"Seeing" things a little differently
We all understand the important role our first pet plays in our lives. We never forget the love we feel as we take care of our very own animal we are responsible for.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a dog, cat, rabbit, hamster, bird, snake, horse, pig, goat or bug. It is ours and we love them.
This is the story of Prissy and Jasper – a true love story of loss and gain.
Prissy is a tiny ball of fuzzy light brown fur with spots of white. She is the sweetest little hamster any six-year-old girl could ever ask for. Prissy will sit quietly in my hand while I watch TV, run around the house and play with my little sister. I love my little prissy so much. She will even come to me when I call her name. I’ve had her for three years and I take care of her all by myself. My mama also loves her, she says that she has never seen a hamster as sweet as prissy.
A short time ago I traveled with my family to visit my aunt Shanna and uncle Matt in Birmingham, Al. It is always fun to go on trips with my mama, sister and Tony. We stayed overnight and came home the very next day.
When we finally arrived home, I helped bring my things from the car inside the house. My mama pulled me over and held me tight. She told me that my little prissy had died while we were gone. I have never been so sad in all my life. I ran in to see her and she was laying very still. I held her and she didn’t move at all. My tears started flowing and I didn’t know what to do. I cried and cried for my little prissy. I called my Nana and aunt Shanna to tell them. They were both very sad and it broke their hearts to hear me get so upset. My heart is broken… I fixed up a little box with special little things for her, a blanket and little toys and trinkets. We buried my sweet little prissy in the back yard so I can go and talk to her anytime I want to. I even put some beautiful flowers on top of the grave. I miss her so much….
My mama understands how much I loved little prissy so she started looking for another pet for our family to adopt. It made me feel a little better.
She talked to a lot of people and found through a friend of hers a small dog that needed a home and a family. The lady said this small little dog got lost in a bad storm and wandered into her garage. He was shivering, cold and wet. My mama’s friend fostered him, looking for the perfect little family to adopt him. It seemed like a match made in heaven. I soon as I saw him, I wanted him…he is so cute and sweet. His name is Jasper.
The next day, I couldn’t hardly wait to go pick him up and bring him home. He likes his new house and I played with him a little. The next morning my mama told me that Jasper had been sick all night vomiting. We took him back to the lady and she took him to the vet. The vet said that poor Jasper had a very serious disease called Parvo. The doctor also said that he didn’t think little Jasper would make it through the weekend but he would try his best.
We went home and I was so sad again. We got updates all weekend on how our little Jasper was doing. He got shots, an IV and lots of rest. Very very slowly he started feeling better and better.
We were able to go pick up Jasper today and bring him home again. I am so happy, my mama and sissy are happy and Jasper is the happiest… most loved little doggy in the world!. He even chased a frog in the back yard!
Welcome home Jasper, I love you!
From AnnaClaire Crabtree and your new family!