Friday, July 4, 2008

a sad day for us

Our day started on a sad note . . Mercy went to the vet today and the decision was made to put her down. She had been suffering for quite some time with a bladder infection that wouldn't go away and with incredibly sore joints that made it very difficult for her to get up and lay down as well as go for a walk. She had also developed several large lumps over her body that the vet suspected were cancer. We knew this day would be coming, so we made sure we had some special time with her this past week. Poor Stefan, though. In the area where we live (aka not the city), the vet doesn't do anything with the body, so Stefan had to bring her back to the farm where he made a box for her and then buried her in the forest. Lucas took it very hard. He saw Stefan with the box outside the farm's fence and apparently he just howled and howled. Tonight he is so sad he is not on guard duty and is home at Fammo and Faffa's house. The boys were too sad to go there when she was being buried, but maybe in a couple days we will go and place a marker for her, so they can say goodbye.

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Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.