Freia and the Knitwhit

A Blog about a Dog with some Knitting thrown in here and there

A world out of balance August 7, 2008

Freia lost her best friend today, and I lost a good friend too, and his owners’ hearts are breaking tonight.
Rufus was in the back seat of a car that was hit by a rotten juvenile in a stolen car. Rufus was thrown from the car in the accident and ran 3 blocks away to the back bathroom of a warehouse where he died of internal injuries, probably scared and sadly alone.
This is so wrong.

Rufus was certainly one of the best dogs I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Gentle, curious, shy, affectionate, big and bumbling.

He met Freia when they were both wobbly puppies, with Freia his surrogate big sister, teaching him good habits and bad (mainly bad). He didn’t have a mean bone in his body and adored his owner so much that your heart melted to see them together. Rufus was smaller than Freia when they first met, but within a few months grew into a very tall dog, unsure of where his legs were a lot of the time.

He was king of the sucker punch, catching his playmates unaware from behind, who would then chase after him – just his plan all along. Rufus made me want to get a Ridgeback companion for Freia full time, but I also knew that no dog would be quite like him. The combination of good genes and nothing but tender loving care from his owner made him into a truly special dog. He settled into my heart and I will carry him with me forever.


2 Responses to “A world out of balance”

  1. Bruce Says:

    Tina: Thank you for writing so beautifully about a dog who was genuinely deserving of such a tribute. Stella had the biggest crush on Rufus from the first day she met him. As in the picture above, she did everything she could to get his attention each time she saw him, and he thoughtfully obliged her by playing enthusiastically but never roughly. His goofy, fun-loving puppy spirit grew into a cheerful kindness that humans and dogs immediately were drawn to. When a friend of mine was walking her Ridgeback in Berkeley and met another Ridgeback owner, the new acquaintance asked, “Have you met Rufus?” He was a legend and rightly so. All dogs are special and worthy of love, but every now and then, we meet a dog with such joy in his heart and depth of spirit that we cannot help but feel better by just being near him. Rufus was one of those special dogs. My heart aches to think of his owners’ grief. Knowing Rufus was a gift, and as you said, Tina, we will carry that gift in our hearts forever. Bruce

  2. Sonya Says:

    That is so awful.

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