Autumn Mist became a therapy dog at 6 months old. She brought thousands of smiles, to the elderly, children, and everyone who met her. Autumn was always so sweet and loving. When she got excited over something tasty or the promise of a ride, or playing, her tail would go up and down, so we got in the habit of calling her our little "Pump Tail". She loved chasing the flashlight beam, playing with the feathered cat toy, and fetching. She loved fetching blue bunny, stuffed skunks toy, and fuzzy bones (our name for homemade braided fleece rope toy". She would search her toy box and come up with the toy she wanted to enjoy at the moment. She'd bring it to you and place it in your hand or if you said drop it, she would do so and wait for you to toss it again.|
About 4 years ago, she was loosing her thick hair and vets could not figure out that her Mommy's suggestion about low thyroid was correct. Finally, after losing hair over and over and chewing so hard, she was given thyroid pills, Still chewing and losing hair, altho did better. We finally gave her, her own little t-shirts to wear to cover the hair loss and to keep her from itching under her arms so badly. She became quite well known for her hot pink t-shirt and did not mind wearing it. We sent her to the Rainbow Bridge wearing it and one of her therapy dog bandana's that her Aunt Brittany had gifted her with this year.
Autumn was always ready to look into your eyes and she would kiss me by taking my bottom lip in her mouth and giving a loving nibble. had almost forgotten that. Many more memories and thoughts will be shared. It helps so much for you to say her name and acknowledge her life. I think the shock is turning into grief.
Autumn, go find your kitty brother, T.K. who left us on Earth Day this year, and get some welcoming bops from him.
She will have friends to play with here and I hope to see her soon. All our love from me and her sister Willow. I miss you my gentle girl!
9/17/19 Nineteen days without you, Autumn. If it wasn't for your sister Willow, I would be so lonely. She misses you too. Going to St Dom's for therapy visit this Saturday, will have to tell them of your passing. There will be so many who will miss your sweet love.
I missed last nights Candle Lighting Ceremony as I went to a seminar where the guest speaker was Don Piper, who wrote "90 Minutes in Heaven". I wanted to ask him if he saw animals, Autumn, but my ride showed up early and wouldn't wait for me. So, that question is still in my mind and I wanted to shake his hand as he has been somewhere special!
I love you, little Pump Tail!
9/19/19 Received some loving notes from folks here at Rainbow Bridge. We all share our love and grief. They are so kind to include us. I found Blue Bunny and put hiim by your ashes. You loved that little toy and fetched it for me hundreds of times when I threw it. Was just the perfect size for your small mouth. If I didn't respond quickly enough, you would pick him up and drop it at my feet or put it in my hand. Miss that, Your sister does not really care for toys, except duck, when I threw one for her to catch. You'd look at her in a disgusted manner and go pick it up where it fell and bring it to me. You Knew I'd play and throw it again for you! I love you, my Sheltie Girl.
9/23/19 This is the first day of Autumn, my sweet girl. You so looked like the season of "autumn". Your beautiful coat the colors of the leaves, golds, browns, copper. And your expressive loving, deep brown eyes looked straight into my soul in the most caring, loving way. You have my heart, my baby. Please send a sign that you are alright. I thought I saw your shadow the other day when Willow ran to the door. It was just a flash, then over. I send you love and tears daily and can't wait to see you again. Please come visit me or send a sign. Love you, Autumn.
9/30/19 Autumn, it has been one month since you left. It seems like days. I got to see a video of you happy and smiling as you jumped off and on the couch trying to get your sister to chase you. So sweet You radiated such love and happiness. Please send a sign. I miss you so much. I love you!
10/01/19 7:20 p.m. Your background song finally started playing "You fill up my senses". Annies Song. Is this a sign from you, Autumn?
I'm trying to find a couple of short videos I have of you and not having any luck. Please take videos of your furbabies while you have them. They will become so precious to you. I love you so much Autumn and miss you! I found your videos of playing in the sprinkler with your sister, Willow. So happy!!!
Your song quit playing after I applied changes and has not come back on. It was a sign, I choose to believe!
October 6, 2019. Autumn, I heard from the Sheltie folks where I got you. They received my request for a companion sheltie should they have one. I am so happy! In your honor, I would like to name her Autumn, also, although I will choose a different middle name. Do you like "Light" as a middle name? Autumn Light which reminds me of the sky changes when autumn is here. Softer, and gentle just like you. We took Willow to a Pet Blessing today in Spring. It was nice and she received a little St Francis medal since it was his patron day. Wish you could have been there. But, now you can bless us from the Rainbow Bridge until we make it there. I Love you!
October 14th Monday Night Candle lighting. Posted your picture, a new one that I found . You are so remarkably sweet faced and beautiful. Did not know how to post until service was over, but several said how adorable and sweet and beautiful you were. How I miss you, my "Pump Tail" Let God put us together soon!
October 18th, my birthday. Miss that you were not there to kiss me and help eat a little piece of cake. The weather has a few cool days which is perfect Sheltie weather. You would love it. Willow goes out and is doing things you used to do that she didn't before. Laying in the cool grass, sleeping in the closet on the soft bed I made for you when you wanted to get down from my bed. And she is sleeping in the bed with me more often. Are you talking together? These are a comfort to me. I love you so much.
