Our little girl found us on Memorial Day 2002. The Min Pin Rescue's voluteers would bring her to our home with the condition that we had to take her sight unseen. They couldn't bring her back because her owner had passed away and she was found guarding her body. She was homeless at that point, so we never thought twice. We chose her out of three other younger dogs because we knew she would be harder to place. She was an older lady of more than 8 years. When I looked at the papers that were sent with her I knew it was meant to be. She was born on my birthday :o)|
She was a beautiful red Miniature Pinscher who walked into our house and let us all know immediately that she was in charge. Not one of us was going to argue with her including our Chihuahua/Pug and Basenji Mix who were both bigger than her. Neither one of them was an alpha female, which is basically dog talk for, "I'm here and I'm taking over now!" ...lol. We all had our boundaries set at that point.
The night she first came home I gave her a bath and when she was all dry and warm I took her out on our back porch. The sky was beautiful and full of stars. I told her that her last Mommy had to leave for now, but she was going to live with us until it was time to see her again. She was watching over her until that time came. Until then she was up in the sky among those beautiful stars watching over her. Then she burrowed under our blankets to feel safe and warm and she fell asleep... it had been a very long day.
I was already in the throes of a lousy illness, but what we didn't know at the time was she was already in a deteriorating phase of her life. It happened gradually, certainly not the day we got her. She had to see specialists and we first found out from her "doggie opthomologist" that she was going blind from poor nutrition. Her "doggie dermatologist" agreed and she also discovered that the rash all over her little body was one big yeast infection also caused by the food. However, none of the meds she gave us helped her. Her skin was almost as thin as tissue paper at that point. It was so bad that we had to start putting t-shirts on her to prevent her from scratching herself until she bled. Once we got her on a Probiotic plan the toxins were cleansed from her tiny body and she became herself again. That never would've happened if I hadn't found NZymes.com online. Their products are what ultimately healed her. I've become such a believer in their products that my family even takes their Pro-B caps on a daily basis!
We found out what food she was eating when the two girls from the rescue dropped her off. They told us there was a leftover bag in the car and it was "Ol' Roy" from Walmart. They didn't suggest keeping it, so we told them to toss it. I found out later from "The Whole Dog Journal" and other sources that it was on the list as one of the worst foods to feed ANY animal. Back then none of us knew what they put in dog food, so nobody was at fault for it, that's for sure. We got her on a holistic food and by the end of that year her fur was soft and her eyes began to tear again instead of staying dry and goopy. Unfortunately, we were not able to prevent the inevitable. Ollie went blind.
We were able to take her home until the sun came up. We wanted our favorite Vet who always took care of Ollie to send her to Rainbow Bridge not a stranger. I will always cherish the hours she spent asleep on my chest til morning came. We took her home when she passed that day and our hearts have been broken ever since.
I wouldn't change anything we did to make her life better because what we got in return was priceless. We got to love her for almost 9 years. What a gift she gave us! She was 16 when she came here to Rainbow Bridge. I know I will see her again, but missing her is SO hard it breaks my heart into a million pieces... every day! As long as I know she is free and happy I'm at peace with her loss. I know that the day she sees me, really SEES me with her blindness all gone when I come to the Bridge to find her and I see her run to me in her little puppy body that has no more pain and illness, it will be worth the pain we have to endure now.
We'll love you forever Nibbie!!! Thank you for sharing your life with your Mommies, sisters Kira and Cheyenne, brother Rudy, and kitty cousins Sassy and Tanner :o). It will never be the same here without you, my love. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO
July 13, 2011...Here we are one year later, Ollie and we miss you so. We promised you we'd adopt from the Min Pin Rescue where we found you and we have as you know. You sent us a Mom and her Daughter and just in time before they were separated. Their names are Nidia and Tinkerbell. How do I know you sent them to us? You sent Nidia and her nickname is Niddy... just as we called you Nibbie. Is it also a coincidence that she's 8 just the same age you were when you came to live with us? Maybe I'm being nuts, but I always say, "Things happen for a reason." So Niddy and Tink have joined our family and we will be their forever home just like we were for you. Thank you, my little love. We know you're smiling down upon us :o)
July 13, 2015 ....it's been 5 long years of missing you, sweetie. Your sister Kira and brother Rudy have both joined you, so I know you have some special doggies with you. Your Mommies still miss you terribly and know you watch over us. We have pics of you at home, work, Facebook and our phones. I still wear a locket with you cute face in it and people love it! We still have your big sister Cheyenne. She just had to have part of her foot removed because of a cancerous tumor. She's recuperating from that now while we wait for test results. Niddy and I couldn't continue our Therapy Dog Team work because of my health and I know she's sad she can no longer "go to work", but we're hoping to fix that soon. I know you, Rudy and especially Kira are watching over Cheyenne because she's15 years old now going through this medical issue, but could you send her some strength, too? She's not eating as well and were beginning to worry a bit. Even if she doesn't make it, I know she will always have a home on the bridge with all of you. Kisses and extra tight hugs to you, Rudy & Kira! We miss you all SO much! You'll never stop being our family. We've just been separated for a while, that's all! 😊
Ollie Tozzo's People Parent(s), Nancy & Nance, would appreciate knowing you have visited their Ollie Tozzo's Memorial Residency.