Saturday, November 10, 2012

And Then There Were Two

Shawnee's mom here hijacking Shawnee's blog for a minute.  We've been expecting this day for oh, about 6 years or so.  You see, Dixie was only supposed to live half of a life because of a heart defect which was only partially repaired with surgery back when she was 10 months old, fresh out of the shelter.  She was a foster failure only because nobody would adopt her when it was disclosed that she was not expected to live a full life.  If they only knew how many wonderful years of a very full life they missed out on.  Their loss, my gain.
Dixie (1999 - November 4, 2012) 
Every day of the last 6 years has been a bonus for Dixie.  Her cardiologist would call periodically to check on her and he would specifically ask "Is she coughing yet?"  No, she never coughed.  In fact, it was not even her heart that failed her.  It was her legs.  Over the past couple of years the muscles in her back legs wasted away to the point where she was having difficulty getting around and it was becoming progressively worse.  She did not want help.  She always had an I-can-do-it-myself attitude.  In spite of her protests, carrying her up and down the deck steps was happening more frequently and I would have to support her hips so she could eat otherwise her legs would slide out from underneath her even while standing on carpet.  She eventually had no choice but to accept my help.

Shawnee and I came home from hiking last Sunday to find Dixie collapsed on the kitchen floor, unable stand at all.  Her paws were ice cold and I do not believe she had any feeling in her legs.  She was awake but not in pain.  She let me wrap her in a blanket and carry her to the car without struggling like she normally would have.  I took her to the emergency clinic where she snuggled into my arms as she peacefully left the deteriorating body that could no longer sustain her.

 RIP Dixie Doodle.  We love you and miss you.

Dixie's Adoption Story on


  1. Run free sweet Dixie an know you iz loved. *softpaw* I haz sadness fur your loss.

  2. Oh Dixie, you beautiful, special girl! We hope you are running free in the beautiful fields at the Bridge. You sure fooled everyone, huh? What a lucky girl you were to have fround your mom and your sisters. Sending hugs to Mom...

  3. Rest in peace, my former foster sister.

    *hugs* and prayers for everyone from me and Mom...

  4. Daniela, Shawnee & Sydney,
    I am so sorry to hear this about sweet Dixie. I remember her story and how (I think) her daily walks were one of the things that the vet attributed her defying the prognosis of living only half a life. I just read her adoption story, which is so awesome. I always loved seeing pictures of her sweet face. I'm so glad she had you guys. What a great dog she was. May she rest in peace.

    Vicki & Lucy

    p.s. I'll check too see if I can find those giant litter boxes.

  5. Crying my eyes out here... I will miss you forever, my little friend. Hugs to mom and your sisfurs...


  6. Oh my - I am so sorry to hear about Dixie. May she rest in peace.
    We will be thinking about all of you...

  7. Dixie will be missed for sure. We are so sorry to hear this. You are in our hearts and prayers.

    Run FREE AND FAST.. til we meet again.

  8. Shawnee and family,

    This fellow Union County girl and shelter dog owner and lover sends her condolences. You gave Dixie and full and happy life, and she died in the arms of someone who loved her. God bless you all.


    I knows how hard it iz to lose a sisfur. Herz had a goo dlife wif u n I knows u will miss her so beary much.

  10. Oh no!! Mom and I gasped when we read this! We are so sorry and we are so sad with and for you! But we is so glad you got all those extra years nobody wanted, cause they were awesome and full of lasting memories. Hugs to you, mom and Sydney....and some wet nose kisses too!

  11. She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed has wet eyes and drippy noses after reading your news. Sympathetic tailwags and slobbers from Finn

  12. So very sorry to hear about Dixie. She was truly blessed to have shared her life with you. She will certainly never be forgotten. Run free, sweet Dixie!

  13. Shawnee and Family, we are so sorry to hear this. Run free sweet Dixie. Sending you all gentle hugs and love. Love Stella and Rory (and Carol)

  14. We are so sorry to hear about Dixie. She was a lucky girl to have you for her family.

    Cindy & Millie

  15. Sweet Dixie. I'm so glad you had her all these years. Thank you for taking such good care of her. She knew she was loved.

    Love, Cupcake and Mom

  16. My heart breaks for you all. I know Dixie lived a wonderful life with so much love. You were all so lucky to have each other for these years.
    We are definitely thinking of you and sending big hugs to help you through.

    Allison...and Puddles

  17. Mommy and I are so sorry to hear about Dixie. She was lucky to find your pack and your pack was lucky to find her.

  18. I'm so sorry for your loss, sweet Dixie looks like she had an excellent life with you.

  19. Oh Shawnee and Mom, we are so very sad to hear about Dixie. We think the real reason she lived so long despite her problems is because she had such a wonderful home there with you. Soft woos and gentle hugs to you from all of us.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

  20. We will ekhho all the khomments our furiends have already pawed -

    Thanks fur giving her such a great life!

    I KNOW The Rainbow Bridge has welkhomed her with lots of HEARTS!


  21. Dixie could not have had a better life. Holding all of you close to our hearts, we are so sorry for your loss.
    RIP sweet Dixie.

    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  22. Very sorry for your loss. Run free Dixie. <3

  23. Mom and me cried when we read this post. We know how much you all will miss Dixie and we send you hugs and kisses!

  24. oh im so sorry for your loss xxx

    but it sounds like dixie had a great life with you guys.

    Lots of Love

    Charlene and Stormy

  25. We are so very sorry furiends, sending prayers, kind thoughts and soft husky woooos,

    RA, Isis & Nanük

  26. We were away from the computer all weekend, and we're so sad to hear this sad news. Dixie sounds a lot like Lilac, too stubborn to accept any help, even when she needed it. We tried to convince her to eat on her bed like a queen and she would have none of it! We think Dixie stuck around because she knew life was going to be sweet with your family. Please know we're thinking of your whole family!

    Bunny and her mom

  27. *wipes leaky eyes* I'm so sorry to hear about Dixie. Sounds like she was a very pawsome doggie. Purrs, hugs, and love to all of you.

  28. Oh, I am so so sorry to hear about sweet Dixie. She's such a beauty and what a wonderful gift her life was for everyone. I wish I could do more to help your hurt, but I am sending my strongest loving thoughts to your whole pack.
    Grr and a Sorrowful Woof,
    Sarge, Furiend

  29. Oh, nooooo. I'm so sorry I wasn't around this weekend, but I want to let you know how very, very sorry we are about Dixie. I can't believe how much that last picture reminds me of our Toby, who also had succumbed to the same ailment. Run free, sweet Dixie!

  30. I am so very sorry to hear about Dixie. She sounds like an amazing spirit ...thank you for sharing her with us.

    Run free lovely Dixie ...

    Pip & Kristin

  31. Sorry to hear about Dixie! Hugs and prayers to you all!

  32. We are so sorry about your loss of Miss Dixie....may she run free at the Bridge.
    Schatzie, gracie and mom Val

  33. We are so very sorry to hear about Dixie. Dixie's last day hits close to home wif Patch's last day. I hope that kitty brudder was there to greet her at the bridge and that they are now running wif each other.

    woof - Tucker & the Momma too

  34. I'm so sorry - I'm behind on blogs. It sounds like Dixie had the best life ever and left it in the arms of the one person who gave her every chance. Sending hugs.


  35. Shawnee and Mom,
    I am so sorry I am so late in learning of Dixie's crossing. Many hugs and much love to you and your family. You gave her a fantastic life!

    The Roo Family

  36. Sweet be running your legs off now my pal. Sad for your loved ones...Lucky you lucked into a pawsome family for all those wonderful lucky years. Hugs...


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