Her pawprints are gone from our kitchen floor.
She's not slipping and sliding--falling no more.
Her dog dish is scrubbed, no Kibbles, no treats.
No rugs in the corner to steady her feet.

No curling up at the hearth to doze.
Nor lost in a corner, to bump her sweet nose.
No carrying her out for her fresh air each day.
It had been a long time since she'd wanted to play.

She couldn't hear us call out her name.
She couldn't remember our fun little games.
But her spirit is here in this big ole place.
And I can see her dear, shaggy face.

I can almost hear her low, aging bark-bark.
Mitzi, "Puppy-Angel of my Heart".

"Mom" B.

Mitzi came into our hearts and lives on May 14, 1979. We were told that she was born sometime in February, so we chose Valentines Day as her official birthday. She was a birthday present for our oldest son, who is now 31. My beloved said to me "Mom, if I can't have a dog for my birthday, you don't have to give me anything". What's a mother to do? So, I went to the local dog pound and saw this cutest little ragamuffin, scruffy, with her little paw stretched out of the cage, whimpering "Take me, Please, Take Me!!" She fell asleep with her head on my lap on the way home and from that moment on, she was my dog too and Son #1 hadn't even seen her yet.

She had a bath and loved the hair blower and snuggled down into a little basket I had set on our fireplace. She had a red bow around her neck. I sat in my chair and waited for school to end when the birthday boy came home. He walked in with his usual salutations, walked past Mitzi, all of a sudden turned around and came back and spied our little treasure. From that moment on, she was our family's second dog, actually. We also had Pepper, who was getting on in age.

Everyone loved Mitzi, she was our "be with" dog. She went everywhere we all did and sometimes it was confusing when some of us went another direction. Our favorite time was when our family went on a canoe trip down a wonderful river in Michigan. We were in two canoes, Mitzi standing at the very front, barking to the lead canoe "I want to be with you". And so she would jump into the river, swim to the other canoe and be helped aboard. Of course, she then went to the front of that canoe, and barked to be let in her previous spot, and so on and so on. It was one of our favorite memories.

When my Husband and I left Michigan and left our grown family behind, Mitzi went with the old folks to Indiana. By then she was getting on, 15 years old and was really, a "be with" dog. Frequently while I was doing chores in the kitchen, I would back up not knowing she was behind me and step on her little paws. I remember saying many times "Mitzi, for heaven's sake, do you have to be THAT "be with"?

She eventually lost her hearing, her sight, and then her strength. She did have a slight stroke but recovered very quickly from it. When my Husband and I traveled, we left Mitzi in the care of some wonderful people at the Animal Hospital. The staff there all loved her and gave her special attention. They tell us that she cried all the while we were gone. For Mitzi's 19th birthday, she received from the Vets and their staff, a little bundle of treats, a special birthday card signed by everyone, and a free grooming. What wonderful people they all are. When it was time to let Mitzi go to Heaven, her "vacation friends" (as my sister put it) helped her along the way.

We miss her terribly. This page is for my sweetie. I have added some special notes, poems and links that may help someone else who has lost a pet. I am grateful to my friends who have been of great support to me and I am for ever grateful to Marie of Backgrounds by Marie, for making these wonderful graphics for my page. What an honor for me.

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"IF IT SHOULD BE"

(author unknown)
If it should be that I grow weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand,
Don't let your grief then stay your hand,
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fears,
You'd not want me to suffer so,
The time has come, please let me go.

Take me where my need they'll tend,
And please stay with me until the end,
I know in time that you will see,
The kindness that you did for me.

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Please do not grieve, it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do,
We've been so close, we two, these years,
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

Dedicated to the millions of animals who are euthanized & their owners who have to make this very difficult decision each year. May God Bless You and comfort you in your grief.

From my dear friend and geocities neighbor, Coffeemama. Thank you, dear heart.

This is the first letter we received from Mitzi after she left us December 30, 1998. Thanks so much, JoAnne,(my sister)it means the world to us. Mitzi's address is: Blue Sky Lane; Cloud #10; Heaven.

Dearest Mom and Dad,
I arrived on time; My trip went much smoother than I had anticipated; so I was relaxed, calm, and very rested when I got here.

Thank you so much for helping me feel so much at ease before I departed. It made me feel so happy to have you drop me off for my departure--no need for you to come because I sure was in good hands at the "Gate" where all my "vacation friends" were to help me. They always took good care of me when I stayed with them while you were gone on trips.

I always missed you when you were gone, but they always were so good to me and gave me my treats and food and lots of hugs, too. I didn't mind it too much because you always let me know you'd be back. They were really my good friends!!!

So, when you "turned me over" to my friends, I understood why, and I knew you had to leave, and I thank you for leaving me with those who also loved me so much, too.

Enough of that...

Now that I am "up here" I feel the best I have felt for quite some time. I'm sleeping so good with those "cloud-soft" pillows and the beautiful sun rays wake me up each morning and I feel warm and cozy. I can run now better than ever and my eyes can see the glory of God all around me every day. And know what, any time I want I can look down and see you. That makes me happy!!

I know I had to come up here before you, but it's wonderful because every day I can play with Grandma Feuerherm, Grandpa Branson, Theresa, Tony, and Pepper and Lucky. I'll miss you but one day I'll be seeing you again. In the meantime, as you can see, I'll be busy so don't you be sad.

You'll always be my Mom and Dad in Heaven and on earth. Thank you for taking such good care of me all my wonderful life with you. You loved me, you touched me, you hugged me, you kissed me and held me and fed me. Thanks so much for letting me sleep with you by your bed. I never was lonely at night because you were there close to me.

Say "Hello" to David, Dori, and Dennis. They loved me alot and I sure loved them too. We sometimes roughed it up but we "four" kids had fun together!!

Oh, tell Auntie Jo and Gordy that I'm doing good. I liked it when they came to see us and they helped me alot when you were on vacation to Whistler. We had fun and they gave me lots of hugs and extra treats because you were gone.

I'm nestling down now on my "cloud-soft" pillow, so Mom and Dad, you be at peace and be assured that I'm doing good up here and thank you for loving me so much for all my life on earth with you!!

I'll be seeing my friends tomorrow!
Now that's Heavenly!!

I'll always love you,

Mitzi

Treasured Friend

I lost a treasured friend today
The little dog who used to lay
His gentle head upon my knee
And share his silent thoughts with me...

He'll come no longer to my call
Retrieve no more his favorite ball
A voice far greater than my own
Has called him to His golden throne.

Although my eyes are filled with tears,
I thank Him for the happy years
He let him spend down here with me
And for his love and loyalty.

When it is time for me to go
And join him there, this much I know...
I shall not fear the transient dark
For he will greet me with his bark.

Author Unknown

From my new web friend, I thank you for your kinds words. DEE.

"On every side I see your trace:
Your water-trough’s scarce dry;
Your empty collar in its place
Provokes the heavy sigh.

Oh, little face, so merry-wise,
Brisk feet and eager bark!
The house is lonesome for your eyes
My spirit somewhat dark.

"To a Dog," Anonymous,ca.1916.

My gratitude to Mr. John Mingo for this award. Please visit his pet loss site linked below or you can just click on the award. It is very beautiful and therapeutic. Thanks, John.

.....to bereaved pet sites.....

PET LOSS MEMORIALS

PET LOSS GRIEF SUPPORT

ANGEL ANIMALS

RAINBOW BRIDGE

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