July 1, 1998 - June 6, 2012Today we said goodbye to our beautiful girl, Gwendoline. The cancer that struck a few weeks back came back despite the surgery and chemo she bravely went through. We had to make the hard decision so that she could leave us in a dignified manner and our last memories of her were happy ones.
I like to think Gwen found us, not we found her. She was dropped off at the side of a busy road at a family center Alan used to work at. We do not know her history before she came to us - but her physical condition at the time was very poor. Circumstances were such that Alan had to bring her home and the rest, as they say, is history. We had 13 wonderful years with her and loved her every day.
Like any other being, she had her own personality. She had no problems telling us (literally) when it was time to be fed or given attention and would regularly do the "stare down" at meal times. She had her favorite toys - recently Monkey Man and Harry the Hedgehog. She hated going to the "salon" and was guaranteed to get dirty some how within a few hours of being home. We had many names for her that were used either in exasperation or pure joy - Missy, Gwenie, Stinky-doo, Puddin, Baby Girl....She freely gave kisses and was known to frequently do the "shakin the bacon" - all four paws in the air looking for the required belly rub. For such a little thing she ferociously stepped out and (in her mind) let the neighborhood dogs know she was the "boss". We have lots of Gwen stories - like when I took her for lessons on running an obstacle course. After the second "run" she had figured out if she got to the platform at the end of the last obstacle she got a treat. So on the third try she ran straight to that platform avoiding all the preceding obstacles - and demanded her reward - she was a smart girl.
After the passing of her big brother Gryphon in 2010, she really came into her own as our little princess. She could be terribly standoffish, but overwhelmingly affectionate depending on her mood. The last couple of years as her hearing started to go she truly mellowed; but although she no longer made the big jumps on to the bed and slept a lot in her favorite spot, she was still a feisty old girl right to the end.
Help us celebrate her life. Give a kiss and hug to your loved ones (animal or human) and tell them how lucky you are to have them in your life. We will miss her terribly. Julie