Today, we lost a beloved member of our family, Dixie. I haven't written a blog post in quite some time, but this is a major event in our household. I want to memorialize Dixie for the benefit of Danielle and April.
I could write about Dixie all night, literally. She brought so much joy to our household that it's difficult to imagine what our lives would be like without her. She has been a beacon of friendliness and a constant reminder that it's the simple things -- like a little attention or an unexpected treat -- that make us all truly happy.
The girls' favorite story about Dixie was when they were about 4 years old, Mom-Mom Sheila was babysitting them and made them lunch. She went into the next room to let the girls know their lunch was ready. When they came to the kitchen, Mom-Mom noticed that half of April's PB&J sandwich was missing. They couldn't figure out where it went until they noticed Dixie's purple lips.
Here are some other top-of-mind stories/tidbits about Dixie.
- Before we had a dog, Angie wanted a dog so bad that she'd subconsciously pet my head at night while she slept.
- Angie found the dog she wanted and asked me to go to the store to confirm. In the same litter were about 6 other dogs that looked very similar. I picked up Dixie, but she had an incision on her stomach from a surgery she had as a pup. The other pups were indistinguishable from Dixie, so we decided to just take a different one. But I couldn't put her down.
- When Angie would come home from work, Dixie would literally sprint across the house and dive into her lap as Angie sat in a chair.
- Dixie would bite her leash when being walked and absolutely refuse to walk in certain directions by crossing her paw over the leash.
- Dixie's puppy fits were tremendous.
- Dixie would bite so much as a pup that she'd bite as we were releasing her from scolding her for biting.
- She chewed a red marker in the middle of our dining room. We couldn't ever even come close to getting the ink out. We had to sell the house with the ink in the carpet.
- She ate my grandfather's Parkinson medication off the counter and was rushed to the doggy ER.
- She infamously ate Grandma's meatballs off the counter. She also loved eggrolls and Betrucci's rolls.
- When people would want to visit the girls as babies, they literally couldn't get past Dixie without playing with her for a minute. She'd jump and carry on until she got ample attention.
- Danielle was especially fond of Dixie and vocal about her fondness. At Thanksgiving, Dixie was routinely the #1 thing Danielle was thankful for.
- Dixie loved having her forepaw pet. She's had her forepaw for literally hours on end.
- If you didn't pet her enough, she'd poke you for more.
- When she saw Pop-Pop, she'd squeal uncontrollably from excitement.
- She was a retriever but wouldn't retrieve. If she did bring the object back, you'd have to beat her in tug-of-war to get it.
- She had 3 knee surgeries. Immediately after one surgery, she chewed off the wrapping around the knee. We'd drive 40 minutes for her to go to weekly swim therapy at a horse pool. She never really complained after the surgeries, but she absolutely hated the lampshade headpiece.
- She would always lay in the worst possible spot, usually in the middle of the kitchen if Angie was cooking. She would move to the doorway to our bathroom at night so when I went to shower in the morning, I couldn't shut the door to the bathroom.
- She'd follow Angie everywhere. If Angie was in the house but Dixie didn't see her, she'd sometime panic and literally search every room until she found Angie.
Dixie, we love you and already miss you dearly. Thank you for being a wonderfully fun, patient, loving dog. We are very lucky and proud to have been the recipients of your unconditional love. We are immeasurably better for it.