Saturday, January 20, 2007

My Dog Died

Her name was Rhonda. She spanned part of my 30s, all of my 40s and nearly accompanied me as I close out this 53rd year of my life. Her birthday was December 20, 1991. She was 15. She was my one and only constant. My true companion. I picked her out of a litter of eight and that many weeks after she was born, I brought her home. Yes, she was "just a dog." But you know how that goes.

For some reason I picked her up and put her on the bed with me last night. At about 3:30 in the morning, I woke to her getting up and was going to let her out. That was the routine. Before I could get out of the covers, I heard a very loud thud and heard her thrashing. She had bonked her head on the dresser at the foot of the bed. That was all she wrote. I am so glad she went fast and clean. I have dreaded the day I was going to have to give way to the anguishing decision to drive her to the vet.

She is buried under the apple tree in the front yard.

I miss her.


20 Comments:

At Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 8:43:00 PM PST , Blogger Cindra said...

Gawpo, honey. I'm glad you decided to post this. It's a good thing. A tribute to your best bud. She was the coolest, most patient female in your life. I'm so sorry for your loss...I love you.

 
At Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 9:19:00 PM PST , Blogger grumblemurray said...

Sorry for your loss, Gawpo.

There's no hip dysplasia in doggy heaven. Don't ask me how I know.

 
At Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 10:59:00 PM PST , Blogger Logophile said...

oooh, hon, that's so hard.
"Just a dog" my ass.
Dogs are more than any "just"
Hugs and kisses to you.

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 5:57:00 AM PST , Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I am very sorry, my friend. I know what it is like to lose a faithful furry friend. My thoughts are with you.

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 9:25:00 AM PST , Blogger Kat Campbell said...

Gawpo I am so sorry for your loss. Dogs are so much more than "just dogs", they wrap around your heart and always know just exactly what you need. She was lucky, she ended her life at home beside her favorite person.

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:10:00 PM PST , Blogger jaccurso said...

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At Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 9:18:00 PM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

sorry paw go

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 11:01:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Joe---Thanks for condoling me. She would have loved you. Assuming you have a crotch to dive. She loved doing that. Especially to strangers. The sneak attack from behind. I will miss seeing the faces startled thus.

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 11:06:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Cindra--Thank you so much. Rhonda, You, Juniper. And then there were two.....Thanks for being a constant.

Murray--I won't ask. But you are so right, I am certain. Thanks so much.

Logo--She was never a "just" to me. She brought so much joy into my life. Thanks for the kind words.

Mr. Fab--You have truly been a gift of HUGE relief. Thank you for who you are. You are where I go to feel better. Thank you.

Ms. Kat--So very, very true. She was with me for .2884615% of my life. That's three relationships and lots of "just the two of us" inbetween in human years. I was fortunate to be there with her for her release. Thank you.

 
At Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 5:22:00 PM PST , Blogger goldennib said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

 
At Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 9:23:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

That's completely shitty, Gawpo. It really sucks losing a pet. Virtual hugs coming atcha. I'm so sorry.

 
At Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 7:15:00 AM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Yes I do... and it has been startled by experts. I know I would have loved Rhonda too - look at that face!

 
At Friday, January 26, 2007 at 9:29:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Golden--Thank you so much. That means a lot.

Candace--And I do feel those hugs. Thank you.

Joe--Good. Then I will rely upon you for further information in this regard. Yeah, the face of trust and friendship.

 
At Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 2:38:00 PM PST , Anonymous quilldancer said...

My heart hurts, and I only knew her through your love. Like the true friend she was, Gawpo, Rhonda will always be with you.

 
At Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 3:27:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Quilldancer---Thank you so much. So true, too. I feel her presence at every turn in the house. I miss her. But I sense her. Sigh....

 
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