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Memories of Doogie
Doogie, my sweet little boy for over 18 years. The Lord brought us together at a time in my life when I needed it most. He gave me you to love and take care of and you gave me so much love in return. You were indeed my all in all and I will never forget you. Even when Daddy came into my life you accepted him with love and allowed him to share our future. You changed his life as well and our lives will never be the same without you. Then along came Mom's dog, Cindy. She may not have had much to do with you in the beginning, but over the years you became a comfort to each other and I know she misses you.

This is all so new to me and each day is a struggle to be able to talk about you without crying. But then I can't help but smile when I stop to think about all the happy times we had together, the trips we took with you and all your cute ways. You never ceased to amaze us, through all the illness you indured and right up until the end you were such a little trooper. Daddy and I both knew we had to let you go, we couldn't hold onto you any longer and that you deserved to be at peace. So little guy, enjoy the meadows and have fun with your new friends until we meet again at the rainbow bridge.

I love you bunches,

Mommy


Fri. May 11

My little Doogie, it was one week ago this morning that we let you go and, although I don't regret that decision at all, my heart still aches for you. I know you're in a wonderful place and not suffering any longer, so that alone will bring me peace. Daddy and I went back to the vet's office on Tuesday to see everyone who helped us take care of you, not just last Friday, but throughout the last couple of years since we moved here to Tallahassee. They had already mailed us a beautiful sympathy card with everyone signing and writing something to us about you: Dr. Summitt, Dr. Thabes, Chris, Cheryl, Heather and Summer. We thanked them for all they did to help us along the way and finally to prepare you for your final destination - Heaven. Thoughts of you consume my days and nights and we all miss you terribly. You should be having lots of fun and meeting so many new friends by now. Take care I'll visit again soon.

Love you,

Mommy


Sat. May 12

Another weekend without you, Doogie, and, as usual, I'm thinking about you all the time. Daddy and I worked outside for awhile this morning fixing up the area in our landscaping where your body was placed when you left us last week. We know you're not there, but this is where we've chosen to place a memorial for you. It has also occurred to me that I forgot to mention some very important people in my initial writing a few days ago. There were two special young men that grew up along with you in our new relationship with Daddy. Patrick and Kevin loved you dearly and I know they will miss seeing you again. Patrick was nice enough to bring another dog lover into our lives when he married Heather (yeah!!) and since then you were blessed with another buddy, Cooper. Kevin will still have Cindy when he comes for visits from college, but I know you will always be missed. Aunt Jeanne will miss you on our future trips to Boston. She really enjoyed having you and Cindy visit with her, Cassidy, Murphy, Kirby and Rocky. I know you were beyond the years of wanting to play, but you were still so much fun to have around.

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and Daddy is taking me out for dinner tonight. It will be a sad morning for me as I knew I could always count on a card from you. Also, wish Grandma a happy mommy's day if you see her. We love you, little guy. Bye for now.

Mommy


Tues. May 15

Hi little guy. I hope all is going well for you and that you're having fun with all your new friends. I'm still thinking of you all the time and trying to get back to what was my normal daily schedule before you left us. Mother's Day was sad, as expected, but I made the best of it. After all, I just lost you, your Grandma (my Mommy) 4 yrs. ago and Great Grandma 7 yrs. ago. Daddy gave me a card from you with words that made me cry. These are some things he said you wanted me to know:

"Thanks for picking me, Mommy. I would've picked you too.
Thank you for teaching me how to be a good dog so we could be such good friends.
Thanks for all the hugs, snuggles and special kisses. They told me that I was loved for a life time and more.
Thanks for all the treats, playing games, chasing me around, walks, sharing the bed and all the other fun times.
Thanks for taking me to live with you in all the neat places. I was so comfy there.
Thanks for finding a cool Daddy for me. I loved him almost as much as you. I enjoyed those goofy kids too. I wasn't sure about that blonde girl dog but she turned out o.k. too.
Just remember our love went both ways. I'll miss you until we can be together again.

I love you, Mommy"

So you see, that card has extra special meaning to me. It was well worth the tears I cried. Thank you again for being that special little dog, the pick of the litter and one of a kind.

