In loving memory of our Tiffany who we love so much. Tiffany will be greatly missed and be in our hearts forever.
Tiffany came to live with us as a wonderful surprise. I had picked out a puppy and watched her grow. She was Katie, Tiffany's litter sister, and a beautiful tri colored Sheltie baby. I had wanted Tiffany too but Tiffany was going to be shown in dog shows. About a week after we brought Katie home, our friend and the breeder of the dogs we have called and asked me if I wanted Tiffany too. I was in the car in a flash and brought Tiffany home. When Katie saw her it was like she had been reunited with her very best friend in the whole world. It was just right. It was meant to be.
Tiffany and Katie were two little bundles of fur just looking for trouble to get into. They managed to eat $800.00 worth of shrubs (all non-toxic because we had checked before planting them) and the windowsills off the outside of the glass room on the back of our home. Angels? Yes, they still were and we loved them so much.
Katie started having seizues about 4 years ago and on both of their birthdays (3years ago), Katie left us for the Bridge. Oh how I prayed that she would not leave on her birthday but it was her time to leave. She was so sick. Tiffany looked for her for many months and then seemed to bond with the other dogs, She was sweet and kind. She shared her toys and her food and anything at all with the other dogs. She was the dearest most perfect dog that could ever be. And those eyes! Oh they were beautiful! Always patient, she would wait until the other dogs were fed or had their special time playing to ask for anything for herself. What an angel on earth she was!
In the middle of April, TIffany had a dental cleaning with extractions. After that she seemed to just not be quite right. I noticed some trouble with her breathing and took her to the vets. They thought that she could possibly have aspirated some food at home after her dental surgery or even during the surgery. There were indications of something in the lungs on the x-rays. She was in the hospital for a week and then came home. I thought she was better and was trying to convince myself of it. When I was watching her, she would play and be pretty much normal. It was when she was sleeping that I watched her breathe and knew that something was wrong. It seemed so hard for her to take a breath without using her abdominal muscles. So we went back to the vets and then could see a shadow on the x-rays. It was in a place that only an exploratory would allow the vet to see what was going on. I left her at the vet's on a Thursday night. I wanted to bring her home with me for the night but I just could not. My husband is ill with Alzheimer's (at a very young age) and it would have been too hard on him to bring her home for that one night. I felt that she would not be coming home ever again when I left her. I cried and cried into her coat. Finally I let them take her back the hall to the surgical suite one last time and she looked back at me with those eyes as bright as ever. I could have died on the spot. How I drove home, I will never know. All night I had to remain strong for my husband. I went to other rooms to cry my heart out and after he went to bed I was up all night crying and wating for the call in the morning to let me know what was going on with Tiff. And the call came. I always know from my vet's voice if it is good news or bad news. And I heard in his voice that it was bad news that AM. She had cancer of the diaphragm and it had spread into the base of one lung. Of course there is not any way to remove the diaphragm and her condition was so weakend that nothing could be done. And so I had to tell him to let her go. After I said those words my heart just died. I had to tell my husband. How could I? My vet had discussed with me how to tell my husband. He was kind enough to understand the difficulities and tried to help. I did tell him and then I had to act if all was fine after that. To this day it's hard for me to realize that you are gone Tiffany! I miss you so much and your dad does too. Somehow we go on without the parts of our hearts that you took with you that day. You were the best dog ever. I love all of the others so much but you were special. I don't know if you ever knew how special you were/ are because you were the sweetest girl.
I know you are at the Bridge now with Nikki, Cherokee, Annie, Shawnee, Tory, Kolbi. Katie (your sis) and Abby (all Shelties) and Mystic and Little Guy (cats). I know you saw my dad there waiting for you too Tiff. I know you jumped into his arms first thing because I had a dream about it that I believe was to comfort me. So be happy little one. We will see you there one day soon. Only then can each of you who have parts of our hearts for safekeeping give them back. And we will all be together forever. I love you Tiffany and your dad does too.