Memories of Mariah
To my beloved Mariah:
I remember so clearly the first time I saw you. You were all paws & tail wags. Your Mommy at the time told me you were crate trained, so I went out and bought you a comfortable crate and lined it with blankets. You absolutely refused to get inside it. Looking back now I'm laughing at the expression on your pretty face. You were telling me in no certain terms would you ever get in that crate, & you never did. I'm also laughing at the couch. Phil & I had just bought it, you decided that it was yours & proceeded to eat it. Every trash day I was taking down either a pillow or a cushion. Phil passed away shortly before I got you. You provided me with so much amusement & relief. You tore down my screen door & chewed all the workwork around it. I was still so upset at Phil going to heaven that it really didn't bother me. You were challenging me with your mischievous behaviour but more often than not I had to laugh at you. I remember coming home from work & seeing you at my bedroom window. I knew you were wagging your tail. As soon as I walked into the house I could hear you thumping down the stairs waiting for me with your 'bad paw' extended. I always knew you'd been up to no good when you gave me your paw. But I dutifully took it, kissed it & then walked around to see what you'd done. Usually you'd just have slept on my bed or on the couch and knocked all the cushions on the ground. Occasionally you left me a present! My funniest memory was when you stole Penny's chocolate. We all knew it was you & for days afterwards the garden had little pieces of green foil glittering in the sun. Of course, how could I ever forget the time you & Chelsea stole my roast beef off the counter. I know Chelsea pulled it down but she ran away & left you to get into trouble! You & Chelsea just loved playing hide and seek with me. No matter where I hid, you always found me. I remember the day that I picked you up after you stayed with your first Mommy while I recovered from surgery. When you saw me you pushed all the other wolfies out of the way to get to me. You nearly knocked me down you were so happy to see me. I only had the say the words 'do you want to go for a ride' and you would go crazy. I loved taking you to McDonalds for french fries. I loved taking you for walks, oh the attention you got and how you loved everyone. Puppy, you never left my side. Wherever I went you were next to me. In the summer when I mowed the lawn, you sat on the driveway watching me and if you couldn't see me, you came looking for me. I'm smiling now when I think of how you always looked after you were done eating your food. Your nose was always covered in cheese. I hope they have Jumbones in heaven because you love them too. I'm sorry for the all the times I had to take you to the vet, I know you hated it, but then we found Dr. Collins, who made going to the vet much easier. Puppy, I can't tell you how sorry I am that you tripped over the stupid x-mas lights & hurt your paw again. I'm so sorry for the tumor you had in your lungs that kept making you sick. You're a brave girl. I smile when I think of how you'd follow me up to bed at night & sleep on your back, at the bottom of my bed. You were rather upset at me when I brought Chelsea home, you'd just gotten used to having me all to yourself. She was a thief & always stole your food but being the sweetheart that you are, you let her. Mommy had to stand over both of you to make sure you got your food. I know Ciara tried to steal your food too, but she didn't push you around like Chelsea did. You were so sad when Chelsea joined Ciara & Sean, but you cheered up soon. You & I were again the closest of buddies. Ry puppy, I can't tell you how much I miss you. There was something so incredibly special about you. You were everything to me. Sometimes, I just sit here in disbelief, I can't believe you're not with me anymore. I know that you're in heaven now with Sean, Ciara & Chelsea. I also know that Phil is taking care of you. Ciara & Chelsea must be overjoyed that you're with them. Just remember puppy, how much Mommy loves you and misses you so terribly. You'll always be my baby puppy girl. I love you Mariah. Mommy. 2/08/04. It has been 3 weeks since you went to Rainbow Bridge. Puppy I miss you so much. I love you more & more everyday. I'm sending you a big kiss. Be a good girl Ry Ry & one day we'll all be together again. Mommy.02/21/04. Mariah, it's been month since you left me. I miss you so much. Everyday I come home & miss seeing your happy, smiling face. I miss the little dance you did for me when I asked you if you wanted to go out. I would give anything right now, to give you hug and tell you how much I love you! Mommy. 03/09/04 Hi sweetie, you've been on my mind so much lately. Not a day goes by where I don't think of you. The pain of your passing hasn't gotten any better. I'm having such a hard time adjusting to life without you. Your 11th birthday is coming up Ry Ry, how I wish you were still here with me. I do feel your presence though and I know you're watching out for me. I miss you Mariah. Love, Mommy. 03/27/04. Happy 11th Birthday Ry Puppy. There is nothing I can say, that I haven't already said a hundred times over. Thank you for bringing me such love. Thank you for all the years of joy that you brought to me. Thank you for all of your kisses, head butts and paw shakes. Thank you for all these cherished memories. I love you and I miss you so much, but I think you know that. Right now my eyes are closed and I'm holding you, close to my heart, and thinking of all the wonderful special times we shared together. I love you puppy. Mommy. 