Gretchen Keener - February 2004, 8 years, 7 months old


I will miss my little Greta. She was the light of our house. She loved everyone unconditionally. We lost her to cancer, but she fought hard to stay with us. She passed away by herself after we had all left for the day. We found her in her bed covered up as if she was just taking a little nap. She will now be with her mate, Buster, and her pup, Bruzier. We will miss her terribly, but we know she is not hurting now. We love you, Granny Gretchen.



Kobe - February 2004, 7 years old

My beloved Kobe,

The unconditional love I felt from you everyday is so terribly missed. The only job you ever had was to love me and you did that so well. I am so sorry that I could not save you from the disease that was eating at your brain. I did not want you to be in pain any more, please forgive me. I miss you so much. My life will never be the same and you will always be in my heart. I miss those big brown eyes that knew my very soul. You kissed away my tears and loved me. Thank you, Kobe.



Kyzer Dean - February 2004, 5 years old

Kyzer was my first dachshund and he was so awesome. He was incredibly smart and sweet! His life was ended in a freak accident that will mark one the worst days of our lives. We called him Kyzer Dean and spent many of days and nights cuddling with him. He loved blankets but most of all he loved to give kisses to anyone willing to receive them. We will always remember him and love him! We look forward to playing fetch, his favourite outside pastime, again one day.



Sunni-Girl - February 2004, 13 years, 1 month old


Sunni - you were a lovely addition to my family. I hope that you were happy here. I only wish that I had been able to love on you longer than two years out of your life.You deserved the best and I tried to give it to you. We all miss you, my sweet darling Sunni-girl. There is an empty spot on my couch right now.

You were mine for only a couple short years but I loved you like you were mine from the start. My Houdini Weinie that kept escaping from the yard, you must have had a guardian angel watching you to make sure that I brought you home again in one piece. The boys, Mac and Jake, surely have missed you.



Samantha Jane Miller - February 2004, 15 years old

Samantha, you were my third dachshund, and the best, because you emulated those qualities that make dachsunds special: unconditional love, cuddles, kisses, and affection, over and over again. You were always there during painful times, with your sweetness, and we, in turn, tried to give you your best years during your senior years. We moved you from the farm where you could run free, to the southwest, where you learned to walk on a leash and navigate the desert. You learned, late in life, that you could function in a new part of the country, with new friends, and your sweet dispostion won over everyone who met you. I'll look for you at the Bridge, and my only comfort during this agonising time of your death, is that you are at peace, and whole again, and can meet the other members of my dachshund family, Christopher Fritz and Brandy.More importantly, you are now with your beloved Labrador 'brother and sister', Lady and Rusty, who, along with you, were a big part of my family these past 18 years. Be well, my sweet. I miss you terribly.
Jan



Duke Ciarka - February 2004, 14 years, almost 4 months old


I always considered Duke as my brother because he's always been there for me. Growing up with Duke was a blessing and we both looked out for each other. I loved playing with Duke and I miss how he used to chase me around the kitchen. It's really sad to know that your best friend is gone, but hopefully I will see him again one day. I miss you very much, little guy!

God made a little dachsie
To brighten up our day.
He took a bit of sunshine,
Laughter, love, and play,
And rolled it up in a sausage shape
Just right for a hug,
With bright eyes full of mischief
Set in its little mug.
With little paws a pattering,
To take it here and there,
And a cold wet nose -
But then He thought,
'Oh, what about the hair?
Shall I make it long and silky,
Or wiry? That's so sweet!
Or make it simple,
And have it smooth
And satiny and neat?
And what about the colour?
How can I pick just one?
Shall it be black, or red or brown
or dappled, just for fun?'
He pondered while He made the world,
And all creatures great and small,
And then the answer came to Him -
'OF COURSE! I'll make them ALL!!'
So remember that a dachshund
Is special, from above -
His coat of many colours
Is a sign of God's great Love.


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