Today’s Flashback Friday is dedicated to my “forever” dog. It’s not a blog post featuring a memorable photoshoot with my darling pooch, but more of a reminder, for me maybe more than anyone else, of how precious he was to me. Exactly a year ago today we received a call from our friend, and neighbour, to tell us our Madumbi had been knocked over by a car and killed. It was Thursday, 22 November 2012, a day that quickly became one of the worst days of my life. It’s been a year and I still miss him terribly.
Madumbi was a staffie cross Labrador, one of the greatest cross combinations I have ever come to know. Imagine a short, stocky and compact labrador with the strength of a staffie and the loveableness of a labbie. Madumbi was perfect, especially in my eyes.
I remember the day we picked him up like it was yesterday… Our new puppy was tiny. He literally fit in the cup of our hands. He was riddled with worms and had a podgy little worm belly to show for it. Our vet told us that despite our concern over him being so young, Madumbi had landed with his bum in the butter because things could, and did, only look up for him… Although nobody ever suspected he would only just make it past a year old, Madumbi really was a spoilt dog.
In truth I wouldn’t have it any other way… life without dogs is no life at all. And Madumbi really just reinforced that for us. On the morning of the day he passed away, we lay on the couch together relaxing and I remember thinking: “Wow, how lucky am I to have such an awesome dog in my life?”, and “I can’t wait to see how you turn out when you’re older!”. I would never have believed that would be the last time Madumbi and I ever spent time together. I honestly thought he would be with me till he was old and grey, and maybe a little grumpy. But it wasn’t to be.
God blessed us with the time he allowed us to have with him. It is still sad to think of him not being around anymore… and it is still surreal. We keep thinking he is going to run around the corner any second to greet us with his sweet little squeaks and tail wagging. I miss him and I will miss him forever. I am pretty sure though, that one day when I die, I’ll be sitting on the side of a lake in heaven watching him swim across it chasing ducks again. Wow, I miss those days. I miss Madumbi.
We have Jagger and Daisy now and they are equally as special to us. We will miss them just as much one day when they cross Rainbow Bridge, but till then we spoil them rotten and cherish our time together even more.
Today’s post is for my forever dog, Madumbi. I call him my forever dog because even though he is gone, that is how long I will love him – forever.
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