1/1/2000 - 5/13/2014Today I laid to rest my baby, my sweetie, my girl, my Angel.

She has been my one constant for the last 14 years, during which I have seen her grow from a rambunctious six month old pup who loved to eat my shoes and escape the backyard back in Salinas all the while causing trouble with her “sister”, to a caring pack mother who cared for three Dachshunds and one crazy neurotic Welsh Corgi mix, to my friend and pal while I was going through some of the rougher (and better) periods in life.

She has given me so much joy those years. Which is why it is so hard for me to say goodbye today.

A little less than a year ago, she was diagnosed with nasal cancer but that did not stop her from living the life she wanted and deserved, giving me and the people around her the joy of her presence. Even if she could only breathe out of one nostril. No, that didn’t stop her nor did the arthritis in her legs that often made her look like Bambi on ice when she tried to get up. In fact, it probably hurt me more to see this than it bothered her. As long as there was food to be had after all that effort – which there always was. In hindsight that probably had something to do with her being a wee bit overweight.
Nope, none of this stopped her although it did slow her down some.

I think she wanted to proof our vet wrong when he tried to predict the remaining length of her quality of life, and she succeeded.

In the end, it was none of these things (although maybe indirectly) – it was that she was just so tired after caring for me for fourteen long but good years. I think if I had let her, she would have held on a little longer but it became apparent over the last few days that it was time for her to go to sleep one last time while laying out in the sun (which she loved).

I love you, Angel and I will miss you more than words can describe.
Ramon van DijkWake Forest, North CarolinaMay 14, 2014
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It is a sad fact that we are destined to outlive our furry companions, who add so much to our lives, and ask for so little in return.Terry Christian - July 16, 2014
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