Monday, November 19, 2012

Very Sad News

Do not read one more word if you do not want to hear the sad news.


Okay, if you read any further, don't say i didn't warn you, and no, this is not a joke.

Miss Lizzy has been having us babysit the Hazelnut, but always with the understanding that it was her dog.  The Hazelnut adored her "mama" from the time Miss Lizzie rescued her from the filthy cage she was spending her whole puppyhood locked in.

Sometimes she has been taking the Hazelnut for overnights, and sometimes having her here.  We were fine with it, the dog needed to be consistently with people who cared about her.

For the past few days, the Hazelnut had been with Miss Lizzie, and yesterday morning Miss Lizzie had a seizure while driving, wrecking her car.

The Hazelnut was killed instantly in the accident.

Miss Lizzie is still crying, and blaming herself, although there was nothing she could have done.  The seizure was out of the blue, and all tests on her have confirmed she was sober and taking her prescription medications exactly as directed.

It was just one of those freak things.  Miss Lizzie wasn't hurt, and her car hit a signpost, not another car.  There were no other injuries in the accident.

All of us are very sad and hurting over this, and we will miss the Hazelnut.

                                                    Rest in Peace, SuperPuppy Hazelnut

Today is:

Alligator Wrestling Day -- internet generated, and i wonder if a cat that doesn't want its meds counts?

Canadian Western Agribition -- IPSCO Place, Regina, SK, Canada (Canada's premier agriculture showcase; through Saturday)

Chhat Festival -- Nepal

Discovery Day -- Puerto Rico

Equal Opportunity Day / Dedication Day / Remembrance Day -- anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Flag Day -- Brazil

Garifuna Day/Carib Settlement Day -- Belize

"Have a Bad Day" Day -- for the hidden, or not so hidden, grouch in all of us; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

International Men's Day -- Australia; Canada; Ghana; Hungary; India; Ireland; Jamaica; Malta; Singapore; South Africa; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; United States

Learn When To Start Thawing the Turkey Day -- US (USDA "Let's Talk Turkey" hotline 800-535-4555; Butterball "Turkey Talk-Line" 800-323-4848)

Liberation Day -- Mali

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

National Day -- Monaco

National Military Families Recognition Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1993, the Monday before Thanksgiving Day)

Please Maintain Your Focus Today Day -- internet generated, but a good idea

Revolution Day -- Mexico

St. Obadiah's Day (Obadiah the Prophet)

"What Ever Happened to Gary Pucket?" Day -- internet generated, and a fun question to research

World Toilet Day -- sponsored by the World Toilet Organization (yes, really, to raise awareness of the 2.5 billion people who don't have access to proper sanitation)

Birthdays Today:

McCaughey Septuplets, 1997
Kerri Strug, 1977
Jodie Foster, 1962
Meg Ryan, 1961
Calvin Klein, 1942
Ted Turner, 1938
Dick Cavett, 1936
Larry King, 1933
Indira Gandhi, 1917
Tommy Dorsey, 1905
James Garfield, 1831

Today in History:

The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, begins, 1095
Rabbi Isaiah b Abraham aha-Levi Horowitz arrives in Isreal, 1621
The Jakobinen club forms in Paris, 1794
The Jay Treaty, the first US extradition treaty, is signed with Great Britain, 1794
Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first European Americans to cross the continent, 1805
Warsaw University is established, 1816
The St. Petersburg flood, caused by storms, kills 10,000, 1824
The second Canadian railway line, the Montreal and Lachine Railway, is opened, 1847
Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address, 1863
Boss Tweed is convicted, sentenced to 12 years, 1874
Carrie Nation attempts to address the US Senate, 1903
NY receives the first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy, 1911
Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures (anybody want to guess what this eventually became?), 1916
The first issue of Time Magazine is published, with Emperor Hirohito on the cover, 1928
Télé Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel, is launched by Prince Rainier III, 1954
The first automatic toll collection machine is introduced on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway, 1954
Ford cancels the Edsel, 1959
Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (the "Ocean of Storms") and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon, 1960
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement, 1977
Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire, 1996
Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for $71.5 million USD, 1998
The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft, 1999


  1. Oh no, that must be so hard. So sad to hear the news and sending big hugs. That photo is worth a thousand words, what a sweetie. Hope hazelnut lives on in a happy place somewhere with lots of fields to romp in and sticks to chase.

  2. Thank you, Carla and Leah.

    Crabby, i'm sure she is, and babysitting kittens, too.

  3. This is very sad, but there's consolation to be had that Miss Lizzie wasn't injured and Hazelnut got to have some loving time with humans who loved her, even if that time was brief.

  4. Exactly, Stephen. She could have had a horrible life, but instead it was full of fun and love. And pig ears. She loved pig ears.

  5. Oh no! I'm so sorry to read this. Hugs to you, MM.


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