Likes: cuddling, giving kisses, stealing toys, rolling on icky smells...
Pet-Peeves: sharing food, people not wanting to cuddle
Favorite Toy: squeaky fish, Booda bugs, chew treats (to roll on of course!)
Favorite Food: Nature's Logic, Wellness, sardines, veggies, jerky treats, anything she can get in her mouth before we catch her!
Favorite Walk: dog park, anywhere!
Best Tricks: making you feel loved, kisses, therapy dog work
Arrival Story: Mom's story: I originally went back to the breeder where I purchased Maddy hoping to get a relative of hers. The only related puppy had died at six weeks old, but the breeder was quick to offer Maddy's mother Precious because she wasn't producing puppies anymore. I thought that was a rather odd statement, and after a few more questions I discovered Preshy was seriously over-bred and forced to have 11 litters of puppies in only 8 years! It became obvious this lady was not the loving breeder I thought she was, and I felt horribly guilty for supporting her BYB operation four years earlier. I bit my tongue and asked if I could please come get her right away - it was the least I could do for Precious. I was nervous about adopting a senior dog with issues, but those feelings quickly went away and now I couldn't imagine life without her! Preshy took almost a year to learn how to relax and enjoy being a dog. She had obviously never seen a toy or chew treat before, so teaching her it was ok to play was a feat in itself! All it took was a lot of love, patience, and encouragement for her to come out of her shell - and now she's one of the most loving and social dogs I've ever met! She greets everyone with such joy and enthusiasm that they can't help but fall in love with her too. I'm so proud that she's mine and love her so much!!! Of course she still flirts like crazy with the boy dogs, but we don't hold that against her. ; ) SEPTEMBER 16, 2007: Precious passed her Therapy Dog exam! Our favorite activity is working with the PAWS to Read program at the library. She LOVES giving kisses to the children and adults...and anyone else who looks at her!
Bio: Born August 10, 1996, Preshy became an angel on October 11, 2008 while in my arms. As I frantically tried to breathe life back into her body, my heart was breaking at the thought of never kissing her sweet face again. Her first 8 years were so hard... I can only hope the last 4 were as wonderful for her as they were for me. Rest in peace my beautiful angel, and know I'll always be grateful for the time we had together.
Thank you once again Dogster HQ for choosing us as a daily diary pick. It's our third time with this honor, and we can only hope that people reading it will gain comfort in knowing someone out there understands their grief if and when they lose a beloved pet.
*hugs* to you all
ps - if you are grieving over a lost one, please join the Rainbow Bridge Angel Babies dogster group. They helped me through a very dark time and they'll help you too. RBAB link
Today is Preshy's one year bridge crossing anniversary. There have been lots of tears shed leading up to today, all the memories of what the last few days were like before have been flooding my mind. I'm not really sure how to feel. We're still so sad without her, but at the same time we want to celebrate and remember her life. She was such a happy girl, loved doing therapy dog work, and truly cared about everyone she met.
I adopted Precious when she was 8 years old. I only had 4 years with her, but they were an amazing 4 years that I am so grateful for. I hope more people give senior dogs a chance to live out their last few years safely and happily. Even though your time together will be limited, it is so worth it.
Thinking of you today and always, we miss you and love you dear Precious.
Our family is so happy to be picked once again for a daily diary pick of the day. We truly hope our experience will inspire others to adopt a senior baby, and give them the love and attention they deserve in their remaining years. For those of you unfortunate enough to lose a loved one, please visit the Rainbow Bridge Angel Babies group. I don't think I would have survived this experience without them.
And thank you for all the warm wishes and heart felt messages today. I know we've been missing for a while, but we think about you every day. You'll be seeing more of us again soon.