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3 Years...

October 20th 2009 9:26 am
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My dearest Gabriella,

It was 3 years ago today that I let you go... Not a day goes by that I don't miss your sweet soul. I know that you aren't suffering and have your brother with you. I long for the day when we will all be together again. I know that you and DD picked Coopy for me, and I love you for him.

You are in my heart and mind always...

Love Mommy


Missing my girl...

October 20th 2008 4:39 pm
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It has been two years since Gabby crossed the bridge. A day doesn't go by that I don't miss her sweet beautiful face. She had such a way about her, that could always bring a smile to my face. I am forever changed for having that sweet baby girl in my life, and I know that she was a gift from God.

Until we meet again, my pretty Princess...

I love you always,



One year ago...

October 20th 2007 4:47 pm
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My darling Gabby,

It was one year ago today that you crossed the rainbow bridge to run pain free. There hasn't been a day that has gone by that I haven't thought of you, missed you, and wished that you were still here with Diesel and I.

I chose you on 11/24/01 the day after you were born. Each week I would visit you until you could finally come home with us. 5 weeks later you were home... You captured my heart and Diesel's too. You had the sweetest puppy kisses and little nibbles; the nibbles you never grew out of. It seems like just yesterday you were running in the backyard chasing your Orbie and barking at the birds and squirrels.

Diesel is sick and not doing very well, and my heart is breaking. I know that he will be joining you soon. I know that he misses you and that you will take good care of him, as he did of you.

You will be always be my Pretty Princess and I know that we will meet again.

With love always and forever ~ please visit me in my dreams.

Your Mommy


I am playing TAG!!!

May 29th 2007 12:14 pm
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This is SO EXCITING!!! I have been tagged by Dutchess, my Angel pal!


Each player starts with seven random facts about themselves. Dogs who are tagged, need to post in their diary the rules and their 7 pawsome facts. Then choose 7 dogs to tag and list their names. Don’t forget to bark them a pmail that they have been tagged and to read your diary, or, send them a fun Rosette announcing they've been Tagged!

1- When I was a show doggie, my Mommy used Puffed Cheetos to bait me!
2- I used to save my treats to eat until Diesel was all done eating his and when he would try to eat mine I would give him my "ugly face".
3- I would never gut any of my babies. I only loved on them with kisses.
4- I didnt' hate Rhett & Timothy (our kitties-they are here on the bridge with me) like Diesel did.
5- I loved to lay in the sun on our deck. I would lay there all afternoon if I could.
6- I loved to play in the snow!! Mommy would have to come out with my leash to bring me back inside. She would even use her hairdryer to warm my paws up!
7- I love and miss my Big Brother Diesel very much.

Okay, here is who I am tagging:

1 - Mattie -
2 - Jack -
3 - Bronson -
4 - Ivy "The Royal Controversy" -
5 - WYSIWYG~Herschel -
6 - Taylor -
7 - Goose -


My Tail of Devotion

May 26th 2007 8:08 pm
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Gabriella lost her battle with Wobblers & Spondylosis on October 20, 2006. It was and still one of the worst days of my life.

Gabby was a true blessing from God, in fact her name Gabriella is from Gabriel which meand of God.

She was born on November 23, 2001. The first day I saw her was 11/24/01, the day after she was born. I would go once a week to the breeder to see my baby girl until I could finally bring her home. Each time Iwould go to visit, her big brother would bark at me in his little puppy bark. If I hadn't had Diesel I think I would have taken him too, he was so darn adorable! Gabby finally took the trip home with me at 5 weeks old. That first night I fell asleep with her in my arms. To feel her little heart beat and those little puppy bites and kisses were like magic to me.

Gabriella was a show dog. She was Natural all the way... dew claws and whiskers. Her gait was like Marilyn Monroe walking down the street, she could stop traffic. She hated to be stacked and now that I know she had wobblers it makes all the sense in the world. I handled her for a while, but we were like oil & water in the ring. She was in the ring in Richmond with her handler and the judge asked me leave the area. The Judge, Lester Mapes approached me after and told me that Gabby had Mommy-Itis and that as long as I am around the ring, she will not be able to concentrate. He said she was one of the most beautiful movers her had ever had the pleasure to see.
I had her OFA'd and her eyes cerft. We moved to Seattle for my work, and I had planned on breeding her, but the timing just wasn't right. We moved back to Richmond and when we got back, she had developed a limp. My Vet and I thought she had a little sprang. The little sprang never left, and after some test we still didn't know. Then one morning I saw her paw curl under and I just knew that it was wobblers. That morning I took her in, and my Vet set up a series of X-rays. A few hours later, I got the call that broke my heart. Yes, Gabby did have Wobblers and in addition, she had Spondylosis. Now, if she had just one or the other a surgery could be performed, but with both, it is not a good thing.

The only chance my beloved Princess Gabby had was with Dr. Regina Schwabe and PAWS. The drive was about was between 1-1/2 - 2 hours each way. I would have driven 10 hours each way if there was a chance for my girl to be without pain. The treatments worked for a while, and I was so hopeful. She wasn't able to run, but she could go on little walks around the yard and she could lay her gorgeous head right next to me every night. It was so difficult to watch my beautiful girl who could run, jump, and play and now she could barely walk. Tears just flow thinking about it. Both of my Vets told me that when Gabby had enough, she would tell me and she did. She looked me in the eyes that Wednesday afternoon when we were laying in the grass and I knew it. Friday we took our last car ride and I layed in the back of the explorer with her and rubbed her ears and neck and we listed to our favorite CD as we were driven to the vets office. Once inside the clinic we layed together for the last time... Our heads were on the pillow nose to nose... I kept kissing her face and thanking her for being my baby... for teaching me how to love and how to be patient and how to be a better person. I held her as she took her last breath, and I have much peace knowing that I was the last person/thing she saw before she left this place.

