I took the above photo this past weekend, two days before her death, because I thought she looked cute in her "Everyone Loves A Redhead" t-shirt.
Rosie: July 1999 - October 2008
Monday night, when I got home from work, I found that one of our poodles, Rosie was very sick.
I won't go into detail, but will just say that in a matter of a few hours, she went from normal to dying as I held her for her final breath.
We are all stunned and heartbroken still.
Rosie was a true lap dog. She loved nothing more than being in one of our's lap.
In December of 1999, Lovely Wife found an add for her on the internet. A person in Dothan, Alabama had a red poodle for sale.
I had just sold some camera equipment and bought an acoustic guitar for playing at church, and with the money left, we went to Dothan and bought Rosie.
So when she wanted to be held, I would sweet talk her with the story of how Mama found her on the internet, and we took a trip to Dothan, Alabama to get her.
She was four months old when we got her, and had been in a crate so much that she had no idea how to play like other dogs. She never did learn to like and want to play with squeaky toys and balls like our other dogs do. But if we got on the floor to play with the dogs, she would sometimes get worked up and play tug-o-war with a toy.
But most of the time, as we tried to play with the dogs, she'd come and get right up against you just wanting to be petted instead of playing. So we'd have to love on her with one hand and tug or throw toys with the other and the other dogs.
This hurt is still way too raw to write much right now; her sudden sickness and death has us all still in shock.
The reality is that, when you have a pet, you will most likely outlive them. But nine years is not that old for a miniature poodle. She should have had at least five or six more years and her passing has left a gaping hole in my heart.
I love you Rosie. I always will. And I'll always remember you, to my own dying day. From now on, one of my great desires will be to see you again someday in heaven.
I'll sit and hold you as long as you want, and I'll have little bites of cheese to feed you, I promise.
I miss you so much.