Nicknames: Dixie DoodleBug, Doodle, DixieDawg, Sweetie-girl, DixieCup, Birdie, TrixieDixie, Dix, Baby-girl, Queenie, Princess, DivaDog, DixieGirl, and the Dad calls me "Chachi"--don't ask me why
Gotcha Date: August 26th 2008
Birthday: February 10th 2003
Likes: walkies, car rides, being in the same room as her people
Pet-Peeves: not being able to sniff each and every clump of grass, bush, weed, hedge, tree for at least a minimum of 15 seconds... with her nose buried in the foliage
Favorite Toy: After living with us for nine months, she still has no interest in toys... how sad. But we keep trying :D
Favorite Food: Dixie understand treats now. She is a delicate little lady--only soft treats, and only small portions. We had to return the free bag of normal sized kibble for a bag of small bites :)
Arrival Story: The Chicago Crew had just lost two of it's members--14 yr old Golden Retriever Remo the Red to renal failure and 9 yr old Golden LuckyLucy to cancer--and that left a very, very big hole in our lives. WINston XXLP is a wonderful, fabulous Bulldog who has us wrapped around his paw, but he's not a dog you can take out on walks or explore with. As adorable as he is, he's our fur-covered doorstop (but at the ancient Bulldog age of 11 1/2 he's earned that right!). Mum and Dad had recently heard about the plight of black dogs in shelters (in kill-shelters being black is almost a guaranteed death sentence because they get passed over for lighter-colored dogs until time runs out) and decided the next member of The Chicago Crew would be a beautiful Black Pearl! We found Dixie on Petfinder at a shelter in Indiana not too far from our wonderful vet, Dr. Mullings.
UPDATE: The unthinkable has happened. Our dearest bullyboy suddenly left for the Bridge not even a month after Dixie came to live with us. So many people have commented that WINston waited for Dixie to come before he felt he could leave us. Losing three in three months... Dixie came just in time to save us from unbearable sorrow.
Bio: Back in the beginning of February 2008, in the dead of a Midwest winter night, Dixie was dropped off after hours outside of the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster, Indiana, by person(s) unknown. Dixie spent over six months at the shelter, and from what we were told, became a favorite of many of the staff.
Forums Motto: Share your love with a BlackPearl dog!
The Mom picked up my ashes today. She and the Dad had a good cry.
The people at St.Francis Pet Funeral Services & Crematory are very special people. They sent the Mom and the Dad a lovely, heartfelt sympathy card through the mail. And today, with my ashes, they included a sweet little St. Francis medal and prayer card.
Alex from Alex in Welderland's Custom Pet Urns is going to put me up onto WINston's couch urn. But, even though the container from St. Francis is just a temporary stop for me, it's a beautiful tin--white with gold trim, a bouquet of flowers on the lid and this printed on the side:
"Herewith are deposited the remains of one
who possessed beauty without vanity,
strength without insolence,
courage without ferocity, and
all the virtues of human beings,
without their vices.
This praise which would be unmeaning
flattery if inscribed over human ashes,
is but a just tribute,
which makes one grateful to now
have the privilege,
of the happy memories left behind,
by this pet."
Sully & Socks' Mom posted this in the Mitey Mitey Buh-ens Party forum:
There was one star brighter than all the others last night guiding home our precious Dixie Black Pearl...the Bridge was very crowded on the far side with all the angels who have gone before shuffling to find a spot to welcome her. Big WINston was front and center, drooling and barking...a beacon in the night. The rest of the Crew and Rocky were keeping an eye on Socks and Jenna as they kept trying to nudge closer to see. Levi & Kubbi, Brandibear,little Cocobear and Buh-ens were wagging their tails excitedly as they saw a beautiful, shiny Black Pearl angel with wings of glittering diamonds racing down the edge of the Rainbow to join all the happy, young angels waiting to greet her.
There were so many of Dixie's old friends there that she let out a howl of joy as she brushed away a tear, sad to leave her earthly family, but knowing that one day they would also cross over the rainbow and once again be all together. As she descended in the most beautiful field of flowers, the angels all barked happily to see their dear friend land in the arms of beautiful young man named Brendan, who kissed her and let her race to join them. The welcoming group had the biggest pawty ever and reminisced long into the night, telling Angel Dixie all about the wonderful sights she's see so clearly now and that her family would always know that she was watching over them, as all the other angels keep watch over their families.
Dixie told them about how she was guided to them by all the beautiful candles lit by her family and friends. She hoped that her family wouldn't cry for too long because she is now whole and happy to be free of pain. As the evening drew to a close, Dixie and all the other beloved angels blew kisses of gratitude to their loved ones left behind, thanking them all for the love and the wonderful times they had shared together over the years.
The angels all slept peacefully, knowing that they had left indelible pawprints in the hearts of their loved ones and would wait patiently to greet them into this paradise at the end of the Rainbow Bridge.