Another week began yesterday and we've had lots of good rain which we needed so badly. Daddy and I are still struggling with coming up with the perfect memorial to you that will be placed in the landscaped area outside our bedroom window. In all honesty it's just me who's struggling since Daddy told me to pick whatever I wanted. When I finally figure it out I'll take a picture and post it here in your album. Then again maybe you'll visit to see it for yourself. I'm still going through all my old photo albums searching for pictures of you, from the time I brought you home in Feb. of 94 until the morning I let you go. Some day I'll have them all organized to pst on your album. I guess that's all for today, Doog. Take care and I'll visit again soon. Love, Mommy


Sun. May 20
Hi Doog, another weekend without you. Daddy and I were away for the weekend and Cindy stayed at Divine Dog Hotel by herself for the first time. It was very sad to leave her there without you, but Ms Rose said she did just fine. She seems fine now that we're all back home again. Miss Amy was very sad to learn that you wouldn't be back to see her any more.

I saw quite a few of my old friends who knew you and were very sad to hear about you leaving us, but all of them were very grateful that you didn't suffer. I told them all about Rainbows Bridge and hope some of them will visit to leave notes or treats. A few will also be sending their pets there to be with you some day. I really hope you're having a great time and being a good boy. I miss you so much and love you bunches. Mommy

Fri. June 1
Hi Doogie, almost another 2 weeks have passed since I wrote last. Today was the 4 wk. anniversary of losing you and I still miss you terribly. Daddy and I talk about you all the time and I'm sure Cindy misses you too. It's obvious she's lonely without you here to keep her company when we're not around and we feel sorry for her for that reason. We made another trip to Charleston last weekend to visit Patrick and Cooper so she got to go with us and think she had a good time. She and Cooper got along better than in the past. I guess that's all for tonight sweety. I hope you're having lots of good times and meeting new friends every day. Bye for now. I love you..... Mommy

Tues. June 19
Hi my little boy. How are you getting along in your new and wonderful home? I know you must be doing well and having lots of fun with all your playmates. This is the longest I've gone without writing to you, but not because I haven't thought of you every second of every day. Daddy and I talk about you all the time and I will always miss you. Cindy obviously misses you and hasn't been the same since you left us. We were worried about her so I took her to see Dr. Summitt to make sure everything was ok. Other than her arthritis he believes she is going through a normal period of life. We hate to think of losing her so soon after you, but would never want her to suffer, so will keep a close eye on her.

Daddy and I finally finished up the landscaped area where you were buried and I'm really happy about the way it has turned out. The memorial stone I ordered came out better than I could have dreamed and it's obviously the focal point of your "resting place". There are lots of pretty new flowers planted all around you and in pots on the back patio. Summer is obviously here and we will stay busy keeping up with all of it, but you know how I enjoyed being outside. As always, I wish you were here. You are always on my mind and with me in my heart. I'll visit again soon. Love you, Mommy

Fri. Aug. 24
Hi Doogie. How are you little buddy? I'm so sorry it's been so long since I've written, but trust me I've never stopped thinking about you and missing you. Daddy and I are staying busy around the house and trying to take care of Cindy as best we can. I'm sure she still misses you, but her main problem is her age and the aches and pains associated with her rear legs and hips. She's becoming the finicky eater you once were and we now have to give her pills in Pill Pockets - even the chewable ones she always took so willing. Drs. Thabes and Summitt think she's doing pretty good for an old gal so we're hoping she can hang in there for a while longer before going on to find you. Have fun and be a good boy. I promise not to go so long without writing again. We do miss you little boy and I will always love you, Mommy.

Tues. Oct. 1st
Hi little boy. I can't believe it's already October and I've gone so long again without writing to you. Daddy and I are still doing well, but poor Cindy is really struggling these days. Besides the arthritis in her hips it is obvious her vision is getting worse. She's also having many senior moments like forgetting where she's supposed to go to the bathroom as well as getting stuck in places and needing help to get out. Dr. Summitt says this is normal for dogs her age, but it's still very sad to watch. I'm glad you never had these problems. I went down to South Florida to visit a sick friend the week before last but Daddy stayed home to take care of Cindy since we were going out of town together this past weekend. Rose and Bob sold the dog hotel so I was able to find a fellow from church who stayed here at home with Cindy. Hopefully we can continue to use Vicente to care for Cindy in the future, until she decides it's time to go be with you... So there you have it, Doog. I hope you're having fun and continuing to meet lots of new play pals. I miss you more than you'll ever know and think of you all the time. Love, hugs and kisses, Mommy.

