She had been with me for four years. I got her when I got Scrappy. I went searchin' for The Scrappers. Animal Shelters, online, different towns, different animal shelters. For months. Then I found him.
When I got there, Lady was in a cage not much bigger than herself. She was scraggly, her toenails were curling under her paws. This dog with one ear up and one ear down, reminded me of a Lady with a hat that had a feather that went with flourish into the air. I got The Scrappers for $85 but I got a bargain for my LadyBug. She was $15. I was told she was 13 years old so they let her go cheap.
Turns out Lady was only 5 and a half years old, but I guess with the gray and white everyone thought she was older. She had been her previous, previous Master since she was a pup and her name was Little Bit. I tried and tried to call her Little Bit but she was a priss. Her Master must have been a tall man because ond day we were walking around the school and a tall man was in front of us. She took off. Running. I had never seen her run in the six months she had been with me. But I sure did this time! I almost did not catch her! She missed her Master very much. When he died, he willed her to his lady friend. Then the lady friend had to go to a nursing home and Lady went into a cage, not big enough for her to turn around in with no solid bottom, just wire, sitting on top of another cage.
She was aloof. She sat in her corner of the couch and surveyed the world with her front paws crossed. She reminded me of a Queen. She did not want to be held but would get in the chair or on the couch with you so long as you didn't touch her. When it was time to go to bed, she would mosey in after a big and would jump up on the bed and curl up on my other pillow.
As time went on, she would snuggle.
She ended up losing all her front teeth, top and bottom, and at that time we found out she was in renal failure.
LadyBug, Crystal, Scrappy and Baxter
This past year, I have watched her begin seizures, lose her way around the house, end up eating baby food, lose control of her bladder and not be able to get on the couch or bed. She lost almost all her hair on her nose and in spots on her body. She was turning white in spots. She was down to 5 pounds today. She had lost 4 pounds in two years but I would bet that she lost 3 of them this year. She was down to bones with skin. (These pictures are not what she looked like today but these are the ones I want to remember.)
So today, she went to a better place. One where she can be with her Master forever and she can follow him all over the hills and dales in peace with no pain anywhere and with loving happy eyes to be seeing him once again. She is happy. Finally.
I realize she was just a dog to some, but to me, she was one of my four legged kids.
Sorry, no kackles today. May God bless each and every one of you today.