The Patter of Tiny Paws

In January this year I had to say goodbye to my precious dachshund Sasha. We had spent 16½ happy years together. Sasha had led a long and full life but saying goodbye, as any pet owner will know, is never easy.

Sasha and I at Corfe Castle - Ellie Holmes Author
Sasha and I enjoying Corfe Castle

However large or small in stature the loss of a pet leaves a large hole in your heart. It can take a long time to adjust – you imagine you can still hear them and see them. You find yourself looking for them, may be even calling to them out of habit and then you remember and the tears flow once more.

I am a writer and one of Sasha’s favourite spots was in my study either on her rug or her chair – yes her chair, I rarely got a look in! She would settle down and snooze while I worked. Many is the time I happily wrote accompanied by the sound of contented snoring.

Sasha was a gorgeous dog. A bit of a diva and a tyrant who ruled me with an iron paw. There aren’t many dogs who given their night time treat go and hide it and then expect their human to find it nor many humans daft enough to take part. If I tried to spin the game out by deliberately looking in the wrong place, she would quickly grow exasperated with me and point with her nose to the correct hiding place. It was probably just as well that she couldn’t talk although she’d often give it a very good try.

It has taken me several months to begin to heal. I still miss her, of course. I always will, as I do all my Dachsies – I have been blessed to share my life with four of them over the years.

Slowly my thoughts began to turn to the future and whether or not I should get a new pet. The decision to get a pet should never be rushed. It is a huge commitment. Pets need a lot of care and attention and dogs, being pack animals, need the interaction of humans or other dogs around them. And the decision to take on a new pet gets harder as you get older because there is always the fear niggling at the back of your mind about what might happen to your furry friend should the worst ever happen to you. Charities like The Cinnamon Trust can take some of this worry away from you. If you are unfamiliar with the wonderful work the Trust does do check them out and if you are able to volunteer for them, all the better.

For my own part, I wasn’t sure my battered heart could take any more heartache but with time I came to realise that whilst it is devastating when you lose your little companion, the joy they give you and you give them throughout their lives makes the pain worthwhile.

So I have decided to do it all again. Willow joined me last weekend to start our new journey together.

Willow at two weeks’ old – her eyes were just starting to open

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a puppy in the house so I expect to spend the rest of this year delighted and exhausted in equal measure.

Willow at 6 weeks
Willow at six weeks – is it me or is there mischief in those eyes?!

Hopefully, once playtime is over she will settle down and soon I’ll be writing away to the sound of contented snores once again and all will be right with my little corner of the world. Wish me luck!

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4 thoughts on “The Patter of Tiny Paws

  1. deborahanndykeman 14/08/2016 / 3:34 pm

    Yes, there IS mischief lurking beyond those dark little orbs! Willow is adorable and all the best for your future together!


    • ellieholmesauthor 14/08/2016 / 6:07 pm

      I can certainly attest to the mischief comment! I think she is related to Houdini. The wall in my garden I thought she wouldn’t be able to scale she managed – gaining access to a bigger part of the garden. I blocked off the messy bit around my shed and she managed to belly flop through a wooden trellis on the second level after I blocked it off at ground level thinking that would be sufficient and she’s just made it on to the sofa which is a lot higher than she is. She is very determined!!

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  2. Candelo Blooms 16/08/2016 / 9:02 am

    How exciting! Willow looks lovely and I know you are going to have a lot of fun together!


    • ellieholmesauthor 16/08/2016 / 1:56 pm

      🙂 She is certainly a handful – it is going to be a battle of wills but I am determined to be Pack Leader!

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