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February 10, 2009

To a Wonderful Brother...

Today is a sad day for us.

We woke up this morning not knowing that a brewing storm is about to come. We WERE supposed to be happy. We WERE supposed to be editing pictures for Birthday cards for our two very good friends who are celebrating their Birthday- Milo and Dr. Dino. We WERE supposed to be making huge plans for Valentine’s Day… Now, we just don’t know what to do… or what to think… or how to feel… Our feelings, everything that we ever stood for, everything is now in shambles.

My brother Y.Y. died sometime around 8 AM. He was only 5.
The worst part, he didn’t die a normal death. My brothers- 750 (Labrador-German Shepherd mix), Heinz (Schnauzer) and Ninurta (Rottweiler puppy) attacked him until he died. 750 got off from his leash and attacked him… Nobody could tell us what irked him. It was a nightmare. Who would have believed that such gentle dogs would be capable of attacking one of their own… These are dogs who NEVER once inflicted pain upon any other human… each of them had their designated areas/ enclosures. They were not abused in anyway for them to just lash out like that.

Since there are too many dogs in the house, each group created their own cliques- the indistinct breeds, the “German-origin” Dogs, the “home dwellers”. For some reason, our alpha dog- 750 had his eyes set on all the indistinct breeds, but never had he picked on Y.Y before.

Y.Y was a very good boy. He was very playful. He was lean and tall, with a built similar to that of a whippet. He would give manang soft kisses and climb at her with all gentleness…. Now he is gone… and manang will never get to see him again… Poopie will never get to see him again… I never met him yet, and yet I will never ever see him, nor meet him … nor experience his gentleness.

Frankly, I am still in shock. Too many options run in my head. Not one of them is pretty in any way. I love all my brothers and sisters but how can I fend for each one of them when I am so far away? What options are available to make sure everyone is safe and unharmed?

If I cry my heart and eyes out and say I Love You repeatedly until my voice croaks and becomes no more, would it reach him in Heaven?

Goodbye manong Y.Y....
You will always be our lovely whippet...
Please paw at us when we meet in The Rainbow Bridge.


Summer 2005 - February 2009

Forever Hugged,
Forever Kissed,
Forever Loved,
Kept Safe In our Hearts.

We love you so Much!


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Oh no...

Mom and I are leaking big time...

We have a furiend in The Yukon who has a furiend that lost a khanine in the same way...she still wonders why.

It all serves some lesson but it is not fur us to know yet...

Our thoughts are with you and ALL your family (khanine and biped)...

We wish we khould say something to make the pain subside but we know we khan't but we'll send

Khyra and Her Mom

Lacy said...

sad woof's Aki and Poopie, me iz sooo sorry...its sooo hard when we lose a special friend, esp that way.u and ur family are in our thoughts and prayers...RIP YY, run with the wind...

a sad,
angel lacylulu
and mama..

Anonymous said...

Oh, Aki, I'm so sorry to hear of your family's devastating loss. Our hearts are with you and your family.

Your pal,

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

I was so shock when I read your sad post today. Poor YY, he didn't deserve that. Rest in peace, run free in dog heaven, YY.
My thought and prayers are with you and your family.
Love and hugs

Raising Addie said...


oh dear friends, we are so very sorry to hear about this. To be taken at a young age and in this manor is just heart breaking. I can't even begin to understand that type of hurt that you are all going through.

Here is a poem that helped me when Zoe left us...

Remember Our Love

I was chosen today
I’m learning to fly
the world took me away,
but please don’t you cry.

And I chose you today
to try and be strong
so please don’t you cry
and don’t say that I’m gone.

When you’re feeling alone
just remember our love,
I’m near the stars
looking down from above.

Remember our love
In a moment you’ll see
that I’m still here beside you
when you’re thinking of me.
by Author: Julie Epp

We know that YY was loved dearly for his short time here. You can be comforted in that fact.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the difficult days to come. We had a feeling that something was not right, but never in a million years thought this would have happened.

Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Staci

The FOUR Musketeers said...

sorry to hear about your loss !
Run free sweet & gentle YY !

Bobby said...

So sorry to hear of the death of a brother. The human must be top dog to stop any of the agressive behaviour. Even then some fights break out over silly things.

Mason Dixie said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. No words can heal the pain you are going through. I will be thinking of you.

