Life Sucks

Sasha looks at me trustingly.  Her big brown eyes dull.  Her tail gave a half-hearted thump.  My heart catches in my throat.  I sit down next to her.  Cradling her head in my lap, tears silently stream down my face.

I know I should end her pain and suffering.  I owe her that much after 14 faithful years.

Cascades of pictures fill my mind.  I rub her ears, hug her head into my lap.  I remember her mournfully crying for her mum when she first arrived.  How I wrapped her in a baby blanket with an old alarm clock to try and comfort her.  The first weeks of house training her.  Her antics when she grew too big to sit on my lap and would plop her backside next to mine on the couch.  How she used to growl at any unknown person who came near me or the girls.

I hear Joe’s van in the driveway.  I realize there is no running away from this.  “How could you make me do this, it’s breaking my heart.  I don’t want to.  I want to run on the beach with you chasing seagulls like we used to.  I want you with me forever.”

Joe touches my arm.  “I brought my staff.  We will first anesthetize her.”  I cannot hold back anymore.  I howl my misery into Joe’s shoulder whilst his staff got busy with Sasha.  My grief was tearing me apart.

I know it is better this way.  Before the girls get home.

Your paw prints forever on my heart…..



    Amoure Kleu was born in Graaff-Reinet a small town in South Africa’s Karoo region. She attended the University of the Free State from 1977 to 1979 and during her university vacations worked as a junior reporter at Die Volksblad (an Afrikaans newspaper). Toward the end of 1979 she obtained employment with Bowman Gilfillan Blacklock Inc, focussing on Labour Law. In 1992 and 1993 she was articled to Mervyn Smith Attorneys and was solely in charge of all High Court litigation.

    Amoure KleuIn 1998 she started her own paralegal practice and from 2006 through to today, she still does specialised legal work and where necessary, goes to court or does arbitration. In 2007 she left South Africa, moving to the Gold Coast of Australia and in early 2019, she retired. Only, by special request does she do some legal consulting for certain firms.

    First published in 1974, Amoure has always been an avid reader and is widely read on many topics. In 2018 she did the Unlocking Creativity course with the writer’s studio in Sydney and found a spark that ignited her dream to write into a goal that she would write and publish a novel. She is currently busy with developing all the characters and her series of books will transport readers in to the fictional world of all these characters.

    Having always had a very vivid imagination she now finds herself in the enviable position of being able to pursue her endless passion for creative writing which she busies herself with in-between long beach walks and cooking up a proverbial storm; as she does using words to paint vivid images in the minds of her readers, Amoure loves experimenting creatively with different flavours, cuisines, textures.


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