Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Farewell, Piper...

This is my favorite picture of Piper. She hated the camera. So this isn't the most technical picture, sure, but it's the one I call Piper's Road. Road behind her. Road in front of her, and a happy, happy Piper in the middle, running along. That was Piper -- never crabby, never sad, just licky and happy and bouncy.



Simon and Caleb woke me Valentine's day morning to tell me that Piper passed away in her sleep. She was all curled up in her bed.

Pretty much two months to the day since the diagnosis, and considering they expected her not to make it till Christmas... I'm thinking we did okay.

I was expecting it. In fact, I think we'd pretty much thought that we might be making the decision this Thursday. In her own way, she beat me to it - that's the sort of nice, honest little dog she was. No fuss, just happy to bop around with the people and sit in your lap and kiss you, never a bother - never bad.

It was tough to get up that morning and see her like that, but at least I knew that she was safe and warm and loved and she'd had cheesesticks and pie with whipped cream for dinner that night. She never quit eating, and that makes me chuckle. Such a Corgi, to the end. <3

We miss her a lot, the house is really, really quiet tonight. :( What's so odd is that we rescued her on our anniversary, all that time ago. We gave up going out to the falls to go pick her up, and she was supposed to be a Cardigan corgi, and a boy. XD We got there, and there she was and a girl Pembroke, and --- my husband was like "there is no way we can leave this puppy!"

... :)

And she passed on Valentine's day. We laughed. Came with love and left with love, we think. It's okay. We'll give each other our cards on Thursday... and think of Piper. :)

PS: Oh man, I look over and see her on my sideboard pics. I think that's why I couldn't post this for a day or two. It's going to be hard to take that down.

10 comments:

Joanna said...

Good girl, Piper. All the dogs here will get a special scritch for you tonight.

Crazy Cardiness said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Piper, you will be missed.

Amy said...

The passing of a pet is so hard. They are our best friends and we're REALLY reminded of that when they are gone. Winnie and I are thinking of you guys tonight. Thanks for sharing Piper with us. She was a part of the crew that will be missed.

manymuddypaws said...

Sorry for your loss. It is never easy- expected or not.

Jules said...

What a lovely, lovely tribute. "Came with love and left with love....."

I am sorry for you loss, but so happy you had more time than you expected and she passed so peacefully surounded by her family.

Taryn said...

What a beautiful goodbye. If she had to go, it is wonderful she got to do it at home, safe and loved. I am so sorry, I know how much it hurts.

ronstew said...

I hate the quiet of a house that is missing a dog. But I am glad for her and for your family that piper died in her bed, and not on a cold table.

solsticekennels said...

Remember her on her best day. Sorry she had to leave you.

Janet said...

You blessed her life and she blessed yours. Thinking of you and your pack tonight.

Christine said...

Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing this because it is a wonderful tribute to your puppy. I have one Corgi now, as I lost one recently. Sweet doggies.