The Brax Blog said...

I am soo sorry!!
It is always hard when you lose a friend:(

Chow Chow said...

I am so sorry to hear about YY.

Please take care and take comfort in that YY had led a life full of love from his humans.

Tom and Tama-Chan said...

We read about YY on Addie and Lucie's blog and came to say how sorry we were. And then we read the sad, sad story of what happened. We can imagine your pain and shock. Sadly, sometimes, we can never know the "why" of something, and just have to find a way out of it regardless.

We feel your sadness and share your pain.

Tom, Tama-Chan and #1

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Oh no...I'm so, SO sorry to hear about Y.Y =( Can't really think of anything to say, it's too shocking to hear about Y.Y's passing like that.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this tough time...Run free, Y.Y. We will miss you. *hugs*


Moco said...

We are so sorry for your loss. It is so difficult when the reason is so far beyond our ability to understand. You will be in our circle of healing vibes.

Thor said...

We are so sorry to hear about YY.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Thor and mom

Painter Pack said...

I am so sorry for this loss. All my furry brothers and one sister do not get along either. So we are kept separated at all times in one way or another. Still, there are those times when it just happens...Healing Sibe vibes and prayers for you and your hooman family.

Mya Boo Boo
and the entire
Painter Pack

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are so sorry to hear what happen. We don't know what to say accept that we are truly sorry. Y.Y. Will be happy over the Bridge meeting lots of wonderful friends..
Big HUGS.. The Happy Heeler's.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so very sorry to hear about YY! Our hearts are breaking for you! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Anonymous said...

Oh Poor YY!! My Mom and I want you to know our thoughts are with you and YY. I guess even though we are "in our doggie heads" we really don't truly know what they are thinking.

Licks and Huggs,
Kylie & Mommy

Trudis said...

oh aki,

i am still in shock reading about YY's tragic death. i hope you will find answers soon what drove the other dogs to attack YY.

i watch Animal Planet a lot and one thing i've learned is that food and mating drives can cause violence within the pack notwithstanding that the pack hierarchy had already been established and reinforced by hoomans. often, its the middle dog/s attacking the lowest ranking dog, as if making sure that the lowest ranking dog would remain in its place ( aki, you think YY was the lowest ranking dog?).

the secretary has applied this theory in her 9 dog household in iloilo city. there was one incident when puppy attacked jennilyn and grabbed her in the neck ( like she was really going for the kill). it happened when both female dogs were in heat and perhaps competing for male attention. after that incident, they built a separate dog house for jennilyn. the dogs are never allowed to play together when they are in heat.

in the case of their indoor dogs, luning, cleo and deedee, food and affection has been identified as the source of aggression. the hoomans now make sure that treats and vitamins and hugs are given with all three dogs far from each other.

its more difficult in the case of dogs that must be separated for life because not one of them will budge from their alpha dog status. these dogs will usually fight to death!

Stella said...

My mom and I wish to tell you how very sorry we are that this tragedy happened to your family. We hope for healing and learning as to why it happened.

Stella and Mom

happy said...

We're really sad to hear this. Hugs to you all. Will be thinking of you all.

Simona,Paco e Milo said...

Mom and we are leaking big time...
We were so shock when we read your sad post!!!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the difficult days to come!!!!!!
Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you!!!!!
we love you so much....and would be with you to take care of you and your family!!!
love and kisses

Suzuki said...

I am a friend of Khyra's and I read about this tragedy on her blog. I'm furry sorry to hear about YY :(
Big consoling licks to you

Anonymous said...

I am still haunted by the way he died. I wonder if he blames me for his death.

If I could understand his doggie words, he was probably screaming for my help but I was too late.

I blamed the maid but I thought if I only ran to his aid sooner, he would have lived but then again he would have only lived for a short while.

I hate it.It was senseless. He had a very small area and he was fed scraps. No female dog was in heat. He had no posse of his own. He was alone.

There really was no reason why he had to go the way he did.

Petey said...

What terrible sad news. But please find some comfort in knowing you will all be reunited one day, in a place where there is no pain and hurt but only joy and love.

Your pal,


Cilly said...

Terrible and sad! I am soooo sorry for your loss! I cant even imagine.

I hope answers the peace that answers could provide come to you.

