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Joy: From the Ground Up

In An Instant August 7, 2013

It doesn’t sound real. It sounds a bit like one of those stories that show up next to the alien encounter reports in the tabloids. It’s just too terrible to be real.

Yet it seems it’s true (or at least allegedly true, per the legal jargon). A 45-year-old Washington man recently blew up his daughter’s dog because he believed it “had the devil in it.” The man, named Christopher Dillingham, is accused of strapping explosives to Cabela’s neck, which killed her immediately upon impact. As if that’s not bad enough, it took several days for animal cruelty charges to be added due to what I would argue is a technicality. Since the lab was killed instantly, state legislators claimed at first it technically couldn’t be considered cruelty.

Plenty of things happen instantly, but from what I can tell that never negates the severity. On the contrary, it is in these seemingly unimportant moments that lives change forever. Disaster rarely strikes when we’re expecting it, so I generally think preparing for the worst is a waste of emotional resources. Instead I hope for the best. In An Instant

But in this case I see no best. I am struggling to find a silver lining. Sure, the man is in jail on charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, possession of explosives, and (a few days later) animal cruelty. And I don’t know a lot about people money but I do know $500,000 is a large amount for bail. But this man took a dog’s life. When a person takes another person’s life, it doesn’t matter how quickly it happens. Murder is murder. Cabela will bring joy to that little girl no more.

I have nothing positive to say about this. Truth be told, the whole thing breaks my little doggie heart. It doesn’t even sound like a real story. But it is real, to both the little girl left behind and Ty Freemantle, who gave Cabela to the family six months ago. To them, she was family.

To one who doesn’t cross over to this side of the thinking bridge very often, I’m finding this negativity thing exhausting. And I don’t plan to make a habit of it. Still I find some peace tonight in preparing for the worst. In embracing my family with all my heart. In counting my blessings and giving thanks for everyone I know. In breathing. Because at any instant it could all be gone.


23 Responses to “In An Instant”

  1. Sickening! That’s why I’d rather hang with dogs and cats instead of people!

  2. Kuruk Says:

    Oh dear, so terrible! Mama can’t handle these things very well. Woo. 😦

  3. huntmode Says:

    Oh, Wyles…. my state, too. I had not heard this story and, frankly, wish I could go back five minutes before. Sigh. It is important to know and yet….I don’t know if people were as crazy years ago or it just didn’t get reported….

  4. The C-Sweet Says:

    I was afraid to continue reading….this will haunt me for a while; until i hear about the next grotesque thing a human being did to an animal….there are no words…

    • Me too. We had to stop reading. This is horrible.

      • I’m so sorry you had to stop reading. Good news from all this has emerged in the dog’s former owner and his response to everything. I think a follow up post may be necessary.

    • I found my silver lining…maybe that will help! I spoke to Ty (the man who gave the little girl the dog) on Facebook last night and he said this whole thing has sparked something in him. He’s going to launch a campaign to review and reinstate clearer guidelines on what defines animal cruelty….he wants Cabela’s death to mean something. I told him I would help however I could.

  5. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiley! 😦 😦

  6. The only one who has the devil inside is this man. Sometimes I can’t believe how weird some people can be.

  7. writetowag Says:

    I don’t even know what to say Wiles!!!! Sad beyond words…

  8. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    I wonder what ever came of this story. Might have to look into it…

  9. Lyn Says:

    I cannot understand such cruelty–not now, not ever!

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