Arrival Story: When I met Georgie, she walked from the kennel up to the chair where I was sitting. She lifted one paw and lightly touched my leg. I asked if I could pick her up. Then she sat on my lap for the next hour while I talked about owning a mini schnauzer. She had already claimed me!
Bio: I met a mini schnauzer when I lived in Hawaii. Since I had only owned big dogs, I thought that all little dogs were hyper & yappy, but this one wasn't. What an eye opener! So I researched over the next year to see which breed was best for me & my lifestyle. It turned out to be a mini schnauzer. After moving to Florida, I was ready for my dog. I found a wonderful person, Ginny, who had been breeding minis for over 25 years. She was such a wonderful resource and support as I learned about the breed. She also groomed and boarded my girls when needed (Later I went back and got another, Annie). Georgie has come from top champion lines, she was just a little too small for show. But I won!
Georgie is very driven to put it mildly. Whatever she sets her mind to, she will do. Every day she inspects the perimeter of the yard. She keeps an eye on the squirrels and birds in the backyard. She loves to run after them hoping she'll catch one. It never seems to dampen her spirits that she doesn't. She loves walking and hiking and beaches. In Florida, I had a long work schedule so she went to doggie daycare. It was a wonderful place that matched dogs with appropriate playmates, walked them but also gave them breaks from the others. During that time she learned to get along with all other dogs. She has no fear of any size dog, and has never had a dog attack her. Her composure seems to carry her through any situation.
Georgie is a great traveler. We moved from Florida to California. We drove and stayed at many places along the way. One of her favorite places is the beach in Bandon, Oregon at Uncle Gene's house. Once while visiting friends on Kiawah Island in So. Carolina, Georgie disappeared for 45 minutes!!! Their house is on a river with alligators so we were terrified. We had everyone out in cars and bicycles looking for her. Finally, she came walking around the side of the house looking at us, with a look on her face that said "what's going on?". Needless to say she hasn't gotten out on her own ever again!
In spite of some of her quirky ways, Georgie is warm, cuddly and loving. She is a wonderful girl that I love very much. She has brought much laughter and unconditional love to my life. I'm very lucky!
On 12/30/09, I found Georgie unresponsive with a rapid respiratory rate. She had a massive stroke which took away her body's ability to control her neurological system, which controls everything else. I had to make the decision to let her go. I held her as her body finally relaxed and she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Words can't express how I feel. Thank you to all those who have expressed such loving, supportive thoughts. You are my heart Georgie, you will always be with me.
Happy Birthday to you! You would've been 19 years old today, wouldn't that have been something! I had you up until about 2 months until your 15th, and you never lost your spirit. You were such a treasure and I'm thankful you shared your life with me.
Hope there is lots of cake & ice cream at your party! Give your sisters & boomer some hugs from me. Still missing you!
Mom has been reviewing my diary today, and wanted to share a few things we learned along the way.
After the unexpected loss of a pup friend: "It's overwhelming although these are people & dogs I have never met, but have dealt with so often through dogster. When I can step back from the pain, it's amazing to look at what has just occurred. We've created a network of love & support & strength across the world around a little pup. We're all helping each other through this. I'm sure there are not a lot of us who have ever personally met, but we feel as if we have a huge group of friends out there. This is a very powerful lesson."
Mom's thoughts on why she participates in some of the pups helping pups groups: "Mom feels that dogster gives her & us a lot. She feels a sense of community in learning to care for us, and feels it's our responsibility to give back to that community. She's not a know-it-all, just wants to help & learn. So she's got me working through what are supposed to be my "retirement" years. But she still lets us have fun in groups too!!! My favorite thing of course.... So I don't mind, if we can help 1 other pup or family, we're happy to do it!!!!"
About our friends in Schnauzer's Rule: "No matter what, we are always here for each other. To celebrate accomplishments & milestones, to welcome our new pups, to problem solve issues, to share a laugh, to support one another through illness, to grieve when one of us crosses the rainbow bridge. I've never "met" a better group of pups & parents! No competition, no judgment. Just here. Thank you to everyone!"
After Milly, the Schnauzer's Rule founder, crossed the Rainbow Bridge: "Dogster and Schnauzers Rule has brought a sense of community into our lives. We experience births and deaths, joy and pain, happiness and fear, laughter and tears. We share much with other parents about how to raise our dogs, how to care for them, how to keep them healthy. We share our triumphs, our mistakes. It's such a microcosm of the rest of our world. But there is something a little different about this place. These people are really nice people. Everyone that's here is a bit dog crazy & sees life from a positive perspective. At least that's our experience. We love giving what we can to others, and feel that it's returned 10 times more. We are blessed. We are thankful."
After being chosen diary of the day: "We love dogster for the community it provides, the opportunity to meet and to share with others. Today exemplified that - everyone was so generous with messages, gifts and invitations to become friends. I met some great pups today, and some of my old friends came out to say hi even though they haven't been around much, and of course my daily yappy pals! It just goes to show that we continue to be here for each other in good times, hard times and fun times. Thank you dogster for providing this place for all of us to be together! And thank you to all my furiends! You're the best!"
Mom says that pretty soon our profiles are going away, including photos & diaries. And there will be no more groups. She is sad about it because there was a time she was on Dogster every day! Life has changed so much for & on Dogster, and for our family.
Mom started on Dogster right after Annie crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2006. We joined Schnauzers Rule and met lots of other schnauzers from all over the world. They even accepted our shih tzu sister Molly as an honorary schnauzer. We made so many friends! We helped the group's founder Milly, and she made us admin. We had a lot of fun doing that and bringing lots of other schnauzers together with news, games, events, parties, and every day stories. All of the schnauzers had boyfriends and girlfriends even BOL! We all helped each others parents with the ups and downs of life.
Annie became an admin in Rainbow Bridge Angel Babies. It really helped mom to cope with loss. Over the years since then, our family lost our human brother & uncle, our sister Molly, our cats Tigger, Socks & Prissy, and finally me. RBAB continued to be our place to grieve.
Schnauzers Rule remained our place to live! Our family expanded to include 2 more schnauzers, Finnegan & Winston, and 2 more shih tzus NeeNee & Lily. And 2 human grandsons! As we continued through training, illnesses, moving from urban California to rural Oregon, we still had all of our friends to share the experiences. Mom has even met several other dogster moms, and we even got NeeNee from one of their rescues! But many parents started not visiting Dogster as often. Even mom needed a break due to so much loss and change. So some of the parents found each other on Facebook and share more human life experiences now.
If there is anything we have all learned from our dogs and our shared experiences through dogster, is to STAY IN THE MOMENT, SHARE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and HAVE FUN! So although it is sad to see something end that held such a big place in our lives and hearts, we will go forward and continue to be present, to have fun, and share our love unconditionally!
Thank you to those who worked so hard at keeping a unique community open to us for so many years. We all really appreciate it. There was nothing like it, and we doubt there will again!
Thank you to our friends & parents for being there for us through all life's experience. We love you and hope that if there are some we don't get to see again, that life is still full of love and fun for you! Grieve, keep what is important in your heart and be present wherever you may be.