05/06/04 Puppy, You're on my mind all the time. I'm especially missing you today though. I want more than anything to see you & hug you. I was truly blessed to have had you for as long as I did. My sweet, baby puppy girl. I love you so much. Mommy. 06/23/04. Mariah, I love you today, tomorrow & for the rest of my life. I miss you so much it hurts. I've got a big hug for you and I know you just gave me your paw! Take care of Sean, Ciara & Chelsea! Mommy. 07/28/04 Mariah, thanks for the times that you gave to me. Sweet Angel how I miss you! Mommy. 11/18/04 Almost a year has passed since you left me. I'm still heartbroken & would give anything to have you back. Miss you girl. Mommy 12/31/04. Love you Mariah. 01/18/05. 1yr today. How I miss you. I love you so much Mariah & always will. Mommy 03-27-05 Happy Birthday sweet angel. Mommy 10/28/05 Puppy, you're always on my mind. Not a day goes by where I don't think of you. I miss you as much today as I ever have. You were my rock, my anchor. You kept my life together and gave me purpose. All memories I have since Phil died have always included you, you saw me through everything. My life isn't the same without you. Take care of Sean, Ciara & Chelsea. I love you sweetheart, always remember that! Mommy. 12/12/05. Puppy, it's almost Christmas time. How I wish you were here with me. I still hang your stocking on the fireplace. Love you & miss you Mariah. Mommy 1-1-06. Happy New Year Ry puppy. Another year has gone by without you. I miss you so very much. Every day I spend without out, I realize just how lucky I was to have had you for as long as I did. Love you so much Mariah. Mommy. 01-18-06 My darling Mariah, today marks two years since you left me. I miss you terribly sweetheart and would love more than anything to see you once more. You're constantly in my thoughts! I love you very much Mariah and always will. Mommy. Happy 12th Birthday my sweet baby puppy girl. Mommy is sending you hugs, kisses & cuddles. I miss you terribly Mariah. Not a day goes by where you're not in my thoughts. Love you lots girl. Happy Birthday. 6-5-06. My beautiful girl. I'm missing you so much lately. I tried explaining to my friend the bond that we shared. It's indescribable. You were a part of me. I miss you as much today, as I did two years ago. The pain hasn't gone away. I just want to know you're happy. Love you very much. Hugs & kisses Ry girl! Mommy. 9/11/06, Hi sweetie pie, for the first time since I lost you, I'm giving some thought to getting another puppy. I need another puppy to love and take care of. I know you don't mind. You will always be my best girl. There isn't another dog in the world that will ever take your spot. I saw lots of puppies yesterday, I got lots of puppy kisses and tail wags. You are never far from my thoughts Mariah. I love you girl. Mommy. 1/18/07. 3 years today. I can't believe 3 years have passed since you went to God. I feel your presence with me and feel so comforted knowing you're there. I don't feel lonely, just sad I can't reach out and hug you. I miss you terribly Puppy and will love you forever. Mommy. 03/27/07 Happy Birthday sweet puppy love! Love for ever & always Mariah! Hugs & kisses! 06/06/07. Hi sweetheart! Just popping in to say 'hi' and send you a big hug and loads of kisses! Mommy. 01-04-08 - Hey sweetheart, just popping in to say 'hi' and to tell you Mommy finally has a new puppy. His name is Clancy and he's a real love. I so wish you were here to teach him some man/ers. He's quite a terror! I love you and miss you, Mommy. 01/18/08 - Mariah, I simply can't believe you're gone 4 years today. It just doesn't seem possible. I still miss you as much today, as I did when you left me. I love you very much Ry pup and I always will. Send me a paw shake and kiss to let me know you're OK. Your Mommy. 02/16/08 - Hey Ry girl, I took your brother to get his nails clipped this morning! Everyone loves Clancy, I just wish you were here to teach the litte bugger some manners! He's so bad, but I love him dearly! I love girl, so very much. Mommy. 03-27-08 Happy Birthday sweetheart. I love you puppy. 8/10/08. Ry Puppy, how are you? I love you sweetheart and I'm looking to you now, for strength in handling Clancy. He's testing me in so many ways. You started out being naughty, but nothing like Clancy. I just don't know what to do, please guide me Mariah. Love you so much, Mommy. 9/26/08 Mariah, will your loss ever get easier? I miss you so much girl. You'll always be my best girl. I love you so very much. Mommy 1/18/09 Hi baby girl. Remembering you today with much sadness. My sweetheart! Rest easy girl. Mommy 10/1/09 - Ry Ry, how could I still miss you so much? Your passing has left a big void in my life. I miss you each & every day. You were the best companion I've ever had & I'll never stop loving & missing you. Mommy 12/25/09 - Merry Christmas sweetheart. I love you. 01/18/10 - Sweet Ry Ry, doesn't seem like 6 years. Miss you so much sweetie pie. Love you girl so very much. 2/20/10 - Ry puppy, will the pain of losing you ever go away? How is it I still miss you so much? 04/14/10 - Ry Ry, had a tough day today & could have used some of your love. Send some to me? I love you so much girl. Mommy. 1/2/2011 Happy New Year Ry puppy. 01/18/11-Mariah, how is it possible you left me 7 years ago. That day is burned into my memory. I miss you so much sweetheart. 01/02/12 - Happy New Year baby girl. Always love and miss you. Mommy. 01/18/12 - Never far from my thoughts Ry Ry. Miss you so much girl. Love always, Mommy. 03/27/12 Happy Birthday sweet Mariah. I love you sweet girl. Mommy
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