Dec 18 1994 - October 18 2004
It is with a broken heart that I tell you my Scoutie girl of ten years has now passed on to Rainbow Bridge. Scout came into my life as a fiesty little fur ball with no manners, and left my life as a gentle loyal companion who protected and cared for me. Scout was what would be referred to as a 'sickly child'. She was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia at the age of three but remained a happy, jolly girl who continued to love her walks albeit some what less exuberant. At age six she was diagnosed with chronic colitis and that year she had emergency surgery for bloat. Scout bounced back and continued to be her stubborn, determined self who was never deterred by an illness. A year ago Scout was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (multiple sclerosis). She stumbled along tripping over her back feet but never slowing down. This past July she quickly started to lose ground and lost the use of both back legs. Dragging her feet along behind her and with my support her daily walks at Bruce Pit continued. She always knew the owners who had the cookies and would drag herself over to them for her treats. Scout never let an illness or disability slow her down. After our walk last night, Scout ate her dinner and appeared fine. She soon became stressed and was having difficulty breathing. I knew when I arrived at emergency with her that she had bloated again and that this time there would be no options. Scout had not only boated but her stomach had split. Due to her MS she felt no pain and for that I thank God.
My Scoutie girl is now running across the meadows chasing squirrels with her tail flying and a big smile on her face. For that I am grateful there is a Rainbow Bridge.
Brandy My Soulmate (November 27, 1989 to July 22, 1998)
Brandy, you came into my life quite by accident but you changed it forever.
I will never forget the first day I saw you. You looked like a little rat. You tore around the house, tormented poor old Casey, and claimed my heart.
Do you remember all the things you destroyed, all the trouble you caused? Do you remember how I would say that I was going to sell you to the gypsies? Well, I would sell my soul just to have you back for just an hour.
You were an intelligent, loving creature and you lived your life to the fullest. You chased sticks, you chased cats, you chased all those poor frogs. You loved to swim, run, play, and cuddle. You saw me through many happy times and broken hearts. You loved me despite my many flaws.
You were our protector. You saved little Jilian from drowning and you saved me from a dog attack at the cost of injury to yourself. You were the best partner and companion I ever had.
Brandy, I miss our talks. Remember, I talked and you listened. You never complained. I miss your soft ears, the scent of your shiny black fur. I miss that gentle nudge and demanding bark for a treat. But most of all, I miss your smile, and the vibration of your whole body when I came home. Your welcome would melt anyone's heart. It sure did mine. I miss you friend as much as ever. I guess I always will.
I will never forget the day that I let you go. It was the toughest decision of my life but it was the right decision. I set you free of a body that was no longer kind to you. I knew you needed to go and so with one last kiss, I gave you a piece of my heart, and I said goodbye.
Run fast, run free my precious girl. Till we meet again ….
of SANDY, Gordon Setter
Always in our hearts
Jill and Roger Sandwell
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