Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Puppy Love


Puppers was my first dog ever. During my childhood, my parents thought we were not home enough with our busy lives to give a dog a proper home. I still longed for a dog. As soon as my husband and I moved out of our first apartment, we started looking for a puppy. We stopped at a place to look for the perfect pup, just to look. We saw a little black puppy pawing at a chain in her kennel. She was a terrier/poodle mix. It was love at first sight. We played with her, and she got so excited she tinkled a little on the floor. We thought it was so funny! (Though she did ruin our carpets in our first home, because she continued to do that when someone came home!) We were actually on our way to a party downtown so we couldn’t bring her home that night. We put money down and picked her up in the morning. I remember sitting in the back seat of the car with her wriggling on my lap, tears streaming down my face because I was so happy I finally had my own dog.
Puppers became a focal point of our life. People would think we were crazy, because we went on and on about her. We were overprotective of her. We even threw her a birthday party when she turned one-complete with a kegger and a birthday cake that said “Happy Birthday, Puppers.”
We then got a friend for Puppers, a miniature pinscher named Goofy. They played a little bit, but they always seemed to coexist rather than be buddies. (Goofy also got a birthday party when she turned one!) We then moved into our current home and added three children to their lives. My husband would bring one of the baby blankets home for the dogs to sniff, before the baby and I would come home. When each baby was around six months old, the baby always liked to grab the dog bones on the floor. Puppers would then tug ever so gently, and the baby and Pups would play a little game of tug of war.
With three children in the house, the dogs, of course, were not the focal point in our lives as they first were. But they continued to be an important and loving part of our family. We take them on our family trips. They love to run and run when we go to my inlaws’ vacation home, which has a lot of land for them to explore. They enjoy going up north to my family’s cabin. Puppers once even jumped in the lake when my son stumbled into it. Dogs just have pure genuine love for their family, and the love is definitely reciprocated.
This past weekend, we had to put our sweet Puppers to rest; she was 12 ½ years old. She was becoming more and more ill in the past four months. In October, we took her to a university hospital, who told us she most likely had cancer. A tumor on her neck was small then, but grew to where she couldn’t swallow last week. Her last few months were very good though. The doctors put her on steroids to make her last months more comfortable. I am thankful I had those last few months to love her and prepare myself a little bit for the inevitable. She was such a great dog. I miss her.


20 comments:

Denise said...

I miss Puppers too. I'm so sorry we have lost her. By the way, I don't think I knew the story about her going in the lake. Love, D

Anonymous said...

Hey Kelly,

I just loved your pics and stories about Puppers. We all miss her and cherish the memories that we have with her.

Love to all,

Beth, Scott, Isa & Lucy

Brenda said...

Oh Kelly...I'm so sorry for your lost...HUGS...

She was a beautiful Pup. Thank you for sharing her with us...Hugs...

Lorel said...

Hi Kelly,
What a wonderful tribute to a loyal family member. Those will be hard paws to fill.
Lorel & Jim

Anonymous said...

Kelly,
So sorry to hear about Puppers. I'm sure she's in puppy heaven running around having a great time. Take care.

Love,
Jacob, Lynsey, Alyssa Jo, & Alexis

Kim Kasch said...

12 years of love - that's a lot of joy to share.

I'm so sorry though for what you're going through now.

Kate said...

Kelly, so sorry to hear your sad news. They do hold a special place in our hearts, don't they? I still miss my dog and she died years ago.

adrienne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing the pictures and story.

I also couldn't have a dog growing up, and have had them ever since!

Angela said...

Oh Kelly,
I'm so sorry for your loss. What a great dog and I love the name Puppers. Seems like she never out grew that name.

Gottawrite Girl said...

This is very wonderful timing. I JUST talked to my VERY pregnant friend who is also having her dog sniff all her baby items... I'd never heard of this, but now that I'm a new puppy owner... Now I eat lunch while reading the Dog Whisperer website!

C.R. Evers said...

OMG! What a Cutie pie! Amazing how much pets add to our lives, isn't it?

Christy

Carrie Harris said...

I had a terrier growing up, and they're the best dogs in the world. Sorry to hear about Puppers. I'm sending hugs.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Oh, Kelly, that's such a bummer. Two of the three dogs my husband and I have had together have died. The youngest is still alive, but barely. I have a picture of me on a dock holding them just like yours. I feel your loss.

Ann E. Bryson said...

Kelly! I'm so sorry about Puppers.

Rena said...

Oh Kelly -- I'm so sorry about your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a pet after so many years. Puppers sounds like she was a great dog and a cherished member of your family. I know the pain you're feeling right now, all too well, sadly. I'm so sorry. Thanks for sharing her life with us on your blog. She was adorable.

Kelly said...

Thank you, everyone, for all of your kind words!

poemhome said...

Such a special post to a most special dog. I'm sure she's wagging her tail in heaven

sruble said...

I'm so sorry Kelly! Thanks for sharing the Puppers pictures and her story too. Hugs!

Matt and Meg said...

Oh Kelly...I was just catching up on some of your posts and was so, so sorry to read this. I can't imagine how hard that was and still is for you. Riley has been our baby for the last 3 years. Dogs can bring so much love to a home. Puppers was so lucky to have such a loving family.

lyfizgud said...

Kelly ~ what a beautiful tribute to your adorable little Puppers. I loooove the slide show. My daughter actually made a slide show for our dog, but it's sooo hard to watch. You seem like you value your dogs as we do...they are truly a part of the family and not "just a dog"...I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing.
sue