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3 Year Bridge Anniversary

February 11th 2010 6:29 am
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Hard to believe it has been 3 years already....... Miss you tons Monkey Butt!!

 

Happy 15th Birthday Cherry!!

June 2nd 2009 3:21 pm
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"Angel in the Sky"

By: Jennifer Adkins


There is a star in Heaven
and on it is a place,
that's been reserved for you since birth
a place meant for your name.

This star has watched you through the years
but it could not stand alone,
it rested high on angel wings
awaiting your trip home.

You slipped away, I held you close,
your soul flowed through my heart,
I felt your last breath through my tears
I felt your pain depart.

Tonight I looked up to the sky
and there for me to view
was one lone star shining bright
your name was shining too.

You were my angel on this earth,
you're my angel in the sky.
Wait for me, someday you'll see
our names shine side by side.

Happy Birthday Sweet Monkey Butt!!!

Love,

Mommy & Daddy

 

2 years ago!!

February 11th 2009 8:34 am
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"Teach Me How To Breathe Again"

By: Lindsay Eckert, Copyright 2000

Constricting pain,
Blackness, Death.
Two years now to the day,
And I still haven't exhaled that breath.
The breath I took when I knew it would be the last time
The last time I ever smelled your fur.
I simply cannot let that go,
The last memory I have of you.
The last living part of you on earth.
To exhale would mean vanquishing a soul.
Sitting, blue in the face, eyes rolling back into my head, thinking
"Really? Two whole years?"
Two years is quite some time.
730 days
17,520 hours
1,051,200 minutes
SIXTY THREE MILLION, SEVENTY TWO THOUSAND MINUTES
3,784,320,000 seconds.
But compared to it all..
how long is that really?
Two years is a split second in the history of the forever,
Yet those two years are a long time when you cant breathe
When you want to die
When you want to cease existence.
But I will keep holding that breath,
If I let it go, we both die.
A person can forget a lot in those short simple two years.
The sound of your tags hitting the metal bowl,
How utterly amazing your ears felt every single time
The wet doggy smell that would remain
no matter how much shampoo we used
Two years it's a long time.


Dear Sweet Cherry,

It is almost hard to believe it has been 2 years since I last petted your fuzzy ears. I miss you every day!

Love,
Mommy

 

6 Years ago, we learned what IMHA was!

September 8th 2008 6:16 pm
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Sept 10, 2002

Wow Cherry, it was 6 years ago tonight that Daddy and I picked you up from Mt Laurel Vet just thinking they would give you a prescription to make you feel better. Never could we have imagined that when we got there, they said we needed to take you to U of Penn for a blood transfusion or you would die. They had copies of your records and a referral and off we went.

They said it was IMHA. All we could say was what is that?? They explained that for some reason your immune system was killing off your red blood cells and depending on the cause, they might be able to fix it!!

You needed to stay there for 5 long days!! So many tests!!! They were able to rule out cancer/tumors, tick borne disease, poison and not vaccine related since you were on a 3 yr series and actually were due for shots. They shaved you and poked you and you were brave through it all!!

The first 24 hrs they had you hooked up to IV's to keep you hydrated. Started all the tests and did xrays and an ultrasound.

The 2nd day was the transfusion and the start of prednisone. You looked so pathetic in your stall!! I was happy to lay down next to you and rub your furless belly!!

On the 3rd day when Vet called to say they tried 29 different foods and you turned you nose up at them all, we told her that you never ate plain dog food. She got a pound of turkey lunchmeat and was thrilled you ate 3/4's of it before you needed a nap. The steroids had kicked in!! When I got there to see you, you were standing up and your tail was wagging!! It was like night and day!! You looked better already!!

Day 4 showed some blood in your urine and needed a 2nd drug cyclosporine, and they wanted to keep you one more day to make sure you would be ok on both drugs. It was so cute when Daddy and I came to see you that you came and said hi to both of us, ran back in the cage for your chewie, and started to run for the elevator!! How you howled when we left you behind!! But we knew you would be home the next day!!

Day 5 You came home along with a million pills to take!! We needed a chart to keep it all straight!! It was the start of your 6 month recovery!!

Thanks to the Vets that gave us 4 & 1/2 more years with you!!

 

Happy Birthday Cherry! Love, Daddy

June 3rd 2008 8:46 am
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Dear Monkey Butt,

I still think of you every day. I know your going to the Bridge was for the best. You gave us all you could before moving on. Your picture on my
computer helps me get over missing you. As long as I keep thinking
of you, you're not really gone, really. I think of all your little
quirks and behavior that made you unique. You were one special pup.

Since it's your birthday today, I'll be thinking of you more. I hope
where ever it is you are, you are happy. I look forward to the
possibility of seeing you again sometime, somewhere.

Cherokee, you are forever in my heart and in my mind.

Love,
Daddy

 

Dear Friends

February 11th 2008 1:29 pm
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Dear Friends,

Once again we are humbled by the out pouring love and support from all of our Dogster Friends.

It means so much to have so many to lean on. Thanks for thinking of us on my Bridge Anniversary!! We will thank each of you for the gifts you sent me real soon!!

Tons of hugs!!!

