Farewell My Fair Lady

A tribute to a faithful little girl; you will be missed greatly.

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Dan and I do not have children or at least the 2-legged kind. Our children are furry, have 4 legs, and may bark on occasion; their names are Tindra and Audrey. The two are inseparable, like peas in a pod. Many times they help each other get into things they should not get into; co-conspirators they are, but mostly you can find them laying together in a yin and yang position.

We lost Audrey unexpectedly this weekend. What a terrible loss and sad time for all that knew this little girl. I would like to give tribute to “My Fair Lady” (Audrey), but first I would like to tell her story.

The story of Audrey-

Audrey came into the clinic that I used to work for at a time when my family needed her most, fate definitely played a part in this chance meeting. It was a time when Tindra had recently lost her mom and dad, she had become depressed and needed something to fill that void. Audrey was the key to mending Tindra’s broken heart.

Audrey was taken away from the family that had her since she was a puppy due to neglect. I remember walking into the exam room where representatives from the local Human Society and the city police had brought her for her initial exam; seeing this emaciated gentle soul for the first time broke my heart. Audrey stayed with the clinic for a short period of time so that we may start giving her nutrients to increase her weight. The first time I looked into her eyes I knew she would become part of my family. After a few months of fostering, I was able to adopt her through the Humane Society and legally welcome her into our home. Tindra and Audrey became inseparable shortly after meeting each other and Audrey was welcomed with open arms into our family.

A cuddly and happy little munchkin, “Have blanket, will come” was her motto. Like a typical Dachshund, they are stubborn and extreme opportunists but they are also full of life and love. This breed certainly does keep you on your toes! Her little quirks will be missed by all.  Her famous head-butt, her insatiable need for a belly rubs, her need to protect the yard from varmints (namely her archenemy “Chippy”), her need to follow her human mommy, the way she was able to get to food that was out of her reach, all those kayak rides (which she absolutely loved) and the way she lead and took care of Tindra. With Tindra starting to suffer from seizures recently, Audrey has become increasingly important to Tindra’s daily life.

Thank you Audrey, for you have added much to our lives. You have filled everyday with laughter, happiness, and unconditional love.   We were truly blessed to have you come into our lives as you have taught us much. This gentle soul is gone from this earth but not from our hearts. I know we will see her again one day. Until then, we will miss the pitter patter of your little feet and those sweet golden brown eyes.  Farewell little girl.

 

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41 thoughts on “Farewell My Fair Lady

  1. Birdhunter says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. The best thing about dogs is that we get the opportunity own more than one through the years. The worst thing about dogs is that we get the opportunity to own more than one through the years. My thoughts are with you.

  2. Joe says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Audrey, from the photos she looked like a sweetie. My deepest condolences to Dan and yourself.

  3. That was beautiful Cyndie. Audrey was such a blessing and was also blessed to be ‘owned’ by such wonderful humans. I was taking a walk down memory lane today and so many of your stories came to mind. Those memories bring smiles and a happy feeling to my heart, but with such sad news the memories are bittersweet today. Hopefully soon only the smiles will remain. I love you all. I am very lucky to have known such a gentle soul and tender heart. Love, kisses, belly rubs and little head butts – ‘Auntie Klissy’

  4. Anne Olson says:

    So sorry for your loss. The loss of a pet leaves a hole in our hearts , but the joy they bring us is immeasurable.

  5. west517 says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your little Audrey ~ My heart really goes out to you and Dan – I lost my little four pawed angel and still havent gotten over it ~ ♥♥

  6. frankjgjr says:

    Reblogged this on Survivor and commented:
    Such a sweet story about this little girl.

  7. beautiful moments appreciate and remember … my condolences.

  8. Very sweet tribute – I am very sorry for your loss – your kindness was I’m sure rewarded ten-fold in the years you had her. Your story could be mine as we have cats not kids. Each passing hurts, but we know we gave them all our best while they were with us.

  9. Ellyece says:

    I’m so so so sorry Cyndie, my heart is hurting for you. The love of a dog is one of the most amazing and also heart breaking things. But we keep doing it for a reason.

  10. Julie says:

    Beautiful tribute Cyn. Her sweet presence will be missed by everyone! I knew that little Angel from the start & grieving right alone with you. You are all in our thoughts.

    “I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives & I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of 10 or 12 years, what would it be if they were to live double that time? – Sir Walter Scott

    • What beautiful words Julie; and so truthful. I appreciate everything you have done for us, for her. I still remember the hug I gave you when I found out I could adopt her (even though I didn’t really know you that much at the time), I think I almost strangled you 🙂 What a start to a long lasting and beautiful friendship! Hugs

  11. iRoswell says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing her story, and the beautiful photos! I will be praying for you both!

  12. Charlotte says:

    She’s beautiful and so many memories. I’m sorry for your loss. I’m a mama to 2 doggy babies and my heart breaks thinking about the sadness of losing them.

  13. when we got our first dog, my dad said, ‘remember, you will outlive him.” i’ve had to remember that several times over the years but i cannot imagine life without one. but it does sting.

  14. babsje says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! Your photos and this post are a touching tribute to your dear one, very moving, and you have brought tears here.

  15. Make Something Mondays says:

    Awww, I’m so sorry to hear about Audrey! But she did bring a lot of not to your lives and that’s definitely something to remember and focus on. All of your pictures are beautiful, as always. The wiener island one made me giggle 🙂

  16. Fantastic tribute Cynthia, sounds like she gave you so many great memories. 🙂 (loved the weiner island)

  17. Jane Lurie says:

    Very sorry, Cynthia. So many good memories, I’m sure. Your images are wonderful and the one of your two running together tugged at my
    heart.

  18. So sorry for your loss, what a wonderful home and family she was blessed with.

  19. Seeing the photos of the lovely Audrey sent a wave of sadness through my computer. But isn’t it lovely to connect with an animal, as you and your husband did? She looks like she had a wonderful personality. I hope everything returns to normal soon. The best to you and your family!

    • Thank you for your sympathy. The connection we develop with these little ones are completely priceless. They rely on us as much as we rely on them. I would not trade even a minute that we spent with her or with the pooches we currently have the pleasure of living with. We have adopted a precious little girl about 2 months ago and are blessed to have her here with our family; she has made this family whole again. Audrey will forever remain part of us as she has taught us much!

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