Dog 'sent from heaven' to comfort widow

2017-07-24 16:26
Lena de Wet with Wimpie and her daughters, Marietjie Leask (left) and Ena van den Berg (right).

Lena de Wet with Wimpie and her daughters, Marietjie Leask (left) and Ena van den Berg (right).

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Bloemfontein - A dachshund arrived on a farm in the Rouxville district on the day the farmer was buried and immediately comforted the widow. The family believes he was "heaven sent", Netwerk24 reported on Sunday. 

Relatives of Willie de Wet, 79, say the dog arrived on the farm the day of De Wet's funeral and immediately consoled his wife, Lena.

De Wet died in April last year, just a month before his 80th birthday, when he fell off a windmill on the farm Leeuspruit. 

No one had heard of the dog, now called Wimpie because of the windmill incident, before and neither had anyone come looking for him.

Wimpie was also there for Lena when her son, Boeije, died from internal bleeding six months later. He had also been living on Leeuspruit.  

"Wimpie is my father reincarnated," said Ena van den Berg, a daughter of the De Wets', of the dachshund who never leaves her mom's side.

Lena agrees.

"He actually is Willie. He protects me," she said, holding Wimpie in her arms during the Free State Arts Festival in Bloemfontein at the weekend. 

Marietjie Leask, another daughter, says she saw the dog on May 1 last year, when she went to the farm just a few hours before her dad's funeral to check if everything was okay.  

The farm is about 10km from the town. When they got home, Wimpie was there.

"He immediately jumped onto my mother's lap and just sat there, his snout pressed against her chest."

Since then, Lena and Wimpie have been inseparable. He sleeps on her bed and is always at her side. The family had tried finding the pooch's owners but without any success.

No coincidence

It is as if Wimpie has a sensor which immediately picks up trauma," said Ena.

"I was traumatised. He zoomed in on me when I came to visit, as if he was trying to comfort me. If my mother is in pain, he lies on top of her."

Ena believes it wasn’t coincidence that he arrived on the day her mother had to say her last goodbyes to her father.

"For me 'toevallig' [coincidental] means that God sent him to my mom."

She pointed out that in Afrikaans "toevallig" is pronounced "toe-val-lig". "That means God let His light shine on my mother," she said.

The week before Willie died, he was away from home. During that week their dog, Boetie, had disappeared. He was found dead at their front door the day before De Wet died.

And the day of De Wet's funeral, Wimpie arrived.

Ena and Marietjie's brother, Boeije, died on October 27 after falling ill. 

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