This afternoon we found out that Michael's mom's horse, Anna, had died at about 2am Saturday morning.
Several years ago, Michael's mom adopted an older horse whom no one wanted. Because Anna foundered several times over the years, the two of them went through some difficult times together. Anna could be very stand-offish, but the way she followed Michael's mom around left no doubt as to the strength of their bond.
Anna started colicking late Thursday evening. When Michael's mom arrived and realized Anna was sick, she called the vet, kept Anna on her feet, did all of the things you are supposed to do for a colicking horse. She didn't leave her horse's side for the next 24 hours. Unfortunately, Anna wasn't able to pull through this time, and she died early Saturday morning.
I can't even imagine how hard this must be for Michael's mom. Anna was her friend and companion, more than a pet or a pastime. She never rode her -- out of concern for her foundering, but probably also because her relationship with Anna was more important than the desire for a riding horse. She visited Anna twice a day, regardless of weather or other obligations.
Anna was very lucky to be so loved.
Somewhere in time's own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
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So sorry to hear about this, Katharine. Having very recently lost my beloved dog, I feel your (and your mother-in-law's) pain.
Thanks for your comment, Kathy. Losing a pet is always so hard, but it's even more so when you had an especially strong connection or a long history with them.
You and your "lifetime dog" have been in my thoughts since you posted about it. I'm really sorry for your loss, too.
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