Fri. Nov. 9th
Hi again, Doogie. How are you little guy? I've been thinking about you a lot and guess it's because the holidays are approaching. The weather has been cooler for over a month now and we've actually had some really cold days with morning temps in the 30's and 40's. I miss seeing how frisky you use to get and also miss having you here to hold and snuggle with. We're still trying to keep Cindy going and dealing more and more with her diminished eye sight and mobility. Dr. Summitt says she's holding her own and not doing so bad for her age. I doubt she'll ever make it as long as you did, but we'll give it our best shot. Daddy and I are taking Cindy and going to Charleston to spend Thanksgiving with Patrick and Heather. Kevin will be going with us as far as I know. Then Daddy and I will go again the next weekend for our anniversary. Hard to believe it will be 10 yrs. since we married at our house in Davie with you there with us. Obviously, I'll always remember that day, how much fun we had and how cute you were. Hope you're having fun and doing well. I love you and miss you as always and will write again soon. Mommy

Fri. Dec. 7th
Another month has almost gone and I can't believe how the year has flown by, especially since you left us. Doogie, I miss you so much! I know you'll never know the tears I've cried for you since you've been gone. You were such a huge part of my life (Daddy's too) and I ache to have you here with us, to hold and love you again. We continue to watch Cindy struggle with her vision and senility issues, but were very fortunate to have a good Thanksgiving weekend in Charleston. A new girl stayed here with Cindy last weekend while Daddy and I went away for our anniversary and all seems to have gone well. Now with Christmas only a few weeks away it's time to get busy and get the house decorated. We got our tree today, but it will be a couple days before we bring it inside to decorate it. We'll be putting it up on a table this year so there'll be less chance of Cindy walking into it by accident. Bruce and Kevin will be here with us for Christmas and I know how much we're all going to miss you. I know you're in a better place, having lots of fun and being a good boy. Always remember I love you. Mommy

January 8, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOOGIE. We love you and miss you so much. Today would have been your 19th b-day and even though you've been gone 8 months I think of you every day. Sabrina and Bill had to say goodbye to Dottie on December 31st and I hope she has found you by now. I know you didn't see her much during your years in life here on earth, but I hope you will be with her now and help her adjust to her new life away from her Mommy. I wish I could give you hugs and kisses on this special day, but that would be my wish every day. Enjoy your cupcake and remember I love you bunches.... Mommy

April 1, 2013
Hi Doogie, I can't believe it's April 1st and that it's been so long since I've written to you. You know I think of you and talk to you every day, but I still want to put my thoughts in writing. It's hard to believe that next month will be one year since you left us. I miss you as always, but so glad you are in your special place. The weather is finally turning warmer here and becoming like spring. This was always a nice time of year for us. Daddy and I are fine, but Cindy is still struggling. She's still a strong, stubborn girl so we're doing the best we can for her. That's all for now. Will write again soon. Love, Mommy

May 4, 2013
Here we are Doogie, one year since we said our goodbyes. Daddy and I have never stopped thinking about you and talk about you all the time. You were such a special little boy and I'll never forget you and the years we spent together. Kevin graduated from University of FL today to we spent most of the day in Gainesville. Our friend Molly came over to take care of Cindy while we were gone. Yes, she's still hanging in with us. Be a good boy and I'll check back soon. I love you, Mom

July 6, 2013
Hi little guy. I've been thinking about you more than usual. Daddy and I went over to have dinner with some friends on the 4th and they have a little guy named Max who looks a lot like you. Janet and Neal actually have 3 Shih-Tzu dogs and 1 cocker. Max is white,very affection and almost as cute as you, with many of your old mannerisms. I enjoyed having him around but it made me sad thinking of how much I miss you. There were plenty of fireworks that evening and one of their dogs is deathly afraid of the noise they make, which also made me think of the way you use to be. I bet they don't have them where you are and I'm glad. Cindy is totally deaf so you know she isn't phased by them anymore. We're still taking care of her, but I'm not sure how much longer we can let her go on the way she is. We took Cindy to see Dr. T back on June 1st and she said not yet, so we will continue on a little longer. Daddy and I are still doing good. I love you and will write again soon.

