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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Remembering Aimee, dog princess

As you know from the topic below, Alice lost her precious Aimee dog princess yesterday. Alice helped her over the rainbow bridge. Not to long ago, she told us of Aimee's autoimmune illness and problems she was having.

Alice says: "The past couple of days she was getting weaker and weaker and the sores in her mouth were so bad she couldn't eat anything. We thought we had more time but it just shows how nothing is certain and every day should be enjoyed. We should love our loved ones, two-leggers and four-leggers, while we have them, because we never know how long any of us have here on this Earth.

"Aimee, dog princess, was our protector. Here is a close-up of her. She was always very serious about her job of protecting us. She hardly ever played and didn't really like doggie treats that much. She often left hers on the floor and Max would snatch it when Aimee did her house patrol."

House patrol! That's how Scooter is, always checking the perimiter of the fence and alerting to every move anyone makes.

Tell us more stories you remember about Aimee. And everyone else, share favorite memories of those you loved and lost too.

I've lost three pets, but by far cat Yogi was the hardest for me, as I felt guilty. I had him only a year, but he changed my life so much. Tramp and Penny were old and it was their time, but no matter how long a life they've had its never enough for us.

And I know from personal experience their spirits live on. And we too will join them again one day.

P.S. Added photo is of Aimee and Trouble, the cat Alice and The Professor lost several months ago. Now they are together again keeping watch in a different way.

posted by Sandy at 9/19/2007 07:32:00 PM


Blogger Skeeter said...

I don’t recall seeing a picture of Princess Aimee before now. She is indeed a princess! It is sweet the way she peers out the window keeping an eye on everything! With her wet black nose and cute whiskers, she reminds me of my childhood family pet Molly. She was a Welsh Terrier and the best dog anyone could have asked to have in their life. I was working on my photo album today and ran across some pictures of her I had forgotten about. I was so happy to see Molly again. I am so glad I have been a picture hound for many years because even though she is gone, I can enjoy her forever through those pictures.

I also found a picture of me before I was one year old and I am going to have to guess that the dog in the picture with me is the first time I ever touched a dog! I had my little fingers out and my Great-Great Uncles dog, Cindy was being so gentle with me. That photo proves my love for animals from the time I was born!

Today when the Saint and I took a walk down our street we met a new friend. A beautiful Husky boy came running up to us. He had the most beautiful blue eyes and pearly white teeth. He squat to tinkle so we assume he was young. He was the best natured thing and well behaved. He followed us all the way home and then went back down the street once we came inside. I would not feed him a treat for fear he would not go back home and we had no idea which of the 22 houses on our street he belonged to. I was able to snap a few pictures of him but I was not lucky enough to capture those beautiful blue eyes. I like to think that maybe Aimee sent him to us so we could enjoy the company of a dog on our walk.... Alice, you will cherish the memories your sweet Aimee gave you for so many years and I bet she is still standing guard....

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 8:51:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Alice, I am so sorry for your loss. Aimee, Dog Princess, had many wonderful years in your loving home. All dogs should be so lucky. Hold onto the memories, but let Aimee go at the same time. She would not want you to mourn her passing, but to remember her with fondness and with happy smiles. Just as she remembers you and the Professor and all her four legged siblings.

Think of her in that meadow, the one next to the Rainbow Bridge. She and Trouble are there together, pain free, romping in the sun and the tall grass. Some day, you will see them there, and all the others that we all have lost.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:40:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Oh Alice, I am so so sorry about Aimee Dog Princess!!!!!! I just sent you a email and I didn't know about Aimee yet so I am so very sorry! I really prayed for her and at least she didn't linger on suffering a long time, still it's always so hard to let them go. She and Trouble are together again watching over your family. You hang in there knowing we are all here praying for you and the Professor to ahve comfort through this terrible time. If I can do anything please let me know.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Although letting her go was supremely difficult, seeing her suffering was a knife in the heart. The day before she crossed the bridge, she spent a few hours in the back yard all by herself. She just lay there on guard enjoying the warmth and smells of her backyard. Then she moved over nearer the bird-feeders. I do believe she was warning all the critters to behave themselves. Then she came inside.

That night at doggie dinner time, she wanted to eat. I could see it in her eyes but any food I could give her hurt too much, and I tried mashing it, adding broth, cottage cheese, but nothing worked. And there wasn't anything we could do for her.

That was when we knew it was time. Her body had betrayed her and her spirit needed to be free. She "flew" to the vet clinic, I held her up so she could get her face out the window. She did so love "flying" and smelling all the strange smells.

As many of you have said, Aimee and Trouble are now free and playing in the warm, sweet fields across the Bridge.

Thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 2:00:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

So sorry to hear abou the loss of your dog. We also had a dog that we lost to AIHD, an autoimmune disorder and it was painful to watch our beloved Annie slip away before we also had to make the decision to send her to the Rainbow Bridge. I know in my heart it was the right decision, as you probably do, even though it doesn't make you miss them any less. I hope it is true that when we pass on, we are greeted at the gates by not on the people we love, but our pets as well. Sorry for your loss.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I love the top picture which was posted later.... A good example of two buddies bird watching together!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 5:11:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

ok... on to happy stuff! Let's lighten up the mood!

I am So looking forward to the Bash! It will be so good to meet you all in person! We will be an hour late but we'll catch up fast!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 9:47:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Alice, I forgot mention that I think both Aimee and Trouble both were beautiful!
On the Fur Ball,
I just sent you a payment for our tickets on PayPal so let me know if you get it ok.

Friday, September 21, 2007 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Aimee looks so beautiful, I think that's the first time I've seen pix of her here on the blog.

So hard losing a pet, and especially hard deciding when the line is crossed with the quality of their life. I hope your wonderful memories of her help you deal with the loss because only a unique bond can bring such a huge void once they are be filled by the memories built over the years.

Friday, September 21, 2007 9:08:00 PM  
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Friday, September 21, 2007 9:08:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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