April 18th 2007 5:56 pm
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Even though this is our dog-mom's diary, our human mommy said it was OK for us to write this entry.
Our gentle and beloved dog-mom, Sweetie, died peacefully in her sleep this afternoon April 18, 2007, at about 2:15 p.m. EDT. She was 13 years old (at least) and she enjoyed a long, happy, and healthy life. We all know that 13 is very "senior" for a large, German shepherd mix doggie. She was never sick -- and she was blessed to have never had any problems with her hips that so many large doggies have. The only thing we noticed was that she was sleeping more the last few days.
Our dog-mom, Sweetie, was outdoors in the big fenced area -- curled up in her favorite doghouse -- with her head sticking out enjoying some April sunshine, which we haven't had a lot of these past few days. Our mommy took her a bowl of food -- and talked with her for awhile and rubbed her head and ears, which she LOVED!
Mommy and Daddy have been so busy for the last year-and-a-half working on Katrina pet rescues and reunions that they never had enough extra time to set up Dogster webpages for all of us -- BUT one night about a week ago, Mommy stayed up all night -- until 7 a.m. -- and made really neat DogsterPlus pages for all of us. We're all so glad she did that -- and Mommy is ESPECIALLY glad she got all the pages done.
In the few short days Sweetie was on Dogster she was asked to join "Dog Park U.S.A." -- she made lots of new PupPal friends -- and got bones given to her -- and even got 2 Rosettes from her new Pals.
Right after Mommy fed Sweetie and played with her, she had to go out to do some errands. Daddy was here with us, but Mommy was only gone about an hour and a half. When she came home at 2:30 she was crying really hard -- she said to Daddy, "I have to talk to Sweetie" and ran right out to our play area. She came back almost immediately -- and she was crying even harder. She said to us, "Your dog-mom has gone to the Rainbow Bridge."
Now this is the part that Mommy says a lot of people won't believe, but it is absolutely TRUE. She said she was doing her errands and in a really "up" mood and listening to a real happy song on the car radio -- AND all of a sudden when she was about 15 minutes from home, she just started crying uncontrollably for no apparent reason and couldn't stop. She said that she just absolutely knew that when she started crying like that -- that was when Sweetie passed over the Rainbow Bridge -- and that her tears were doggie kisses that Sweetie was sending to all of us.
Mommy had a really good human friend that she met on the internet when they were doing non-stop Katrina pet rescues. She was one of the people that Mommy and Daddy wanted to meet in person and hug when they went to Louisiana last summer. Mommy's friend was only 36 years old, but she died last May -- before Mommy got to meet her in person. Mommy is still crying, but I heard her tell Daddy, "Sweetie got to meet Shannon before we did."
Sweetie was a great dog-mom -- we were lucky to have her with us all these years -- and Mommy and Daddy told us that we'll all see her again some day at the Rainbow Bridge -- and we'll also get to meet a whole bunch of other dogs that lived with Mommy and Daddy before we were even born.
Rest in peace at the Rainbow Bridge, Sweetie -- we'll all love you FOREVER!
Your Dog-Sons Ludwig and Bowdeen
and Your Friends Hope, Shadow, and Gator
See all diary entries for Sweetie -- 3/17/94 - 4/18/07|