January 02, 2011

Bootsy 2000 - 2010


She came into our lives on a warm July day in 2000. She was a birthday gift that year. All 2 and half pounds of her! I carried her around like a stuffed toy, tucking her into my shirt or under my arm a lot of the time while I did things around the house. She was so tiny those first few months, I was afraid we would step on her.

She loved her life on Timber Hill. We called it "her domain" as she made sure everything and everybody followed the routine! Always on the lookout for wild life (preferably a squirrel to chase)-- and visitors to play with and cuddle with. She loved family and friends to come and visit. We used to say,"it must be pretty boring with us all the time, huh Boots?" (it probably was) but she went along with our daily routine and seemed to know exactly what time it was, and when we should do things. If we didn't get lunch going on time, or dinner started soon enough, she would look at us and head to the kitchen checking back to make sure we knew it was close to meal time.

One of the highlights of her day was her walk with Bill out to the wildlife cameras. She would wait patiently for him to get dressed each morning and as he was putting on his shoes, she would eventually get impatient and would start out the door without him. Headed for the small walking trail they traveled each day. Occasionally looking back to make sure he was coming along---
Like a lot of little dogs, she thought she was much larger than her actual 10 pounds of boundless energy. Checking on things, playing with toys, running down the hall to the sewing room, jumping onto the bed to get us up, reminding us of it was time to do this or that. Barking at the neighbor cat, or chasing the squirrel from the back patio. Sleeping by my side in the evenings on the sofa as I watched TV or stitched on a quilt binding . She was always close by, if not right on your lap---and such a part of our daily lives.

Even in the last few days of her life she would run and jump just like the puppy she always was even as we tried to prolong her life by trying keep her calm and resting a lot of the time. She died last Thursday despite all our efforts to treat her progressing congestive heart failure. The house is strangely quiet now as we try to come to terms with her loss. We all loved her so much, and she is greatly missed. The delight of our days and into the long evening shadows. Always with us---our beloved Bootsy.



THE LAST BATTLE--Author Unknown

IF IT SHOULD BE THAT I GROW FRAIL AND WEAK AND PAIN SHOULD KEEP ME FROM MY SLEEP, THEN WILL YOU DO WHAT MUST BE DONE, FOR THIS--THE LAST BATTLE CAN'T BE WON. YOU WILL BE BE SAD I UNDERSTAND, BUT DON'T LET GRIEF THEN STAY YOU HAND, FOR ON THIS DAY, MORE THAN THE REST, YOUR LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP MUST STAND THE TEST. WE HAVE HAD SO MANY HAPPY YEARS, YOU WOULDN'T WANT ME TO SUFFER SO. WHEN THE TIME COMES, PLEASE, LET ME GO. TAKE ME TO WHERE TO MY NEEDS THYE'LL TEND, ONLY, STAY WITH ME TILL THE END. AND HOLD ME FIRM AND SPEAK TO ME UNTIL MY EYES NO LONGER SEE. I KNOW IN TIME YOU WILL AGREE IT IS A KINDNESS YOU DO TO ME. ALTHOUGH MY TAIL ITS LAST HAS WAVED, FROM PAIN AND SUFFERING I HAVE BEEN SAVED. DON'T GRIEVE THAT IT MUST BE YOU WHO HAD TO DECIDE THIS THING TO DO; WE'VE BEEN SO CLOSE--WE TWO--THESE YEARS, DON'T LET YOUR HEART HOLD ANY TEARS.

15 comments:

clbalb said...

We will all miss Bootsy. I can tell you if I was a puppy I would choose you and dad for my family. You gave her a wonderful life and I know you will miss her a lot. It is so hard with the passing of our buddies. God sure made some sweet creatures for us to enjoy. Love you both, Chrissy

Amy said...

My thoughts are with you. We lost our beloved dog about a year ago. Its tough - they are such a treasure.

ad hominy said...

Wonderful tribute. Sorry you've lost her.

Lisa Boyer said...

I'm so sorry you lost your sweet little doggie. She was obviously very loved. She was very lucky to have spent her ten years on this earth with people who loved her so much!

Lyn said...

Im so sorry for your loss. Our fur babies are held close to our hearts. Sounds like you have lots of memories of her..

Elfstone said...

Oh Angie, I'm so sorry. She had a wonderful life with you. Keep those memories of her close.
Belinda

Linda in TX said...

I am so sorry, Angie. Losing our beloved pets is so difficult. She was adorable - I love the right ear! Makes her look like she had a comment to add.

Ms. Jan said...

Oh Angie, I'm so, so, sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful girl. xoxo

Katie said...

So sad, but she was well loved.

onlymehere said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

ssauser said...

What a precious pet Bootsy was! I'm so sorry you lost her. It's so hard to part with them. I hope you will find another one soon that needs your love and care.

When we lost our first cat five years ago, we waited nine months to adopt another. When we lost her brother three years later, we only waited a month. Even though we had loved him with all our hearts, and will never forget either of them, our new little guy sure helped fill that huge hole in our hearts.

I'm sure you will never forget Bootsy, but there are a lot more little dogs and cats that need you. Take care.

Lindah said...

I'm sorry to hear of your little friend's passing. Lovely tribute.

Purple Pam said...

So sorry that Bootsy is gone. I know you and Bill will miss her.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry, Angie! I somehow missed this post, so I had no idea of your loss. My sincerest sympathies!

Candace said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. She was so cute and I can tell a true friend and member of the family. She had a wonderful life with you. I pray that you and your husband will be comforted.