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RIP, our little Angel

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today I've been doing laundry and taking care of other stuff.

Our son came home after school and in a little bit, he went outside to mow the yard, and discovered our little Angel, legs outstretched, laying on her side in the grass near the house, a peaceful expression on her furry little black face. We've been working on her grave hole by the trees that she frequently liked to sleep under. DS is taking it fairly well, all things considered. He doesn't remember when our cat Diesel died when he was only 11 months old, so that's been years now.

We've had Angel since around 2006. The older woman we got her from was going into an assisted living home in Texas. She was a friend of my mother-in-law (who had already moved to Kansas closer to us in 2005.). She had gotten Angel from the pound there in Oklahoma some 2 or 3 years earlier, after her previous dog Queenie had passed on. The pound had her because she had belonged to an elderly couple who had to give her up when they themselves were going into a care home. So it's anyone's guess how old she actually was, but the vet said she was starting to get cataracts. She'd had grey/white hairs in her muzzle a few years now. Still liked to go for walks but couldn't handle running any more. I'd just taken her to the vet last week to get her rabies shot, and just renewed her license at the local City Hall for another year...

Somewhere around, I think we have a photo of her... Will have to find and update this later. We think she might have had some Australian Blue Heeler or some Shelty in her? Long wirey coat, impossible to keep brushed down, and she always preferred to be outdoors, even in the winter.... so peaceful, never tangled with our cat. Never barked much. About the only thing that got her going was chasing the rabbits that dared to bound through the yard, and she'd set off a mad dash in hot pursuit, stopping only at the fence.

She liked to dig... and when she'd go to my mom's house to hang out with her "cousin" (Larry the Cable Dog, who is mostly lab and maybe husky? he's a BIG dog compared to little ole 18-19 pound Angel!), she'd dig. Well... we were out of town and then my mom had to go out of town, so my step-brother was watching her. And well... she dug a hole and she and Larry got out of the fence and went roaming the neighborhood. Their tags got them some attention and phone calls, and they were returned. She got them out again later on. From then on, my mom called her "Jezebel" for "Leading Larry astray...." and when she went to visit my mom and Larry, we had to clip her to a very long chain so she had the entire yard to roam around on, but just not quite to the fence where she could dig!!

So anyway... I guess this is just a place to recollect thoughts.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SAINTBETH 10/16/2012 9:48AM

    So sorry for your loss. My cat died last month and I also got her from a lady who went into a nursing home. These little furry guys bring a lot of happiness into our lives.

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MOMFAN 10/7/2012 9:22PM

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JULIA_211 9/28/2012 4:55AM

    I'm so sorry. emoticon emoticon

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AWESOMECAROL55 9/23/2012 12:25PM

    Julia..I am so sorry for your loss...I know how difficult it is!! We love our little fur babies and treasure the joy they bring to us!! They love us unconditionally as we love them!! My condolences!!


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SONYALATRECE 9/22/2012 10:08PM

    My condolences! I know it's a matter of time for my Andy (toy poodle).
He's old. He's 10 in human years, but still lively.
Bless you!
All God's creatures are special and the companionship means so much. I understand.

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DIANER2014 9/22/2012 6:09PM

    So sorry for your loss! emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 9/22/2012 5:04PM

    My condolences on the loss of your beloved Angel. Losing a furry member of the family is just as difficult as losing anyone.

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MISSG180 9/22/2012 3:24PM

    It's always painful to lose a beloved family friend like this. I am sorry for your loss.

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JANNEPERRY 9/22/2012 1:17PM

    Sorry for your loss. Pets are family members for many folks. I know Angel will be missed.

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JESSIKA_56 9/22/2012 11:58AM

    Sorry to hear about Angel's passing. emoticon

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M77355 9/22/2012 11:17AM

    Ohhhh I sad for you but glad she got to finish out her years with a loving family, big yard with rabbits to chase and still up for adventures. Life was good with you.

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PHEBESS 9/22/2012 11:13AM

    My deepest condolences - I know how hard it is to lose a pet, and send you lots of hugs.

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MRSCLAUS46 9/22/2012 9:27AM

    So sorry to read about your loss Julia. The loss of any pet can be devastating, but one so loved is very difficult. Your memories of her will be a comfort I am sure.
Take care friend.
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GAYLLYNNE 9/22/2012 9:19AM

    Sorry to hear about your loss. It's so hard to say good by to our furry kids. You are a wonderful family to have taken her in. I too had a dog that belonged to an elderly woman that went into a nursing home. We adopted him at 9 and had him till 13. I still miss him!! Remember, he is "over the rainbow bridge".

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GINNJEN1974 9/22/2012 5:59AM

    Aww so sorry to hear about you little Angel. She sounds like a sweetie

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BERRY4 9/22/2012 3:36AM

    Sorry to hear that your pet is gone. emoticon

I know we have discussed how we will manage when our older dog is gone. She is such a valuable asset to our rural life. She is the most perfect guard dog--better than any alarm system!
Animals have a way of weaving themselves into your daily lives and really do leave a hole when they go.

Glad you were able to share good memories and funnies that were unique to your Angel.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/21/2012 11:45PM

    Saying goodbye to those we love is never an easy thing, but take heart in the fact that your sweet Angel is now herself with the angels, with all those who have crossed The Rainbow Bridge before her. She is free from the aches and pains of old age, and able to romp and play once again like a youngster.

She will wait patiently for those whom she has loved to one day cross over The Bridge, when the time is right, so that she can be reunited with her human family again.


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CANINE_MAMA 9/21/2012 11:12PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. I have wondered how much longer Cody will be with me. He will be 14 in December. I certainly don't look forward to losing him.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 9/21/2012 10:20PM

    I am so sorry for your loss =(

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68ANNE 9/21/2012 9:27PM

    I am sorry for your loss. Enjoy the wonderful memories!

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MELROSE13 9/21/2012 8:26PM

    Sorry for your dogs have always been family and it is hard when they go but to know they were loved and cared for should be a comfort!

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OJ_2_OK 9/21/2012 8:06PM

    RIP angel. It sounds like you guys gave her a great life.

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