26 January 2012

Trixie, In Memoriam

     In 1997 a friend's dog had puppies. Having gotten our first dog the previous year, we thought we could convinced our parents to let us have one of the puppies. We were successful and, after much debate over which puppy, brought home the one that we'd been referring to as Mud-Face. She was a pale blond except for on her face, which was a light brown. We liked the name (we were 13), but Mom said that it wasn't an acceptable name for a dog. Our brother picked Trixie, as in Speed Racer's girlfriend. She ended up outgrowing her coloring, so the name change worked out.

     Trixie was different from our other dog. She was a bit more standoffish and wanted to do what she wanted to do. Sometimes I would say that her personality was more cat-like.  If she didn't want to do something, she just ignored you. She looked a little silly too. Upon seeing her for the first time, my grandmama exclaimed "that's a dog?" If we let her fur grow out, she was something of a ball of fluff. I would sometimes call her my dandelion dog.  She loved cheese and would run across the house at the sound of the wrapper being removed.

     Last week Trixie got sick, so we took her to the vet. We had x-rays done which showed a lump in her lung. At close to 15 years old we decided to give her medication and hope for the best. Unfortunately she declined rapidly and, only 10 days after first showing signs of illness, passed away quietly at home. The last few days have just been heartbreaking, seeing what was coming but not being able to do anything to prevent it.

     Loosing our two childhood dogs within just a little more than a year of each other has been difficult. It feels like an ending to something, I'm not sure what.  Betsey and Trixie brought a lot of love and happy memories to our family, ones that we will cherish forever.

Just woke up cowgirls . trixie is a patriot


Susan Clark said...

I'm so sorry. Your pictures show such personality.

Our parents and grandparents dogs were part of the stories we heard growing up - as important as the sisters and brothers.

Carol said...

So so sorry to read of your fur kid's passing. It is so hard to loose them, they are family after all.

If you have not done so, maybe some peace will come if you go here and read the Rainbow Bridge, it seems to help me when I loose one.


Your photos are wonderful, like Susan said, they show such personality.

Greta Koehl said...

So sorry to hear this - what darling little face she had - I bet there was a great big personality in that little body. We have had many cats, and losing each one was so hard.

Ruby Craft said...

A beautiful tribute to Trixie. I will miss her so much.

Debbie Blanton McCoy said...

Valerie, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so hard to lose our beloved pets.

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Valerie. You've written a wonderful tribute. It's clear she was loved and lived a good life. Hugs to you and your family.


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