In December last year, I started the day like normal, I got up and got ready for work. Then I said the last goodbye I would ever say to my two dachshunds, Finnley and Nelson.
They were our children, we took them on holidays with us and to pretty much any event we went to.
I finished work at 3pm that day and went to a friend’s place. I had a missed call from my partner and a text that said ‘you need to come home now’. It wasn’t normal for Dylan to text me like that, so I called him back and got the worst news I have ever received in my life.
Dylan told me that our dog, Finnley, was lying dead in our backyard and that the two big dogs that killed him were down next to our baby boy’s body.
The dogs belonged to our neighbour, and they had jumped over our six foot fence into our backyard.
At this point Dylan didn’t know where our other dog Nelson was, so he went straight to the neighbour’s house and asked him if he could look in their backyard for Nelson. But he still couldn’t find him.
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My brother picked me up from my friend’s house as I was devastated and too upset to drive. My brother and I looked around my suburb for Nelson, just in case he had gotten out. I contacted the local council, but they didn’t have any information. An hour passed and I went to each of our neighbours telling them about the situation and to keep an eye out for Nelson, and just as I’m walking down my driveway I hear my brother say, “I found Nelson, Dylan”.