother and perhaps a stray male dog. One morning Snowie the lovely mother dog gave birth right in front of a neighbour's flat and we took Zoe to keep. The other siblings were given to other kind hearted people. Snowie the mother is still alive and well and has moved to another beautiful home with the owner.
Zoe has been good to us.
She guarded the fences like a good soldier. No fisherman fishing by the river would dare to pluck a single coconut from our trees.
At night she would be most alert. Friends claimed that she knew how to read car numbers. Whenever they came with their cars Zoe would not bark. But if they came with other cars Zoe would bark and would stand still at the gate ready to pounce. It was very funny the way she guarded the gate. She was more like a bull with the head down and scratching the sand.
Zoe never left the verandah. She would always be sunning herself in the afternoon. That was the time I enjoyed having her around - sunbathing by the steps and I have always been very comforted by that. I shall really miss her breathing and occasional snore. You do get addicted to a pet who has been inconspicuous yet present around you.
I shall miss her small licks on my hands and her gentle ways of eating carefully from her bowl.
Someone once commented "Your Zoe has very good table manners!!"
Zoe was fierce as any bitch could be when having new puppies. She had given us lots of puppies and these puppies have been in popular demand. Many who know of Zoe would book her puppies even before she gave birth. Strangely Zoe would always give birth to a large litter of 8!! This new batch of puppies have been orphaned all too soon.
At some point of time on Sunday someone must have slashed her belly. It was a four inch cut. The bleeding stopped when I applied some iodine. I thought that when she was cleaned and the wound was dry she would be alright knowing how strong dogs could be. She was actually walking around on Monday morning and had a good meal.
Did someone clobber her head too?
Her poor puppies tried to suckle from her cold body and I was so heartbroken and distressed at the sight.
I am sure dogs do go to heaven.