Saying Goodbye

Julie wrote the tribute. I couldn’t have done it better. There are things I want to say, want to write. Later.

On April 20th Fleetfire Timbers’ Victoria ROM chose to say “good-bye.”

Victoria had turned 15 yrs old last Halloween, she had been blind for over a year but other than that she was happy and healthy.

I’ve told myself I have accepted death as a natural part of life, and it is better to end life than to suffer.  And yet, I find myself in tears each time I think of Victoria. I’m sadden by her loss, of course, but it is more than that.  Victoria’s life was a timeline to mine.  So many milestones were reached during her 15+ years of life.  I remembering naming the litter, sitting at Debby’s kitchen table, how many times over the years have Debby and I shared that experience?  I remember Debby gifting Victoria to my daughter Kaylee, her first Junior Showmanship dog-Kaylee is now almost 25 and an expert handler/breeder in her own right. Victoria is C’est La Vie’s mom, the dog that changed me and my life the most.   Phone calls on health, new litters and sharing all the wins and losses, the highs and the lows that have been part of my “dog” life.  Victoria has been with me through all of them these past 15+ years.  For the past couple of years I have been telling myself it is time move on, and although I know it is right for me it is very hard to let go of a past I truly loved and made me the person I am today.

I think Victoria is telling me the time is right, it is time to go forward on that new path- without her.

Brothers moving…

From Julie:

Here are pictures of brothers Fonda and Sean in movement.  We were hoping to get one of Audrey the littermate, but there has been a lack of shows around here.  Fonda’s was taken on the day he finished his Championship in August and  Seans’ was taken late last fall.

Edie tests the slideshow option…

Okay. I cheated! But she looked so cute in the slideshow test that I’m sharing her this morning!

Carpe Diem! Seize the day!

Champion FFT Carpe Diem RN…

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Thank you..Thank you..Thank you

What a nice letter! Anna lives with my sister Kelly’s in-laws.
Dear Debby,
Just a short note to say thank you for picking Anna to come share the rest of her life with Don and I.  She is absolutely one of the best things that has ever happened to us.  Life would certainly be very dull without her.
She is my constant companion and I believe she was sent to me as my healer.  She came at the time I was deep in Chemo treatment and I know she was partly responsible for keeping my spirits up and helping me maintain a positive attitude.  She seems to know when I am sick and she immediately becomes my second layer of skin.
I am ever so grateful we were so ready to have a dog in our home when you were ready to place her with a family.  We love her so much and can’t imagine our life without her.  I admit that she is a little spoiled but she is just so darn loveable and cute, it just can’t be helped!!!  She is on a 3 week grooming schedule so she looks gorgeous  most of the time.  She is very playful, extremely friendly and most of all, she makes us laugh.
Happiness rules in our house because of her.
Debby, thank you for sharing Anna with us.  She is a beautiful addition to our household.  I can’t believe that it is almost two years that we’ve had her.  My, how time flies when you have something wonderful and beautiful in your life.  That’s what the “Anna Banana” at our house.
Hugs and love,

Cayenne and some of her kids

From Ginny:

This picture was taken last Saturday after a grooming session….I think it came out quite well….plus it was so much fun !!
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about  learning to dance in the rain.”