2014 - Anne Murray has come through a year from which some people might not have returned.
The sudden death of her husband to a heart attack, followed soon after by the mauling in November 2013 by her NOT QUITE 2-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER - TUXEDO - an attack that claimed the lower half of her right arm, and most of her left arm, along with other injuries to her legs — could have sent a lesser person into a deep, dark place.
Not Murray, 67, who has battled through much of the preliminary physical and emotional healing in an effort to reclaim her life.
Now residing at Aurora Senior Living in Norwalk, Murray was forthright in talking about that fateful day last November on Range Road.
"Generally, the attack is what I'm here for. It was an unprovoked attack, and it's the nature of the dog. He sat next to me. I fed him. I took him out on the leash. I'm racking my brain about what I did different that day. He had food and water. I don't know what happened. I don't think he saw a squirrel. I don't think it was an outside stimulus. That's what's so scary about that breed."
It was the start of one of those walks that led to tragedy for both dog and owner.
“Tux took me by the left arm, and dragged me down several sets of tiered steps. Then he grabbed my right arm, and I scooted under a car. Tux sat next to the car, guarding his prey,”