A Goodbye Story...


A year and a half ago, I brought home five chickens.
They were 72 hours old.


Lola was by far, the most beautiful.


She was social, and loving.
People say chickens are useless, that they have no sense...
Lola came when called, liked to be pet, and loved hanging out.
She was our favourite.


She liked to sneak inside.
When she was young, and when she was full grown.
It's only fair...the dog was always eating her food!


She managed to get in two magazines.
This shot by my friend Kim Christie for one of Fifi's magazines.


And this one shot by my other friend, Janis Nicolay for BC Home.
Only Lola would hop up to sample the fancy pineapple cocktail we were shooting.
Such a girl.


The last egg Lola laid, was over a year ago.
We figured she came to us to make us smile, so that was enough.
She could live her life and be happy here.
But life had other plans.
A very large tumour had been growing for the last year.


And, on Saturday, it became to much for her.
So I held her while she fell asleep and I said goodbye.

29 comments:

Terra said...

She had a happy life for a chicken, and so this story is sad, yet happy at the same time. What a pretty girl she was and she enjoyed having her picture taken, I can tell.

The Blue Farmhouse said...

Certainly Lola didn't just have any old "chicken life" she could roam free, live and be loved in the best home probably any animal and probably human could hope for, have a picture in a magazine (that's on my bucket list), sample fancy pineapple cocktail ...and last by not least fell asleep in the loving arms of friend. The same arms that welcomed her in was there to say goodbye. Feel better soon.:)

Deb said...

I'm so sorry you lost her, Heather. We can fall in love with any little creature and it breaks our heart to say good-bye. Hugs, Deb

Amber @ fromtheseeds said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Lola sounded like a wonderful family member.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lola is/was a lovely chicken!! so true - the personalities that come from ALL living creatures - even chickens! How they enrich our lives in others ways than being served on the table.

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

What a classy chook, and famous, RIP Lola

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

That is so sad...
I find it devastating to say farewell to any of our pets...
(and family members)
I hope that you will find comfort in your happy memories of Lola.
Hugs

Lesli at My Old Country House said...

This is such a sweet post, I am sorry that Lola is gone, but so happy for you that you had each other. The photos are priceless.
I just found your blog today and love it! A "country" girl myself...if you ever have time, I hope you will stop by.
All the best

BB said...

Sweet story. Sweet chicken. I feel your sadness at losing your little pet.

She had quite a personality!

Brenda

Debby said...

I think she was a special chicken for sure. So sorry. I know from others that they do have personalities.

Robin Larkspur said...

So very sorry for the loss of this sweet Lola. She had a wonderful life with you and your family, and will be remembered fondly. I am so sad for you.

elisa said...

oh, what a sweetheart. i'm sorry you lost her. x

Megan Borg said...

Aww this brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry.

aarond said...

This brought tears to my eyes, some people would say Lola was just a chicken but us animal lovers know that is just not true. Ypu gave her a good life and she knew love.

Lee said...

I'm reading this and crying. I held two animals in my arms as they died and I still can't think of it without breaking down. I'm so sorry she is gone. So sorry for your loss. She brought you joy and that is a gift.
Lisa
Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

Audrey said...

I am so sorry, Heather. I am furiously trying to hold back my own tears. I'm just happy she had you....a loving companion who provided her with such a glorious life. Hope you're doing okay!

My Little Bungalow said...

Your lovely story brings tears to my eyes. I can just imagine the bond you had with Lola. I'm so sorry for your loss. How very sad, yet she had a wonderful life and was fortunate to have lived it with you and your family. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
Claudia

Lois said...

I teared up a bit reading this. From our home (where we also consider our animals an important part of the family) I'm so sorry you've had to say goodbye to lovely Lola.

Carola said...

Im so sorry for your lost! I understand u, in my house all animals are part of the family. She had a great life, she felt loved and thats whats really matters.

kiss

Carola

Melissa Marie Head said...

Oh how sad - but sounds like she had a great life!

AnnaVallance said...

So sorry to hear about Lola. Love the pictures of her escapades.

Robin said...

Oh my dear friend I am so sorry. it's hard to say goodbye to the aniamals we love, they become such a part of the family. I hope that you will enjoy the good memories of your precious feathered friend.

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

I am a long time lurker, but this post made me want to come out of hiding to say that I am so sorry for your loss. Lola seemed like such a fabulous lady and she was lucky to have ended up in such a loving home. Thank you for sharing her with us!

christina said...

i can feel her beauty in your words.
i am so sorry for your loss.

blessings.

julieann said...

I am sad for you and your loss. I came to find yourblog at the same time you got chicks so did I. I watched them grow here on your blog. Asked you questions. When I lost a bird to a preditor I believe it was you I emailed for comfort. I know the loss you feel. I started with 15 and now have 10. 3 that are now in chicky heaven and the others went to other homes.
It is difficult to loose one especially when she is the one who follows you as you seed and weed the garden. They become part of the family and when they are gone it is heartbreaking.
I too love my girls and know your loss.
Julie

Karen Bates said...

I'm so sorry, what a beauty she was. I can see you gave you all such pleasure. What a sweetheart.
I know how much we can love them...so sorry.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, I know Lola had a loving & happy life, and everyone was blessed for knowing her.

Martine vianen said...

What à Sad story... Why is it always the ''good" one's.
I came on your blog by madelief.. What a nice blog you have. Greets, Martine
(Www.martinevianen.blogspot.nl)

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10-rural.html

I hope you can make it!
Cheers,
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick