Welcome to Our Littlest Memories!

This site is dedicated to our puppyhood - or, for those of you who found your forever homes later in life, it is dedicated to those first days you spent with your new families.

Thanks to all of you who sent in your autobios and for sharing your experiences. Most of us got acquainted later on in life without knowing anything about each other. So your stories really do let us get to know each other better, and help us appreciate each other more.

Special thanks to our moms, Linda and Pat, who helped us put up this site.

Our Littlest Memories blog will stay open indefinitely. If you would like to submit your autobio, email it with your puppy pictures to:

chef.boxer@yahoo.ca or crabbyabby5827@yahoo.com

Well, we hope you enjoy reading all about your friends' littlest memories!

Love,
Chef and Abby

(All stories are posted in the order in which they were received.)




Saturday

ADDIE
Addie's story begins with K-8.


Our big dog K-8, pronounced Kate, was a Border Collie/American Bulldog mix. She was an amazing companion and therapy dog, a member of Therapy Dogs International.

In February, she was diagnosed with Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia and Hemolytic Anemia. These horrible diseases hit K-8 hard and fast. Since we caught the symptoms early, our Vet thought K-8 had a chance, but within two and a half weeks of diagnosis, she passed away. Before this illness, K-8 had never been sick, ever. I was devastated.


Our K-8 ... who led me to Addie


During the weeks that followed, our house seemed empty without K-8 bouncing around in it. K-8 and I use to visit a local retirement community every other Sunday. Everyone loved K-8. One friend in particular had a special love for K-8. She would always tell us the story of when she got her Border Collie puppy and how much she looked like K-8. Our friend didn’t receive many visitors or talk to the other residents much, but she always spent a lot of time talking with us.

Finally, I brought myself to consider another dog. While searching the internet one day, I came upon the cutest puppy I had ever seen! She was five weeks old at the time, a Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix. Both parents were purebreds; their union was not planned. This sounded familiar to me because it was how our K-8 came into this world.

On April 9, 2008, we welcomed Addie into our home and introduced her to her new disgruntled big sister, Zoe. It was not love at first sight for Zoe, our 14-year-old Dachshund. But she learned to accept and love her.

During this time, our friends from the retirement community were never far from my mind. I wanted to share our new furbaby with our special friend. Once Addie received her shots at 10 weeks old and a clean bill of health from our vet, we scheduled a visit with our special friend.

Returning there without K-8 was bitter sweet for me. When we walked into her room, our friend was speechless. I placed Addie on the bed beside her and she enjoyed her company for an hour. Addie was spoiled rotten with all the petting and kisses that she received. She placed her head on the lady's chest, snuggled right up against her, and took a nap. Our friend shared more stories about her Border Collie that had us laughing. The joy that Addie brought our friend was simply amazing.

It was a heartfelt visit that she couldn’t thank us enough for. After our visit, I started a photo book for our friend so she could watch Addie grow. When I called my contact to bring her the book, I found out that our friend had stopped eating a few days after our visit. She passed away a week later. Addie had brought a ray of sunshine into her life, and into ours.

Thank you K-8, for leading me to Addie.

http://raisingaddie.blogspot.com/

3 comments:

Achilles Wong said...

oh, addie. you have such a lovely story and a very challenging mission, too.

we hope you continue to touch more lives, as did K-8.

drooly kisses,

Aki

Ruby said...

Dear Addie
We've read your autobiogphrapy a couple of times now. Mom always needs a kleenex. We wish that we could have met K8. She would have made you a wonderful big sister. You have already enriched the lives of people & I know you will make a great Therapy dog like K8.
Love Ruby
PS Tell Zoe I would love to trade. But I think she would want to trade back quickly, she would miss you.

The Three Musketeers said...

That's a very touching story ! K8 sounds like a very sweet girl .