It’s been 45 days. I miss the way she would flip over to ask for belly rubs. The way she would crawl under the covers to spoon with me and then when she was too hot get up and lay on top of the covers – always making sure to touch me. Her deep bark at the knock of the door, doorbells on TV, anything walking by. The way she’d do anything for a pizzle. I miss her snuggles. I miss taking her for car rides. I miss her kisses.
This last week was a bittersweet one. One week ago Saturday, we saw our baby girl take a turn for the worse. We made the decision to say goodbye to her on Tuesday. We had a good weekend together and went for many walks, had lots of snuggles and made all her wishes come true.
Dixie Hannah Loehle
June 6, 2003 – March 11, 2014
Dixie Hannah Loehle made her way over the Rainbow Bridge the afternoon of March 11, 2014 after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Her family was by her side.
Dixie loved to go for runs, walks and car rides and could never turn down a good pizzle. Dixie had many friends and enjoyed having her belly rubbed by anyone that would partake.
Dixie is survived by her parents, Joe & Miranda; brother, Boney; grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins.
Dixie joins several other relatives who have already crossed The Bridge, including her older brother, Brutus. They will take good care of her and give her all the love she needs until her family can be reunited.
Last year, I made a pledge to blog more. Ha! That lasted a few weeks and then I just disappeared off the face of the inter-webs! I’m not going to promise to blog more now, because that will only cause un-due stress when it doesn’t happen. I will try to figure out how to get my instagram, facebook and blog all intertwined so it’s a little easier to stay on top of things.
A lot has happened since you heard from us last.
In April of 2013, Dixie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. It came as a complete shock to us because she had her annual exam in January and was completely fine! After just having lost Brutus in December, we were not prepared to lose another of our pack! So, she started on chemotherapy and quickly went into remission!
In June, Dixie turned 10. We built a screened porch addition on the house where Dixie can often be found lounging on a wicker love seat enjoying the outside breeze with all the comforts of being on the couch.
In July, Joe and Miranda visited Gettysburg and Crystal Springs Farm outside of Antitem. If Miranda had been thinking sooner, a visit with the famous pooches of Oh Melvin (and Yo Jake) would have been possible, but last minute plans rarely work out.
Summer and fall passed quickly and we had lots of fun with the doggies and other family. Dixie’s chemo continued until mid-October.
Dixie stayed in remission until January 1. On our visit to the oncologist January 2, it was confirmed that her Lymphoma had returned. We were devastated as we thought we’d have much more time with her.
In February, Boney turned 9 and we had the family over for a birthday party. A good time was had by all and the doggies enjoyed a gourmet meal complete with birthday cake and cookies!
March is fast approaching and our time with Dixie is nearing the end. We are cherishing every walk we can get in with her and all the snuggles and kisses she will let us give.
Lately, I’ve been missing my big brother. I think it’s because mom talks about him ALL the time, like he was the best thing since
sliced bread sweet potato chews. I figured since she loved him so much, I’d try to be a little more like him.
Step one: beg from the table.
Step two: eat from Boney’s bowl before my own.
Step three: lay on the couch and pass gas (I must have done a good job because Mom thought it was Boney and blamed him!)
Step four: tuck my nose in behind the pillow (this was Brutus’ favorite way to lay and I can see why – I don’t even smell my stinky gas!)
I think I am doing a pretty good job impersonating Brutus, but mom said she loves me just the way I am so I guess I’ll go back to being myself tomorrow.
Do you ever do anything to make your mom or dad extra happy?
Posted by Brutus
Last night, we were all on the couch ready for bed. Mom got comfy with her pillow and blanket and I snuggled up next to her and settled in for a good nights sleep (with maybe a couple snacks thrown my way). Dixie came out to snuggle with us too.
Dad put Boney to bed a little too early last night. He started barking almost right away. Mom knew that dad had to get up early (a little later than our normal time) so she went and got Boney to sleep with us. BIG MISTAKE.
1) I know Boney is my brother, but I really don’t like to share mom with him at night.
2) When I try to sleep, he comes up to me and licks my nose incessantly. ANNOYING.
3) He doesn’t understand boundaries in regards to mom’s pillow.
4) He has no sense of time at all, which means that he wakes us all up every couple of hours thinking that it’s time to get up.
All of this results in the following:
And I am snoozing next to dad – waiting for my next snack time.
So, my hope is that Boney either sleeps with dad or in his own bed tonight – we could all use some extra zzz’s. I hope you all have a good sleep tonight too!
Posted by Miranda
I love it when the UPS man comes. I love that the dogs can hear him from a block away. Today, a gift arrived for Dixie. A few weeks ago, on Fab.com’s Pet Thursday, I ordered a few items. One of them was a reflective collar lined with pink for Dixie. She often gets mistaken for a boy so I try to buy her girly things whenever possible.
Her collar looks great AND it’s from a manufacturer in Sweden (bonus for me, as I have Swedish heritage)! What I really like about the collar is its just a Velcro on, so she doesn’t have to wear it all the time – only when we go for runs.
The bad part (for Dixie) is that it’s too hot for her to run with me right now and she’ll have to wait until fall to test it out outside. Below is a picture of her modeling the collar in her favorite guard dog pose in her dads office.