August 23, 2013
Hi Doogie, I'm really missing you now little boy. Today has been another terrible day for Daddy and me. We had to say goodbye to Cindy this morning. She's been having a terrible time lately and we didn't want her to suffer. Daddy and I brought her home to bury her in the landscaped area next to your spot. I hope you were there waiting for her and maybe Grandma too. Please take care of her now and stick together. You are still in my heart and on my mind daily. I love you, buddy. Take care, Mommy

September 5, 2013
Hi again, Doogie. Mommy's back again and just wanted to check on you and Cindy. Tomorrow will be two weeks since we let her go and our hearts are still breaking. I think of you more than ever and hope that you know how much I love you. Daddy and I are free to go and do as we please now without worry of leaving Cindy for too long, but we would trade all the freedom in the world to have you both back again. Just wanted to let you know how much we miss you. I know Cindy wasn't always such a good buddy to you, but she was your companion for the last 5 years of your days here with us. Please love her and take care of her. I Love You, Mommy

November 16, 2013
Hi little boy. I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to write to you again, but it's not because I don't think of you. You're in my thoughts each and every day and Daddy and I talk about you and Cindy all the time. We miss you both so much. It hasn't even been 3 months since we let Cindy go yet it seems like forever. Daddy and I stay fairly busy and just got back from a two week trip up to New England last month. We visited Aunt Jeanne and the gang as well as the rest of Dad's family and also stopped by to see Patrick and Cooper on our way home. Everyone is doing fine. I hope you and Cindy are together and taking care of each other. We'll be missing you both now that the holidays are approaching. Dad and I are going to Charleston for Thanksgiving and we'll be hosting the family Christmas dinner here at our house again like we did the first year we were living here. That will be a sad time without either of you with us. Please take care and I'll write again soon.
Love you, Mom

January 22, 2014
I can't believe almost 2 months have passed since I last wrote and another Christmas without my little boy and our first without Miss Cindy. All went well throughout the holidays, but the house was quieter than we're use to. Dad and I are still getting use to coming home to an empty house. The weather has been colder again this winter - very similar to our first year living here with you and Cindy - so we're not getting out as much as we'd like. We hope to begin travelling soon, but no real plans yet. Uncle Donald got a new little puppy for Christmas so Dad and I have been over a couple of times to visit them. Boy, did I forget how sharp those little puppy teeth can be! I hope Uncle Donald can survive the little girl as I believe she'll be good company for him now that Aunt Jeanette is gone. I hope you and Cindy are staying well and playing nice. Please take care and remember we love you. All my love, Mommy

April 14, 2014
Hi little buddy. Despite the fact that almost 3 months have passed this time I think of you and Cindy daily. I don't know where the time goes, but Daddy and I seem to stay busy most of the time. I can't believe it will soon be 2 years since we said goodbye to you. We still want another little one to love, but Daddy won't let me even look until we've been able to do some traveling which doesn't seem to be happening yet. We have 2 short trips coming up next month and then we may be taking a trip up to Tennessee to visit Kevin and N. Carolina on our way home to visit other friends. It's spring time here in Tally and I need to get busy planting some new flowers in your garden area. Before I know it summer will be here along with the hotter temps and working outside will take a back seat until fall. I pray that you and Cindy are having fun and that you know how much I love and miss you. Be a good little boy and I'll try to write sooner next time. Love you bunches, Mommy

October 5, 2014
Hi Doogie, I love and miss you still little boy. I know it's been 2 yrs and 5 mos. since we said goodbye, but still not a day goes by that I don't think of you, look at your pictures and miss you so much. Sorry it's been so long since I've written Daddy and I have been staying busy here at home and actually took a couple of vacations this year. Fall is finely here and it was down in the 40's this morning. I know how much you liked this time of year with the cooler temps. It always made you and Cindy feel frisky. I sure miss that. We miss you both. Still no other doggies in our life. I'm not sure if or when there will ever be. I know how much I want one, but also know how I'd be comparing to you. Needless to say, there would never be another you. I hope you're having lots of fun and taking care of both you and Cindy. Will say "hi" again soon. I love you, Mommy

