Today, May 19, 2021, we lost another of our beloved dogs at the old age of almost 14. Andi, short for Andora, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. It was not unexpected, for her health has deteriorated over the past few months. It was the proper and caring thing for us to do, euthanize her. Painful for us but compassionate for Andi.
She had the most endearing spirit of probably any dog I have ever met. Blind in one eye, and limited in the other, deaf to a point where I would have to touch her to wake her up and even then, she came hustling out of her kennel, shaking her booty along with her tail. Sometimes she would wag it so hard, we took to calling her “Miz Wiggles” or “Wigglebutt”. She adored that interacting and it was as if she was laughing with us. I’ll miss that.
Twice a day these retired show dogs, had the wide open spaces of our fenced acre to run free from their pens, dig holes, do what ever crossed their minds and we received the benefit of their performances. Most were hilarious, some not so much. We still have “hole diggers” and the “Rancherette” continues to refill them almost on a daily basis. But “Andi” was not a digger. She was, shall I say, refined. I’ll miss that. She survived breast cancer surgery in 2016. But even when she was ill, she had that spunk. I’ll miss that.
She lived a wonderful life and as with our other dogs, enjoyed herself romping together with them. Age has a way of catching up with even the most agile and healthy individuals and our beloved pets are no exception.
Andi, you have gone to meet Apollo, Denali, Mommy Dog (AKA Stella), Prada, Ty, Munchie and Alfie. What a reunion that was today. I know you are in good company. You always searched for Bennie’s Bully Sticks when he left one outside. You beat Grindle to them almost always. Don’t worry, Grindle with take care of them and says thanks. We miss you, “Miz Wiggles”. RIP “Wigglebutt”.