Sometimes when a person is contemplating suicide, even those closest to the person have no idea that that individual is thinking of ending their life. There may be several reasons, or factors involved, or the person may even feel trapped. What bothers me is that they seem to feel that no one cares. Where I live some of us have fences surrounding our homes. About 8 years ago my family and I were home, it was winter, dark at 7:30 p.m. My dogs began barking, so I told my daughter to go see who they were barking at, thinking there might be someone outside. She went out to the front porch, came back in and said there was no one there. A few minutes later our dogs began barking again. What bothered me was they way our two dogs were barking. This time I went outside. They, our dogs, came running up to me, excited, whining. I looked around the front of the house but because it was dark I didn't see anything in our yard, so I went back inside. Not more than 5 minutes later all the dogs in my neighborhood began barking. I remember saying to my kids, "What is the matter with them? Why are they acting like that?" Then they quit barking, and it was kind of eerie, what the dogs did next. Almost at the same time the dogs began to howl. (It was the kind of howl my mother told me was not a good sign.) Just as suddenly as the howling began it stopped... Two hours later, the First Responders came, they took a young man down from a tree, about 20 feet away on the other side of my fence, he did this in their/his back yard. I could hear the family crying, asking why would he do this? I did not know him or his family, but it still bothered me. Sometimes I think to myself, if only the dogs could've talked... I never did tell my children what happened.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 15:55