Friday, April 13, 2007

When life turns on a dime ...

Life is precarious. We all know this, but we often forget it until reminded.

Yesterday morning, my colleague and good friend got a telephone call from his wife at her office, informing him that a neighbor had spotted flames at their house, and had called 911. He and his wife both raced home. Both their boys were safely at school, so that was not a worry. But the fire had apparently burned for nearly two hours without detection, so the house was pretty much a total loss.

But the newspaper this morning captured the worst part: "House fire kills pet dog."

Glacier the husky was in his crate when the fire erupted. He died from the intense smoke and heat. I refuse to picture this in my mind. The family is distraught, especially the two boys, aged 7 and 5. They can rebuild the house, and get more "stuff." But Glacier is gone forever. Or at least in this life.

Dogs, like people, should grow old and die in their beds. No one deserves to go this way.

I guess time and faith will heal these wounds. But I will think of Glacier for a long time.


Songbird said...

I'm sorry to hear the sad news about Glacier, but glad to welcome you to RevGalBlogPals today.

will smama said...

Yes, what she said. Welcome to revgals.

Sally said...

how awful for them- they are in my prayers.
and as has already been said- welcome to revgals

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this news...our dog is family, and I can only imagine how your friends feel.

Quotidian Grace said...

I join the other commenters in sending sympathy to your friends and a welcome for you to the RGBP.

Judith said...

Thank you, friends! My colleague's family is doing OK, thanks to an outpouring of grace from the community -- and I am feeling better because of all of you!

Cathy said...

What a sad story about Glacier. I am sorry..

Also welcoming you to revgals.