Last week, Dan and I had to say goodbye to one amazing little girl that gave us so much unconditional love throughout her time here on earth. Spoonful of Stars, “Tindra”, was part of our family for close to 16 years- Yes, we were lucky.
I had a special bond with her since I had bottle fed her from day one. You see, Tindra came into this world via C-Section; her mother, Kayla, stopped producing milk shortly after giving birth. The munchkin was bottle fed every 2 hours in the first couple weeks of her life. I would like to thank “Auntie Krissy” who helped bottle feed her when I was unable to be with her for a couple days. Kris was actually with her when she first opened her eyes! Auntie Kris was always available to watch this little one when we needed a puppy sitter. Thank you so much Kris for your help during her life- you were always there when we needed you.
The strong bond shared between Tindra and I grew over the years; she carried me through some sad times and walked beside me in the good. She knew when I was sad and would lick my face until I started laughing, then would cuddle right up to me to make sure I was ok. Even on her last day, she mustered up the strength to lift her head to softly lick my face when I was crying.
Throughout her life, she went everywhere with our family and was socialized well by meeting numerous people and other animals. She had a very kind soul that loved everyone. Being a Dachshund, the trait of courageousness and loyalty was at the forefront of her personality. This little one has never shown one bit of aggressiveness towards any human, however, rabbits or rodents were not included on her be nice list. Tindra’s mother, Kayla, was a field champion and was an extremely good scent tracker. She inherited that trait from her mother and was always on the scent trail of some varmint, although sometimes that got her in trouble when her nose would take her places she was not supposed to go.
Her name meant “To Twinkle”, and that she did. She was my shining light at the end of a hard day; always happy to see a member of our family with her bucking bronco dance. I can never repay what she gave to me and the decision to help her along to the other side was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. As a previous Veterinary Technician, I have helped many families through this type of loss, and the family’s pain touched me every time. When the decision is yours to make, boy, it can be an emotional nightmare. I truly believe that this is the ultimate loving gift that we can give our pets in times of suffering or severe illness. For more information on pet loss, please visit the following site: The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement.
Thank you, Tindra, for the compassion, the laughter, the unconditional love, and even for the times you were an opportunist and got into some kind of trouble (which normally involved food or Kleenex). From the early morning stretches that accompanied a wonderful array of vocals, the crazy Happy Dachshund Dance, the excitement of seeing a bunny, the way you loved your family; these memories will never drift too far from our mind. You have taught me patience and watching you explore the world reminded me that there is always something new to experience in daily life. No words will never be able to express the deepness my gratitude but I know; my little co-pilot in life will forever be by my side.
Our new one, Clover, has been with us now for 2 months today. Clover is a 6 year old Dachshund that was rescued, along with 40 other Dachshunds, from a hoarding situation in the New England area by Furever Dachshund Rescue. Clover relied upon Tindra to show her the ropes, and to teach her the courage needed to be curious and how to enjoy her surroundings. They became cuddle buddies within a day of meeting each other. Clover is heaven sent and has stepped up to fill a hole produced by losing both Tindra and Audrey.
I believe we meet up with our lost loved ones someday, in the meantime, we will miss her greatly.
Tindra with Red Dog