Mom•Logic: After you got out of the house, what happened?
Sue: I was standing by the front door, yelling for Bella. She wouldn't come and ran the other way. I didn't know what to do, but I knew I had to get us out. My daughter was so traumatized and I knew if I went back in to get the dogs, she wouldn't have been okay. She was barely awake and was in shock. She had worn pajama shorts and a top to bed and I was trying to keep her warm because it was freezing that night in Minnesota.
Mom•Logic: Describe Bella and Maddie, and the role they had within your family.
Sue: We had 2 dogs. Maddie was a 6-month-old golden retriever. We had recently gotten her. Bella was about 3 years old. She was a golden retriever/collie mix. She was abused and adopted from the Humane Society. She had a rough little life. Bella followed McKenzie around constantly. Bella used to sit in the window waiting for McKenzie to get home from school. There is no doubt in my mind that if she never woke me up, my daughter and I would definitely not be here.
Mom•Logic: How is McKenzie doing?
Sue: My daughter refuses to talk about any of it. We have no idea what she's thinking. She found out Bella was found in her room, and she's having a hard time coping with it. She blames herself and thinks it's her fault. My biggest concern is making sure my daughter is OK.
Mom•Logic: How are you doing?
Sue: I think I am still in shock. I am going through the motions. The Red Cross put us in a hotel for two nights. We're going out today to try and find an apartment to live in until we can rebuild our home. We plan on rebuilding, but it's difficult at this time because McKenzie won't go near the house, and she even won't let us drive past the street. But to me, the house is nothing. We lived in that house for 25 years and when I look at it, all I see is how much we miss Bella. Everything there can be replaced, but she definitely never will.