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Memorial created 11-21-2008
Annie
March 1 2002 - November 10 2008

Annie was the best li'l girl in the whole world. We've always had dogs in my family, but Annie was the very first I had on my own.  For 6 years we took our journey together, and she was always happy and excited.  We were two peas in a pod, and I always said that if I were a dog I'd be her, and if she were a person she'd be me.  She always had a kiss to give, and a strong tail she would always wag.  She loved her morning and evening walks, and there was always a pidgeon, squirrel, or rat to stalk and try to catch.  A fly in the house would provide hours of entertainment for her (and when she did eventually catch it, she ate it.)  There was never a patch of sunlight she wouldn't lay in and take a nap. 

When I went through that SPCA 6 years ago, I couldn't believe someone would abandon such a beautiful dog to the mean city streets. She was almost 70 pounds of enthusiasm and excitement (which we would later call 'Spirited'.)  And as soon as I walked into the room to meet Annie, she sprung up face high to plant a big kiss on my nose (a habit I was never able to truly break from her.)  We sat down together and I saw her 3 favorite toys were my favorites too: a ball to fetch, a rope to tug, and a kong to stuff with treats.  I knew she was the pup for me.  She was terrified to get into the car, and as I was trying to get her in, someone from the SPCA yelled from the door "By the way, she's a bully with other dogs!"  It's not that Annie was exactly aggressive, she just made sure she asserted her dominace when she met a strange dog.  Fortunately, she instinctively knew that other family & friends' dogs were never a threat, and got along famously with them.

We went everywhere together.  If I couldn't bring my dog, I wouldn't go.  After about a week in a car, Annie soon loved going places.  She didn't even mind travelling by airplane when I moved across the country.  She has been up and down both coasts, and even went on a trip to Dollywood, TN.

 

When you first got sick in October, I knew this time around it was different.  I just didn't know you wouldn't recover.  You were so brave to go to the vet all those times, and you always wagged your tail and gave the vet (and her staff) kisses when you saw them.

I miss you so much, Baby.  My heart is broken into a million pieces, but I thank the Lord your paw print is on each and every one of them.  I miss your expressive face, endless kisses, your unbridled enthusiasm, your joy, your tail whacking everything off the coffeetable, having to nudge you out of my bed when it's my turn to sleep, and those long walks where critters were just begging to be chased.

You were the best li'l girl in the whole world.  You had so much love in your little heart that it was gonna burst if you couldn't express it.  And I was lucky enough to spend six years with you.  My profound sorrow is only tempered by the profound joy we shared.  As long as I live, I will never stop missing you.  I believe, without a shadow of a doubt, we will be together again.  Until then, my Friend. 

 

I will always love and remember you!

 

Love,

Daddy

 

 

This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands.
Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears! And by what?
By the grief of this one dog.

Napoleon Bonaparte, on finding a dog beside the body of his dead master, licking his face and howling, on a moonlit field after a battle.

 

Time to Say Goodbye

 
Quando sono sola
sogno all'orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
si lo so che non c'è luce
in una stanza quando manca il sole,
se non ci sei tu con me, con me.
Su le finestre
mostra a tutti il mio cuore
che hai accesso,
chiudi dentro me
la luce che
hai incontrato per strada.
 
Time to say goodbye.     --     Con te partirò.
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso sì li vivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,
it's time to say goodbye.     --     con te io li vivrò.
 
 
Quando sei lontana
sogno all'orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
e io si lo so
che sei con me, con me,
tu mia luna tu sei qui con me,
mio sole tu sei qui con me,
con me, con me, con me.
 
Time to say goodbye.     --     Con te partirò.
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso sì li vivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,
 
 
con te io li rivivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,
con te io li rivivrò.
Con te partirò
 
Io con te.
 

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