July 8, 2004
The world of animal rescue is wonderful. It is love, selflessness, and miracles. It is also heartbreak. Today, was a heartbreak day for Judy, as she took our little Higgins to have him cross the Rainbow Bridge.
Higgins has been a little Col. Potter kid for about three months. Higgie showed uncontrolled aggression, not set off by any particular stimuli, and his aggression was without a pattern. Despite the wise Vets early advice that Higgins be put down, that his condition was would not change, we gave this little kid every opportunity to prove the Vet wrong. Sadly, he did not.
"I'm so sorry, Sweetheart. We would have given anything to make you well and give you life." We tried, now you are walking with the Angels.
Your foster Mom and Dad, Judy and David,
and The Col. Potter Family
7/8/2004 7:31:49 PM
Thank you very much, everyone, for your prayers and candles lit for Higgins and your caring words to David and me. This was a very hard thing to have to do, but I know in my heart that it was the right thing to do. He is at peace now and no one else will get hurt.
Because he was charming most of the time, the sudden attacks with biting were always startling and caught you off-guard. In that respect, he was a dangerous dog...not a vicious dog, but a dangerous one. He could be cuddling with you one minute...and then five minutes later, be ready to try to bite you over being told "No" for something ordinary (that hadn't bothered him the day before).
I loved him, though, 95% of the time. I spent a lot of time with him and I miss his little face today. I don't miss the biting attacks though...and I do understand that he couldn't have been happy inside to be doing what he was doing.
Thanks for reaching out to us today. I am depressed about it. I always hope so much that I can get one to turn around...but life just doesn't always work out the way we'd hope it would.
My vet is handling the cremation for me. When I get Higgins' ashes back, they will be wrapped in a beautiful quilt that Annette K. made for him and sent to Greyfriar's memorial garden for burial.
Hugs and tears...
Judy in Texas