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Taffy - the most loving dog I've ever known.

post #1 of 9
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Well, this is my first time posting in "Crossing the Bridge" and I've gotta admit it's as hard as I imagined it would be. I've come here a number of times and read the sad news of the passing of other's loved animals. Each time the stories brought a tear to my eye but never as many as I'm crying right now.

Earlier this week I found out I lost my job. When my mom called I was incredibly sad to find myself unemployed but I couldn't help but thinking, at least everyone back home is happy and healthy. Those phone calls are the worst kind to receive.

This evening, however, my little sister left me an Instant Message saying that my parents believed our beloved family dog Taffy had had a stroke. They had brought her into the house and given her some water but she seemed to be in dire straits. Just 30 minutes ago I checked back in with Julie and she said Taffy had indeed passed away

My mom and sister sat with her all night petting her and telling her how loved she was. I'm so grateful that she spent her last hours in the love and warmth of the home and people that were her world.

She was a beautiful dog, born during the terrible NY ice storm of 1991. Some friends of my father's brought a box filled with squirming little puppies to our house, and although my parents had declared that we would not be getting another dog, Taffy won everyone's heart instantly. As soon as she had fallen asleep in my mom's arms, I knew she'd be ours.

I was so excited the first night she stayed with us. I hogged her and insisted that she sleep in my room. I was charmed by her soft puppy fur and her floppy ears. I squealed delightedly when she nipped at me with her sharp little teeth and offered up handfuls of socks for her to play with.

One afternoon after school I was cutting up some green peppers as a snack when she came energetically bounding into the kitchen, determined to mercilessly bite my ankles. Knife in hand I ran from the room to escape her love bites and in jumping onto the couch I managed to sink the blade into my left thigh right above the knee. It's a scar that has lasted these past 12 years and one that will remind me of Taffy every time I see it.

While I am sad to know she’s gone it’s almost a relief of sorts. My parents are of a different generation, raised to see animals as possessions rather than pets. Taffy’s entire life was spent tied to the end of a metal chain and I believe that breaks my heart most of all. I tried my best to let her free to run whenever I could but I was a child and my priorities laid elsewhere. She would run circles around me every time I removed her chain and like a good puppy she would obediently allow me to re-tether her once playtime was over. On the coldest of nights I would beg my parents to allow her to sleep on the porch but there was always some reason she couldn’t be trusted to spend a night in the house.

As I got older and developed into an adult, Taffy’s quality of life weighed on my heart like a stone. I feel guilty for not doing more to make her days happier. She wanted nothing more than to be with her people. There was no greater happiness for her than a pet or a hug. I regret not giving her more of those things.

I am happy to imagine that she’s in a better place now, freely running in green pastures and napping in warm sunshine but I truly wish she could have experienced that life here on Earth with us.

Rest in Peace Sweet Taffy….you were the most gentle and unconditionally loving dog that a girl could ever ask for.

post #2 of 9
It rare for me post in this thread as it is for you. But reading your post I had to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. And I know just how you feel. But please remember that no matter what she loved you and understand that sometimes only a few pats here and there was all that was needed by her to know how much you loved her. She is up stairs looking down on you and your family with a great big doggie smile saying to her self.........There's the best family any dog could have! They loved me so much that even when I was laying there getting ready to come home they sat there with me telling me how much they loved me and how much they were going to miss me. Yup She understands more then you'll ever know. You loved her and that's all a dog could ask for. I heart goes out to you and my prayers go out. God bless.
post #3 of 9
I am so sorry for your loss of Taffy. I know exactly what you're going through as the family dog I grew up with suffered a massive fatal stroke at the age of 14 1/2.

Taffy has gone to the Rainbow Bridge now, but you will never forget her and she will always have a special place in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
post #4 of 9
I am so sorry for your loss. It is one of the most difficult things any of us pet parents have had to fae. Just remeber that wonderful place he is now.
post #5 of 9
Heidi I know no words can help you feel better. I am so sorry. My Blackie was a 16 year old dog when he died, and I am telling him now to look out for your beloved Taffy at the bridge and to befriend him. God Bless.
post #6 of 9
i am so sorry for your loss
post #7 of 9
I'm so sorry for you and your family's loss of Taffy.

RIP Taffy.

She is in a better place now, waiting and watching over her family until you are all reunited.
post #8 of 9
Wow...that brought tears to mine....I am sorry Heidi....
post #9 of 9
I am so sorry of your loss ((((((HUGS))))))

May "Taffy" RIP
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