Amy Sue - January 2004, 14 years, 7 months, 20 days old
My family fell in love with Amy as we dog sat her for a friend who
received her as a Christmas present that she was unable to keep. After taking a
'family vote', we decided we would like to add Amy as a loving member of our
The past 14 years have left us with fond memories of our little black and tan
dachshund whom we loved so. It was difficult to see Amy as she suffered with
kidney failure, but it is pleasing to know she is at peace now. Although she has
had a good life of relaxation, travel, and love, we will forever miss her
companionship and loving kisses!
Mom, Dad, Leigh, Andrea, and Jonathan
Kia - January 2004, 18 years old
Kia took her final walk on 23 January 2004. Before leaving, she
gave her daughter, Alex,16 years old, a final bath that only a momma dog can give.
For 18 years 'Gramma Dog' shared every adventure in my life. She was a teacher,
and 'in charge' of the other dogs in the house; which includes two other mini
doxies and three beagles. Kia assisted in teaching our first beagle the art of
As in life she passed with dignity. Arthritis had taken its toll on her; I knew it
was time and as I held her and felt her muscle finally relax, I knew the peace she
must have felt. I will miss my little one and love her always. There will never be
another Kia, and that's what made her soooo special.
January 2004, 12 to 13 years old
Freddie came to our household thru Coast to Coast
Dachshund Rescue a year and half ago. A mini, perhaps smooth and
wirehaired, a gentle Older Man, despite having had jagged frost
bitten ears, he was handsome through spriit and love.
Surrendered by a family in New York City, moving, had him since
puppyhood. He had an enlarged heart and valves, stage 4,
expectation of six to eight months, survival, but Freddie
thrived, with meds, accupuncture and heart tonic. Energetic
fun-loving, adored and loved by our grandson, Christopher, they
sledded together and napped together, of all the dogs, at that
time four dachsies and two mixed breeds, he and Freddie had a
bond. It was eerie.
Freddie succummbed to congestive heart failure on 22 January
2004. He was creamated and joins four other dogs in the china
hutch, in the dining room .
It seems that we had Freddie for years. He loved being a country
bumpkin, exploring the yard and woods with us and the other
dogs, at his own slow pace, sniffing - completely different from
New York City living.
Thank you, Lin, for rescuing him from a New York City shelter.
As with all other dogs that entered the Ruscetta household it is
a plan of divine intervention.
Freddie, you impacted our home with love, spirit, personality,
love you will be missed for a long long time.
The Ruscettas andChris O'Leary, their Grandson, aged
January 2004, 5 years old
Freddie, I am so sorry I didn't catch your diabetes
sooner. At the end, ketoacidosis had set in and you were a very sick
little boy. It happened so suddenly, I was completely shocked.
The vet said the kindest thing I could do for you was to say goodbye.
I kissed you and told you I love you. I hope you are happy and
comfortable now. I look at your picture everyday, but it is difficult,
as it has only been five weeks. Thank you for coming into my life and
teaching me what matters most in life. You were a fine dachsie with a
sweet, loving, good-natured personality. You were also as stubborn as
they come - a true dachshund at heart!
I will always remember your funny clownish antics, and will forever
see you and your hooman, Grandpa, playing together. Now that Grandpa
is in the heavens too, maybe you two are once again playing?? I would
like to think so. Farewell, my friend, RIP, and I hope to see you
again someday. Thank you for your unconditional love and the joy you
brought into my life. I love you!!
Ginger Swan - January 2004, 13 years old
Ginger was my family's second dachshund, but by far the
best. We got her when I was only 11 years old and she lived long enough
to protect me 'till I was married and moved out. We almost lost her to a
fight with an Alaskan malamute and the vet called her the miracle puppy.
Even with tubes and a bunch of wounds she stuck it out to stay with us.
She loved to sleep under the covers snuggled up between you and the
blanket. She was a consonant companion right to the end when we lost her
to a tumour. I will always remember my beautiful chocolate dachshund
with much love and thanks...
Erica Z. Poschingeru - January 2004, 8 years, 5 months old
Forever in our hearts
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