August 2006, 6 years old
When my mom died in 1999 I promised her I would
take care of her dachsie, Heidi. Unfortunately Heidi was old and
did not adjust to not having my mom 24/7. She was miserable and
in pain. In March of 2000 I chose to have her put to sleep rather
than prolong it because I couldn't let go of my mom. I felt
miserable and guilty about this.
In early May I decided to look for a puppy. Heidi was a smooth
red mini with a brown nose and nails. The first litter of pups we
went to look at was over 100 miles from where we lived. One of
the puppies had a brown nose and the sweetest little face ever. I
fell in love with him and my husband and our other dachie, Tilly,
age four, drove home with him. In a way I felt I was fulfilling
my promise to my mom through this little red furball with the
I took the puppy to the vet the next day and the first thing he
told me was that the dog had hydrocephalus. I said, 'Ok, what do
we do?' His reply was, 'Nothing.'- and that the first symptom
was usually death before five months of age. I was devastated
with this, coming so close after my mother's and Heidi's deaths,
and started sobbing. The vet spoke up and said, 'Or, he could
have a really big brain and be smart like Einstein!' I took my
puppy home, named him Einstein, and decided to think
As it turned out the vet was right. Einstein was the smartest dog
I've ever had! He was also the most loving. He loved to sit in
your lap in the recliner or lie cuddled up next to you in
Einstein had always been a little fragile and yelped if you moved
him a certain way but other than that was pretty healthy.
On 2 August 2006 he was droopy and didn't eat his dinner. This
wasn't unusual when he had a bit of a tummy ache. During the
night he had some diarrhea. In the morning he went outside and
went potty and came in, although he looked droopy. I put him in
the bathroom as I didn't want to clean up another mess. About
mid-afternoon I felt the need to come home and check on him. He
was lying on the floor in the bathroom having a seizure. I became
hysterical and called my husband and the vet. My husband came
home and took us to the vet. There was nothing they could do for
him and we asked them to put him to sleep. The vet thinks it was
the final complication of the hydrocephalus.
We brought him home and buried him under the tree where he liked
to chase the squirrls. Rest in peace Einstein.
I miss him so terribly much but am trying to be grateful for the
six years that they didn't expect us to have with him.
His life-long buddy/big sister/mother, Tilly, age ten, is
wandering around missing him and moping around the house.The
first night she was up and down most of the night.
I've been blessed to have dachshunds as part of my life for over
40 years and each and every one has been special. Einstein is
certainly at the very top of that list!
Ch. Redhound Bonny Bear- August
2006, 12 years, 8 months old
Dear Bear,thank you for all the love
you gave us
every minute of your lovely life. Give kisses from us
to your Mum, Dolly, and Grandma Willo, waiting for you
at Rainbow Bridge. See you soon, Mum and
Lucky - August 2006, 7 years, 7
months, 21 days old
To my dear Lucky,
One week ago you left us and went to the Rainbow
Bridge. You are missed by all who knew and loved you.
I am glad I got to see you one last time before you
left us. I hope you are not to lonely without us and
that Li'l Jen and Max are keeping you company for they
are your close relatives. Lady is missing you like
crazy and is following Mamaw around. Mamaw is very sad
and lonely without you and I try to talk to her as
much as possible. I am sure Rob and Papaw miss you too
and Vet White hated to see you go, I hope she was
right there with you. She made sure to let me know you
clung close to your lovey (yellow bo bo) that I
brought you before you left us and I left it with you
to take to the Rainbow Bridge along with your squirrel
and your fave red and black cover that we will miss
seeing you pull off the back of the couch with your
nose. Lucky, I love you and miss you.
Much love, Mamaw, Lady, Momma, Daddy, Papaw, The
Dorris family, the Phillips Family and The Hampton
Teeny-Tiny Norman (Chelsea Wiggle Waggle) - August 2006, 15
years, 11 months, 25 days old
We are heart broken.Teeny will be sadly
missed. We loved her very much. Robert and
Peanut - August 2006, 12 years old
I miss you, Peanut, and my heart aches for
you. I hope you've met up with Dakota and that you are
happily frolicking with her in some big green field filled
with the sunshine you loved so much.
Butch Howard - August 2006, 12 years, 6 months old
Our Butchie started life in another state, with another family, living in kind of 'crazy' conditions, with numerous other dachshunds. When he was three years old, it was thought he deserved to have a life with less chaos, so we connected up with his family, and he was transported to us on a December day in 1997, when he was just under four years old. We had lost our second dachshund and our third dachsie, CocoaPuff, was lonesome for another pal. When Butch and Cocoa met each other, it was like they were instant pals for life. In the early years, they wrestled and played together and spent a lot of time together.
Our Butchie Boy, he was the sweetest, neurotic, funny boy! He was the first doxie we had who howled, just for fun! He had the softest, most velvety fur ever, so black and shiny. And he absolutely LIVED to eat! If it was edible, Butch wanted it!
In the early summer of 2006, an ugly growth was discovered in Butch's mouth, which turned out to be canine oral melanoma. We tried some mild chemotherapy to help you, but the cancer was too strong. We helped you to the Rainbow Bridge, where we know you are wrestling with your pal, CocoaPuf,f and eating all the treats you want, without ever getting too fat! Our Big Black Beautiful...Baby Butchie Belly Boy!
Koeppen's Chester - August 2006, 17 years old
Chester, it has been three years now since you have left us and I thought I would never be able to let another dog in my heart. We all really missed you for the longest time and it was hard, but finally a year ago we let Buster into our lives and now, just a couple of months ago, we let Bailey in. They will never replace you and Cinnamon because you were the best!
Love and miss you always.
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