She outlived her husband by almost four years. She outlived her children. At 14.5 years old she’s lived longer than we ever thought possible.
But now it’s time to say goodbye after months of deteriorating health and days of severe seizures and dementia. We’ve not slept much this week and we’ve been cleaning up messes left and right as her body and mind fail her.
She was our maternal alpha dog. She was the best at learning tricks and never was one to cuddle. She wanted nothing more than to be sleeping under blankets in the middle of a messy bed so you’d never even know she was there. She’d torment other animals by shaking her butt and barking at them, taunting them into playtime. But she’d curl up with them at night and clean their ears. She was fiercely protective and loved to give full-on tongue-in-mouth kisses. And you couldn’t trick her. You’d keep your lips tight but when you were least expecting it, she’d jump in for a kiss while you were mid-sentence and stick her tongue down your throat.
We loved her dearly.
But these days have been hard and most of the time she is not our Little Girl. She’s an empty vessel wandering and crying in the night, and it breaks our heart. So we choose today to put her out of her misery and allow her to go in the peace she deserves.
She’ll stay forever booty-shaking in our hearts.