In Memory of Princess Isabella
March 14, 1999 - December 4, 2014
I am grateful to the staff of the Casselton Veterinary Clinic for their professionalism and compassion this week. There is no easy way to let a pet go, but they certainly made it an infinitely better experience than I had with Dee Dee. I am at peace with the decision, and grateful that I was able to hold Princess throughout the procedure. She died in my arms, and the veterinarian and tech sat with us for another 20 minutes and we chatted about our dogs and the love they bring into our lives. That meant the world to me.
This week marks the end of the "Princess, Dee Dee and Elvis era". The memories of the times we shared with all three dogs are precious. So much life happens in the span of fifteen years. Princess was with me through upheaval at work, through the loss of my parents, through other changes in my family and in my own life. For fifteen years she slept pressed against the small of my back. I can hardly remember life without her.
I look at Scarlett and Zak now and try to imagine what they will be like in 12-13 years .... what memories we will make together and what those years will bring. I'll be in my 70's (yikes!!), retired, quite possibly living in some other place. Dogs are amazing creatures. They know more than we realize .... and they love unconditionally. I have marveled at that over the years. I shudder to think of how many mornings I was running late and snapped at Princess and Dee Dee or failed to give them the attention they needed. And yet when I came home at the end of the day, they were at the door to greet me - butts wagging, so happy to see me; and I, them.
I miss Princess terribly. She brought more joy into my life than I would have believed possible. She was my first corgi, and the reason I got the others. She changed my life, and I will always be grateful. Rest in peace, sweet girl. You are forever in my heart.