In memory of Lady


I am still in shock that Lady has passed away last night. The day before she was her happy, playful self and than yesterday she went down hill. In the morning Lady was vomiting and had bloody diarrhea so we decided the best thing to do was to take her to the vet. The vet said he will run some tests and let us know what is going on. He called back in the afternoon and said she had pancreatits and inflamed liver which meant she would have to stay at the vet until Sunday. Which I knew it had to do with her pancreas, but I never thought it would be what would take her from this earth. But it was. That night the vet called and said her heart stopped. They said they got it to start again but to come right over. When we got there and I saw her laying on the table I knew it was not good. Her eyes were all glazed over and she was not there. Only reason she was breathing was because of the breathing machine she was on. So, my mom and I decided to let her go. My heart is crushed right now but I know she is in a better place. I just can’t believe she is gone so suddenly from my life. I decided to write a letter to Lady, because she meant the world to me….


Dear Lady,

Do they have a buffet at the Rainbow Bridge for you? They must, because it is Heaven. I bet you are eating lots of steak and milkbones right now. It is funny, just the other day I was reminded of the time when we took you and Princess to the Pup-tober fest in Sussex County and how you stole my hotdog. That is my favorite memory of you.

I will never forget the day we brought you home. The shelter called you a BITER. I don’t blame you because I would have bitten those men too, who handled dogs so roughly at the shelter. We knew there was more to you besides those teeth. I am glad Mom fought to bring you home with us because you transformed into a beautiful dog. I remember how you were so scared with your tail between your legs but once you got in our car you totally changed. That was the first time I saw your smile. I don’t know how your previous owners could leave you in such a dark and cold place but I am happy they did. Because you became ours and we did everything to give you the best life you could have.

You turned out to be a great dog. I worked a lot with you. The first day you were at our house I taught you what a belly rub was. You sure loved those! You hated having your ears cleaned and I taught you I could do it gently. You also used to hate being groomed and you turned out to be the easiest to shave and clip. That’s right girlfriend, even easier than the Princess!

Why did you have to leave so suddenly? I know it was quick and you didn’t suffer but it was so unexpected. I had it in my head that you would be home in a few days. But God took you the first night you were at the vet’s. When the vet called and told Mom your heart stopped and they brought you back, I knew it wasn’t good. I really tried to stay strong but when I saw you on that table I knew it was time to let you go. Can you thank Grandpa for me? I know he made sure I was around to say goodbye to you.

Christmas is not going to be as merry with you gone. I am going to try to cook some good food this Christmas and I wish you could be here to share it with us. I know you would have loved it. I know your spirit will be with us but I am going to miss your presence. The pack is not the same without you here. Neither is the house. Every time I walk into the kitchen I expect you to be there. I love you beautiful girl.


Your Family 


Here is a memorial video for Lady. She will always be remembered and never forgotten from our hearts and minds. We will see her again at the Rainbow Bridge.




Introducing my pack

I can talk all day about my dogs. There is so much to say about them but I won’t make this post too long. Don’t want to torture you, at least not yet.  There is plenty of time for that. So, let’s get started with my special girl…

This pretty girl is an angel. I guarantee this is one of God’s angels.  She is a bichon frise, cocker spaniel mix. She weighs around 24 pounds of muscle. Princess is alpha of the pack and she really lives up to her name. She does no wrong and knows how to get the most love out of you.

We found her on Petfinder in 2004. Her big round eyes caught our attention and knew we had to have her. When we went to see her she just focused on her foster mom most of the time. My mother was worried she wouldn’t like us but I was determined to bring her home with us. Once she became part of our family she became one of the loyalist dogs out there. Now Princess doesn’t take her eyes off of me.

Princess is my best friend and my sidekick. If I could I would take her everywhere. She loves to go on long walks, go for car rides and be petted. In the summer time she sleeps under my bed and in the winter she sleeps on top of my bed. She is a true Princess and she knows it!

She is the beauty of the family. Lovely eyes and a wonderful coat she has. Lady is a golden retriever, miniature poodle mix and she weighs around 35 pounds. She lives for food and a being pet. She is a gentle girl with a sweet heart.

Lady was also found on Petfinder. She was a true rescue. We got her from the Newark Humane Society and it was no easy task. When we got there they tried to convince us to leave her and get another dog. Claming she was a “biter”. My mother wasn’t buying that though. She went back there and made them bring her outside. Lady and Princess liked each other. She seemed to like me and my mom. You could see the fear in her. Her tail was down and she was pulling away from the guy holding on the leash. It was all fear.  She wasn’t a biter, she was just a scared dog in a place with scary noises and people. Let me tell you, the greatest moment I will never forget was when she got into the car. Her whole demeanor changed. She went from scared and shaken, to a smiling happy dog that knew her future was a good one. From that moment on she has been living life like a Lady.

Lady loves all food from steak to carrots. She will eat it! She eats, sleeps and lives for food. Another thing about Lady is she is a great sneak. She can steal something and sneak out of the room without you knowing. She will hold it from the very tip and walk out of the room. You can always here us yelling Lady!!! Though she has such a sweet face that it could make you cry.

He is the baby boy of the family. Mommies boy! Yup, my mom is nuts about this dog and he is nuts about her. That’s why he gets away with murder! Wait, he gets away with murder because he has the cutest face! Oliver is a poodle mix which we think may be mixed with some jack Russell terrier. He weighs around 18 pounds of cuteness.

Yup, you guessed it. Another Petfinder find! He came from the same rescue as Princess did. His rescue name was Johnny Depp but I always wanted a dog named Oliver. The name fits him well. Let me tell you the first time I saw him, all I could say was Aww! He was and still is so cute!

Oliver is a very spunky and smart dog. He learns tricks fast and if he had better focus skills he would learn a lot more. He can always put a smile on my face with his happy personality. Oliver loves walks, food, snuggles and playing. He is the man of the pack and the house.
 Thats my pack. They make the perfect pack for me. Lots of love and laughs.