You started out as Mom's dog in 1998, but when she had to leave her home to go to assisted living Daddy made her a promise to find you a good home. You came to live with us in South Florida and the rest is history. Ten plus years and many memories later we had to say goodbye to you this morning. You had a little bit of a rough start, being abused as a pup and left at the pound in Thomasville, but Mom found you and rescued you. Lucky you! Mom loved you so much and I know how much it meant to her for you to be with us - Daddy, Patrick, Kevin, my little Doogie and Me, your new Mommy. |
Everyone loved you and you had a great life, that is until November of 2010 when we had to have your left eye removed due to glaucoma. We were so worried about you and how the surgery would impact you, but you handled it all like a trooper. Not long after this we noticed your hearing was gone. Still you were such a good dog. We saw how much you grieved, along with Daddy and Me, when we had to say goodbye to Doogie last year. I know you didn't understand, but it was good to have you to love on for a while longer.
I know the past year was especially difficult for you with all the issues you were dealing with and it was sad to see you gradually leaving us these last months. Daddy and I struggled for some time with the decision to let you go. We knew we'd never want to see you suffer and it pained us to see your condition deteriorating so much. Saying goodbye this morning was one of the hardest things we've ever had to do and our lives will never be the same without you. As with Doogie, you'll never be forgotten and you'll always have a special place in our hearts.
Take care of yourself, little girl, and find Doogie and Grandma as soon as you can. Love you, Mommy and Daddy
Saturday, August 24th - our first morning, waking up without you. My dear Cindy, we miss you so much. It's a dreary day here in Tallahassee, not only due to the clouds and rain, but because we're without you and the sounds of your feet throughout the house. Yesterday was hard, we tried to stay busy through the remainder of the day. Coming home for the first time and realizing we wouldn't find you waiting for us was especially sad. Daddy and I will always treasure the time we had with you and know you are in a better place now. Have fun with all your new friends and remember we'll always be thinking of you. Love, Mommy
Saturday, September 7th - Dear Cindy, yesterday was 2 weeks since you left us and Daddy and I have been missing you a lot. We've already received your memorial stone and have it in place. It's just like Doogie's and came out really nice. All we need now is for the weather to cool off so I can plant some nice flowers for the fall. I've been staying busy getting your photos together for an album - something else I did for Doogie, and will be happy when that's completed. During this process I've discovered you were actually older than I thought thanks to a date that Grandma had on some of the first pictures she took of you. Oh well, it's only a matter of 4-5 months. I guess that's all for today Cindy. Take care and have fun. Will write again soon. I love you. Mom
Saturday, November 16th - Dear Cindy, it's been 12 weeks since Daddy and I let you go and not a day goes by that we don't miss and talk about you. We think of you and Doogie all the time and can't get use to the fact that you're not here with us. Daddy and I took a trip up to New England again to visit family and had a good time. It was strange not having you with us but nice to not be worried about you like we did when we had to leave you behind. I hope that you and Doogie have been together and taking care of each other. The holidays are coming and it will be time to start decorating the house again. Dad and I are going to Charleston to spend Thanksgiving with Patrick and Heather and will be hosting the family Christmas dinner here like we did the first year we lived in this house. It will definitely be sad without the two of you here. I've got to get out and fix up the landscaped area. Even though I have some nice lights all around you and Doogie I need to plant some cold weather flowers to brighten up the area. I miss you little girl. Take care of you and your little brother. I love you, Mommy
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Hi Cindy. I'm so sorry it's been so long since I checked in on you and Doogie. It's hard to believe that almost 2 months has passed since I wrote last. The holidays took up a lot of time and they were good for the mot part. The house was quiet and we really missed having you here. The weather has been very cold for this area, so I still don't have all my outdoor Christmas lights put away, but the inside of the house is back to normal again. I told Doogie about Uncle Donald getting a little girl puppy for Christmas. Dad and I have gone over to visit a couple times to see how she's coming along. Boy what sharp teeth she has! Being around her makes me want another puppy so bad, but Dad and I agreed to wait a while longer. We haven't travelled anywhere since Thanksgiving, but have a few short trips planned for later on in the Spring. I know it's beautiful where you and Doogie are so I don't worry about you. Daddy and I still think of you all the time and miss you being here with us. Be a good girl. I love you, Mommy.
