My Pattykins... ;_; (x-posted from LJ and DA) Jun 19, 2009 18:08:27 GMT -5
Post by sparkler on Jun 19, 2009 18:08:27 GMT -5
1994 - June 19th, 2009.
Adopted on Oct 30th, 1994
"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be... "
Patty had been getting sick, but was getting better until 6PM yesterday. Then she came in at the door, and fainted. We thought she was dead then, but the old girl laid there for about 15 minutes, then got back up and wanted back up in her chair. Even so, I knew then that something was dreadfully, dreadfully wrong. I would've taken her to the vet, but my vet closes at 5 and the closest emergency vet is 60 miles away. So we gave her her medicine and tried to make do until we could get her to the vet. She slept a little, and was even eating and drinking up until a couple of hours before she died, but in the end... I think her heart gave out. Around 1:45 I noticed that she had stopped making any noise. I was like "oh, she's just asleep!" at first but when Patty sleeps, she snores. She hasn't NOT snored since she was a puppy. So I went over and called her, Patty always jerks awake when you call her, no matter how sleepy she is.
I tried again, even lifted up one of her paws, but.. nothing. I knew it, my Pattykins was dead.
Or, as Doghouse Chronicles (my novel) might phrase it: "The Honorary is now back in the Queen's Court."
I'm sure she's living it up, free of pain and breathing problems with Eva, and Bonie, and Buddy, and Xena.... and my Grandparents (LOL, she finally got to meet my Grandad, he would've loved her.) and my Late Auntie. God, she outlived EVERYBODY. But.. today was her turn.
I'll miss my little Pattykins. I remember the day I got her, and I initially had my doubts cuz she was a poodle. I'd been told they were yappy, annoying little dogs. But seriously? She proved me wrong. Yes, she was yappy (she had a loud, piercing bark) but she never barked or whined unless she wanted something. That's something I'll admire about Patty, she was always loud and pushy enough to get what she wanted. It might be annoying, but after she got what she wanted... she was happy! And she let you be happy for the rest of the day.
Patty never met a stranger. She loved everybody and she made sure that those people knew it. The minute you walked in the door, she'd jump all over you and bark and demand attention, no, she wasn't perfectly well-behaved but.. you know... neither am I. So like owner, like poodle, I guess. She was so sweet, and brave... there wasn't much that scared that dog, honestly. When a giant dog would come in the yard she would bark and "scream" at them from the windows, "GET OFF MY LAWN!" is what I could figure out she was saying. My Mom always referred to her as a "Rottweiler Poodle". Once, a year after we first got her, she saved me from a wasp. I don't know if I've ever told the story here or not. My Mom nor Grandmother was home at the time and a wasp got in my room, I'm allergic to bee stings so I FLED. I had left Patty in my room because I thought, "Well, she's a dog, it won't bother her."
Around 15 minutes later, I heard this loud "GRROWWLF!" and I was like, "Oh no, what if it stung her? D:" because I've heard dogs can be allergic too, and I didn't want to lose my new puppy 6 months into getting her, you know? Well bless your life, the thing had came at her and she had RIPPED ITS WINGS OFF! I was able to kill it with a shoe because of her. She was such a good baby... the day Bonie died, I came to her chair and while I cried she wrapped both her little paws around my arm and squeezed. Ever since then, she always did that. When I'd pet her and rub her belly she would place her little paw on my arm... it's hard to believe that I'll never feel that again. ;_; Even last night, when I came to check on her I smashed my foot pretty hard against the door facing and while I screamed in agony (it hurt!) she looked over at me and was like, "Aw, are you okay hon?"
My poor baby...
It doesn't seem right that I'll never see her again... and I regret that she died before I finished book 2, or, was actually a successful author... but maybe one day I'll get to see her again.