Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rest In Peace, Fiona (May 2000-September 2010)

Some of you might be visiting my blog hoping to see about the amazing, wonderful, FUN trip we took to visit Mom and Dad in Stockholm. I promise that blog is coming.

One reason I haven't posted said blog is because Fiona became really sick when we got home and progressed really quickly until today when she passed away here at home with Todd at her side.

Fiona was 10 years old and had had a happy life. We are very sad and will miss her a lot.

Here are some things we will miss about Fiona:

...her eagerness to see us every time we came home... even if it was from getting the mail.
...her soft, soft ears.
...her love of sniffing and exploring everything.
...her love of swimming in any body of water deep enough to allow it.
...her love of playgrounds and slides.
...her corn-chip-smelling feet.
...people asking us if she was a puppy.
...cold noses asking for a petting.
...never having any food on the floor, ever.
...her love of sticks and "having a job" to do on walks.
...her sticking her head between your legs from behind and looking up at you.
...her singing.
...the good tricks.
...her love of learning new tricks.
...nosing her puzzle ball around the house.
...playing hide-and-go-seek.
...her snap to attention upon hearing "kitty" or "birdie."
...the begrudging way she posed for pictures.
...the way she ignored the nieces and nephews and refused to do anything they asked. easy she was to potty train.
...her pretty eyes and they way she looked up while resting her head on your knee.

Here are some things we will NOT miss about Fiona:

...her waking us up on windy nights.
...her pawing the bed when she was ready to go out.
...her love of chocolate (and the aftermath).
...her making people cry when they rang the door bell.
...her relentless pursuit of items from the pantry including flour, wheat bulger, and mini marshmallows.
...her stuffing food down the corners of the couch and chairs.
...biting crotches.
...running her cold nose up the backs of ladies' legs in skirts.
...staring at me from halfway behind a corner.
...finding shoes and pantry items stashed away in her secret places.
...picking up her poop.
...her love of chewing through straps on purses, bags, luggage, and seat belts.

Here are some of our favorite photos of Fiona (if you can believe it, Fiona was born beyond the boundaries of digital cameras, so I will have to add photos of her earliest years later when I have time to scan some in).

Fiona in the Cone of Shame.

Fiona modeling some baby gifts.

Fiona and Cubby. See how she is leaning away...

Fiona keeping me company when I was sick.

Fiona doing her job on a walk.

Typical Fiona.

Fiona enjoying the sun.

Last night we went for a walk.

Poor girl, you could tell she wasn't feeling good, but she loves being outside.

Here's the part where I end with a nice dignified picture of Fiona, but I have to find it and scan it in.

Fiona brought us a lot of joy and was good company for us for 10 years and 3 months of our 10 years and 7 months of being married. In spite of her many faults, Fiona had many friends and admirers who will also miss her dearly. We thank you for your prayers and love. Please remember our little friend fondly.