Sunday, February 21, 2016

So Long, Lucky!

By Joann M. Ringelstetter

On Friday morning, my brother-in-law Howard posted some sad news on Facebook about the loss of their sweet little beagle, Lucky. We didn’t know what had caused young Lucky to leave this world until we attended our 10-year-old nephew’s birthday party today. The first words out of Toby’s mouth when we arrived were something like, “Did you hear that Lucky died? It was only four days before my birthday.”

No one knows exactly what happened, but they think Lucky may have slipped on the ice, severely injuring his back. And they were forced to make the sad decision to put him out of his pain. The whole family went together to the vet’s office to say goodbye to their beloved Lucky.

I don’t have any photos of Lucky, so I am posting photos of some cute beagles we have met on our travels.

In his Facebook post, Lucky’s “dad” said, “You were here just a short time; you left us with a lifetime of memories. May the rabbits be abundant in heaven and may you always be able to lie in the sun. We will miss you.”

We’ll never know why things like this happen, but I do know one thing for sure. My sister’s family was lucky to have a dog like Lucky, if even for such a short time. And Lucky was lucky to be a part of their family.

So long, Lucky, and Happy Shunpiking and rabbit hunting in heaven!



  1. Oh so sorry to hear about that loss of an important family member. The photo of the dog in the dandelions is the picture of contentment though. I can feel the sun's warmth and the smell of grass when I look at it.

  2. Condolences on losing Lucky. It is hard to lose any member of the family, be it human or a furbaby.

  3. I was so sad to see their post about losing Lucky. He was such a sweet dog. We know from having to make a decision like that how hard it is. Those furry little friends become such loved members of the family.