November 2nd, 2019 Well, one of our favorite holidays has come and gone. Halloween! We used to put bandannas on you and Willow and put a safety gate up at the front door so when trick or treaters knocked on the door, you could visit with them You always checked out their candy bags, but mostly gave the kids a thrill as they petted you both and you and Willow had so much fun . Never scared of the costumes and you were my official Halloween pups. We didn't do Halloween this year, just not the same. Only one little group of kids came by anyway.
I miss you so much baby girl, you were always such a joy. Will you help me if the Sheltie folks have a litter? They are saying December/January they will have puppies. You are so unique, I will grow to love another baby, but you are so special. Willow and I send all our love.
November 23, 2019. Autumn, the family that I received you from called me this morning about 9 am and they have a little boy that is 3 1/2 weeks old that I was offered. I really wanted a little girl sable sheltie, but as the day goes on. I'm considering him. What if that is you coming back to live out more of your life? People always asked if you were a boy since you didn't have the white ruff like your sister. To me it made you all the more adorable. I'm gonna email him and ask if he will send a picture. If I take him, I will also be open to a little girl in 2020, too. These will be my last dogs because of my age. Baby, I'd love to see you again. Your sister seems happy but I know she has moments of loneliness, too. She now sleeps almost nightly in your spot in my closet that I made for you so it is quiet and no drafts. She also jumps on the bed although she dowsn't stay the night like you willingly did. My precious angel, help me make a good choice. I love you so much.
Baby Autumn. November 30th is 3 months ago that I lost you at 4:30 in the morning. Still miss you so much. I still bring my Sheltie toy to sit on my end table at night and bring her into the den with me in the morning..
December 10. How I will miss you this Christmas, little girl. Your new brother will be coming home in a few weeks . I was thinking of calling him Breezy Mist, but think it will be Mist or Misty Breeze. Mist will be after your own middle name. If I ger a little girl I will name her Autumn Breeze, again using your name. That will be likely in the Summer. I loved your name. It was so gentle and sweet like you. Willow is sitting under the table and we have a new visit tomorrow at Chamberlain College. Wish you were here to go with us. I felt a little lump on Willows right side behind her front leg. Need to get it checked. Ten years seems to be when all the bad things happen. I think of you so many times during the day. Your name comes up and I have to cry still. i want to have good dreams of you and remember them. Willow and I love you so much. Good night sweet Autumn Mist I changed some things in your Memorial.
December 18, 2019 Autumn, we will pick up your new baby Sheltie brother on the 28th at 9:30 AM. He is Starlights Misty Breeze. I used your middle name for his first name in your honor. I hope so much he will be like you. I love you you, baby girl. Merry Christmas! Willow has a bad right foot today. I think too much running and playing yesterday. It was cold. Perfect Sheltie weather. We kept thinking of you, and how you liked this type of weather. Love.
December 25th, Merry Christmas, my beautiful loving baby Autumn. Had an emergency heart problem yesterday, thought I would join you, but pulled thru. I miss you nosing under the tree and after finding your goodies, treating me to your 'pumptail" of a happy girl. It has not been 3 months but seems forever sometimes and just a day ago at other times. I am so lonely for you. Your new brother Mist Breeze will be home Saturday,
Willow went to vet this week and had check up and 3 year rabies shot., she is well. Please baby, come visit me, I misss you so much. I imagine you don't feel the need because after such bad health for several years, you are free of any discomfort and pain and are loving all the fun you are having with other friends you have known.Merry Christmas, Autumn from me and Willow!
December 29- Autumn, your new baby brother, Mist, is home.
January 1, 2020 midnight Happy New Year Autumn! Willow is on my lap and i'm holding the Sheltiestuffy. I love you always!
January 31, 2020 Love you, my Autumn Mist. Your baby brother, Mist, is now 3 months old and a handful. Your sister, Willow is a saint. He warts her constantly, but she remains a good girl. Monday, February 3, your Mom is going in for triple bypass surgery. If things go wrong, I hope you will meet me at the Rainbow Bridge. Very scared about it, but guess it must be done. I don't feel bad, just winded. Baby, yesterday, January 30, you have been gone for 5 months. I miss you every day. I still make sure my Sheltie toy comes out of my room in the morning and comes back to my room at night. Some times, I need to cuddle it, trying to feel like you are comforting me. I'm taking it to hospital with me. I have my silver chain on with the paw print and angel wing charm on it. I miss your Pump Tail and your sweet kisses and special face with eyes so loving. I will always cherish you until we all meet again.
March 24, 2020 I ove you and miss you so much. I had my surgery on February 3 and made it thru a quarduple bypass. Thought maybe I'd see you again if I didn't make it. You are so special to me. I cry often thinking of you. It is almost 7 months since you left. Willow's little face is getting so white. Having Mist has worn her out but seems to have also been good for her. She will be 11 in June. Time goes way too fast! In one more month, your kitty brother T.K. will have been gone a year, on April 22, Earth Day.
You are so precious to me, I hope you know that. You will always be my Beautiful Autumn Mist.
May 13, 2020. Your little Brother Misty Breeze is is almost 7 months old. I slip and call him Autumn Mist sometimes. He loves playing with your toys and you would have liked playing with him. Willow is so sweet, she will be 11 come June 8th, on the day you were both born. I still cry for you every day, can not seem to get over you being gone. We did not get to say goodbye, even tho I was with you so much. Willow is sitting on my lap right now helping me type while i give her some love. We miss you so much. You and Willow will always be my special babies. Much love!