Likes: Love from my people, chasing cats, digging for mice, going on runs, taking my kids to school in the morning, being on vacation in Croatia, when dad comes home from work, laying on my back for belly rubs, warming up in the sun, seeing Uncle Mike!
Pet-Peeves: Being left behind, when Caleb doesn't give me treats, bee stings after pouncing on bees in the yard
Favorite Toy: My stuffed horse, soccer ball, my kids, my stuffed "Lassie" dog
Favorite Walk: Anywhere out in the farmlands near my house, but especially down to the creek! But any walk is good as long as my family members are with me!
Best Tricks: "WAIT!", "What do you want?" (I barks for it), "Sit", "Lay", "Paw", "Stand", "Roll Over" (my latest trick!)
Arrival Story: For several years we talked about getting a dog but since we were living in an apartment we told our kids it wasn't possible until we moved into a house. In April 2004 we moved into a new house but still were not planning to get a dog at least until the summer. But one day in May I was flipping through a dog magazine to see if they had the black and tan Cavalier's here in Czech, when all of a sudden I saw an ad for one! That evening, my husband called the breeder to inquire about her, and when we heard about this sweet, beautiful 8 week old puppy, we realized we wanted her NOW! Our kids put together all the money they'd been saving, and I emptied the change container that I'd been saving coins in for ten years - it was a great family moment to come up with what we needed to buy her. The very next day we went to Brno to get her! Driving home with this precious little bundle that evening was one of the greatest moments for us all!
Bio: Lily was the only girl born in her litter here in Czech - she had 4 brothers (who went to live in Denmark, Croatia and 2 to the US!) who were all bigger and more active than she was. Her mom is a ruby Cavalier show dog, and her dad is a black and tan. Lily is a beautiful black and tan, but when she's out in the sunshine, you can see the ruby highlights she got from her mom! Lily is incredibly lovable, sweet, and super adoring of our kids. She is a very responsive, adorable, happy, cuddly, and an all around loving dog! She is definitely an inseparable part of our family now!
July 10, 2011 - Last night at 10:50 PM here in the Czech Republic, our precious Lily passed away. She hadn't been herself for the past three months, but despite numerous visits to the vet, we never found out what was wrong. She passed away in the arms of Caleb, our middle son, with the rest of us gathered around to say good-bye. It was heart wrenching and we already miss her so very much.
Best Friends: My kids--Tyler, Caleb and Claire, mommy and daddy, Grandma and Bapa, Uncle Mike, Katka, Katka's mom and dad (my doggy sitters), Klara and her family (my other best doggy sitters!) and of course all my doggy friends! Emma, Scout, George, Tracey, Una and ALL my great Dogster friends! You're the best!!
It is with a grieving heart that I write on behalf of Lily today.
Last night, at 10:50, she passed on from this life here in the Czech Republic in her boy's arms.
By God's mercy, our whole family was here with her when she passed. Our oldest boy is normally away at college, and this summer is serving an internship here in Czech. But he came home for just 48 hours and that's when Lily departed...right in that perfect window of time so we could all be together and say good-bye.
We're not sure what happened. She hasn't been well for about three months, losing weight and energy during that time. We've been at the vet countless times, and had so many tests, and yet nothing was ever conclusive (except maybe kidney stones).
Yet we watched her slowly slip away from us. What an agonizing feeling, as many of you dear Dogster people know.
We'd been out celebrating our oldest son's 21st birthday, and came home to unexpectedly find her laboring to breathe. We tried to call an emergency vet clinic to seek help, but within just mere minutes, she was slipping away from us forever.
Our Caleb, who was always "her boy" held her in his arms while the rest of us gathered around her, crying like never before. And before we knew it, the light went out of her beautiful brown eyes and she was gone.
Do you ever recover from the loss of a beloved dog? We had her only seven years...seven blessed years. She was the perfect dog for our family...ever loving, ever gentle, ever sweet.
When do you stop listening for her paws on the hardwood floors? When do you stop looking for her in "her spot"? When do you stop missing her soft fur that felt so good on your hand? When do you stop missing kisses for and from her?
It's agonizing. We are grieving.
And yet so thankful for the very good dog that she was for us. And thankful to be together as a family today to grieve.
Dogster was a beautiful place for us to enjoy our beloved Lily. Thank you to all of you who communicated with us and reveled in the goodness of a wonderful dog!
It just doesn't seem possible...could it really be my fifth birthday today??!! Yep, mommy assures me it's true. I was born five years ago this very day.
I don't remember much about that day but mommy tells me I was the only girl in a litter of five puppies, and that I was born last after all my brothers had been born.
The breeder was a very nice lady who took good care of our mommy and all of us puppies. She really liked me and wasn't sure she wanted to let me go, even though she put an ad in a magazine about us five puppies.
When my family called to ask about us, all the boy puppies had been spoken for and it was just me that was left. GOOD THING!! Otherwise maybe I wouldn't be with my family! When the breeder decided that I could be adopted by them, it changed the course of my life...and I'm SOOOOOOOO glad!
My family came the very next day to pick me up, even though all my brothers were all still there (they were being shipped to far away places like Denmark, the USA and Croatia). So I was the first one to leave our mama. I was pretty shy and not sure about it all at first.
But then my new furless brothers and sister started hugging me and cuddling with me and everything changed!
Oh...and then there was my new furless mommy!!! She was SOOO good to me and just looked into my eyes and said, "Lily, you belong to us now"! Well that did it. I just knew life was going to be good with this family who loved me so much right from the beginning!
It was a two hour drive home, which I spent cuddled up on somebody's lap at all times...ahh, that was bliss! Then all of a sudden, we were stopping and I was being taken into somewhere new...the place that would be my furever HOME!!
I met my furless daddy then and knew right away...he was going to be the alpha dog I'd always wanted! So strong...so loving...so firm...just what I wanted!!! He made me feel safe and secure.
So that's how life for me REALLY started! I live with the best furever family in the whole world! I'm a lucky little girl and so happy that I've already had five great years with them! I hope for LOTS more!!!
You can't believe what it looks like outside my house right now!! There is SOOOO much snow! Mommy says we haven't had snow like this since I was just a puppy. I don't remember much about it then, and have only had a few inches here and there to enjoy in the past years.
But it's a different day now! There's like 10 feet out there! Okay...maybe not that much, but from my perspective on the ground, it does look like an pawful much! BOL!
Mommy says there's about two feet of snow that has fallen, but the wind has been howling so it's drifted to about four feet in some places. She and Caleb can barely keep up with the shoveling and snow-blowing!
To go out in in, mommy makes me wear my little blue snow coat. I'm not all that fond of it...it takes way too long to put on (note from mommy: all of about one minute!). Hey...I'm used to just having the door opened and going out!
I haven't decided if I really like this deep stuff or not...I can't go all over the yard like I usually do, but only in the paths that mommy and Caleb have made.
Yesterday I saw something out in the yard (maybe a deer?) and I wanted to go out after it SOOO bad! Mommy put my coat on and I went bounding out in the snow...forgetting that it was so deep. I just sunk right down into it. Shame on mommy for laughing at me. I had snow all over my face when I came out so I guess that's what she was laughing at.
So mostly I just sit at the window and gaze out at it, then go and lay back down by the fire. That's my idea of the perfect day!