Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Cross Thief?

Last Sunday, Belle, our four year old Sheltie, was hit by our new neighbor’s truck late at night. The dog was walking across the street and apparently the neighbor didn’t see her. My wife was very attached to Belle at least partly because our youngest left for college back East about a year ago. To note the passing of our dog, she put up a white wooden cross in a flower pot near the front of our driveway. It’s not a large cross. She made it from strips of leftover floor molding from our garage and painted it herself.

Two days later, she came out to the front yard early in the morning to discover that the cross was missing. Nothing else in our yard was disturbed. Shortly after that, my wife made a second cross, stuck it in the same flower pot, attached a pair of notes explaining that they were for our dog near the new white cross and you guessed it some time last night (3 days later), the cross was stolen again. My wife thinks its someone who hates Christian symbols. I think it’s our crazy rageaholic neighbor who kidnapped our other dog once and demanded two thousand dollars in ransom. One of my colleagues thinks it’s the neighbor who happened to run the dog over. I haven’t eliminated the possibility that something supernatural is going on as well. One of the oddities is that we haven’t found any signs of the stolen crosses nearby.

I’d assume that it is someone who lives near us. It also seems to be happening very early in the morning or very late at night. A few people have suggested installing a video security camera. Mostly though, it just seems to be one of these thoughtlessly mean acts that’s compounded our sadness about losing our dog. I try to think the best of most everyone, but this is just one of those “Why would anyone be this cruel?”

In the meantime, my wife’s been getting cards, calls, and even flowers from other neighbors, friends, and relatives about Belle. It reminds me that there’s still a lot of kindness out there.



At 8/18/2009 01:58:00 PM, Blogger Jenny Jenny Flannery said...

I'm sorry to hear about Belle and your strange neighbors.

Maybe there's some other way to memorialize her.

At 8/18/2009 02:02:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Thanks Flannery,
mostly we'd like to just be able to put a cross out in front of our driveway. It seems like a pretty reasonable thing to do and it also seems like we have a right to expect it to be left alone.

At 8/18/2009 05:21:00 PM, Blogger Elizabeth McQuern said...

Sorry you lost your friend. Hug.

At 8/18/2009 05:32:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Thanks, Elizabeth.

At 8/23/2009 10:12:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

Aww, so sorry to hear about Belle.

You really should set up a camera. I wouldn't take something like that lightly.

At 8/24/2009 01:00:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Thanks Beckeye,
At this point, we suspect it's the guy who hit the dog, but it's very circumstantial. (he walks into town late at night sometimes)

At 9/03/2009 07:37:00 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

That guy has "issues" -- I'd definitely install a security cam!

(You wouldn't think this is a case for the police? Isn't that considered trespassing on private property? The guy might have been driving drunk? There's definitely more to it than just your run-of-the-mill eccentric behavior!)

Having nearly lost my own beagle earlier this summer, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Belle.

At 9/12/2009 08:01:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

I'm sorry to hear about Belle. How awful for someone to disrespect you by removing the cross.


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