Love,

Cherry & Mom

PS - To all of my sick pals, please keep fighting and get better!!!
To everypup, please give your pawrents an extra hug from me tonight!!

 

From Postal!!

February 10th 2008 4:25 pm
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Today I received this from my sweet Doxie Postal #525378:

My dearest sweetest angel I never had the pleasure of meeting you on earth but because of you our Mommies met and I did get to meet her ..She is a wonderful Mommy and I know that even though tomorrow will be hard on her that you will hover near her and help her through this day as will we ....Cherry you are my angel above and I know you protect me and Specky and Mommy and DR and well you protect a lot of people ..You are special to many but always hold a place in our hearts ..WE love you so much baby and your Mommy and Spuds too..Happy Anniversary baby and one day we shall meet up at the bridge and run and play .....I LOVE YOU SO MY SPECIAL ANGEL GIRL


On the Other Side of the Bridge

As I flew over the Rainbow Bridge my heart was heavy to be leaving, Leaving behind my beloved family and I swallowed a sob as I heard them grieving.

I kept looking back to keep them in view, trying not to look ahead, when suddenly my wings spread wide and strong, no longer feeling dread.

I looked around as I flew so high, seeing a wondrous place, Birds were soaring high and free with grandeur and heavenly grace.

The sky is so blue and the grass is so green with seeds to stun the mind, And here I'm told I can eat all I want, without worry as to their kind.

And Mommy, dear Mommy, you know how hard I tried, to get well for you and how hard you cried.

On this side of the bridge there is not one sick bird, Because, Mommy I'm told your prayers were heard.

And God lifted me up and helped me to fly, over the Bridge and soar to the sky.

He said I should wait here, that one day I'd see, My Mommy come running to give scratches to me.

I'll wait for you Mommy, I'll watch for your face, And forever we'll share this wonderful place..

AUTHOR- JUANITA MARCH, 2001

Thank you Postal, Spazzy, Speck and DR!! We love you!!!

Cherry and Mommy

 

52 weeks ago!!

February 10th 2008 3:24 pm
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Dear Sweet Cherry,

It's been 52 weeks since you took you last breath and yet it seems just like moments ago, you were pawing at the door to go out or come back in. I heard fire sirens today and could imagine you singing along with them. It nearly broke my heart not being able to hear you sing with them.


We think of you every day and know you are pain free at the Bridge with all of your Angel pals.

Love you Monkey Butt!!

Mommy


The Tears Still Flow
by tina hecathorn

A year has come and passed,
But the tears still freely flow,
God wanted you more than I,
I knew I had to let you go,
You are His dog now,
But I too will come home to stay,
Then once again I'll hold you,
In the same familiar way,
Until that my time comes,
May God keep you near,
Whispering how I love you still,
With each and every falling tear,
For when I take my final breath,
And walk through Heaven's Gate,
I will see you again my cherished friend,
Behind Heaven's walls where you wait.


The Day You Went Home"
By: (Oldworld Stones Copyright 2005)


A heart of gold stopped beating
Two shining eyes at rest.
God broke my heart to prove
He only takes the best.
God knows you had to leave me
But you did not go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day he took you home.

 

Christmas tag

December 4th 2007 10:22 am
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Thanks for tagging me Scooter!

This is what you have to do. Listen up because it’s different than usual.

You have to write a letter to Santa Paws with 5 requests in your diary.

Then you have to give whoever tagged you 5 bones or treats.

Then tag 5 more cats or dogs.

Dear Santa Paws: This Christmas I wish for the following things:

1. All pups to have a warm home and loving family like I did.

2. All pups to have wonderful food and tons of treats.

3. I wish for a peaceful and painfree life for Pebbles!

4. No more pups suffer from IMHA and Cancer.

5. For Everypup and their family to have a safe and Happy Holiday!!

Love,
Cherry

I'll pass on tagging more pups, as Christmas is a busy time and pups need belly rubs!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!

 

I've been Turkey Tagged!

November 18th 2007 1:20 pm
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I have been tagged, what fun!!! Isis tagged me!

Because it’s Thanksgiving time, there is a change to the rules. Each player needs to tell seven special things they are thankful for. Tagged dogs must post the rules in their diary and their 7 things. Then choose 7 pups to tag and list their names. Let them know by pawmail or rosette that they have been tagged and to read your diary for the instructions on how to play.

1. I am thankful for the time I had with my loving family!

2. I am thankful for every walk I ever took!

3. I am thankful for the chocolate covered pretzels, mint chocolate chip ice cream, cookies and all of the other wonderful food I got over the years!

4. I am thankful for all of the Wonderful Vets who gave me the additional time I got with my family!

5. I am thankful for having so many wonderful Dogster pals!!

6. I am thankful for all of the fire sirens and hot air balloons I was able to howl at!

7. I am thankful to be able to have so many wonderful Bridge Angels to keep me company while I wait to see my family again!!

I tag:
1. Paris # 308107
2. Karma # 154194
3. Charlie # 409705
4. Kadie # 405394
5. Postal # 525378
6. Jeb # 330320
7. Benji # 550158


Thanks Isis for including me!!

 
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