I wonder if perhaps YY was sick, and the others sensed it. Pack dogs in the wild sometimes will "dispense" of sick animals. I dont know - I am trying to make sense of it too...

Holding a light to you and your family...


Petra said...

I am so sorry and can't imagine all of the hurt you must be feeling right now. I wish I had words to ease the pain, but all I can say is that you are in our thoughts and prayers right now.

the 4 Bs said...

oh, dear Aki, this is so very sad. our mom's sissy lost one of her dogs this way. we just don't understand it and it scares us too. we are so sorry for your loss of YY. we will howl up to heaven with you and offer our condolences.

we hope you & your family can find some peace and comfort with your happy memories of YY.

sad mournful woofs

Turbo the Sibe said...

We are very sorry that this happened. Our thoughts are with you.

Poopsie aka Blue said...

I was so very saddened to read this.

Love, pats & pets

Teddy said...

What a terrible thing to happen!! YY looked like such a sweet and gentle dog. I can't imagine the grief you're going through.

I've been reading Cesar Milan's books and he talks about how the pack will attack dogs that display "weak energy". Perhaps YY was not acting like his usual self that morning, and the others felt the instinct to attack to keep the pack strong.

Anyway, I'm sure YY is in a safe gentle world with the angel dogs. He certainly looked like an angel, he will be welcomed with open arms.

Our love,
Teddy, T-man Angel, and mom

Dughallmor Beagles said...

We read about this on Addie & Lucie's blog, such a sad thing to happen, but don't blame yourself...everything happens for a reason, everything. Sweet pics of your baby and lots of happy memories to treasure knowing that he runs free now and watches you all :o)
Love from the Dughallmor Gang and their Mum xx

River said...

This is so sad, we are all so sorry! My mom had that happen to her so you are not alone in shock and grief over family dogs killing one of their own. It was terrible for my mom, she almost fainted and couldn't believe they would do that (she had just come home from a vacation). So she knows exactly how you all feel and sends all our hugs and love.

love & wags,
River & mom

Lorenza said...

Hi, Aki
I am so sorry to hear about what happened to YY.
YOu all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kisses and hugs

Faya said...

I am sorry to hear about the loss of Y.Y.
Que son repos soit aussi doux que la joie qu'il vous a apporté.
Kisses, Faya

Cocoa the Beagle said...

We are sorry to hear about YY... it's really tragic. Sorry we haven't been leaving comments around lately but we are still reading everyone's blogs.

Our thoughts are with you and your family.


Cocoa and Barley

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh no this is such sad news. We are so sorry this happened.
How devastating for you all.
Our thoughts are with you all.
Take care.

Noah Willow Tess & Lucy xx

Molly and Taffy said...

We are so very sorry to read about YY. OUr thoughts are with you.
Run free at the rainbow bridge YY.

Molly and Taffy

Asta said...

Aki and Poopie
This is indeed a twagedy
I'm so vewy sowwy..YY , wif the gentle eyes..I can't see fow the teaws..I hope you awe safe and happy and wunning fwee ovew the bwidge
smoochie kisses

Dino and Family said...

I am terribly sorry for your loss! Big furry hugs for you and your family. Please bear in mind that Y.Y. had a great life with your family and the wonderful memories that you had together will live on in your hearts forever!
Love always, Dino

Amber-Mae said...

Aki, I just heard about this in the DWB news board. I am terrible sorry to hear about your wonderful whippet brudder to die in such a horrible death. I wonder what triggered the two dogs to become so aggressive & attack him? There must have been a reason but we all will never know. Poor YY. May he rest peacefully with no more pain...My heart goes out to all of you who loved him so dearly.

Love & hugs,
Solid Gold Dancer & Family

Sweepy said...

Aki, what a sad sad time...and I found out only today. Our PC is still down.

Did you know that Bogart and Popsy Sumo once fought over our MumsyPica (2004) which was the reason why Popsy Sumo has to be separated from us. We take turns being in and out of our house so avoid fights.

It was a sad time for us. Thankfully, even if the black hounds fought hard, nobody died.
We still lick and kiss each other although Keeper is afraid to take the risk of letting Popsy play with us again.

I guess part of loving anybody is making sure you know and understand when to take the pain of separating them when necessary...Keeper said Popsy Sumo is not a bully. It was just one of those times...

I pray your heart is healed now as we continue to heal ours...