From the Editor:
I am very, very sad--no despondent-- to report that Tiggy has died. She had been drowning in water for over six hours in Saugerties, NY. The date was May 1, at 3:45 a.m. after about nine hours of attempts to revive her and rid her lungs of water. She was still breathing and her heart was still beating when she was found in mud amid brambles and swampy land about 50 to 100 feet away from the Benepe house.
Even though she was so close, she could not be seen, her face half in the water, her body mostly submerged. She did not respond to calls until it was too late, about six hour after she fell in. At that time she must have made a valiant effort to bark, because her lungs were almost completely filled with water. She was so cold, her body never registered a temperature.
She had been searched for for about 3 hours, but we never thought to look upstream of a nearby creek. She may have been chased by another dog into the water, or she may have wandered off, or followed her mother.
She was rushed to the hospital with her mother holding her in the back, and her stepgrandmom Judith driving like a maniac in the front. She was attended to by the wonderful doctors Jackson and Rothstein and their team at the Saugerties Animal Hospital, and later was transfered by car to the Hudson Valley emergency clinic in Kingston.
For the transfer a lovely State Trooper (I think her name was Chloe, but I could be wrong) guided us with flashing police lights at 80 mph along country roads for the 20 mile drive, which Judith drove with cool skill like Maria Andretti. Unfortunately, even though Dr. Tully and her team worked through the night to help Tiggy, they could not bring her body temperature up, or rid her lungs of water.
She will be extremely missed. Her bowl of water, two beds, and a plate where she last ate her favorite food, cheese ravioli, (with Lyme's disease medication carefully tucked inside) are still sitting there wondering when she will be coming back.
A full memorial post will be written and posted shortly.
A memorial will be held this weekend, May 12th--13th, place and exact time and date also to be posted. At that time you will be all invited to come and talk about how much you loved her, or feared her teeth. During her prime, afterall, she was quite the watch dog.
There is a minute possiblility that Tiggy's ghost will continue to write this blog, but of course, she will only be able to experience her travels in a metaphysical sense.
This is also an official call for memorials written for Tiggy which I will post.