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You're a good girl, Millie, and know that your momma loves you very much...

 


 

I received the following email from a dear friend tonight --

"Dear Friends...

I wanted to let you know that I had to put Millie down today...

As many of you know, her health declined a lot over the past several months due to heart failure. It had gotten to the point where she was having mostly bad days.

Each of you know the love I have for Millie (!), so I am very sad. But, I am reminded of the great life we had for over 6 years.

Just wanted to let you know. Anne"

 

Anne and I met 6 years ago in North Carolina, when Spud was my only dog --

-- I'll never forget the day she adopted Millie, calling me to say she learned of a dog that had been "outgrown" by her family, and who was being kept tied outside, forgotten.

Anne saved her from that horrible end and gave dear Millie a great and loving life.

 

She writes:

"Yes, there are fond memories of you with Millie (especially when the Milster was such a little rotten thing by nipping at Spudder.) You were always very patient with her and sweet to her. I remember how excited I was about getting her and I called you from my Dad's house that weekend. (her ashes will be placed in the back woods at my Dad's house since that is where I adopted her)

Millie was certainly my pal and wow, she had been with me during several moves, life changes, etc. I am a better person for having had her...."

 

Here, Millie and I are playing tug-of-war with a rawhide --

-- she is so sweet here, just letting me be her playmate and friend...

 

This news from Anne struck me hard -- much harder than I expected.

I get so many calls each day from people wanting to give up their adult dogs for the wildest reasons, and here was Anne, who took Millie, just another Southern Beagle to one family, and who gave her love and a life like she had never seen.

I am so thankful for Anne, and am thankful that Millie and she blessed each others' lives so much --

-- I am also painfully reminded of the mortality of my dogs and my family -- something that can easily get overwhelming.

 

So, Millie, ride off on to the sunset, with bells on --

-- remember the wonderful days Anne and you had together, and look forward to the days you will share again --

 

 

September, 2005