Among the dead: Ella the deer befriends abandoned dog at historic Elmwood Cemetery

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Animal friends carve out a life among the dead in KC cemetery (Kansas City Star)
    much more at the link

    Elmwood Cemetery (Wiki)

    Historic Elmwood Cemetery website
     
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  3. wishuwerehere

    wishuwerehere New Member

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    Touching story. Thanks for sharing it.
     
  4. Mira

    Mira Country Girl

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    i wish they would make a windbreak/ shelter for both of them and leave them together.
    a big round bale of hay would probably do fine.

    if she is so lonely that she follows people, it would be cruel to take her only companion away.

    it is also possible that somebody could take them both. somebody with a big place with woods.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Elmwood is 43 acres. There are wooded areas adjacent to it, iirc. It's home now for Ella, where she was born. She's tame.
     
  6. Mira

    Mira Country Girl

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    so, she is safe, and apparently accepted there, so all that needs doing is winter
    protection and feeding for the doggie, right? im sure there are animal lovers nearby who wouldnt mind feeding one doggie...

    how cold does it get there? i know it gets pretty cold in wichita.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    It gets very, very cold in Kansas City.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    This certainly is seasonal. Add the windbreak/shelter, the lean-to/stable, with Ella the doe the life in a place of death, and her disciple the small dog, injured and alone, close by her side, and it's figuratively quite close to the creche isn't it. Doesn't take much to see that twosome, guided by a shining star, around the cradled boy child, himself life in a place of death, savior of the lost and lame.

    Seasonal indeed.
     
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    panthera Retired WS Staff

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    Definitely a beautiful picture to imagine.

    :)
     
  10. Quiche

    Quiche New Member

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    They separated them. :cry:

    That poor deer, Ella, had to watch another soulmate removed from her short life. I am not a fan of the Wayside Waifs (whomever they are) that removed the lab. :mad:


    eta: okay, I admit to watching the movie, Hachi, recently (I remember reading the story in the news) and I just watched War Horse-- so, yeah, I'm tender. Really tender.
     
  11. Cazzie

    Cazzie This is love

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    Noooooo...

    And what about the dog who found a friend? I'm very disappointed in humans...that someone(s) couldn't have found a way to keep them together. :sigh:

    I was excited to see a recent post and got my hopes up for good news. :(

    Seriously, this hurts my heart and soul.
     
  12. Cazzie

    Cazzie This is love

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    Quiche, do you have a link?
     
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    lizzybeth New Member

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    Oh, how cruel for poor Ella. :cry:
     
  15. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Cazzie This is love

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    :sigh: :(

    Article also said the cemetery people were concerned that setting up a doghouse would attract strays that mite not be friendly to Ella.

    Surely there was a better solution than separating them permanently.

    There's another story out there about a family with a dog that befriended a wild deer. The deer stayed wild but comes to visit and romp with the dog. I like that story better.
     
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    My hope is that this dog finds a wonderful home with people who will love and care for her and keep her warm.
    It is too cold for this doggie to be out all Winter.

    Someone made the comment that the deer was probably thinking " well, it's about time someone came and took care of this dog"!!
     
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    Quiche New Member

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    Oops, I was so upset I didn't even think about linking! Sorry 'bout that...

    Thanks, Woofie! :seeya:


    I think a deep shelter filled with straw would have kept the two of them quite well. There are strays and curs who live very unsheltered lives, and survive. People, too.

    I am devastated for Ella and wouldn't be surprised to read, later, that the dog returns to the cemetery. Will they allow it to stay, if that happens? (Gosh, I feel a Disney movie being written at this very moment... Does anyone remember Charlie the Lonesome Cougar??? I'm a pushover for a good animal story-- I actually have a copy of that! :eek: )
     
  19. hollyblue

    hollyblue It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen t

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    Beautiful thought and words wfgodot. Just beautiful.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Rest in peace, Ella. Very sad.

    Ella, the resident deer at Elmwood Cemetery, shot dead. (Kansas City Star)
    more at the link, with a picture
     
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    matou #los2188

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    RIP Ella xoxo :crying:
     

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