It's a year today you're gone. It has taken me this long to write this.
I knew you would be a handful from the day we brought you home crying for leaving your siblings to wanting to play at 2 in the morning.
From digging up my rosebushes for a present to sneaking toads in the house.
You were my Marly---from eating the wood where the smell of the bitter apple stopped to tearing up my favorite Christmas animal for being pissed off at us for being gone, the garbage was up on the chair for almost 16 years.
I knew you were my alpha-girl when you yelled at Ralph for sitting on my dresser and for tolerating him for all of those years, to always having to beat us up the stairs (even when your legs started getting bad).
I loved watching you play hide and seek and getting panicked when you couldn't find anyone, tossing your ball at us when you wanted to play, or digging at Ken's back to get your ball back, to tackling him in the yard when chasing him (that's how he learned to run so fast) or anyone else around the house. Or how Erin taught you to eat from a spoon and play growl with Dave. Or how you had to have one of your babies in your mouth to greet us and you wouldn't until you found one.
You were my baseball buddy going to all of the kids games. You also were my gardening buddy, eating the rasberries right off the bush. I never had to watch you outside for you liked it better out there, after you stopped running away due to your nightmare stay at the kennel when you wouldn't come out for any of the keepers, I paid for extra 1 on 1 time, and I got my money back. You truly thought we deserted you! And I never did that to you again.
You were more of a company to me after the kids went away to school than anyone else.
When I started having surgeries, you were right by my side the entire time I was home (and I was also there for you when you had yours).
I knew you were a fighter when the cardiologist said you wouldn't make it after they removed the first absessed tumor, for you did come through it with flying colors.
You were a fighter---up until it was time when we had to let you go. You were on "borrowed time" for about 3 years.
Everyone told me that I was letting you stay too long, that it was for myself, but I talked it over with Dr. Patty and she said you would let me know when it was time, and when you stopped helping yourself to your favorite cookies, I knew that was it.
I had a surgery about a month ago, and Ralph was right by my side as you once were, keeping me company. I thought he would take a downfall when you left, but he surprised us all. He decided to stick around. Now it is his turn to be cared for, for he has become diabetic. And even with giving him his medicine twice a day, just like you---he still likes me.
You are now on the desk watching me as I write to others who have sent their babies on to the Bridge...
You would have made a perfect person, you always had a tail-wag for us, always unconditional love, always eager to please, and I loved your Labbie-Eskimo kisses.
I'm thinking of becoming a foster-mom to give a lab (just like you) a home. But at this time I have to think of Ralph, for he was never keen on letting another dog in, never let another dog invade "your" house.
I still see you either running to the mail box, sleeping on your blanket in the corner of the room, helping us bring in groceries, or getting snow all over my clean driveway after I've shoveled.
You're my baby-girl and forever friend.
We had you for almost 16 years, and that was because Dr. Patty said we gave you such a good life you didn't want to leave. I was happy you went out without a struggle, peacefully...because it was your time.
I was also glad I was with you at the end, as I was with you the first day we brought you home.....I was there for you as many times as you were there for me. Someday we will all be joined at the Bridge together, all of the furries,human parents and siblings.
Lots of love and Labbie-Eskimo Kisses... I will always miss you.
I hope you got your blue ball that I sent with you. I meant to tell you, Alfie is another friend I had in the past. I hope you will meet up and play together. Meanwhile, I will not forget either of you.
2-8-2011...It has been 2yrs,2 months, and 27 days since you left us. Ralph has joined you today, he has been battling a long fight, just like you and today unfortunately, he has joined up with you on the bridge. Please welcome him, for he has been missing you since you left. I shall have a spot for him on the bridge with you shortly.Love and kisses to you both, I miss you...
3-15-11...Started being a volunteer for the Bridge today so I could help other persons through it all.....still miss you, baby girl..
8-14-2011...We brought your new sister home this week. Her name is Eva..she is a yellow lab born into rescue at L.E.A.R.N. Watch over her and take care of her...you are still missed very much...
10-07-2011...Eva has joined you today..circumstances beyond our control. Please watch over her for she is still new to this world...I will have a site for her soon.
10-16-2011...They say that if you lose a puppy very young suddenly or due to circumstances beyond your control, you should find a new one right away. We brought your new sister home today. She is a black lab named Hermioni. She was born on 8-12-2011.Please watch over her for she is new to this world as Eva was......
10-7-2014...You're cousin Shasta has joined you on the Bridge this week. Please find him with Ralph and Eva and show him the way....Love you,baby girl
10-22-2014...Charlie has joined you today, please meet up with him so he is not alone.....Love, you baby girl
REMEMBERING BIRTHDAYS AND CHRISTMAS....
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