Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Bond


Jimmie and Gracie hunted as an imposing team for over ten years. She would point and flush, and then he would successfully do his part to get the bird. 

Hunting is hard work, but nothing was harder than Gracie's sudden terminal illness last summer. Jimmie laid her to rest out near the corn field, where at least her spirit could hunt the rows each fall. Knowing that it would never be the same, he then put his shotgun away for the last time. 


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Word Prompt: Hunt

32 comments:

  1. That's so sad.. and I'm not even a dog person. :)

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    1. It actually is a reality. I based this on the relationship between my dad and his hunting dog. Thank you for telling me how it affected you. I appreciate that.

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  2. It is a very sad story, it reminded me of our two cats, we buried them, one in one of our friend's lot, the other one by the people who take care of the burial.

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    1. Ranu, your comment moved me. Thank you for visiting and sharing yourself here. That means a lot to me.

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  3. Great job on this short story.

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    1. I appreciate that, Linda. I know you like good writing.

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  4. That is a sad story. The bond between a dog and it's master is a strong bond indeed and because it's a true story, it's even sadder.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Julia, the loss is sad, but the bond is beyond beautiful to many. I really wanted to show that.

      My dad had a hard time showing emotion. His dog allowed him to, without any expectation or judgement.

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  5. They were quite a team, i'm sure. It's always so sad that the dogs don't live as long as we would like to have them.

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  6. Very poignant McGuffy. The fact that it is a true story about your Dad and Gracie, his beloved hunting dog, makes this story dear to the heart. You have written some beautiful words here, words hard to write. Or maybe words that you felt you needed to put down to make sure the memory would be preserved.

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    1. Pix, it was hard. I cry when I think of my dad. He had a hard life and made it even harder. This story is true, though I changed their names. Their bond was truly deep. The prompt allowed me to share it. Thanks.

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  7. Oh, how sad. It's as though the bond they shared was so deep that your dad knew things could never be the same without his Gracie.

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    1. Exactly. They were a team. He deeply felt the loss of her friendship.

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  8. Annie, you always tug at my heartstrings. Jimmie's grief and sadness are palpable. Another job well done. Hugs to all, Janet

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    1. Janet, I appreciate your continued support. And I know you understand this bond. Hug.

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  9. awwwww, so sad. I'm gonna need this as a special TV mini-series. :)

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    1. You have a great idea. I love the way you think!

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    1. You are really wonderful with your comments. I thank you. I mean it.

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  11. Very nice writing even though it is sad.

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    1. Thanks. It is a true story, and I think an important one. It needed to be told.

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  12. This was told with such heartfelt words. I could feel the lose of his beloved pet through your words.

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    1. Ida, I truly appreciate that kind comment. When I can move someone with my words, I feel like I have accomplished something valuable. That is why I feel it so important to choose words carefully, and I try to. Words are powerful.

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  13. No matter how long we have them, it's never long enough. A lovely tribute to your dad and his beloved Gracie.

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