March 26, 2015
Doogie, I am so sorry I haven't checked in on you in so long. I can't believe how time has flown. I thought sure I wrote to you during the Christmas holidays, but don't see anything here since October. Mommy was sick most of January with sinus infections and just had surgery to make me better a little over a week ago. It's getting to be spring here in Tallahassee and all the allergy contributors are out in full force so will be glad when my allergy meds kick in again. I hope to be fully recovered from the surgery in a few weeks. I hope you and Cindy are still having fun together and keeping an eye on us. Daddy and I still miss you both terribly and haven't decided to find another furry friend yet. I promise to write again soon. Be good and give yourself and Cindy kisses for us. Love you little guy, Mom

April 26, 2015
Hi Doogie boy. Just a quick note to say hello and to let you know I've been thinking about you so much lately. I can't believe we're approaching the 3 year anniversary of when Daddy and I had to say goodbye to you. I miss you so much, but am thankful for the 18 and a half years I had with you. I never would have dreamed I'd have you for as long as I did. I love you little boy and think of you every day. Your pictures as well as Cindy's are still here around the house for us to remind us of your lives with us. We miss you. Take care, Mommy

April 12, 2016
Hi little boy. How are you? I'm so sorry for not writing for so long. I can't believe it's been almost a year. I told Cindy the last year wasn't good for me. I told you about having sinus surgery last year and I have that/allergies under control now. Unfortunately, I started having problems with both my hands last September and ended up having surgery on my right hand on Dec. 18th and the left hand on Feb. 2nd. The recovery hasn't been as fast or as easy as I had hoped. Lately my knees have been giving me problems so I guess age is rearing it's ugly head. Daddy has had a lot of extra work to do during this time since I haven't been able to do all I usually do. I've been back in the gym trying to get myself back in shape, but it's a difficult process. I have faith that things will get better so will keep working on everything I can. Daddy understands and helps any way he can. There have been so many nights that I thought about you and wished I still had you here to hold onto and love. The pain was unbearable for a long time and I remembered how you were always there to make me feel better. I love you Doogie and miss you more and more every day. Take care and I promise not to stay away so long again. Give Cindy a kiss for us. All my love, Mommy.

December 26, 2016
Hi there, Doogie. Again I have to say I'm so sorry it's been so long since I've written. Time just seems to fly by, but Daddy and I are doing fine. I've still been having a problem with my hands and some other body parts but trying to get better. I'm on some new medicine now and praying it will help eventually. We had a nice Christmas although warm here for this time of year. Kevin is here and Patrick should be here this week for a couple of days. We still think and talk about you and Cindy often and are finally beginning to think about getting another fur baby. I miss you so much and wish I could have you back. You were such a sweet and loving puppy dog. Your birthday is just around the corner and I'll be wishing you a happy birthday and thinking special thoughts of you on that day. I hope you and Cindy are still together and having lots of fun. Please take care and say hello to all for me. I love you ore than you can ever know. Mommy

May 4, 2017
Doogie, it's been 5 yrs since we had to say goodbye and I miss you more than ever. It's raining and dreary here today and that makes this day even sadder for me. I hope you're doing well and having fun - Cindy too. Daddy and I are going away for a few days for one of his golf outings and I'll be hanging out with friends, but thinking of you. Have to get going now. Will write more soon. I love you, Mommy

August 23, 2017
Hi there little guy. I'm sorry as always that I've missed writing to you. Today has been 4 years since Cindy left us so I came on here to write a note to her. I hope you've been having fun and being a good boy. Daddy and I still talk about you and Cindy all the time and miss you bunches. We went back up to New England last month for a vacation since we weren't able to go the last 2 yrs. I told Cindy that Daddy and I went back to some of the places where we took both of you many years ago. That always brings back so many memories of fun times we had with you both. Daddy and I are doing well even though I just had surgery on one of my feet last week. Everything went well and I'm up and walking again. I'll be good as new as soon as I an wear regular shoes again. That's all for today. Please don't ever forget how much I love and miss you. Mommy

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