Monday, 19 November 2012

Mitzie . . .



Two and a half years ago, I fell in love  in a way I never thought possible again.  When we lost our Jess in April of 2010, I was so devastated that I never thought I could open my heart to the possibility of  allowing another fur baby to enter our lives.  My heart was so broken that I wasn't sure that I wanted to risk my heart breaking in such a way ever again . . .



And then we met this little lady.  It was pure and utter love at first sight.  We had been selling Betterware products door to door, and one of our customers had two lovely English Cocker Spaniels.  They were so endearing that a chink appeared in the armor I had built around my heart.  I went back to the car after visiting with them for a time and told Todd, that if we did get another dog I would like it to be a Cocker.

It only takes a little crack in a dam to make it burst . . . and before too long I found myself scouring ads for Cocker puppies.  We had decided that since we had never gotten to see our Jess as a puppy (she was a rescue dog) we wanted to experience raising a puppy ourselves.



I had decided that I wanted a brown one, and a female.  The day we went to see this particular litter of puppies there were only two brown ones and they were already spoken for.  The only female left and not spoken for was this one . . . Mitzie.  (I called her that right from the start.) Once I met her . . . brown, black, purple . . . none of it mattered. She wrapped herself around my heart with one look into those sad little eyes.



We brought her home to our house on my Birthday that year.  She took right to the place, making it her's in a very short time.  She was so brave coming home with us in the car . . . and exploring her new domain.



Inquisitive and beautiful . . .

 

Charming and loveable . . .



With a sweet and gentle personality which suited us to a "T."

 

Nothing fazed her.  It didn't take her very long to have us completely twisted around her little paws.



There is something really special about being able to bring up a puppy.

 

I'm not sure what it is . . . but this lady captured our hearts in a very special way.



An ever present, vital force in our lives.  Probably the most photographed dog in the UK . . . and certainly the most loved.



Totally laid back and comfortable with us . . . as we are with her.  Able to show us and trust us with all of herself . . .



These pictures of her first year with us are doing it to me all over again . . . grabbing my heart and touching it in that special Mitzie way . . .



Now, it is hard to believe that she was every that small . . . but she was . . .

 

Enjoying her little patch of sunlight . . . she is a dog that abandons herself to the joy in every moment . . .



And takes us right along with her . . .



She grew a lot in that first year . . . and yet we didn't seem to notice her changing.  Funny how that goes . . . she was always just Mitzie . . .



With her own unique and adorable personality . . . this is how she sits with Todd to watch telly.  At first I used to worry that it would hurt her back . . . but she's completely comfortable with it and so . . . are we, now.




She puts up with all of my craziness . . . even when I dress her up in Santa Claus Hats . . .

 

And then add insult to injury . . . and humilation.



She takes it all in her stride . . . with a certain style and grace . . . 



Sometimes sneaky . . .



Always cuddly . . .

 

Willing to humor my every whim . . .



An ever present vital force in our lives . . . we love her so very much . . .

 

And of course she loves us too.

She's been very unwell for three days now.  I had hoped to take her to the Vet yesterday, but Todd didn't think she needed to go . . . besides we don't have any pet insurance anymore.  Two months ago we decided we just could not afford to pay the £15.99 it was costing us each month.  It's hard when you have to make tough decisions like that . . . but you grit your teeth, make them . . . and then cross your fingers and hope for the best.  Vets are expensive at the best of times . . . but emergency vets, even more so.  We went to Pets R Us, or whatever it is called and got some things for diarrhea and have been following the council given to us by the Vet via the telephone . . .



But this morning there was more of the same, albeit not in as large a quantity as yesterday . . . but it's Monday and so we will take her down to the regular Vets this morning and hang the expense.  It has to be done., we'll  just have to try to make the petrol in the car go further . . . etc. etc.

Please continue to keep her in your prayers.  I don't think I could bear to lose her . . . not yet at any rate.  I know that someday we will have to say goodbye to each other, but this . . . this is far too soon.




 

12 comments:

Jan Bennett said...

Awww Marie and Todd I really hope she will be okay. So very sad when pets are unwell. I'm sure the vet will sort her out. Big hug to you both and Mitzie too xoxo

Sybil said...

Oh dear Marie, I was so hoping she was better this morning. It will be good to get her to the vet this morning and hopefully he will be able to give her an injection and somthing to help any infectin she might have. We love our wee ones so very much, we hurt just as they do. Iagree it is so expensive at the vets and ins is as well i can't afford the ins either whart mary and i try to do is put away £5 a week in a Masy tin for unexpected vets bills etc...I am sure over the yeats it will be better than ins cover which in any case we would have to pay the first £50 or so and sometimes the vet bill is not that..anyway prayers keep being said for our lovely wee Mitzie xxx

Laurie said...

Oh no, I thought she was coming round, I will keep you all in my prayers, keep us updated, I'm going to check facebook, Iknow you update there and you are hours ahead of us!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've always said to give any illness 3 days and then if it doesn't come right go to the doctor. So I think it is best you get her there. As our fur babies are as much a part of the family as any child, I can imagine your concern. One of the dogs I used to have was prone to diarrhea and we would giver her cottage cheese and it seemed to make her better. Vets are expensive and that is why I no longer have any pets. Hope all goes well for you today.

La Table De Nana said...

Fingers crossed....

...Thinking of you.

HelenD said...

She was such a cute puppy and she is such an adorable lady now.
hope she gets better soon!

LauraC said...

Praying for her recovery. Pets (esp dogs) are so expensive. We have only had to do the yearly checkups for our 10 year old dog so far and they are over $200 including those wickedly expensive heart worm tablets. We are VERY lucky that our dog is so fit (don't ask me how, he just lays around all day) that he doesn't have to do the twice-yearly checkups that most dogs over 7 have to have. Boarding when we go away (not often) is expensive too.

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

I hope she improves soon. Two of ours have had something like this, where it seemed to go on forever, but eventually it was out of their system. Were you given Canikur? That is usually pretty effective, and I know you can buy it online too.

Cathyjo said...

I'm still praying just more dfften,I know how it is belive me. Idon't have the moeny ether, found someone to come out and give a pristhood blessing for our 14yr.cat Dasey and do what we can for her.We lost meny over the years.It's so hard.I've had a hard time giving my heart to Nina because of it.Her and BW were stays that some how came to our door.I think the Lord sent them.HUGS & KISSE"S TO YOU ALL.

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

Oh Marie, I am so sorry to hear about Mitzie. Dogs are such an important member of the family. Praying she has a full recovery and it isn't too expensive. Vet bills can be such a burden, but we do what we have to do for our loved ones. Feel better Mitzie! Hang in there Marie! Love you!

Grammy Staffy said...

I'm sorry to learn she is not better. I'm praying for her. Good luck. I'm sending hugs

Joolz said...

She really is the most beautiful spaniel, I love her colour and that sweet face. I do hope she will be okay and she just has a bug. She's such a sweet girl!

Cheers- Joolz