My Dearest Luna… Hello & Goodbye

I write this post with a heart so heavy, it would sink to the bottom of the deepest ocean. But to get to the end, I need to start at the beginning…

I found Luna through Sidewalk Specials, an amazing organization that rescues abused and unwanted dogs. They also rescue dogs that are on euthanasia lists and do sterilization drives in townships. ย Luna, who was then known as Lulu, was found dumped between shacks in Mannenberg along with her brother and sister. They were severely beaten, had blood infections, mange and were pretty much starving. When I saw their story, I knew I had to meet them and that I had to give at least one of them a loving home – a new beginning.

I visited them at their foster and Luna ran straight up to me, licked me in the face and curled up on my lap. It was not my choice to make, she chose me and I was in love. On 22 December she was ready to come home with us, after receiving all her vaccinations and being tested for all the major diseases. Guys, she looked like a little rat, but she was beautiful to me.


Luna grew from strength to strength every day. Her fur was growing back, she started walking with more confidence, wagging her tail and she even found her bark. She slept, curled up in my arms every single night. She went wherever I went… she just wanted to be loved, and boy… did I love her. I was obsessed with her.

On 17 January I got a call that made my heart drop. Luna’s sister tested positive for Distemper, which meant it was likely that both Luna and her brother also had it. Her brother was rushed to the vet and I received the call that he also tested positive… at this time my husband was already on his way to the vet with her. A few hours later I got the call that broke my heart into a million pieces… Luna also tested positive and had to be put to sleep.

Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The disease affects dogs, and certain species of wildlife.ย In the later stages of the disease, the virus starts attacking the nervous system. The brain and spinal cord are affected and the dog may start having fits, seizures, paralysis, and attacks of hysteria. It would have been cruel to let her live that out…

It is so difficult, more so because she had no symptoms besides a bit of discharge from her eyes. She was happy playful and ate well. She was fine, and then she wasn’t. She was tested for Distemper twice before she came to us and the tests were negative both times, this was no-one’s fault and was not an oversight on anyone’s part. I am still angry, I just don’t know at who.

My heart is broken, I wanted to give her a new start to life. Instead, it was over almost before it really began.

I haven’t told the kids yet, they think she is at a sleep-over with her brother and sister. I just cannot bring myself to tell them, another loss. I am tempted to just tell them that Luna found a new home with her siblings.. would that be the worst thing in the world?

Anyway, this is not the best blog post… but you guys were part of my journey in adopting her – one of my readers actually led me to find her. I thought it was only right to share this with you all.

R.I.P Luna. You were kind, sweet, obedient, and an excellent cuddling buddy. Thank you for the joy you brought our family.


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Taking in the last few minutes of peace and quiet before the festive craziness starts ๐ŸŽ„. Luna is doing really well adjusting to her new home. She definately suffers a bit from seperation anxiety and wants to cuddle all the time – not that I am complaining๐Ÿ•. We have loads to do today… Baking biscuits for Santa, making some Rolly poly as an after-dinner treat tonight, making sure the house is tidy and ready for grandpa to arrive later today and wrapping the last of the Christmas presents ๐ŸŽ. I hope you are preparing for a lovely time with family as well! . . . #happy #hammock #animals #dogsofinstagram #puppyโค๏ธ #puppy #puppylove #relax #calm #photooftheday #insta #instadaily #farmlife #holiday #festive #home #homesweethome #newhome #instagramdogs #dogstagram #happydog #doglife #huaweip10lite

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Merry Christmas everyone. May your homes and hearts be full of joy, family and laughter. Stay safe and be merry! Remember, Christmas is not an easy time for everyone… So maybe make a little space for someone less fortunate or who is alone during this very special time ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽ„ . . #family #puppy #puppylove #boy #huaweip10lite #love #loveit #friends #friendship #pet #home #holidays #instadaily #instadog #puppiesofinstagram #puppylife #cute #puppygram #instapuppy #doglover #doglove #dogstagram #puppyfun #puppyeyes #puppymom #dogsofinsta #doglife #parenting #boymom #toddler

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Luna is doing extremely well. Knox is so taken with the newest member of our family and the two of them spend hours playing. She still sleeps quite a bit, but her playfully side is definately coming out! Such a sweet little girl… . . . #puppy #dog #puppylove #puppydog #dogs #puppies #instadog #puppiesofinstagram #puppylife #cute #puppygram #instapuppy #doglover #doglove #dogstagram #puppyfun #puppylover #dogsofinstagram #puppynap #puppyeyes #puppyboy #puppymom #puppyday #puppyoftheday #dogsofinsta #doglife #dogsofinstgram #dogoftheday

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23 thoughts on “My Dearest Luna… Hello & Goodbye

  1. Elize Skriker says:

    Gosh this broke me , reading your story of Luna . I am so so very sorry .Wish there was something I could say that will make you feel better ๐Ÿ’”

  2. Kerry says:

    Ah, tears in my eyes. I am so sorry Maz. As hard as it is, just know that you did a beautiful thing for this baby and her last bit of time was her best time. She could go with a happy heart and she knew what love was, which is the most important thing.
    Thinking of you xx

  3. Kaylee says:

    Ah Maz!!!!! I am so sorry! Luna was such a beauty with a beautiful soul. You gave Luna an amazing place of comfort and love and bless you for showing her how she should be treated. xxx

  4. Lara says:

    So sorry to hear about Luna. We had a labrador that we adopted and my son named her Treasure, at just over a year she started displaying weird signs and acting crazy, it was very sad to watch. My dad took her to the vet and they discovered she had distemper. We had to put her to sleep. I know the heartache of losing a pet, and death is also a hard thing for us, as I know it is for your family. My hubby died in 2011. Thinking of you and your family

    • Maz says:

      Oh Lara, I am so sorry for both your losses. How heartbreaking. Do you think Treasure had it since she was a pup and it just started showing signs later on?

      • Lara says:

        Yes, I think she had it from birth. She was given away way too little, my dad found an ad on gumtree and decided to buy her for me and my boys. He was told that they used to breed dogs for the blind society to be used as guide dogs. Treasure had medical tests done, as something was off when my dad took her for injections in the beginning. I can’t remember the details.They wanted to put her down but my dad decided to rather not take her back and that they were over reacting. In the last week she went loopy, she started taking my kids teddy bears and taking them to the stoep and lying with them, if anyone came near her or the teddies she would growl at them. She also refused to eat, so my dad took her to the vet for me which was the worst day ever. It was heartbreaking to tell the boys who were 5 and 8. We’ve lost 3 cats also in the last few years too (we adopted a kitten, who fell pregnant at 6months, had 4 kittens – 2 died as she had mastitis and so we kept the other 2. Just before Treasure died, a kitten was knocked over by a car. Losing pets makes me not want to have pets, although we still have 2 cats. I know how heartbreaking losing a pet is

  5. Gina says:

    My heart is breaking for you reading this post. Iโ€™m so sorry for your loss. Iโ€™m sure Luna loved every minute of her new life with you. And she trusted you to do what was best for her. Even though it was the most difficult thing ever for you. Sending you so much love during this terribly sad time โค๏ธ

  6. Dionne says:

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a member of family so soon after getting to know them is very difficult.
    Hope the new addition brings you joy.

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