This morning my husband found one of his best friends dead in his home. Scott & Amie had gone to this guy's house Saturday night for the big Clemson v. Carolina game and all was well. Sometime between 9pm Saturday night and early Sunday morning, the man's boarder (my husband's newest employee) must have murdered him. The boarder and the friend's new truck have been missing since Sunday morning (well we know the truck hasn't been there since then and the logical assumption is that the boarder stole it).

After not returning calls or showing up for work yesterday, Scott went to his friend's house to check on him because this guy is not the type to blow off work or not return calls. He knew something wasn't right because Mullet, the 6yo Lab was barking wildly. He called the police who came and let him go in the house, where he found his friend dead. Poor Mullet has been locked in the house for 2 days with his dead owner (the man was one of the nicest you'll ever meet, would give the shirt off his back for anyone who needed it, and was a true bachelor-and-his-dog type in his mid-30s).

I had to coax Mullet to my car and this is probably the first time I can say that I've literally seen an entire facial expression of pure sadness in a Lab. It wasn't just the eyes but everything about him. Mullet is at my house until we find out what our friend's family wants to do. They still don't know. They live out of state and will be getting a call, 2 days before Thanksgiving, telling them that their son is dead.
Mullet seems to be perking up a little after being in Fancy's wild company for a few hours. She has no clue about what happened so she's all about playing & body slamming. He seems to be responding to her but he won't eat or drink and when he's in the house (he keeps begging to be in the backyard), he just lays on my feet under the desk. Be thankful this Thanksgiving that you have your life and your pets have you.

I never would have imagined this happening to someone I know, let alone someone who made friends without trying and who led a calm and happy lifestyle. I'm sure Mullet will be ok because dogs are resilient and they have no choice but to be ok but his future, where he'll live, who he'll live with, is uncertain.

Tara
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I'm sure Mullet will be ok because dogs are resilient and they have no choice but to be ok but his future, where he'll live, who he'll live with, is uncertain.

holy crap! i'm awfully sorry, Tara. you, Aimee, and Scott and your friend's family will be in my thoughts. i'll make sure we say a blessing for all of you at Thursday's dinner.

give Mullet some lovin' from me, will you? he must be feeling terribly lost and disoriented. i hope Fancy is able to distract him successfully, poor boy.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Tara, within a minute, I read your post:
Be thankful this Thanksgiving that you >have your life and your petshave you.

and this email about Hilde:
Thank you for forwarding those wonderful pics of Hilde in her new home to all of us. She looks so ... us who love that old girlYou make an important point for us all. Grab the sweetness while you have it.

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I'm sure Mullet will be ok because dogs are resilient and they have no choice but to be ok but his future, where he'll live, who he'll live with, is uncertain.

I do hope Mullet finds a loving home - it would have been his owners first priority.

BethF, Anchorage, AK
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I'm sure Mullet will be ok because dogs are resilient ... future, where he'll live, who he'll live with, is uncertain.

I do hope Mullet finds a loving home - it would have been his owners first priority.

He will. If it comes to it, he'll remain with us forever, its what his owner would have wanted. Mullet and dad were inseparable for the 6 years of Mullet's life. They were the model of a man & his best friend.

Tara
I'm sure Mullet will be ok because dogs are resilient ... future, where he'll live, who he'll live with, is uncertain.

holy crap! i'm awfully sorry, Tara. you, Aimee, and Scott and your friend's family will be in my thoughts. i'll ... you? he must be feeling terribly lost and disoriented. i hope Fancy is able to distract him successfully, poor boy.

Thanks shelly, blessings are welcome, especially for the man's family. I hope Mullet's transition time goes as smoothly as possible. He and Fancy are napping in the sun, side by side, at the moment.

Tara
Mullet seems to be perking up a little after being in Fancy's wild company for a few hours. She has ... they have no choice but to be ok but his future, where he'll live, who he'll live with, is uncertain.

Well that really sucks.
Oh, geez, Tara, there's not much to say except I'm so sorry, and how awful for Scott and all of you. :-(
We'll be thinking about you, and as shelly said, asking a blessing that you all have the strength to get through this, and that there's a decent outcome for Mullet.
. Be thankful this Thanksgiving that you have your life and your pets have you. I never would have imagined ... no choice but to be ok but his future, where he'll live, who he'll live with, is uncertain. Tara

Tara I am so sorry to read this. How tragic it really is.

And you are right there are lots of things to be thankful for and this message surely made me realize how many things I have to be thankful for. It seems like often people take that for granted.
Gwen
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