Lady ("LadyBugs") March 10, 1992 - October 31, 2009
It has been a very rough time in our house since Halloween morning when we lost my sister Pam's
precious baby girl LadyBugs. She would have been 18 years old this coming March so she blessed us with her love and kisses for a very long time. So long, in fact, that it is even harder not having her sweet little presence here with us.
Bugs was starting to lose a lot of her sight in recent times, her hearing was also starting to diminish and she was unable to jump up on the sofa or bed anymore but she was a happy little girl just being around us. Pam is having a hard time adjusting to this loss, Bugs has always had a very special connection with her; indeed I also had a very similar kind of connection with Bugs. There's just something so unique about her, she wasn't just a pet. She was a little spiritual companion and friend, and such an old soul.
Late Friday night she started to feel sick, and through the night she was vomiting often and had 4 arrhythmia episodes. This is where the heart stops briefly and the dog goes unconscious for a few moments. Bugs had been on heart medication for the last few years for this. By morning she was so weak she couldn't stand or sit, the poor baby. I went with Pam to the vets, and once we got there she was still vomiting but by now so weak her eyes were closed. We just gave her lots of love while the vet helped her to "go Home". God it was SO sad! Thankfully we can feel her energy with us already and we know she's still around us.
Our Mom passed away 6 years ago, and she was much loved by both Lady and Misty. "Grandma" coming was always the source of much tail wagging and excitement for them. Just before she was put to sleep Pam told Lady to "go be with Grandma", and we know she did. I asked the vet for some scissors, and Pam and I now each have a lock of her hair. We picked up her ashes last night and we'll have them here too, along with our Mom's.
Her "sister" Misty is missing her as well, although she seems to be doing fairly well. Misty is 12 years old and has never been without Bugs so I can imagine it's quite an adjustment for her too. It is comforting to have Misty here with us though, and her puppy-like ways make us laugh.
To them both I am "Auntie", as they have both grown up with me living in the same house. I've always called them both "Auntie's little angels", even when they got in trouble for being naughty, which isn't really often. Certainly they have both been the lights of my life.
Buggies, Auntie loves you so much and I will forever miss your many kisses. You've left a very empty void in our home but we will never, ever stop loving you. Rest in peace now, baby Bugs.....