We had to take our long-time pet dachshund to be put to sleep today. As dogs go, she was a wonderful pet and companion. Loved everyone and everything, even cats—after a fashion.
|Duchess: the Cheese Dog|
Cheezer (short for Cheese Dog)
Weiner Dog or Weenie (what a surprise, mostly when Mira or Genevieve was talking to her about food—pretty much Duchess’s favorite thing, or asking her how she's feeling)
Weenie Tot (she had a little song I’d sing to her carrying her up and down the steps to go outside, and especially if she wasn’t having a good day health-wise)
Swammy Cheese (when she’d poke her head from under towel or blanket, cloak or turban and survey what was going on)
CD Gangland Puppy (when she was trying to assert herself, especially with respect to our other dogs Rainbow—her muscle and Maddy—her scout)
Dutch-Cheese (when she was musking)
Franken-Weenie (when she had her back surgeries and twice bore six inches of metal sutures along her spine)
Little Cheese or Cheeze Wiz or Little Cheeser (variations of Cheezer, mostly used when she was invloved in some of her goofy antics)
Bean Head, (a short lived name when she first came home for acting goofy and for the little knot she had on the back of her skull)
She answered to all, but I think she was fondest of Cheese Dog, especially when called by Genevieve and Mira.
|Duchess in the yard with her buddy Rainbow|
But mostly she was friendly and loved everyone. And was loved very much by folks who met her, but especially by us her family.
|Cheese Dog sleeping in her bed|
She’ll be missed.
Right now, Mira is reading Rainbow the book Dog Heaven, and explaining it to Rainbow, so she can explain it doglike to Maddy (who won’t sit still long enough). Sure, it’s a kid’s book but it’s a good book for anyone who’s cared for and lost a dog.
Fifteen years was a good run, it just seems like it wasn’t nearly long enough. Miss her already, and it’s only been a couple of hours. Will miss her early tomorrow morning—miss her shaking her head, making the smacking/flapping sound with her ears, announcing she’s up and ready to go outside.