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There but for the grace of…


This past week Minnesota Sheltie Rescue alerted us to another missing dog in my neck of the woods. This dog was also shy and a foster dog, but with another local rescue group, RAGOM – Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota. I couldn’t help but be worried about him. Unlike Lady, Kekoa didn’t appear to have as thick a coat as her and temperatures this week have been below zero.

I had planned to help hand out flyers today, but yesterday Kekoa was found. Unfortunately, he was not found in the way any of us had hoped. Kekoa’s story does not have such a happy ending. His body was discovered yesterday. He had been hit by a car after getting through the fencing along a highway.

I can’t help but feel deeply saddened by this outcome. I felt so connected to Kekoa’s story. He got away from his foster mom too.

What Lady and I and her rescue volunteers went through is still so fresh in my mind. My memories of how she was found and the joy I felt knowing I no longer had to worry where she was and whether was she in danger. I just wasn’t prepared for an outcome that didn’t end have another happy reunion ending with tears of joy.

Why did Lady come home safely and not Kekoa? I mean she was lost on one side of a very busy highway and was found on the other side of it. Certainly she had to have crossed over it somehow.

When we were out searching for her those twelve long days, I noticed a huge gap in the fencing right along a new bridge that had just been completed this past summer. The bridge crosses over the same highway Lady had to cross and ends fairly close to where she was eventually found. So if she did cross there, why did she not run through the gap in the fence? Why did she not head down the embankment and onto the highway? I can’t help but wonder why Kekoa and not her?

I often hear people say “There but for the grace of God go I,” and I admit that last night I thought that very thing for one brief moment – that it was God’s grace that brought Lady through it all. But then where does that leave Kekoa and the people who searched so diligently for him? Surely he had God’s grace looking upon him too? I know there were prayers said for him, just like they were for Lady. So what made his outcome so different?

I don’t suppose anyone will ever really know the answer to that question, but what I do know is that right now I feel even more thankful tonight as I reflect on the pain and sorrow that Kekoa’s family and caretakers are feeling right now. They did all the same things that were done to help find Lady, and yet, they do not have the happy ending they and Kekoa so deserved. I am so deeply sorry for their loss. Rest in peace dear Kekoa.

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  1. January 22, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Mel – my thoughts and prayers are with Kekoa’s foster family. May he Rest In Peace, for sure. My heart was saddened to hear the Kekoa has passed. He is in a better place, of that I am sure.

    There are no more words to say, so I end my post.

    Donna

  2. Cindy
    January 23, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Asked him “why” so many times after hearing about Kekoa. Especially after all the prayers for Lady also. Asked him “why” so many times after my nephew was killed. Some things you never find the answers to. As hard as it is sometimes you just have to trust in him. :(…..

  3. January 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Rest in peace Kekoa. Heaven is a little brighter today with you there. May God bless all of the lost animals and help them find their way home.

  4. January 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I wish there were answers. There aren’t, or at least not ones we will ever know.
    The only things we can do are offer our love and support to those who cared for Kekoa and hold our own dogs a little bit longer as we thank luck/God/whatever that we have them with us.

  5. January 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    I don’t think we can ever understand why things happen the way they do – we can only have gratitude when things work out and offer love and support when they don’t ;( RIP Kekoa

  6. January 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    What a tragic loss. My heart goes out to those who loved Kekoa and spent her last few days with him. Though he may not have found his forever home yet, I know without a doubt he was deeply cared for.
    A good friend’s dog also went missing this weekend. Amazingly, she was found again after several hours of searching. We were incredibly lucky. It may not have been such a happy ending.

  7. January 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    My heart goes out to Kekoa’s foster family. 😦

  8. January 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Such sad news, and my heart goes out to her foster family. I hope they find peace in knowing that she was well loved during her time with them.

    • Mel
      January 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Me too Amy. I heard from my friend Brian that one of the rescue folks was blaming herself for how he got away. I don’t think there is any blame here. Just an unfortunate and heartbreaking ending. 😦

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