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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Everybody's Dog

Good-Bye Sweet Girl....

"Joulee" July 1996 - March 13, 2010

It'd be hard to find a good friend of our family who isn't in some way connected with our dog, Joulee (named after the derived unit of energy, the Joule - in honor of her very energetic nature & our nerdiness). After almost 14 years with us, we bid her a final farewell yesterday. Friends called & stopped by not only to check on my knee recovery, but to give her a final pet,hug, & to say good-bye. So many memories we have of her - she was everyone's dog. We were just the lucky ones who got to live with and care for her.

She came to us as an unexpected birthday gift for my husband. Turns out the brother of hubby's best friend was swayed by a pretty girl outside a grocery store to take a cute little puppy home. His mother said 'no' & decided to give it to Wade for his birthday. I can still remember bringing her home & trying to get her to sleep in the cat's crate in the garage. Yeah - that didn't go so well. After several minutes of howling, she broke me & I let her come inside - she worked her way into our hearts so quickly; it's hard to believe she's gone.

I should take comfort in knowing she had a very long, happy life & was able to pass into the afterlife so peacefully. The countless memories of adventures, trips to San Diego before kids, the miles hiking & ski-joring, her ability to roll-over, help erase the chewed shoes, furniture, paper, porcupine quills, & forays into stinky stuff. She was a great dog.

Good-bye Sweet Girl. We miss you....

4 comments:

Holly Jo said...

I am so sorry she is gone. Sounds like she had a happy life though.

KnitNurd said...

Awwww...I'm so sorry you lost your pet. Like you, I will never forget one of my best friends, my awesome Bonita. She was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever my son found as a 6 week old puppy, trotting down a major street. He found the owner who told him if he would like to have her, she was his. He brought her home, and thus began the long, loving friendship we had with her. She left us about 7 years ago, but she will always be in my heart. So, I know how much you miss your beloved pet!!

Katrina said...

I'm sad for you guys. Our dogs are family, too, and leave a huge hole in our hearts and homes when they are gone.

Angelcat said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. It's always hard to lose our beloved pets they become so much part of the family.