Saying good bye

September 21, 2015  •  7 Comments

In the last three days we've had to say good bye to two precious members of our family.  

Mona passed away on Saturday while I was at work - suddenly and unexpectedly.  It's hard to say if a loss is harder when it comes as such a shock, but losing Mona feels almost unbearable.  She has been the tiniest dog in our herd and undoubtedly the hugest personality.  She was a great ambassador for her breed and even people who did not like Chihuahuas were instantly enamored with Mona.  She loved and trusted EVERYONE - including any stranger that came knocking on the door.  She loved to play with her fellow chihuahuas and she knew how to keep the big dogs in line. In no uncertain terms she reminded them not to step on her and NOT to steal her food.  Too small to jump up on the couch or bed, she was very adept at communicating what she needed with little woofs.  If she came in a room and woofed at you, you were to get up and follow and she would lead you to the door to be let out, or the couch to be lifted onto, or the food bowl, ready for snacks... or maybe she was just desiring a little love and attention.  She was eight years old.

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Kima had recently been diagnosed with cancer.  It was my hope that with meds and TLC she would rally for a while - and we did get to take some walks and spend extra time together these last two weeks.  But unfortunately she declined these last couple of days.  I have often referred to Kima as the best dog in the world.  She really, really was.  Incredibly smart, inherently obedient and very beautiful.  She was the momma dog to a gorgeous litter of Aussie puppies that have brightened the hearts and homes of their owners.  Several years ago she assigned herself Savannah's personal guardian angel and has since followed her everywhere - keeping track of her and offering her friendship and comfort as needed, non stop.  I have to say this dog helped me raise my beautiful daughter.  From the time she was a puppy I never had to "try" to train her.  She figured out what I wanted before I found a way to ask, sometimes even interrupting cat fights before they could get started.  She covered every horse trail on Vashon with Sauvie and I - at our heels.  She was a friend to all dogs, people and animals and even got along with and brought out the best, in the prickliest of the bunch.  Kima was twelve years old.

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I wish I could take Kima for a ride with me now on this sunny afternoon.  And I wish little Mona were here demanding some affection.  Our house feels suddenly very empty and it's hard to imagine it being filled up again like these two filled it.  I have been very lucky to have these two angels as companions.  And for now, am just heart broken.  


Comments

Joy(non-registered)
What beautiful babies! We lost our baby 2 yrs ago April 2 very suddenly. It seems like only yesterday. He was my constant companion for 7 years, his whole life, and then suddenly Max was gone. I am still devastated and miss him every day. His companion, Spot, missed him terribly too and was so despondent and depressed afterwards that we started to think about a puppy. Spot was a rescue and after doing some work in the rescue circles I knew there were lots of dogs who needed homes. We ended up with George, our Border Collie and house character! Then on December 2 we lost our cat, Syl. He was 18 years old. He was an old soul and we miss him so much. When you said the pain of loss seems unbearable I knew exactly the feeling you were trying to describe. It is frustrating. Especially if you are a fixer. I could always at least TRY to fix everything. But not this. There is just nothing to be done. I am so sorry for your loss. Your babies are just so beautiful and I can see so much love in Kima's eyes I know she is missed. And Mona looks like a real cuddle bug. Yes, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you heal quickly so you can enjoy your memories.
JoAnn Buie McKnight(non-registered)
So, so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you
Connie Gillette(non-registered)
There aren't any words to say except I'm so very sorry for your losses. It's the price we pay for the sweet unconditional love we feel so strongly. May God bless you and comfort you and I firmly believe we will see them again!
frances trotter(non-registered)
I'm so sorry for your loss,I lost my Angel one month ago unexpectedly.it still hurts. Bless you.
Dorothy(non-registered)
I am so sorry for your loss. You obviously loved them very much.
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