I have had other pets, all have been special; but Gabriella was my once in a lifetime. Words can't explain the bond that we shared... the memories I carry in my heart help me.

Gabriella, you will be in my heart & soul forever. There isn't a day or moment that passes without my thoughts of you...

Love you ~ Forever Blue ~ Your Mommy


October 20, 2006 - She is now running across the bridge

October 21st 2006 5:29 am
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Yesterday was the most difficult day I have had to face in a very long time.

Gabby was truly a beautiful girl. She made me a better person for loving her. She taught me so much... most importantly, myself.

The spondylosis finally took its toll. She couldn't support herself anymore, and it basically happened over night.

Her final days were spent with her big brother Diesel & I by her side with a few visitors coming by with yummy gifts and love.

I am very fortunate to work with some very special people who understand that just because they have 4 legs, doens't mean they aren't family. I was able to leave my office and care for Gabby with no questions asked.

The sun was out and there was a slight breeze in the air, Gabby loved days like that. She loved to lay on the deck and enjoy the sun and just enough breeze to cool her off at all the right times.

I know that a day will not go by that I won't think about my pretty girl, how her kisses would wipe away my tears and how just plain adorable she was when she wanted to get your attention! :)

To my Pretty Princess -

I hope your legs are lifting you up and taking you wherever your heart desires. That you know how much I truly loved you and you will be missed everyday. Because of you, I know more about myself and I am better for it.
Each night when I lay my head to sleep I will think of you and hope that you come to me in my dreams.

Run, my girl, run & play.

I will love & miss you always.


The Fall is here...

October 17th 2006 10:40 am
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Hi Everyone,

Well the fall is now here, and boy am I glad about that! The heat & humid weather is for birds or cats, but not dogs! WOOF!

The only part about the fall I don't like is the wet stuff that falls from the sky. Today we have a bunch of it, and I don't like to have to go outside at all. Mommy thinks she is tricking me when she grabs her keys for the green car and tells me that we need to "GO". I know that she isn't taking me for a bye-bye ride, that she is just trying to get me all wet. Silly Mommy! But after telling her no for a bit I always give in. WOOF!!

We had pictures done a couple of weeks ago. It was so much fun. Jennifer came to the house and took pictures right in our living room. We didn't have to go in the car at all. Jennifer takes pictures at the shows, and of fur families, and she told Mommy weddings now too. Jennifer took pictures of Me when I was in Dane World. She is so sweet.

Hope everyone has a GR8 Dane day!!




It has been a while

September 27th 2006 6:46 am
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Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I wrote, but we have had a few busy weeks. Let me see... I went to Pamplin to see Dr. Regina and have some treatments. She is so very nice and Kate & Jane that work there always give me lots of loves!! The drive is so good too. I lay down in the back of the either the green car or the black car. Both are what Mom calls SUV's. I like the black one better because it is more quiet then the green one, but the green one is easier for me to get in and out of. We listen to music and I get to laughing when Mommie starts to sing. (Don't tell her I said this, but she is really not very good at it!)

Stinky went to see Dr. Lori and he came home with a big cut on his belly, and he has to be very quiet the next 2 weeks. Mommy said he got fixed and had his tummy tacked so he won't get the bloat like our friend Tank did once. Mommy was babysitting Tanker when his family went to Bermuda and he got the bloat and Mommy had to rush him to the special hospital called VRCC. They saved his life!! Mommy was very scared and thought she didn't catch it in time, but the doctors told her he would be okay.

Me, Diesel and Mommy are going to get our pictures taken in a couple of weeks. She found a lady in York Town that does special pictures of fur families. We are so excited!! Me & Diesel have Coach Collars we might wear, but not really sure yet. You see the Astros (our favorite baseball team) are within 1-1/2 games of those ugly Red Birds, and we have special collars and bandanas we were with Astros on them. So, if they make it, we will have our pictures with those on. (I love them, so I would rather have those on). We have that package so we can see every game and Mommy gets so happy when they play.

Anyway, enough for me for right now... got to get back to watching Regis & Kelly! WOOF WOOF!!


"WOW" Dog of the Day!!

August 16th 2006 7:12 pm
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Hi everyone,

This has been a very exciting day! Mommy told me that I was voted Dog of the Day here on Dogster! She emailed a bunch of her friends so they could see my picture.

I need to thank everyone for the Bone-Bones and the Rosettes, what is a girl to do? WOOF!! Plus all the great Pup Pals I am making, I am so lucky.

Being a member of Dogster is new for all of us. Mommy found out about it from Jack's Mommy. Jack and his family want to be a foster family for the GDROC. Mommy helps the rescue as much as she can with evaluations, transports, and home checks. None of us are rescues, but she said that all of us are born the same way, just some get better Mommies & Daddies and sometimes they just don't work out. Mommy & I did a parade of paws once and raised over $2500 for the rescue! We had so much fun that day.

Anyway, thank you all again for the nice comments and being my friend. I will try to write more later, but it is getting late and I need my beauty sleep.

Love & Leans,


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