Some of you will remember our stray friend, Feliz. He went missing a few months back, and we were all frantic, but he was found in Santa Maria (a town a few kilometres away). He's been prancing through our neighbourhood in his happy, go-lucky way ever since. This dog is the friendliest, sweetest dog. He wouldn't hurt a fly. He's very affectionate, but not demanding. He's happy with however much love and kindness you can spare. He came by last night as he so often does and Kevin fed him as per the usual routine. it was raining at the time, so after eating his dinner, Feliz curled up on the dry mat we put under the chair outside on our covered terrace. We made sure he was comfortable and said goodnight to him. Kevin came in and held our dog, Frankie, and told her what a charmed life she leads all cozy and warm inside.
Feliz is always gone by the time we get up and start our day. He does his rounds, we suppose... probably gets breakfast at Martin's or some other neighbour. This is what he does. This is the life of our little nomad. We remind ourselves not to get too attached, but how can we help it. Everyone loves Feliz.
Kevin greeted Martin, our worker, this morning and Martin was visibly upset. Kevin asked what was wrong. Martin told him that he found Feliz dead in front of his house. Feliz wasn't old. He didn't appear sick last night. We don't know what happened. We're in shock, really. Martin said he might have eaten something poisonous... it didn't appear another animal was the cause. Martin dug a grave and buried him in the back yard of his house. We went and put flowers down, in remembrance.
So sad. The tears just keep rolling down my cheeks like a leaky faucet that won't stop dripping.
This tragedy is a good reminder be present every single day, appreciate all the people and animals who enrich your life. You never know when you'll be forced to say goodbye. And when you do have to say goodbye in an untimely way, remember the joy they brought to you. That was their ultimate gift. We sure will miss you, Feliz.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
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