Monday, April 14, 2014 - Hello little girl. It's hard to believe it's been almost 3 months since I last wrote to you and Doogie. I know you guys are together and having fun so I don't worry about you. Daddy and I still think about you and miss you every day. We stay busy around here and are enjoying the weather now that spring is here. Easter is here next weekend and not much is going on until next month when Daddy and I will goon a couple of short trips. We're planning a trip to Nashville in June to visit Kevin to see where he lives and then will stop to visit friends in NC on our way home. Summer will be upon us by then with all the hot temps. I guess that's it for today. I promise not to be so long in writing the next time. Take care of your little brother and yourself. We love you. Mommy
October 5, 2014
Hi Cindy. How are you little girl? Daddy and I miss you and still think of you every day. We hope you and Doogie are still having fun and taking care of each other. We've taken a couple of vacations this past summer and gone back to some of the places we took you and Doogie some years ago. It's hard to believe you've been away from us for over a year. Daddy and I stay busy around here and haven't made up our minds when or even if we'll ever get another dog. You and Doogie were such good dogs and I fear I'd always be comparing. Maybe some day. You'd love the weather here today. We just had our first fall day, in the 40's, and looking forward to many more like this. I know it's beautiful where you are. Please take care of yourself and your little brother. I love you, Mommy
March 26, 2015
Hello Cindy girl. I hope you haven't forgotten us. I'm so sorry that it's been so long since the last time I wrote to you and Doogie. I told Doogie that Daddy and I still miss you and talk about you both all the time. Everything is going well here in Tallahassee. Spring is here along with all the bad pollen that causes so much problem with allergies. I just had surgery to take care of my sinus problems and should be totally recovered in a few weeks. Otherwise, Daddy and I are both doing well and staying busy. I hope you and Doogie are still hanging out and having fun. Please take care of your little brother and give him a kiss for us. I wish we could have you both back, but know that's not possible. We love you girl. Be good and take care. Mommy
April 26, 2015
Hi there Miss Cindy, just stopping in to say hello and let you know we're thinking about you. Mommy has been doing lots better the last couple of weeks now that my sinuses are healing. The weather has been beautiful here even though we've had our share of rain. Daddy and I went to visit Patrick a couple of weeks ago and got to see Cooper. He's starting to calm down now that he's getting older and doesn't act as crazy as he use to. I'm sure he misses having Doogie and you to play with when we visit. Daddy and I miss you and Doogie all the time. I hope you're having fun and being good company to each other. Until next time, take care, Mom.
April 12, 2016
Cindy, I can't believe how long it's been since I've written. The past year hasn't been a very good one for me and I really missed having a fur baby to keep me from being so sad. I recovered well from my sinus surgery, but started having other problems with my right shoulder and hands last summer right before Dad and I were getting ready to leave on vacation. I was still able to enjoy our trip and we had a great time. I always think of you and Doogie when we go back to Rockport, Me. That's where we got some great pics of you on the sea wall. Anyway, I saw a doctor about my shoulder when we got home and a steroid injection took care of that problem. I also ended seeing a hand surgeon about my hands and, to make a long story short, ended up having surgery on both hands. The first surgery on my right hand was one week before Christmas and I had the left hand and arm done on Feb. 2nd. The
recovery has been a lot slower than I thought and my dr tells me it could take as long as 6 to 8 months for all the nerves to heal. We really didn't have a bad winter this past year and the spring weather has been great so far. I hope everything has been good with you. I miss you so much and think of you and Doogie all the time. The flowers around your memorials are beautiful this year, blooming more than I ever remember. I promise again not to stay away so long. Take care of you and Doogie. Love you, Mom
December 26, 2016
Hi Cindy. Merry Christmas little girl. Sorry I'm a day late with that, but am sure you had a great day yesterday. I know it's been a long time since I wrote, but the time just seems to fly by. It's been another crazy year for me with physical problems, but I'm trying to get better with some new medicine the drs have me on. Daddy and I are doing fine otherwise and think of you and Doogie often. Kevin is here and Patrick should be here on Wednesday for a couple of days. Things will get back to normal for us by Friday when they're gone and just in time to celebrate on New Year's Eve. We will be thinking of you both and wish you could be back here with us. We love and miss you dearly. Love, Mommy.
April 17, 2017
Dear Cindy, here we are almost 4 months into the year. Daddy and I are doing okay and starting to get out more this year to do some traveling. We still think of you always and miss you. I hope you and Doogie are having fun and enjoying the beautiful weather that spring brings. Be good and remember we love you little girl.
August 23 2017
Here we are again, Cindy, on the 4th anniversary of your leaving us. Daddy and I still miss you and talk about you and Doogie all the time. Memories of the day we let you go back in 2013 will always be fresh in our minds. We hope you are doing well and having fun in your Heaven away from us. Daddy and I are doing fine. We went on our usual summer vacation up to New England last month and back to a lot of the places we took you and Doogie along with us. Needless to say old pictures are here to bring back so many good memories. We love you sweetie. Take care of yourself and little Doogie, Mommy.
August 23, 2018
It's hard to believe another year has passed, Cindy. I can't believe it's been so long. We still talk abut you and Doogie all the time and miss you so much. Lately we've been trying to help other friends who are having to deal with the thought of saying goodbye to their "best friends". It certainly wasn't easy. Daddy and I are doing pretty good and still here at the same house. Take care of yourself and know that we love you. Mommy